Adventures of Imam doll used to introduce kids to Islam; see video

A New Jersey Muslim man has invented his religion’s answer to the Elf on a Shelf, but not everyone is happy about it.

Danny Shakoj introduced his invention, Imam Adam, a plush toy and book, earlier this year to help teach children about Muslim traditions and to help deter Islamophobia, he told in an interview published on Monday.

“Everywhere, you see different faith books and toys,” the 33-year-old said. “There’s nothing out there for Islam.”

The book follows the journey of Adam, not a particularly traditional Muslim name, as he travels to Mecca, Saudi Arabia for his Hajj, a journey that is one of the five pillars of Islam.

The Imam is dressed in jeans, red sneakers, and a removable backpack.

“Adventures of Imam Adam” features Arabic religious words and a glossary in order to make the book accessible to non-Muslim children, reported.

“I’d like people to get a different perspective [on Islam.] … Usually, with younger kids, parents will read to them, so this way both the parents and the kids get the information,” Sakoj said.

The book, which shows Adam interacting with diverse characters, is based on his experiences being from New Jersey, Sakoj said.

“In northern New Jersey, it’s very diverse,” he said. “Diversity is what makes the world exciting.”

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Shakoj’s case for creating the toy is that it gives Muslim children a toy and adventure book similar to what Christian and Jewish Children have with “Elf on a Shelf” and “Mench on a Bench.

The toy is perfect if the goal is to show the positive tenets of the Muslim faith and to teach that Islam is a peaceful religion.

But not everyone sees it that way.

In some sects of the Muslim faith having a doll with a face like this is against their religion.

For other Muslims the issue is that the blue-eyed Imam named Adam is far too Western.

Others thought it was a fantastic idea.

But many on social media were not happy about the doll, or the inventor’s stated intention of having it be a way to teach non-Muslim children about Islam.

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What are your thoughts on the new Muslim adventure toy?

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Carmine Sabia


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