Best Buy Ad for Happy Eid Sparks Debate

Category: Americas, Faith & Spirituality, Life & Society Topics: Festivals (Eid) Views: 8186
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RICHFIELD, Minn. - A scanned version of the Best Buy Black Friday ad on BestBuy.com wishes Muslims a happy Eid al-Adha, which falls on the extended Thanksgiving weekend.

Since the ad was posted, a message board on BestBuy.com has filled up with plenty of responses. Tuesday morning, a discussion of the ad on BestBuy.com had more than 100 responses. Some of those comments were supportive of the greeting and some called for a boycott of the retailer, including boldly racist remarks.

Here's a look at some of the posts on the BestBuy.com message board :

I worked part time at Best Buy two years ago and am shocked by this! The sad thing is that I think it will cost Best Buy a lot of business, and some MAJOR bad publicity which will hurt the employees who had nothing to do with the decision. What in the heck were you thinking Best Buy?????

-christmas_shopr 

Happy Eid Al-Adha but no Merry Christmas? I assume your next advertisements will say Merry Christmas. Otherwise, I will no longer shop at Best Buy. I will shop at those businesses which support Christmas.

-joclaire 

Thank you Best Buy for the Eid Greetings!! I plan to spend more money at BB. Thank you for being inclusive of various cultures.

-Peacepro123 

Best Buy community supervisor Elizabeth responded to the comments with the following statement :

"Thanks for sharing your point of view regarding our recent ad, which included a wish for a "Happy Eid al-Adha". 

Best Buy's customers and employees around the world represent a variety of faiths and denominations. We respect that diversity and choose to greet our customers and employees in ways that reflect their traditions. 

We do use the word "holiday" in some of our advertising because it is meant to be inclusive to everyone. However, just as we have in the past, we will also reference specific holidays such as Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa in our weekly ads, store signage and other advertising vehicles. 

We encourage our employees to interact with customers naturally and feel free to wish them a Merry Christmas if they are celebrating that holiday. 
Thanks again for your feedback." 

Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice, is a Muslim holiday lasting three days. The feast is based on Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son to display his obedience to God. According to the Koran, a voice from heaven stopped Ibrahim, allowing him to sacrifice a ram instead.

In the spirit of sacrifice, families observing Eid al-Adha eat about a third of their meal, sharing the rest with family and friends and donating some to the poor.

Source: MyFox Twin Cities


  Category: Americas, Faith & Spirituality, Life & Society
  Topics: Festivals (Eid)
Views: 8186

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Older Comments:
JAMAL FROM USA said:
I just spent 1000 dollars at Bed Buys on black friday. I am glad i did it. That gesture made me as a muslim happy and part of the community.
2009-11-29

TARIQ FROM USA said:
Thanks to the Management and to all the team of Best Buy for acknowledgment and recognizing the value of Muslim holiday and also providing the religious diversity. Thank you for respecting the roles of religion. This is definitely a very ethical and professional behavior. Thank you once again. I have always been a Best Buy customer and have always advocated for your best customer services to all.
2009-11-28

SABAH HUQ FROM USA said:
Bravo! This is America.Thank you for recognizing the muslim holiday. You have won over a life long customer, along with million others who share the same sentiment.
2009-11-27

MAYA V FROM AK said:
Send thank you note to Best Buy and make posts on their forums. This will balance the other posts by the some ignorant people. This is the best thing a visitor could do.
2009-11-26

RAFIQ SABIR FROM U.S.A. said:
I thank the creator of all life, for fair and just minded in this world! i will make sure i tell more people to shop at best buy store's
2009-11-26

CRYSTAL GILERT FROM USA said:
kEEP DOING WHAT YOUR DOING! WE WILL COME. THANK YOU FOR THE RESPECT.
2009-11-25

CRYSTAL GILERT FROM USA said:
MY FAMILY IS SO HAPPY TO FINALLY SEE SOMETHING FAMILIAR TO OUR RELIGION! IN A COUNTRY WHOSE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN BRAINWASHED TO HATE US, MUSLIMS WORSHIP GOD (ALLAH) ALONE AND DESIRE PEACE AMONGST ALL,I AM SO PROUD OF YOU! YOU MADE ME CRY...THIS MEANS A LOT TO ALL OF US. WE WILL SHOP AND OR BUY STOCK WITH YOUR COMPANY.THANK YOU AGAIN AND AGAIN FOR THINKING ABOUT US. THAT WAS REALLY SWEET... AND BOLD. MAY YOUR STAFF IN RICHMOND, MN BE BLESSED, AND MAY PEACE BE WITH YOU ALL!
ASSALAMUALAIKUM
2009-11-25

SULEYMAN FROM USA said:
All praise to Allah (swt). I am so proud of the community supervisor for Best Buy. Inclusiveness leads to peace,understanding and acceptance and well-being the enemies of hatred, hostility, fear and suspicion. May Allah (swt) bless her for her courage and wisdom! Eid Mubarak!
2009-11-25