The petition demands the design be removed from the market as soon as possible
Some Muslims have laid heavy criticism on superstar sportswear company Nike for selling a brand of sneakers with a design on its sole that resembles the Arabic word for "Allah".
The sports giant is being asked to recall the sneakers, with people saying Nike has “insulted Islam”, reports the Jakarta Post.
The outrage began when Muslim customer Saiga Noreen noticed what she believed was the Arabic word for Allah on the shoe. Shortly afterward she launched an online petition, demanding that the company remove the popular shoe from its worldwide market.
According to the Jakarta Post, Noreen accused Nike of having a disrespectful attitude toward Islam, stating in the petition’s description: “It is outrageous and appalling of Nike to allow the name of God on a shoe. This 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 will surely be trampled, kicked, and become soiled with mud or even filth,” Noreen wrote. She urged all Muslims and everyone who agreed with her to sign the petition.
Currently, almost 12,500 people have signed the petition, with a goal of 15,000 signatures.
Other supporters took to Twitter to express their outrage over Nike’s allegedly blasphemous product.
What a shame! @Nike act #blasphemous by writing #Allah on "Air Max 270 Trainers". You should #remove all the articles atonce & stop further production. This world is for #love, don't fill it with #HATE. Its not only #offensive to #Muslims rather offensive to the whole #mankind pic.twitter.com/kRJcKlfviP— umar ishaque butt (@capisces) January 29, 2019
Nike denied allegations that it intentionally insulted the Muslim community, saying the logo was a “stylized representation of Nike’s Air Max trademark” and had no religious significance.