Yesterday, my son and I were driving home from a pumpkin festival and regatta in a nearby town. Regatta, you say? Yes, a regatta – where locals and folks from surrounding towns grow these huge 1,000 pound pumpkins, hollow them out, launch them into a river, climb into them, and race them. Only in America, baby!
Anyway, on the way home, we passed a small convenience/grocery store. On the sign outside the store was an indication that they sold “halal meats.”
My son noticed it and asked me what halal was. I gazed over at him, and he knew – oh, here we go – and we were off to the races! He had no idea what halal was, but by my expression, he instinctively knew it wasn’t anything good. We do this a lot.
Halal is an Arabic word that means “permissible.” But permissible to whom or what? Well, halal food for Muslims is prescribed by the Koran, but is also based on the teachings of Islamic scholars and tradition.
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