A Muslim man is filing a lawsuit against Little Caesars for $100 million as he says that he and his wife bought pepperoni pizza that Little Caesars’ claimed was halal but it is proven to be pork which is a forbidden food in Islam.
The lawsuit states that Mohamad Bazzi ordered halal pizza twice from the Dearborn, Mich., shop. The boxes had “halal” sticker on them but the pizzas inside the boxes had pork pepperoni among the toppings.
Majed Moughni, Bazzi’s attorney was quick to file the lawsuit in Wayne County Circuit Court on Thursday, marking the eve of Ramadan, so no other Muslims would eat pork from the Little Caesars during the Islamic holy month, when Muslims fast from dawn till the sunset.
“It’s really upsetting,” Moughni said. “My clients want the public to know. Especially during Ramadan, it would be a travesty if Muslims … in Dearborn bought pizza from Little Caesars and discovered they were eating pork.”
He also noted that eating pork is “one of the worst sins you can do.”
A spokeswoman for Little Caesars, Jill Proctor, said in a statement that the claim “is without merit.”
“Little Caesars cherishes our customers from all religions and cultures, and the communities we serve are very important to us. While we can’t comment on pending litigation, we take this claim very seriously,” Proctor said.
Prohibited in Islam
The lawsuit says that Bazzi’s first unpleasant encounter with Little Caesars was on March 20 as Bazzi and his wife discovered that the pizza they ordered had pork pepperoni when they ordered halal ingredients.
Bazzi was no alien to pork as he used to work in a pizza shop and he is familiar with the different types of meat. Bazzi’s wife, on the other hand, knew it was pork the moment she tasted it as she was Christian-now-Muslim herself and she grew up eating pork.
Three days after the incident, they rushed to file a lawsuit.
The second encounter was on May 24, a day prior to filing the lawsuit
According to the lawsuit, Bazzi talked to the shop manager, but she told him he was the one to ask an employee to stick a halal label on the pizza box. However, Moughni has responses to such claim.
Halal is Islam equals Kosher in kosher Judaism; the process of slaughter should be according to Islamic guidelines, including prayers during the animal is slaughtered.