Custody of Child in absence of female in family.

Question: If, from among the relatives of the child, no woman can be found in order to take custody of the child?


In such a case the father will be the most eligible for custody. Thereafter, the following line of custodians will be followed; paternal grandfather, full brother, consanguine brother, full brother's son, consanguine brother's father, full brother of the father,  consanguine brother of the father,  father's full brother's son and father's consanguine brother's son. However, if the relative is a ghayr mahram and there is some fear over the safety of the child in the future, then in such a case the child will be given to someone who is reliable and trustworthy.