‘Peppa Pig is very rude’: Islamic leaders want Australian parents to stop children watching the popular show – and choose a Muslim alternative instead
Islamic leaders have encouraged Australian parents to embrace a Muslim alternative to popular British television show Peppa Pig.
Head of the Australian National Imams Council Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman has urged parents to support programs teaching Islamic principles to prevent young children being corrupted by mainstream television, The Australian reported.
The council is backing One4Kids, a Sydney company producing kid’s shows with Islamic themes, including the upcoming Barakah Hills- pitched as alternative to Peppa Pig for Muslim children.
A fundraising campaign has been launched for the new program which tells the story of the Abdullah family in the small town of Barakah Hills ‘with a predominantly Muslim population.’
‘The Masjid is the central hub of the town with Imam Nouradeen as the community leader and role model,’ the fundraising website reads.
A trailer to Barakah Hills was launched on One4 Kids’ Zaky and Friends Facebook page in November.
‘Introducing Barakah Hills one of our many Peppa Pig alternatives,’ the post reads.
‘Barakah Hills represents an ideal Muslim community and is targeted to a post-toddler, pre-school demographic of children.
‘The show’s main objective is to show children what it is like to be a practicing Muslim as well as a good citizen in their community.
‘Children will learn everything from how to have good manners, to how to get actively involved with community projects.’
In an earlier post promoting the upcoming program followers slammed Peppa Pig’s ‘moral values.’
‘Peppa pig is very rude. Yes please create a cartoon that teaches kids good moral values ie sharing, neighbour rights, when it is time for prayer, they should stop everything and go and pray 5 times,’ one user commented.
‘No lying, no hitting, no shouting, getting dressed, obey parents, fasting. Everything that features the life of a Muslim.’
Another user said they felt guilty for allowing their children to watch a show ‘all about pigs.’
A producer at One4Kids, Subhi Alshaik, told The Australian Peppa Pig was a ‘great show’, but said he had heard reports it was bad for children, including teaching them ‘to be snobs.’
Original article courtesy of UK Daily Mail.