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    Hey guys... I'll be starting uni in Sept this year in Notts, and will be applying for catered accomodation. I know that halal meals will be catered for me on-campus, but I'd just like to find out whether you guys know whether there are any halal restaurants/cafes/butchers in Nottingham on or off-campus? Just wanna know whether there's any variety available for me, should I not like the food that's being served in halls that day...

    Thanks for any help provided...
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    Nottingham has a pretty large asian community, particularly in radford and lenton. There's a halal butcher down the road from me and plenty of restaurants that are halal, as well as the occasional dodgy kebab shop
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    i cant imagine catered halls buying halal meet especially for a few people, unless you pay more, just may just say its halal.
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    (Original post by john williams)
    i cant imagine catered halls buying halal meet especially for a few people, unless you pay more, just may just say its halal.
    When I spoke to the woman there about my dietary requirements (coeliac though, not halal) they said they would. And they'd get into loads of trouble if they lied and said something was gluten free and it wasn't, so they wouldn't risk it. It will be the same with halal.
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    (Original post by Juno)
    When I spoke to the woman there about my dietary requirements (coeliac though, not halal) they said they would. And they'd get into loads of trouble if they lied and said something was gluten free and it wasn't, so they wouldn't risk it. It will be the same with halal.
    yeh but i dont know if you know, but halal meet isnt any different, its just they pray to the animals before killing them, but something which affects ur allergy etc they obviously will cater for.
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    No, they then kill them by slitting the throat and letting the blood drain out rather than whatever they do normally. But the woman explained everything "special" they do, and halal was amongst that.
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    So the catered meat is definitely halal? Wicked if thats true.
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    there are halal butchers and restaurants.. funny because i know many muslims who used to eat only halal meat back home, and when they came to the uk they stpped because they found it difficult to get all the way to the halal butcher and back, plus they complained about the cleaniness of the butcher.. and if i understand correctly, halal meat is that which is produced under clean conditions and other stipulations, (recitation of holy verses) as dictated in the quran.

    i might as well mention here that there was a debate recently between two universities on wether muslims should eat non-halal meat from tesco & sainsbury's as opposed to going all out of the way to a halal butcher. it was between warwick and another uni.. the outcome was that eating non-halal meat from tesco's/sainsbury's was 'allowed' under the circumstances..

    i wouldnt worry about it really, there are plenty of muslims in notts, you'll be fine as far as halal meat is concerned, just dont expect to be able to eat at any restaurant as you please! sacrifices will have to be made at some point..
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    (Original post by finnstar)
    there are halal butchers and restaurants.. funny because i know many muslims who used to eat only halal meat back home, and when they came to the uk they stpped because they found it difficult to get all the way to the halal butcher and back, plus they complained about the cleaniness of the butcher.. and if i understand correctly, halal meat is that which is produced under clean conditions and other stipulations, (recitation of holy verses) as dictated in the quran.

    i might as well mention here that there was a debate recently between two universities on wether muslims should eat non-halal meat from tesco & sainsbury's as opposed to going all out of the way to a halal butcher. it was between warwick and another uni.. the outcome was that eating non-halal meat from tesco's/sainsbury's was 'allowed' under the circumstances..

    i wouldnt worry about it really, there are plenty of muslims in notts, you'll be fine as far as halal meat is concerned, just dont expect to be able to eat at any restaurant as you please! sacrifices will have to be made at some point..
    About those Muslims you mentioned that found it difficult, just goes to show that us Muslims in the UK have a stronger faith than people living in Muslim countries. Doesn't matter how difficult it is, the meat you eat still has to be Halaal. However, in unavoidable circumstances, it is ok to eat non-halaal meat if you say the Duaa before eating it.
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    Well, when I talked to the Notts representative at the Education UK exhibition last year and asked him about my dietary requirements, i.e. Halal meals, he told me that there will be no problem in me getting catered halal meals. The difference is that my food will be packed separately, and I won't be part of the "assembly line that is the queue for food in the dining halls". I just have to collect my food separately from everyone else, which isn't an issue for me.

    Good to know that there's some halal restaurants. Don't worry, I've had plenty of experience of not being able to eat where I want back home in Singapore. Quite hard to get the kind of cuisine I like in halal restaurants in Singapore actually. It's usually the same Malay/Indian food.

    I looove kebabs though, so I don't think I should have much problems... Thanks so much for all the help.
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    (Original post by Multiplexed)
    About those Muslims you mentioned that found it difficult, just goes to show that us Muslims in the UK have a stronger faith than people living in Muslim countries. Doesn't matter how difficult it is, the meat you eat still has to be Halaal. However, in unavoidable circumstances, it is ok to eat non-halaal meat if you say the Duaa before eating it.
    i respect your view on this, but i feel differently. back home these same people would NEVER touch non-halal food because they grew up there and know where to get food. but over here, (not touching on wether who is stronger in their beliefs) the UK muslims grew up in this environment, and they know where to get their halal meat and how to live in a situation where halal meat isnt as common.

    so i dont see it as "who is stronger in their religion" but rather "who has adapted better to their environment -- the foreigner or the local".

    but that does not dispute the fact that muslims whereever they may be are staunch in their religion, *from my experience* ive seen muslims drinking, gambling and sleeping around without a care in the world. im not muslim, but i dont judge the religion by this minority.

    also i feel saddened that one should be seen as "stronger" in a religion than another. this shouldnt be something to judge people on, religion is a rather personal matter and i try never to judge someone on it, simply because its too personal a matter and can get emotional. i take my religion very seriously but i never will dare say I am more religious than anyone else because there's an certain "arrogance" to the sound of it...

    still, yeah halaal food is halaal food, and one should try to make the best of their situation. :p:
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    (Original post by finnstar)
    i respect your view on this, but i feel differently. back home these same people would NEVER touch non-halal food because they grew up there and know where to get food. but over here, (not touching on wether who is stronger in their beliefs) the UK muslims grew up in this environment, and they know where to get their halal meat and how to live in a situation where halal meat isnt as common.

    so i dont see it as "who is stronger in their religion" but rather "who has adapted better to their environment -- the foreigner or the local".

    but that does not dispute the fact that muslims whereever they may be are staunch in their religion, *from my experience* ive seen muslims drinking, gambling and sleeping around without a care in the world. im not muslim, but i dont judge the religion by this minority.

    also i feel saddened that one should be seen as "stronger" in a religion than another. this shouldnt be something to judge people on, religion is a rather personal matter and i try never to judge someone on it, simply because its too personal a matter and can get emotional. i take my religion very seriously but i never will dare say I am more religious than anyone else because there's an certain "arrogance" to the sound of it...

    still, yeah halaal food is halaal food, and one should try to make the best of their situation. :p:
    Well said. *repped*
 
 
 
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