September 22, 2005, - 2:15 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Jihad . . . er, Hijab Barbie is a big seller in the Mid-East, according to The New York Times. Especially, in terrorist-dominated Damascus, Syria.
Syria is on the State Dept. Terrorist list and is home to assorted Islamic terrorist groups’ headquarters and officials. For instance, it is home to the only surviving Munich Olympic terrorist, Jamil Al-Gashey.
The thing that strikes me about this Islamic Barbie–named “Fulla”–is that nowhere in the list of “Muslim values” mentioned by her creator is there a love of peace, an acceptance of other religions, or an appreciation for the right of non-Muslims to live and worship wherever they want without the fear of being blown up when they go out for pizza (Sbarro), coffee, or beer (Mike’s Bar).
Another reason it’s interesting that Fulla’s creator claims the doll has “Muslim values” is that dolls that are complete like Barbie aren’t allowed. The article says Fulla shares Barbie’s proportions. Religious Muslims know that a complete doll–as Fulla appears to be–is haram (Arabic for “forbidden”) under strict Islamic sharia law. Unless, a part of the human body is missing on the doll, the doll is not halal (permitted). Otherwise, it is considered idol worship.
The article mentions that Fulla is based in Syria and all over the place in Egypt, Jordan, and Qatar. But all four of these nations are ruled by more secular Islamic leaders. A complete doll would NOT be allowed in, say, fundamentalist Saudi Arabia–where the Muttawa (religious police) run the show.
Syria’s rulers, the Assads, are al-Alaween (Alawis; also “Alawite”). They are a very small and odd minority in Islam (and in Syria, where they rule with an iron fist over the majority) which celebrates some Christian holidays. Maybe that is why they allow Fulla to be produced and sold there.
There’s probably no Corvette for Hijab Barbie, since she’s probably not allowed to drive in some countries ruled by her religion, and Osama Bin Ken is too busy building a homicide belt to drive her. No Presidential Barbie, either, since Hijab Barbie is not allowed to vote in many Islamic countries.
Here are a few Barbie’s that would be likely be halal and even bigger sellers with our friends in the Islamic Middle East:
* Evil Zionist Barbie (Oops, I forgot, Saudi Arabia already said that all Barbies fit this description and are proscribed, because Barbie was invented by a Jewish American woman a/k/a evil Zionist.)
* Jihad Ken
* Dead American Infidel Barbie w/her companion Beheaded American Ken (video not included; watch Al-Jazeera for details)
* Cindy Sheehan Barbie (no explanation necessary)
Tip from: Drudge
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