List of Mahram relations in Islam

A Mahram is a person who is allowed by Islam to stay with women without any need for cover of the veil. There is a specific list of relations who are considered Mahram for a woman.

There are 3 kinds of Mahram relations i.e. Mahram relations by Blood, Mahram relations by Marriage, and Mahram relations by Breastfeeding.

Mahram relationships by Blood

1-Your descendants (children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren).

2-Your ascendants (Parents, Grandparents, great-grandparents).

3-Descendants of your parents (Brother, Sister, Half Brother, Half-Sister, children of your brothers, sisters, half-brothers, and half-sisters).

4-The first generation of your grandparents (Father’s brothers and sisters including half-brothers and half-sisters, mother’s brothers and sisters including half-brothers and half-sisters).

Mahram relationships by Marriage


2-Ancestors of your Husband/Wife (father-in-law, mother-in-law,  grandparents, and great-grandparents of your Husband or Wife).

3-Husband/Wife of your Descendants (Son-in-Law, Daughter-in-Law, Husband, and Wife of your grandchildren).

4-Husband/Wife of your Ancestors (Mother’s Husband, Father’s Wife, Husband of grandmother, wife of grandfather).

5-Decedents of your Husband (Step-Son, Step-Daughter).

List of Mahram relations in Islam

Mahram relationships by Breastfeeding

1-If you are breastfed within 2.5 years of age by any woman, she is your mahram.

2-All her children.

3-All the children who are breastfed by the same lady.

4-Common Misconceptions about Mahram relations.

5-Brother-in-Law or Sister-in-Law is not Mahram.

6-Cousins are not Mahram relations.

List of Non-Mahram relationships

All the relations except the ones which have been given above are Non-Mahram relations. A woman is required to veil in front of them. For your convenience, we have listed down some general non-mahram relationships below.

  • Brother-in-Law.
  • Sister-in-Law.
  • Husband of your mother’s sister.
  • Wife of your mother’s brother.
  • Husband of your father’s sister.
  • Wife of your father’s brother.

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