NY: HALAL MARKETS SPRING UP TO SERVE GROWING ISLAMIC COMMUNITY
Hot peppers are among the items Muhammad Naeem Akhtar sells at the new Halal Super Market in Latham. Here, he shows off the produce with his 4-year-old daughter, Abeerah.
Tucked into the back corner of the Halal Super Market in Latham--past the Urdu language newspapers, bulging sacks of flour, bags of paprika and other spices--an entrepreneur was hard at work.
Muhammad Naeem Akhtar weighed portions of ground beef under the watchful eyes of two women who stood just a few feet away from him near the meat cooler door.
One of the women, Mary Derwesh, was on her second trip to the newest halal market in the Capital Region. She came with her aunt and two young children to buy meat that conforms with Islamic law.
"To me, the cleanliness is the main issue," said Derwish, an Afghani who lives in Guilderland and works as branch manager at a local bank.
Halal is an Arabic word that means lawful or permitted.