Originally Posted by Dawud_uk
I dislike disagreements, so I'm not going to get into a long drawn out discussion; at the same time I believe it's important to put forth another perspective so here is my humble attempt at doing so.
No one, literally no one, today wears Nike seeking to venerate or worship a goddess, the sign has no religious significance whatsoever in our times. This makes it an ijtihad based issue and these kinds of ijtihad based issues have been around right from the early days of Islam. I personally believe that declaring it completely haram is unwarranted though I do see the reasoning why some scholars would say it's haram.
My point being, if we were to start looking into symbols and structures and words around us, we would find many having a pagan background. For example, would anyone declare it kufr akbar to use the words 'Sunday', 'Monday' and 'Tuesday' when each comes from 'Sol' the god of the Sun, Mani, the god of the moon, and Tyr the war-god respectively? All of these come from a pagan background, not to mention the rest of the days of the week and the names of the months!
I believe that if someone wants to avoid wearing it out of personal Taqwa, go ahead, that's really good. But we should just be a little more careful when declaring things as kufr and kufr-akbar.
All that said, I personally don't like Nikes. I prefer Reeboks (smile).