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Muslim Family Forcibly Removed From Empire State Building For Praying, Suit Claims

Farmingville family files $5 million lawsuit; alleges discrimination during incident last year.

Flickr/Creative Commons photo: Archana Pandey
Flickr/Creative Commons photo: Archana Pandey

A Muslim family from Farmingville says they were assaulted, battered and forcibly removed from the Empire State Building's observation deck while they were praying last year, according to a New York Post report

Fahad and Amina Tirmizi have now filed a $5 million lawsuit against the owners of the building, as well as a security company, alleging that they "were unfairly targeted because they were Muslim and wearing traditional Muslim attire," the Post reported. 

The Tirmizis say they were peacefully reciting evening prayers in a quiet area with their two children on the observation deck last July 2 when they were confronted by two security guards who told them they were not allowed to pray on the deck. The family says they were then “forcibly escorted” out of the building.

The Huffington Post reported that the suit also accuses the Empire State Building of having an unlawful policy "whether express or implied, that subjects Muslims to greater and/or heightened suspicion, security and/or surveillance compared to other religious and non-religious individuals."

Tony March 24, 2014 at 11:36 AM
Sadly, your friend/family member was not the only casualty of recent wars, so again, I'd suggest you speak with someone who was fortunate enough to make it home alive and see how they feel. I think it would be an eye opener for you. I know it was for me. I am glad you don't hate all Muslims, but you may want to revisit your prior comments as they certainly give a different impression. As for the jerk crack, you need to work on not personalizing things when opposing views are presented.
Argile March 25, 2014 at 04:48 PM
Fox News and Huffington post. Both filled with far sided wingnuts. These people don't have the right to drop and pray wherever they damn well please. Period. Getting tired of people abusing this country's freedom.
Candace March 26, 2014 at 07:09 PM
Try that in there country as a Christian or Jew .
Ohairs March 29, 2014 at 07:36 AM
I love how everyone bashes Fox news all the time. A cable channel that consistently has THE highest ratings. Seems if you have the slightest difference in opinion you're a racist. Amazing coming from those who claim tolerance. Let's all watch NSNBC CNN where they're always accurate. Smh

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