In Arabic it means Sanctuary, Sanctum, Sacred place; Wife, Spouse. The Quran uses it as an inviolate and unquestioned command/order meaningPROHIBITED.
2: 194The prohibited [haramu] month for the prohibited month and so for all things prohibited [harroumatu] there is the law of equality. If then anyone transgresses the prohibition against you transgress ye likewise against him. But fear Allah and know that Allah is with those who restrain themselves
2: 217They ask thee concerning fighting in the Prohibited [harami] Month. Say: "Fighting therein is a grave (offence); but graver is it in the sight of Allah to prevent access to the path of Allah to deny Him to prevent access to the Sacred Mosque and drive out its members. Tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter. Nor will they cease fighting you until they turn you back from your faith if they can. And if any of you turn back from their faith and die in unbelief their works will bear no fruit in this life and in the Hereafter; they will be Companions of the Fire and will abide therein.
4: 23Prohibited [hurrimat] to you (for marriage) are: your mother daughters sisters father's sisters mother's sisters; brother's daughters sister's daughters foster-mothers (who gave you suck) foster-sisters; your wives' mothers; your step-daughters under your guardianship born of your wives to whom ye have gone in no prohibition if ye have not gone in; (those who have been) wives of your sons proceeding from your loins; and two sisters in wedlock at one and the same time except for what is past; for Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful.
6: 151Say: "Come I will rehearse what Allah hath (really) prohibited [harrama] you from": join not anything as equal with Him; be good to your parents: kill not your children on a plea of want; We provide sustenance for you and for them; come not nigh to shameful deeds whether open or secret; take not life which Allah hath made sacred except by way of justice and law: thus doth He command you that ye may learn wisdom
16: 118To the Jews We prohibited [harramna] such things as We have mentioned to thee before: We did them no wrong but they were used to doing wrong to themselves.
Sahih Al-Bukhari HadithHadith 3.440Narrated byAun bin Abu Juhaifa
I saw my father buying a slave whose profession was cupping, and ordered that his instruments (of cupping) be broken. I asked him the reason for doing so.
He replied, "Allah's Apostle prohibitedtaking money for blood, the price of a dog, and the earnings of a slave-girl by prostitution; he cursed her who tattoos and her who gets tattooed, the eater of Riba (usury), and the maker of pictures."
Sahih Al-Bukhari HadithHadith 3.483Narrated byAbu Huraira
The Prophet prohibited the earnings of slave girls (through prostitution).
Sahih Al-Bukhari HadithHadith 3.613Narrated byAbu Huraira
When Allah gave victory to His Apostle over the people of Mecca, Allah's Apostle stood up among the people and after glorifying Allah, said,
"Allah has prohibited fighting in Mecca and has given authority to His Apostle and the believers over it, so fighting was illegal for anyone before me, and was made legal for me for a part of a day, and it will not be legal for anyone after me.
Its game should not be chased, its thorny bushes should not be uprooted, and picking up its fallen things is not allowed except for one who makes public announcement for it, and he whose relative is murdered has the option either to accept a compensation for it or to retaliate." Al-'Abbas said, "Except Al-Idhkhir, for we use it in our graves and houses." Allah's Apostle said, "Except Al-Idhkhir." Abu Shah, a Yemenite, stood up and said, "O Allah's Apostle! Get it written for me." Allah's Apostle said, "Write it for Abu Shah." (The sub-narrator asked Al-Auza'i): What did he mean by saying, "Get it written, O Allah's Apostle?" He replied, "The speech which he had heard from Allah's
*** As usual, Muhammad claimed - to defend his acts of wanton desecration of the Ka'ba area by ordering the murder of those who had opposed or satirised him - that only for him did Allah allow the breaking of one of the most important Arabian traditions which prohibited the use of any violence in the precincts of the Ka'ba ***
Sahih Al-Bukhari HadithHadith 3.625Narrated byMuawiya bin Suwaid
I heard Al-Bara' bin 'Azib saying, "The Prophet orders us to do seven things and prohibited us from doing seven other things." Then Al-Bara' mentioned the following:
(1) To pay a visit to the sick (inquiring about his health),
(2) to follow funeral processions,
(3) to say to a sneezer, "May Allah be merciful to you" (if he says, "Praise be to Allah!"),
(4) to return greetings,
(5) to help the oppressed,
(6) to accept invitations,
(7) to help others to fulfill their oaths. (See Hadith No. 753, Vol. 7)
Sahih Al-Bukhari HadithHadith 4.518Narrated byIbn Umar
That he heard the Prophet delivering a sermon on the pulpit saying, "Kill snakes and kill Dhu-at-Tufyatain (i.e. a snake with two white lines on its back) and ALBATROSS (i.e. a snake with short or mutilated tail) for they destroy the sight of one's eyes and bring about abortion." ('Abdullah bin 'Umar further added): Once while I was chasing a snake in order to kill it, Abu Lubaba called me saying: "Don't kill it," I said. "Allah's Apostle ordered us to kill snakes." He said, "But later on he prohibited the killing of snakes living in the houses." (Az-Zubri said. "Such snakes are called Al-Awamir.")
Sahih Al-Bukhari HadithHadith 5.531Narrated byIbn Abi Aufa
We where afflicted with severe hunger on the day of Khaibar. While the cooking pots were boiling and some of the food was well-cooked, the announcer of the Prophet came to say, "Do not eat anything the donkey-meat and upset the cooking pots." We then thought that the Prophet had prohibited such food because the Khumus had not been taken out of it. Some others said, "He prohibited the meat of donkeys from the point of view of principle, because donkeys used to eat dirty things."
Sahih Al-Bukhari HadithHadith 6.66Narrated byAisha
When the last Verses of Surat-al-Baqara were revealed, the Prophet read them in the Mosque and prohibited the trade of alcoholic liquors. "If the debtor is in difficulty, grant him time till it is easy for him to repay..." (2.280)
Narrated 'Aisha: When the last Verses of Surat-al-Baqara were revealed, Allah's Apostle stood up and recited them before us and then prohibited the trade of alcoholic liquors.
Sahih Al-Bukhari HadithHadith 7.35Narrated byAisha
(regarding) the Verse: "And if you fear that you shall not be able to deal justly with the orphans..." (4.3) It is about the orphan girl who is in the custody of a man who is her guardian, and he intends to marry her because of her wealth, but he treats her badly and does not manage her property fairly and honestly. Such a man should marry women of his liking other than her, two or three or four. "Prohibited to you (for marriage) are: ...your foster-mothers (who suckled you)." (4.23) Marriage is prohibited between persons having a foster suckling relationship corresponding to a blood relationship which renders marriage unlawful.
Sahih Al-Bukhari HadithHadith 7.259Narrated byAbu Juhaifa
The Prophet cursed the lady who practices tattooing and the one who gets herself tattooed, and one who eats (takes) Riba' (usury) and the one who gives it. And he prohibited taking the price of a dog, and the money earned by prostitution, and cursed the makers of pictures.
Sahih Al-Bukhari HadithHadith 7.432Narrated byAli
Allah's Apostle prohibitedAl-Mut'a marriage and the eating of donkey's meat in the year of the Khaibar battle.
Sahih Al-Bukhari HadithHadith 7.435BNarrated byAz Zuhri
The Prophet prohibited the eating of beasts having fangs.
Sahih Al-Bukhari HadithHadith 7.435ANarrated byAbu Thaalba
Allah's Apostle prohibited the eating of donkey's meat.
Sahih Al-Bukhari HadithHadith 7.636Narrated byAbu Huraira
The Prophet said, "The effect of an evil eye is a fact." And he prohibitedtattooing.
*** Most of the above prohibitions were neither sanctioned by Gabriel nor by Allah but were purely Muhammad's own instructions based upon his own perceptions, tastes or disgusts.
Although they were not 'divinely revealed', they are obeyed by all believers who consider Muhammad'sSUNNA as also divine ***