Breastfeeding Husband During Pregnancy in Islam

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Hi all readers! Are you looking for an explanation about breastfeeding husband during pregnancy in Islam? If your answer is “Yes”, congratulations! Now you are reading the right article. Why? Because that is what I will explain in this article. As Muslims, we must understand that. That’s why I wrote this article. So, you should read it to the end!

Specifically, there are three important things about breastfeeding husband during pregnancy in Islam which I will explain in this article. The three important things I mean are as follows:

  1. Breastfeeding to Man in Islam.
  2. Can Husband Drink Breast Milk of Wife During Pregnancy in Islam?
  3. Breastfeeding Husband During Pregnancy in Islam; Will Husband Become a Mahram?

Breastfeeding to Man in Islam

The first important point about breastfeeding a husband during pregnancy in Islam which I will explain now is breastfeeding to man in Islam. I want you to understand the crux of the matter about that.

If we read the literacy of Islamic law about breastfeeding to men, then we will find an explanation that the source of the debate about breastfeeding to men in Islam is the hadith below:

عَنْ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهَا أَنَّ سَالِماً مَوْلَى أَبِيْ حُذَيْفَةَ كَانَ مَعَ أَبِيْ حُذَيْفَةَ وَأَهْلِهِ فِيْ بَيْتِهِمْ . فَأَتَتْ تَعْنِي اِبْنَةُ سُهَيْلٍ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَقَالَتْ : إِنَّ سَالِماً قَدْ بَلَغَ مَا يَبْلُغُ الرِّجَالُ , وَعَقَلَ مَا عَقَلُوْا , وَإِنَّهُ يَدْخُلُ عَلَيْنَا , وَإِنِّي أَظُنُّ أَنَّ فِيْ نَفْسِ أَبِيْ حُذَيْفَةَ مِنْ ذَلِكَ شَيْئًا . فَقَالَ لَهَا النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : أَرْضِعِيْهِ تَحْرُمِيْ عَلَيْهِ وَيَذْهَبُ الَّذِيْ فِيْ نَفْسِ أَبِيْ حُذَيْفَةَ . فَرَجَعَتْ فَقَالَتْ : إِنِّي قَدْ أَرْضَعْتُهُ فَذَهَبَ الَّذِيْ فِيْ نَفْسِ أَبِيْ حُذَيْفَةَ

From Aisha radliyallahu anha, that Salim, the slave who had been freed by Abu Hudzaifah, lived in the house with Abu Hudzaifah and his family. Suhail’s daughter then came to the Prophet (Muhammad) sallallahu alaihi wa sallam, then she said, “Verily, Salim has reached the age of adulthood like adult men. He is able to think as they think. Really, he always comes to us. I irrigated that which was also in Abu Hudzaifah’s mind. ” Prophet (Muhammad) sallallahu alaihi wa sallam then said to her, “Breastfeed him so that you become his Mahram and what was in Abu Hudzaifah’s mind would be lost.” She then went and said, “Really I have breastfed him and what was in Abu Hudzaifah’s mind was gone.”

The hadith must be understood from two aspects:

First: we must understand the authenticity aspect of the hadith as a hadith that did come from the Prophet Muhammad.

If we read Islamic literacy about the hadith, then we will find an explanation that the hadith is a hadith sahih or a valid hadith. Many hadith experts have narrated the hadith, such as Muslim, Abu Daud, an-Nasa’i, Ibn Majah, and Ahmad. The lineage of the hadith (sanad) reached Aisha.

Second: the relevance of the hadith as the basis of Islamic law regarding breastfeeding to man.

This hadith causes controversy among scholars. Salim, as explained in the hadith is a man with a beard (adult). So, logically, he would no longer be possible and inappropriate to be breastfed by an adult woman who had no kinship with him.

But Prophet Muhammad salallahu alaihi wa sallam ordered Sahlah to breastfeed Salim (her husband’s former adopted son, Abu Hudzaifah). That is why Ibn Abd al-Bar and al-Darimi did not comment on the hadith.

We can find another attitude in Dr. Izzat ‘Athiyah who was once a hadith lecturer, at the Usuluddin faculty, al-Azhar university, Cairo, Egypt. He argued that a female employee who worked alone with a man in a closed room and the door could not be opened except through one of the two, could breastfeed her male friend. The goal is that both of them are allowed to be alone in the room and the woman is allowed to take off her hijab and reveal her hair in front of the man she is breastfeeding because the man has become her mahram.

Now, how do we understand this hadith properly?

An-Nawawi, one of the experts in Islamic law, explained the differences of opinion among Islamic law experts regarding the hadith. Aisha and Dawad al-Zhahiri explained that breastfeeding to man can lead to a mahram status as breastfeeding to child who is less than two years old.

Meanwhile, the majority of Islamic law experts from the Companions, Tabi’in, and Islamic law experts at this time said that breastfeeding that caused the status was breastfeeding newborn children until the age of two years. As for children who are more than two years old or even adults, it will not result in a mahram status between those who are breastfeeding and those who are breastfed.

In other words, breastfeeding children (or breastfeeding adult males in this context) who are more than two years old will not result in a mahram relationship. I will explain some other important things about it at the end of the discussion.

That’s a brief explanation of breastfeeding to man in Islam. As Muslims, we must understand that.

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