“No Muslim parking” signs were displayed at a shopping center in front of a Mosque in Houston earlier this week, triggering outrage from Mosque-goers.
The signs read in full: “No Muslim parking in the Westview Shopping Center. Your car will be towed,” according to CNN.
The signs were posted near the El Farouq Mosque and Muslims worshippers said they were offended.
“I feel sorry for the person who wrote it,” Ahmed Hassan was quoted by KPRC as saying. “This is what comes to mind because obviously he has a lot of hate.”
Employees with the shopping mall said there had been problems with Mosque attendees parking in the parking lot.
According to the station, mall owner Steve Kwon took the signs down. “I did not put up the signs,” he said.
Muslim Yara Aboshady told the station that whoever put up the signs may not have had nefarious reasons in mind.
“It could be no parking for the sake of patrons that come in,” Aboshady said. “Or it really could be a prejudice and just a mean thing to say.”
The Council on American-Islamic Relations mentioned the signs in its most recent newsletter, according to CNN.