CHARLOTTE, NC, December 14, 2014 – A Danish newspaper created an uproar within Islamic communities around the world in 2012 by printing cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.
The cartoon depictions of the prophet set off a firestorm of discontent because the idea of displaying any iconic religious image is regarded as idol worship with the Muslim world. For that reason, mosques in Saudi Arabia are completely without ornamentation of any kind.
Given those parameters, it is understandable how Muslims would react to images of Muhammad in a negative way. Especially considering the cartoonish nature of the pictures.
That said, it is possible to carry such concepts to the extreme, which is precisely what is happening in the United Kingdom with the introduction of something called the “Deeni Doll.”
The “Deeni Doll” is the creation of Ridhwana B. who designed her toy with no face. The hijab-clad doll has no eyes, nose or mouth because the figure was developed to adhere to Islamic rules governing the depiction of faces; the idea being that a face on a doll establishes an “idol-like” totem for children.
Some critics are complaining that the idea of producing Sharia compliant dolls in a Western country is just another step toward the establishment of what many term as the U.K. slowly becoming “Britanistan.”
While the faceless dolls are regarded as just a small example of the Islamization of Great Britain, many believe the cumulative effect of adapting British culture and heritage to keep Muslims “happy” is just another example of capitulation to political correctness.
In a story for Liberty News, Walter Todd Huston writes, “Some parents won’t leave the doll with their children at night because are not allowed to have any eyes in the room.”
The dolls, which are manufactured in China, are feared to represent the surrendering of British identity to outsiders without any bloodshed on the part of the cultural invaders.
According to experts, the range of toys that are deemed “Islam appropriate” is limited.
However, one observer commented sarcastically, “Just wait for the beheading playset. And the Islamic Barbie, which will be faceless and come in packs of four with one Ken doll.”
Ridhwana noted that while some people might find the doll strange, she has had positive responses from many parents.
On the other hand, other parents have stated they think the doll is “just plain creepy.”
The “Deeni Doll” was introduced with a limited initial supply, but Ridhwana has plans to create other products which will have similar Sharia significance for children.
And, who knows, perhaps the fad will soon bring about a new “Deeni Doll” balloon for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York.
What do you think?
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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