You only love her for her brine

Are you allowed to eat a mermaid?

No, we’re not asking Tom Hanks. This is serious business:

Apparently, the Koran or some of its promoters discussed mermaids at some point, therefore they are presumed to exist. The question is then a reasonable one: if you throw a net over the side of your dhow, and haul in a mermaid along with a nice catch of ordinary fish, is she halaal? Can you chop her up, sell her at the market, or take her home to the family for dinner?

There is a fatwa on the subject of eating mermaids that cites many scholarly Islamic sources.

I trust this revelation will put an end to the sniping at those Western philosophers who seek to determine the number of angels who can dance on the head of a pin — which question, incidentally, has already been answered.

(Via Amy Alkon.)





3 comments

  1. Dick Stanley »

    8 August 2009 · 4:39 am

    Eating mermaids is one thing, buying Miss Mermaid’s book is another:

    http://texasscribbler.com/blog/2009/08/buy_miss_mermaids_book.html

  2. Finestkind Clinic and fish market »

    10 August 2009 · 12:34 am

    It’s Official…

    There is a fatwa on the subject of eating mermaids that cites many scholarly Islamic sources. (headsup from Dustbury)…

  3. Interested-Participant »

    10 August 2009 · 5:50 pm

    Muslims Eating Mermaids…

    Some believe that mermaids are in the same category as dogs and pigs and therefore it’s forbidden to eat them. Others believe that it’s halaal to eat mermaids provided that they are properly butchered. Availability is seasonal. Consult your waiter.

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