Fatwa: # 40166
Category: Beliefs and Practices (Aq...
Country: Pakistan
Date: 3rd December 2018


Older cousin is a mahram of a child


I am a 15 year old boy Alhumdullilah and I just wanted to know the Islamic viewpoint on a  girl baby cousin of 3 years age being considered na mahram or not. 


In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

Brother in Islaam,

In principle, the laws of hijaab are only applicable between people who have reached the age of maturity. Accordingly, although you are not a mahram for your 3 year old cousin, the laws of hijaab do not apply between the two of you until she reaches puberty[1].

And Allaah Ta’aala Knows Best.

Muajul I. Chowdhury

Student, Darul Iftaa

Astoria, New York, USA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[1]  جامع أحكام الصغار للأسروشني (1/ 38)

وذكر في صلاة فتاوى القاضي الإمام ظهير الدين رحمه الله: الصغيرة جدا لا تكون عورة ولا بأس بالنظر إليها ومن مسها


البحر الرائق شرح كنز الدقائق (1/ 285)

وفي الظهيرية الصغيرة جدا لا تكون عورة ولا بأس بالنظر إليها ومنها وفي السراج الوهاج، وأما عورة الصبي والصبية فما داما لم يشتهيا فالقبل والدبر، ثم يتغلظ بعد ذلك إلى عشر سنين، ثم يكون كعورة البالغين


النهر الفائق شرح كنز الدقائق (1/ 182)

وفي السراج الصغير جدا لا عورة له ولا بأس بالنظر إليها ومسها


حاشية ابن عابدين (رد المحتار) (2/ 195)

(قوله لحرمة اللمس كالنظر) يفيد هذا التعليل أن الصغير الذي لا عورة له لا يضر عدم ستره ط

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