Bedford+Bowery: Profile of Halal Upstart
"This Eid, Have Your Lamb Slaughtered With the Click of a Button"
“It’s really hard to cut the jugular vein in one stroke.”
Thursday morning, I sat in the stairwell of Judson Memorial Church off Washington Square with Imam Khalid Latif, the Chaplain of New York University and head of the Islamic Center of NYU. We chatted about ritual slaughter.
Around us, hundreds of Muslims milled through the crowded sanctuary, carrying styrofoam plates piled high with naan, biryani, Dunkin’ Donuts, fruit salad— the high-carb hodgepodge of a potluck. It wasn’t yet noon, but Latif, an American of Kashmiri origin, had already had a busy day, leading morning prayers and delivering a khutba (sermon) to a crowd of about 2,000 New York worshippers in commemoration of Eid-al-Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice....(read more at B+B+)