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Muslim superhero comics meet resistance in U.S.
The Muslim-themed comic series 'The 99' has been blasted by a small group of critics of Islam in the United States.
October 5th, 2011
02:09 PM ET

Muslim superhero comics meet resistance in U.S.

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) - Naif Al-Mutawa anticipated a struggle when he launched an Islam-inspired comic book series that he hoped would become a symbol of toleration.

He worried about the comics being banned in Saudi Arabia - which wound up happening, briefly – and he expected to be challenged by conservatives in Islam, since Al-Mutawa wanted to buck the trend of Islamic culture being directly tied to the Koran.

But it wasn’t an Islamic cleric that stalled the series, called “The 99,” after the 99 attributes of Allah, which the superheroes are supposed to embody.

It is the American market, and the voices of Islam’s Western critics, that have caused the most problems for “The 99,” says Al-Mutawa, who is the focus of a PBS documentary airing next week.

In 2010, President Barack Obama called the comic books, which debuted in 2006, “the most innovative response” to America’s expanding dialogue with the Muslim world, which Obama has encouraged. The series features 99 superheroes from across the globe who team up to combat villains and who embody what Al-Mutawa calls basic human values like trust and generosity.

But Al-Mutawa, a Kuwaiti-born clinical psychologist and graduate of Columbia Business School, says a vocal minority have raised surprising questions about American tolerance of Islam.

Meeting resistance

The idea for “The 99” started during a conversation in a London cab between Al-Mutawa and his sister. It took off, although slowly, after Al-Mutawa raised $7 million from 54 investors across four continents.

The first issue was released during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in 2006. The comic book was quickly banned in Saudi Arabia and Al-Mutawa received threats of fatwas against him and his project from clerics. But Saudi Arabia eventually lifted the ban and the television adaptation of “The 99” will be aired there this year.

Al-Mutawa and his team have now raised more than $40 million in venture capital for the project.

But when word leaked that The Hub, a Discovery Channel cable and satellite television venture, purchased the series and planned to air it in the United States, the response from conservative bloggers and authors was swift.

A burqa-wearing superhero?

Pamela Geller, founder of the Atlas Shrugs blog, called the series, part of the “ongoing onslaught of cultural jihad,” and created a counter-comic strip that made the 19 hijackers behind the September 11, 2001 attacks the superheroes.

New York Post columnist Andrea Peyser, meanwhile, urged readers to “Hide your face and grab the kids. Coming soon to a TV in your child’s bedroom is a posse of righteous, Sharia-compliant Muslim superheroes - including one who fights crime hidden head-to-toe by a burqa.”

According to Al-Mutawa, the criticism spooked The Hub. “All of a sudden we couldn't get an airdate and I was asked to be patient and we have been,” Al-Mutawa said. “But it has been a year and the actual push-back died down.”

Mark Kern, Senior Vice President of Communication for The Hub, told CNN that “‘The 99’ is one of the many shows we have on the possible schedule, but at this time, no decisions have been made about scheduling.”

Al-Mutawa isn’t shy about responding to the criticism his comics have received in the U.S. “There is nothing different from them and the extremists in my country,” he says. “They are just as bad. They are just intellectual terrorists.”

Geller, author of the book “Stop the Islamization of America,” called Al-Mutawa’s statement “ridiculous victimhood rhetoric.”

“He is the one mainstreaming oppression and discrimination,” Geller says. “I work for equality of rights for all people. So which one of us is the intellectual terrorist?”

Geller also takes issue with Al-Mutawa’s assertion that “The 99” exemplifies “moderation” and “toleration,” pointing to a “burqa-wearing superhero.”

But Al-Mutawa says criticisms of burqas are evidence that, “for some people anything to do with Islam is bad.”

“How cliché is it that characters created to promote tolerance are getting shot down by extremists,” he says.

Chronicling the ordeal

Al-Mutawa’s frustrations are chronicled in the new documentary “Wham! Bam! Islam!,” which will air on PBS on October 13 as part of the Independent Lens series.

The film’s director, Isaac Solotaroff, began shooting before the comic was released.

He said that one of the most surprising aspects of the story is how “a very small group of people who scream very loud, have a disproportionate share of the public discourse when it comes to culture.”

Echoing Al-Mutawa, Solotaroff calls it a case of the tail wagging the dog. He says that initial concerns of censorship in the Middle East began to change as the project progressed.

“We were waiting for a fatwa from a cleric in Saudi Arabia, Solotaroff says,” when it ended up being the U.S. market that has been resistant to “The 99.”

“Realizing that The 99 will not survive if focused solely on the Middle East, Al-Mutawa must now target an international and predominantly non-Muslim market,” reads the website for “Wham! Bam! Islam!”

Citing The Hub holdup, Solotaroff says the project is now stuck in the most important market” for “The 99.”

Al-Mutawa is also trying to gain distribution for his TV series in France and other countries, but his main focus remains the United States.

“One way or the other,” he says, “‘The 99’ will get on air in the U.S.”

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Books • Islam • TV

soundoff (525 Responses)
  1. Nynetguy

    "Al-Mutawa isn’t shy about responding to the criticism his comics have received in the U.S. “There is nothing different from them and the extremists in my country,” he says. “They are just as bad. They are just intellectual terrorists.”

    Really? When was the last time and American, intellectual or not, strapped on a bomb vest and took out a few dozen innocents?

    Americans just as bad. Don't make me laugh.

    October 6, 2011 at 9:24 am |
    • Benyamin

      Didnt Timothy McVeigh kill 168 people?

      October 6, 2011 at 9:44 am |
    • Johan Fruh

      Pro-life extremists in america bombed clinics that did abortions...

      Oh and do you REALLY want to know how many innocent civilians were killed by americans? REALLLY?!?
      Ahh.. but you're talking about bomb vests... not sophisticated bombs like nuclear bombs or such...

      Let me rephrase your question:
      "When was the last time that America strapped on a vest, when they killed a few dozen innocent civilians?"

      It's true that the 20 or so last times they killed so many civilians it was with high precision drones... and NOT vests!

      October 6, 2011 at 9:54 am |
    • Jsawy

      It's funny how we can ignore the fact that there are Christian terrorists (i.e. McVeigh) and only focus on those that are Muslim...It muct be so convienent to pick and chose what you want to acknowledge as fact.

      October 6, 2011 at 10:29 am |
    • Jeff

      Funny Jsawy.. there is no such thing as a Christian terrorist.. because to be one would go against Christian doctrine and there you would not be a Christian. The odd thing is.. to commit acts of violence in Islam, actually goes right along with their doctrine.. I mean look at what happened when Mohamed entered in Medina.. The Jews disagreed with his version of their 5000 yr history, so he murdered them all. When the tribes in Mecca and now Saudi Arabia refused to accept his mono-theist belief system, he murdered them too. If you actually knew any history, you would see what this is all about 🙂

      October 6, 2011 at 11:12 am |
    • kmcg

      Jeff – ever heard of the Crusades?

      October 6, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
    • Banister

      Jeff-

      When Joshua lead the jewish people into the holy land, they killed everyone including women and children in an attempt to scare away all of the inhabitants of the region so that they can occupy it themselves.

      All sides have done very bad things in their history. Unfortunately many people decide to only focus on what they want to hear, and drown out what they don't want to hear.

      October 6, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
    • Samantha

      @Jeff...really? Did you read your post again before you sent it? Yes, your actions portray to the world in a sense what your beliefs and values are, but really if you go against Christian doctrine you aren't a Christian? Who in the world told you that...the whole point of Christianity is that we are humans, we make mistakes, but if we ask for forgiveness we can still be allowed into heaven. No where does it say that if you disobey one of the 'laws' of Christianity you are no longer a Christian. It's a CHOICE to be Christian, there is no application process, no set of rules you HAVE to follow in order to remain a Christian, and therefore you cannot be kicked out of the religion (Just look at the Westboro Baptist Church). I wanted to respond to the example you gave but it's just so ridiculous I can't wrap my head around it. One man kills a bunch of people who don't agree with him...soooo everyone who is the same religion must obviously believe it's ok to kill anyone who doesn't agree with them. I can pretty much guaruntee that nowhere in Islamic teachings does it say 'Go forth and commit many acts of violence', and how would I know this...because instead of just responding to your idiotic comment I did some research first to see if your claims were accurate. In case you didn't know the Islamic religion was based off of the Christian religion, the prophet Muhammed is said to be the last of a succession of prophets, including Abraham, Moses, AND Jesus. Oh, and Hitler was a Christian, so based on your logic one of the beliefs of Christianity must also be 'Go out and commit many acts of violence'...since we have proof that a Christian did just that.

      October 6, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
  2. Mojo1545

    What's next? Islamic Hero Boxers and Briefs? Let's not forget the endorsements as well as Islamic hero action figures, lunch boxes, comforter and sheet sets, cereal and Oh yes, I almost forgot, Islamic Hero Burqas. Now isn't that a great addition to our culture??

    October 6, 2011 at 9:19 am |
  3. hippypoet

    nana nana na nana nana nana muslim hero muslim hero....quick to the dead sea cave mr. muslim hero... i really do wonder whats his powers are. Batman, the only hero without any powers – just money for gadgets – he even had a butler...with no powers. however i would like to see a comic about Alfred the butler with powers, they could be the power to hem pants faster then any before him , or make the best chilli in the whole county! you know – butler stuff!

    October 6, 2011 at 9:14 am |
  4. Lee T

    I read a lot of conservative blogs and I have never heard about this story. I do frequent comicbookresources.com so I am familiar with this comic but I've never been interested in reading it because I'm spending enough money as is on comics. I don't have the money to try something new right now.

    Also the comic market is already small, its tough for anybody to make it let alone get a TV show. Anyone have links to these powerful conservative bloggers.

    October 6, 2011 at 8:28 am |
    • Red

      The first issue is available free for download in English. After that each issue is about $1.99 http://www.the99.org/

      October 9, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  5. Victor

    OK, Disney, what is the deal? I have yet to see this comic book in the stores and you already trying to give it a push into television? Stop the madness!!!! I am sorry to say, comic story lines are starting to go down hill. I am only look at the art work, which can be very impressive. All this feel free, hug a tree, accept me for who I am crap, needs to stop.

    October 6, 2011 at 7:52 am |
    • Red

      It's available for free download on thew website. http://www.the99.org/

      October 9, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  6. Robin Shadowes

    I much prefer the Pig Man comic to the 99. How any kafirs should want to read this pislamic BS is beyond me.

    October 6, 2011 at 6:20 am |
  7. David Witcraft

    Sadly, America may be one of the most ignorant AND INTOLERANT societies in the world. Americans also have an extraordinary capacity for demonization of cultural/religous intolerance. Most americans confine their cultural awareness to the menu. In most parts of our country, you are considered a sophisticated, worldly person if you eat sushi and pate. Most americans can't name 40 of our 50 states, so expecting them to know what happens in the rest of the world, OR CARE, is unrealistic.

    October 6, 2011 at 5:53 am |
    • christain

      there is one true God, jesus christ

      October 6, 2011 at 8:00 am |
    • Gary Rumain

      In other words, you don't have the first clue about pislam.

      October 6, 2011 at 8:03 am |
    • MarkinFL

      No! the FSM is the one tru God.

      October 6, 2011 at 9:29 am |
  8. Santiago Matamoros

    Notice that Kareem proves my point - I've provided specific citations, so it should be easy to show my error. And since I use Islamic translations - Arabic is just another human language anyway - the "Arabic-only" canard is inapt.

    And Skip makes a false moral equivalence between Judaism and Islam; nowhere will you find commands to enslave or slaughter all who refuse the "invitation" to become Hebrew.

    October 6, 2011 at 5:52 am |
  9. Norville Rogers

    Judging from the picture, Shaggy went Islamic. They must have had better Scooby Snacks. Not like it matters – Shaggy was always the dumb-dumb blow-it of Mystery Inc, just there for comic relief. Velma, the brains of the operation, would surely be atheist. Daphne was an air-headed blow-it, so she would have become Christian. Freddie had to have gone gay, so he just ignores religion altogether and has a good time.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:15 am |
  10. Jose M. Pulido

    CORRECTED VERSION:
    Islamic terrorists are trying to infiltrate every level and aspect of American society; in this case, it is by introducing a comic-series superhero. They do not understand that no matter how harmless an Islam-related item they bring to America may seem, it is worthless, useless and detrimental to American values and society. The common denominator of Islamists is that no matter how nice and good they may seem to be, the ultimate purpose of Islam is to destroy our democracy and freedom.
    We know their purpose is to destroy the USA in order to destroy Israel and then the rest of our democratic allies. We also know how oppressed Islamic women are in countries oppressed by Islam. We know the Islamists purpose in the USA is to grow and multiply in order to establish supremacy and eventually establish an Islamic government.
    Therefore, we must not allow entry to anything related to Islam, including Islamic-super heroes that will start brainwashing our children into becoming Islamists.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:37 am |
    • Nasser

      the fact is that there is no Islamic force in America yet there is great number of Americans converting to Islam in every day, and for your information most of them are Women aged 25 and above, so if Islam oppresses women why your sisters going to Islam.
      from your words i can understand that you do not know anything about Islam so before you speak try to understand both sides of the story..may be you are already being brain washed, no one is going to fight with you, just let the Imams and Muslim scholars say what they are about to say, same as you did for the priests and reverends. and the truth should prevail always.

      October 6, 2011 at 6:05 am |
    • mike

      wow, somebody's slightly paranoid and delusional. but really? there are 330 million Americans and most are hateful gun owning Christians, i highly doubt that Islam could even come close to beginning to infiltrate our mainstream population and if u think that just because they get some media time that they are gaining ground then not only are you a fool but you have horrible math skills too

      October 6, 2011 at 8:02 am |
    • paul

      An islamic super hero? Really, comical just comical. The end result is to bamboozle the unsuspecting stupid masses to lower their guard against islam and its vile, violent and FALSENESS. Americans are smart, even some fools convert to this vile cult of death. Why would anyone give up their freedom and become a slave to a pagan moon god? For $ e x? Please Americans get that without damned religion. A comic that pushes religion...really?

      October 6, 2011 at 8:11 am |
    • Red

      Can you PROVE this is the case AT ALL with this comic, or are you going to continue to spout off like a lazy, ignorant coward whop is too much of a weakling to go out there and MEET people who are Muslims?

      The first issue is available for free in English to download. Have the basic common sense to READ IT before you wail like a frightened little child.

      http://www.the99.org/

      October 9, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  11. Jose M. Pulido

    Islamic terrorists are trying to infiltrate every level and aspect of American society; in this case, it is by introducing a comic-series superhero. They do not understand that no matter how harmless an Islam-related item they bring to America may seem, it is worthless, useless and detrimental to American values and society. The common denominator of Islamists is the no matter how nice and good they may seem to be, the ultimate purpose of Islam is to destroy to our democracy and freedom.
    We know their purpose is to destroy the USA in order to destroy Israel and then the rest of our democratic allies. We also know how oppressed Islamic women are in countries oppressed b Islam. We know the Islamists purpose in the USA is to grow and multiply in order to establish supremacy and eventually establish an Islamic government.
    Therefore, we must not allow entry to anything related to Islam, including Islamic-hero cartoons that will start brainwashing our children into becoming Islamists.

    October 6, 2011 at 2:37 am |
    • Tolerant Religion?!

      SPOT ON!

      October 6, 2011 at 2:50 am |
    • paul

      American's secret weapons against islam are the Latins. They alone can out breed any damned muslim woman.

      October 6, 2011 at 8:16 am |
    • Red

      Prove it or you're nothing more than an ignorant coward who's too much of a weakling to go out there and MEET people and hides like a shivering child behind his screen and clings desperately to whatever supports his view because it's easy and safe.

      The first issue is free to download in English. Are you actually going to READ it or are you going to continue to wail like the lazy, ignorant coward you show yourself to be?

      http://www.the99.org/

      October 9, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  12. 0219wade

    I'm so glad god gave me a free will and let us Christian choose what we can or cannot do! We have can chose not to read something or chose to read it! So which that be said, he also gave us a open mind! If have a chance to read this comic book I will or watch the show! People, it's only words and a TV show! Come on, have fun, freedom and joy in ur lives! So kudos to the man for being brave enough to do what he want in a free world! Thank You for letting us see into ur world thru comics and a tv show!

    October 6, 2011 at 2:29 am |
    • Santiago Matamoros

      You're a Muslim pretending to be a Christian, aren't you?

      Whatever the case, you're arguing in effect: "Let the Nazi make his comic book . . . he has free will . . . I will read it or watch the show . . . ," a suicidally-nescient position to take.

      amillennialist.blogspot.com

      October 6, 2011 at 4:00 am |
    • paul

      Dude, this stupid muslim comic will fail too. Americans would never go for islam's twisted sense of right, modesty and other crapola. Kids are mainly into gross and Sponge Bob Square Pants. Not some muslim woman with a head covering as a sign of modesty! Men that have to stop everything and head down to the mosque and put their a ss in the air 5x a day.

      October 6, 2011 at 8:26 am |
  13. Tolerant Religion?!

    Hmm, tolerance and equality? Wasn’t it just last week Saudi Arabia punished a two females, with lashes, who drove cars? Isn’t this also a religion which forces little girls into marriage with forty year old men? We have a word in the English language for men like that… pedophile! Although, Christianity was not any better off five hundred years ago. Any group of people, be it religious or you local 4H club, who openly discriminates against any person is a hate group…period.

    October 6, 2011 at 2:21 am |
    • Red

      Because of course those exemplify ALL MUSLIMS, don't they? It's not like they are actually an authoritarian government who actually OPPRESSES their people, are they?

      Oh, wait... they are, so that doesn't really count.

      October 9, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  14. eaglemt

    I would like the Muslims to be real superheros by stopping the torture, imprisonment and killing of Christians that Muslims are doing all over the world. Asia Bibi is a Christian that is sentenced to death in Pakistan for stating her faith in Christ. Pakistan has a law that if you convert to Christianity after having been a Muslim, you are to be sentenced to death. They are doing this in Iran and in many other Muslim countries. They are burning down churches, driving Christians from their homes and jobs, beating them raping them and kidnapping them, forcing young Christian girls to marry Muslims. What an oppressive, murderous religion!!! A comic book like this is a big fat lie about the true practice of this religion. When they start to be virtuous in real life, then I might contemplate believing that there is such a thing as a Muslim superhero.

    October 6, 2011 at 2:02 am |
    • Red

      Because it's totally NOT the fault of a totalitarian government, is it? It's not like they use religion as an excuse to impose their own view of it on the populace and it would be the same with anywhere that imposed Christianity in that way.

      October 9, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  15. Santiago Matamoros

    Devout Muslims wishing to deceive ignorant and gullible non-Muslims (and those craven, ignorant and gullible non-Muslims who wish to be deceived) often attempt to demonize critics of Allah and his prophet by accusing them of "Islamophobia," "racism," or "extremism." Often, they accuse them of presenting Islamic "sacred" texts out-of-context.

    When allowed to speak for themselves, Allah and its apostle prove such accusations false. According to Muslims, Muhammad's words and deeds are recorded in Qur'an, hadith collections, and sira. In these texts, Muhammad and his allah command the conversion, subjugation and humiliation, and murder of non-Muslims to make the world Islam.

    Following is some of that which the devout fear you'll discover.

    I. MUHAMMAD THE GENOCIDAL MONSTER

    These open-ended, universal commands for offensive warfare against those who refuse to convert to Islam or submit to its tyranny sum up nicely the predicament that's faced non-Muslims around the world for nearly one and one-half millennia:

    "the Messenger of Allah . . . would say: 'Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war. . . . When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. . . . Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them. . . . If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah's help and fight them . . .'" (Muslim Book 19, Number 4294).

    "fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war) . . . " (Qur’an 9:5).

    "Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued" (Qur'an 9:29).

    "The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter . . . " (Qur'an 5:33).

    Ibn Kathir says of this verse: "'Wage war' mentioned here means, oppose and contradict, and it includes disbelief, blocking roads and spreading fear in the fairways. Mischief in the land refers to various types of evil." So, Muhammad requires execution, crucifixion, or cutting off hands and feet from opposite sides for "disbelief."

    "Allah's Apostle said: 'I have been ordered (by Allah) to fight against the people until they testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is Allah's Apostle [. . .] if they perform that, then they save their lives and property from me . . . '" (Bukhari Volume 1, Book 2, Number 24).

    "It is not for any prophet to have captives until he hath made slaughter in the land. Ye desire the lure of this world and Allah desireth (for you) the Hereafter, and Allah is Mighty, Wise" (Qur'an 8:67).

    "Allah’s Apostle said, '. . . I have been made victorious with terror . . .'" (Bukhari Volume 4, Book 52, Number 220).

    October 6, 2011 at 12:50 am |
    • Kareem

      Talk about taking verses out of content... how about getting some one who is well verses in Arabic to translate what these verses really mean and when and why they were reviled. Anyone can go online and take whatever they want put it together and say look at this!!! Incredible yet typical.

      October 6, 2011 at 1:42 am |
    • Skip

      Ps 149:1, 6-9
      Praise the Lord.
      Sing to the Lord a new song,
      his praise in the assembly of the saints….
      May the praise of God be in their throats
      and a double-edged sword in their hands,
      to inflict vengeance on the nations
      and punishment on the peoples,
      to bind their kings with chains,
      their nobles with shackles of iron,
      to carry out the judgment written against them.
      This is the glory of all his saints.

      October 6, 2011 at 1:43 am |
    • Skip

      1 samuel 15:1-15:3
      Saul Defeats the Amalekites but Spares Their King
      15Samuel said to Saul, ‘The Lord sent me to anoint you king over his people Israel; now therefore listen to the words of the Lord. 2Thus says the Lord of hosts, “I will punish the Amalekites for what they did in opposing the Israelites when they came up out of Egypt. 3Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have; do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.” ’

      October 6, 2011 at 2:29 am |
    • Skip

      The biblical account describes the Israelites being led by Joshua and crossing the Jordan into Canaan where they laid siege to the city of Jericho. There God spoke to Joshua telling him to march around the city once every day for six days with the seven priests carrying ram's horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day they were to march around the city seven times and the priests were to blow their ram's horns. This Joshua did, and he commanded his people not to give a war-cry until he told them to do so. On the seventh day, after marching around the city the seventh time, the priests sounded their ram's horns, and Joshua ordered the people to shout. The walls of the city collapsed, and the Israelites were able to charge straight into the city. The city was completely destroyed, and every man, woman, and child in it was killed. Only Rahab and her family were spared, because she had hidden the two spies sent by Joshua. After this Joshua burned the remains of the city and cursed any man who would rebuild the city of Jericho would do so at the cost of his firstborn son. It is generally accepted that the biblical date for the fall of the walls is the 28th of Nisan, according to the Hebrew calendar.

      From WikipidiA

      October 6, 2011 at 2:32 am |
    • Skip

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_terrorism

      Read and learn!

      October 6, 2011 at 2:35 am |
    • Skip

      National Liberation Front of Tripura
      Anders Behring Breivik
      Iron Guard and Lăncieri
      Lord's Resistance Army
      Ku Klux Klan
      Army of God
      Hutaree

      October 6, 2011 at 2:44 am |
  16. Ahmed

    Muslim! beware and be advised! Shirk (polytheism – شرك) and likeness to shirk (الشبه إلى الشرك) both are forbidden and against the faith of Islam. لا إله إلا الله. God is One and has no partners. The attributes of Allah cannot be assigned to humans or anyone else.

    I am not going to judge Naif, but his little project is designed to corrupt the minds of our young generation and destroy the strong monotheism faith that we stand on. It would have been wise to have a super hero called Naif than Jabbar, because there is only one Jabbar and that is Allah.

    لا إله إلا الله محمد رسول الله

    October 5, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
    • Reality

      To my sister and brother Muslims:

      The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:

      ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

      Are you ready?

      Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

      The First Five of the 77 Branches:

      "1. Belief in Allah"

      aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

      "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

      Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

      "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

      A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

      "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

      Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

      Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

      Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

      "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)
      alone."
      Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

      Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

      Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

      Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

      October 5, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
    • Samsword

      @Reality... What? No five steps for Taoism? I'm offended.... everyone always leaves Taoism off.....

      October 6, 2011 at 2:00 am |
    • Nathan G.

      @Ahmed – not going to judge Naif? You just did. Here's a thought that seems to have alluded you. In whose image was man created? If we are deemed to be created in the image of god, then by definition we have his attributes. To deny any of the attributes of god to those he is said to have created in his image means that either we are not created in his image or we ourselves are forbidden.

      I am not a fan of religion, however you cannot judge an entire religion based on the actions of a few. The problem with Islam for instance is not the religion itself – it is individuals like you espousing outdated concepts. Religion grows over time. Just look at Christianity. With the exception of a handful of ignorant individuals still stuck in the dark ages, much of what Christianity originally espoused that we now accept as wrong is no longer supported. Modern Christians don'y go and murder witches or kill infidels, just as Modern Muslims do not. Those who use religion to support their atrocities are the same regardless of their religion.

      October 6, 2011 at 2:41 am |
    • .........

      Do not read reality posts waste of precious time hit report abuse

      October 6, 2011 at 4:52 am |
    • Reality

      Two steps to deprogram Taoism:

      Contemplative Taoists follow more closely the teachings of Lao-tzu in that they accomplish action through non-action and "go with the flow." (i.e. they are lazy). Hsien Taoists, or immortalists, practice various kinds of alchemy and yoga-type exercises in an attempt to live forever. (enough said)

      October 6, 2011 at 8:06 am |
    • Red

      Read. The. Comic.

      First one free for download.

      http://www.the99.org/

      October 9, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  17. Lia

    Sooo...Muslims are going to hold children down and force them to read comics? Yeesh! If you find them to be offensive, declare that they aren't allowed in the house. there aren't any concepts that they wont run into on the internet. Heck, I doubt that one comic book series will turn them into radical muslims...unless people make too much of a fuss about it. Make a lot of fuss and I can almost guarantee that more kids will experience an Islamic phase.... That is just the nature of rebellious teens. The single best way to get kids/teens to do something is to forbid them to do it.

    I'd suggest that we tackle the issue of bullying first...or our growing inability to protect our children...or keep them fed and/or keep a roof over their heads...etc... That's far more likely to push them in an Islamic direction than any comic book.... We already have too many higher priority problems that require our attention.

    October 5, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
  18. Amina

    Some works face resistance because they are harmfull and useless. On the other hand, some works face the same because they are really very well prepared and contain treasure of moral lessons, human values and benefits. The 99 is one of the best works ever and it is being resisted because of this.
    There are numerous comics that establish hate and violence in the minds of young viewers. Have they been fought? No, they haven't. I'm shocked that a fine work such as The 99 is being resisted instead of the fact that it sows the seed of human values in its viewers before anything else.
    The 99 seeks to spread goodness and peace and It deserves to be presented on TVs.

    October 5, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
    • Nathan G.

      I disagree. It is being resisted because of hypocritical bigotry. Attacking the comic because there is a character wearing a burqa is ridiculous. How many superheros in current comic books run around in coverings that are essentially head-to-toe? The bottom line is this is a comic series with characters based around another culture – there is nothing to indicate that it is attacking any other culture. Freedom of expression by extension includes the freedom to rip on someone else's expression – but it doesn't stop you from being a hypocrite for doing so. No one is forcing people to read it – if it bothers you, don't.

      October 6, 2011 at 2:31 am |
  19. Dick Schmidt

    I thought Muslim superheroes wear suicide vests? SIlly Muslim comic book makers....

    October 5, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  20. Kyle Overboard

    2011cnn2011,
    I'm going to briefly acknowledge your existence here... because I want you to pay close attention to what I write:
    I am an American
    I am a disabled American Veteran
    I am crippled from saving a fellow American's life while on duty.
    My entry papers into the armed services reflect a religious preference code of
    42
    42 cross-references to Islam.
    You see, I was born by 3rd generation American citizens of French and Irish decent.
    I am Muslim by choice.
    American by birth.
    I honor my country and I respect and cherish life.
    Yet you would take away the very freedom of religion that I vowed to protect.

    October 5, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      why would you choose to be muslim

      when the koran is full of contradictions and lies

      and is based off of the bible

      which is full of contradictions and lies

      thanks for your service

      but quit being foolish

      October 5, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
    • Kyle Overboard

      Dear The Brown Note,
      I neither required nor desired to enter into a conversation regarding the validity or infallibility of my faith, which you are neither prepared nor equipped to discuss. You are an exact example of why this country will fail: you cannot allow your neighbor to live in peace without insult or injury. You are attempting to cause both. Live and let live.

      October 5, 2011 at 11:04 pm |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      well

      you had to announce your muslimship publicly

      you are incorrect in your assumptions

      i have read the koran and the bible

      ive got multiple copies in my house

      you arent prepared to discuss the validity of your beliefs because you know there is no structure in them

      i find it funny that you talk of patriotism

      but believe in a religion that promotes beating women

      permission to do so is given to muslim men in the koran by the way

      peace love and good happiness stuff

      amen

      October 5, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      and for the record

      this country will fail because of the religious

      religion has been responsible for holding technological advances back for centuries

      my dog tags say christian on them

      but that was before i learned how to think for myself

      October 5, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Kyle, I am an atheist, but as an American, I believe that everyone should have the right to believe as they choose. Thank you for defending that freedom, for all of us.

      October 6, 2011 at 12:33 am |
    • elle

      I'd support comics with good Muslim people as characters, but not ones wearing the Naqab. Respectfully, the way Islam is currently practiced, often involves taking away women's freedoms. While there are good things about the faith, the current practice of sharia law (not created by Mohammed by the way, but clerics through the ages) leaves it open to REAL and fair criticism. I'm non religious and agnostic-so I'm not some christian anti-Muslim nut. But there are genuine problems with Islam today, and its fair for Americans to be concerned about it. It unfortunate that cries of racism and bigotry prevent us from discussing genuine problems in religions. When moderate people are afraid to discuss a religion openly because they don't want to be call bigots, then the far right are the only ones left discussing things in the open. And they draw sympathy from people whose concerns aren't being heard.This goes for Christianity and Judaism, and Israel too.

      October 6, 2011 at 12:55 am |
    • Kyle Overboard

      Brown Note,
      Like most of the internet, you are here to talk, to shout your views from behind the safety of your screens ... but you are not here to listen, and you are not willing to change.

      Why should I want to engage in something that only resembles conversation, but in reality is nothing more than a salesman trying to sell his/her point of view.

      When you are ready to listen, and you are will to entertain change, come back and we'll have a conversation.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      i entertained change long ago when i stopped believing in god

      like most of the internet

      you are here to make things up from behind the safety of your screen

      you are not here to listen

      you are not willing to change

      because you still hopelessly cling to the belief that we are here for a purpose

      we are not

      October 6, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
    • Red

      elle, do you know for a fact that the extremists and the governments that are doing these terrible things represent ALL Muslims?

      Of course not. In fact in case you haven't noticed, countries such as Libya, Syria and Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries have and are REBELLING AGAINST such people and governments because they are restricting their freedoms. Not because of the religion, but becasue they want to CONTROL the people and use religion as an excuse. it's the same with ANY religion and it's happened with every religion.

      October 9, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
    • Red

      @The Brown Not,

      the Bible is just as full of contradictions.

      October 9, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
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