Are crabs and lobsters Halal.

And May I have the proof for your answer.I was told that any creature which lives and dies in the sea is Halal food. But it is to my understanding that lobsters and crabs do not live and die in the sea, so are they halal. And also i was told that lobsters are Haram for the same reason dogs are haram, something to do with the way they use their paws or hands to hunt. Please could you clarify this issue. Thank You.

Answer

From seafood, only fish is made Halaal for us. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu
Alayhi Wasallam) said, ‘Two carions are made Halaal for us; Fish and locust.
‘ (Mishkaat vol.2 pg.361). Fish is classified as a Vertebra. Crabs and
lobsters are not vertebras but they belong to the Crustaece group, hence,
not permissible.

and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

for: Mufti Ebrahim Desai
FATWA DEPT.

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