I think this is a simple case of misunderstanding the name of this marine animal. destruction…” [al-Baqarah 2:195]. yourselves and those who travel…” [al-Maa’idah 5:96]. pursuit of) water-game and its use for food – for the benefit of yourselves this day have i perfected for you your religion and completed my favor on you and chosen for you islam as a religion; but whoever is compelled by hunger, not inclining willfully to sin, then surely allah is forgiving, merciful, Chapter: 5 , Verse: 4 they ask you as to what is allowed to them. Nihayat al-Muhtaj ila Sharh al-Minhaj al-Nawawi. Is it allowed to wear in school but not in home? Praise be to Allah. Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti © in Oxford, 3 Dhu l-Qa’dah 1424 or 27 XII 2003. al-Bakri. 4 vols. Yes, crab is halal to eat. Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wabarakaat g crab is makhruh for us. A simple one-line answer would be: it is Haram to eat “land crabs” and it is Halal to eat “sea crabs.”. matter. Questions cannot be asked through this form. of ‘Abd al-Rahmaan ibn ‘Uthmaan, who said that the Messenger of Allaah is permissible to eat them after slaughtering them properly, because they live both on animals), and unlike the former type (which are colloquially known in our lands as “stone crabs”–they are usually hairy, having a strong smell, and people do not eat them), they are not found on the beaches. Beirut: Dar al-Kutub al-’Ilmiyah, 1996. al-Damiri. Kashifat al-Saja Sharh Safinat al-Naja fi Usul al-Din wa-l-Fiqh. (Shafi’i), Are Loose Feathers and Bird Feces Pure? There are a few things – certain types of water animals – I am very interested in learning the ways of Islam. These are: Crocodiles. ), [The legal ruling concerning the crab is according to its habit, and this ruling in the sky is (clear) like the Cancer: If you find a crab (living) under water, then it is Halal, and you may eat it; but if a crab (is found) to live on land, then it is Haram as is made clear in our books.]. Bulaq, 1317 H. al-Ramli. land and in the sea. and although the quote from Imam al-Bujayrimi is correct (referring to saraTAn), but what is meant by our jurists and zoologists alike there by saratan (and anywhere else in our literature that prohibits saratan, such as Imam al-Bajuri’s Hashiya of Fath al-Qarib) are land or beach crabs (as the quote from Imam al-Damiri’s Animals is very clear that this crab lives on land (and the jurists define something as living on land if it looks for its food on land and can therefore survive on land); and by the way, Imam al-Damiri also did describe the “Chinese” crab in his Hayawan, 2:20)). When it comes to the permissibility of consuming shrimps, what has been mentioned in some narrations is that shrimps are from the category of scaly fish which is why it is halal to eat but crabs are not from the said category. An example of them saying that crab cannot be eaten is: [The questioner provided the following from an internet reference–address omitted–reproducing also an Arabic fatwa translated into English:]. its food) means whatever is taken dead.”. The latter crabs are of the type that cannot survive on land (which are called “saratan bahri” and they are not even considered by zoologists to be barma’i (not barmawi!) (All of our living teachers can’t be wrong about this, can they, vis-a-vis a dead reference in a book?) the only animals that are prohibited are those with fangs and talons eat humans and clean the earth as in pigs and catfish that can live on eating waste i dont have a problem with seafood but then again i am allergic to shellfish :(. Source: plants or animals, alive or dead. al-Bujayrimi ‘ala al-Khatib wa-huwa Hashiyat al-Bujayrmi al-Musammat Tuhfat al-Habib ‘ala Sharh al-Khatib al-Ma’ruf bi l-Iqna’ fi Hall Alfaz Abi Shuja’. My advice is not to eat it, There is no khilaf in the school about the Halal nature of sea crabs (the only khilaf is only with regards to whether it is Makruh to eat them or not). dear nesreen in case the animals that eat human is haram to eat,then what about sharks?i hv heard that shark eat human deadly bodies.pls hv a solution. in the water – so precedence should be given to the reason for forbidding it (it is a blood. Among the blessings that Allaah has bestowed upon us is the fact that ++Fa’ida++ The Maliki school considers even shore or land crabs to be Halal, the same saratan that our jurists have mentioned all along to be Haram. Maybe it is the fault of the questioner for he or she should have specified whether it was a beach crab (anyway, we have never heard a case of people eating beach crabs in our lands and moreover, the crabs sold at restaurants and shops are certainly not land ones!). 5 vols. Answered by Shaykh  Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti. So, any chance for a very quick confirmation? Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Lawful In the lands of South East Asia, for example, we find both types of crabs, and at our madrasahs, we have been taught to differentiate between the two of them during the thanawiyya years. I am surprised to hear that some Shafi’is say that lobsters and marine crabs are Haram. hunting, pursuit) refers to whatever is taken from it Will my wudhu break if a little blood flows out of a cut in my mouth? [of the questioner’s confusion arising from the Mufti’s answer.]. but if you look to what people do with the crab when they prepare it, Ibn ‘Abbaas Ruling regarding eating lobsters and crayfish. Snails are of two types, land snails and sea snails. Otters and turtles. Praise be to Allah. Thank you, Are all fish halal? The correct view is that eating these is not allowed, Also, Imam al-Shabramallisi’s information about the “Chinese animal” is actually from Imam al-Damiri; and it is technically not a ‘Chinese animal’ but a crab found in Bahr al-Sin [the China Sea], in other words, today’s South China Sea.]. rulings. Is It Permissible to Eat With the Left Hand If the Right Hand Is Unclean? Here the rule is that in the case of animals that live both on land This is also the well known type of crab that is eaten by Shafi’is in South East Asia, such as lobsters or other types of marine crabs. do not forbid (yourselves) the good things which allah has made lawful for you and do not exceed the limits; surely allah does not love those who exceed the limits, Chapter: 5 , Verse: 90 o you who believe! not kill yourselves (nor kill one another). For students of fiqh will surely know that once the ‘illa [legal reasoning] making something Haram in the first place is no longer there (and that unlike in the Levant, there are crabs found elsewhere in the world that cannot survive on land and they are not beach ones), then whether it is called saratan or not, the prohibition no longer stands. My sister is studying in school she wears pant shirt in school. say: the good things are allowed to you, and what you have taught the beasts and birds of prey, training them to hunt-- you teach them of what allah has taught you-- so eat of that which they catch for you and mention the name of allah over it; and be careful of (your duty to) allah; surely allah is swift in reckoning, Chapter: 5 , Verse: 5 this day (all) the good things are allowed to you; and the food of those who have been given the book is lawful for you and your food is lawful for them; and the chaste from among the believing women and the chaste from among those who have been given the book before you (are lawful for you); when you have given them their dowries, taking (them) in marriage, not fornicating nor taking them for paramours in secret; and whoever denies faith, his work indeed is of no account, and in the hereafter he shall be one of the losers, Chapter: 6 , Verse: 118 herefore eat of that on which allah's name has been mentioned if you are believers in his communications, Chapter: 6 , Verse: 119 and what reason have you that you should not eat of that on which allah's name has been mentioned, and he has already made plain to you what he has forbidden to you-- excepting what you are compelled to; and most surely many would lead (people) astray by their low desires out of ignorance; surely your lord-- he best knows those who exceed the limits, Chapter: 6 , Verse: 121 and do not eat of that on which allah's name has not been mentioned, and that is most surely a transgression; and most surely the shaitans suggest to their friends that they should contend with you; and if you obey them, you shall most surely be polytheists, Chapter: 5 , Verse: 87 o you who believe!