Mecca Halal Meats
The Mecca Halal Meats store, found on 1960 North Olden Avenue, offers a service that many in the Ewing Township community require: fresh, halal meats.
“Halal” is defined as food and cuisine that is allowed by Islamic culture, and the idea of halal foods has been prevalent for centuries in areas where Islamic religion has thrived. According to Islamic text, halal food must come from a supplier that follows certain practices. The meat must be slaughtered in a manner that allows it to be blessed by God and minimizes pain for the animal. Among other rules, the animal should not be dead before being slaughtered.
More recently, the demand for halal food has increased internationally due to the Muslim diaspora in Europe and North America that have brought their culture with them. Within Ewing, Mecca Halal Meats has excelled in its own niche of serving this quality meat, along with other cultural items from the Middle East, Asia, and Europe.
The store is run by Wafaa Sowilim and her husband Manaa Ali, who originate from Egypt and currently reside in Monroe Township. They began the work to start their store about six months ago, after a previous halal store shut down. “There was another halal meat store before, which was successful at the beginning. However the store closed down, so we decided to open Mecca Halal Meats,” Sowilim said.
In fact, Sowilim and Ali were always looking to open such a store, and offer halal foods to the community, when the opportunity came. “We’ve always been looking around to try and find a place where it would be suitable to open a store for halal or kosher meat. This was a place we found that we knew we could open a store,” Sowilim said.
“There are people who need this sort of business around,” she added.
Sowilim prides her store on its commitment to quality meat that is prepared regularly on a farm, even though they are not part of a larger halal foods store chain. When asked for what makes her store special, she commented that the “meat is fresh, always fresh.”
Furthermore, Sowilim mentioned the importance of fresh meat to the customer, as it provides a healthy alternative to stale meat that has a higher chance of being infected by bacteria. “Fresh meat is always more healthy to eat,” Sowilim said.
According to Mecca Halal Meat’s customers, the store has excelled in their goal of providing halal food and quality groceries. In reviews, consumers have praised the fresh food and quality customer service, along with commenting that the store allows them to receive groceries and special orders at all times.
Even for those who do not follow Islamic diet, the store is quite helpful. Apart from halal meat, this store also carries international groceries, such as Indian, Pakistani, Egyptian, Lebanese, etc. They even sell Eastern European, Arabic, and Turkish items. Due to this variety of items, Sowilim does not believe she needs to expand the store yet, as their quality and selection is more important than quantity.
For any current and potential customers of this store, Sowilim wants to stress the importance of how Mecca Halal Meats allows members of the nearby community to experience other cultures through food, whether it be through the halal meat or the quality international groceries.
Mecca Halal Meats is open every day, except for Mondays, from 10 a.m to 7 p.m. For more information, please call (609) 882-1500. The address is 1960 N.Olden Ave. Ext., Ewing Township, NJ 08618
For more information about halal foods, please visit: http://halalfoodauthority.com/definition-of-halal
***DISCLAIMER: All information about halal foods mentioned in the article is from the Halal Food Authority***
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