Rendering Haraam as Halaal and Halaal as Haraam

Question: A dispute has arisen between our Muslim brothers in Turkey, regarding the Hadeeth that states, “Whoever renders Haraam (the prohibited) to be Halaal (lawful) and Halaal to be Haraam has become a Kaafir (disbeliever).” If a person renders Haraam as Halaal or vice versa, will they be considered as a Kaafir or a sinner? What does the word “Kafara (become a Kaafir)” mean in the Hadeeth or is there no difference between its meaning and the meaning of the word “Kaafir”? We hope that Your Eminence will give us a convincing answer regarding this Hadeeth.

Answer: Firstly, we do not know the basis of this Hadeeth and none of the well-known Imaams (compilers of Hadeeth) related it, whether by a Sanad (chain of narrators) that is considered Saheeh (authentic) or Da`eef (weak). In this case, it is not to be relied or acted upon… read more here.

What is meant by Halaal and Haraam in Islaam?

Question 13What is meant by Halaal (lawful) and Haraam (prohibited) in Islaam?

Answer: Halaal and Haraam are two Shar`ee (Islaamic legal) rulings taken from the Qur’aan and the Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet). The Mu’min (believer) should firmly believe in the impermissibility of what Allaah (Exalted be He) has made Haraam and the permissibility of what Allaah (Exalted be He) has made Halaal... read more here.