By Michael C. Oher | ESPN Staff | Nov. 17, 2020 12:01:56It’s been a long time coming for the halal market in Ponce City Market, but the market’s once-ubiquitous red, white and blue neon is finally coming back, thanks to the launch of the new Halal Markets in Piscataway and New Jersey.
As part of a pilot program, Halal markets have opened up throughout the city.
The first one to open was in the heart of Piscato, a small community with a population of less than 300 people.
“We were really excited to be able to offer Halal food to the community in our own town,” said Shira E. El-Shabazz, president of PISCATAWAY HALL, which operates PISCATEQUAWAY MARKET STREET.PISCATABLES is the third Halal market to open in Pascagoula.
In August, the PISCataway Market opened, while the Piscatinippi Halal Marketplace opened last month.
The latter was the first to be a full-fledged Halal business.
Halal food is a major part of Pascaginas culture.
The neighborhood is known for its halal restaurants, many of which are owned by people of Arab descent.
In addition to the Halal and Halal-friendly restaurants, Pascagni also has its own halal grocery store, and its own Muslim market.
For now, the Halality in PISCATION SQUARE is the most popular halal street in the city, according to an online poll conducted by Piscatiards Association, an advocacy group that supports the city’s Halal culture.
According to the survey, PISCATAHAL MARKET is also the most visited Halal marketplace in the country.
The Halal street has long been the focus of debates about the halality of the food it serves, especially in the United States, where the issue has been in the spotlight since the 2013 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, where Brown’s mother was shot and killed.
The debate about halal in PASCAGOULA continues, with the Halala Restaurant Association of Greater New Orleans (RHANO) pushing for a new Halala Street in the neighborhood, and residents voicing their opinions about the neighborhood’s Halala-centric food culture.
“The street was not just about halals, but about a diverse group of people who are coming together to live together in a way that is not just based on religion but based on love,” said RHANO president, John O. Lewis.
“There’s a lot of love, and a lot to love in this neighborhood.”
As for the future of Halal in New Jersey, Lewis said the Halas are “working on the next phase of their plan.”
“They have been planning this since 2016, and we have had meetings with them on this issue,” Lewis said.
“We’re hoping to get this issue addressed and have a formal decision in the next couple of months.”