Can Muslims Eat Dolphin Meat

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Answered by: Imam Abdul-Malik Sheikh




Can Muslims eat dolphin meat



In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful




Among the aquatic creatures, only fish is halal to consume. This is because Allāh said:


“and (Allāh) prohibits them as unlawful Al-impure things…” (Al-A’raf: 157)


The scholars explained that anything other than the fish is impure things (khabaith). There is no objection to eating hagfish and eel. However, it is reprehensible to consume dead floating fish which has naturally died. Based on this, the dolphin is a fish and there is no objection to consuming the meat of the dolphins.



Al-Lubab Fi Sharh al-Kitab, Vol.2, p.203, Dar al-Ma’rifah



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Written by Imam Abdul-Malik Sheikh

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham




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