Halal and Haram

ALLAH SWT the Almighty created this magnificent and immaculate universe to favour HIS crowned creation, human beings. ALLAH SWT mentions in holy Quran, “And HE has subjected to you whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth – all from him. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought” [Al-Jathiyah 45:13]. By virtue of HIS wisdom ALLAH SWT has proclaimed many things comprised within this world as Halal (lawful) and few others Haram (unlawful) in order to assess our obedience towards HIM. One of the objective of this earthly live is to being constantly examined. Quran quotes, “(HE) who created death and life to test you (as to) which of you is best in deed” [Al Mulk 67:2]. Hence the one who complies with Halal and abstains from Haram in all his matters will succeed. Imam Bukhari narrated that Jundab (RA) said, “The first thing of the human body to purify is the abdomen, so he who can eat nothing but good food (Halal and lawful) should do so”.

Islamic rulings clearly emphasize on Halal and Haram, albeit there are some matters that have not been categorized as legal or illegal. What is the way out then? Narrated by An-Nu’man bin Bashir (RA):  I heard ALLAH’s Apostle PBUH saying, ‘Both legal and illegal things are evident but in between them there are doubtful (suspicious) things and most of the people have no knowledge about them. So whoever saves himself from these suspicious things saves his religion and his honour. And whoever indulges in these suspicious things is like a shepherd who grazes (his animals) near the private pasture (hima) of someone else and at any moment he is liable to get in it. (O people!) Beware! Every king has a hima and the hima of ALLAH on the earth is HIS illegal (forbidden) things. Beware! There is a piece of flesh in the body if it becomes good (reformed) the whole body becomes good but if it gets spoilt the whole body gets spoilt and that is the heart.” (Bukhari). This hadith enlightens us to refrain from doubtful matters. It also elucidates that the one who consumes unlawful, pollutes his blood that circulates to his heart resulting the heart being rendered corrupt and ultimately the whole body is ruined. There could be times when a person may not know the lawfulness of a particular thing as mentioned in the hadith “and most of the people have no knowledge about them”. He should then seek advice from a pious scholar. ALLAH the Merciful says, “So ask the people of the message if you do not know” [Al-Anbiya’ 21:7].

We Muslims have a common tendency to be cautious about food and are casual about other matters concerning Halam and Haram. Sharia (Islamic law) has outlined rules pertaining to Halal and Haram in all religious and worldly affairs regarding food, drinks, clothes, marriage, business transactions, behaviour towards others, private issues, or issues related to public, hunting, medication, festivals, living habits and so on and so forth. In fact, one can say that Islamic rulings are mostly encompassing Halal and Haram thus making it complicated to elaborate what is lawful and what is not. Rather the following verses enlighten us …

ALLAH says, “Say, Who has forbidden the adornment of (i.e., from) ALLAH which HE has produced for HIS servants and the good (lawful) things of provision?. Say, They are for those who believe during worldly life (but) exclusively for them on the Day of resurrection. Thus do We detail the verses for a people who know. Say My Lord has only forbidden immoralities – what is apparent if them and what is concealed – and sin, and oppression without right, and that you associate with ALLAH that for which HE has not sent down authority, and that you say about ALLAH that which you do not know.” [Al A’raf 7:32-33]

Furthermore ALLAH the greatest instructs, “Say: Come, I will recite what your Lord has prohibited to you. (He commands) that you not associate anything with HIM, and to parents, good treatment, and do not kill your children out of poverty; WE will provide for you and them. And do not approach immoralities – what is apparent of them and what is concealed. And do not kill the soul which ALLAH has forbidden (to be killed) except by (legal) right. This has HE instructed you that you may use reason. And do not approach the orphan’s property except in a way that is best (i.e, intending improvement) until he reaches maturity. And give full measure and weight in justice. We do not charge any soul except (with that within) its capacity. And when you speak (i.e., testify), be just, even if (it concerns) a near relative. And fulfil the covenant of ALLAH. This has HE instructed you that you may remember. And (moreover), this is my path which is straight, so follow it; and do not follow (other) ways, for you will be separated from HIS way. This has HE instructed you that you may become righteous” [Al An’am 6:151-153]


23 thoughts on “Halal and Haram

  1. Assalamualaikum brother.I was browsing this site and saw something about Islam too. Very nice information, thankyou so much.I have a doubt, please clear this for me..I know that oral sex is haram and not allowed in Islam, is only kissing on a partner’s pvt part allowed. Will I get gunaah for this?

    1. Assalamu alaikum.

      Islam allows a person to fulfil his sexual pleasure with his wife in any form he likes. Allah says, “Your wives are a place of cultivation for you, so come to your place of cultivation however you wish…” (Al Quran; 2:223).

      Oral sex is not haram. None among the scholars have declared it as haram. They declare it as ‘makrooh’ (a disliked act). Oral sex could rightly be a form of foreplay but it is disliked by many scholars. A matter ‘disliked’ is different from a matter ‘not allowed’. A person who performs a ‘makrooh’ act will not be punished or sinned. Therefore, there is no sin in kissing one’s private part either.

      The only matters that are haram regarding sex with wife is
      (1) : to have anal sex. Our Beloved Prophet peace be upon him said, “Cursed is he who comes to his wife in her backside” (Muslim),
      (2) : to have intercourse during her menstruations. Allah says, “And they ask you about menstruation. Say, “It is harm, so keep away from wives during menstruation. And do not approach them until they are pure. And when they have purified themselves, then come to them from where Allah has ordained for you.” (Al Quran; 2:222).
      [Saqib Hafiz]

  2. Asallam,

    Having intercourse before marriage is haram without our knowledge,In a accident way.Is there any way to get rid of this sin,

    1. Wailikum as salaam

      Intercourse before marriage is surely Haraam and unlawful in Islam. The only way out sincere repentance (Tauba). Inshallah Allah SWT will forgive you as HIS mercy is limitless and vast…

    2. Sexual Intercourse before marriage is surely haraam. A person who has committed this sin should repent from Allah sincerely and feel ashamed for that. Also he should keep himself away from those things that appeals him to the sin. Allah says, “And do not approach unlawful sexual intercourse. Indeed, it is ever an immorality and is evil as a way.” (Surah Israa, Verse 32). So the person should avoid watching pornography, should not spend his time chatting or roaming with girls, and should better use his time in reading Quran or Islamic books. And if the person is unmarried, he should try to get married at the earliest so that he fulfills his needs in legal way and get rewarded instead of being sinned.
      [Saqib Hafiz]

    1. Yes it does. Busrah bint Safwan narrated that the Prophet PBUH said, “Whoever touches his sexual organ cannot pray until he performs ablution.” [This hadith is related by “the five.” At-Tirmidhi classified it as sahih and al-Bukhari called it the most authentic report on that topic. Malik, ash-Shaifi, Ahmad and others also narrated it.]
      This hadith clearly says that touching the private parts without any barriers will invalidate one’s wadu.


      1. There is another opinion amongst the scholars that touching of private parts does not invalidate the ablution. Prophet said “Isn’t it nothing but a piece of you” [Bukhari]. We can notice a stark contradiction in two ahadith of Prophet PBUH. The Ayaat of Quran and Hadith most oftenly do not have contradiction. Scholars say that both the traditions are correct in their meaning. The meaning that should be inferred by both the ahadith is whoever touches his or her private parts with any desire or lust then it invalidated the ablution or else mere touching does not..

        Allah knows best

    1. [1] : Narrated by Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) that whenever the Prophet took a bath after Janaba he started by washing his hands and then performed ablution like that for the prayer. After that he would put his fingers in water and move the roots of his hair with them, and then pour three handfuls of water over his head and then pour water all over his body.(Bukhari). In another hadith by Maimoonah (may Allah be pleased with her) it is added that after taking bath, the prophet (peace be upon him) would wash his feet away from where he took bath. (Bukhari). This is the complete way of performing Ghusl al Janabah.
      But if a person just intends (niyyah) to purify himself and then makes the water to reach every part of his body, then this ghusl is also acceptable and valid. Allah says, “If you are in a state of Janaaba; purify yourselves (bathe your whole body)” [Surah Al Maa’idah 5:6]. But this wont be in accordance to the Sunnah.

      [2] : There is no difference between ghusl in the case of janaabah and ghusl following menses except that it is more mustahabb (liked) to rub the hair in the case of ghusl following menses than in the case of ghusl following janaabah. It is also mustahabb for the woman to apply perfume to the site of bleeding, to remove any unpleasant smell.
      Narrated Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) that Asma’ asked the Prophet (peace be upon him) about ghusl following menses. He said: “Let one of you take her water and lotus leaves and clean herself well, then let her pour water over her head and rub it vigorously so that it will reach the roots of her hair. Then let her pour the water over herself, then take a piece of cloth scented with musk and purify herself.” Asma’ said: How should she purify herself? He said: “Subhaan-Allaah! Purify yourself with it.” Aishah said – as if she whispered it to her – “Follow the traces of blood”. And she asked him about ghusl in the case of janaabah. He said: “Let her take water and clean herself well – or clean herself thoroughly – then let her pour water over her head and rub it so that it reaches the roots of the hair, then let her pour water over herself.” Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: How good the woman of the Ansaar were! They did not let shyness prevent them from understanding their religion properly. (Muslim)

      [Saqib Hafiz]

    1. Wa alaikumus salaam.

      It is permissible for a man to have intercourse with his pregnant wife whenever he wants, unless that will cause her harm or is difficult for her because avoiding things which are difficult for her is a kind of living with them honourably. Allaah says: “and live with them honourably” [Al Quran; 4:19].

      [Saqib Hafiz]

      1. is it haram for a female to masturbate herself?
        n if she does, is it necessary to ghusl or she can continue with ablution?

    1. There is no reason to illegalise fingering. But it should be kept in mind that it does not hurt the wife if it is done during her periods.

      Mere fingering won’t make a woman junub unless it makes her semen gush out. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “If water (semen) gushes out then do ghusl.” It was narrated from Abu Sa‘eed al-Khudri that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Water is for water (i.e., ghusl must be done when semen is emitted).” [ Muslim ]

      It should be noted that the word ‘gushing out’ is aptly used here. So the discharge that comes out during intimacy does not require ghusl (it is only as a lubricant so it requires wudhu only). Whereas that which comes out after orgasm, when climax is reached, and is followed by physical exhaustion makes ghusl obligatory. So if fingering is done until this discharge, then it makes a woman junub.

      [Saqib Hafiz]

  3. Assalamualaikum brother,
    1- Can you please explain me the meaning of Li’aan?
    If Iam not wrong, Li’aan is what a spouse tells to its partner that they may not be intimate with each other for a certain period of time.
    And if he/she tells so, what is the expiation and punishment for it?

    2- If we do the kaffarah for any sin, will we still be punished for it?

  4. As said earlier, ghusl should be done only if semen gushes out. Nothing comes out from me other than the lubricant, I think. So, would like to confirm if ghusl is not needed when one has intercourse before neither of them reach the climax.

    1. You had asked me about fingering, and the rulings are different regarding it and intercourse. Ghusl should be done after intercourse whether gushed out or not. Mere intercourse makes ghusl compulsory (whether ejaculated or not). Prophet (pbuh) said, “If the two private parts come in contact, it makes ghusl wajib”.

      But this is not the case if intercourse is not done, you had asked about fingering only which is not intercourse and you need not do ghusl unless you gush out.

      [Saqib Hafiz]

  5. a w w w make Allahu subhane wetala give us hidaya if u can give us in detailes what to do in the intercourse (ofcourse with ur wife) that makes better cause the young one’s we dont know much in islamic way so respond me ….. a w w w

  6. can i finger a girl or girlfriend who isn’t my wife, like if i know a friend who goes to strip clubs and he fingers them they suck his private he sucks their anal is but their is no sexual intercourse involver, is this permissable ?

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