Are frogs halaal?

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One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:

As Salaam O Alaikum!

Recently, I had frog legs at a restaurant. I've read on your site that anything that flesh from the rivers and oceans is halaal. Is that acceptable

for frogs as well as frogs (as opposed to toads) spend most of their time in

the water and need to be in and around it although they do come outside

the water for brief periods and the tadpoles spend all their life in water until

adulthood. Also, I do not know of any suraah or ayaat in the Qura'an forbidding the consumption of frogs or  crustaceans. Same with crabs and lobsters which could also stay alive on land for brief periods of time but have to spend most of their lives in water.

Thank you in advance.


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Are frogs halaal?

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The principle in Islam is that when one wants to determine what food is halaal and what is haraam,  one must look into the list of the haraam foods;  and if the food is not found in the haraam list,  it will be considered halaal as food for the believers.


There is absolutely no evidence in the Quran and Sunnah that frogs are declared haraam;  and since they are not declared haraam,  then they will be considered halaal as food for the believers.   Same is the case with crabs,  lobsters,  shrimps,  etc.;  and they are all considered halaal food.


One of the great jurists of Islam,  Imam Shafei is of the opinion that absolutely all animals of the sea will be considered halaal for the believers.   Frogs,  crabs,  shrimps,  lobsters,  etc.  are predominantly creatures that live in the sea,  and he considers their meat halaal for the believers as food.


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