US Muslim Family Sues Empire State

2014-03-19 04:26:35 | Al Muslim News
US Muslim Family Sues Empire State

 

A Muslim family that has been kicked outside observation deck in the Empire State building after praying briefly has filed a $5 million lawsuit against the owners of the building for humiliation and embarrassment before their two kids and visitors of the tourist hotspot. The suit claims that Fahad Tirmizi, 32, and his 30-year-old wife were unfairly targeted “because they were Muslim, wearing traditional Muslim attire, and/or engaged in Muslim prayer,” New York Post reported, citing the lawsuit. Filed at Manhattan federal court, the suit names the midtown icon’s owner and property manager Malkin Properties, security company Andrews International Inc. and others as defendants. The problem dates back to July 2 when Fahad and Amina Tirmizi of Farmingville visited the Empire state building with their two kids. Visiting the 86th-floor outdoor Observatory, the family wanted to do the evening prayer around 11 pm. The wife picked a section where there was little foot traffic to pray. After finishing, her husband followed only to be interrupted by a security guard who strutted over to Fahad and “menacingly poked” him with his hands and feet. The guard loudly told him he “was not allowed to pray while at the Observatory” to be joined by other guards who told the family they had to leave immediately” and “forcibly escorted” the “plaintiffs and their children to the Observatory elevator, down to the lobby, and out of the of the Empire State Building entirely.” “The defendants have an unlawful policy, custom, practice, procedure and/or rule, whether express or implied, of barring patrons from exercising their religious beliefs in the Empire State Building and/or the Observatory,” the suit says. “As a result of the foregoing conduct, plaintiffs were shamed, humiliated, and embarrassed in front of each other, their children and the general public,” it adds. Though there are no official estimates, the US is home to from 7-8 million Muslims. Muslims pray five times a day, with each prayer made of a series of postures and movements, each set of which is called a rak‘ah. The five prayer times are divided all through the day which starts with fajr prayer at dawn. Then prayer times are divided from the time the sun declines, which is mid-day, until the darkening of the night, includes Zuhr (noon prayer), 'Asr (evening prayer), Maghrib (sunset prayer) and 'Ishaa’ (night prayer). onislam.

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