Advertisement

City of Brass

City of Brass

Halal Turkeys for Thanksgiving

valley farms turkey

Thanksgiving is the singularly American tradition of family, friends, and food – and the mighty turkey reigns supreme. In fact, founding father Benjamin Franklin thought the turkey was a better candidate for our nation’s National Bird than the bald eagle:

“For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. … For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America… He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.”

Advertisement

We Muslim Americans, being experts in food and family ourselves, have embraced Thanksgiving as emblematic of the values that drew us as immigrants to this nation. Of course, we do it our way – with halal turkeys. Halal in this context means that the turkey must be hand-slaughtered according to zabihah rules, which are quite simple and not incompatible with how farm-raised turkeys are slaughtered anyway. As a result, halal-certified turkeys are much easier to find nowadays than in years past. If you can’t find a halal turkey at your local muslim grocer (see zabihah.com for finding groceries near you), you can also order turkeys online: Midamar Halal and Taaza2u.com. There are a number of farms nationwide that sell their own brand, halal-certified turkeys to grocers, including Turkey Valley Farms, Mary’s Turkeys, Stony Brook Valley Farms, JD Farms (Canada), and Fulton Valley Farms. Visit their websites and call their contact number to see if they sell their halal turkeys in your market. Please share other sources of halal turkeys in comments!

Advertisement

Amusingly, Butterball turkeys used to be halal, resulting in outcry from hysterical Islamophobes like Pamela Geller about “creeping Shari’a” and having “halal turkey forced upon [non-Muslims] without their knowledge or consent.” Butterball did the safe corporate thing and stopped certifying their turkeys as halal; so it is possible that now Butterball turkeys are truly “stealth halal“, which would be hilariously fitting.

Advertisement

Since zabihah halal is actually a more humane method of slaughter than most industry practices, it is not surprising that halal turkey is increasingly available. At some point I expect that halal certification will be just as widespread as organic and kosher – in fact there is no reason that a single turkey can’t have all three certifications and be eligible for a wider market. The good news for Muslim families celebrating thanksgiving is that we don’t need to compromise on our American tradition or our religious values.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Advertisement
Comments Post the First Comment »
post a comment

Comments are closed.



Previous Posts

the solution to the unschooled scholar problem - the Islamic dojo
I'm going to throw out some quick half-formed ideas in response to this article by Sufi Synik (via the indomitable Samar Kaukab): Half of the Muslims want me to shut up and take every single hadith (without considering its historical context) ...

posted 10:42:50am Apr. 17, 2016 | read full post »

Shari'a tectonics; Eurabia is still a lie
Of all the weird stuff I see on Facebook and Twitter, this pretty much beats all this week. Brother looks like he's got some knee pain. And tiny t-rex arms. Anyway, I'm sure we can blame Obama for this somehow. In all seriousness, this ...

posted 2:12:29pm Mar. 06, 2016 | read full post »

Valentine's Day Mubarak!
Happy VDay to all! Or, belated VDay depending on your madhab - according to Saudi moonsighting Valentine's was yesterday ;) The Gujarati origins of what was then known as "Velan-time Day" are well-established in the historical record. Rather ...

posted 10:45:17am Feb. 14, 2016 | read full post »

Obama quoted my letter about my daughter
This is a guest post by Ali Asghar Alibhai. There is no question that the America my generation grew up in is much different than the America of now. I grew up in West Texas, a place that some might consider as among the most conservative in ...

posted 1:30:00pm Feb. 04, 2016 | read full post »

Who was Saudi Shi'a Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr?
Yesterday, the Saudi government executed the Shi'a cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, as an enemy of the state. His ...

posted 2:12:32pm Jan. 03, 2016 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.