Not sure how to spell a word or want to know what an Islamic term actually means? Most Arabic words can be written in many different ways when they are represented in Latin characters. We’re not saying the others are wrong, but this is our very own Islam Channel style guide, developed in-house by our team of writers and editors and used across our TV and digital platforms.


Halal is an Arabic word that translates to “permissible or lawful” into English. In the Quran, the word halal is contrasted with haram. This binary opposition was elaborated into a more complex classification known as “the five decisions”: mandatory, recommended, neutral, reprehensible and forbidden.