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Mall Apologizes for Asking Muslim Woman to Remove Niqab

The woman was asked to remove her head covering while in the mall.

CENTRAL NJ -- An apology was issued to a local Muslim woman who was told twice by security at a mall in New Jersey to remove her niqab, which covers her face from the public.

Troy Fischer, senior general manager with the , said the woman was approached by a security officer, who is an employee of IPC International, an outside vendor contracted by the mall for security.

"IPC International issued an apology to the shopper, provided additional training to the officer and committed themselves to expand their diversity efforts," he said.

According to an article on ABCLocal, Wakeelah Salaam, of Elizabeth, was approached by a security guard while shopping May 19 and told to remove her head covering, which covered all of her face except her eyes, and is worn for religious purposes.

Salaam was approached a second time by the same security guard very soon after, and told again to remove the covering, the article said.

The article said that Salaam spoke with police about the incident and then left the mall because she was uncomfortable with how she was being treated.

Fischer said he hopes they can move forward from the incident.

"Bridgewater Commons welcomes shoppers of all diversities and certainly hopes this shopper will return," Fischer said.

What do you think about this incident? Was the apology from the company enough?

Peace2All May 29, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Again, there is a misconception of the veiling of women. Go to this website: http://www.islamicfaq.org/veil/index.html The bottom line is she is an American and has a right under the 1st Amendment to wear it for her religious beliefs.
chinatwin88 May 29, 2012 at 03:22 PM
again as I have said .. the Koren doesn't dictate veiling...in your own words some women choose to wear a veil ..... .and while true it is her right to wear one..no one questions that.. it is also justified that public safety sometimes mandates that faces be shown such in passports...and if a mall or any other place has a regulation or rule that no face coverings be worn, it is the obligation of those who use a facility to abide by the rules... also Peace .... I wondered how you know she is an American . as this fact wasn't mentioned in the article...even though it has no real bearing on the outcome but while your beating the civil rights drum indicating that she is American .. I just wondered how you know that...
Peace2All May 29, 2012 at 08:35 PM
She had more than one articles mentioned about her, she IS an American, she was also mentioned in the news.
Peace2All May 29, 2012 at 08:38 PM
I think that you didn't read the article carefully. Click on the ABCLocal in the article.
chinatwin88 May 30, 2012 at 12:50 AM
thansk for the answer.. like I said ..,little bearing .. just wondered how you knew...

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