In the past weeks, UK Muslims started a petition for a boycott of Marks and Spencer over toilet paper that enraged them because they claimed that the toilet paper featured the name of Allah. Then Hamas-linked CAIR pushed the cause of Muslim rage over Amazon featuring doormats with Quranic verses, and successfully got them withdrawn from sale. Then more Muslim fury erupted over Quranic verses on toilet seat covers (Bible verses are also on toilet seat covers, and no one minds). Now enraged Muslims have started another petition, “calling for the recall of the Nike Air Max 270 because it features an Air Max logo that resembles the word ‘Allah’ in Arabic.” The petition says:
“It is outrageous and appalling of Nike to allow the name of God on a shoe. This is disrespectful and extremely offensive to Muslim’s and insulting to Islam. Islam teaches compassion, kindness and fairness towards all,” the petition reads. “We urge Nike to recall this blasphemous and offensive shoe and all products with the design logo resembling the word Allah from worldwide sales immediately.”
To this, Nike responded:
“Nike respects all religions and we take concerns of this nature seriously. The AIR MAX logo was designed to be a stylized representation of Nike’s AIR MAX trademark. It is intended to reflect the AIR MAX brand only. Any other perceived meaning or representation is unintentional.”
Let’s hope that Nike does not bow to the Sharia as it has before, and as have so many others. This ridiculousness will have no end until non-Muslims in the West wake up and realize that they are free and that they are not under the Sharia, and too bad if Muslims are offended. Hindus, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Zoroastrians, etc etc. all get offended, too, without demanding special treatment. All are equal in free societies that allow for pluralism — and offence.
“’Just DON’T do it!’ Thousands of Muslims demand Nike withdraw ‘insulting’ Air Max trainers ‘that have Allah written on the sole,’” by Connor Boyd, Daily Mail, January 28, 2019:
Outraged Muslims are demanding Nike recall an ‘offensive’ line of trainers because the logo looks like Allah’s name in Arabic.
Saiqa Noreen launched a petition to pull the Air Max 270 shoe and has accused the sportswear giant of ‘blasphemy’.
The petition, which has gained more than 6,000 signatures in just hours, blasts Nike for allowing God’s name to be ‘trampled, kicked and become soiled with mud or even filth’.
The design features the words Air Max spelled out in a custom, joined-up font on the sole of the shoe, which was released last year.
In Muslim culture showing the sole of your shoe is seen as the height of disrespect as it implies you want to hurt someone with it.
The shoe is considered dirty because it touches the ground and is associated with the foot, the lowest party of the body.
‘It is outrageous and appalling of Nike to allow the name of God on a shoe. This is disrespectful and extremely offensive to Muslim’s and insulting to Islam,’ Ms Noreen said.
‘Islam teaches compassion, kindness and fairness towards all. We urge Nike to recall this blasphemous and offensive shoe and all products with the design logo resembling the word Allah from worldwide sales immediately.
‘We also request stricter scrutiny of products before they enter the market. I urge all Muslim’s and everyone who respects the freedom of religion to sign this petition.’
Nike became embroiled in a similar controversy in 1997 when it was forced to recall thousands of pairs of Air Bakin’ sneakers following outcry from Muslim customers.
Flame like letters with the word ‘Air’ written on the heel could be read as Allah in Arabic script. …
EDITORS NOTE: This Jihad Watch column with images is republished with permission.