After anti-Muslim vandalism at a halal meat shop, we spoke to an imam about halal

A halal meat shop in Bloomfield, Connecticut garnered controversy after extreme unsanitary conditions were discovered following an employee slaughtering a runaway cow in a Home Depot parking lot. An anti-Muslim vandal defaced the outside of the shop last week, writing “Muslims go home” in spray paint. Given the media coverage of these incidents, halal food has been in the news a lot recently – but not under the best of circumstances. We sat down with Refai Arefin, a local imam, to find out the truth about halal food.


Extended Interview with Imam Refai Arefin:


Citations: 

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