One Muslim Chaplain's Blog

Creekstone Farms Halal meat is everywhere! But beware.

In Politics on June 10, 2014 at 10:51 am
photo by Daniel Schwen, from Wikimedia Commons

photo by Daniel Schwen, from Wikimedia Commons

Muslimeater recently posted a discovery that a major restaurant supplier of angus beef is actually halal, due to initial demands for succulent beef emanating from Gulf countries. Indeed, I followed the blogger’s advice to then google search local restaurants to see if any used Creekstone Farms as a supplier. My search for Rochester, NY turned up Char, Strathallan Hotel, Dinosaur BBQ (a famous local establishment), and more. I was so excited that halal meat now seemed to be more within reach.

But wait.

While Muslimeater did an admirable job ascertaining whether this meat was slaughtered properly, many would argue that how the animal was raised and fed is just as much a part of what makes the meat ethical…can halal be anything other than ethical? Unfortunately, I turned up a few other news items which suggest that the conditions in which the animals are raised are anything but ethical: An e coli recall in 2011 and a 2010 OSHA violation for exposing workers to dangerous amounts of ammonia. Watch Chef Jamie Oliver talk about¬† ammonia-treated beef.

If cattle were not raised standing in feedlots in their own filth, would we need to go to such drastic lengths to ensure that they were not contaminated by e.coli? Local, pasture-raised transparent halal operations are the way of the future. When will we invest in them? Or will we continue thinking that no matter how an animal lived, it’s only important how it died?

The Real Reasons America Hates ‘Octomom’

In Politics on February 22, 2014 at 12:00 am

The Real Reasons America Hates ‘Octomom’

I find Nadya Suleman to be an interesting figure. She embodies what both sides of our political spectrum hate. My article was published on the Feminism and Religion blog. Read here.

My chaplaincy experience in Azizah Magazine

In Politics on February 20, 2014 at 10:02 pm

My chaplaincy experience in Azizah Magazine

I have been featured in the latest issue of Azizah magazine, entitled “Muslim Women Chaplains in America: The Risks & Rewards” by Rachelle Fawcett.¬†

“While no longer new, Islamic chaplaincy in America is still a growing field in which women are only a small percentage; however, as the landscape of Islam in America is slowly changing, those women are filling a big role.”

To read the full text article, get your hands on a copy or subscribe here.

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