WolVol, a toy company that you’re probably not familiar with, makes a toy F-16 jet that your kids will probably never ask for. But get it for them anyway and you might discover that the model plane accidentally plays a recording of a Muslim prayer rather than its advertised jet noises. If that’s the case, your local news media would probably love to talk to you!

Via the Seattle Times:

Instead of whooshing and roaring expected out of a toy F-16 fighter jet bought on Amazon, the toy plays a prayer in Arabic, KING-TV reported.

The toy’s manufacturer, WolVol, blamed its factory for the mistake, according to the report.

Speaking to KING-TV, Bjorn Thorpe—who bought the toy for his nephew—seemed nonplussed, though not upset: “It sounds like an Arabic chanting, which is pretty unusual. I think we’re kind of confused on how this would happen.”

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The KING-TV reporter, however, is a little more worked up about it.

“That’s no flying noise,” he states ominously over a recording of the toy in operation.

And he’s right! It’s the chanting of a Muslim prayer—and a harmless one, at that.

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“This is the prayer you’re supposed to say when you’re performing Hajj,” explains explains Nadeem Israr, president of the Islamic Society of Whatcom County. (Hajj is the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.) “It’s very wrong. It’s very, very wrong.”

Despite the fact that the malfunction is a result of a Chinese manufacturing error (or maybe a possible prank) and that it’s really only offensive in its sacrilegiousness, the Amazon page for the toy F-16 is already filling up with angry (and mostly fake) comments:


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Image via KING-TV. Amazon screengrab via the Seattle Times. H/T NY Mag.