Step son and step mother staying together alone

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Q: Can a widow step mother and step son stay alone without a mahram. My father in law passed away 2 years back and my step mother in law says that she is my husband’s responsibility now. They stay together alone discussing things and as a wife I am not comfortable with this.


A: If there is absolutely no thought of fitnah then it is permissible.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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