Is Hippo’s Meat Haram or Halal? Why?

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Is Hippo’s meat haram or halal? Why?


بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful




Hippos are herbivores and do not consume meat or filth. They are not predatory animals. This is due to the prohibition of the Prophet SAW from eating anything that has fangs [carnivores] from the predatory animals and any birds with talons [predatory birds].[1]

Therefore, the meat of hippos will be halal.


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Written by Maulana Shadman Ahmed

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ولأنه ليس من السباع ولا من أكلة الجيف فأشبه الظبي.

Al-Hidayah, volume 4, page 351, Dar al-Turath al-Arabi


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