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Friday, August 21, 2009

World's first Muslim superheroes, the 99, are headed for British television screens

The world's first Muslim cartoon superheroes have taken the Arab world by storm, and now they are headed for British television screens.


Jabbar the powerful: World's first Muslim superheroes, the 99, are headed for British television screens
Jabbar, is one of The 99, the world's first Muslim cartoon superheroes

Named the 99, as each possesses one of Allah's 99 attributes, the characters include a burka-clad woman named Batina the Hidden and a Saudi Arabian Hulk-type man named Jabbar the Powerful.

They have proved a hit from Morocco to Indonesia and were recently named as one of the top 20 trends sweeping the world by Forbes magazine.

Now they are being brought to British television by Endemol, the production company behind Big Brother, with a mission to instill Islamic values in children across all faiths.

Until now, the superhero market has been dominated by the likes of Batman, Spiderman and Superman who have typically limited their crime-fighting abilities to America and the Western world.

They were created by Dr Naif al-Mutawa, a clinical psychologist from Kuwait, who felt Muslim children needed a new set of heroes to look up to, to counter jihadist role models.

“It hit me that the stories I was hearing were from men who grew up believing that their leader, Saddam, was a hero, a role model — only to one day be tortured by him,” he told The Times. “I decided the Arab world needed better role models.”

However, despite being called the 99, there will never be a full cast of 99 superheroes since it is forbidden to depict all Allah's attributes

Dr al-Mutawa hopes the cartoons will have a universal appeal.

He said: “It is based on attributes such as generosity and mercy. These are not things that Islam has a monopoly over.”

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Total said...

Not all the superheroes in this comic are Muslim, which surprised me:

http://www.the99.org/article-1-33-Articles-9,ckl

Friday, August 21, 2009 10:16:00 pm  
Blogger shiva said...

Television was once the opium of the massee, now with junk like Big Brother,and this islamic Dawa disguised as superheros comic, the I can safely say that television is now the heroine of the masses

Saturday, August 22, 2009 3:54:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pigman asks the question:

How many Nazi superheros did it take to successfully rub a sheen of pseudo-legitimacy onto a morally bankrupt National Socialism?

Saturday, August 22, 2009 6:03:00 pm  

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