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Is it permissible to eat cuttlefish?

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Question:

Is it permissible to eat cuttlefish?

Answer:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Cuttlefish are marine animals of the order Sepiida. They belong to the class Cephalopoda (which also includes squid, octopuses, and nautiluses). Despite their name, cuttlefish are not fish but molluscs.[1]

As a principle, only fish are permissible for consumption from the marine creatures.  Therefore, it is not permissible to eat cuttlesfish.[2]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

 


[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuttlefish

[2]  أما الَّذِي لَا يعِيش إِلَّا فِي المَاء فكله محرم الْأكل إِلَّا السّمك خَاصَّة بِجَمِيعِ أَنْوَاعه سوى الطافي مِنْهُ فَإِنَّهُ مَكْرُوه (تحفة الفقهاء ج 3 ص 63 دار الكتب)

قَالَ: (وَلَا يُؤْكَلُ مِنْ حَيَوَانِ الْمَاءِ إِلَّا السَّمَكُ) لِأَنَّهُ مَيْتَةٌ فَيَحْرُمُ بِالنَّصِّ، وَإِنَّمَا حَلَّ السَّمَكُ بِمَا رُوِّينَا مِنَ الْحَدِيثِ وَأَنَّهُ يَشْمَلُ جَمِيعَ أَنْوَاعِهِ الْجِرِّيثَ وَالْمَارَمَاهِي وَغَيْرِهِمَا. (الاختيار لتعليل المختار ج 5 ص 15 دار الكتب)

(وَحَلَّ الْجَرَادُ) وَإِنْ مَاتَ حَتْفَ أَنْفِهِ، بِخِلَافِ السَّمَكِ (وَأَنْوَاعُ السَّمَكِ بِلَا ذَكَاةٍ) (الدر المختار من نسخة رد المحتار ج 6 ص 307 أيج أيم سعيد)

وَأما دواب الْبَحْر فانها مُحرمَة سوى السّمك بأجناسها   (النتف في الفتاوى ص 232 دار الفرقان)

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