Is Octopus halal?

Is Octopus halal?

The answer to this is based on whether octopuses are considered fish or not. You can read more on Seafood Fiqh here.

Octopuses are not from the fish species. According to,

“Mollusks are soft-bodied invertebrates of the phylum Mollusca, usually wholly or partly enclosed in a calcium carbonate shell secreted by a soft mantle covering the body.”

This includes Clams, Mussels, Oysters, Scallops, Octopus and Squid.

Considering Octopus is not a fish they will be considered haram under the Hanafi School.

The other three schools may consider Octopus to be halal. It will depend on whether the animal is harmful or not.

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