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Producer apologizes for page of Quran in cartoon

  By: Press Association Source: The Guardian An episode of Fireman Sam in which a character appeared to tread on a page from the Qur’an has been removed from Channel 5’s streaming site, the TV network said. In episode seven, series nine of the popular children’s animation, a character carrying a tray of hot drinks slips after tripping on some paper on the floor of the fire station. Several sheets fly into the air, one of which looks to be covered with Arabic script. HIT Entertainment, which produced the show, apologised “unreservedly” to viewers. The company, which produces brands including Bob the Builder, Pingu and Thomas the Tank Engine, added that it had cut ties with the...

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Happy days for Halal tourism

By: Sinan Tavsan and Erwida Maulia, Nikkei staff writers Source: Nikkei Asian Review KONYA, Turkey/JAKARTA The global economy may be in a funk, but the travel market is still going strong. Muslim-friendly halal tourism is showing particularly healthy growth and is becoming a top priority for two of the world’s biggest Muslim democracies, Turkey and Indonesia. At the beginning of May, Turkey hosted the second International Halal Tourism Conference, one of the world’s biggest events of its kind, in Konya. Situated in the country’s pious Anatolian heartland, this city is where the 13th-century Persian poet, philosopher and Sufi mystic Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi spent the last...

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The woman behind Hijarbie

By: Maggie Downs Source: Baby Center Blog Mattel recently gave Barbie a makeover, unveiling dolls in petite, tall, and curvy body shapes, seven skin tones, 22 eye colors, and 14 new face sculpts. But Nigerian medical student Haneefah Adam has given Barbie something else — religion. Meet Hijarbie, who flaunts mini hijab fashion that is both stylish and modest. Adam was inspired to create an Instagram account for Hijarbie after seeing accounts for other dolls, like Barbie. None of them reflected Adam’s reality — or the reality for millions of hijab-wearing Muslim girls all over the world. Adam wanted a doll that was a little more relatable. “I decided to fill that gap and started documenting...

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