Category: Food and Nourishment
Fatwa#: 39680
Asked Country: Canada

Answered Date: Jan 25,2018

Title: Basa Fish



I live in canada and  i have a bengali family friend . Every weekend they send us fish dish and they eat a fish called basa fish  . I am not a fish eater but after  this basa fish does not have no smell at  all. Last week my daughter told me that basa fish is not halal . I want to confirm is it halal or not. I read online many other websites says it is not halal.

According to me it look like a fish and live in water.  It doesn't have scale as what I read . It says it is from the family of cat fish . here is  the link of the fish that we get in canada . the  . Can you please confirm it is halal or haram . 

thank you brother 


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

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


We have observed the link provided on basa fish. We also researched other links on basa fish. According to our research basa fish is a fish and it is halaal.[i]


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Muhammad Yusuf bin Maulana Abdur Rahim Khan

Student Darul Iftaa
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Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[i] اللباب في شرح الكتاب - (1 / 344)

ولا يؤكل من حيوان الماء إلا السمك، ويكره أكل الطافي منه ولا بأس بأكل الجريث والمار ما هي.

ويجوز أكل الجراد، ولا ذكاة له.

المبسوط للسرخسي ـ مشكول - (14 / 42)

وَالْمُسْتَوْحَشُ نَوْعَانِ : مِنْهَا صَيْدُ الْبَحْرِ لَا يَحِلُّ تَنَاوُلُ شَيْءٍ مِنْهَا سِوَى السَّمَكِ

المحيط البرهاني للإمام برهان الدين ابن مازة - (5 / 622)

أما صيد البحر: فلا يحل تناول شيء منها إلا السمك

بدائع الصنائع في ترتيب الشرائع - (10 / 123)

أما الذي يعيش في البحر فجميع ما في البحر من الحيوان محرم الأكل إلا السمك خاصة

بداية المبتدي - (1 / 219)

ولا يؤكل من حيوان الماء إلا السمك


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