Q: Does a father have a right over a child born out of wedlock? Are children born out of wedlock connected in Islam?
A: The biological father (the fornicator) does not have any right over the child. The child’s lineage will be attributed to the mother. If the mother is a muslim, the child will be considered a muslim.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved:
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)