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['Aalim Network QR] Food of Ismailis/Hindus

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Salamun Alaykum,

The following question was kindly answered by Mulla Asghar


Abbas Jaffer
Acting Moderator - 'Aalim Network.



Sallam Alaikum,

There are many Ismailies in my family (aunts, cousins etc.,) and we have
many friends who are Ismailie.

On occasion, we may visit our friends, and our family may come to visit or
we may visit them.  When we do so, many times they will prepare food for us.

Food items may consist of meat and/or vegetable, water, tea, coffee etc.,

Are we permitted to eat these foods? Understandably, many Ismailies do not
eat halal/zabeeha meat thus we would avoid any meat dishes unless they
inform us that it is halal/zabeeha.

In my place of employment, our company has brought programmers from India.
They are all Hindu. Each Friday, we each take turns to bring some food items
with each other. These items are usually store bought items.  Again, am I
permitted to eat these items?



Alaykum Salaam,

According to Ayatulla Khui and Ayatullah Seestani, any person who testifies
to "La Ilaha Illallah" and "Muhammadun Rasulullah" is considered a Muslim
and is therefore Pak. If by words or deeds your Ismaili relatives do not
betray anything contrary to the Oneness of Allah and the Prophethood of
Muhammad (S), they are Pak, and you can eat the food prepared by them. (See
Agha Seestani's Islamic Laws Masail 214). 

If there is evidence that a Muslim is unmindful of the need to obtain Halal
meat, then you cannot eat the meat prepared by that Muslim. 

As for the food of the Hindus, if they have prepared it then it is Najis. If
there is any doubt in its preparation or it is packed from a store and the
ingredients are not Najis, then you may consume it.

And Allah knows best.

Asgharali M M Jaffer

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