The Nike shoe and sports apparel company is being asked to recall an Air Max sneaker that appears to include the symbol for God, or Allah, written in Arabic on the sole.
The controversy gained national attention after Saqia Noreen started a petition on Change.org calling for the brand to remove the Air Max 270 trainers from its stores.
As of Wednesday night it had nearly 18,000 signatures out of its target goal of 25,000.
“It is outrageous and appalling of Nike to allow the name of God on a shoe,” the petition reads. “This is disrespectful and extremely offensive to Muslims and insulting to Islam. Islam teaches compassion, kindness and fairness towards all.”
Given the placement, the script will “surely be trampled, kicked and become soiled with mud or even filth,” the petition said.
Another style of Nike shoes was also recalled in 1997 that had a logo similar to the Arabic word, Noreen noted.
“Nike claimed to have tightened scrutiny on logo design, so why has a similar design been approved?” Noreen said, calling the design “blasphemous.”
“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,” he said.