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HARAM. The root h-r-m is among the most important Arabic roots in the vocabulary of Islamic practice. The root meaning is something like "forbidden" or "taboo" and evokes constraint, and often heightened sanctity as well. In legal thought an act deemed haram is one forbidden. Usually the term is coterminous with "proscribed" (mah, zur), but it is sometimes used to denote the negative side of the legal scale of value, incorporating both the proscribed and the "reprehensible" (makruh). The most ...more

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