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September 11th, 2007, 16:45
Halal means permitted; haram means forbidden. Vinegar is halal, wine is haram.

Incidentally, the word "harem" comes from "haram;" it originally meant the part of a house that is forbidden to everyone other than family members. The modern Arab house still has a clear division between diwan and haram — the part used for entertaining visitors and the part used for family life. It's a very, very big faux pas to walk into the haram without invitation.
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