Traveling to America and wondering where to find the Halal supermarkets in the USA?
Finding Halal meat and ingredients in USA supermarkets does not need to be challenging. In this article, we will break down what are the Halal supermarkets in USA so you can shop with peace of mind!
A Halal supermarket is a store that abides by the rules of what is permitted in Islam according to the Quran. It sells Halal products catering to its Muslim customers. The meat in Halal supermarkets must come from a Halal-certified supplier. You will not see any lottery tickets or alcohol here as it is forbidden in the law.
Halal supermarkets follow strict Islamic rules based on the Quran. You will not find items that are considered Haram such as alcohol or lottery tickets. If there are non-Halal products, it needs to be displayed in a separate non-Halal section as any contact between non-Halal and Halal food will render the Halal food Haram (forbidden).
Non-Halal supermarkets are generic supermarkets that may or may not have a Halal section. Most of their fresh meats will not be butchered the Halal way (which involves cutting in a specific manner with a Muslim prayer dedication). Muslims can opt to purchase alternatives such as seafood and vegetarian/vegan options which are permissible.
Kosher products may also be permissible if Halal foods and ingredients are not available as it does not contain Haram animal byproducts like pork gelatin or alcohol.
Halal meats are already in most of our local supermarket brands like Costco, Kroger, Safeway, Whole Food Markets, and Walmart in selected stores. There is usually a Halal section carrying branded Halal meat such as Open Nature, Crescent Foods, and Saffron Food.
Most Halal markets are either specialized grocery stores or supermarkets. If you prefer a truly Halal supermarket experience, here is a list of Halal Supermarkets in the USA:
There are at least 10 Halal supermarkets in Brooklyn but we pick Balady Halal Foods (also Balady Market) for its high-rated reviews.
Also known as Balady Foods, it is a Middle Eastern Halal supermarket in Brooklyn that sells a wide range of high-quality ingredients from imported fruits to local baked goods. You will be amazed by how well organized and clean this place is, making it an easy shopping experience. They are well-stocked with plenty of fresh Halal-certified meat with a variety of cuts.
Location: 7128 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209, United States
Opening Hours: operates 8:15 am - 10 pm daily
Image Credit: Halal 4 All
Halal 4 All is a Halal supermarket that is known for its 100% Zabihah Halal meat. You will get a high-quality grass-fed and organic steak with a large selection of cuts (you can customize it as well with their experienced butchers). You can tell that this place has been well-thought-out with nicely arranged shelves and even Islamic household items like prayer rugs and decors.
It is truly the Halal place to shop for all Muslims!
Location: 20921 Davenport Dr. Unite 105, Sterling, VA 20165, United States
Opening Hours: operates 10 am - 9 pm daily
Halal Supermarket & Bakery (International Foods) has had loyal customers over the years and it is easy to see why. They make an effort to constantly expand their product list, with fresh bakery, high-quality Zabihah meats, and plenty of Middle-Eastern items and snacks. Their staff is always friendly and helpful with any queries, providing a pleasant shopping experience.
Location: 4863 W 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46254, United States
Opening Hours: operates 9 am - 9 pm daily
Aside from supermarkets, there are many Halal grocery stores around the United States found in cities, suburbs, and in your local neighborhood area. Some of the notable ones include:
If you are not able to find a Halal Supermarket near you, you can get it online from some of these reputable Halal sellers.
Watch what you buy when shopping for Halal products. Here are some things to look out for when purchasing Halal meats in supermarkets:
You will be surprised that many supermarkets do have a dedicated Halal section, you just need to find it! Check with the staff if they have it and if they do, they will gladly direct you to the section!
The Halal logo is normally found printed on the packaging to indicate that it is Halal-certified. You can identify it with a round label containing the Arabic word Halal (حلال).
If it is suitable for vegetarians or vegans, it is usually suitable for Muslims too! For vegetarian food, it will not contain Haram animal byproducts like pork gelatin so it is safe to eat (check for alcohol use in its ingredients). For vegan food, there are no animal byproducts guaranteed so you need not worry if the items are Halal or Haram.
Middle-Eastern countries like Qatar, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Egypt have good Halal practices. South-East Asian countries like Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia have long-standing Halal certification bodies that are recognized worldwide. New Zealand also has regulated Halal slaughter practices.
We hope you can get the Halal meats you need from supermarkets all around the USA! If you have a favorite Halal supermarket, do suggest it in the comments below.
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