Halal Kazakhstan

When part of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan’s Muslims were forced to hide their faith or practice a state-sanctioned version of Islam.  Now independent, Kazakhstan is witnessing a renaissance of Muslim practice, a reclaiming of heritage that Soviet rule interrupted, writes Rosemary Pennington at Muslim Voices. (h/t Ummah’s Best)  Which might explain the popularity of a recent Reuter’s story about a new test that allows restaurant patrons to ensure there’s no cheap, unholy pork in their beef orders.  It looks like and works like a pregnancy test stick, scientists say, changing colors when pork is present.

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