Is Squid Halal?

By Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Posted: 16 Safar 1424, 27 March 2005

Q.) What is the Shariah ruling according to the Hanafi fiqh regarding squid? [Zain Admani]

A.) From seafood, only fish is halal for us. Rasulullah Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, 'Two carions are made halal for us; Fish and locust.' (Mishkaat vol.2 pg.361).

Fish is classified as a Vertebra. Squid is not vertebras, hence, not permissible. Some Ulama are of the opinion that shrimps, etc. are fish, therefore, permissible. Due to the differences of opinion, it is best to adopt Taqwa and abstain from eating shrimps, etc. but they cannot be regarded as swine meat which is expressly haram.

and Allah Ta'ala Knows Best