Are the First Wife’s Grandsons Mahram to the Second Wife?

Fatwa ID: 03530

Answered by: Alimah Sabrina al-Faarsiyyah

 

Question

Will the grandsons of a divorced first wife have to do pardah from the divorced husband's second wife?

 

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

 

Answer:

 

To make sure we have understood your question properly, I will reiterate the question and then answer afterwards.

 

You have asked regarding: a man married his first wife, and then divorced her sometime later. He thereafter got married to a second wife. His first wife got married to a second husband and had children, then grandchildren. Your question is whether his first wife’s grandsons are mahram (unmarriageable) to his second wife.

 

1- If the above scenario is what you meant, then no, the grandsons of his first wife will not be mahram to his second wife. They will have to abide by the laws of segregation and hijab and hence they will have to do ‘pardah’.

 

However, if your question is regarding: a man married his first wife, had children with her, and thereafter grandchildren. He thereafter got married to a second wife. Your question is whether his first wife’s (and his own) grandsons are mahram (unmarriageable) to his second wife.

 

2- In this scenario, his grandsons from his first wife are mahram (unmarriageable) to his second wife and there will not be any ‘pardah’ because she will be considered their step-grandmother.[1]

 

Only Allah knows best

Written by Aalimah Sabrina al-Faarsiyyah

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

 


[1] Al-Fatawa Al-Hindiyyah 1/339, Al-Maktabah Al-Faisa

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