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Muslims Accuse Kanye West Of Making A Mockery Of Islam

Kanye West of making a mockery of Islam

Israfil (Islamic angel of judgment) shoes: Muslims have accused Kanye West of making a mockery of Islam


Kanye West should be careful, the rapper named his new line of Adidas Yeezy boots – the ugly things pictured above – after the Islamic angels of judgment (Israfil) and death (Asriel), and he received some backlash from Muslims on social media:

‘The fact that Kanye West | Adidas named their new shoes “Israfil” is a disrespect to all Muslims’

‘I noticed that it was agreed upon the latest shoe Kanye designed will be called “Israfil.” This is an angel held in high regard in the Islamic faith and we as Muslims demand you change the name. It is highly offensive to the status of this mighty angel.’

‘how ignorant of @adidas @adidasoriginals @kanyewest for not doing any research on the naming of the trainers they releasing. Unfortunately, this shows utter lack of respect to us Muslims. Disappointed’

‘@kanyewest @theyeezymafia @adidas shame on you for using the name of Islam’s four archangels for a shoe name. That’s cultural appropriation and it is wrong and upsetting to our Muslim community. Change the shoe name. #culturalappropriation’

‘This has actually proper angered me… like I just don’t get it !!! why tf has Kanye named his newest Yeezy’s “Israfil” after the Angel who will blow the trumpet for the day of Judgement. This guy  and I don’t even know who to contact about it so imma tweet it !!!’

Just to quote a few reactions. Muslims have accused Kanye West of making a mockery of Islam. Someone has even started a petition, which so far has a very modest engagement, but you never know what kind of traction it could receive later.

‘This is highly offensive to the Muslim community. Having the names of angels, which we revere highly on a shoe which is used to walk on the street is a huge form of disrespect in all Muslims communities,’ you can read on the petition, […] ‘We are a big demographic of sales and to turn a blind eye to the insensitivity of our pain is a poor business decision. Until further notice, we request all Muslims to boycott Adidas products, cease all sale of Adidas products by any Muslim owned 3rd party retail shops until Adidas ceases the production of this commodity.’

He has a point, Adidas is a very popular brand all over the world and in particular in Arabic countries.

‘Disrespecting our religion isn’t a fashion statement. Xenophobia and hate speech is not a trend’ and if I find this point ridiculous, Adidas and Kanye should be careful. Relax, these are just shoes, but asking Islamists to relax is as spitting in the wind. Remember the Charlie Hebdo massacre in 2015? Of course, the artists were mocking Islam a bit more aggressively with satirical art, but these were just cartoons after all. However, 12 men died. Remember Theo van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker-writer who made a TV film critical of Islam? He was shot and stabbed to death in Amsterdam in 2004. Remember the Danish cartoonist who drew the controversial cartoon of the prophet Muhammad? He received numerous death threats and has been the target of many assassination attempts. Remember Salman Rushdie who wrote The Satanic Verses? Rushdie’s novel was not anti-religion but his author was under a fatwa, ordering his execution for years and it has never been officially lifted.

Shoes are not books or cartoons but Kanye is proud of them and calls them art. The fact that he dared to call them after Islamic angels is regarded as blasphemy by many Muslims. I greatly admire people like Salman Rushdie, who after enduring the fatwa, publicly condemned the Charlie Hebdo shooting, but does Kanye have the strength to endure Muslims’ ire?

As much as I think this anger is ridiculous — the only thing offensive about these shoes is their price — as much as I don’t want Adidas to concede to this extremist mob, I wonder how Kanye will react when he receives death threats and a fatwa is issued?

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