Praise be to Allaah.
is that for which the one who does it will be punished and the one who
abstains from it will be rewarded, if the reason for his abstinence
is following the prohibition of Allaah. The halaal is that in which
there is no sin in doing it and no sin in not doing it, but if a person
intends to enhance his obedience to Allaah by doing it, then he will
be rewarded for this intention.
what is halaal and what is haraam is the right of Allaah alone. There
are people who make halaal some of that which Allaah has forbidden,
and people who make haraam some of that which Allaah has permitted.
Some people invent acts of worship which have not been prescribed by
Allaah and which in fact He has forbidden. The asl
al-deen or basic principle of religion is that the halaal
is that which Allaah and His Messenger have permitted, and the haraam
is that which Allaah and His Messenger have forbidden. The religion
is that which Allaah and His Messenger have prescribed. No one has the
right to go beyond the limits of the Straight Path with which Allaah
sent His Messenger. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
verily, this is My straight path, so follow it, and follow not (other)
paths, for they will separate you away from His path. This He has ordained
for you that you may become Al-Muttaqoon (the pious)”
mentions in Soorat al-A’naam,
Soorat al-A’raaf and elsewhere
the things for which He condemns the mushrikeen (polytheists, those
who associate others in worship with Allaah), which is that they made
haraam things which Allaah had not forbidden, such as the baheerah
and saa’ibah (camels to
which certain taboos were attached for the sake of their idols), and
they permitted things which Allaah had forbidden, such as killing their
children, and they prescribed in their religion things that Allaah had
not permitted. So Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
have they partners with Allaah (false gods) who have instituted for
them a religion which Allaah has not ordained?
These things included things that are haraam in and
of themselves, which they made into acts of worship, such as shirk (associating
others in worship with Allaah) and things which are obscene, such as
performing Tawaaf around the Ka’bah naked, etc.