H&M cause outrage as Children’s socks have the word “Allah written in Arabic” on them

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H&M has recalled all children’s socks which have the word ‘Allah’ written in Arabic on them after a wave of complaints.

It’s pretty outrageous that products can be designed, created, vetted and promoted without anybody at H&M noticing that young children will be wearing clothing with the word ‘Allah’ on them.

According to the Mail:

“The Swedish clothing giant has announced a recall of the line of socks which also shows a Lego workman figure holding a jackhammer.

H&M has insisted that while the pattern ‘looks like “Allah” in Arabic’, it is ‘entirely a coincidence’.

It comes just weeks after the low-cost fashion brand was accused of racism over an ad showing a black child dressed in a hoodie reading ‘coolest monkey in the jungle.'”

Is there more to this than just a coincidence?

A comparison can be seen below:

H&M released a statement saying:

‘At H&M we always aim to offer products that we believe our customers will appreciate. The print on this sock represents a Lego figurine, any other meaning is coincidental and we apologise if this motif has offended anyone.’

Council reverses school Halal meat ban after local Muslims threaten court action

Lancashire County Council announced in October that it had decided to ban Halal meat in 27 different schools due to concerns over ‘cruelty,’ and they have now been forced to reverse this decision after a local Muslim organisation threatened High Court action.

The Lancashire Council of Mosques accused the authority of not consulting them when the original decision was made, and as a result the council has backed down from their original stance and offered to consider other options.

According to a report in the Daily Mail:

A council has scrapped its controversial ban on serving ‘cruel’ halal lamb and beef from schools after local Muslims threatened a High Court battle.

The Islamic community in Lancashire were furious when the county council voted to kick out halal meat from its canteens.

Lancashire Council of Mosques (LCM) vowed to launch a judicial review, claiming the authority failed to consult before their ban.

But now councillors have written to the LCM’s chief executive Abdul Hamid Qureshi saying it will quash the ban and ‘consider afresh’ before a fresh vote.

Lancashire County Council will consult on the proposal and continue the current contracts to supply unstunned meat to 27 schools in Blackburn, Nelson, Burnley, Rawtenstall, Hyndburn, Clitheroe and Preston.

A new vote will have to be taken by the county council, taking into account the result of the consultation, before the ban can be reinstated.

The angry protest was sparked by LCM’s insistence that only meat from non-stunned animals met its strict interpretation of Islamic dietary rules.

Lancashire Council of Mosques threatened a High Court judicial review, claiming the county council  failed to consult before their ban

If the council has genuine concerns about how Halal meat is slaughtered and can back it up with sufficient evidence, then surely it is their prerogative to decide whether or not it can be served to local children in schools.

As the original decisions was taken after a council vote, it can’t even be said that it was all down to one person’s crusade – it would have been a democratic process.