Caviar is unfertilized fish eggs, also known as fish roe. It is a salty delicacy, served cold. Caviar is a type of delicacy made from the eggs of sturgeon fish. The eggs are usually salted before being canned or jarred. But, is caviar halal, continue reading to find out the answer.
Is Caviar Halal?
Yes, caviar the eggs of fish is halal and permissible to eat in Islam. There is no religious objection in buying or eating them. In principle food is permissible for us to eat unless there is a text that forbids it.
Who created for you all that is on earth…Surah Baqarah verse 29
Allah further says:
O mankind eat of that which is lawful and good on the earth.Surah Baqarah verse 168.
Therefore, it is permissible to buy and eat the caviar as long as one is not extravagant. Imam Ibn Hajar Al-Haythami stated in Al-Fataawi Al-Fiqhiyah Al-Kubraa, that it is permissible to eat caviar which is the eggs of fish.
Why Caviar Is Halal?
Eggs from fish are permitted by scholarly consensus (ijma`), unless they become unfit to eat (fasid).
Allah subhanahu wata’ala has permitted us all the produce of the sea. He says:
Lawful to you is (the pursuit of) water-game and its use for foodSurah al-Maidah verse 96
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) told us that it is halal (lawful) to eat dead creatures from the sea and dead fish, and no part of the fish was excluded from this permission.
Hence we know that all parts of the fish are halal, including its eggs, skin, tail, eyes, etc.
Allah Almighty grants permission for all sea animals without exception and with no requirement of slaughtering.
In this manner, He makes it easy and comprehensive for His servants. Of course, it excludes anything dangerous, such as poisonous fish and plants that cause an allergic reaction – always putting the health of yourself and others above all else.
If medical science proves harmful to the human body in the case of any sea animal, then it will be haram. Because Islam does not support anything that is harmful to the human body. Whether it is sea or land.