After years of a Batman, Spiderman and Superman cartoon monopoly, the world’s first Muslim superheroes are ready to spring into action.
Named “the 99”, each superhero possesses one of Allah’s 99 attributes and the characters include Batina the Hidden, a burka-clad woman, and Jabbar the Powerful, a Saudi Arabian Hulk-type man.
The cartoon characters are already a hit from Morocco to Indonesia, recently being named as one of the top 20 trends sweeping the world by Forbes magazine.
Now the 99 are concentrating their superhero powers on British television with the mission to instill Islamic values in children of all faiths.
The 99 was created by Dr. Naif al-Mutawa, a clinical psychologist from Kuwait, who felt Muslim children needed a new set of heroes to emulate.
“It is based on attributes such as generosity and mercy. These are not things that Islam has a monopoly over.”
“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.”
Dr. al-Mutawa hopes the cartoons will appeal to all audiences.