09 October, 2006

Who's UR Hero?????

Who was your hero growing up? Superman? Barbie?
What about children of this age? Pokemon? Power Rangers?
In the Arab world, this is especially a pungent issue. The lack of mystical heroes seems to weigh on the conscience of so many who are trying to salvage the problem by creating new heroes that conform with the major religion in the region, Islam. One such endeavor is by a young Kuwaiti chap, Naif Al-Mutawa, who is releasing a new comic book series called The 99, in which 99 characters portray the 99 attributes of Allah. As to how he managed to convince anyone to invest in his idea, it was rather simple enough: he revealed to his financial backers a newspaper story about a Hamas supporter in the Palestinian territories who was selling a children’s book with stickers of suicide bombers as heroes. "I took this around and said, ‘look, this is what’s happening in the vacuum’," he said. "I don’t want my kids growing up like that."


I personally don't see any lack of heroes in the Arab world. We certainly don' need to revert to mystical, dazzling and fictional characters when true heroes do exist in our history. Why, we have the Prophet s.A.a.w.s, Abu Baker Al-Sadeeq, Omar ibn Al-Khatab, Othman ibn Afan, Ali ibn Abey-Taleb, Hamza bin Abuld-Moutalib, Kalid ibn Al-Waleed, Salah Al-Din Al Ayoubi, Al Sayeda Khadeeja, Ayehsa bint Abey Bakr, Khawla bint All-Azwar and many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many more...

This post is especially dedicated to Skeptical.


Arabized said...

yea my prophets growing up (AND STILL ARE)were the prophets (peace be upon them) and the sahaba.

but come on, most arab kids wanted to be captin majid.
dont deny it.
he was the shiz.

bandicoot said...

proud, all the heroes you mentioned are from the early Islamic period, some 1400 years ago. What about modern day heroes? and what's wrong with fictional or mystical heroes?
btw, there was a post on this topic on this blog (or one of its blogrolls) a while a go; can't find it though.

yasmine said...

yes,i have a couple of the archie series in arabic. funniest thing i've ever read & my arabic reading is so so! good luck with this comic.

Slagothor said...

What does "UR" stand for?

marwan said...

I'll stick with Batman and Iron Man, thanks.

In other news, Optimus Prime could singlehandedly kick the asses of all 99 heroes.

Al Sinjab said...

lol @ arabized. Oh, Captain Majid.

Shera: Princess of Power. Shera was my hero. Pink, Strong, with a Pegasus horse.

I don't think there's anything wrong with inventing new heroes. It doesn't detract from the accomplishments of real life heroes. Additionally, creativity and fantasy is always fun and it's often more accessible to very young children. It's also a great project for kids (and adults) to create their own heroes as a way of exploring their values and culture. Ain't nothing wrong with that.

DG said...

I agree with pRoUd, we definitely need to educate ourselves as well as our future generations about our heroes. It is really ironic that most of us don't een know about our past. And as Sheikh Zayed used to say, those who forget their past have no future. May Allah's mercy be on his soul.

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