Prawns always have a special place among the non-vegetarian food items. A Hyderabad-based Islamic seminary has raised a curtain for a new controversy asking Muslims not to eat prawns. Jamia Nizamia a Hyderabad-based 142-year-old Islamic seminary has issued a Fatwa against eating Prawns and asking Muslims not to eat prawns.
As per the reports, the fatwa was introduced by the Chief Mufti of Jamia Nizamia, Mufti Mohammed Azeemuddin.
According to the Fatwa, the Prawns do not belong to the class of the fish and they belong to the category of arthropod. They said consumption of Prawns is a sin in Islam. Mufti Mohammed Azeemuddin considered prawns, crabs and shrimps as ‘Makruh Tahrim’ for Muslims.
The Jamia Nizamia was established in 1876. It is one of the oldest Islamic deemed university in the country. As per the Islamic law, the food is divided into three categories they are halal (acceptable), haram ( prohibited) and Makruh (abominable). According to the Fatwa, Prawn is an arthropod and it is not under the category of fish. The chief mufti said the prawn is under the category of ‘Makruh Tahrim’.
As per TOI, the third category Makruh is sub-divided into makruh (abominable but can be eaten) and makruh Tahrim (abominable and should be avoided completely). So they kept prawn under this category called Makruh Tahrim’. But some Muslim groups are not welcoming the Fatwa made by the Jamia Nizamia. Some Muslims amazed regarding consideration of Prawns as an abominable or despicable food.”
This is not the first time the Jamia Nizamia had also made a Fatwa in 2016 against chanting ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’, as it symbolised a goddess, which Muslims cannot worship. The Jamia Nizamia had said that the slogan was un-Islamic.
Mufti Merajuddin Abrar, principal of Islamic school Anwarul Huda, said, though it is not under the category of fish people who eat prawn do not equate it with an insect. Thus it cannot be an abominable food.