Praise be to Allaah.
Makrooh in Arabic means the opposite of liked or loved.
In the terminology of sharee’ah it means that which the
Lawgiver asks us not to do, but not in a definitive manner. It may be
said that it means that for which the person who does not do it out
of obedience will be rewarded, but the one who does it will not be punished.
Haraam in Arabic means forbidden.
In the terminology of sharee’ah it means, that which
the Lawgiver requires us not to do, in a definitive manner. Haraam is
the opposite of halaal (permitted). A person will be rewarded for not
doing that which is haraam, if he does so out of obedience, and not
out of fear, shyness or the inability to do it; in those cases he will
not be rewarded for not doing it.