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Nursing or breast feeding milk mehram foster.

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Jazakallah Khair brother for such a nice and comprehenisve reply, May Allah reward you for this.

 

I just need one clarification in the same subject -

 

My wife is nursing this baby from his 1st day of birth. Somebody told us that if she  breast feed him, only then she will be his Foster Mother and thus becomes Mehram for this boy. She tried a couple of time (breast feeding) but everytime baby took one or two suckling and left, maybe because it didn't have milk in it. It sounds from your email that simply nursing will make her Foster Mother, breast feeding is not mandatory to be Mehram, is my understanding correct.

 

Appreciate your valuable advice on this.

 

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Nursing or breast feeding milk mehram foster

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Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 3.815 Narrated by Aisha

Once the Prophet (saws) came to me while a man was in my house. He (saws) said, "O 'Aisha! Who is this (man)?" I replied, "My foster brother." He (saws) said, "O 'Aisha! Be sure about your foster brothers, as fostership is only valid if it takes place in the suckling period (before two years of age)."

 

Al-Muwatta Hadith 30.4

Yahya related from Malik from Thawr ibn Zayd ad-Dili that Abdullah ibn Abbas (r.a.) said, "The milk which a child under two years old sucks, even if it is only one suck, makes the foster relatives haram (sacred)."

 

Respected brother, one obviously cannot determine with absolute conviction exactly how much milk the infant has sucked from a womans breast..thus if your wife has repeatedly tried to nurse and give suck to the adopted boy from its day of birth, rest assured that if even a drop of her milk has been consumed by the infant, a mehram or sacred foster-relationship would have been deemed established between your wife and the boy in the Sight of Shariah Law.

 

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