Is Shrimp Halal or Haram?

One of the most frequently asked questions about eating shrimp in the Muslim community is whether it’s haram. Many people have strong opinions on this issue, but to accurately determine if shrimp is halal, we need to understand how halal meat is defined. We also need to know how shrimp and other crustaceans are categorized under Islamic dietary laws.

Shrimp is Halal, it is the other seafood that is halal aside from scaled fish. Shrimp is a scaled fish and as such, it is halal to consume. The only kinds of seafood that are not allowed by Islam are the ones that do not have scales. This includes crabs, lobsters, and other shellfish.

What Categories of Seafood as Halal or Haram?

Is Shrimp Halal or Haram?

Seafood is one of the most popular food items in the world. It is enjoyed by many people and has been consumed for generations. There are many types of seafood, including fish and shellfish. However, not all types of seafood are considered halal (permissible for Muslims), and some even fall under the category of haram (prohibited).

Seafood with scales has a hard outer shell that protects the meat from dirt and germs. Therefore, it is considered halal. Germs and dirt can easily penetrate the shell of seafood without scales (such as a fish), which makes it haram.

However, there are some exceptions to this rule:

  1. Any sea creatures that have scales but do not have fins or legs such as certain types of shrimp and lobsters are considered haram because they cannot move freely in the water.
  2. If a fish dies due to natural causes such as being caught up in a net or being exposed to extreme temperatures (such as freezing or burning), then its meat becomes permissible for consumption again when it has been cooked properly (i.e., when it has been taken out of the water and cleaned thoroughly).

Fish Farming in the US

The majority of seafood sold in the United States is from fish farms and not from the wild. Fish farms raise their seafood on land or in large enclosures. This means that they do not need to be caught to be sold as food. There are also very few wild-caught fish available at grocery stores because many species of wild-caught fish have become endangered due to over-fishing. 

When it comes to seafood, most people think about fish like salmon and tuna that live in saltwater environments like oceans and lakes but there are also freshwater species of fish like trout and catfish that are halal as well.

Which Seafoods Are Halal or Haram?

Islamic scholars work together to determine which seafood is halal or haram. This is useful for both the Muslim consumer and the Halal certification process. These scholars and the Islamic community, as a whole, are guided by the Holy Book of Islam, the Qur’an, and Sunnah. Nevertheless, we will talk about some popular kinds of seafood that people ask questions about. 


Squid is one of the most popular kinds of seafood in the world. It is made up of proteins and vitamins, but it does contain some cholesterol. Squid contains a high amount of cholesterol, so it is not recommended for those who have had heart attacks or high blood pressure as it can cause serious health problems. 

Squid is considered halal by most scholars, but some consider it haram because it has eyes. While the majority of scholars consider it halal, others have reservations about this food due to the presence of ink sacs. In addition, squid may not be slaughtered under Islamic law.


Sushi is made from cooked rice that has been seasoned with vinegar and sugar. The rice is then shaped into balls or rolls. The main ingredient in sushi is raw fish, which must be prepared according to Islamic dietary laws known as halal or kosher. 

Sushi is not considered haram or halal by most scholars because it does not contain any animal products. However, some Muslims choose not to eat sushi due to concerns that non-Muslims may use alcohol as a flavoring agent in some types of sushi or rice used for maki rolls.


Lobsters are not considered Halal but they are permissible to consume. The lobster is a type of sea creature that lives in the sea. It has a hard shell and it is not considered an animal that can be eaten by Muslims because it has a different structure which makes it impossible to be slaughtered properly. However, if the person does not know about this matter, he can eat it without any problem.


Many scholars believe crabs are permissible to eat because they do not have backbones or heads like lobsters do. Other scholars believe they should not be eaten because they may have many legs and feet like insects which are considered haram to eat because of their similarity to insects in form and function. 

There is some controversy in the Muslim community about whether crabs are Halal or Haram. Hanafi scholars argue that most shellfish are non-fish, and therefore, are Haram. This is why some confusion comes about when deciding if crabs can be served as a meal to Muslims. It all depends on which Islam sect you follow.


Octopus is a sea creature that lives in all the world’s oceans. It is a cephalopod (the same family as squid and cuttlefish) and can grow quite large, reaching weights of over 100 kilograms (about 220 pounds) The Qur’an mentions that all seafood is permissible for consumption

The only exception to this rule is if one can prove that the seafood item is harmful. As octopuses can exhibit harmful behavior, Hanafi scholars view it as Haram or forbidden. However, Maliki, Hanbali, and Shafi’i scholars view octopuses as Halal based on the Qur’an’s statement that all sea creatures that aren’t harmful are permissible to eat.


Oysters do not have any bones, so there are no problems with eating them. The only problem that arises regarding oysters is that they are sometimes cooked with alcohol, which may be Haram according to some Ulama (scholars). 

As stated in the Quran, all sea creatures are Halal. However, if you follow the Hanafi school of thought, oysters are not. Be careful when using oyster sauce as an ingredient in a recipe because it may contain non-Halal products.


Scallops are often categorized as shellfish rather than fish because they are mollusks, but they have no shells. They belong to the same family as clams and oysters. All sea scallops are halal, meaning that they can be consumed under Islamic dietary rules. 

The Hanafi scholars classify them as haram, which refers to food or beverage that is forbidden in Islam. However, if you are preparing scallops in a recipe that also contains ingredients that are considered halal (such as batter), then consuming the dish will not break Islamic law.


Based on the methods and sources used in the preparation of shrimp, it is permissible to eat shrimp in most scenarios. No rule prohibits Muslims from eating shrimp except for those who are allergic to it because it is not something naturally found in the water and does not possess a fishy taste as fish do.


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