The consumption of seafood is a pretty controversial topic from an Islamic law point of view. Some argue it’s halal, some say it’s haram. Is squid halal or haram? Squid is one of the most popular seafood dishes around the world, with a unique, slightly rubbery texture and a splash of flavor.
It is major in many cuisines of the world, including the Islamic regions. But one question people wonder about; is whether squid is halal or haram.
Squid is considered halal by some Islamic sects and halal by others, all with their judging rules on the subject. It is not always easy to categorize many types of food as halal or haram, as various factors are considered. Squids are marine cephalopods.
In food, they are referred to as calamari. Though squid has been eaten by people in cultures around the world since ancient times, it brings different opinions about its consumption in Islam; from its body features to the manner it was fished and prepared.
Why Is Squid Considered Halal?
Squid is considered halal if it’s caught and slaughtered the Islamic way. In Islam, certain rules must be followed when an animal is killed for consumption. These rules are called Dhabihah or Zabihah. There are two methods of slaughtering animals: one method is to cut the throat of the animal (from one side), and the other is to cut its neck from both sides. When slaughtering fish, only one side must be cut.
The name of Allah should be pronounced at the time of slaughtering any animal or fish. Muslims must only eat meat that has been prepared according to this Islamic law. This means that animals must be killed humanely, and then draining all blood from the body. This is known as zabiha slaughtering or halal slaughtering.
Why Is Squid Considered Haram?
Squids are considered haram for two reasons:
The first reason is that the netting process used to catch squids can be quite harmful to the environment. For example, when a squid is caught by a net, other animals may be caught as well. The squid will then consume all of these animals and their contaminants.
The second reason is that they are also contaminated by chemicals in the ocean that seeps into their bodies through the consumption of contaminated fish or raw, living squid. It’s important to note that the number of chemicals in a live squid may be even higher than in raw fish since it is still moving when eaten by humans.
What Are These Contaminants and Their Effects?
Fishes are exposed to many different types of contaminants and chemicals while being fished. Some of them are natural (present in the water or sediment), but most of them are man-made. Contaminants can come from both freshwater and seawater.
Contaminants and chemicals found in fish may affect human health when they’re consumed. For example, low levels of mercury can cause neurological effects such as nerve damage, muscle weakness, and impaired vision; high levels can lead to kidney damage or even death. PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) have been linked to cancer.
Some contaminants can also be present in the flesh of fish that haven’t been exposed directly to them but live in waters that do have them. These include DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane), which can damage reproductive organs; dioxins, which are known carcinogens; chlorinated pesticides such as lindane; and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which may cause cancer.
Is It Safe for a Muslim to Eat Squid?
Yes, it is safe for a Muslim to eat squid if it’s caught and prepared the halal way There are no restrictions on eating squid in Islam. However, some conditions need to be met to make sure that the food is halal (lawful) and permissible to eat.
The first condition is that the squid must be killed in a halal way. This means that it must be killed by a Muslim who has been trained in the proper method of slaughtering animals for food.
The second condition is that any blood left on the flesh of the squid must be removed as soon as possible using cold water, which will help prevent it from becoming contaminated by other elements in the environment.
Finally, once you have confirmed that your fish has been caught by Muslims under Islamic laws, you need to ensure that it is properly cooked before consumption. This means that no pork products (such as wine or vinegar) were used in the cooking process.
How to Cook Squid for a Muslim
You can cook squid in many ways, but the most common method involves boiling it in water with some salt added until tender enough to eat. You can also grill the squid if preferred, although this may not be allowed if the skin has been left on while preparing it. Follow these steps to get it done:
- Cut off the head and tentacles of the squid.
- Wash the squid thoroughly in running water, inside and out.
- After washing, cut the body into rings or fillets or leave as whole pieces as desired.
- Marinate the squid with salt, turmeric powder, chili powder, and lemon juice (optional). Leave it for about 15 minutes before cooking.
The most important thing to remember when cooking squid is that it has to be cooked thoroughly. Squid often has a very small amount of meat on its body, so if it is undercooked, there won’t be enough meat for your meal.
If you are going to grill your squid, make sure that you use plenty of oil to prevent the squid from sticking to the grill surface. You should also use tongs when handling your grilled squid so that you don’t burn yourself on any hot spots on the grill surface.
Halal Squid Recipes
Squid can be prepared in many different ways, from simple stir-fries to curries and stews. Some of the most popular halal squid recipes include:
Squid with Garlic Butter
Squid cooked with garlic butter is one of the most popular recipes in the world. This recipe is so easy to make and tastes amazing. You can add or change up any ingredients to suit your taste buds.
Spicy Squid Salad
This spicy squid salad recipe is perfect for salads lovers. It’s very simple yet flavorful and delicious! The spicy sauce gives it a unique taste.
Stir-Fried Squid with Snow Peas and Mushrooms
This recipe uses fresh snow peas and mushrooms along with other vegetables and seasonings to create an amazing stir-fry that is perfect as both an entrée or side dish. The stir-fried squid meat adds protein while the vegetables provide fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
We know that the permissibility of eating sea creatures is a controversial topic among scholars, but Allah encourages us to follow what the majority has adopted.