Caviar was seen, and this is something that has lasted for many years, as a luxury food item.
Something that is reserved only for those who can afford it, for royalties
It is perceived as a food intended for the highest social classes, as well, at the same being an indispensable part of the serving of elegant celebrations.
Something so extravagant and posh, that could not be compared to anything else, and this is one food that has had this attribute for many centuries.
When we say to someone that he likes to eat caviar and champagne, then we think that that person enjoys expensive food; and has class, style, and money.
Now, we also know that different religions permit or forbid different kinds of food depending on particular beliefs, some of them are changeable over years, and others may last for centuries without being changed, and on the contrary, the notoriety of that food becomes firmer.
In this case, we can say that maybe the most restrictive religion here is Islam.
Also, and this is so important to mention that not countries follow the same Islamic beliefs, some of them are quite different, depending on the country in question.
This is at least what the majority of us know about Islamic rules, but their experts say, that as a rule, all food is permitted, that only what the Almighty Allah has forbidden is forbidden.
No one else can make a certain food become forbidden; it is seen as an exclusive right of the Almighty Allah.
Of course, the interpretation of what is allowed and what is not allowed is not always perfectly clear.
A general rule is that any food and drink can be prohibited if it causes
any harm, impurity, abomination, intoxication, or narcotic effects.
This does not fall under the changeable category, on the contrary, if something falls under this category, then it is strictly haram, and consuming this item is seen as a sin, which in some countries punished.
Now, for believers, it is not always an easy task to know what they can or cannot consume, sometimes borders are blurred.
More of this in a little bit.
What is Caviar?
Let us speak more of caviar – what kind of food is that?
First of all, Caviar is associated with the sturgeon fish, and this is the traditional source of it; the most common and well-known.
You have to know that there are, three types of sturgeon fish – beluga, osetra, and sevruga.
All three of them are fish that produce the largest part of the world’s caviar; and when you hear that you are being served caviar from one of these, you can be certain that you are gaining the real deal.
Their natural habitat (of these types of fishes) is in the Caspian Sea, but due to decades of exploitation of them, their numbers are decreasing, and some say that there are not so many left.
Therefore, in recent times, the role of other types of fish is used more and more often for the production of caviar.
And this also means that caviar has now become a less expensive item and that it can be made out of different fish, and it has partially lost its quality.
However, it is important to know that caviar is produced from another kind of fish, and we can include here, a fish for example, a salmon, and its produce, or its eggs cannot be seen as a real deal.
It is not the caviar that we know as the real deal and it must be labeled as Salmon caviar.
One interesting thing regarding caviar that we would like to mention is this – the size of the serving and the way you serve caviar are very much important.
First of all, caviar is never served on metal, as it is believed that it can disrupt its taste of it; and it is believed that metal spoons spoil the taste of caviar.
Caviar is therefore served on crystal spoons made for this purpose, or they are served on a piece of cracker that in fact, by itself does not have any taste, so the taste of caviar can come to the surface and be truly enjoyed.
Caviar is served and eaten in quantities of less than a tablespoon.
It is traditionally eaten in small bites, to fully experience its specific taste, which is not a favorite for many, as you can find a lot of people who hate the taste of it.
Is Caviar Halal or Haram In Islam?
Here we will connect the matter of food, in this case, caviar, and the Islamic religion, and the question we will try to answer – can you eat it when you are of this religion?
Is it allowed? Is it Halal?
Food that is based on the Islamic tradition is the one that does not come from an animal origin – and here we count herbs, grains, fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, minerals, liquids, etc.
All that food is allowed, except for the one in which one of the mentioned general causes of prohibition is found, if it is alcohol narcotics, etc.
Then the food that does come from an animal source is haram.
Now, here we are speaking of the second category which is the food of animal origin, and this is meat, for example, and some produce that comes from those animals.
Now, there are animals – that live on the land and in the water, and here we can find some differences.
And, in both of these categories, or animals that fall into one of these categories, there are those whose meat is allowed to be consumed and others whose meat is forbidden to be eaten.
One is halal and the other one is haram.
Animals whose meat is permitted are divided on this base – into those whose permission is conditional on slaughter and those who are permitted without slaughter.
If we are speaking of all those animals that live in the water, and it doesn’t matter if that water is oceans, seas, rivers, lakes, or swamps, it all counts for sure.
It is said, by some Islamic beliefs, that all animals that come from the water are haram or forbidden, except the fish.
Also, it is not allowed to eat fish that has died based on the external factor.
Fish that are killed in the water, by a known external cause, are allowed and there is no difference between them and fish that are caught with nets, and die after being taken out of the water.
But, some other Islamic experts say that all animals that live in the water are allowed to be eaten, and this also includes dead fish that float on the surface of the water, as well as amphibians that spend a long time on land, such as crocodiles, sea turtles, crabs, etc.
However, there are some differences among those who hold this opinion.
Others do not allow eating frogs, snakes, and crocodiles, as this is not ok by their law.
Frogs are forbidden because it is forbidden to kill them, snakes because they are dangerous, and crocodiles because they have fangs with which they tear their prey.
There is also a saying that claims that Allah allowed people to eat all that comes from the water and it is not ugly.
It is allowed to catch a fish, but this implies that the sea is clean.
Here, as it is said, Allah protected the people from eating food that is so-called ugly, and this is not the matter of food that is ugly, but when it is ugly, it is usually rotten, and therefore it should not be consumed.
In this way, people are protected.
As for the inside of the fish, if it is a small fish, it is clean and proper, according to the opinion of all four schools of thought, and if it is a large fish, it is also clean.
And here, finally, we come to the caviar, and we will try to explain whether is this halal or haram in Islam.
Well, things were not clear from the start that is for sure – and the biggest change occurred during the Islamic revolution.
It is safe to say that caviar was the time before 1979. and the Islamic Revolution was an item that was exported very much from Iran.
But, Shiit law was making it Haram or a forbidden item, since it was allowed only for the fish that has scales to be eaten, and not the caviar as it does not have scales.
Later on, experts set the verdict and said that it was a permitted item, or that eating caviar is halal.
It is said that the fish eggs – or the caviar, in this case, are something that naturally follows the fish, and that you can only eat the hard eggs, not the soft ones, and this implies that you can eat it just to choose the quality ones.
In this way also, people were protected, as they could consume something that is not current to them in any way, that is natural, and they could be certain that they will not be poisoned by eating them.
So, you can consume caviar if you belong to the Islamic religion, it is halal.
The opinion of some scholars, according to which animals from the water besides fish are disgusting, is opposed by the fact that there are many people who belong to the Islamic religion and who do not find it either ugly or disgusting.
The possibility of a dead fish floating on the surface of the water being rotten and toxic is not sufficient reason for it to be prohibited, however, if the rottenness and noxiousness are evident, in that case, it is prohibited because of noxiousness.
And this is ok to apply – now, is Caviar allowed in Islamic religion was revived a couple of times, and the other reason why it was prohibited for various reasons.
First, it was not allowed to be eaten anything that has come from a fish that has no scales, just like the case with caviar.
But later on, this was revised.
Now, we know that the caviar from fish that has scales is allowed to be eaten – they are halal.
So, you can enjoy them eating pasteurized or fresh, but it is recommended to be served chilled.
Some fans of this specialty believe that it is best eaten alone, and some like to put it on the thin buckwheat pancakes and a little sour cream.
In some countries, it is also eaten with steamed potatoes, and in some others with just a little bit of cracker, so that the beauty of caviar can come to the ts full beauty.
Experts recommend a package of 30 grams for two people.
Caviar has a very short shelf life – its leftovers can be used for a maximum of two days, so it is best not to leave it for later.
If you have not tried it yet, then we recommend that you do it, as soon as possible, to try this delicate and enjoy it.
And if you belong to the Islamic religion, then you can be safe as it is considered to be allowed food, or halal.