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Eating catfish halal or haram


I have learned that Indian catfishes dont have scales..but have fins… Is its consumption halal or haram? Also  these catfishes eat everything(junk) waste items…. And pigs also eat junk and waste materials and are haram… So if same logic is applied, are they(catfish) haram to consume?


Salamun Alaykum

Thank you for your query.

It is Haram to consume catfish.

According to Ayatullah al-Udhma Sayyid Ali Sistany:

Question: Is it permissible to eat lobster, crayfish, and snails?

Answer: It is not permissible to eat from marine animals anything except fish that has scale; shrimp is considered from that category [of permissible sea animals]. But other than fish, like lobster, and similarly the fish that does not have scale is forbidden.

Question: What type of fish is halal to eat.

Answer: Fish that have scales are halal, other types of fish are haram.

Question: If I am unsure whether a fish is from the type which has scales or not, is it permissible for me to consume it?

Answer: When there is a doubt of the type of fish, then it is not permissible,

May Allah(swt) grant you success


Syed Haider