Meaning of Mahram

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What is the definition of a Mahram according to the Quran, Hadith, and explanation of mufassirun?



A Mahram is generally a person whom one cannot marry.

The Fuqaha (Jurists) are the ones who have explained the term ‘Mahram’ and the various types -in light of Quran and Hadith- and it is therefore best to refer to a fiqh site, or a reliable mufti/Darul ifta for more details.

Useful references:

Surah Nisa, verse: 23 & Raddul Muhtar, vol.3 pg.28-30.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar


Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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