Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Islamic Doll

The ‘Deeni Doll’ (left) wearing a hijab and with no facial features has been launched in the UK. She has no eyes, nose or mouth whatsoever in order to be Syariah compliant – Islamic rules forbid the depiction of faces. This made-in-China doll costs £25 ($40).
 
Ridhwana B, a former teacher at a Lancashire Muslim school designed thefigurine.Shecameupwith the idea from scratch after speaking to parents who were concerned about dolls with facial features. She explained: “Some parents won’t leave the doll with their children at night because you are not allowed to have any eyes in the room”.
 
[Note: Islam teaches aniconism – the practice of avoiding creating images of living things. The most absolute prohibition is images of God, followed by Islamic prophets and then relatives of Muhammad. However this teaching is extended to humans in the hadith, which is open to interpretation].
 
Ridhwana added that some people might find the doll strange, but she has had a positive response from many parents. The doll, which comes in just one design, is called Romeisa and named after the female companion of the Prophet Muhammad.
 
You can never know but the Islamic doll may be UK’s most wanted toy next year! But that’s not the only good news for kids. There will be other Islamic toys coming into the market soon – you can bet on that.
 
I’m sure it’s a matter of time before we are introduced to the Islamic Barbie, which will be faceless and comes in packs of four with one Ken doll. And I’m looking forward to the beheading playset. Cool.
 
Last evening, I was in the company of Toastmasters – it was a joint meeting of the Adrian Yeo Toastmasters Club and the Metropolitan Bilingual Toastmasters Club. They met at the former’s place at No. 63B, Jalan SS25/2, Taman Bukit Emas in Petaling Jaya. You can’t miss it – it’s the orange-colored building that is directly opposite the Kelana Jaya Putra LRT station.

Anyway, I was an Invocation presenter as well as an Evaluator for an Ice Breaker speech. It was a good meeting and I enjoyed it! I am scoring this meeting an 8 over 10.
















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