A Muslim shop owner in Wellington has captured a customer’s racist conversation on camera when she visited his store.
Nureddin Abdurahman, owner of Near And Far Import Export Limited, was working on Tuesday afternoon when the woman walked into his shop to look at rugs.
But instead of browsing the goods, the woman swiftly questioned where Abdurahman was from and what religion he practised.
After saying he was an Ethiopian Muslim, the woman said “That’s a shame” before spending 15 minutes telling the shop owner that his religion was “evil”.Nureddin Abdurahman was at work when a woman entered his store and started abusing him for his religious beliefs. Photo: Katie HarrisAbdurahman pulled out his phone and started recording the conversation.
“You know why I think it’s a shame [you’re a Muslim], because you believe in your Quran and jihad, and you can lie,” the woman told Abdurahman as he worked.
“I think it’s a shame if you’re an atheist, I think it’s a shame if you’re a Buddhist, I think it’s a shame if someone is a Hindu.
“The thing about Muslims, they come here and demanding this and demanding that. Like you’re already demanding more funds from our Government.”
When Abdurahman asked what funds she was referring to, the woman, who identified herself as a staunch Christian, said: “The attacks in Christchurch, you did get given so much but you’re demanding so much more … Muslims have the potential to bring jihad and kill us all.”
Abdurahman, who arrived in New Zealand in 2008 and earned a Masters of International Relations at Victoria University, asked the woman why she sees Kiwi Muslims as a threat and why she believes Kiwi Muslims are responsible for atrocities overseas.
She responded by claiming the Quran is an evil book and tried to blame all Muslims for killings happening overseas.
“The same week [as the Christchurch mosque attack] 300 Christians were massacred in Africa by Muslims… The Quran is an evil book. Kill the Jew, kill the Christians. It doesn’t have anything like that in the Bible.