BismilLah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim
Note: Out of respect and honor for the souls of the dead and abandoned babies, I’m not including any photos of them and out of fear of being sued by the toy companies, I have not included any photos of the toy dolls.
I was walking through the new major chain toy store in Great Eastern Mall with Adam and Daniel when I came to an aisle lined with life-like baby dolls. Their size, anatomy and actions are similar to what a real baby does herself. Another aisle was filled with the accessories and items that the ‘baby’ would need like milk bottles, bibs, strollers etc.
And it hit me. Recalling the recent (and not so recent) spates of abandoned and dead babies incidents in Malaysia, I began wondering “Could there be a link between the babies being born and abandoned and the influence of these life-like toy baby dolls?” (This is the part the toy company would’ve sued me had I included a picture of their ‘very real looking baby doll that cries and wets herself’…). I also came across an advertisement selling real-life looking baby dolls with it’s hair made of real human hair! Subhan’Allah!
Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him and his father) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Every image-maker will be in the Fire, and for every image that he made a soul will be created for him, which will be punished in the Fire.” Ibn ‘Abbaas said: “If you must do that, make pictures of trees and other inanimate objects.” (Reported by Muslim, 3/1871)
In the last remaining days of Allahyarham Professor Dr. Muhammad al’Mahdi, he spoke to us about how he realised toy companies deliberately mislead us by creating and marketing toys that are not beneficial to a child’s emotional, mental and physical development. Toys that hold back the natural growth and development of children.
I believe toy baby dolls is one such example. Let’s imagine…A little girl is learning adult responsibilities by playing with a real, life-like baby doll, changing her nappy and feeding her milk from a bottle. She pushes the baby in the stroller and then sings it a lullaby before tucking her in the baby cot.
The next day, the girl is playing with the baby doll and gets bored so she throws the baby doll in the corner and runs off to play hide and seek. Daddy brings home a new toy to play with so the baby doll is left lying around with the rest of the toys…
Ask yourself honestly, “Aren’t messages being written in the child’s mind right now…?” She’s learning that she can ‘play’ at taking care of a baby whenever and wherever she wants to. Message being stored in her mind is 1) ‘having a baby is easy’ 2) ‘if I get bored with it, I can throw it away 3) I’m ready for the responsibility of taking care of a baby (and I’m just 6 years old!)
Unwed, pregnant young girls are the reflection of what is so wrong in our society. Don’t blame these girls; blame ourselves for not providing
- a good muslim home for them to grow up in
- a good muslim society for them to go into
- a good muslim world for them to live in
The days of lamenting and crying over the fates of these babies are over. It’s time now to act otherwise we have to accept responsibility and accountability with everything that is wrong in our society.
Surah Al Rad, verse 11, ‘Verily never will Allah change the condition of a people until they change it themselves (with their own souls). But when (once) Allah willeth a people’s punishment, there can be no turning it back, nor will they find, besides Him, any to protect.‘