Which denominations of Islam regard mermaid meat as halal?

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    Mermaid AFAIK are mythical characters, so how and why should they be halal or haram? Please explain what you mean! – Medi1Saif Mar 7 '16 at 12:35
  • @Medi1Saif I know Muslims have commented on whether they are halal or not, but I don't know which denomination those people were. – Andrew Grimm Mar 7 '16 at 12:43
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    Well there's a rule on food about halal and haram based on a hadith telling that anything from the sea is halal, but i can't imagine this to be useful for a mythical character! Assuming they exist a halal/haram matter would better be "marrying them" but not eating them! – Medi1Saif Mar 7 '16 at 12:48
  • Perhaps, you should ask which denominations of Islam consider the story of mermaids to be true? – servant-of-Wiser Mar 7 '16 at 14:13

If the mermaid was a real creature:

Dhahiris, Malikis, Shafi'is, Hanbalis considered the mermaid meat halal.

Ibn Hazem said:

As for that which lives in the water and cannot live anywhere else, it is all halal no matter what state it is in, whether it is caught alive and then dies, or it dies in the water and then floats or does not float, whether it was killed by a sea creature or a land animal. It is all halal to eat, whether it is the pig of the sea, a mermaid, or a dog of the sea and so on. It is halal to eat, whether it was killed by an idol-worshiper, a Muslim, a kitabi or it was not killed by anyone...

(al-Muhalla vol.6)

Imam al-Saawi in his commentary said:

The words “or a ‘dog’ or a ‘pig’ also include a ‘human’, referring thereby to mermaids.

Only the Hanafis considered it haraam:

Ibn Aabideen said:

Anything other than fish and the like, such as mermaids and dolphins, is impure and remains prohibited.

(Radd al-Muhtar vol.6)

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