International student delivers halal food products to Malaysian community
Most students spend their Saturdays gearing up in Spartan apparel for an afternoon football game or savoring a day of sleeping in.
Zafri Abd Halim is not one of those students.
Halim, an international student from Malaysia and a mathematics senior at Michigan State, has delivered halal food products to students around campus every third Saturday of the month for the past two years.
Halal means “permissible or allowed” in Arabic, and for any animal or poultry to be considered halal, it must be slaughtered in a ritual way by a Muslim. The halal delivery business, Exaira Grocery, started around five years ago among the Michigan State Malaysian community. In 2017, Halim started helping his friend Muaz Norman with deliveries.
Norman has since graduated and Halim is now working the delivery business solo. Halim said they saw the need when many Malaysian students living off campus didn’t have vehicles to get to stores in Lansing.