A map in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has been removed from rotation after a gamer complained that there was Islamic text in a bathroom – something forbidden by the religion.

The text was located on the frame of a painting within the map Favela, and read "Allah is beautiful and He loves beauty". The quote was attributed to the Prophet Muhammad.

“We apologise to anyone who found this image offensive,” said Activision in a statement.

“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.”