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Nike And Puma Logos That Shook The World With A Controvery

Saturday, April 24, 2010

When Nike launched their new Shoe design in April 1997, world got stunned. Not because it was a great pair of shoes but it had “ALLAH” written on it!

The Controversy began when CAIR objected to a shoe with a design on the heel analogous to the Arabic word for "God" or "Allah."

Many people protested against Nike and pressurized them to withdraw their product from the market or they will ban the entire product line of Nike. According to Muslims Nike tried to abuse Islam by putting Allah’s name on their shoes. Let’s take a look at the shoe and its logo:


Now look at this image in which you can see “Allah” written in Arabic language:


Do you see the similarities? Well, if you ask me that I can see the similarities or not? Quite frankly, I see a lot of them.

Now take a look at the Puma shoe that came out in the market with a similar case to Nike:


If we were to defend Puma for this allegation I would say that this WORD on the shoe isn’t an Arabic word but is of English saying “cool”, because just below the Blue circle you can see the word “you’re” which has an open “O” just like the WORD cool has( or word “Allah” has if we assume ). However, I will leave the decision on you.

This is not the first controversy that held its head, but there have been many just like the Coca Cola where people said that when you look at the Coca Cola logo in the mirror, what you will read is: LA MOHAMMED LA MECCA (in Arabic language), which means NO MUHAMMED, NO MECCA. However it’s not cleared yet whether it was just a controversy or Coca Cola company intentionality made what came out.


Coming back to the topic, Nike has withdrawn this divisive shoe from the market but people won’t forget this incident because it’s related to a very sensitive issue that could bring some serious consequences.

Being a human, I believe that we should respect all of the religions and should not cross our limits. If they aren’t making trouble for us, why should WE? What do you think?

3 comments:

Fariha said...

its just ridiculous how these anti-Islam companies use cheap acts like this to disgrace Islam...Nice Article

April 29, 2010 at 9:29 AM
Anonymous said...

I think its just a resemblance or you can call it a co-incidence since the issue is not that clear. however it's a valid point to raise

April 29, 2010 at 9:31 AM
David said...

@ Fariha;

Well, if they did it deliberately, then it is indeed a shameful act as we don’t have a right to do such acts that evoke other religions to stand upon and fight for their respect. However, Nike drew that product from the market and I guess that’s a lot for them to learn what they did wrong and I hope they don’t repeat such thing again.

@ Anonymous;

Thanks for participating in the discussion and for appreciating the point that I raised in this article.

-I thank both of you for your courteous comments.

May 3, 2010 at 12:34 AM

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