About Beyond Halal

What's behind that label?

Going Beyond...

Beyond Halal is about sustenance. About looking beyond the surface, to explore the deeper reality. About practical steps to seek physical and spiritual nourishment. 

Beyond Halal is about livestock and animals: how they live and how we care for them and interact with them. It’s about our food supply: the farms, processors, distributors, butcher shops, grocers, restaurants, and cooks, including home-cooks, who provide the food that nourishes us all. 

Beyond Halal is about quality. What is good food? How do we procure it, and prepare it? What do we have available today? What should we work towards? What do words like “natural”, “organic”, “free-range” and “grass-fed” really mean? 

Our Contributors

Krystina Friedlander


Krystina Friedlander is a childbirth doula, childbirth instructor, and midwife-in-training in Exeter, NH. She offers consulting and childbirth resources through barakabirth.com, and sells her organic, custom-sourced and home-blended teas, balms, and herbs through the Baraka Birth Etsy shop. She holds an MA in Cultural Anthropology from Tulane University and has had the great fortune of eating street food all over the world.

Nuri Friedlander

Nuri Friedlander teaches religion at Philips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. He is a PhD candidate in Study of Religion at Harvard University, and was formerly the Muslim chaplain at Harvard University. His dissertation focuses on the treatment of animals in the Islamic tradition. As a chaplain, his khutbahs covered topics such as litter on Hajj and the social justice message of Hip Hop. He is co-translator of Responding from the Tradition: One Hundred Contemporary Fatwas by the Grand Mufti of Egypt.

Dawood Yasin

Dawood Yasin is the Coordinator of Learning Outside the Classroom at Zaytuna College in Berkeley, CA. He was previously the Muslim Chaplain at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. A lover of the outdoors, his youth was spent in and around the Atlantic Ocean on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. He later spent time in Africa, the Levant, and the inner city of New Haven, CT.  In all of these places Dawood remained deeply connected with the natural world. Over the last fifteen years Dawood has developed a passion of bow hunting. The majority of the meat he and his family eat is from animals taken with his bow. You can follow Imam Dawood on Instagram and subscribe to his YouTube channel to take from his wisdom and keep up with his hunting trips and other journeys.

Patrick Bensen

Patrick Bensen is a writer and marketer born and raised in western Massachusetts, and is the current manager of Beyond Halal. He owned and operated an organic farm business for 8 years, where he raised pastured poultry, grass-fed beef and lamb, grains, fruits, and vegetables. Patrick is a dedicated distance runner, and enjoys preparing food for his family. He also writes on his website patrickbensen.me