Fatwa: # 47378
Category: Food and Nourishment
Country: South Africa
Date: 23rd February 2021

Title

Is it Halal to eat Eels?

Question

Is it Halal to eat eels? 

Answer

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

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

In principle, all marine creatures are not permissible to eat except fish.[1]

An eel is a ray-finned fish belonging to the order Anguilliformes.[2] Accordingly, eels are fish. Therefore, it is permissible to eat eels. 

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Shakib Alam

Student - Darul Iftaa

Pennsylvania, USA 

Checked and Approved by,

Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

 

 


[1] رد المحتار علي الدر المختار (ج6 ص306) دار الفكر

(ولا) يحل (حيوان مائي إلا السمك) الذي مات بآفة ولو متولدا في ماء نجس

 

المحيط البرهاني (ج8 ص410) دار الرشد

يجب أن يعلم بأن الحيوانات على أنواع: منها ما لا دم له نحو الذباب والزنبور والسمك والجراد وغير ذلك، ولا يحل تناول شيء منها إلا السمك والجراد، غير أن الجراد يحل مات بعلة أو بغير علة، والسمك إذا مات بغير علة لا يحل، وإذا مات بعلة يحل، وسيأتي بيان ذلك بعد هذا؛ إن شاء الله.

 

بناية شرح الهداية (ج11 ص604) دار الكتب العلمية

(قال: ولا يؤكل من حيوان الماء إلا السمك) ش: أي قال القدوري - رَحِمَهُ اللَّهُ - في " مختصره ": وقال الكرخي - رَحِمَهُ اللَّهُ -: كره أصحابنا كل ما في البحر إلا السمك خاصة فإنه حلال أكله إلا ما طفى منه فإنهم كرهوه. وقال شيخ الإسلام خواهر زاده: ويكره أكل ما سوى السمك من دواب البحر عندنا كالسرطان، والسلحفاة، والضفدع وخنزير الماء

 

DISCLAIMER - AskImam.org questions
AskImam.org answers issues pertaining to Shar'ah. Thereafter, these questions and answers are placed for public view on www.askimam.org for educational purposes. However, many of these answers are unique to a particular scenario and cannot be taken as a basis to establish a ruling in another situation or another environment. Askimam.org bears no responsibility with regards to these questions being used out of their intended context.
  • The Shar's ruling herein given is based specifically on the question posed and should be read in conjunction with the question.
  • AskImam.org bears no responsibility to any party who may or may not act on this answer and is being hereby exempted from loss or damage howsoever caused.
  • This answer may not be used as evidence in any Court of Law without prior written consent of AskImam.org.
  • Any or all links provided in our emails, answers and articles are restricted to the specific material being cited. Such referencing should not be taken as an endorsement of other contents of that website.
The Messenger of Allah said, "When Allah wishes good for someone, He bestows upon him the understanding of Deen."
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]