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Breastfeeding kinship forces Saudi couple to get divorced

In Islam, Muslims consider a woman who breastfeeds children of other women as their mother and her children as their siblings

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A Saudi court has issued a ruling for the divorce of a couple who were found to have been breastfed by the same woman when they were infants, the Saudi Gazette reported on Saturday.

The couple had been married for 25 years, during which they had seven children, according to the report, which added that their case had been under review for three months.

In Islam, Muslims consider a woman who breastfeeds children of other women as their mother and her children as their siblings.

They therefore cannot marry.

In this instance, the case was reviewed by the Saudi Grand Mufti, Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Asheikh, who approved the divorce.