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Definition of Halaal and Haraam

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Q: Could you please supply the Islamic definitions of the following terms:
a. halaal
b. haraam
c. tayyibaat?

A:  Halaal means lawful – that which Shariah has allowed to be consumed or to do. It mainly refers to food items but can be used for acts, too.

Haraam  means forbidden or unlawful. This is proven from Quran and the strong category of Hadith. One who rejects (does not believe) an item being haraam becomes a murtadd, while one who believes it to be haraam but commits it our of weakness, is sinner but still a Muslim

Tayyibaat  meangs things that are pure. This too refers to anything that is halaal.

Mufti Siraj Desai

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