Category: Food
Fatwa#: 3340
Asked Country: United Kingdom

Answered Date: Jun 19,2001

Title: Please advise whether Oysters fall under the same category as prawns and crabs, or are they permissible being fish. Please clarify whether prawns are halal or makrooh.

Question

Answer

Assalaamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullaahi Wa Barakaatuhu

From seafood, only fish is made Halaal for us. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu
Alayhi Wasallam) said, 'Two carions are made Halaal for us; Fish and locust.
' (Mishkaat vol.2 pg.361).

Fish is classified as a Vertebra. Shrimps and lobsters are not vertebras, hence, not permissible.

Some Ulama are of the opinion that shrimps, etc. are fish, therefore,
permissible. Due to the differences of opinion, it is best to adopt Taqwa
and abstain from eating shrimps, etc. but they cannot be regarded as swine
meat which is expressly Haraam.

and Allah Ta'ala Knows Best

Mufti Ebrahim Desai
FATWA DEPT.

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