Ramadan Prayer Day 15 – Arts & Entertainment: “Islamic Superheroes Team Up With Batman”

Most Americans are familiar with the popular superhero comic characters, Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, but few have probably heard of a new group of Superheroes called The 99 who joined forces with these popular characters for a special miniseries of six comic books published in the United States in 2010.

The comic series is called The 99 because each of the heroes has a power based on one of the 99 attributes of Allah. The characters are adults and teenagers from around the world who find one of 99 magical Noor Stones that gives them their power. Characters include Jabbar The Powerful, Mumita The Destroyer, Noora The Light, and Batina the Hidden. Batina is a superhero woman wearing a burka.

Although there are not yet 99 characters eventually the series plans to have 49 male heroes and 50 female heroes. In addition to the comic books, there is an animated series and spinoffs such as online comics, games, and an iPhone and iPad app and even a theme park in Kuwait.

The animated series was purchased by The Hub, a Discovery Channel cable and satellite television venture. The series was scheduled to be aired in the United States on The Hub in 2011, but it was never aired. Although the network has not given a reason, it is believed it is because of news articles and blogs that protested the Islamic cartoon. Daniel Pipes reported the Times of London described the series’ mission as “instilling old-fashioned Islamic values in Christian, Jewish, and atheist children.”

In 2010 at the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship, President Obama called The 99 the “most innovative response” to America’s expanding dialogue with the Muslim world. He further praised the comic books for having “captured the imagination of so many young people with superheroes who embody the teachings and tolerance of Islam.”

PRAYER FOR ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

  • Muslim children have the right to have superheroes.  However the Qur’an declares that “Allah is the best of the deceivers” (Qur’an 3:54, also see 7:99, 8:30, 10;21, 13:42).
  • #89 of the names of Allah is Ad-Daarr. The meaning of this is:  The One Who makes harm reach to whoever He wills. The Distresser, The Afflictor, The Bringer of Adversity. This is the opposite of the God of love, grace, hope and truth that we serve. Pray that the Muslim children will be protected from deception and brought into the true love of God through Jesus Christ.
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