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Muslim houseguest - kitchen/dining room etiquette and rules? - [moved from Home Cooking board]

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Muslim houseguest - kitchen/dining room etiquette and rules? - [moved from Home Cooking board]

dmd_kc | Jun 5, 2010 10:38 PM

Later this summer, I will be hosting an African Sunni Muslim at my home for a week on a work-exchange program. I've familiarized myself with the Halal guidelines, but I'm unsure how to make my guest feel most comfortable.

I've already planned to rid the kitchen of pork products while he's here. However, I do have a liquor cabinet, which I don't intend to empty or hide (and I'm sure he'll be fine with that -- he is on a long trip to the U.S., and is by all accounts a very open-minded guy).

Of course I won't be offering any non-Halal foods. I have easy access to a Halal butcher for meat, so I'll just take that concern off the table from the get-go. However, is there anything else I need to be aware of so that I won't put him in an uncomfortable situation? I haven't seen anything in my research about requiring serving and cookware to be Halal-only, but am I simply missing something? I have close friends who keep kosher, but only at home, so I don't really know how careful I need to be.

Many thanks for any and all advice.

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