Fatwa: # 16638
Category: Jurisprudence and Rulings...
Country: United Kingdom
Date: 25th April 2008


When you have a cousin who has been breast fed by your mother does that make him your Mahram?


I just wanted to ask what if it is permissable to eat food that has the ingredioents : white wine vinegar.. spirit vinegar... red wine vinegar? i did some reseacrch and found that they are not intoxicating once the alcohol has been transfigured into vinegar.. but i also read somewhere that the Prophet PBUH did not allow this? is the correct? could you please give evidence.


Also on the subject of mahrems. When you have a cousin who has been breast fed by your mother does that make him your mahrem?

Is all forms of music prohibited? what if the content of the words is not vulgar but there are still musical instruments?? can u please give evidence.

I was told that a muslim woman should not take her husbands surname as it makes them appear 2 be from the same lineage.. is this correct? Ive heard some say it is haram for her to do so, but have also read that it is ok.

Thank you.


In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Assalaamu `alaykum waRahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

1) It is permissible to consume vinegar made from wine as long as the effects of alcohol, e.g. intoxication, are not present. This permissibility is evident in the books of Fiqh.

(وإذا تخللت الخمر حلت سواء صارت خلا بنفسها أو بشيء يطرح فيها ، ولا يكره تخليلها ) وقال الشافعي : يكره التخليل ولا يحل الخل الحاصل به إن كان التخليل بإلقاء شيء فيه قولا واحدا ، وإن كان بغير إلقاء شيء فيه فله في الخل الحاصل به قولان له أن في التخليل اقترابا من الخمر على وجه التمول ، والأمر بالاجتناب ينافيه ولنا قوله صلى الله عليه وسلم { نعم الإدام الخل } من غير فصل ، وقوله عليه الصلاة والسلام { خير خلكم خل خمركم } ولأن بالتخليل يزول الوصف المفسد وتثبت صفة الصلاح من حيث تسكين الصفراء وكسر الشهوة ، والتغذي به والإصلاح مباح ، وكذا الصالح للمصالح اعتبارا بالمتخلل بنفسه وبالدباغ والاقتراب لإعدام الفساد فأشبه الإراقة ، والتخليل أولى لما فيه من إحراز مال يصير حلالا في الثاني فيختاره من ابتلي به

(Fathul Qadeer, Vol. 9, P. 39, Rashidiyya)

) وخل الخمر سواء خللت أو تخللت ) يعني خل الخمر فلا فرق في ذلك بين أن يتخلل بنفسه أو تخلل بإلقاء شيء فيه كالملح أو الخل أو النقل من الظل إلى الشمس أو بإيقاد النار بالقرب منها خلافا للشافعي إذا تخللت بإلقاء شيء فيها كالملح ولنا قوله : عليه الصلاة والسلام { نعم الإدام الخل } مطلقا فيتناول جميع صورها ولأن بالتخليل إزالة الوصف المفسد وثبات صفة الصلاح كالذبائح فالتخليل أولى لما فيه من إحراز مال يصير حلالا

(Al-Bahr al-Raaiq, Vol. 8, P. 219, Rashidiyya)

الخمر اذا خلله بعلاج الملح او بغيره ، يحل عندنا اكله

(Fatawa Alamgiree, Vol. 5, P. 410, Rashidiyya)
(Fatawa Mahmudiyya, Vol. 18, P. 179, Faruqiyya)

2) If a cousin was suckled by one's mother before the age of 2, this will make him a radhaa'i brother (foster-brother) through milk relations. He will be considered a mehram (one whom you cannot marry).


قوله تعالى { وأخواتكم من الرضاعة } (سورة النساء)


عن ابن عباس أن رسول الله -صلى الله عليه وسلم- أريد على بنت حمزة بن عبد المطلب فقال « إنها ابنة أخى من الرضاعة وإنه يحرم من الرضاعة ما يحرم من النسب ».

(Sunan Ibn Majah, P. 139, Qadimi)

( فيحرم منه ) أي بسببه ( ما يحرم من النسب )

(Raddul Muhtar, Vol. 3, P. 213, HM Saeed)


( قوله : وحرم به ، وإن قل في ثلاثين شهرا ما حرم منه بالنسب ) أي حرم بسبب الرضاع ما حرم بسبب النسب قرابة وصهرية في هذه المدة ولو كان الرضاع قليلا لحديث الصحيحين المشهور : { يحرم من الرضاع ما يحرم من النسب } ومعناه أن الحرمة بسبب الرضاع تعتبر بحرمة النسب

(Al-Bahr al-Raaiq, Vol. 3, P. 388, Rashidiyya)

3) Music-A detailed article on music will be put up on the site shortly InshaAllah.

4) It is not necessary for a Muslim woman to take the surname of her husband. However, she may do so if she desires. In today's society, it has become a norm for a woman to take the surname of her husband. This may be for legal reasons in one's country or for identification purposes. Regardless of the reason, a possible solution can be to keep the father's surname as her middle name and the husband's surname as her surname.

And Allah knows best


Ml. Asif Umar,
Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by:

Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Darul Iftaa

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