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Breastfeeding in front of one’s mahrams

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Q: My sister in law, that means my husbands younger sister, when she feeds her son breast milk, she takes her breasts out and feeds her son in an open room. My father in law, my brothers in law and my husband are all living together. When she breastfeeds her son, she doesn’t close the room door but keeps the door wide. My husband went in that room to take his things but he didn’t mean to go see her with an ugly mind. I too didn’t mean that my husband is going to the room with an ugly mind. I know he is going to take his things which is in that room but when I was talking to my husband about this matter, I ask my husband “How do you have permission to go in that room when she was taking her breasts out, it is not permissible in Islam.” Then my husband complained that I have an a ugly mind about his sister and he says that I’m an ugly woman and I’m suspecting their pure relationship. It’s not like that wallahi, as a wife my husband hasn’t seen my whole body. It’s hurts me. That’s why I am asking regarding his sister. He says that he has the total permission to go in front of his sister even if she feeds with her breasts out. Does my husband have permission to see his sisters body parts as a brother?

Bismillaah

A: It is not a wise thing to be playing with words. It is not right for a woman to allow herself to be viewed in this manner. She should either close the door when feeding or she should cover herself with a sheet and feed the child from beneath the sheet. The husband who thinks like this, he himself is ugly.

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

 

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, 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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