Over the last few days I have been receiving messages about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Apparently the game shows a hadith (saying of the Prophet Muhammed) on the picture frame in the bathroom. This features in the multiplayer maps, Favela.
The Arabic script said “Allah is beautiful and He loves beauty”. Muslims deem it offensive to have religious text in a bathroom. The paintings having been brought to Activision and Infinity Ward’s attention, the map has been removed until it can be edited.
Muslim gamers complained and spread the news via social media.
We apologize to anyone who found this image offensive. Please be assured we were unaware of this issue and that there was no intent to offend. We are working as quickly as possible to remove this image and any other similar ones we may find from our various game libraries.
We are urgently working to release a Title Update to remove the texture from Modern Warfare 3. We are also working to remove the texture from Modern Warfare 2 through a separate Title Update. Until the TU is ready, we have removed the Favella multiplayer map from online rotation.
Activision and our development studios are respectful of diverse cultures and religious beliefs, and sensitive to concerns raised by its loyal game players. We thank our fans for bringing this to our attention.