The petition calls for the design to be removed from the market as soon as possible
Some Muslims have sharply criticized superstar sportswear company Nike for selling a brand of trainers with a design on its sole that resembles the Arabic word for “Allah”.
The sports giant is urged to recall the sneakers, with people claiming Nike has “insulted Islam”, reports the Jakarta Post.
The outrage began when Muslim customer Saiga Noreen noticed what she believed to be the Arabic word for Allah on the shoe. Shortly after, she launched an online petition, demanding that the company remove the popular shoe from its global market.
According to the Jakarta Post, Noreen accused Nike of having a disrespectful attitude towards Islam, stating in the description of the petition: “It is outrageous and appalling of Nike to allow the name of God on a shoe. It is disrespectful and extremely offensive to Muslims and insulting to Islam.
“Nike has produced the Nike Air Max 270 shoe with the script logo on the sole resembling the word Allah in Arabic, which is sure to be stomped on, kicked, and stained with mud or even grime,” Noreen wrote. She urged all Muslims and anyone who agreed with her to sign the petition.
Currently, nearly 12,500 people have signed the petition, with a goal of 15,000 signatures.
Other fans took to Twitter to express their outrage at Nike’s allegedly blasphemous product.
That’s a shame! @Nike act #blasphemous in writing #Allah on “Air Max 270 Sneakers”. You should #remove all items immediately and stop production. This world is for #lovedon’t fill it with #TO HATE. It’s not only #offensive for #Muslims pretty offensive overall #humanity pic.twitter.com/kRJcKlfviP
— umar ishaque buttocks (@capisces) January 29, 2019
Nike denied claims that it intentionally insulted the Muslim community, saying the logo was a “stylized representation of Nike’s Air Max brand” and had no religious significance.