Question:  Is it permissible to use live bait to catch fish?

Answer: No, it is not permissible to use live bait, whether worms, insects or small fish. The prohibition is due to the fact that, these creatures are subjected to pain and torture when being placed on the hook for fishing.[Fataawa Mahmudiyya, Vol. 12, Pg. 397].

Rasulullâh sallallâhu alaihi wasallam mentions in a Hadeeth-Qudsi that Allah Ta’aala proclaims: “Those who show mercy are (in turn) shown mercy by the Most Merciful (i.e. by Allâh Ta’âlâ). Show mercy upon the creatures of the earth; so that He who is in the heavens may show mercy upon you.” [Sunan Abu Dawood, Vol. 2]
و كره الصيد بالخراطين حية و كذا بكل شئ فيه الروح لما فيه من تعذيب الحيوان (اعلاء السنن ، ج 17، ص 201 )

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