Kanye West is being slammed online for using the Islamic names of archangels for two new editions of his Yeezy Boost sneaker collection by Adidas.
West, the creator behind the most recognizable urban shoe collection, decided to name two new editions of the Yeezy Boost as Israfil and Asriel.
Israfil is known in Islam as the angel who blows into the trumpet to signal the final Day of Judgment while Asriel (also pronounced Azrael in Arabic) is known as the Angel of Death in Islam and some Jewish traditions.
“A very disrespectful act. You want to sell products on inciting hatred. Shame on adidas,” Twitter user Jaffar Nasir wrote.
Latest controversy#KanyeWest new shoe named 'Israfil'— Azra_H (@azra_hhh) August 19, 2020
In #Islam, Israfil is known to be the angel that will blow a trumpet to mark the ultimate end of the world.
Naming a shoe after a significant Angel of God, in the Islamic religion, is highly disrespectful.@MuslimAdvocates pic.twitter.com/D2s8qhkGwe
“Very disrespectful. Adidas is disrespecting Islam. Israfil is one of the four angels in Islam. Shame on @adidasoriginals and @kanyewest,” wrote another user.
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