Amazon removes toilet covers with Islamic scripture after pressure from Muslim community

Two of the 20 toilet covers and floor mats with Islamic iconography that were being sold on Amazon.

Amazon has withdrawn a selection of toilet covers and floor mats with Islamic iconography printed on them after complaints from an American Muslim rights group.

The online retailer announced its decision following a request from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

However, some of the offensive products are still available to purchase on Amazon, but the retailer has said that all products in violation of its policies will be reviewed.

CAIR submitted an appeal last week for Amazon to remove 20 bath, toilet and door mats being sold on its platform by retail company Emvency.

In a statement, Amazon said: “CAIR said it received complaints about the items offered by Amazon seller Emvency that are offensive to Muslims because the Quranic verses and other Islamic references would be stepped-on or otherwise disrespected by customers.”

Amazon subsequently confirmed that all the offensive products listed by CIAR had been taken off the site.

An Amazon spokesperson told The Independent: “All sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who do not will be subject to action including potential removal of their account.

“The products in question are being removed from our store.”

However, items such as toilet seat covers with “Allah” and shower curtains with “Eid” can still be purchased on Amazon.

Spokesperson for CAIR-Washington DC, Ibrahim Hooper, told CNN: “I don’t think it would be appropriate to have a toilet seat with the image of a Bible on it either.

“My gut feeling is that at least for the bath mats, shower curtains, and stuff like that, it’s these companies just slapping these designs on everything without even thinking about it.

“But there are others crossing the line into intentional Islamophobia. Some of the companies have things like toilet seats. I mean come on, why else would you do that?”

Mr Hooper said that CAIR is “working with Amazon in identifying items that violate its policies.”

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