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Are insects halal?

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Not sure how many of you have heard, but using various types of insects as a base for nutritional products is becoming more common.  You can purchase cricket flour, for example, or you can purchase all sorts of other things with some sort of insect component in it.

The advantages of this include that it is more environmentally friendly, it allows the ability to get a more protein rich flour to the poor in countries where they are often very malnourished, and in some cases it is a more easily produced product.

So, would this be halal?  Why or why not?

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It's easier to check with your marja what is haram, that list is shorter. Outside of things that are haram, everything is halal. Somethings are indirectly haram. For example picking your nose is not haram, but giving Islam and Muslims a bad name is which is the sideeffect of that action.

Now in regards to food, there is a spesific list of haram things by all marjas. Read those and see if that insect falls under the category.

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18 hours ago, E.L King said:

Agree with this answer. Only two types of insects are allowed and those are locusts and prawns.

Commonly people think prawns as fish whereas in scientific term they are insects.

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Dear brothers in Islam,

In issue number 2633, Grand Ayatollah Sistani  says that insects are not permissible to eat.  They are not in the categry of halal things or animals to be eaten.  Here is what His Eminence says: "All birds, like eagle, vultures and wild falcons having a claw and talon, are haraam to eat. And all such birds whose gliding is more than flapping the wings, and have talons, are also haraam to eat. Those whose flapping of the wings while flying, is more than gliding, are halal to eat.
Thus, one can identify halal birds from haraam ones by observing how they fly. And if the style of any bird's flight cannot be determined, that bird will be considered halal for eating, if it has a crop or a gizzard or a spur on the back of its feet. In the absence of all these, the bird will be haraam. As an obligatory precaution, one should refrain from eating the meat of all types of crows.
Other birds like the hens, the pigeons, the sparrows including the ostrich and the peacock are halal to eat, but it is Makrooh to kill birds like swallows and hoopoes. And the animals which fly, but are not classified as winged birds, like the bats, are haraam; similarly, the bees, the mosquitoes, and other flying insects are, as an obligatory precaution, haraam."

Wassalam

Related link:

http://islamportal.net/question/which-animals-and-insects-have-been-named-quran

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On 03/05/2017 at 8:47 PM, magma said:

I wouldn't eat insects unless I was in an extreme survival situation. But in those situations, everything would become halal, including pork. Right? So the question won't matter at that point.

:salam:

What if you are in the forest and have insects and wild pigs ?

What would you eat first?

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On 4/26/2017 at 2:43 PM, Darth Vader said:

Someone was telling me the other day that the earthworms are halal. Of course I didn't ask for reference to that since I don't plan on eating earthworms.

The trick would be in zabihahing the earth worm. One would have to cut just right.

On 4/26/2017 at 8:55 AM, coldcow said:

Not sure how many of you have heard, but using various types of insects as a base for nutritional products is becoming more common.  You can purchase cricket flour, for example, or you can purchase all sorts of other things with some sort of insect component in it.

The advantages of this include that it is more environmentally friendly, it allows the ability to get a more protein rich flour to the poor in countries where they are often very malnourished, and in some cases it is a more easily produced product.

So, would this be halal?  Why or why not?

locusts and honey was a delicacy for many a prophet. So at the very least, locusts are halal.

 

On 5/4/2017 at 1:58 PM, realizm said:

:salam:

What if you are in the forest and have insects and wild pigs ?

What would you eat first?

plants???

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