Looking at Others
One of the gifts from Allah to mankind is the gift of sight. We must use this great blessing in the path towards perfection and to improve others, and ourselves and thus we must prevent ourselves from looking at those people whom we are not permitted to look at.
Looking at the natural and apparent parts, as long as it is does not intrude on the rights of others is not a problem. Protecting others and ourselves from looking at others, to whom one is a Non – Mahram has specifics, and some of these will be explained in this chapter.
Mahram and Non-Mahram
The above group of people, by blood relations are Mahram; and there is another group which are also Mahram by means of marriage for the boy or man and these include:
These people are Mahram to a girl and woman:
The above group of people, by their own blood relations are Mahram, and another group is also Mahram by marriage on the girl or woman. These include:
With the exception of those who have been listed, it is possible that others – by the way of marriage and with certain conditions – may also become Mahram of each other, and these instances are mentioned in the detailed books of Fiqh.
If a woman breast feeds a child according to the specific conditions that are mentioned in the books of Fiqh, then that child will become a Mahram for that woman and certain others.