Parking signs in Houston that denied parking to Muslims at a local mall have now been removed after members of a nearby mosque were offended by the rule.
"I feel sorry for the person who wrote it," said Ahmed Hassan, a worshiper. "This is what comes to mind because obviously he has a lot of hate."
The signs were posted at the Westview Shopping Center near El Farouq Mosque and were seen while worshippers attended mosque.
“I’m very shocked because we do live in a society that’s supposed to be very accepting and this is what we all preach,” said Yara Aboshady, a member of the mosque. “That we all have the freedom of religion.”
Under condition of anonymity, employees of the mall said it is sometimes frustrating when members of the mosque take up parking spaces designated for the mall. This often happens since the mall and mosque take up the same corner.
While owner Steve Kwon has removed the signs from the mall’s parking lot, he has promised to tow any car inappropriately parked in the lot.
Though some employees have suggested that Kwon himself put the signs up, he denied the claims after a local news station inquired.