Buying Halal

Myth #2: Halal Food Isn’t Clean

The second notion to tackle in our series, Myths About Halal Food, is one that questions the cleanliness of halal foods (including the process of making it). my stewed zucchinin and tomato recipe Read More »

Saffron Road’s Example of Sustainable Business in the Halal Industry

In my quest to seek out ethically-sound businesses that also put out a quality halal product, I have come across a small handful I would recommend, mainly because the owners behind them are forthcoming about the origins of their ingredients and how they ensure what we’re buying is not mingled with any inhumane treatment of people, animal, or environment. Eco-halal, ... Read More »

What is Ethical Consumerism?

Ethical consumerism is a topic I’ve been frequently during my presentations on what it truly means to eat halal (what is permissible) and tayyib (wholesome, pure) and why we should put our money where our mouths—and our values—are.  Pesticide-free limes from Vista, CA sold at the weekly Carlsbad, CA farmers market (2011) Read More »

Myth #1: Halal Means ‘Hocus Pocus’

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This myth surprised me the most because it couldn’t be further from the truth. When I heard that some people actually believe that eating halal involves Muslims putting magic spells over food, I thought it was absurd for anyone to think it could be true–and then realized they weren’t kidding. delicious spices on halal meat- not magic dust… Read More »

Myths About Halal Food

Halal Meat (Cleveland, Ohio)

It’s not too often that I receive direct questions about what halal food is or what’s entailed in the processes that bring halal food to the table. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad thing, but I would hope that if people don’t understand it then they would look to credible sources to get a truthful and thorough explanation. ... Read More »

Madani Halal in Queens, NY

Some time ago I read an article on Grist that caught my eye because it mentioned the words halal and slaughterhouse. I read on to know what they would get into in article and what sort of bias it would have, if any. Much to my surprise, it was quite informative and let Imran Uddin, owner of Madani Halal slaughterhouse, do the talking and ... Read More »

Ahmad Adam, The Entrepreneur Behind Halal Chicken at Crescent Foods

Crescent Foods in a Chicagoland Grocery Store

Chances are, if you live somewhere in the U.S. and you seek out halal food then you’re already aware of Crescent Foods. If not, allow me to introduce you. Crescent Foods is a Chicago-based poultry company that is involved in the entire farm to fork process of their cage-free, antibiotic-free and beautifully-packaged halal chicken products. Read More »

What if You Were Accidentally Served Pork?

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I recently read a story on The Daily Meal that summarized a situation where the guests at a Muslim wedding were served pork by accident, though the family arranging the wedding said they specifically requested pork not be anywhere in the food served. Ghareeb Nawaz in Chicago only serves halal food- it’s a favorite of cabbies and it’s open 24 hours The catering company ... Read More »

The AMCC: An Important Halal Industry Conference

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Several weeks ago, I attended the American Muslim Consumer Conference in New Brunswick, New Jersey. It’s the second year I’ve attended and was encouraged to make the trip again simply because of the opportunity to meet others who are interested in the businesses that are  shaping up to be an integral part of the American halal industry. The AMCC is a ... Read More »