Kanye West‘s recent “Israfil” adidas YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 release along with the upcoming “Asriel” colorway are catching unwanted attention from the Muslim community. For those unaware, the colorways utilize the names of the Islamic angels for music (Israfil) and death (Asriel).
Many are taking to Twitter, and have even started a petition to boycott the line of sneakers. While this is not the first time religion was used as inspiration for a sneaker colorway, the Internet is proving that religious figures should be left out of sneaker design.
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— Reaction Bae (@ReactBae) August 23, 2020
I cannot support ADIDAS as along as you are associated with Kanye West.
He is sick and needs help. Adidas has done nothing to make this situation any better.
Silence is compliance.
— jbeckett (@jbecks76) August 17, 2020
Latest controversy#KanyeWest new shoe named ‘Israfil’
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
— Azra_H (@azra_hhh) August 19, 2020
“@FELASTORY: #Raphael (#Israfil in Arabic) the angel of the trumpet responsible for signaling the coming of Judgment Day. #Azrael (#Azra’il in Arabic, also called Malak al-Maut, literally “angel of death”). Taking the soul of the dead to heaven or hell. #Yeezy #adidas ?? pic.twitter.com/PiLIhpKiGX
— GIDITRAFFIC (@Gidi_Traffic) August 24, 2020