Can Muslims eat fish and sea food?
Sea food of all kinds are lawful (halal) to consume for Muslims. It does not matter whether sea food is of a plant nature or of an animal nature. It does not mater whether sea food is dead or alive. It does not have to be slaughtered in a specific way. Some scholars believe Otters and turtles are allowed as long as they are slaughtered properly and crabs are allowed but do not need to be slaughtered.
There are a few exceptions and that is frogs are Haram (forbidden) to consume by Muslims. Crocodiles are also Haram (forbidden)to consume by Muslims because Crocodiles have fangs and even though it spends a lot of time in water it is a land dwelling animal with fangs .
Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): �Lawful to you is (the pursuit of) water-game and its use for food � for the benefit of yourselves and those who travel�� [al-Maa�idah 5:96]. Ibn �Abbaas said: � Sayduhu (lit. hunting, pursuit) refers to whatever is taken from it alive, and ta�aamuhu (lit. its food) means whatever is taken dead.�
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) forbade killing them, as is reported in the hadeeth of �Abd al-Rahmaan ibn �Uthmaan, who said that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) forbade the killing of frogs. (Narrated by Imaam Ahmad and Ibn Maajah; see also Saheeh al-Jaami, 6970).
Some scholars exclude sea snakes, but the correct view is that as they live nowhere except in the water, we are permitted to eat them, because of the general nature of the aayah (interpretation of the meaning): �Lawful to you is (the pursuit of) water-game and its use for food � for the benefit of yourselves �� [al-Maa�idah 5:96].
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