PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Thousands of preorders are currently rolling in for a new animatronics teddy bear that will appear on toy store shelves across the country beginning in May. Based on a popular children’s toy from the mid 1980’s, Allah Akbear the Muslim Black Bear, an Islamic themed teddy bear, is guaranteed to be a household name. The toy’s creator, Jonathan Weed, speaking by phone with this reporter, said the bear will help “promote religious equality and awareness.”
Allah Akbear, priced at $39.95 and recommended for children ages 3 and up, comes packaged with an English translation of the Quran and small prayer mat large enough to fit Allah Akbear and a small companion. In addition, parents will find hidden in Allah Akbear’s backside just beneath his flowing white robe, a removable flash drive containing the complete works of moderate Muslim American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.
Parents and children alike can activate Allah Akbear’s animatronics functions simply by pressing a red button located on the bear’s left thumb. Another button, located just beneath the removable flash drive, allows Allah Akbear to speak. As Allah Akbear’s mouth begins to move, the rich voice of Anwar al-Awlaki comes flowing out.
Collectors will be pleased to learn that the first 500,000 units on sale are limited editions containing a free one year audio subscription to Inspire Magazine, an online publication which children can use to learn about Islamic culture and practices.
Allah Akbear is set to hit stores just two weeks before the start of Ramadan, but for those who can’t wait, an ultra-rare limited edition will be available for purchase online starting April 4th. With a price tag of $122, Allah Akbear the Muslim Black Bear GTMO Edition may seem expensive to some consumers. However, this rare edition of 122 custom-made teddy bears, is unique in that each bear is clad in an orange jumpsuit bearing the classification number of an actual GTMO detainee. Additionally the bears come equipped with a feeding tube and shackles to their arms and legs.