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Do All sects of Shia and main Shia eat only Halal meat?

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as salaam alakim!!

DO all shia sects or other shia schools of 12er eat only halal meat or do some eat people of book meat like sunnis?do some shias eat non halal meat if there isnt halal meat availible?

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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.
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. 



Halal/Haram Food  (Ismaili doctrine) 


Why Don't All Ismailis Eat Only Halal Food?

The recent Imāms have not said anything about halal food. Mawlana Sultan Muhammad Shah said that when you give dasond, your earnings and food become halal. 

In fact halal is even debated among modern Sunni scholars because it's not clear what actually makes meat halal. 



Twelver jurisprudence 

Question: On the package of meat that is produced in Muslim countries by non-Muslim companies, it says, “slaughtered according to Islamic laws”. Are we allowed to eat that meat? Can we eat that meat, if it comes from Muslim companies in non-Muslim countries? And what is the ruling, if the source is non-Muslim company from a non-Muslim country?

Answer: The writing [on the package] has no value at all. If the producer is a Muslim or it was produced in a place where Muslims are in the majority and it is not known that the producer is a non-Muslim, then it is permissible to eat it.
But if the producer is a non-Muslim or it was produced in a place where Muslims are not in the majority and it is not known that the producer is Muslim, then it is not permissible to eat it.
6Question: We enter some supermarkets in Europe and find meat in tin containers produced by a European company with the writing on the package that conveys the sense of it being “Halal” or “slaughtered according to Islamic laws”. Is it permissible to buy and eat such meat?
Answer: The writing [on the package] has no value if it does not lead to certainty [that it is actually Halal].
Question: Can I eat Christians' foods that contain meat?
Answer: The food containing meat is not permissible, unless you are certain that the food prepared is from Halal meat (ritually slaughtered according to Islamic Law).
4Question: Are chickens slaughtered by Christians Halal?
Answer: They are not Halal.


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