Nike has committed “blasphemy” with its Air Max 270 shoe, charges a petition launched online by a Muslim that was signed by more than 6,000 people within hours.
The sole of the athletic shoe features the words Air Max in a stylized script that the Muslim protesters believe resembles the Arabic script for “Allah,” the Daily Mail of London reported.
Nike has allowed Allah’s name to be “trampled, kicked and become soiled with mud or even filth,” the petition states.
In Islamic culture, the Daily Mail points out, showing the sole of one’s shoe is a sign of disrespect.
“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,” wrote Saiqa Noreen
She wrote that 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.”
In 1997, Nike was forced to recall thousands of pairs of Air Bakin’ sneakers, because the word “Air” written on the heel could be read as Allah in Arabic script.
“Let’s hope that Nike does not bow to the Sharia as it has before, and as have so many others,” he wrote.
“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,” he said.
“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 offense.”
Spencer noted that in recent weeks, Muslims launched a petition for a boycott of the British retailer Marks and Spencer over toilet paper they claimed featured the name of Allah. Then CAIR, a U.S. group linked to Hamas, successfully pressed Amazon to stop sale of doormats with Quranic verses. There also was outrage over Quranic verses on toilet seat covers.