CAIR Asks Amazon to Remove Doormats, Bath Mats with Islamic Religious Text

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/3/2019) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today asked online retailer Amazon to remove a number of doormats and bath mats imprinted with Islamic calligraphy, references to the Prophet Muhammad and verses from the Quran, Islam’s holy text.

CAIR said it received complaints about the items offered by Amazon seller Emvency that are offensive to Muslims because the Quranic verses and other Islamic references would be stepped-on or otherwise disrespected by customers.

View Offensive Items: https://tinyurl.com/OffensiveAmazonItems

CONTACT AMAZON: (As always, be polite and respectful.)

cs-reply@amazon.com

1-888-280-4331

The Washington-based civil rights organization has in the past urged recalls of similarly offensive items, the most famous of which was a Nike shoe with a logo that resembled the Arabic word for “God.”

SEE: Nike Pulls Shoes That Irked Muslims (Washington Post)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/business/1997/06/25/nike-pulls-shoes-that-irked-muslims/b02211fb-c120-4780-9ce4-4c01225c8e92/

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Manager Naaz Modan, 202-748-4319, nmodan@cair.com


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  • Rami Jabri
    commented 2019-01-09 11:57:26 -0500
    All the ugly American out in force, so here is my bit. Fuck America, fuck your constitution, fuck your families, no body gives a damn about 9/11, you are the biggest terrorist in the world.
  • Janay Nadeau
    commented 2019-01-08 17:49:05 -0500
    If it offends you, the simple solution is don’t buy it.
    There are things out there that offends anybody or that they feel is offensive, there is no way to make everybody happy.
    I’m tired of companies and people kowtowing to Islamics because of their over sensitivity.
    I’m offended by your religion, but ai won’t ask you not to practice it, nor would I refuse you service in a place of business.
    Mind your own business.
  • Larry Lindsey
    commented 2019-01-08 10:21:58 -0500
    So… does this mean that we can remove all atheist supporting documents from Amazon since that offends theists?
    Would that also mean re can remove all religious texts since that offends atheists?

    Seriously, getting upset over this is going to lead to a very sad life. Not everything is worth getting offended over. Worse stuff is made against Christians.
  • Jackson Malawi
    commented 2019-01-08 05:29:33 -0500
    Jesus Christ..Allah must be the biggest pussy of all the gods. He gets his panties in a bunch over EVERYTHING.
  • Laneasze Jackson
    commented 2019-01-08 03:43:26 -0500
    May I offer an alternative rationale for this blunder? This was not an action of insensitivity, or disrespect, but of ignorance in the purest form. This was probably primarily marketed to the American side of Amazon. Americans are notorious for placing meaningful things in questionable situations. Think of all the hoopla many Americans had at a football player kneeling at the flag, but then being completely fine with the flag being turned into a thong bikini to wrap around someone’s genitals. Hypocrisy much? Americans routinely think that it is okay to reimagine scared items as show pieces, because they believe it will validate them and show how devout they are. If you go on Amazon right now, you will probably find Biblical scriptures printed on the same products that not a single American Christian has likely complained about because they don’t see the connection in having religious representation on items that will become soiled. For further reference, the ‘Bible Belt’, the area of the USA where they is a higher proportion of people who identify as Christian devotees, is in the Southern part of the USA, where people are notoriously filthy because they typically work in more manual labor sectors like farming, mining, ranching, etc. I work in healthcare in this area and believe me….gross. So while it was definitely inappropriate, there was likely no malice behind it, but a true lack of understanding in what is found appropriate and inappropriate religious expressions in Islam. Sorry Americans are so self-centered and uncultured.
  • Deborah Lastuvka-Kousmat
    commented 2019-01-07 17:32:36 -0500
    I am assuming Muslims are meant to buy these? Don’t they know that items like these are forbidden? How is there even a market for them?
  • Parvin Naseem
    commented 2019-01-07 00:51:37 -0500
    I hope Amazon will show respect to the Islamic text and remove it from the bath mats and other door mats. We are Amazon shoppers mainly, and will continue to be their customers I hope.
  • Srk Mashadi
    commented 2019-01-06 22:08:38 -0500
    My suggestion i’s that if any company insinsult any religion they are not from us. Therefor any person from any religion who respect their religion equally to other religion shall boycott a all dealing and purchase from amazon
  • Miqbal Rangoonwala
    commented 2019-01-06 18:52:00 -0500
    My suggestion i’s that if any company insinsult any religion they are not from us. Therefor any person from any religion who respect their religion equally to other religion shall boycott a all dealing and purchase from amazon
  • Miqbal Rangoonwala
    commented 2019-01-06 18:45:54 -0500
    It’s shame full for amazon to hurt religious of any religion.therfore from now I deside not to buy any thing from amazon
  • B Alk
    commented 2019-01-06 16:52:21 -0500
    Amazon should remove all sellers or products that insult not only Muslims but also all religious verses treated with disrespect.
    What would Christians feel about their photos of Jesus on bathroom mats, or Jews finding their star on similar items.
    Religious tolerance should be practised and all such items that incite to hatred should be banned on Amazon platforms.
  • Kakakuona Mohamed
    commented 2019-01-05 19:51:03 -0500
    Shame on you Amazon and I will not buy anything from you again because of your acceptance to those company’s who are against and insulting Allah, Islam religion at the same time insulting me as your costumer and all Muslims in the world. Take out of the market all door mates and bithroom mates with islamic or Arabic calligraphies. Yes is a free country but there’s laws and lawsuits too . I know you are awhere of that so take of the your platform before we do something about it.

    Omar mohamed
  • ولاية الكلمه
    commented 2019-01-05 18:54:13 -0500
    I expect that Amazon remove all items that hurt all Muslims’ feelings
  • دنيا دواره
    commented 2019-01-05 16:16:41 -0500
    We ask Amazon to remove all the things that have appeared that insult the religion of Islam and they must respect all religions and not to hurt the feelings of All every Muslim insulting them in their religion
  • Abdul Baloch
    commented 2019-01-05 15:17:23 -0500
    Shame on Amazon. Please remove these items and ban these companies on your platform.
  • Sali Ibrahim
    commented 2019-01-05 14:01:09 -0500
    This is unacceptable to all Muslims , this is insulation to our religion and to all religions because we have to respect each other we demand Amazon to remove them
  • Nancy Abureziq
    commented 2019-01-05 12:28:50 -0500
    This is an insult to all religions. We Muslims don’t tolerate such an offensive and aggressive act over any verse from the Quran or even any other holy book. We demand Amazon to remove the products of this company from its site.
  • Mohammed Soutto
    commented 2019-01-05 10:52:45 -0500
    This is unacceptable, this is offensive to us as a muslim.
    We urge Amazon to remove them now
  • Suad Isleem
    commented 2019-01-05 08:39:09 -0500
    ‏This is an insult to all religions. We Muslims don’t tolerate such an offensive and aggressive act over any verse from the Quran or even any other holy book. We demand Amazon to remove the products of this company from its site.
  • Abdallah Mahmoud
    commented 2019-01-05 04:40:33 -0500
    All should blame Amazon and stop dealing with them until they remove all such hateful things
  • Anhar Aljnah
    commented 2019-01-05 04:34:36 -0500
    حسبي الله عليهم ناس بلا عقل ولا دين يعنى تقبلو احد يهين كتبك التي تقرئون بها المقدسه بس اللوم بلاول والاخر عليكم انتم بلامازون الي تسمحون لهيك مصخره وقله حياء ودين ان تنشر ونتمنى منكم حذفها وجزاكم الله كل خير
  • Shagufta Chauhan
    commented 2019-01-04 19:32:51 -0500
    All blame goes to Amazon who is allowing this just for sake of business.
  • Adli Dasuqi
    commented 2019-01-04 17:41:29 -0500
    Very offensive and disrespectful of the Islamic faith and all 1.5 billion people
  • Naima Rahman
    commented 2019-01-04 15:26:08 -0500
    Amazon is a worldwide retailer. It shouldn’t sale anything that could be religious hateful things. This is might be crime offensive .so stop sailing the mat/rugs ,carpet or flooring items which is Arabic language (god’s language) or any religious related or religion language or related matter.
  • Laila Sal
    commented 2019-01-04 13:59:52 -0500
    To whom it may concern,
    Emvency seller of curtain and rugs on Amazon should remove this sale items as it is an offense to my and other customers’ religion.
    I believe Amazon is a retail website and should not be involved in hate message in any way shape or form.
    This is the link of the item’s seller

    Best regards
    Laila salih
  • Um Tala
    commented 2019-01-04 03:18:03 -0500
    There are a lot of items on amazon under shower curtains Arabic verse and toilet lid holy Quran soft shaggy
  • Shahid Nadeem
    commented 2019-01-03 22:38:39 -0500
    Emvency has removed majority of the offensive door mats but there several other Amazon sellers who are selling similar offensive door mat. Just try to search “Quran door mat”. This is a bigger problem that should be fixed.
  • Kafa Gadi
    followed this page 2019-01-03 20:21:32 -0500