How to prevent being banned as a Muslim at Lotte Mart in Melbourne.
The supermarket is a big favourite for the city’s Muslim community, who flock to the store on a weekly basis to buy groceries, sweets, and even a couple of bags of groceries.
Lotte Mart’s owner says she’s received an overwhelming number of calls from concerned customers and has received an outpouring of support from the community, many of whom are now sharing their stories on social media.
“The Muslim community is so strong in Melbourne, I’m not sure we’ve got a problem,” Ms Kavas said.
She says the shop has been inundated with calls and text messages from Muslims who want to support the Muslim community in the community.
The shop is run by the Islamic Society of Greater Melbourne, which was founded by Dr Naeem Siddiqui, a former president of the Islamic Council of Victoria.
Dr Siddique said he was initially excited about the idea of opening a store of its own, but after a number of visits to the Islamic community in Melbourne he realised the community would not be able to support itself.
He said he wanted to open a Muslim supermarket, but that his first priority was to support his own community.
“It’s important for Muslims to be able and to be supported in their communities and the Muslim communities have been supported for many years,” he said.
“I don’t see why they can’t have a grocery store as well.”
Lotte’s has also become a symbol of multiculturalism in Melbourne and the community is rallying behind it.
Mamazah Hussain is a former member of the Muslim Community of Victoria, who is now the executive director of the mosque in Melbourne’s west.
Ms Hussain said she was initially sceptical about opening a supermarket, as she had not been to the mosque before.
But Ms Hussain has since become a regular customer, and says the community has welcomed the store.
I think people are very supportive of what we’re doing, she said.
“We don’t want to take anything away from the Muslim and the Muslims who are here.”
I think we need to be as open as we can be, because we’re a multicultural community and we need all of us to come together.
“Ms Hussain also believes Lotte should open a supermarket in Melbourne to make it more inclusive.
However, Ms Kava, the Lotte store’s owner, says she is confident the store will not be banned.
Melbourne Muslim Association chief executive Mohammed Rashid said while it was important for people to feel safe shopping at the store, the store was not targeting any one religion.”
There are other supermarkets in the area that are not as popular, but it’s a very diverse and diverse community and it’s safe for the majority of people to come in,” he told ABC News.
Muslim community leaders have also voiced their support for the store and have encouraged people to visit the store when shopping.
In response to the Muslim backlash, Lotte has also issued a statement apologising for offending the community and promising to make the store better.