Halal food is now available on a rotational basis in the residential college dining halls. So far, halal food has been offered two or three times a week in one dining hall each day, although a fixed schedule has not been drawn up yet.
The addition to the menu is a result of the work of the Undergraduate Student Government Dining Policy Initiative, which has been working with the campus Muslim chaplain Imam Sohaib Sultan and the Muslim Students Association since last semester to make halal food more accessible on campus.
The MSA was founded by the Muslim Brotherhood.
Class of 2015 Senator Nihar Madhavan, who led the Dining Policy Initiative, said one of the goals of his project is to ensure that the dining options are meeting the needs of students on campus. Therefore, when President of MSA Sarah Qari ’16 expressed her concerns about the scarcity of halal options, USG started looking for ways to resolve the problem. Qari said that the goal is to make halal food available all days a week.
Qari and Sultan met with Dining Services several times once the initiative began to discuss ways to address the dietary needs of Muslims, Sultan said. He added that Dining Services was “absolutely incredible in terms of wanting to accommodate this request.”
Muslim students were also able to voice their opinions directly when representatives from Dining Services attended the MSA’s Friday prayers.
During their meetings, Qari and Sultan were able to clarify what it meant for food to be halal.
“One of the things that emerged after a while was that for a long time Dining Services thought that when we were asking for halal food, we were expecting certain ethnic foods. They were like, ‘We don’t know how to make that food,’” Sultan said. “But once we clarified to them that it can be whatever food you already make, just with halal meat, the process became so much easier. That was our opening.”
Executive Director of Campus Dining Smith Haneef declined to be interviewed.
Very telling. And that is how sharia creeps…into the smallest of openings.
Soon, like Whole Foods, all the meat will be halal albeit unmarked so no one will know. Except Haneef and the MSA.
No surprise at Princeton where they are rewriting American history to ensure it too is halal.
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