My friend told me that in Islam a fish weighing more than 12 kgs is not allowed.
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Assalaam o alaikum, my question is that somedays back one of my friend told me that in Islam a fish weighing more than 12 kgs is not allowed. please help me in this.
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Big fish not allowed
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Your Question: my question is that somedays back one of my friend told me that in Islam a fish weighing more than 12 kgs is not allowed. please help me in this.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 16 Surah Nahl verse 14:
It is He (Allah) Who has subjected the sea to your service so that you may get fresh flesh from it to eat and bring out of it articles of ornaments, which you wear.
Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 83 Narrated by Abu Hurayrah
A man asked the Messenger of Allah (saws): O Messenger of Allah (saws), we travel on the sea and take a small quantity of water with us. If we use this for ablution, we would suffer from thirst. Can we perform ablution with sea water? The Messenger of Allah (saws) replied: Its water is pure and (even) what dies in it is lawful food.
In light of the above guidance of Allah and His Messenger (saws), every creature that predominantly lives in the sea is absolutely permissible and halaal as food for the believers to consume, regardless of its size, shape, or weight, etc.
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 5.648 Narrated by Jabir
We set out in the army of Al-Khabt and Abu
Ubaida was the commander of the troops. We were struck with severe hunger and
the sea threw out a dead fish the like of which we had never seen, and it was
called Al-'Anbar. We ate of it for half a month. Abu Ubaida took (and fixed)
one of its bones and a rider passed underneath it (without touching it). Abu
'Ubaida said (to us), "Eat (of that fish)." When we arrived at
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 16 Surah Nahl verse 116:
116 But say not for any false thing that your tongues may put forth "This is halaal (lawful) and this is haraam (forbidden)" so as to ascribe false things to Allah. For those who ascribe false things to Allah will never prosper.
To declare something as lawful or forbidden is the Exclusive Right of Allah Subhanah Alone, and the believers must be extremely careful lest in their ignorance they assume or declare a thing halaal which Allah and His Messenger (saws) have termed haraam; or declare a thing haraam which Allah and His Messenger (saws) have termed halaal. Just as it is a huge sin to declare lawful what Allah and His Messenger (saws) have forbidden (swine, alcohol, etc.), similarly it is a huge sin for one to declare unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have termed lawful!
Beloved brother, it would only be prudent and an act of brotherhood to inform your friend regarding the truth from the Quran and the Sunnah, and as his brother and well-wisher in Islam, you should also politely and humbly ask him to seek Allahs forgiveness for inventing such declarations from himself and attributing them to Islam so that he may save himself from sin.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your brother and well wisher in Islam,