Praise be to Allaah.
Allaah has permitted us all the produce of the sea: Lawful to
you is (the pursuit of) water-game and its use for food
2:96 interpretation of the meaning]. The Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be
upon him) told us that it is halaal (lawful) to eat dead creatures from the sea and dead
fish, and no part of the fish was excluded from this permission. Hence we know that all
parts of the fish are halaal, including its skin, tail, eyes, etc.
It is strange indeed that a person could dare to forbid something that
Allaah has permitted. This is a very serious matter, as Allaah says (interpretation of the
O you who believe! Make not unlawful the tayyibaat (all that
is good) which Allaah has made lawful to you, and transgress not. Verily, Allaah does not
like the transgressors. [al-Maaidah 5:87]
Say: Who has forbidden the adornment with clothes given
by Allaah, which He has produced for His slaves, and al-Tayyibaat [all kinds of halaal
(lawful) things] of food? Say: They are, in the life of this world, for those
who believe, (and) exclusively for them (believers) on the Day of Resurrection (the
disbelievers will not share them). Thus We explain the aayaat (Islamic law) in
detail for people who have knowledge. [al-Araaf 7:32]
Say: Tell me, what provision Allaah has sent down to
you! And you have made of it lawful and unlawful. Say: has Allaah permitted
you (to do so), or do you invent a lie against Allaah? [Yoonus 10:59]
Allaah has also warned His slave against forbidding anything without
knowledge. He said (interpretation of the meaning):
And say not concerning that which your tongues put forth
falsely: This is lawful and this is forbidden, so as to invent lies against
Allaah. Verily, those who invent lies against Allaah will never prosper.
This person who has invented a lie against Allaah by saying that it is
haraam to eat the eye of a fish must repent to Allaah, and not go beyond the limits in
talking about the Religion of Allaah. He should not speak without knowledge. Even if he is
put off by something or feels disgusted by it, he has no right to say that it is haraam.
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) hated the smell of garlic, and
said: Whoever eats anything from this unpleasant plant should not approach us in the
mosque. The people said, It has become haraam (forbidden), it has become
haraam. When the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) heard what was
being said, he said: O people, it is not for me to forbid something that Allaah has
permitted; this is just a vegetable whose smell is unpleasant. (Reported
by Ahmad and Muslim, 877). The Prophet
(peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) explained that the fact that he disliked garlic and told people not to
come to the mosque after eating it did not mean that it was haraam.
Although the Messenger of Allaah
(peace and blessings of Allaah be
upon him) disliked the idea of eating lizard-meat, he did not forbid others to eat it, as
is reported in the following story:
Khaalid ibn al-Waleed reported that some grilled lizard meat was
brought to the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and put in front of
him. He stretched out his hand to take some, but one of the people present said, O
Messenger of Allaah, it is lizard meat, so he pulled his hand back. Khaalid ibn
al-Waleed asked, O Messenger of Allaah, is lizard haraam? He said, No,
but it is not known among my people and I cannot face eating it. So Khaalid took
some of the lizard meat and ate it, whilst the Messenger of Allaah
(peace and blessings
of Allaah be upon him) looked on. (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 4981, al-Nisaa'i,
4242, and Abu Dawood, 3300).
After explaining this answer to you, I want to warn you about something
that I noticed in your question, where you said that you went to the seafood restaurant
with a male friend. If this person is not your husband or a mahram (blood-relative whom
you are permanently forbidden to marry), then you should fear Allaah. Ask yourself: which
is more serious, eating the eye of a fish or going out with a man to whom you are not
related to sit and chat with him in a restaurant?
I ask Allaah to protect us from all things that earn His wrath and to help us remember and fear Him. May Allaah bless our Prophet Muhammad.