You Won’t Believe What Is Haram in Islam

Jason Stevens | United States

In Islamic principles, some things are halal (Lawful) and others haram (Forbidden). You probably know that adultery, homosexuality, and alcohol are haram in Islam. But there are many other objects and acts that the religion disapproves of. Here’s a list of haram and/or makrooh (detestable) things that may surprise you.

1) Hair Removal

Can you imagine going to hell for plucking your eyebrows? Women in Islam are forbidden to do so; it is haram. The action of removing the hair of the eyebrows is called al-namas.

“Allah has cursed the woman who does tattoos and the one who has them done, the woman who plucks eyebrows (al-naamisah) and the one who has it done (al-mutanammisah), and the one who files her teeth for the purpose of beauty, altering the creation of Allaah.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5931; Muslim, 2125)

According to a hadith of Ibn ‘Umar’s, Muslim men are obligated to keep their beards as a means to differentiate them from the kuffar or non-believers. Narrated By Nafi’: Ibn Umar said, The Prophet said, ‘Do the opposite of what the pagans do. Keep the beards and cut the moustaches short.’

2) Makeup and Perfumes

Makeup can get women attention and to protect them from unwanted looks, Islamic principles don’t want women to wear make up the same way they want them to hide their hair and body. (Hijab, niqab…).

“And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what must ordinarily appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, or their brothers’ sons or their sisters’ sons, or their women or the servants whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex, and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O you Believers, turn you all together towards Allah, that you may attain Bliss.” (Quran 24:31).

They don’t want women to “provoke” men; that’s the most common argument from Muslim scholars.

Perfume is allowed if a woman is with her husband or female friends.

“Any woman who puts on perfume and passes by people so that they can smell her fragrance is a zaaniyah. » Narrated by Imam Ahmad (19212) and al-Nasaa’i (5126); classed as haram by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami‘.

3) Disobeying a Husband

It is not permissible for a woman to fast when her husband is present except with his permission, or to allow anyone to enter his house without his permission. She cannot go out of the house or travel without his permission.  Men have the right of qawwaamah (being in charge of the household). In other words, women are treated like prisoners.

They’re also not allowed to have friends of the opposite sex.

4) Music

You didn’t see this one coming, did you?

It is true that Music is not illegal in any Muslim country. However, verses (Ayat) in the Quran made it a controversial issue in the Arab world. “The Almighty Allah has sent me as a mercy to the worlds and to guide the people.  He ordered me to eradicate the playing of flute, other instruments of music, all games of vice, idol (worship) and all practices of the days of ignorance.” – Mustadrakul Wasa’il, Chapter 79

5) Gold and Silk (for Men)

Gold is something with which people adorn and beautify themselves, but a man is not supposed to do this.

A woman needs to adorn herself so as to make herself attractive to her husband, thus creating a bond between her and her husband.

Ali reported that the Prophet took some silk in his right hand and some gold in his left, declaring, “These two are haram for the males among my followers. »

Dress codes in Islam are for both men are women (Some sort of equality); the Quran also states that men should not wear shorts.

6) Dogs

Man’s best friend is haram in Islam. Muslims can own a dog for hunting but not have one as a pet.

« Whoever keeps a dog, his good deeds will decrease every day by one qeeraat (a unit of measurement), unless it is a dog for farming or herding. »

« The angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog.”  (Al-Bukhaari) and (Muslim).

In 2010, Muslim bus drivers in the UK did not allow guide dogs in their buses and cars.

7) Not Saying Bismallah Before Killing an Animal

It has to be a halal slaughter.

Eat from the slaughtering upon which the name of Allah has been mentioned ».

8) Gambling

“Whoever plays with dice, it is as if he dipped his hand in the flesh and blood of a pig.”

All forms of gambling, using dice or otherwise, are generally haram.

9) Having More than 4 Wives

Islam limited polygamy. Having five wives is haram.

“Then marry [other] women that you like, two, three, or four. »

And the list goes on.

Why Are Certain Things Haram Over Others?

Keep in mind that not all Muslims follow these principles; some have different interpretations of Islam. Many Muslim scholars deny such interpretations altogether.

But some questions are nonetheless worth asking. How is killing infidels (non-believers) halal and wearing jeans haram? Why is child marriage halal but women praying with men haram?

May peace be upon you.


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