Jeddah: Saudi scholarship students in the United Kingdom have launched an app that provides an informative way to identify sources and origin of cuisines and dishes during the month of Ramadan, Arab News reported Friday.
The application will help users to locate “the nearest mosque, halal food hotels, and restaurants”, in Europe.
The students said the app consists a unique map which highlights the necessary information on the source of meat in these countries, in particular for those who do not know which restaurants serve halal food.
Abdul Kareem Fawaz, one of the pupils, said Muslim student clubs in Britain become active during Ramadan in raising awareness among youth to stay away from crowded places and to avoid suspicious persons.
“Our campaigns use social media to broadcast information on nearby mosques, halal food restaurants, and shops that sell food for Muslims in particular, in addition to other necessary information for thousands of students in Europe”, he said.
Separately, scholarship students in the US held a lecture on halal food and healthy eating recently. The lectures included topics on Saudi traditions during Ramadan, and suitable food for fasting.
Shadi Mustafa, a dietician, said Saudi students in European countries have sound knowledge on halal food.
“The most important thing for Muslims in Europe to worry about is the growing trend of going to local fast-food restaurants. It is always good to inquire about the ingredients of any food before buying it”, he said. He warned against some sweets which might contain lard or “pig fat”.
“It’s best to seek experts’ guidance on the matter and stay in touch with either social media or by joining the country’s clubs to learn more about Halal food”, he added.