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#1 [Permalink] Posted on 5th February 2007 22:52

can someone shed some Iight on this issue. you hear aII sorts nowadays that so and so has said its ok and so and so said its stiII makruh-e-tahrimi (cIose to haraam).


The main issue, correct me if im worng, is defining if its from the fish famiIy or not (speaking in Hanafi terms here) isnt it??

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#2 [Permalink] Posted on 6th February 2007 06:27
Muft Ilyas (www.alislam.co.za) told us that Mufti Kifayatullah wrote in his Fatwa Kitaab Kifayatul Muftieen that it is permissible to eat prawns.


Though it must be said that in the Hanafi Mathab the main reason for the difference of opinion revolves mainly around wheather it is part of the FISH family or not. Mufti Ilyas also said that most hanafi mufti's at the coast consider it to be a fish. Yes when checking the oxford dictionary you will find that prawns does not fall under the fish category, mufti saheb says that we muslims do not use kuffar terms to understand our fiqh.


Mufti A.K Hoosen also says that it is permissible.


Mufti Desai says to exercise Taqwa due to the difference and leave it out alltogerther.


The Mujlis www.themajlis.net says that it is not permissible

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#3 [Permalink] Posted on 6th February 2007 13:14
I personally don't eat them but others do. I think its best not to (as theres a kinda 75% against and 25% spilt for - so better safe then sorry?) but keep it to yourself and let others make their own choice. They should follow the ruling from whichever ulama they normally go to on all their other fiqh and personal deeni issues and not pick and choose rulings from various sources to suite there stomachs!.

On the matter of defining if its a fish or not theres plenty (probs vast overwhelming majority) of marine scientists, some are Muslims, who say its not a fish but a crustacean. Our main bodies over here English Nature, Cefas, JNCC and CCW also concur. So does wikipedia. I'm yet to find any scientific info, be it from a Muslim or non-Muslim, to says it's a fish - if someone can/does please post it here.

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#4 [Permalink] Posted on 6th February 2007 14:01
then again saw this:-


Q. Are prawns halal according to the Hanafi's?


A. Assalam Alaykum


The permissibility of eating prawns or otherwise [according to the Hanafi Fuqaha] depends on whether they are considered from the fish family or not.


Many scholars of the Arabic language like Zabeedi, Fayrozabadi and others have considered prawns as fish. On the other hand the contemporary zoologists do not consider prawns as fish as they do not have a spine..


Normally, the ruling of such issues are not based on technical research rather it is based upon the understanding of the common people, and we have learnt that according to the understanding of the scholars of the Arabic language prawns are considered fish.


Moreover, according to the other 3 schools of Fiqh, to eat prawns is totally permissible which makes a leniency in the ruling.


Therefore it is permissible to eat prawns, but to refrain and abstain is always advisable.


Only Allah knows best


Muhammad Ibn Adam al-Kawthari


www.sunnipath.com/resources/Q...a00000442.aspx


(allah who aalum ) - probs is best to abstain but not judge others when they eat it.

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