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['Aalim Network QR] Eating at the Residence of Relative who Drinks

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Dear Brothers and sisters in islam,

The folowing answer was kindly provided by Shaikh Kassamali.


Zahir Panju 
abdg-a moderator


 I would request this question to be answered according to the resalah of  
Ayatuallah Seestani and  marhum Ayatullah  Golpaygani.
 This is the situation:  
 A close Muslim relative of ours drinks alcohol - he has also informed us
 that he and his family do not eat Zabeeha meat ((even though it is readily
 available - we are told that it costs too much to buy)).  They tell us that
 when they cook for orders for customers, or for the Masjid (when they have
 dinner, etc..), they then buy Zabeeha Meat.
 As for the drinking, he does not regularly drink, and we do not know if he
 keeps it in the house, or if he goes out to drink, but we do know when he
 has the urge, he drinks heavily.
 Are we allowed to eat food from his house, and can we eat any food he
 gives us - in either scenario ((for his drinking alcohol and for his not
 buying Zabeeha)).

 Eating food at a Muslim's house including that which contains meat is
 permissible. There is no need to investigate. However, when a Muslim himself
 tells you that he is not observing the religious requirements of cooking
 only halal meat then we need to investigate. Therefore before every meal at
 such a person's house one has to be sure that the meat is halal.
 As for his drinking alcohol (may the Almighty save us all from this gross
 evil), it does not make him Kafir or Najis. It is better to do Nahy `Anil
 Munkar, if it is possible, when you visit such a relative. Ayatullah Khu'i
 was asked: Is it permissible to curse a Shi`ah who drinks? He said: it is
 not permissible.
 Rferences: Tawdeehul Masaa'il by Sayyid Golpaygani and Sayyid Seestani and
 Muniyatul Masaail by Sayyid al-Khu'i.
 God knows the best.
 Hasnain Kassmali
 Humble servant of the Ahlul Bayt (a)

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