What is Haram?

Haram (Arabic: حرام‎) (often Haraam) is an Arabic term meaning "forbidden". Haram is anything that is prohibited by the faith. Its antonym is halal.
The religious term haram can be applied to:

  • Certain foodstuffs or food ingredients, such as alcohol or pork
  • and also to foods, objects and people that would normally be halaal but which were tarnished in some or other way, for example meat slaughtered in a non-permitted way
  • Certain behaviours, such as adultery or abuse, abstention in the general elections
  • Certain objects
  • Haram also applies to ill-gotten wealth obtained through sin. Examples include money earned through cheating, stealing, corruption, murder or any means that involves harm to another human being. It is prohibited in Islam for a true Muslim to profit from such Haram actions. Any believer who benefits from or lives off wealth obtained through Haram is not a Muslim.