Faces of Islam: Market owner says Northeast Pa. Muslims seek opportunity to work hard

Story by Patrick Kernan - [email protected] - Photos by Sean McKeag - [email protected]
Sudqi Barqawi, owner of Jerusalem Halal Market in Wilkes-Barre, prepares Middle Eastern cuisine in the kitchen of his market on George Avenue. 3/30/18. Sean McKeag | Times Leader -

WILKES-BARRE — For Sudqi Barqawi, the United States has always been — and continues to be — a land of opportunity.

“They came to America to start their lives. That’s the dream,” Barqawi said of the Islamic immigrant community of which heis a part. “The dream of the people comes true in America.”

Barqawi, 50, has been the owner of the Jerusalem Halal Market, located at 215 George Ave., for 14 years. The marketspecializes in halal food, which complies with the strict dietary codes of Islam, similar to the kosher rules of Judaism.

His journey from the Middle East to Northeastern Pennsylvania was not without a few stops.

“I’m from Palestine,” Barqawi said matter-of-factly.

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Sudqi Barqawi, owner of Jerusalem Halal Market in Wilkes-Barre, prepares Middle Eastern cuisine in the kitchen of his market on George Avenue. 3/30/18. Sean McKeag | Times Leader
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_Muslims7-2-.jpgSudqi Barqawi, owner of Jerusalem Halal Market in Wilkes-Barre, prepares Middle Eastern cuisine in the kitchen of his market on George Avenue. 3/30/18. Sean McKeag | Times Leader

Story by Patrick Kernan

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Photos by Sean McKeag

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FACES OF ISLAM

A three-day look at the Wyoming Valley’s Muslim community

Sunday: Imam Dr. Ibrahim Almeky discusses the faith

Today: Market owner Sudqi Barqawi on American dreams, hard work

Tuesday: Islamic community trends, outlook