Is it prohibited for a Muslim to eat prawn, crab, oyster or other such sea animals? Is there any evidence for this?
Bismillaah, alhamdulillahi wassalatu wassalaamu alaa rasoolillahi wa ala’ aalihi wasallam, amma ba’ad
No it is not prohibited. Only the Hanafi Madhab (school of thought) holds the opinion that all marine (sea) animals, except fish, are prohibited for consumption, whether they are always marine like prawns and crabs or if they are sometimes marine and sometimes terrestrial (land) like penguins or seals. This opinion has no evidence to support it and is rather against the evidences and the Ijma’ah (consensus) of the Muslimeen. Therefore, we reject this opinion and eat from what Allaah سبحانه و تعالى has made lawful for us.
Wallaahu ta’ala A’lam
Answered by Ahmad Banajah
Transcribed by Abu Abdillaah Rifkhan