Meaning of makrooh

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Q: In several answers you use the word “makrooh”, for example in the answer to the question “Omitting a Surah in-between two Surahs”. Can you please clarify what you mean with “makrooh”. Is it sinful to do a “makrooh” act as a one off? If so, what is the difference between “makrooh” and “haram”?


A: Sometimes the word makrooh is to show that this is not the preferred way, though not sinful. And sometimes it refers to something sinful when the word makrooh tahreemi is used. Leaving a surah is from the first category.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


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Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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