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Amazonia attracts "offensive" swim and floor mats with Koran verses.
Amazons took household effects - to include floor mats and bathroom mats - with verse from the Quran from its website last weekend after supporters of Islamic citizenship said the articles with reference to the sacred text of Islam were insulting. Amazon's move came after the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) published a declaration that it disagreed with the product it was expecting "to be entered or otherwise disregarded by customers".
As a result, the merchant has deleted the product provided by a third provider from its website. "Amazons weren't the issue. I' m sure Amazon wasn't conscious of those things. There are a whole bunch of things they are selling, and once we made them known, they were pretty good at it," said Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR's communication manager.
"They' taken down the product we could identify," he added. On Friday AAIR released a declaration in recognition of Amazon's actions. "Today, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's biggest representation of Muslims' interests and citizens' freedoms, greeted the on-line Amazon retailer's removing a series of mats, bathmats and other objects printed with Islam-calligraphy, hints at the Prophet Mohammed, and verse from the Quran, the sacred text of Islam," it says in parts.
He does not believe that Emvency, the China-based producer of the articles, intends to hurt with its products: "You have a firm that has a specific item, and they find a hundred pictures and put those pictures on their item in the hope that they will be selling it without really considering it," he said.
contestable points were seen as a breach of Amazon's retailing policies, the firm said in a declaration to CBS MoneyWatch. Amazons searches the site for similarly insulting objects, said Cairns. In the past, AAIR has pushed merchants to stop selling articles it says are insulting, even a Nike boot with a similar emblem to Allah, the Arabian for God.
The national executive director of CAIR, Nihad Awad, said he hoped that Amazon's move would "send a signal to the producers of such improper and insulting objects that they will not benefit from Islamophobia or any other fanaticism".