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CAIR Calls on Amazon to Drop Seller’s Insulting Underwear Line Embossed with Islamic Testimony of Faith

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/7/21) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called online retailer Amazon to remove a line of men’s underwear and boxer briefs that offensively displays the Islamic Shahadah in Arabic calligraphy, the testimony of Islamic faith and one of the five pillars of Islam. The product is listed on Amazon as being sold by Chinese clothing distributer Guangzhou Yumei

The product is listed as “CUTEDWARF La-Ilaha-Illallah-Muhammadur-Rasulullah Men’s Boxer Briefs Sexy Underwear Slim Fit Tights Sports Briefs Pajamas Black,” with the Arabic text meaning: “There is no deity but God; Muhammad is the messenger of God.” 

CAIR said it received complaints about the item offered by Amazon seller Guangzhou Yumei being offensive to Muslims because the Islamic testimony of faith would be worn disrespectfully over the crotch. 

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“CAIR is calling on Amazon to immediately remove from its Amazon Fashion’s section Guangzhou Yumei’s offensive men’s underwear product that disrespects the Islamic testimony of faith and its Muslim customers,” said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw. “By removing this product Amazon would be upholding its offensive and controversial materials policy, which includes not allowing products that promote religious intolerance.”

Read: Offensive and Controversial Materials – Amazon Seller Central

In 2019, CAIR helped secure Amazon’s removal of a number of doormats, bathmats and other items imprinted with Islamic calligraphy, references to the Prophet Muhammad and verses from the Quran, Islam’s holy text.

SEE: GOOD NEWS ALERT: CAIR Welcomes Amazon’s Removal of Doormats, Bath Mats with Islamic Religious Text

CAIR however notes that Amazon continues to profit from the sale of pro-confederate digital audio books like the “The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War,” despite public calls from groups like CAIR to drop such materials. Available on Amazon’s Kindle, the pro-confederate book promotes: 

  • “That the south” i.e. Confederacy, “had the moral high ground in the” Civil War.
  • The Confederacy was based “not on treason” but “the preservation of the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness of South Carolinians, Mississippians, Floridians, Alabamans, Georgians, Louisianans and Texans.”
  • Confederate leader and defender of slavery Jefferson Davis was “pillar of rectitude and principle, of constitutionalism and liberty, and of Christian stoicism and political conservatism.”
  • The Civil War was unnecessary because under the Confederacy slavery was “expected. . .to fade away naturally.”
  • Neo-Confederate talking points rebranding the Civil War as “the War of Northern Aggression,” with the author calling that phrase “much more accurate.”
  • That the 14th Amendment was “never constitutionally ratified,” a White Supremacist claim rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • That “if the [Confederacy] had won, we might be able to enjoy holidays in the sunny Southern state of Cuba.”

SEE: CAIR Calls on Amazon, Google, AudioBooks, and Barnes and Noble to Remove White Supremacist, Pro-Confederate Materials

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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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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