In this post: Review of the Muslim Doll Jenna the Quran Teacher. It is a modest Barbie style doll that was launched 4 months ago. Perfect gift for little Muslimahs to look up to.
Jenna the Quran Teacher was launched just four months ago but she is fast gaining popularity and for good reasons! We need more toys that show diversity. Jenna, is a Muslimah doll that was much needed.
I have come across little baby dolls who recite the Quran and soft islamic toys. We have bought laptops that help children recite the Quran but Barbie style dolls really remain every girl’s favorite.
Girls want to grow up to be like their mothers. They love princesses. Little girls want to dress up, look pretty. Baby dolls are for rocking and feeding. What about shopping and behaving like grown ups?
My daughters loved it. As soon as we opened the box, my 5yr old remarked ‘Mommy, she is just like you’!
Of course she is. She wears a full dress and a pretty hijab.
We have been covering our Barbie dolls up and making modest dresses for our dolls for so long but… seriously, the purple eyeshadow and winged eyeliner are really not us!! They don’t look like ‘us’.
I personally love makeup myself but, I don’t think, I want my young daughters to start wearing makeup or giving importance to that kind of hobbies from the very young age. I want foremost that they be modest and learn about the muslim way of dressing.
When we did the M is for Modesty in Everything We Do, I taught my children how it is very important in Islam to cover ourselves appropriately. How can our children learn the importance of modest dressing if we give them toys that are the total opposite?
What so special about Jenna the Quran Teacher
Jenna is a Muslimah doll. She is pretty, modestly dressed, has good manners and respects her adults. She loves reciting the Quran.
Here are a few features that I loved about her:
- Modest dressing: Clothes don’t come off easily!! Tell me, I am not the only one who hates it when the doll’s dress keeps sliding off?! I really liked how they designed her dress to look modern yet modest.
- No makeup and features are very Muslim like. Her skin tone and facial expression is so muslimah like! See in the pictures yourself!
- Good quality and attractive. One of the reasons why little girls choose barbie over soft dolls is because they don’t look that quality. This doll has been well made!
- Recites the Quran. She can read four small Surahs (chapters) of the Quran. There is a button under her dress on her heart. When you press it, she says ‘Assalam alykum’ and then she says ‘I can teach you four Surahs. Surah al Fateha, al Falaq, an Nas and al Ikhlas.’
- Relatable. Helps Muslim girls relate to her. It isn’t just about the clothes or her looks, she actually feels like ‘our’ doll!
Jenna the Quran teacher promotes an Islamic way of life
Learning the Quran is the number one step in growing children who love to pray.
When a child learns to say the beginning short Surahs they will want to learn more of them and then practice it all the time. I have seen this with personal experience with my children.
My 5yr old has just started to do Hifz (memorization of Quran) this year. The 3yr old feels intimidated by her elder siblings. Although I have been trying hard to get her on track with the same techniques that I used for my elder children, we have had very little success. You see, my 3yr old daughter is a very shy type.
But as soon as Jenna the Quran teacher started reciting, I saw that my daughter was chiming in with her! She was only saying the last syllables but she was saying them. I will not be surprised if she learns all those Surahs in a few weeks.
Toddlers, learn very fast. They love to imitate adults. The first step to growing saleh muslims is to give them some role models. Of course it starts with us but next comes the toys they play. Jenna the Quran teacher is the perfect role model that I would want for my kids.
‘Jenna’ has been designed and developed by two ‘mumpreneurs’ in Dubai, with an objective of making learning fun, easy and accessible to the kids.
I love the story behind the doll. One moms story- her journey to creating a doll that her daughter would relate. You can read the interview here. It stuck a cord with me. I know what struggle it is to find meaningful educational toys for children.
This doll has been making headlines across the Middle East. You can read all about what the papers have to say here by Albayan and here by CNN Arabia. I’m adding it to our list of the best islamic toys and gifts.
She is available across all bigger brands around the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman and Kuwait. Check out Toystore, Toys ‘R’ Us, Virgin Megastores, Kiddyzone, Mumzworld and Toyland.
She is available for SAR 129
You can find more info on their website: Jenna Toys Website
Please note: This is a sponsored review. I was sent this doll for the purpose of review but all reflections are my own. You can read more about Sponsored content in my Disclosure.