You state that whales and dolphins are fish. Can I check if this is a direct interpretation, or a factual issue? I would note that whales and dolphins are air breathing mammals and not fish. This of course affects whether they are halal. I would also note that their capture also requires extensive suffering for the animals concerned. Any guidance that you can provide would be most welcome.

DWQA QuestionsCategory: MiscellaneousYou state that whales and dolphins are fish. Can I check if this is a direct interpretation, or a factual issue? I would note that whales and dolphins are air breathing mammals and not fish. This of course affects whether they are halal. I would also note that their capture also requires extensive suffering for the animals concerned. Any guidance that you can provide would be most welcome.
JonSnow Staff asked 3 years ago
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JonSnow Staff answered 3 years ago

The shariah defines whales and dolphins as fish linguistically and also by category. The large fish that is reported in Muslim shareef to be consumed by hundred of sahabis is believed to be the whale. Shariah does not take scientists view into consideration in category or definition.