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Is It Permissible To Fish for the Sake of Fun, Not With the Intention To Keep the Fish?

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Answered by: Maulana Sibghat Ullah


Is it permissible to fish just for the sake of fishing, having fun, not with the intention to keep the fish? I´m aware of the Fatwa by asking Imam there is a Fatwa that it’s not allowed to fish just for sake of it…. but I wonder why still so many people (including some Ulema) doing it? Is there any other opinion in this regard?

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


It is not befitting of a believer to kill a living animal just for sport and target practice. We should fear Allah and do not go fishing to catch fish for fun or sport.

Allah says in Quran: Made lawful for you is the game of the sea and eating thereof, as a benefit for you and for travellers.

The term used “and (use) it for food as a provision“. Meaning that Allah made fishing halal only if the fish is being used for food.

It is narrated from ‘Amr bin Sharid RA “I heard Sharid say:

‘I heard the Messenger of Allah say: Whoever kills a small bird for no reason, it will beseech Allah on the Day of Resurrection saying: O Lord, so and so killed me for no reason. And he did not kill me for any beneficial purpose.”‘ (Sunan Nasai Hadith Number: 4446)

Only Allah knows best.

Written by Maulana Sibghat Ullah

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

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