Uncles Of One's Parents Are Mahrams: Uncovering In Front Of Her Mother's Paternal Or Maternal Uncle
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Can a woman uncover in front of her father's
Praise be to Allaah.
The brother of your grandmother on your father's
side is the maternal uncle of your father, and a man's
maternal uncle is regarded as a maternal uncle for all
his descendants. Based on that, your father's maternal
uncle is a maternal uncle for you, so he is one of
your mahrams and you do not have to observe hijab in
front of him. Rather it is permissible for you to
uncover in front of him that which is usually
uncovered in front of mahrams.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said:
Note that a person's maternal or paternal aunt is a
maternal or paternal aunt for him and for all those
who are descended from him. So your father's paternal
aunt is a paternal aunt for you, and your father's
maternal aunt is a maternal aunt for you; your
mother's paternal aunt is a paternal aunt for you and
your mother's maternal aunt is a maternal aunt for
you. Similarly the paternal aunts of your grandfathers
and grandmothers are paternal aunts for you, and the
maternal aunts of your grandfathers and grandmothers
are maternal aunts for you.
Fataawa Islamiyyah, 3/131
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen was also asked:
Is it permissible for a woman to uncover in
front of her mother's paternal or maternal uncle, or
her father's paternal or maternal uncle – in other
words are these persons counted as mahrams?
He replied: Yes, if a woman's mother or father has a
paternal uncle who is her father's full brother or
half brother through either his father or his mother,
or she has a maternal uncle, then he is one of her
mahrams, because your father's paternal uncle is a
paternal uncle for you, and your father's maternal
uncle is a maternal uncle for you. Similarly your
mother's paternal uncle or maternal uncle are uncles
for you through ties of blood.
Al-Fataawa al-Jaami'ah li'l-Mar'ah al-Muslimah, 2/596
And Allaah knows best.