11 Muslim superheroes who are awesome role models
- 20 December 2018
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Everybody loves a superhero. They show us that even the most flawed among us can make the right choice and have an impact on this world; they inspire us to do good and be better versions of ourselves.
There are thousands of superheroes out there, but a few are in tune with their faith and beliefs, and among them are people of the Islamic faith. Here’s our list of Muslim superheroes you need check out.
KISMET: MAN OF FATE
Kismet was the very first Muslim superhero to ever make an appearance in the comic book world. First appearing in 1944, Kismet was of Algerian origin and was fighting the Nazis in wartime France. He had the power to see into the future and was renowned for his hand-to-hand combat skills and prowess.
SIMON BAZ, GREEN LANTERN
Debuting in 2012, Lebanese-American Simon Baz became the first Muslim to join the Green Lantern Corps. As he grew, he was prosecuted for his ethnicity after the events of 9/11, but that didn’t stop him from committing heroic acts like taking a car full of explosives into an abandoned warehouse where no one could be harmed by the explosion. This incident impressed the Corps, and they invited him to join them.
YUSUF ABDULLAH, BURAAQ
Buraaq was created by artists and brothers Adil Imtiaz and Kamil Imtiaz to combat negative stereotypes about Muslims. Buraaq’s parents were killed in a hate crime, so he went to the desert to grieve. There, he was hit by a meteor shower and a storm that gave him super-strength and the abilities to fly and control the elements.
Translating as “vanquisher” as well as “Cairo”, where the character was born, Qahera is a veiled Egyptian superhero who combats misogyny and sexual harassment in her hometown using her sword and wits. She was created by Deena Mohamed, who drew from her personal experience and struggle with sexual harassment and misogyny in Egypt.
SOORAYA QADIR, DUST
Sooraya is a mutant who joins the X-Men and wears traditional Islamic garb out of modesty. She was born in Afghanistan and she learned about her abilities to turn into a sand-like material after defending herself against a slave trader who tried to remove her niqab.
BILAL ASSELAH, NIGHTRUNNER
Bilal is a French Muslim of Algerian origin living in Paris. After his best friend was killed in clashes with the police, Bilal decided to use his parkour training to become the vigilante known as Nightrunner. He encountered Batman and Dick Grayson and received funding and training from them. He decided to be a symbol without religious or racial bias and later became known as the Batman of Paris.
KAMALA KHAN, MS. MARVEL
Kamala is Marvel’s first Muslim character to headline her own comic book. This Pakistani-American superhero has the ability to shapeshift in addition to healing powers. She also made her own superhero outfit from a burkini her mother had bought her, and she assumed the title Ms. Marvel as a tribute to her hero Captain Marvel.
MONICA CHANG, BLACK WIDOW
Most people know only Natasha Romanoff as the Black Widow, but there were others. Among them was Monica Chang, Nick Fury’s ex-wife. Monica is a devout Muslim, and she has worked closely with the Avengers on several occasions.
KAHINA ESKANDARI, IRON BUTTERFLY
A superhero of Palestinian origins, Kahina has the ability to move and shape any objects made out of metal and goes into battle wearing medieval-style armor with giant angel wings that allow her to fly.
Iron Butterfly (Kahina Eskandari) // Milestone Comics— Denys Cowan (@DenysCowan) January 6, 2016
A Palestinian ferrokinetic
Created by McDuffie &Cowan pic.twitter.com/qOY26mbhIw
BASHIR BARI, SILVER SCORPION
Silver Scorpion is the alter-ego of Muslim teenager Bashir, who lost his legs in an accident. After witnessing the murder of a metalsmith, he is chosen to become the Silver Scorpion, with the ability to control metal with his mind.
JOSIAH AL-HAJJ SADDIQ, JOSIAH X
The Muslim counterpart of Captain America, Josiah is the son of Isaiah Bradley, who had been experimented on with super-serum in an attempt to replicate Captain America’s powers. Josiah discovered the Islamic faith during on a trip to Africa.
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