Ms. Muslima

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful…

I read something the other day that piqued my interest and I’d like to share it here on my blog. There’s a story on BBC News Magazine about a Pakistani-American superhero named Kamala Khan, the new Ms. Marvel, and the video reel accompanying the story is pretty intriguing.

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A white, female, American convert to Islam, G Willow Wilson, is penning the comic book with the hopes that her two daughters and millions of other young girls will have exciting role models to look up to.

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I think it’s an awesome idea and a great way to expand the audience of Marvel comics. Kamala Khan isn’t the first, though; there was a superhero named Sooraya Qadir who wore a niqab.

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These are both examples of positive role models for young Muslimas in modern American popular culture, and I think it does a great service towards showing the integration and cooperation that people with differences should have towards each other. And since these are action heroes, they appeal to a broad audience. I think it’s awesome that not only are the characters Muslim, but they’re women. That makes the demographic they’re representing even smaller and more of a niche venture, but it’s just super cool to have Muslim women represented in a positive light anywhere in popular media.

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To have Dust’s viewpoint (which can be extrapolated to the vast majority of Muslim women) expressed respectfully and appropriately within the pages of any media is milestone, and a marvel in and of itself. If only we could get better as a human race at applying that concept in our daily lives with every person we meet…