List of Conducts Prohibited In Islam

List of Conducts Prohibited In Islam

Allah, the most High says in the holy Qur’an:

“Say (O Muhammad) “Come! I will recite to you what your Lord has forbidden to you.”- The Qur’an: The Cattle (6): 151.

Just as it is compulsory for a Muslim to learn his or her (religious) obligations and act upon them, it is also compulsory for the Muslim to learn the forbidden matters and avoid them. Therefore we have listed here some of the prohibited matters that one may often come across in every day activities:

Not to believe in Allah.
To consider individuals or things as partners of Allah.
To believe that Allah has children.
Praying, prostrating or kneeling for something other than Allah.
To consider oneself above the worship of Allah.
To become unconcerned about the wrath of Allah.
To abandon the practice of remembrance of Allah.
To protest against Allah on fate and destination.
Disputing with Allah, the prophets, and the Imams, peace be up on them.
To cause difficulties for the Prophet, (S).
Swearing to disassociate oneself from Allah, the prophets, the Imams and Islam.
Lying against Allah, the Prophet, or Imams.
To deny one of the principles of religion
To deny any aspect of the holy Qur’an or the laws of Shari’ah.
Blasphemy, especially, in the house of Allah.
To become hopeless of the mercy of Allah.
To deny the hereafter
To deny miracles.
Shari’ah & Religion
Not to comply with the laws of the Shari’ah.
Not learning the basic principles of beliefs and the details of the rules of the religion.
Not teaching the principles and rules of religion to those who are ignorant of them, when they are seen acting or practicing something, which is wrong.
Innovating in (the laws and practices of) religion.
Declaring the lawful as unlawful.
Declaring the unlawful as lawful.
Giving judgement not in accordance with Allah’s orders.
To rebel against the Imam, (the leader who is appointed by divine instructions).
Denying what is due to Allah (e.g. Khums, Zakat).
Refusing to pay religious taxes such as Khums, Zakat, or other obligatory dues.
Delaying one’s dues.
Not exercising Taqiyah when in danger. [A Muslim must exercise all means within his disposal to protect his life when threatened. Taqiyah is not to disclose one’s belief under certain severe circumstances in order to protect his life.]
Migrating to places where one’s religion would be endangered.
Friendship with the enemies of religion in the absence of an urgent necessity.
Swearing in general, especially towards Allah, the prophets, the Imams, Islam, Qur’an, and other sacred things.
To mislead people away from the path of Allah.
Not practicing the principle of “Enjoining Good and Forbidding Evil”.
To break an obligatory fast such as that due to a vow or fast during Ramadan, without good reason.
Not fasting for that missed during the month of Ramadhan before the commencement of the next month of Ramadhan.
To delay a prayer until its time is over.
To discontinue an (ongoing) obligatory prayer.
To abandon obligatory prayers.
To abandon any other obligation.
To delay performing Hajj from the year it becomes obligatory.
Rejecting the orders of the scholars in their Shari’ah verdicts.
Accepting payment for religious obligations that have to be carried out.

Personal Conducts
Cheating in weighing and measuring.
Forging a will.
Stealing and robbery.
Going against one’s vow.
Breaking one’s covenant.
Backbiting or listening to it.
Slander and defamation or listening to it.
To be jealous and to act up on it.
To be haughty.
To be extravagant.
To wear gold or silk (applicable to men only).
To use gold and silver utensils even for decorating reasons.
Not keeping oneself clean from urine and other unclean substances.
Endangering one’s own life.
Food & Drink
Drinking intoxicating liquors.
Eating animal flesh not slaughtered according to Islamic law, also consuming forbidden animals’ flesh such as pork, etc. [Except in circumstances when one’s life is dependent upon consuming such meat.]
Eating forbidden parts of the animals such as testicles.
Eating and drinking of the unclean or that which has become unclean.
Eating mud or other prohibited things.
To hurt neighbours.
Looking into the houses of neighbours without permission.
Sitting at a table where alcohol is served.
Prevention of good deeds and charitable works.
Sitting with people who make innovations in religion.
Reaching power by unlawful means (in accordance to Islamic law).
Extracting confessions through torture.
Playing chess.
To work as a pimp.
Spreading corruption on earth.
To create commotion by setting individuals against one another.
To praise one in his presence and abuse him in his absence.
Exhumation of graves.
Sitting with those who indulge in meaningless talks about the signs of Allah.
Frolic and frivolity – to engage in useless activities, which are wasteful and distract from the remembrance and the path of Allah.
To practice astrology or seek the help of astrologers. (to believe in and take action accordingly.)
To subdue ghosts, Jinns and angles, etc. or seek the help of those who practice them (to harm others).
Practicing black magic, witchcraft, or seek the help of those who practice them.
Hypnotism (except for necessary medical requirements)
To consent in sin.
To publicise one’s sins.
To publicise indecency.
To help others commit sin.
To persist in committing minor sins.
To order or encourage others to commit evil or sin.
Considering ones sins not seriously as such that would lead to disregarding repentance.
Promoting indecent acts.
Oppression and transgression.
Helping an oppressor and condoning his actions.
To become employees of the oppressors.
Asking for judgment from an oppressor unnecessarily.
Betting or any form of gambling.
Manufacturing tools of gambling instruments.
Betting in ways other then those mentioned in the section of Islamic laws about archery and horse racing.
Taking part in conventional horseracing, unless they meet all conditions approved by Shari’ah.
Music etc.
Singing and listening to it.
Visiting nightclubs, discos, etc.
Manufacturing, buying, selling, or using musical instruments.
To accept or give bribe to hide a truth or make something false prevail.
Presenting false testimony.
Destruction of the truth.
Swearing a false oath.
Hiding a testimony.
Hiding the truth.
Accepting false religions, like Sufism, Baha’i, etc.
To become a member of parties of falsehood like communism etc.
Keeping, buying, selling, teaching and publicising false and misleading literature.
The learning of corrupting subjects, or teaching them to other than those who want to refute them.
Making statues, as well as buying, selling, and promoting them for the purpose of worship.
Buying and selling of fighting dogs and swine.
Taking and giving usury and brokerage about it.
Shaving one’s or others’ beards.
To be self-praising about one’s own worships.
A fury that leads to Haram.
To break one’s bond with relatives.
Earning by unlawful things and means.
To write erotic poetry about a chaste woman or a boy, etc.
The use of intoxicants, whether drinking, selling, buying, farming, making, using its money, taking it from others, renting property for it, or using it in other ways like for dressing injuries unnecessarily.
Some of the conducts above may be related to others in the list, but they have been included for the seriousness of the conduct, as this has been indicated by various Qur’anic verses or Prophetic Hadiths or traditions.

It should be noted that some of the conducts mentioned above constitute Kufr (apostasy), some are Shirk (association), some are Major sins, and some are subject to Kaffarah (payment of fine or compensation), or subject to Hadd (punishment predefined in the Qur’an or the Hadith) or Ta’zir (punishment as prescribed by the judge). These are detailed in relevant jurisprudence texts.

Not taking part in Jihad.
Fleeing from battlefield.
Selling arms to the disbelievers who wage war against the Muslims.
Touching the holy Qur’an without formal purification, Wudhu.
Selling the holy Qur’an.
Making the mosque unclean.
Working to destroy mosques.
Preventing people from going to mosques.
Going to or staying in mosques while in a state of Junub. [21]
The above individuals passing through the two grand mosques in Makkah and Medina.
To disgrace the holy Ka’bah or other holy places.
The Believer
Animosity towards believers.
To defame a believer.
To disgrace a believer.
To hurt or abuse a believer.
To threat or terrorise a believer.
To make fun of the believers.
To ridicule or demean the Muslims.
To defame a believer in poetry etc.
Abandoning the believers.
Others’ Rights
To publicise someone’s secrets without his consent.
Hoarding goods needed by the public.
To falsely suspect others and act up on it.
To falsely accuse people.
Not to answer the Salaam greeting.
Looking for others’ shortcomings.
Wounding or amputating limbs of someone’s body.
Beating someone for no reason.
Detaining someone for no reason.
Unlawful killing.
Denying the rights of people that are due to them.
Usurping the wealth or property of an orphan.
Seizing and confiscating others’ property, possession, or wealth.
Reporting about individuals to oppressors.
Confining a woman or young people for indecent acts.
Obstructing the road of Muslims.
Male/Female Interaction
Muslim woman not wearing Hijaab in public.
For Muslim women to wear anything, in terms of cosmetics, perfume, clothing, etc. which would attract the attention of ‘non-Mahram’ men. [A ‘non-Mahram’ man is any man whom a woman must wear Hijaab from, and this ranges from friends to cousins and brothers- and sisters-in-law, etc.]
‘Non-Mahram’ man and woman kissing one another.
Kissing a person with lust, except for spouses.
Touching the body of non-Mahrams, male or female respectively.
Touching others with lust, except one’s spouse.
Women shaking hands with ‘non-Mahram’ men (and vice versa).
Looking at a non-Mahram woman (or man respectively) with lust. [22]
Looking at boys (or girls) or Mahram relatives with lust.
Going to mixed swimming pools.
Going to schools that would lead one to corruption.
Looking at the private parts of others, (except for the spouses).
To reveal one’s private parts in the presence of others.
Accusing someone of adultery or homosexuality.
Proposing marriage to a married woman or to a woman during the Eddah period (of four months after divorce or after becoming a widow).
False marriage (e.g. forcing either of the two parties to marry, or the marriage of a Muslim and an atheist, Kafir, (excluding People of the Book, i.e. Jews and Christian.))
To marry one’s Mahram relatives, or relatives by marriage, or by breast-feeding.
{Mahram relatives, in the case of the male, are those such as his mother, sisters, nieces, and aunts. [In the case of the female, the Mahram relatives are her father, brothers, nephews, and uncles.] Marriage is not allowed between Mahram relatives and therefore a woman does not wear Hijaab from her Mahram relatives. Non-Mahram relatives are those such as cousins, brothers- or sisters-in-law, etc. and a woman must wear Hijaab from her non-Mahram relatives. Marriage is allowed between cousins. – Editor’s note.}

For a husband not to have sex with his wife for more than four months.
Masturbation – it is allowed if it is done by the spouse, for example in foreplay.
For a husband to have sex with his wife when she is going through her monthly menstruation period.
For a woman to go out of the house without the knowledge or permission of her husband. (This excludes cases that are considered necessary.)
For spouses to publicise each other’s secrets.
Not disciplining one’s children such that it would lead them astray.
Beating one’s children in excess of discipline.
For children to disobey their parents.
Relating a child to someone other than his natural father.


6 thoughts on “List of Conducts Prohibited In Islam”

  1. assalaamu-alaikum!
    i have surfed through your website and seen the lists of conducts mentioned. i really liked them i have few questions to ask regarding some of them.
    1) i have started wearing hijab recently but i always keep pondering over the thought that the basic motive is not to attract and when we don’t cover our facial features then how come the purpose is meted out.

    2)i at times fear that if i don’t get a job of my choice since i want to go into a media. i always wanted to be a reporter but few people keep on telling me that this way it will not work.]

    3)as far as shaking of hands goes,now adays it like only done for the good will of people and don’t you think that the intentions should be good in this case.

    4) what is the punishment for not wearing hijab in the hereafter? and if one only listens to good music is that also haram? i believe there would be only handful of muslims who would not be listening to music or even not singing. even i listen and sing.
    5) also few days back a religious man told me that i should write me name saaimah instead of saima. will that make difference?
    thanks very much!!!


  2. salam walekum

    actually this is quite a personal or open question but it is necessary to ask for me because it is regarding islam….
    1. is it allowed to have sex from back (ass)?
    2. can the husband drink wifes milk?
    3. i need to know what all things are harram regarding sex in islam please notify ?
    4. we know that plucking eye brows is harram but my husband doesnt like my eyebrows as they are like men so please let me know if it is allowed or not please?

    as my age is small and i am married i need to know them and have no guts to ask my mom these things so do reply soon …………
    thank you
    walekum salaam


  3. the following are prohibited for having sex with ur wife in islam:
    1) during mensturation period
    2)having sex thru woman’s anus


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