Thousands of Muslim customers have demanded Nike recall their Air Max sneakers, claiming that the shoe company “insulted Islam” by spelling out the word ‘Allah’ in Arabic on the bottom of the shoe.
Saiqa Noreen, who had noticed the writing which she found offensive, launched an online petition asking the shoe company to remove the popular trainer from the shelves.
Noreen discovered that the Air Max logo design depicted on the sole has similarities to the word ‘Allah’ in Arabic. The woman accused the company of having a disrespectful attitude to Islam, and said that it is “outrageous” to “allow the name of God on a shoe.”
Why are Nike selling trainers which clearly have “Allah”written in #Arabic. Remove shoes from sales. Disgusting and appalling#respect #religion #islam #muslim #offensive #complaint pic.twitter.com/urjSiNNabN
— Aintezn18 (@Ayshon04310732) January 26, 2019
— Hashmi & Hashmi (@Traders_Pak) January 23, 2019
Nike 270's which say Allah on the sole.
I checked on a pair my friend owns and it's definitely there. pic.twitter.com/tXNR7Whj8z
— Bantersaurus (@1kavax) January 19, 2019
The company refuted all allegations of intentionally insulting the Muslim community, saying the logo is a “stylized representation of Nike’s Air Max trademark” without any religious significance.
“Nike respects all religions and we take concerns of this nature seriously,” a Nike representative said.
What a misfire.
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