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Muslim talking friends – not your average dolls December 13, 2012

What is it?

Aamina the Muslim talking doll, girl version

Yousuf the Muslim talking doll, boy version

What’s the price?

RM199 including postage nationwide

Where to buy it?

Simply contact us, yeay!

What are the special features?

  • There are 5 pressable spots – the nose, the 2 hands and 2 feet
  • When pressed, the dolls would say different Islamic phrases, recite surahs and sing several songs
  • Approximately 43 cm in height and 25 cm in width
  • Watch Aamina in action here

Review

When you think of dolls, I bet the first thing you’ll think of is a Barbie doll, with the slim body, blue eyes and blond hair. Not only Barbie dolls are far too showy for Muslims, I’ve read that they portray bad body image for a girl. It tells a girl, that in order to be pretty, you need to have a pencil thin body just like Barbie, which I think is completely untrue. True beauty comes from the inside, not just a pretty face and a one-size fits all body shape.

This is the first time ever that I’ve come across a Muslim doll that covers up the female aurat properly. It gets better – these dolls talk in  adorable voices when you press the 5 points on the body i.e. the nose, the 2 hands and 2 feet. My kids’ favourite is definitely the nose; press it and it’ll say “Atchoo! Alhamdulillah.” See Aamina in action here.

The dolls say various Islamic phrases, with translation of the phrases such as Bismillah, Assalamualaikum and many others. They recite 2 surahs with translations – Surah al Fatihah and Surah Al Ikhlas. They also sing nursery ryhmes that have been changed into Muslim versions.

What I like about it

I love these dolls, especially Aamina, which I think is a perfect companion for young children. My daughter couldn’t stop smiling when I first gave her the doll, cradling her like a baby, pressing the nose again and again. She has already begin to hum along with the songs and repeat the phrases.

What I don’t like about it

The price is quite expensive, as these dolls are imported from UK. And I think that Yousuf’s lips are too bright, as if he’s wearing lipstick. Heh.

Conclusion

While I agree that they are a bit pricey, I think it’s a worthwhile investment and great way to incorporate learning through play. It sure beats Barbie a mile long, though.

 

Thank You o Allah! – lessons of gratitude 2 December 1, 2012

What is it?

Thank You o Allah! – a hardcover picture book

What’s the price?

RM30.00

Where to buy it?

Simply contact us, yeay!

What are the special features?

  • A short lesson in gratitute and thankfulness
  • Beautifully simple illustrations with short sentences that rhymes

Review

The first thing that comes to my mind when I turn the pages, are how beautiful the illustrations are. The whole thing is like a mini galleria captured in a book. If you’ve ever seen any of Eric Carle’s books like The Very Hungry Caterpillar, well, this is something like that but in Islamic version.

It can be difficult to teach young children how to be thankful and the concept of Allah the Creator. This book is a great starting point. In the beautiful pictures, it shows that all the food, the clothes, the days and nights, the mountains and rivers, even our sense of sight, hearing and smell, are all gifts from Allah.

What I like about it

Apart from the nicely rhymed sentences and beautiful pictures, I love the fact that a children’s book could teach so much about gratitude and thankfulness. This is essential in building humble, modest human beings and instilling that deep down inside, we are all the same.

What I don’t like about it

Nothing at all.

Conclusion

A heart-warming lesson in gratitude, in compact, beautifully illustrated books that will not only capture a child’s heart, but also mesmerize the parent. Love, love, love!