Is the father or mother-in-law's brother mahram?

  • Your question is somewhat unclear. I think you are asking from the point of view of a woman whether her husband's paternal uncle and maternal uncle are mahrams to her. The answer is negative according to islamqa.
    – UmH
    Sep 16, 2020 at 15:37

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Well, first you need to understand what the term mehram means. It means the person with whom marriage is not allowed. We people now a days confuse our selves by thinking that the mehram means the person who we can chat out with. I have heard some fellow saying this which I never knew at that time that it is wrong. I will try to be using simple english instead.


Father is someone, who is male and is involved in our birth. Which means there is a relation of us with him by blood. So we cannot marry him, which means that he cannot be married to the person having a blood-relation with, making him a mehram for his daughters.

Mother-in-law's brother

Do you have a relation with him? No. How? Have a look below.

You married someone, whose mother's brother has no relation directly to the person who you married. If you meant to say Mother-in-law then she was a mehram for you, since she is having a blood-relation to the spouse. But other relations are not mehram.

Other points

You need to consider some other points too, such as if mother-in-law's brother was fed milk by the same female by whom you were fed, then you're having a mehram relation to him too.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahram (WikiPedia)



enter image description here Image from http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2f/Mahrams_Chart.png See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahram :

In-law mahrams with whom one becomes mahram by marrying someone: father-in-law, mother-in-law; son-in-law, daughter-in-law, stepfather (mother's husband) if their marriage is consummated, stepmother (father's wife) if their marriage is consummated; stepson (husband's son) if their marriage is consummated, stepdaughter (wife's daughter) if their marriage is consummated;


Mother in law's sister is not mahram by assumptions and opinion of the scholars. And father in law's brother is not mahram similarly. My opinion is that brother and sisters of mahram are also mahram since they are directly blood related. There are no direct and literal evidence from Quran or sunnah that they are non mahram. For example, Quran mentions wet nurse as mother and her daughters as mahram but we know from hadith that wet nurse's brother is also mahram. This establishes the fact that a single mahram relation creates a full tree of mahram relation as they all are blood related.


Of course they are mahrams! And this is stated in the Quran, Surat An-Nisā' 4:23:

Prohibited to you [for marriage] are your mothers, your daughters, your sisters, your father's sisters, your mother's sisters, your brother's daughters, your sister's daughters, your [milk] mothers who nursed you, your sisters through nursing, your wives' mothers, 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. And [also prohibited are] the wives of your sons who are from your [own] loins, and that you take [in marriage] two sisters simultaneously, except for what has already occurred. Indeed, Allah is ever Forgiving and Merciful.

  • -1. What part of it interpret's to the fact that they are mahram? Nov 9, 2013 at 18:58
  • This does not answer the question. It is asking about whether the brother of the mother-in-law is a mahram, who is not mentioned in the bold part, nor in the entire verse.
    – UmH
    Aug 23, 2020 at 8:34

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