What is the concept of halal & haram in Ismailism?

For Ismaili Muslims, the present Imam is the authoritative interpreter of Islam and he guides the community in every time as to what is halal and haram - just as Prophet Muhammad did so in his lifetime. Currently, the following are haram for Ismailis based on the Imam’s guidance:

  • Drinking alcohol
  • smoking
  • drugs
  • eating pork
  • lying, cheating, other unethical activities
  • backbiting
  • dressing immodestly
  • hijab is NOT mandatory, a woman showing her face/hair is halal
  • the concept of halal is extended to one’s spirituality - practicing virtue regularly leads to a halal life

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