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ABC Celebrates Muslim Superhero Comic Books

From those defenders of the faith at ABC News:

Superheroes With a Muslim Message

99 Islamic Superheroes Find Success on Newsstands Alongside Batman, Superman


May 16, 2007 — Watch out, Captain America. Step aside, Superman. There’s a new breed of crime fighting superheroes looking to capture the comic book scene, with 99 characters from around the world with one trait in common amid their superpower strengths — they are rooted in Islam.

“Islam is not mentioned directly in these comics, but the back story is very much based on Islamic tradition and culture,” said Kuwaiti psychologist Naif al Mutawa, who teamed up with cartoon giant Marvel Comics to create the 99…

The 99 launched a year and a half ago, and although it was banned in Saudi Arabia, it has otherwise gained a solid following for its fictional characters.

Like all comic books, there is an intricate backstory for the characters in the 99, although this one is rooted in history. The superheroes are normal individuals who are granted a specific power after finding one of the 99 Noor stones, real, ancient gems that are believed to hold wisdom but were scattered across the globe in 1492 after the mosque which held them was invaded.

The stones are now spawning superheroes as characters in the 99 uncover them and gain a power that relates to the tenets of Islam.

“Muslims believe that power is God, and Allah has 99 attributes,” explained Mutawa. “So the idea is a series of heroes each which embodies one of these 99 traits — things like generosity, strength, wisdom, foresight, mercy and dozens of others that, unfortunately, are not used to describe Islam in the media today.”

For strength, there is the Saudi Arabian superhero Jabbar who grows to Hulk-like size after one of the stones is accidentally lodged in his body following an explosion. Generosity is demonstrated through Bari, a 15-year-old who gains incredible healing power after finding one of the gems while digging in his native South Africa. The superheroes then come together to build a collective power that is ultimately an expression of the divine…

Ah, yes:

The superheroes then come together to build a collective power that is ultimately an expression of the divine.

I think they call it the Caliphate.

Of course the making of images of anything with a soul, even superheroes is strickly forbidden by Islam.

But never mind such petty details.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, May 18th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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