Is Hijab Necessary in front of the Father in law?


My wife wanted to know if she has to wear a hijab in front of my father (her father in law); as we read somewhere that father in laws are mahram so we weren’t sure about that. Any guidance would be much appreciated.



In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

In principle, the father in law is a mahram for his daughter in law[i].

A mahram is he with who marriage is permanently prohibited.

A woman does not have to observe hijab in front of her father in law. However, a daughter in law should dress in a modest way in front of her father in law especially in these times when immorality is common.


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Muhammad Yaasir Iunus

Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.




حُرِّمَتْ عَلَيْكُمْ أُمَّهَاتُكُمْ وَبَنَاتُكُمْ وَأَخَوَاتُكُمْ وَعَمَّاتُكُمْ وَخَالَاتُكُمْ وَبَنَاتُ الْأَخِ وَبَنَاتُ الْأُخْتِ وَأُمَّهَاتُكُمُ اللَّاتِي أَرْضَعْنَكُمْ وَأَخَوَاتُكُمْ مِنَ الرَّضَاعَةِ وَأُمَّهَاتُ نِسَائِكُمْ وَرَبَائِبُكُمُ اللَّاتِي فِي حُجُورِكُمْ مِنْ نِسَائِكُمُ اللَّاتِي دَخَلْتُمْ بِهِنَّ فَإِنْ لَمْ تَكُونُوا دَخَلْتُمْ بِهِنَّ فَلَا جُنَاحَ عَلَيْكُمْ وَحَلَائِلُ أَبْنَائِكُمُ الَّذِينَ مِنْ أَصْلَابِكُمْ وَأَنْ تَجْمَعُوا بَيْنَ الْأُخْتَيْنِ إِلَّا مَا قَدْ سَلَفَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ غَفُورًا رَحِيمًا

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فتاوى محموديه،ج٢٨ص٩٩


كفايت المفتي،ج٥–٦ص٣٥٦


وَينظر الرجل من ذَوَات مَحَارمه إِلَى الْوَجْه وَالرَّأْس

بداية المبتدي (ص: 222)


وينظر الرجل من ذوات محارمه إلى الوجه والرأس والصدر والساقين والعضدين ولا ينظر إلى ظهرها وبطنها

مختصر القدوري (ص: 241

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