Eating oysters, shrimp, lobsters, etc.

Q: I’m a follower of the Hanafi mazhab and I’d like to know if it’s permissible for me to taste foods such as oyster, shrimp, lobsters, etc. Although it’s not allowed according to Imam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah) but according to Imam Shaafi’ee (rahimahullah) and Imam Maalik (rahimahullah) it would be fine to eat such foods. Since they are all correct mazaahib and its only a matter regarding food shouldn’t it be jaaiz for me to eat them, if not could I not atleast eat/taste them once.

A: You should follow your mazhab.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)