The difference between Halal and Haram


What do the pious and expert scholars of Islam teach about the difference between halal and Haram?


The principle in shari’ah (Islamic law) is ‘all things are permissible unless specifically prohibited’. Halal refers to things that are allowed by the Shariah. Haram is a term that refers to things that have been prohibited by the Qur’an and the sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ. This includes some foods, such as pork, blood, meat of carrions and animal killed without being properly slaughtered. In social activities, this includes gambling, drinking alcohol, and taking drugs. In business, this is using interest. I relationships this will refer to adultery, cheating and being dishonest etc.

And Allah ﷻ knows best

Dr Musharraf Hussain Al-Azhari
Director of British Fatwa Council

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