By Bassel Barakat
Amazon has removed many products from its website as they deemed offensive to Muslim people.
The online shopping giant removed the products after it received a request by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a major Muslim civil rights group.
The products included items that would be stepped on imprinted with Islamic calligraphy and Quranic texts, CNN reported.
“We thank Amazon for its swift action on this issue and hope it sends a message to manufacturers of such inappropriate and offensive items that they will not profit from Islamophobia or any other form of bigotry,” Masih Fouladi, executive director of CAIR Washington, said in the statement.
Furthermore, CAIR has received complaints of inappropriate and offensive products which seems to be manufactured with an offensive intent. The products included “toilet covers imprinted with the Quran and Islamic sculpture listed for sale on Amazon,” said CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper.
“I don’t think it would be appropriate to have a toilet seat with the image of a Bible on it either,” Hooper told CNN.
“My gut feeling is that at least for the bath mats, shower curtains, and stuff like that, it’s these companies just slapping these designs on everything without even thinking about it,” he said.
“But there are others crossing the line into intentional Islamophobia. Some of the companies have things like toilet seats. I mean come on, why else would you do that?”
In 1997, Nike designed a shoes that bore a resemblance to the word Allah which made the Islamic organization to complain to Nike.
Later on, the company withdrawn the shoes and apologized for the unintentional offense.
Nihad Awad, the executive director of CAIR national confirmed on Friday that CAIR would keep working with retailers “to ensure that products are not exploiting or promoting bigotry for commercial gain.