Allah Ta’ala has granted us human beings with innumerable blessings and bounties. He has made us the best of creation and made other creations subservient to us.

From a question posed by readers on the permissability to eat kangaroos (see post here), second year student of DarulIftaa in the UK, Maulana Saanwal ibn Muhammad has published a lists of Halal and Haram animals according to the Hanafi madhab.

Below is the detailed; albeit not extensive; chart of Halal and Haram animals in alphabetical order according to the Hanafi madhab based on the above-mentioned principles:

Halal – Permissible To Consume
  • Addax
  • Albatross
  • All types of samak (fish)
  • Alpaca
  • Anglerfish
  • Antelope
  • Argali
  • Barracuda
  • Birds without talons
  • Bison
  • Blackbird
  • Budgerigar
  • Buffalo
  • Bustard
  • Camels
  • Catfish
  • Chicken
  • Cormorant
  • Cow
  • Crane
  • Deer
  • Dogfish
  • Dove
  • Duck
  • Eels
  • Egret
  • Eland
  • Finch
  • Flamingo
  • Francolin
  • Gazelle
  • Geese
  • Gemsbok
  • Giraffe
  • Goat
  • Grebe
  • Gull
  • Hagfish
  • Hares
  • Heron
  • Hoopoe
  • Ibex
  • Ibis
  • Kangaroo
  • Kingfisher
  • Lamb
  • Llama
  • Locust
  • Loon
  • Mackerel
  • Magpie
  • Manta ray
  • Martlet
  • Moorhen
  • Moose
  • Nightingale
  • Oryx
  • Ostrich
  • Ox
  • Parrot
  • Partridge
  • Peacock
  • Pelican
  • Penguin
  • Petrel
  • Pigeon
  • Pika
  • Pike
  • Puffin
  • Quail
  • Rabbit
  • Reindeer
  • Ringdove/ woodpigeon
  • Roebuck
  • Roller
  • Rooster
  • Shark
  • Shearwater
  • Sheep
  • Small birds (sparrow, swallow, finch)
  • Snipe
  • Spoonbill
  • Springbok
  • Stag
  • Starling
  • Stingrays
  • Stork
  • Swan
  • Tern
  • Tern/ sea swallow
  • Thrush
  • Trout
  • Turkey
  • Turtledove
  • Wallaby
  • Waterbuck
  • Wildebeest
  • Wren
  • Zebra
Haram – Impermissible To Consume
  • Aardvark
  • Alligator
  • Animals that live underground/ ‘burrow?’
  • Ant
  • Anteater
  • Any sea animal other than ‘samak’ (fish)
  • Ape
  • Armadillo
  • Badger
  • Barnacle
  • Beaver
  • Bee
  • Beetle
  • Bilby
  • Birds with talons that use them to hunt
  • Black bear
  • Butterfly
  • Caecilians
  • Capybara
  • Cat
  • Caterpillar
  • Centipede
  • Chameleon
  • Cheetah
  • Chimpanzee
  • Chinchilla
  • Chipmunk
  • Cicada
  • Clam
  • Coati
  • Cockle
  • Cockroach
  • Cony
  • Cougar
  • Coyote
  • Coypu
  • Crab
  • Crawfish
  • Crayfish
  • Creepy crawlies – insects – bugs
  • Crocodile
  • Crow/ all birds that eat beef only
  • Cuttlefish
  • Dingo
  • Dog
  • Dolphin
  • Donkey
  • Dormouse
  • Dragonfly
  • Dugong
  • Eagle
  • Earwig
  • Elephant
  • Ermine
  • Falcon
  • Fennec
  • Flea
  • Fly
  • Fox
  • Frog
  • Gecko
  • Gerbil
  • Gharial
  • Glede
  • Gopher
  • Gorilla
  • Grasshopper
  • Grizzly bear
  • Groundhog
  • Hamster
  • Harrier
  • Hawk
  • Hedgehog
  • Hippopotamus
  • Hornet
  • Hyena
  • Iguana
  • Jackal
  • Jaguar
  • Jellyfish
  • Jerboa
  • Kinkajou
  • Kite
  • Kitten
  • Komodo dragon
  • Krill
  • Ladybird
  • Leopard
  • Lice
  • Lion
  • Lizard
  • Lobster
  • Lynx
  • Mandrill
  • Marten
  • Mayfly
  • Mice
  • Millipede
  • Mink
  • Mole
  • Mongoose
  • Monkey
  • Mosquito
  • Moth
  • Mule
  • Muskrat
  • Mussel
  • Newt
  • Nutria
  • Octopus
  • Opossum
  • Orang-utan
  • Owl
  • Oyster
  • Panther
  • Peccary
  • Periwinkle
  • Pig
  • Pika
  • Polar bear
  • Porcupine
  • Praire dog
  • Racoon
  • Rat
  • Rodents
  • Sable
  • Salamander
  • Sannakji
  • Scallop
  • Scorpion
  • Sea snail
  • Sea squirt
  • Sea urchin
  • Seal
  • Shrew
  • Skunk
  • Slug
  • Snail
  • Snake
  • Spider
  • Sponge
  • Squid
  • Squirrel
  • Starfish
  • Stoat
  • Termite
  • Tick
  • Tiger
  • Toad
  • Tortoise/ turtle
  • Vermin/ pests
  • Vole
  • Vulture
  • Walrus
  • Wasp
  • Weasel
  • Whelk
  • White abalone
  • Wolf
  • Wood louse
  • Worm

For the full dalil (evidence) behind the above ruling, please view the full report here or download the pdf copy here.

Also, please check out Darul Iftaa’s Facebook Page.

7 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    Just wondering… Howbout crab and snail? Non halal? Really? Any snail?

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  2. kareem

    i was under the impression quid, cuttlefish as well as a few other animals on the “haram” list were halal according to al-maa’idah 5:96. would you please clarify this for me. many thanks in advance. peace be upon you.

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  3. khadija javed

    How can all the shellfish be haram and eating shark meat halal? I thought eating a animal that eat meat is haram

    Reply
  4. Yusuf

    How is squirrel haram? All they eat are nuts and berries.

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