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Amazon pulls products flagged as offensive to Muslims

Amazon.com Inc. pulled a number of doormats, bath mats and other items deemed offensive to Muslims following a request from the Council on American-Islamic Relations whose members have reached out to the civil rights and advocacy organization to complain about the products.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, said it reached out to Amazon on Jan. 3 to flag the offered items by seller Emvency that are "offensive to Muslims because the Quranic verses and other Islamic references would be stepped-on or otherwise disrespected by customers."

The products were imprinted with Islamic calligraphy, references to the Prophet Muhammad and verses from the Quran, Islam’s holy text.

Amazon responded by removing the products in question and initiating an audit for similarly offensive offerings. CAIR commended Amazon's "swift action" in another statement issued on Jan. 4.

An Amazon spokesperson told S&P Global Market Intelligence in a Jan. 8 email that the products are being taken down.

"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," the Amazon spokesperson said.

"CAIR will continue to work with Amazon and other retailers and manufacturers to ensure that products are not exploiting or promoting bigotry for commercial gain," CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said.