The Haraam List
Because this led to great conversations on the old blog! (Copying verbatim from there. Just a reminder: I’ll be doing this with many blog posts from that older blog, k?)
Errthing’s haraam, bruh.
P.S. Please be advised in advance that this is a satire. It’s intended to poke fun at some Muslims’ habit to make everything haraam. This is not a list of actual haraam things as Islam, the religion of God, deems them haraam. (Note, for example, that objectively haraam things like murder, adultery, etc. are not listed there. Does that clarify my point?)
I’ve compiled a list of all things I can remember that I’ve heard one Muslim or another (or islam-qa.com) saying is haraam. As with all other religions, if you put two Muslims in a room and ask them their views on Thing X, they’re both going to give you two different opinions. The following list is about that. I find it hilarious and amusing that in the comments, some people don’t get the point of this list at all and are taking certain things off the list to explain to me WHY they are haraam. Um, no, thanks.
Also, this isn’t poking fun at Islam; it’s poking fun at certain Muslims’ certain habit and obsession to declare everything haraam, especially the things we love most. I do not apologize for offending anyone with this.
So the following are lists of some of the things that are forbidden/ unacceptable/ punishable/ sinful according to at least one form of Islam (and there are as many forms of Islam as there are Muslims, who number about a billion). Some months ago, someone arrived on my blog looking for “list of things that are haraam in Islam,” which I thought was an excellent idea for a blog post. Millions thanks to that person! God reward you for such creative thinking!
Feel free to add more things. These lists are not comprehensive and never will be.
Your face is haraam, bruh.
P.S. I love how the list for men is so much shorter than the list for women. I’m hurt.
P.P.S. Just so y’all know, I’m not making these up and that these are real. I consider them problematic. As for finding “real” sources or whatever, not necessary because my intention isn’t for Muslims to be better Muslims or anything like that. That’s neither my job nor my interest. This is just for fun. Basically, it’s a response to every single time some Muslim tells me, “OMG – that’s haraaam, don’t you know?” Here’s your answer, losers.
Oh, and whatever you have doubts about, just google it up–or Islam-qa.com it, or go to MuslimMatters.org, and you’ll find it in an article or some comment there somewhere. So you’ll know that none of these are made up. Chances are, there’s some discussion on it already on some Muslim forum. OR just verify all of the following with “Islam-qa.com”!
For women and men:
Talking too much
Praying behind a woman
Not removing hair from certain body parts at least every 40 days…or every Thursday or every Friday (depending on which hadiths make the most sense to you)
Talking to the “opposite” gender (except immediate family members), unless absolutely necessary
Being alone with the “opposite” gender (except immediate family members), unless absolutely necessary
Lusting after the “opposite” gender
Being homosexual (gay, lesbian)
Being neither woman nor man, being queer
Wearing the clothes of the “opposite” gender
Chatting/talking to/with the opposite gender on the Internet
Eating any non-zabeeha/halaal meat (including in the West)
Eating shrimp and most other sea foods
Listening to music
Indulging in any musical activities
Being Sunni (according to the non-Sunnis)
Being Shi’ (according to the non-Shi’s)
Being Ismaili (according to the non-Ismailis)
Being Ahmadi (according to the non-Ahmadis)
Being Wahhabi (according to the non-Wahhabis)
[… you get the point]
[… you get the point]
Putting a khaal (like the Afghans and some Middle Easterners do) on your forehead or anywhere on the face
Preferring your ethnicity to your religion (Islam)
Eating foods with gelatin
Eating with a spoon or fork (rather than with hands)
All forms of art
Taking photos, keeping photos in the home
Having a dog inside the home
Saying the word “khanzeer” (pig) [your prayers won’t be accepted for 40 days afterwards]
Watching TV (unless it’s some educational and Islamic program)
(And most probably your other favorite candies and chips – let’s pray to God that ferrero rocher isn’t among them, though)
Being vegan and/or vegetarian (especially if you’re a woman! Since you might upset your husband and in-laws)
For women only:
Not listening to or obeying your husband
Initiating a divorce for “small” reasons
Initiating a divorce. Period.
Not being grateful to your husband.
Not wanting to have children.
Marrying a non-Muslim man
Practicing polyandry (i.e., having more than one husband)
Wearing pants and shirts (because, DUH, these are male clothing)
Visiting your parents when your husband won’t let you–even if they are on their deathbeds
Leaving your house without your husband’s or father’s permission
Leading men in prayer
Interpreting/translating the Qur’an
Making your own decisions (when men obviously know better than you what’s good for you)
Getting married to someone without the permission of a father or another Muslim male guardian
Wearing tight clothes
Wearing the clothes (any clothes) or doing things (anything) that non-Muslims do (like dying your hair)
Wearing tight jeans
Wearing jeans. Period.
Wearing a see-through hijab
Wearing a hijab that men find beautiful
Being a flight attendant
Not covering your face
Not covering your hair
Showing your cleavage, arms, neck, legs
Showing your curves
Wearing high heels in public
Wearing anklets and other jewelry in public
Wearing nail polish
Singing publicly (that is, in front of men who’re not related to them)
Reciting the Qur’an publicly and beautifully for the public (the way men can and do)
Plucking/trimming/shaping your eyebrows
Not being well-groomed for your husband
Not being well-groomed. Period.
[…what’re we supposed to wear, right?]
Opening/owning a bar
For men only:
Shaving your beard
Not praying at the mosque when you can (especially the Friday prayer)
Praying with your hems below your knee
Praying behind a woman
Wearing a tie
Wearing red, yellow, blue, and other “bright” colors, since those are feminine colors
Wearing jewelry other than wedding rings
Not trimming your beard
Shaving with an electric shaver
Going to a barber
Spiking your hair
Wearing deep v-necks
Groom your chest hair
Not wearing cologne
Things permitted to man but forbidden to woman:
Leading both women and men in prayer
Having more than one spouse
Initiating a divorce by simply saying talaaq (“I divorce you” in Arabic) three times, no matter how small the reason
Marrying a Christian or a Jewish person
Leaving your house without the permission of your partner or father
Getting married without the permission of your (Muslim) father or any other male Muslim figure, like an Imam (community leader)
Reciting the Qur’an beautifully and melodiously (because men might get attracted to her voice)
The Haraam List
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