The Ruling on… erm… Mermaids?

// November 8th, 2007 // Blog

Arial and her sisters roasting over the BBQ… the Islamic ending to The Little Mermaid?

Many of the fuqaha' mentioned mermaids and differed on the ruling concerning them. Some of them said that they are permissible (to eat) because of the general meaning of the evidence which says that whatever is in the sea is permissible. This is the view of the Shaafa'is and Hanbalis, and is the view of most of the Maalikis and of Ibn Hazm and others. And some of them regarded it as haraam because it is not a kind of fish. This is the view of the Hanafis and of al-Layth ibn Sa'd.

I'm not taking the mick out of the blessed fuqaha'… but mermaids… mermaids? Is there an Islamic version of April Fools Day that i am unaware of?! Maybe it's a mistranslation of an Arabic word? Definitely makes for interesting reading!

7 Responses to “The Ruling on… erm… Mermaids?”

  1. Shan says:

    Wait until the movie Splice hits theatres. We’ll have plenty of discussion about haraam/halal when that comes about. I, for one, think that hybrids should be haraam, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have cravings to eat them.

  2. Islam Blog says:

    I guess when quoting the fuqaha of the past, we need to understand that science and the classification and the discovery of species wasn’t as developed as they are in our times. So they’d pass rulings based on the information that reached them.

    For instance, if I said 10 years ago that Hobbits existed, you’d think it was funny (just like now). Think again.

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/10/1027_041027_homo_floresiensis.html

  3. iMuslim says:

    Shan: never heard of Splice until your comment… looked it up on IMDb… a horror movie it seems… sounds a bit like Species?

    Islam Blog: i thought perhaps that “mermaid” may have actually been an arabic word used to describe a real organism… not a half-man, half-fish. Anyway, i still find it interesting! Wrt the National Geographic article… i find it funny that they can write so many words on the discovery of a single skeleton. :)

  4. Islam Blog says:

    Salaamualaykum,

    I found the fatwa interesting too. About the article, the first sentence does say ‘skeletons’ which gives me the impression that it was more than one. But reading it around the end, I see what you mean.

    I guess as the article says, there’s so much we are yet to learn.

  5. AnonyMouse says:

    Ahahahaha, I remember my dad mentioning this in one of his halaqahs on the Book of Food (from one of the fiqh books)!

    I remember everyone was just staring at him in confusion and bewilderment until he cracked a (lame!) joke about it… anyway, he also said something about how it meant something about the dedication of the scholars, but I don’t remember exactly what he said… I lost interest after he stopped talking about mermaids and unicorns :p

  6. Sumera says:

    Lol. Im sure if I ever come across a mermaid for lunch I’ll give the fatwa a thought :P

  7. iMuslim says:

    Assalamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullah all. Maybe the reason we don’t see mermaids these days, is cos the previous generations of Muslims ate them all?! :o

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