The Muslimah Doll Project
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

There is no words to describe the smile on a little girl's face when she receives a doll for the first time. We were all once that little girl, and now Allah Most High has given us the opportunity to be the one giving, rather than the one receiving. AlhumduliLlah.

Details of project: Purchase a doll of your choice and design the clothing for it, using whatever material/method you like, so it is Islamic (ie: modest with her hair covered). You will be sending the doll directly to the orphanage department in that location. Note: when purchasing the doll please take into consideration what area of the world the doll is going to.

:: You may send dolls to more than one child.
:: You are welcome to give your doll a name.
:: You can email me a picture of the doll/clothing you designed, and I shall put it in an online album.. insha'Allah that will be an inspiration to others.

Islamic Ruling: I have discussed this project with a Shaykh (may Allah preserve him), in regards to the ruling of giving dolls as a gift. He said, "it is permitted to give young girls dolls—even with the full face according to the prevalent opinion."

Participants allowed: International

Ages allowed: All ages. (Note: please, please, be sure you can go through with this.. a little girl is counting on you)

Cost Limit: None.

Rules: Inform ME via email when you have sent out your package.

Sign up due date: Indefinite. When we've reached maximum participants (enough to send a doll to every child), sign up will be closed.
Project start date: As soon as you receive a number and an address where you will send the doll.
Package HAS TO BE MAILED OUT before: as soon as possible, insha'Allah

If you would like to participate, please email me the following questionnaire at (note: .ca NOT .com)

:: If you would like contribute to this project (ie: pay for shipping), but do not have the time, etc. to purchase a doll (and/or design the clothing) please email me for further details.

Name of Project: The Muslimah Doll Project -1
Blog name & url: (if applies)
Email address:
Your real name:
How many dolls will you be purchasing:
What country do you reside in:
How did you hear about this project:
Suggestions for future projects:

AlhumduliLlah we have managed to bring a smile to many orphans, from many areas. May Allah continue give us the means and ability to help others. Ameen.

Number of Dolls sent: 86
Orphanage in Ethiopia: 11
Orphans in Bangladesh: 15
Orphanage in Zambia: 40
Orphans in Indonesia: 20


posted by Sketched Soul at 9:13 AM | Permalink


At 2:57 PM, Blogger Unknown

MashAllah, what a great idea. I might sign up for this one too. Things are a little hectic with visitors etc but insh'Allah i will. Will you repeat this one again?


At 3:11 PM, Blogger Sketched Soul

As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu my dear sister Renee,

Insha'Allah I pray this project is a success, (if it is good for us)..and we are able to have a repeat, or at least something similiar.

The package is due (insha'Allah) in April.. so you still have some time to think about it :)

Thank you for dropping by. I hope you are having a blast with the visitors.



At 6:53 PM, Blogger J Lev

Salam Alaykum

Will you be providing the address of the orphanage? Do you have a list of orphanages or do I have to find one on my own? :) Does it matter if the dolls have facial features or should i try to find one without a face? That's all i'm wondering.. otherwise I'm definitely IN! You always have the best ideas. Mashallah. You are my HERO! I'll email you asap. I think it would be cool to add a little "identity card" with the dolly. Like

Salam! My name is (Jamila).
My mommy's name is (little girl's name)
I am (2) years old
I like (pancakes)
My favourite things to do are.. (praying, drawing, helping my mommy..)
I want to be a (doctor) when i grow up.

and other cute little facts. I know little girls really love that kind of thing. hehe.


At 5:07 AM, Blogger Surviving

Assalaam Alaikum

This is a great idea. Would it be okay if I crocheted the doll as well as the clothes and accessories?


At 8:05 AM, Blogger Sketched Soul

Wa'alaykum as-salaam wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu my dear sisters,

Jazak'Allah for the comments.

Um Mahtab excellent questions.. When I receive your answers I shall email you the address to the orphanage, insha'Allah. So there is no need to find your own.

It does Not matter that the dolls have facial features. I was concerned about this as well.. and even asked if it is better everyone just make the doll (ie: without the facial features).

I love the idea of the 'identity card'. Which I think I will personally do, insha'Allah.
Please not that we will not be sending it to a particular child (ie: you will not know their name, etc.) But I suppose you can leave a blank space on the identity card where "my mommy's name is...."

Surviving, masha'Allah! If you can crochet the actual doll and clothing, etc. go for it, that would be wonderful. I would like to keep this project open as possible.. because people are giving from the heart (insha'Allah) and it's better without so many rules.



At 10:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous

Thanks Umm Mahtab for asking the questions I was wondering as well. Let me see if this is something I could actually do... ie: will my mom help me sew some clothes for the doll. ;-) But I think I'm in.


At 8:07 PM, Blogger Umm Abdullah

OOOH sounds like fun...I haven't doll shopped since uhhh Eid when I was uhhh I don't even know!! I wonder what dolls are like now, back then their hair changed depending on the i bet their face chances depending on their mood..hehe

:) Count me in... I'll hopefully get around to emailing you soon with my info just in case you don't remember who i am ;)


At 9:11 AM, Blogger Sketched Soul

As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu my dearest sisters,

Jazak'Allah for the comments.

Insha'Allah I hope you join us Amira. :)

I hope the 'making clothes' doesn't scare anyone - it was just meant to make the project a little more exciting (and a doll in hijab is always cute).

Who are you again Shireen? :P Yes it has been ages since I last shopped for a doll (looking forward to it though) :D



At 5:15 PM, Blogger Hijabi Apprentice

Asalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,

Dearest Farhana,

First off I have to give this idea a huge TAKBIR!! I would like to participate but the making clothes part scares me a bit. I have NO skills. I'm going to look at the dolls they have on the market now and maybe look at Michael's to see if I can piece something together.

A suggestions for those of you who can actually sew and crochet. Wouldn't it be cool if the doll and the little girl were given matching hijabs?? Just a thought :).

ma'a salaamah,



At 6:56 PM, Blogger Sketched Soul

Wa'alaykum as-salaam wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu my dearest Hijabi,

So nice to see you!!! :D
Ahh..'great minds'.. my sister and I talked about the matching hijabs yesterday. I think it's an excellent idea..but I'll leave that up to the individual.

Insha'Allah I hope you join us.

The focus isn't as much on the clothing as it is on the actual idea of just making a child happy.
So skill or no skill, just send it from the heart :) I too am wondering if I can even sew something doll-size.. here is my chance to find out!



At 8:19 PM, Blogger Robyn

Asalaamu Alaikum,

I am so excited to see this project. It is something I've thought about often for my daughter. Insha'Allah I plan to send along the questionnaire to you. And thank you for organizing this. May Allah bless you.


At 12:48 PM, Blogger Sketched Soul

Wa'alaykum as-salaam wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakathu my dearest crafty sister.. who likes aprons as much as I do :) *love your blog, masha'Allah*

Thank you so much for dropping by and leaving your wonderful comments and du'a. Ameen.

Insha'Allah I look forward to having you join us.

I am very excited about this project. I already bought a doll today..she is soooo cute! She looks like a real baby :)



At 2:21 AM, Blogger [a}

thanks for ur comment, farhana, you're so right.


At 2:20 PM, Blogger Sketched Soul

As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu my dearest sister,

You are very welcome. Insha'Allah I pray only good comes from it. Sometimes I re-think hitting the 'send' button when I comment on peoples blogs.. but if I feel any good will come from it, then it's on its way :)

Love Farhana


At 8:10 AM, Blogger UmmLayla

I don't know if you have me in your # yet... But I will do two dolls, insha Allah.


At 8:29 AM, Blogger Sketched Soul

As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

Jazak'Allah my dear sister ummlayla :) I have put you down for two, insha'Allah.

Love Farhana


At 9:02 AM, Anonymous jilbab

salam, I will inshallah spread the word


At 6:33 PM, Anonymous umm muhammad

Asalaamu alaikum sister,

JazakAllah for this getting this project underway mashaAllah, I wish I could see the faces of all the little girls mashaAllah :) I would like to extend a project like this bithinAllah for the girls orphanage in Yemen (where my family is) :) Any tips or ideas on how to make it successful would be wonderful inshaAllah, jazakAllah khair.


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