Category: Food
Fatwa#: 19083
Asked Country: United States

Answered Date: Nov 14,2010

Title: Is it permissible to eat fish with milk and other dairy products?

Question

Is it permissible to eat fish with milk?

What if they are cooked together (as opposed to drinking a glass of milk), or the dairy product in question is cheese, yogurt etc?

If it is haram or makruh to do so, how much time must elapse before one can consume milk?

Answer

In the Name of Allāh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

The Sharī‘ah does not prohibit the combination of fish and dairy products while consuming or cooking, although some scholars in the past, based on the medical research available at the time, have cautioned against such a combination, as they believed it was harmful for the body.  However, if modern-day medicine proves otherwise, then there would be no harm in consuming or cooking fish with milk and other dairy products.

ومن تدبّر أغذيته صلى الله عليه وسلم وما كان يأكله وجده لم يجمع قَطّ بين لبن وسمك، ولا بين لبن وحامض، ولا بين غذائين حارَّين، ولا بارِدين، ولا لَزجين، ولا قابضين، ولا مُسهلين، ولا غليظين، ولا مرخيين، ولا مستحيلين إلى خلط واحد...وكل هذه الأنواع ضار مولِّدٌ لأنواع من الخروج عن الصحة والاعتدال
(الطب النبوي، فصل في هديه صلى الله عليه وسلم في هيئة الجلوس للأكل: ص 181، العربي)

And Allāh knows best.

Muftī Abrar Mirza
Chicago
, IL (USA)


Under the Supervision of Muftī Ebrahim Desai (South Africa)

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