Meaning of haram in English:


Pronunciation /hɑːˈrɑːm/


  • Forbidden or proscribed by Islamic law.

    ‘According to some Ulama, smoking is haram.’
    • ‘First, it subjects the process of earning to certain divine injunctions, which clearly define the limits of halal and haram.’
    • ‘It may be haram, but there is drought, unemployment and no other way to make my living.’
    • ‘There is no single directive saying that (not wearing) jilbab is something haram or not.’
    • ‘Allowing stylistic changes to the religion is haram, he said.’
    • ‘It is haram for a Muslim to go to Church and admit being a Christian for refugee status.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Whatever Shariah has declared as haram is as unsafe as poison, although its poisonous consequences will be apparent in the Hereafter.’
    • ‘For a businessman, it is a religious duty to learn Islam's teachings about economics and halal and haram transactions.’
    • ‘We can never agree on changing the Shariah's established definitions of halal and 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.’
    • ‘British and Afghan officials are now counting on mullahs to spread the word that it is haram, or forbidden, under Islam to cultivate opiates.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Is the lease payment that I am receiving halal or haram?’
    • ‘It does not do away with the distinction between halal and haram.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It has become a public secret that there are eateries and restaurants serving dog meat which is haram for Muslims.’
    • ‘It would be safe to say that there was no need for the Holy Qur'an to expressly declare alcohol haram.’
    forbidden, prohibited, banned, proscribed, vetoed, ruled out, interdicted, outlawed, not permitted, not allowed, illegal, illicit, unlawful, impermissible, not acceptable, restricted, frowned on, beyond the pale, off limits, out of bounds


From Arabic ḥarām ‘forbidden’. Compare with harem.