FORBIDDEN THINGS IN THE HARAM OF MAKKAH
ONLY MUSLIMS CAN ENTER HARAM
- To cut or pull out from roots, trees, plants or other kinds of vegetation including thorny bushes, etc., growing in the sacred precincts of Mecca.
- To hunt or kill wild animals except the following kind of animals or insects that are likely to be harmful: the wolf, attack dog, snake, scorpion, rat, lizard, crow, mosquito, bugs, flies, wasps, etc. It is permissible to kill these harmful creatures.
- To enter the precincts of Haram without Ihram, the defaulter has to offer a sacrifice.
- To clip or get ones hair shaved outside the bounds of Haram, the defaulter has to offer a sacrifice.
- To pick up lost property except for the sake of identifying it to its owner.
- It is allowed to slaughter and cook domestic animals, such as: cow, buffalo, goat, sheep, chicken, etc.
- It is also permissible to hunt water animals.
- Killing of someone was not allowed in Makkah before Islam; this prohibition was lifted for the Holy Prophet ( Peace Be Upon Him) for a short time on the day of the Conquest of Mecca, and after that was enforced again till the day of Judgment.
Around Makkah, the Holy Prophet has fixed such places that cannot be crossed by people going to Makkah without entering the state of Ihram (The pilgrim’s robe consisting of two seamless sheets, the detail of which will come at its place). These places are called Miqats and are five in number.
- Zil-Hulaifa: This is the miqat for the residents of Madinah and for those who approach Makkah via that route. It is about 9 kilometers from Madinah and about 250 kilometers from Makkah.
- Juhfah: This is the miqat for the people who come from Syria or from that direction. This is about 180 kilometers to the west of Makkah.
- Qarn al-Manazil: This is a hilly place about 50 kilometers to the east of Makkah, and is the miqat for the people of Najd or for those coming from that side.
- Zat Irq: This is the miqat for the people of Iran, Iraq and for those coming from that direction. This is about 80 kilometers towards the north-east side of Makkah.
- Yalamlam: This is a hilly area about 60 kilometers to the south-east of Makkah and is the miqat for the people of Yaman and others coming from that direction. From example, it is the miqat for the pilgrims from India, Pakistan, China, Japan, etc., who come by ship.