The New Islamic Superheroes
Posted August 6, 2008on:
You may not know this but young Muslims now have their own superheroes. These superheros are called the 99. The 99 is a comic-book series created by a man from Kuwait, Naif Al-Mutawa. Each character represents one of God’s 99 attributes.
Mutawa explains although the 99 represents Allah’s attributes there is no mention of Islam, Allah, or the Koran. The 99 tries to teach virtues valued by Islam just like Western superheroes like Superman, Batman, or Spiderman who teach moral messages valued by the Bible.
The 99 is a hit in the Middle East where more than 500,000 copies have been sold in the past two years. Mutawa is now planning to expand his comic to the world and he has been able to sell licenses to India, France, Spain, the U.K., the United States, and Canada.
There are 10 main characters. And we Indonesians should be proud that one character named Fatah is told to be coming from Indonesia. But unlike other characters who have cool outfits, Fatah wears a kopiah! Or maybe that’s a good thing since kopiah is one of our cultural trademarks. But one thing for sure he has a pretty cool power: To Open and close gateways to any location.
One more thing, Fatah’s real name is Kyai Batak. How cool is that?