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Are Dead Crabs and Lobsters najis

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They are tahir when dead.

Any animal, that when slaughtered from the neck, there blood spurts out of there body (cow, lion, human, rabbit, dog, etc), there dead body is najis. If the blood doesn’t spurt out, like snakes, crabs, insects, etc, there dead body is tahir.

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10 hours ago, realizm said:


That's precisely what he/she sid here :confused:

I do not remember seeing those animals in the list of najis things.

Salam eating crab is clearly haram for Shias  but lobester has problem if you it recognizes as Crab family it's Haram but if recognizes as shrimp family it can be eaten 

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Is lobster, clam, oyster and octopus halal? If so why is it sold in the Islamic Republic of Iran?
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Eating lobster, clam, oyster and octopus is haram. According to religious resources regarding halal and haram meat, there are general rulings and numerous standards; for instance, a set of rulings has been given for land animals, sea creatures, birds and so on.

Therefore, purchasing and selling lobster, clam, oyster, etc. in the market, for reasons other than eating like benefiting from the other uses it has, is permissible. Perhaps lobster, clam, etc. have other benefits as well.



I have heard a lot about crabs being haram to eat. Please tell me if that is true and if so, then why is it haram or makrooh?
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In the interpretations of the criterion for the lawfulness of [eating] seafood, legal scholars have said; that which can be derived from hadiths is that the meat of sea creatures should not be eaten, meaning it is unlawful[1] except for the types of fish or sea creature which has scales[2], and crabs do not have them.


In addition to this, there are specific traditions explaining the unlawfulness of crab meat. Imam Musa Ibn Ja’far (Peace be upon him) said: Eating “jari” (a type of fish), and turtles and crabs is haram.[3]


Therefore eating crabs from the point of view of Islam is haram and unlawful.[4]


For more information, see: The Philosophy behind the Lawfulness of Shrimp Question #310.






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