The Ruling on Recreational Fishing

Fatwa ID: 03829

Answered by: Maulana Irfan Alicover-picture-1-pecheur-en-mer_91444



What is the ruling on fishing at a place where you are not allowed to take the fish and give it to someone or use it as a meal but rather you need to release them?

Is this allowed as the fishing is done for fun and the fish are released again?



بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

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



The above-mentioned sport is not allowed in Islam. Fishing in Islam is only permissible when one does it to sell or to eat. One is not allowed to catch fish for pleasure and then release as this causes unnecessary harm to the fish.[1]

Hadrat ibn Umar narrates the prophet peace be upon him mentions cursed is that person who uses any living creature as a target.[2]



Only Allah knows best

Written by Maulana Irfan Ali

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham



[1] Fatawaa Mahmoodiyah vol 2 page 397


[2] Sahih Muslim vol 2 page 153 Rashidiyah


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