What is the meaning of Zhihar? Is this phrase, "you are prohibited to me like my mother" a type of Zhihar?
What is the ruling on Zhihar? What is the ruling on a man who is used to saying this to his wife but does not mean to render his wife prohibited as his mother?
First, Zhihar is when a man likens his wife to an unmarriageable relative such as his mother, sister, etc.
this saying, "you are prohibited to me like my mother" is Zhihar unless he meant that she enjoys the same honorable place as his mother. It is better to refrain from using such words and use other words that convey the same meaning but do not have the same effect. (Part No. 20; Page No. 316) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.