A new faceless doll wearing a hijab (head covering for Muslim women) has been launched in Britain over the weekend.
The featureless doll dubbed Romeisa has been designed in accordance with Islamic law which prohibits the depiction of distinct features of living things on any children's toy. It has been created by Ridhwana B, a former teacher at a Lancashire Muslim school.
Although there are several dolls for Muslim girls in the market, it is the only one produced to such a high quality. It costs around £25 ($40).
"I came up with the idea from scratch after speaking to some parents who were a little concerned about dolls with facial features," Ridhwana stated in an interview. "I spoke to a religious scholar in Leicester who guided me through what was and was not permissible when producing the product," she said.
It took Ridhwana more than four years to complete the entire collection and she wishes to come up with even more, similar products for Muslim children.
“The Islamic range in kid’s toys is quite limited at the moment with few choices. Although this project took a while, I am looking at researching other ideas in the future. I am looking at compiling a book for the Islamic upbringing of children in the future too.”
The creator of the doll is well aware that some people might find Romeisa a little creepy and strange, however, she has received a lot of positive feedback from many parents.
“We have produced a limited amount at the moment but already I have had parents take up the order.”