Amazon removing products after complaints they were offensive to Muslims

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Amazon has pulled more than a dozen products from its website after concerns raised by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), CNN reported Tuesday.

“All sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who do not will be subject to action including potential removal of their account,” an Amazon spokesperson told CNN. “The products in question are being removed from our store.”

{mosads}CAIR, the largest Muslim advocacy organization in the U.S., thanked Amazon for its response after the organization issued a statement last week requesting the retailer take down products they said are offensive to Muslims. The products in question included bath mats, doormats and other household items that contained references to Prophet Muhammad, CNN reported.

“We thank Amazon for its swift action on this issue and hope it sends a message to manufacturers of such inappropriate and offensive items that they will not profit from Islamophobia or any other form of bigotry,” Masih Fouladi, executive director of CAIR’s Washington state chapter, said in the statement.

CAIR had raised concerns that some of the products featuring scripture or references to Prophet Muhammad would be stepped on or otherwise disrespected by those who purchased the items.

The organization said it would continue to work with Amazon and other retailers “to ensure that products are not exploiting or promoting bigotry for commercial gain.”

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