Major Forbidden Acts


Major Forbidden Acts

Question: Is it possible for you to write haram acts item by item for the sake of simplicity and comprehensibility?

The following are some of the forbidden (haram) acts that we have quoted from fiqh books:

1. Using more water than is necessary for wudu’ or ghusl,

2. A rich person’s eating from the meat of the animal sacrificed for the fulfillment of a vow (nazr),

3. Not saying “Yarhamukallah” to a person who has sneezed and then said “Alhamdulillah,”

4. Consuming alcoholic drinks,

5. Prostrating yourself for anyone other than Allahu ta’ala,

6. Taking an oath on anything other than Allahu ta’ala,

7. Naming humans after Allahu ta’ala’s such names as Rahman, Quddus, and Khaliq,

8. Kissing the hand of your friend,

9. Exposing your awrah and looking at a person’s awrah [the awrah of a man is the area between his navel and knees, and the awrah of a woman is all parts of her body except her hands and face],

yeni710. Lending money to the grocer and buying groceries (free of charge) from him until the money lent has been recovered (by way of the purchases you have made),

11. A woman’s going out without wearing hijab and her close relatives’ approving this act of hers,

12. Using that which is in another person’s possession without the owner’s consent and then putting it back in its place,

13. Demanding bride price of the prospective groom,

14. Fasting on the first day of Eid al-Fitr and on the first, the second, the third, or the fourth day of Eid al-Adha,

15. Eating from the meat of an animal slaughtered without Basmala or slaughtered by disbelievers without a holy book,

16. Loving and respecting followers of bid’at (religious innovation),

17. A person begging for money though (s)he has a day’s food and giving him/her alms though the giver knows that (s)he has a day’s food,

18. Praising a Muslim with untrue compliments,

19. Drinking beer, kumis, and kephir,

20. Utilizing someone else’s labor without payment,

yeni21. Upsetting a person by hiding his/her possession for a joke,

22. Believing that a contagious disease is certain to pass from one person to another,

23. Having a child do, eat, or drink something that is haram for adults to do, eat, or drink,

24. Letting mad people or small children who will bring impurity (najasat) enter the mosque,

25. Drawing a picture of an animal or a human,

26. Hanging the picture of a living being (an animal or a human) somewhere above waist level,

27. Begging from the jama’at by walking among them and giving alms to such a beggar,

28. Bringing flowers or a wreath to a funeral and carrying things that are a sign of mourning,

29. Bringing the corpse into the mosque [it must not be brought into the mosque even for the purpose of offering Salat al-Janaza for it],

30. Saying the khutba of Salat al-Jumu’ah and of Salat al-Eid as though one is making a speech,

31. A junub person’s entering the mosque, performing salat, or reading the Qur’an [in addition to these acts, it is also haram for a menstruating woman to have sexual intercourse with her husband and to fast],

32. Playing or listening to musical instruments,

33. A man approving of the indecencies of his wife or of his female relatives,

34. Ceasing to be on talking terms with another Muslim for more than three days,

35. Eating or drinking when you are full,

36. A man’s wearing a gold ring,

37. Forcing your wife to work in order to earn money,

38. A man’s wearing silken garments and his wearing gold and silver as adornments,

39. A man’s imitating a woman and vice versa, e.g., his wearing a necklace,

40. Charging a fee for a male animal’s covering a female one,

41. Swearing at any of the companions of our Master the Prophet,

42. Calling out adhan through the use of a loudspeaker,

43. Charging or paying interest (riba),

44. Learning fortune-telling and practicing it,

45. Not performing a fard salat in its due time without a valid excuse,

46. Not learning commonly known fard and haram acts as much as you need,

47. Omitting fard acts,

48. Using obscene language,

49. A bride’s being seen by a non-mahram man in her wedding dress, covered as she may be,

50. Dying as a result of not eating food,
51. Backbiting and listening to someone who is backbiting,

52. Hiding the invisible patch of or defects of a product and selling it saying that it is new and defect-free,

53. Charging an arrival tax from a Muslim on hajj (major pilgrimage),

54. Pronouncing three divorces (talaq) at one and the same time,

55. A man’s beating his wife, his treating her cruelly, or his not giving her nafaqa sufficiently,

56. Saying Basmala when starting to commit a haram,

57. Praising Allahu ta’ala after eating or drinking that which is haram,

58. Being jealous of someone,

59. Complaining about your illness to people and expressing displeasure,

60. Stealing and taking someone’s property by force,

61. Betrayal.

62. Inciting roosters or other animals to fight each other,

63. Inserting a worldly speech into khutba,

64. Committing bid’at (religious innovation) in acts of worship,

65. Opposing ijma’,

66. Eating a chicken boiled in water before it is eviscerated,

67. Slandering a person,

68. The imam’s performing recitation in salat more loudly than necessary,

69. Prodigality (israf),

70. Having intercourse with your wife in her back passage,

71. A woman’s traveling to hajj or somewhere else without a mahram man,

72. A woman’s letting her voice be heard by non-mahram men by reciting the Qur’an or mawlid or nasheed,

73. A woman’s plucking her eyebrows,

74. A woman’s letting non-mahram men see pieces of hair cut from her hair or from the other parts of her body,

75. A woman’s wearing perfume when going out,

76. Imitating disbelievers in acts of worship, [Broadly speaking, it is haram, but it may be makruh or even kufr according to the act done. For example, dying an egg without the intention of imitating disbelievers is makruh because disbelievers dye eggs. If one does it with the intention of imitating Christians, it will be haram. If one does it at Nowruz with the intention of imitating Zoroastrians, it will be kufr.]

77. Not obeying the law and causing punishment and damage, which will lead to fitna,

78. Eating insects and shellfish,
79. Committing a murder,

80. Getting angry with those who give advice to you,

81. Putting yourself in danger,

82. Being arrogant,

83. Eating foul-smelling meat,

84. Eating the meat of a dog, of a fox, and of the other predators,

85. Gambling,

86. Holding the Qur’an al-karim when you are not in a state of wudu’,

87. Reciting the Qur’an al-karim or having someone recite it in return for money,

88. Reciting the Qur’an al-karim with taghanni and listening to such recitation,

89. Performing an abortion [it is permissible before 120 days pass after conception if there is extreme necessity],

90. Slaughtering an animal out of respect upon the arrival of celebrities,

91. Not paying your debts though you have money or property,

92. Masturbating,

93. Renting out the houses in Mecca to pilgrims during hajj,

94. Keeping a mistress and practicing mut’ah marriage,

95. Going on hajj without asking your parents’ permission if they are in need,

96. Hanging the pictures of pious people at a high place or put them at a lower place,

97. When you are listening to khutba, doing that which is haram to do in salat,

98. Praying (making du’a) in any language other than Arabic in salat,

99. Breaking salat without a valid excuse,

100. Performing salats before their due times or after their due times,

101. Looking at the awrah of a dead person,

102. Amputating a part of a dead person if there is no extreme necessity [transplantation is permissible],

103. Eating dirty and impure (najs) things,

104. Giving or taking a bribe,

105. Keeping a beard shorter than a handful and thus altering the sunnat,

106. Not obeying non-haram orders of your pious parents,
107. Not returning the salam of another person immediately,

108. Practicing sorcery or have a person practice it,

109. Spreading gossip,

110. Thinking badly of a Muslim and trying to find out secret information about someone,

111. Not taking the medicine that has a definite curing effect,

112. Not giving the ushr (zakat on agricultural produce) and eating from agricultural produce on which you have not given ushr,

113. Taking drugs,

114. Selling a cheque or a promissory note at a discount,

115. Eating or drinking things harmful to your body,

116. Announcing an unrelated child to be your own child,

117. Surrogacy,

118. Telling a lie, taking a false oath, and making a false promise,

119. Giving zakat or alms to people who spend their money on haram things,

120. Thinking that you are superior to others due to your wealth or position,

121. Fornication, sodomy, and bestiality.


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