SHAFAQNA -Â A Muslim family from Long Island who were booted from the Empire State Buildingâ€™s observation deck because they were praying has settled their lawsuit for an undisclosed sum, the Post has learned.
Fahad and Amina Tirmizi had said in their federal lawsuit that they and their two young children had begun silently reciting their evening prayers in a quiet spot on the 86th-floor deck at about 11â€‰p.m. July 2, 2013,Â when two security guards roughly intervened.
The Farmingville couple was seeking $5 million in damages in the suit, filed last year in Manhattan federal court.
Although Amina briefly prayed with no hassle, a guard confronted Fahad and â€œmenacingly pokedâ€ him as he told him he was not allowed to pray on the deck, the suit said.
Another guard arrived and told the family that they had to get out and â€œforcibly escortedâ€ them down to the lobby and out of the building, the suit said.
â€œThe Empire State Building has an unlawful [policy] that subjects Muslims to greater and/or heightened suspicion, security and/or surveillance compared to other religious and nonreligious individuals,â€ their suit said.
The Tirmizisâ€™ lawyer, Philip Hines, declined to comment on the confidential settlement, which was confirmed in court filings.
The Empire State Buildingâ€™s lawyer also declined to comment, citing the confidentiality agreement.
Reached as he was leaving his home with Amina, Fahad said, â€œIâ€™m not allowed to talk about it.â€
Speaking to The New York Post last year, he said he is respectful when he prays in public and had even done so earlier with a copâ€™s permission.
â€œWe werenâ€™t doing anything wrong. We just wanted to enjoy the view like everyone else,â€ he said.
â€œEarlier that same day at the Staten Island Ferry terminal, I needed to pray the afternoon prayer and wanted to make sure Iâ€™m not in the way.â€