Definition of haram in English:



  • Forbidden or proscribed by Islamic law.

    • ‘The Syrian was too open to innovation, to allowing stylistic changes to the religion, and in Islam that is haram, forbidden, he said.’
    • ‘For a businessman, it is a religious duty to learn Islam's teachings about economics and halal and haram transactions.’
    • ‘According to some Ulama, smoking is haram (strictly prohibited).’
    • ‘It is haram (strictly prohibited) for a Muslim to go to Church and admit being a Christian for refugee status.’
    • ‘It does not do away with the distinction between halal and haram.’
    • ‘It may be haram (forbidden by Islam), but there is drought, unemployment and no other way to make my living.’
    • ‘And the Ayatollah Sistani already gave a religious order that it is haram to do anything to those Ba'athists unless it is through the courts in Iraq.’
    • ‘Whatever Shariah has declared as haram is as unsafe as poison, although its poisonous consequences will be apparent in the Hereafter.’
    • ‘When I heard about it, I prayed to God that no Muslims in America did it because such is haram [forbidden in Islam].’
    • ‘Therefore, according to Shari'ah, to look, speak, listen, etc. to any Ghayr Mahram except at the time of extreme necessity is haram and impermissible.’
    • ‘We can never agree on changing the Shariah's established definitions of halal and haram.’
    • ‘It has become a public secret that there are eateries and restaurants serving dog meat which is haram for Muslims.’
    • ‘According to Bakri's fatwa, it is haram for British Muslims to vote and take part in British politics.’
    • ‘Is the lease payment that I am receiving halal or haram?’
    • ‘Several clerics have weighed in on the controversy, calling the printing of the Koran with the regent's picture inside haram, or forbidden in Islam.’
    • ‘First, it subjects the process of earning to certain divine injunctions, which clearly define the limits of halal and haram.’
    • ‘I want to know whether this money given to the staff of a judge by the relatives of accused persons on the occasions of acquittal of an accused or on his release on bail or for acquiring the copies of the case, is haram in Islam or not.’
    • ‘There is no single directive saying that (not wearing) jilbab is something haram or not.’
    • ‘British and Afghan officials are now counting on mullahs to spread the word that it is haram, or forbidden, under Islam to cultivate opiates.’
    • ‘It would be safe to say that there was no need for the Holy Qur'an to expressly declare alcohol haram.’


From Arabic ḥarām forbidden. Compare with harem.