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Speaking with Female Cousins

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Askmufti.co.za

Q: Can a male talk with his female cousins?

A: A man’s female cousin or his male cousin’s wife are not his mehrams, so there has to be purdah or hijaab between the two. In Surah Noor, verse 31, Almighty Allah mentions a list of mehram males with whom a woman may interact; the cousin is not on this list.

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