List of halal and kosher fish

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This is a list of fish considered halal according to the Shia Muslims Jafari jurisprudence and kosher according to Jewish kashrut dietary laws. They have the appropriate characteristic of having scales.[1][2][3]

Jaafari (Shia) school's regulation of fish comes from several sahih hadiths, one of them is, as narrated by the fifth imam Muhammad al-Baqir:

Eat any fish that has scales, and do not eat what does not have scales.

— Al-Kulayni, Al-Kafi, Vol.6, p. 219

Sunni jurisprudence generally either holds that all seafood is permissible, with a few minor exceptions (in the Shafi'i, Hanbali, and Maliki schools of jurisprudence), or that all fish is permissible (except eels and hagfish) but other seafood is impermissible (in the Hanafi school of jurisprudence).[4]


  1. ^ Common Halal and Non-Halal Sea Foods. Retrieved on 25th April 2015
  2. ^ Food & Drink - Permitted & Prohibited - Retrieved on 25th April 2015
  3. ^ In addition to scales, fish also has to have fins in Judaism only. However, every fish that has scales has fins. ([ Source])
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