Ask A Question About Islam And Muslims
In the name of Allah
The answer is Yes.
When You breastfeed someone else's child (with all the conditions that will be mentioned below) That child is basically like a child of Your own. So he/she will be Mahram to:
But what are the conditions for breastfeeding to result in Mharamiyyat?
1. The child should suck the milk from the breast. So if the milk is poured into the child's mouth, it doesn't count.
2. The child should be under two years of age.
3. The milk should be the result of a Halal relationship.
4. The Child should not throw up the milk. If so, it doesn't count.
5. The quantity or duration of breastfeeding should be either of these:
Yes she can feed her child in the state of Janabah. It is recommended to do wudhu before feeding.
For the birth of a child, the mother seems to have a much greater contribution compared to the father such as the months of pregnancy and breast feeding. Why is it then said that the child belongs to the father?
Child does not belong to the father only but belongs to both father and mother. Father is fully responsible for all livelihood expenses of the child and the mother, while mother is not responsible to spend on the child even if she is rich.
The Prophet Muhammad has ordered every one to look after his mother, his mother, his mother, then his father.
In the unfortunate situation of separation between father and mother, mother has the right of custody during the childhood years ( 2 years for boy and 7 years for girl) then custody will be for the father.
What advice and guidance is there for a mother going for ziyarat to Iraq with a child that is being breastfed?
It truly is a blessed opportunity for not only the mother, but the infant as well, to be brought to the holy sanctuaries of Ahlul Bayt (a.s.). Nurturing a child the love of Ahlul Bayt (a.s.) by taking them to holy Shrines, and from such a young age, engraves faith and belief in their hearts.
Therefore, the mother should seize the opportunity of giving her baby the most exposure to the holy Shrines, and benefiting from that spiritual atmosphere.
That being said, like everywhere else one travels, certain precautions must be taken.
Try to select a date where the weather in Iraq is moderate. Not too hot, and not too cold. Spring, or Autumn, for example. Keep in mind that electricity is still a problem there.
Pack basic essentials for the baby's needs, from clothes to nappies. A compact pram would also be useful. Bring child medicine, like panadol, nappy rash, etc, and also medication for diarrhea.
Try to choose quiet times when you go for the Ziyarah, and avoid big crowds. Keep an eye on you child, and try not to be conspicuous. For your own protection, and for your baby's protection, pay sadaqah regularly, and keep a hirz on your baby.
It would be very useful to travel with people who would assist you throughout the trip. Try not to rely on others, but at times you will need help with certain things, and maybe just a little rest.
Continue to remind yourself that you wish to gain proximate benefit from Ziyarah, and that your intention is purely for Allah ta'ala. Also, remember that your reward is based on the amount of difficulty you go through, so everything you endure will be taken into consideration in the eye of the Almighty.
And please keep us in your duas.