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Is it safe to marry my cousin who has breastfed only once?

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I wanted to marry my cousin brother to whom my mother has breastfeed one time I have read many articles which say that 5 time breastfeed should be there to make a person mahram. My mother has only feed 1 time before the age of 2 years but only one time feed. I follow Hanafi madhhab but this exception of 5 times breastfeed is only given in Shafi’ madhhab what should I do now. I really want to marry him. Please help me. I will be always thankful for you.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Fatwa: 85/51/SN=02/1436)

When you are Hanafi then it is necessary for you to follow the same maslak in each matter. It is not lawful for you to follow the Maslak of any other Imam in matters of marriage. According to Hanafi Fiqh, Hurmat-e-Raza’at is proved though it is suckled only once. Hence you should give up the intention to marry the cousin (which is your razai (foster) brother as well) completely. You should try to find out a match within the limit of Shariah, in-shaAllah, you shall get a good match.
ويثبت به (الرضاع) ولو بين الحربيين بزازيه وإن قل إن علم وصوله لجوفه من خمسه أو أنفه (در مختار) و أن قل أشار به إلى نفى قول الشافعي واحدى الروايتين عن أحمد أنه لا يثبت التحريم إلا بخمس مشبعات مشبعات …. والجواب أن التقدير منسوخ صرح بنسخه ابن عباس وابن مسعود الخ (رد المحتار 4/399 ط زكريا)

Allah knows Best!

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

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