JAKARTA POST / ASIA NEWS NETWORK – Muslims let Nike sell the Air Max design with an outsole design similar to the Arabic word "Allah."
A sports giant is asked to remember the sneakers, while Muslims say they "insulted Islam".
The indignation began when Muslim customer Saiga Noreen noticed what she believed was the Arab word for Allah on her shoe. She immediately launched an on-line petition demanding that the company remove the popular footwear from its global marketplace.
Ms Noreen has accused Nike of disrespect for Islam and states in the petition: "Nike is uncomfortable and terrible to allow the name of God on her shoe, which is disrespectful and extremely insulting to Muslims and insults to Islam."
"Nike has produced a Nike Air Max 270 shoe with a logo on the foot, reminiscent of the word Allah in Arabic, which will surely be trampled, kicked and muddy or even dirty," wrote Mrs. Noreen. She urged all Muslims and all those who agreed to sign a petition.
At present, more than 16,000 people have signed a petition for 25,000 signatures.
Other supporters went on Twitter to express their outrage over Nike's allegedly blatant product.
"Why is Nike selling coaches who have clearly written" Alah "written in" Arabic "to remove sales shoes." Unwilling and frightening, "tweeted one angry supporter with a picture that drives people to support Mr. Noreen's petition.
Nike has denied the allegation that she intentionally offended the Muslim community and said the logo is "a stylized representation of Nike Air Max's trademark" and has no religious significance, as the RT says.
"Its goal is to reflect only the Air Max brand, and any other perceived meaning or representation is unintentional," said Nike.