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    Question ID: 59610Country: Pakistan

    Title: Whales are Mammals and Not fish - Are they halal?

    Question: Whales are mammals and not fish. Are they halal? Now that biology has been able to identify that Whales are mammals (they suckle their young) and not fish, does it affect the fact that amongst sea creatures 'fish' have been clearly mentioned as halal? Does the Arabic word for fish include 'mammals that live in the sea?

    Answer ID: 59610

    Bismillah hir-Rahman nir-Rahim !

    (Fatwa: 1116/1138/L=09/1436) It is required to apply the definition of fish to the Whale keeping in mind the definition of fish described by the zoologists. If the definition of fish applies to it then there shall be no problem though it is mammal and it shall be lawful to eat it. The definition of fish as per the zoology books is: A creature with backbone that lives exclusively in water and breathes through gills. As per the view of Mufti Kifayatullah sahib Whale is the Anbar fish and it is halal without any doubt. For detail, see: Kifayat al-Mufti, vol. 9, pp. 134-137)

    Allah (Subhana Wa Ta'ala) knows Best

    Darul Ifta,

    Darul Uloom Deoband, India