Youngest age a male can be a mahram

Reference: Majmoo’ Fataawa wa Maqaalaat Mutanawwi’ah – Volume 16, Page 382

Question: What is the youngest age a male can be a mahram for a woman if she wanted to travel?

Response: The youngest age at which a male can become a mahram for a woman is the coming of age; And that [occurs after] the completion of 15 years [of age] or seminal discharge with desire or the growth of hair around the pubic region.

And when [any] of these three signs are present, then he becomes religiously responsible, and it is permissible for him to be a mahram for a woman. And likewise with the presence of [any] one of the three [signs] a woman becomes religiously responsible; And the woman has another sign and that is the [coming on of the] menses.

And Allaah is the Expounder of all success.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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