Muslims are calling for people to boycott M&S toilet tissue because it is allegedly embossed with the Arabic word for God. Footage taken by an unidentified man shows the Aloe Vera 3-ply toilet tissue with the indentation in question.
Speaking on the video, the man urges his ‘brothers and sisters’ not to buy the £2.50 roll because ‘every toilet tissue has the name of Allah on it’.
But Marks and Spencer have denied the claims, responding on Twitter to confirm the pattern is ‘categorically of an aloe vera leaf’. Why is James Dyson moving his head office to Singapore?
The clip, which has been shared widely over the last few days, shows one roll taken out of the £2.50 pack and placed on the roof of a car.
The man speaks over the video whilst zooming in on the Aloe Vera 3 ply toilet tissue.
He said: ‘Recently I bought toilet tissue from Marks & Spencer and when I opened one of them, it has the name of Allah, as you can see.
“So please brothers and sisters, prevent yourselves from buying this particular toilet tissue, or try boycott Marks & Spencers because every toilet tissue has the name of Allah on it.
“Thank you very much, please share this video.’ The video has attracted a lot of attention on social media with many supporting the claims.
One person commented: ‘#boycottmarksandspencer!’ while another said: ‘No heart, absolutely no heart. Just why?’
Another YouTube user commented: “Shame on M&S. I never expected M&S to go so low morally. I support a full Boycott of M&S.”
On Facebook, Samira Akhtar shared the footage along with a lengthy caption, saying: “This is absolutely disgusting and has caused upset and sadness to me and many people.
“It’s even more upsetting that they are trying to say that the word is in actual fact a representation of an aloe vera plant.
“I for one will definitely be boycotting M&S products and encourage those who believe this product is causing offence to do the same.”
A petition which is demanding the store to change its pattern now has more than 1,000 signatures. Musa Ahmed, who made the petition on change.org, said the toilet paper was ‘deliberately insulting our religion’.
A post with the petition said: “This is a very weasly and pathetic attempt to insult Islam. Nike did something similar in 1997 when they had ‘Allah’ written on their trainers but eventually, they had to stop the production due to complaints.
“Brothers and sisters it’s down to all of making a change, please sign this petition so M&S are forced to either remove the toilet rolls or amend the design, we should not stand for this.’
However, some people shared messages of support for M&S. On Twitter, Amina Jane Ishaq said: “Sorry you’ve had to deal with such a ridiculous thing M&S! Yet again I’m embarrassed by my fellow Muslims. I love your stores and will continue shopping in them.”