Pearl of Wisdom

'The friends of Allah are those who look at the inward aspect of the world while the other people look at its outer aspect; they busy themselves with its remoter benefits while the other people busy themselves in the immediate benefits. They kill those things which they fear would have killed them, and they abandon here in this world what they believe would abandon them. They take the amassing of wealth by others as a small matter and regard it as a loss. They are enemies of those things which others love while they love things which others hate. Through them the Qur?an has been learnt and they have been given knowledge through the Qur?an. With them the Qur'an is staying while they stand by the Qur'an. They do not see any object of hope above what they hope in and no object of fear above what they fear.'

Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib [as]
Nahj al-Baldgha, Saying 432

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Question : #604 Category: Family Issues
Subject: Adopting a child
Question: Asalaam Alaikum. Is adoption of an orphan allowed in Islam? If yes, under what conditions? I am a Muslimah, 25 years old and unmarried. I always wanted to adopt a zateem from a Muslim country but was unsure if it's allowed.
Answer: It is permissible for a person to 'adopt' a child, but the child is not considered his son or daughter; the child remains a stranger (non-mahram) to him or his wife and he or she does not inherit the person who has adopted him or her. Also the childs lineage has to be preserved.

Here adoption in the sense of claiming a child as your own son or daughter and getting an ID card for him or her in your name is not permissible, however, there is no Ishkaal (objection) in taking care of a child, raising him or her and showing love and care.
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If I breastfeed the child when he/she is under the age of 2, through induced lactation, will that create a "milk kinship"? Would that lead the child (if I adopt a boy) to become a mahram so I wouldn't have to observe hijab in front of him?
And also in certain circumstances, a baby is not named, what would I do in that situation? Would it then be permissible to give her/him my last name?
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