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If a man has a daughter with a woman and then many years later, he divorces the woman, does his daughter become halal for him to marry?

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    No she doesn't, the daughter remains his daughter even though he divorced the mother. Mahrams established by blood relations do not ever become non-mahrams. – UmH Apr 20 '17 at 5:32
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It's forbidden; the Qur'an is clear on this:

Prohibited to you [for marriage] are ... your daughters ... and your step-daughters under your guardianship [born] of your wives unto whom you have gone in. -- Qur'an 4:23

She remains his daughter after divorce, and the father retains his rights and responsibilities as a father ("at all times, the father of the child is responsible for maintaining the child" -- Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam).

The Qur'an even goes further to forbid marrying step-daughters (see above).

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  • and what if the man divorces the mother of the step-daughter? she is no longer his step-daughter – Jim Kite Apr 20 '17 at 7:41
  • @JimKite A step daughter remains a permanent mahram, unless the divorce was given before the marriage was consummated. From 4:23 "... and your step-daughters under your guardianship [born] of your wives unto whom you have gone in. But if you have not gone in unto them, there is no sin upon you." – UmH Apr 20 '17 at 10:52

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