Islamic terminology, something which is makruh (Arabic: مكروه,
transliterated: makrooh or makrūh) is a disliked or offensive act
(literally "detestable" or "abominable"). It is one of the five
categories (al-ahkam al-khamsa) in
Islamic law -- wajib/fard
(obligatory), Mustahabb/mandub (recommended), mubah (neutral), makruh
(disapproved), haram (forbidden). Though it is not haram
(forbidden) or subject to punishment, a person who abstains from this
act will be rewarded. Muslims are encouraged to avoid such actions
when or as possible. It is one of the degrees of approval (ahkam) in
Examples of something considered
Makruh are the use of a great amount
of water for the pre-prayer ablutions (ritual washings) known as the
wudu and ghusl, the consumption of garlic before attending the mosque
or socializing with others, or divorce.
An example of a food which is considered
Makruh for Muslims of the
Madh'hab is prawns (but only for
Hanafi Madh'hab). There
are, however, shared attitudes within the
Hanafi school of whether
shrimp are considered water game and are thereby halal. Hanafis
believe that you should refrain from it and eat something else if
Other examples of
Makruh acts in
Islam include swearing, talking while
taking wudu for prayer, and slaughtering an animal for food where
other animals of its kind can see.
^ a b c al-Dīn, Mūʼil Yūsuf ʻIzz.
Islamic Law: From Historical
Foundations to Contemporary Practice. Edinburgh University Press.
p. 98. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
^ Campo, Juan Eduardo. Encyclopedia of Islam. infobase. p. 284.
Retrieved July 8, 2014.
^ Sonbol, Amira El Azhary (ed.). Women, the Family, and Divorce Laws
Islamic History. Syracuse University Press. p. 265. Retrieved
July 8, 2014.
^ Lawful to you is the pursuit of water game and its use for food, for
the benefit of yourselves and those who travel; ….[5:96]..
^ Ruling on Shrimp, archived from the original on 2013-12-02
Some of the Detestable (Makruh) Conducts in
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