24-08-2004, 04:13 PM
how much does a mother-in-law have to cover in front of her son-in-law?
24-08-2004, 05:40 PM
There is a slight difference of opinion:
The Awra of a woman in front of her Mahram men (those with whom marriage is permanently unlawful), such as the father, brother, son, paternal uncle (fatherís brother), maternal uncle (motherís brother), father in-law, grandson, husbandís son (from another marriage), son in-law, etc consists of the area between the navel and knees, and also the stomach and back.
Thus, it will be permissible for a woman to expose the following parts of her body in front of Mahram males: head, hair, face, neck, chest, shoulders, hands, forearms, and legs from below the knees. It will not be permissible to expose the stomach, back or any area which is between the navel and knees. (See: al-Fatawa al-Hindiyya, 5/328 & al-Hidaya, 4/461).
Full fatwa by Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari can be read here :insh:
Mahram refers to all those persons with whom marriage is not permissible on a permanent basis Below is list detailing those with whom Nikah is not permissible on a permanenet basis.
Persons with whom Nik‚h is Har‚m forever
1. Marriage with one's children, grand-children, great grand-children, etc. is not permissible. Nor is marriage with one's parents, grand-parents, maternal grand-parents, etc. permissible.
2. Marriage with one's brothers, uncles and nephews is not permissible. According to the SharÓ'ah, a brother is one whose mother and father is the same, or they have one father but two mothers, or one mother but two fathers. They are all brothers. But if the father is different, and the mother is also different; that person will not be a brother. Nik‚h with him will be valid.
3. Marriage with one's son-in-law is not permissible. This is irrespective of whether the daughter is already living with him or not. In all cases, nik‚h with him is har‚m.
4. A girl's father passed away. Her mother married another person. However, before the mother could even live with her new husband, she passed away or he divorced her. In such a case, the girl can marry this step-father of hers. However, if the mother lived with him, it will not be permissible for this girl to marry him.
5. Nik‚h with one's step-children is not valid. In other words, if a man has several wives, then one of the wives cannot marry the children of the co-wives. This is irrespective of whether she had lived with her husband or not. Nik‚h with these children is prohibited under all circumstances.
6. It is not permissible for a woman to marry her father-in-law or even the father or grand-father of her father-in-law.
A female may leave her hair, face, forearms, hands and feet uncovered in front of her mahrams. (Males prohibited in marriage)
and Allah Ta'ala Knows Best
Mufti Ebrahim Desai
24-08-2004, 05:48 PM
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