ISIS Bans Nike: Islamic State Group Says Sneaker Company Name Too Similar To ‘Sexy’ Arabic Word

Universal Journal Review

International Business Times — The Islamic State group has banned Nike clothing, sneakers and other products because the pronunciation of the American sportswear company’s name is similar to Arabic words that have sexual undertones and are deemed sinful under Shariah law, Syrian activist group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently said Thursday. ISIS warned anyone living within its self-declared caliphate who is caught selling, buying or wearing Nike products will be punished by whipping, imprisonment or paying a fine.

The Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, distributed pamphlets titled “Beware guys, from serious foreign words,” showing images of Nike clothing along with English words and phrases such as “flirt,” “cupid,” “whore” and “kiss me” with their meanings in Arabic. However, ISIS fighters have been previously seen wearing Nike sneakers and other Western brands…


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