Are Shrimp, Lobster, Crayfish and Crab Halal? Are they different from fiqh point of view?


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From the point of view of Shia just Shrimp is halal.

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Are Shrimp, Lobster, Crayfish and Crab Halal?

Yes, those are halaal:

Hence all kinds of food from the sea are permissible, whether they are plants or animals, alive or dead. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Lawful to you is (the pursuit of) water-game and its use for food – for the benefit of yourselves and those who travel…” [al-Maa’idah 5:96]. Ibn ‘Abbaas said: “ Sayduhu (lit. hunting, pursuit) refers to whatever is taken from it alive, and ta’aamuhu (lit. its food) means whatever is taken dead.”

Full fatwa here which explains in more detail, which also explains if animals such as Crocodiles, Frogs, Otters and turtles are halaal or not, but to summaries the fatwa:

Crocodiles = Haraam 
Frogs = Haraam 
Sea Snakes = Halaal 
Otters and turtles = Halaal but only after slaughtering them in the islamic manner 
Any food which can cause you harm, even if it is from the sea is Haraam.
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    Otters can actually do a surprising amount of damage - is there a clear definition of "cause harm" for this? Aug 23, 2012 at 17:13
  • In terms of harm, I think the fatwa means harm as in it being harmful to eat. Aug 23, 2012 at 19:47
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    Ah, right. So blowfish (which, if not prepared correctly, can have lethal tetrodotoxin) would be haraam. Thanks for the clarification. Aug 23, 2012 at 20:02
  • Can't say for sure, but I would assume so based on that fatwa. Aug 23, 2012 at 20:05
  • Blowfish should be fine if prepared correctly, as there would be no harm. If it was prepared incorrectly, it would be haram for sure.
    – Muz
    Aug 24, 2012 at 3:00

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