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Why fish is not slaughtered in Islam?

Answered as per Hanafi Fiqh by Jamia Binoria

Is it okay to eat fish? Because, being a muslim, we eat things that has been slaughtered (in the name if Allah), like meat, chicken etc. But as for fish, a little while after it is taken out of the water, its tail is cut off and it is then distributed to different parts of the city. At that point it is already dead so it can’t be slaughtered. And when it is sold, its head is also cut off. Is this correct?

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One should bear in mind that it is not permissible to eat fish that has already died in water. However, eating fish that has not been islamically slaughtered is Halal and permissible. This is the ruling of the Shari’ah regarding this matter, therefore one should not remain doubtful about it.

This Q&A was indexed from the official english fatwa portal of Jamia Binoria. It is an Islamic educational institute in Karachi, Pakistan.

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