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
- eating pork
- lying, cheating, other unethical activities
- 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