McDonald’s has agreed to pay $700,000 to the members of a Detroit-area Muslim community because one of its franchises advertised Sharia-compliant food but then allegedly sold food that wasn't prepared in the manner dictated by Islamic dietary law, TheBlaze’s Billy Hallowell reported this morning.
"The lawsuit alleged that [Dearborn Heights resident Ahmed Ahmed] bought a chicken sandwich in September 2011 at a Dearborn McDonald’s but found it wasn’t halal — meaning it didn’t meet Islamic requirements for preparing food.
"Islam forbids consumption of pork, and God’s name must be invoked before an animal providing meat for consumption is slaughtered," the report adds.
The McDonald's was taken to task for this inconsistency.
“McDonald’s and Finley’s Management Co. [the group that owns and operates the Detroit-area franchise] agreed Friday to the tentative settlement, with that money to be shared by Dearborn Heights resident Ahmed Ahmed, a Detroit health clinic, the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn and lawyers,” reads Hallowell’s report.
TheBlaze reached out to McDonald’s for comment and this is what the company told us:
McDonald’s has always been committed to serve communities and remain relevant to our valued customers, and the restaurants in Dearborn, Michigan are no exception.
All parties involved concluded that the best resolution of this matter was to provide support to organizations that also serve and benefit the local community.
As part of the agreement, donations in the name of Mr. Finley’s organization will be donated to two worthy causes. The first is to contribute to the development of a medical and dental clinic that will offer additional health care options and increase the resources available at the Health Unit on Davison Avenue, Inc. (HUDA) Second, funds will be dedicated to expand educational programs at the Arab American National Museum. Both of these organizations were selected because of their service to the community.
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