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Regarding fish gelatine, a Brother from the U.S.A. writes:

“In the USA tilapia is the most common fish to be found and is mass produced. We stopped eating this fish due to the fact that pig faeces is in their diet. There is research that testify to the aforementioned. I am interested in the fish gelatin, but is there assurance of no pig faeces being used in the feed?

I enclose an article from healthy-holistic I cut and paste so no pictures would be in a link. Please advise us if we should still try to obtain this product from the brother.


When you’re shopping around the seafood section of your grocery store, tilapia is probably one of the more common items on the menu. Being one of the most readily available fish in America, it’s becoming a standard component of American diets. But is it good for you?

The main problem with tilapia is that it’s damn near impossible to find unfarmed meat in any store – none of it comes from the wild. The issue with farmed fish is that it’s significantly unhealthier than the wild counterpart. This is mostly because of the heavy industrial processes behind farming the fish.

The foods that these fish are given are generally full of GMO corn and soy pellets – both of which have unnatural effects on the fish themselves, that carry over into the meat and into your stores. Then ultimately into you. Compare this to the natural diet of lake plants and healthy algae that wild tilapia eat. Do you see the difference?

Farmed tilapia (and farmed fish in general) can introduce your body to an assortment of health problems that you didn’t order. Research is showing that it may be introducing your body to all of these health risks:

1. Increased Risk of Cancer

Between wild and farmed tilapia, the latter can carry about ten times as many carcinogenic pollutants as the other. This all comes back to the industrial diets of farmed fish, where toxic GMOs and soy substitutes are used in place of real food. As it turns out, chicken faeces may even be a primary ingredient in fish feed – along with duck and pig waste as well. Remember, “you are what ‘what you eat’ eats.”

2. Increased Risk of Inflammation

Eating farmed tilapia can lead to a range of inflammation related illnesses, such as asthma, heart disease, arthritis, and more. While some people eat tilapia to get a source of omega-3s in their diets, they may want to hold off even more if their heart health is poor. While scientists are warning people about the inflammation risks associated with hamburgers and bacon, some are letting tilapia slip by. Did you know that this fish has even more inflammatory potential than what you pull out of a burger joint?

3. Increased Exposure to Antibiotics and Pesticides

Not surprisingly, the meat from farmed fish also tends to be treated with more pesticides and antibiotics than natural sources. Remember that this is pretty much the case for a number of meats on today’s market. Because of the terrible diets and harsh living conditions that farmed fish have, many of them are at risk of developing serious illnesses that could spread to others. To combat this, farmers flood the fish with antibiotics to fatten them up and keep them alive so that they can make it onto your dinner plate. The biggest problem about this is that the antibiotics then end up inside of you.

This issue pertains to farmed fish in general, but because of how cheap and available tilapia is in the seafood market – it’s a prime cause of all these health risks. Do your best to find wild fish options that don’t pack along chemicals and carcinogenic properties. They’re the last things you and your family need on their dinner plates.” (End of article)

Jazaakallaah for the enlightening article. This valuable information was not in front of us when we published the fish gelatine article. It is necessary to ascertain from the Brother of the source of the fish gelatine he markets. Do write to him requesting for this important information.

If the gelatine is from the tilapia farmed-fish, then obviously it will not be permissible to consume it. The Shar’i principle of prohibition based on dharar (harm) will render gelatine from farmed fish Haraam.

The filth fed to these fish places them in the same category as broiler haraam chickens which are reared exclusively on filth. The Qur’aan emphasizes repeatedly that Muslims should consume only halaal-tayyib food. This emphasis is highlighted in the following Qur’aanic verses:

“O People! Eat from the earth that which is halaal-tayyib, and do not follow in the footsteps of shaitaan, Verily, he is your open enemy. Verily, he instructs you only with evil and immorality, and that you utter about Allah what you know not.”

“O Rusul (Messengers)!  Eat what is wholesome (Tayyibaat), and practise righteousness.”

One whose food is not halaal-tayyib will never acquire the taufeeq for A’maal-e-Saalihah. He will always be under the drunken influence of his nafs, hence fisq and fujoor (flagrant sin and immorality) are attractive to him. These become the salient features of his morality or immorality.

7 Sha’baan 1439 (24 April 2018)


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