Husband cuddling his mother

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Q: I was telling my husband how I read online by a sheikh/imam that it is not allowed for a grown man to be cuddling his mother whilst laying next to her or for a mother to cuddle her grown son like this. He got annoyed and said she’s my mother and I don’t want to listen to your nonsense. I asked him further and said what are you calling nonsense? He said that you are saying me or my mother aren’t allowed to cuddle each other. I said it isn’t nonsense it’s not allowed. I have told him this probably atleast 2 or 3 times but I don’t think he believes me. He has alot of knowledge of Islam alhamdulliah but he has not read the whole of the quran.

1. Because my husband believes that sleeping next to your mother and cuddling her or her cuddling her grown son is not wrong, does this make him an unbeliever?

2. Does this break my nikah?


A: It looks like your husband does not have the true understanding of Islam. We cannot judge his intentions. If for example he cuddled her without any feelings at all then this will not affect the marriage etc. Hence, his imaan is also safe.

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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