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Is eating locust sunnah?

Fatwaa ID: 1146

Salam, Is Eating locusts a sunnah? And why would eating such insect be allowed to consume?

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

Eating locusts is permissible but not a sunnah. It is debated whether Nabi ﷺ himself ever ate a locust. Express negation is found in some narrations. Locust was at that time and remains till today a food item commonly eaten by some of the Arabs. Hence, Nabi ﷺ permitted its eating as an exception to the general prohibition of consuming insects.

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

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