Category: Food & Drink
Fatwa#: 22250
Asked Country: South Africa

Answered Date: Sep 07,2012

Title: Is it permissible for one to eat crabs?


are we allowed to eat crabs



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

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

According to the Hanafi Mazhab, it is not permissible for one to consume any water-borne creature besides fish. Therefore, it would not be permissible for a person to consume crabs since they are not classified as fish.[1]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Moulana Ismail Desai,
Student Darul Iftaa
Durban, South Africa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


    فعند الحنفية يحرم ما عدا السمك (اعلاء السنن، ج 17، ص 187، كراتشي)[1]


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