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Calls for boycott M&S over Imprint on tissue

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SHAFAQNA – The boycott campaign launched against Marks & Spencer by Muslims in the UK following a video uploaded in Facebook in which a customer identifies what he claims to be the world “Allah” printed into the pattern of the toilet tissue, but it isn’t clear if this is just a coincidence or deliberate malice during the manufacturing process.

In the video, an unidentified man is seen unpacking and examining a roll of aloe vera toilet paper bought at M&S. Speaking in English, he points to a recurring pattern that resembles the spelling of the word “Allah”.

He can be heard urging Muslim ‘brothers and sisters’ not to buy the toilet tissue, because every toilet tissue has the name of “Allah” on it.

This video has been viewed tens of thousands of times on various social media platforms.

As the video went viral, Marks and Spencer has been forced to respond by denying that the inscription on their tissue is the Arabic symbol for “Allah”. The statement released by the company on Twitter said the pattern is ‘categorically of an aloe vera leaf’, GQBUZZ reported.

“The motif on the aloe vera toilet tissue, which we have been selling for over five years, is categorically of an aloe vera leaf and we have investigated and confirmed this with our suppliers”, The British retailer said.

But the viral clip has already sparked calls among the online Muslim communities to boycott the high street retailer, under various iterations of the hashtag “#BoycottM&S”, RT told.

It takes your company nothing to change the design logo. Surely any conscious Muslim will feel offended. #boycottM&S

— AbdullahiAbdulrahim (@abdulailai) January 23, 2019

“Shame on M&S. I never expected M&S to go so low morally. I support a full Boycott of M&S,” another said, “#boycottmarksandspencer!”

On Facebook, Samira Akhtar shared the footage along with a lengthy caption, patheos reported.

She said: This is absolutely disgusting and has caused upset and sadness to me and many people. It’s even more upsetting when they are trying to say that the word is in actual fact a representation of an aloe vera plant. I for one will definitely be boycotting M&S products and encourage those who believe this product is causing offence, to do the same.

A petition set up by Musa Ahmed on calls for a total boycott of the shop because it is “deliberately insulting our religion”.

Musa said: “This is a very weaselly and pathetic attempt to insult Islam”.

“Brothers and sisters it’s down to all of us to make a change, please sign this petition so M&S is forced to either remove the toilet rolls or amend the design, we should NOT stand for this.”, starspost reported.

At the time of writing this article, the petition has already gathered 3,646 of its 5,000-signature goal.

Ironically, only three months ago Marks & Spencer faced another boycott (using the same hashtag), that time for selling fashionable hijabs for all ages.

M&S’s Zionist connection — which is traced to the company’s deceased Jewish co-owner Simon Marks — has intrigued anti-Israel conspiracy theorists for decades, and has generated longstanding British Muslim suspicion towards the company, pluralist reported.

It wouldn’t be the first time a major company has faced boycott because of adopting Islamic script on popular products.

In 1997, Nike withdrew 38,000 pairs of the sports shoes carrying a logo that offended Muslims in America and agreed not to sell the new range in Britain, after the company used a logo meant to look like flames on a line of basketball shoes that the Council on American- Islamic Relations (CAIR) claimed resembled the word “Allah” written in Arabic script.

In January last year, clothing store H&M pulled a range of socks from shelves after customers complained a part of a pattern which looked like the Arabic word “Allah” written upside down.

Then only a week ago, giant global online retailer Amazon announced its decision to withdraw a selection of products featuring Islamic scripture from its site, iambirmingham reported.

In fact, bathroom and outdoor mats featuring verses from the Quran and the word “Allah” have been removed from Amazon after it received complaints from the Muslim community in the US.

The decision was taken after the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim civil rights and advocacy group in the US, notified the online giant, January 3rd, about the «offensive» items, yabiladi told.


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