The squid is a marine animal. Many people around the world eat this delicious animal. But the question has arisen in Muslim society – is squid halal?
In today’s blog, we discuss this answer in detail. I hope you won’t find a satisfactory answer here to Is squid halal in Islam?
Is Squid Halal?
Yes, the Squid is Halal. This is the opinion of the majority of Islamic scholars. Among them are the followers of the Shafi’i, Hanbali, and Maliki schools of thought. However, squid is not halal in the Hanafi Madhhab.
Most Muslim communities have adopted the first view. So all Muslims can eat squid, who consider it halal. Similarly, all marine animals are halal, sharks, whales, crabs, turtles, octopuses, snails, etc.
However, according to them, eating certain marine animals, like frogs, crocodiles, etc., is haram because there are clear restrictions on these.
Is eating squid Halal in the Quran?
The Holy Quran does not specifically mention the word squid. However, the Qur’an’s basic guidelines for seafood strongly make squid halal. Based on these verses, Islamic scholars have opined that eating squid is permissible. The following verse proves this.
In the Holy Quran, Allah Ta’ala says:
Translation: “The prey of the sea and the food of the sea have been made lawful for you.” (Surat al-Ma’idah: 96)
In another verse, Allah Ta’ala says –
Translation: “Tell me – there is no haram food except the dead animals, the flowing blood and the meat of the pigs which have been revealed to me. Because it is unclean.” (Surat an-Nam – 5)
Instructions for eating squid in hadith
In the hadith, Rasulullah (SAW) called marine animals as halal. And one of the countless sea creatures is the squid. So squid is halal. But it is included in the basic instructions. So one leaves room for dissent in his interpretation and analysis.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
Translation: “The water of the sea is sacred, and the dead animals that live in the water are also halal.” (Sunan Tirmidhi – 69)
In another hadith –
Translation: “Allah (SWT) has made lawful in His Book is lawful, and all that He has made unlawful is unlawful. And what He has remained silent about is forgivable.
To accept the forgiveness from Allah. Because Allah Tayala does not forget anything, he recited the following verse, “Do not forget your Lord” (Maryam – 74). (Silsilatus Sahihah – 2256)
The famous Sahabi Shuraih – Radiyallahu Anhu – said eating all the animals in the water is lawful. ” (Sahih Bukhari 5/2091)
Moreover, one of the basic principles of Islam is that all worldly things are valid unless they are forbidden in Islam.
And eating squid or crab or tortoise, baba, octopus or snail, etc., is not forbidden in the Quran and Hadith. So these are halal.
From the above discussion, it has been proved that eating marine animals is halal. So squid can be eaten. There is no evidence to call them Makrooh. But if someone does not like to eat it, it is different. It’s a personal matter. But there is no reason to call them Haram or Makrooh.
Is squid halal Hanafi?
No, squid is not halal in Hanafi school. Because many scholars of the Hanafi Madhhab have said that squid is haram. Some consider it makruh, while another group says that squid is halal.
Because according to the Hanafi Madhhab, eating only fish from aquatic animals is halal. Eating any other animal is not halal. And since squid is not a fish, it is not halal to eat it.
Squid Haram and Hanafi Evidence
Those among the Hanafis who say that squid is haram present the following verse of the Qur’an in support of their opinion. Although this verse of theirs does not strongly prove their opinion.
In the Holy Quran, Allah Ta’ala says,
Translation: He has made lawful for them the sacred things. And forbade filthy things. (Surat al-A’raf: 156)
Allah Ta’ala has forbidden ‘Khabayes’ (dirty things) in that verse. It is called Khabayes, which is the natural hatred of human beings.
Meanwhile, squid hates human nature, so it belongs to the dirty stuff. And dirty things are forbidden. So eating squid is also forbidden.
And there is no mention that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) or any of his Companions ate such marine animals.
In a further hadith, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) forbade any doctor to make medicine by killing frogs. (Abu Dawood – 361)
From all these verses and hadiths, it is understood that all kinds of sea creatures are forbidden. Of these, squid is particularly significant.
Review the opinions
Squid halal seems to us to be more strong and more reasonable. Because We have not found any document directly forbidding squid in the Qur’an or Sunnah, the documents that have been presented on the opinion of the Hanafi school are very weak.
For this, dirty things are forbidden in the Quran, but on what basis was the squid that the squid belonged?
Anyone can hate eating squid. It’s a personal matter. But many people do not hate to eat squid. So one’s taste cannot be imposed on another.
However, if medical science proves harmful to the human body in the case of any marine animal, then it will be haram. Because Islam does not support anything harmful to the human body. Whether it is marine or land.
Squid is halal, this is the opinion accepted by the majority of Muslim scholars and the public. There are strong references in the Quran and Hadith in favor of this view. But on the contrary, many Muslim scholars, especially the Hanafis, say that squid is haram. They present Quranic verses and hadiths to support their views but they are not strong enough.
What should I look for to confirm the halal status of squid?
Check for proper certification on the packaging, indicating that the squid has been processed according to halal standards. Additionally, it is recommended to purchase squid from a trusted halal-certified source.
Can squid be eaten in any cooking method?
Yes, squid can be prepared using various cooking methods such as grilling, frying or boiling, as long as no non-halal ingredients are used in the process.
Are there any specific guidelines for cleaning and preparing squid in a halal manner?
It is recommended to clean and prepare squid in a separate area from non-halal items. Ensure that all utensils and surfaces used in the process are free of contamination.
Is calamari, which is often made from squid halal?
Calamari can be halal if it is made using halal ingredients and processed according to Islamic dietary laws. It is essential to verify the source and method of preparation.
Can I eat squid in non-halal restaurants?
It depends on the restaurant and the specific food. It is advisable to inquire about ingredients and preparation methods to ensure that they align with Halal requirements.
What is the difference between the halal status of fresh and frozen squid?
Halal status is not necessarily determined by whether the squid is fresh or frozen. More about how it is processed and whether it meets halal standards.
What if I am unsure about the halal status of the squid?
If in doubt, it is best to consult a knowledgeable Islamic scholar or authority for guidance on whether a particular product or method of preparation is considered halal.