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Toddler's toy plane plays Islamic prayer instead of sound effects

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   Dec. 30, 2015 at 12:25 PM

BELLINGHAM, Wash., Dec. 30 (UPI) -- The family of a Washington state 3-year-old said they were shocked when the boy's toy jet played an Islamic prayer instead of the expected airplane sound.

Bjorn Thorpe of Whatcom County said the boy was given a WolVol Bump & Go Action Electric F16 Military Fighter Jet Aircraft Airplane Toy with Lights and Sounds from Amazon and the family was shocked when the toddler tested out the toy's sound effects.

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"We put the batteries in and didn't get what we expected," Thorpe told KING-TV. "I do respect other religions, but it's not the right situation to have it on a children's toy."

The recorded chanting was confirmed by Nadeem Israr, president of the Islamic Society of Whatcom County, as a Muslim prayer.

"This is a prayer you're supposed to say when you're performing Hajj," he said, referencing the traditional pilgrimage to Mecca.

Toy company WolVol said the manufacturer of the toys must have shipped them a bad batch. Reviews posted on Amazon indicate the Thorpe family's toy wasn't the only one with an erroneous sound effect.

A McDonald's Happy Meal toy tying into the Minions movie came under fire during the summer after parents accused the figure of uttering a profane phrase instead of the character's trademark gibberish.

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