The Islamic State group has banned Nike clothing, sneakers and other products because the pronunciation of the name of the American sportswear company is similar to Arabic words which have sexual overtones and are considered a sin under Sharia law, Syrian activist group Raqqa is silently shot said Thursday. ISIS has warned that anyone living in its self-proclaimed caliphate who is caught selling, buying or wearing Nike products will be punished with whipping, imprisonment or payment of a fine.
The Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, distributed brochures titled “Watch out guys, serious foreign words,” showing images of Nike clothing as well as English words and phrases such as “flirt “,” Cupid “,” damn “and” kiss me “with their meanings in Arabic. However, ISIS fighters have previously been seen wearing Nike sneakers and other Western brands. Nike is a popular American sportswear company, but it is named after the winged goddess of victory in ancient Greek mythology.
Last year, observers claimed that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Sunni militant group, wore a Rolex or other luxury western watch worth thousands of dollars, instead of an “Islamic watch.” which is worn by “true Muslims”. CNN reported at the time. Another prominent ISIS operative Shaker Waheeb, also known as Abu Waheeb, appeared wearing Adidas and Nike sneakers, Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered said Thursday.
This is the latest sanction pronounced by the extremist Islamist group. Earlier this month, ISIS banned men from wearing skinny jeans in Raqqa, its de facto capital and stronghold in Syria. ISIS officials have said that wearing tight jeans induces sexual desire by showing off a man’s body. The group also banned the sale and purchase of jeans and destroyed piles of them in Raqqa, where many young men have been imprisoned for the alleged offense, the anti-ISIS activist group in Syria said.
ISIS had previously banned other acts judged haram, or sinful, including smoking cigarettes, delaying prayer, and listening to music on a cell phone. Although they are all permitted by Islam, the Islamic State group’s strict interpretation of Sharia law declares them prohibited in areas controlled by ISIS.