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Types of Fish?

Last updated: 5th November 2004
Question ID: #132
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5th November 2004

Are any of the following Halaal: Whale, dolphin, Shark? Was the big fish the shabbah(ra) ate a whale and was their eating it an exception. Please give some guidance as to what is and what isn't a fish because a Whale scientifically is a mammal.

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Answer last updated on:
6th March 2006
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Location: London


1) The shark possesses all the characteristics of a fish. Hence it is classified as a fish and can be eaten.

2) Whale, dolphin is classified as a mammal and is therefore not permissible to eat.

- Their (sahabah) eating was exeptional, because ALLAH TAALA gives RUKHSAT (PERMIT) for those who is in desperate necesity .


He has forbidden you only Al-Maytatah (meat of a dead animal), blood, the flesh of swine, and any animal which is slaughtered as a sacrifice for others than All?h (or has been slaughtered for idols etc. or on which All?h's Name has not been mentioned while slaughtering). But if one is forced by necessity, without wilful disobedience, and not transgressing, then, All?h is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

9: Surah Number: 16, Ayah Number: 115