As Salaamu Alaikum,
Can you please advise if the meat from Capybara is halal to eat? If no please explain
Wa Alaikum As Salaam,
Bismillahi wa billahi at Tawfeeq
Waalaikumussalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh
We apologize for the delay in responding to your question. Since we were researching the matter. We do not consider the meat from the Capybara to be halal to eat.
This is because, we consider it to be ‘khabeeth’ (repugnant) and something that Muslims of a sound disposition would abhor. And it is not permissible to eat something that is ‘khabeeth’, as Allah تعالى has prohibited khabaa’ith (Surah A’raaf verse 157).
Mufti Ebrahim Desai Saheb, a renowned Mufti of our times, has also considered it to be impermissible.
It should be noted that the capybara is indigenous to South America, and as far as we are aware, the Ulama from Suriname and Guyana have also not allowed eating this animal.
Alhamdulillah, there is a wide range of other animals that Allah تعالى has made permissible for us to eat and enjoy. The Capybara however, is not permissible.
الاتجاه الأول: هو حرمة أكل جميع الحشرات، لإستخباثها و نفور الطباع السليمة منها، و في التنزيل في صفة النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم (ويحرم عليهم الخبائث)
و هذا مذهب الحنفية و الشافعية و الحنابلة
الموسوعة الفقهية ج ١٧ ص ٢٧٩
And Allah Knows best
Mufti Waheeb Saiyed
This answer was collected from DarulUloomTT.net, which is operated under the supervision of Mufti Waseem Khan from Darul Uloom Trinidad and Tobago.