Pearl of Wisdom

'Whoever mentions the name of Allah at the beginning of [eating his ] food or drink and thanks Allah at the end will never be asked about the favour of this food.'

Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib [as]
Wasa'il al-Shi'a, v. 16, p. 484, no. 5

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Question : #180 Category: Miscellaneous
Subject: what does the 5 rules mean?
Question: What does Halal, haram, makroh and etc - those 5 rules all mean in English?
Answer: 1. Halal refers to any object or an action that is permissible to use or engage in.

2. Mustahab refers to recommended, favored or virtuous actions. Duties that are recommended, but not essential, whereas the fulfillment of which is rewarded but neglected without punishment.

3. Mubah refers to an action that is neither forbidden not recommended, and is considered neutral.

4. Makruh refers to something which is disliked or an offensive act - literally 'hated' - but it is not a sin to commit, but is rewarded if abstained from.

5. Haram refers to anything that is prohibited by the word of Allah in the Quran or Hadiths. Haram means forbidden or sacred.

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