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Muslim Rights Group Seeks To Add Halal Food In Florida Prisons
by Ron Dicker
An Islamic rights group is calling on Florida's Department of Corrections to offer halal food to Muslim prisoners after a court mandated that kosher food be served again to Jewish inmates.
"It is only fair and equitable that if Jewish inmates receive kosher food, as they should, that Muslim inmates have access to halal meals," Hassan Shibly, executive director of Florida's Council on American-Islamic Relations, said in a press release.
The organization said that it had received "numerous complaints" from Muslim inmates wanting halal food, which adheres to Islamic dietary laws, and that it had Muslim businesses at the ready to provide assistance. The group already offers a guide on Islamic practices for corrections officers to "gain a better understanding of Islam and Muslims."
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