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Fishing as a sport

Fatwaa ID: 1761


Is it okay to fish for sport, like catch and release?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

Shari’ah has sanctified and honored the life of every living being. It is not permissible to cause unnecessary harm or inconvenience to anyone or anything. Accordingly, recreational fishing or fishing solely as a sport wherein one catches the fish and then releases it is impermissible. If one catches the fish and thereafter eats it or sells it, then that is permissible. Aside from the prohibition, this also has a negative impact on one’s spiritual and mental health.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

02/28/1445 AH – 09/14/2023 CE | 617

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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