Are you wondering whether scallops are halal or haram? That’s a tough question with different opinions. But let’s try to answer it!
Are scallops halal?
Yes, scallops are halal and permissible according to Islamic law. They can be eaten by Muslims. Scallops are halal because they come from the sea and every seafood according to Prophet Muhammad is halal.
The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, is reported to have said: “If so ever Allah has given us in our sustenance fish, we should not catch up what is forbidden in our own countries.” This prohibition of the Prophet Muhammad implies that any seafood caught locally is permissible.
However, it should be noted that there are ordinances specific to scallops that do not state if they can or cannot be consumed by Muslims; therefore other Muslims may choose to eat the creature while others will refrain from consuming them.
Are scallops halal in Islam?
Yes, scallops are halal in Islam. Hence, they are an excellent choice for non-muslims to bring to their next party! They are also rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which is good for you.
Scallops can be cooked in many ways. You can steam them, grill them or saute them with olive oil and garlic. They have a tangy taste so they will complement your seafood dishes nicely.
Besides their taste, another good reason for Muslims to eat scallops is the advantage they have on cholesterol levels. These tiny creatures have very little to no cholesterol.
Why are scallops halam?
Some Muslims are unaware of the fact that scallops are halal because they fall in the category of seafood. So, in an effort to clear things up, let’s discuss the basics of seafood including scallops.
Seafood is the collective name given to fresh water aquatic life which includes fish, shellfish and molluscs. All seafood is considered halal or permissible according to Islam’s teachings.
Scallops are molluscs which are shellfish, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. So, are scallops halal? The short answer is yes. All shellfish are halal for Muslims to eat according to Islam’s teachings.
Are there any Muslims that believe scallops are haram?
Scallops are halal in Islam, but some Muslims think otherwise. That’s because some fishermen find scallops in their waters or they are caught while fishing, which at the time of the Prophet Muhammad was haram.
There are some people who believe that if a fish is caught by accident it is permissible to eat it. However, there is no consensus on this issue. Therefore, the true ruling regarding this matter is still not clear.
What others say regarding scallop consumption?
According to some scholars scallops are haram because they come from the sea and all seafood is haram. Therefore, following the principle of qiyas which means judging something by its similar attributes, anything from the sea cannot be halal. In their opinion anything from the sea is not permissible for consumption.
According to other scholars, if something is brought to land and was not taken from the sea or the ocean, then it is halal for Muslims.
These scholars say that if something gets caught in a fisherman’s net and he does not intend to catch it then it is permissible to eat as long as that thing was not placed by someone else. Therefore, scallops that are found in a fisherman’s net without his prior knowledge are halal and can be eaten by Muslims.
Are scallops halal Shia?
Unfortunately, scallops are not halal for Shia Muslims to eat due to the fact they come from the sea which is haram according to their beliefs.
However, most Shia would agree that scallops are permissible for non-muslims to eat because the Prophet Muhammad prohibited them during his time.
It is important that you know that although there is no consensus on this issue it is better to be safe than sorry.
Are scallops halal Hanafi?
Scallops are halal in Hanafi. Since they come from the sea and the Prophet Muhammad allowed it.
Americans eat a lot of seafood and many of them do not know that if the seafood was caught in a net and this was not done on purpose then it is halal and permissible for Muslims to eat.
Are scallops halal Sunni?
Scallops are halal in Sunni.
Are scallops halal Alawites?
Scallops are halal for Alawites. They live in the Mediterranean area and eat a lot of seafood which is not considered haram in their religion. For this reason scallops are fine to eat for Alawites.
Are scallops halal Wahhabi?
Yes, scallops are halal for Wahabis to consume.
Conclusion: Is eating scallops Halal or Haram?
In the end, scallops are halal in Islam. They can be eaten by Muslims. Their source is the sea, but a Muslim does not have to think about this since Allah has permitted all seafood in the Quran and in his teachings.
If a Muslim chooses not to eat them for whatever reason it is still permissible. If you do not know if a kind of seafood is halal or haram then check with a Muslim scholar or refer to Islamic law which states that all seafood caught locally is halal.
Comments from our readers…
“Scallops are halal although many people say they’re not.”
“Scallops are halal and nobody can prohibit you from using and consuming them.”
“Scallops are halal for Muslims of all sects. We never touch sea creatures.”