Marrying one’s foster brother

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Q: I really love my cousin and he love me too. We did everything together and I regret that but it’s happened now. He told his mother that he wants to get married to me. But his 2nd mother told him that she gave me milk and to him also. My mother never told me that even my father don’t know about this. Now we really love each other and we can’t leave each other. What to do?


A: If she has some type of evidence that she has breastfed both of you then he is your milk brother. Whether you like it or not, you will have to then leave him.

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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