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The cover of issue #2 of the Muslim comic book series 'The 99' published by Teshkeel Media Group. (AP)


This is not Syria of 75 years ago, however. It is a rolling, 3-D videogame on Wael El-Zanaty's cell phone, and his thumb is a blur of motion as he navigates the alleys and fires at soldiers.

"The best thing about this game is that this is something that Arabs can relate to," said El-Zanaty, the technical director for Egypt's Good News Group, which developed the game "Bab el-Hara" based on a hit television series that airs during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

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Muslim comics superheroes battle radical Islam
By The Associated Press


From videogames to a Kuwaiti entrepreneur's comic-book empire featuring Muslim superheroes, the Arab world's private sector is leading a push to provide Muslim and Arab youth with homegrown heroes, something sorely needed as a bulwark against the trend toward radical Islam throughout the Middle East.

In "Bab el-Hara," Abu Essam's footsteps echo loudly as he walks through the narrow alleys of Damascus' old city. Around him in 1930s Syria, tall stone buildings block the scorching sun.

Cautiously, he walks on. Around the next corner he could find the key to the gate to free prisoners captured by Syria's colonial ruler, France. Or he could face a shot from a French soldier's rifle. As he turns the corner, a shot rings out - but it is the soldier who is dead.

 

 

 



The members of The 99 who have been revealed so far are:

  • Jabbar, The Powerful;

  • Noora, The Light;

  • Darr, The Afflicter;

  • Jami, The Assembler;

  • Widad, The Loving;

  • Fattah, The Opener;

  • Mumita, The Destroyer;

  • Raqib, The Watcher;

  • Bari, The Healer;

  • Sami, The Listener;

  • Musawwira, The Organiser;

  • Hadya, The Guide;

  • Rafie,The Lifter;

  • Baqi, The Everlasting;

  • Baeth, The Sender.

Availability

As well as being published in English and Arabic in print form it is also available for download online via http://www.the99.org/article-36-33-Articles-17,ckl

The 99 (Arabic: الـ 99 al 99‎), also written as The Ninety-Nine (Arabic: التسعة وتسعون al-tisa'a wa tisaun‎), is a comic book published by Teshkeel Comics, featuring a team of superheroes based on Islamic culture and religion.

The series is a creation of Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, founder and C.E.O. of Teshkeel Media Group. The creative team for The 99 is composed of comic book industry veterans such as Fabian Nicieza, Stuart Moore, June Brigman, Dan Panosian, John McCrea, Ron Wagner, Sean Parsons and Monica Kubina – all of whom have worked at both Marvel and DC Comics.

Although the series is based on Islamic concepts, it is promoted as appealing to universal virtues, and the religion of each character is not made explicit.

Publication history

An Origins Preview was first published in the Middle East in May 2006, followed by a US reprinting in July 2007. The 99 #1 was printed in September 2006 in the Middle East and was published in the US in August 2007 as First Light. Subsequent issues printed monthly to The 99 #7 within the USA and is ongoing monthly internationally. Indonesian and Indian editions are ongoing on a monthly basis.

DC Comics have revealed that they are planning a crossover mini-series of the Justice League and The 99.

Characters

The 99 are ordinary teenagers and adults from across the globe, who come into possession of one of the 99 mystical Noor Stones (Ahjar Al Noor, Stones of Light) and find themselves empowered in a specific manner. All dilemmas faced by The 99 will be overcome through the combined powers of three or more members. Through this, The 99 series aims to promote values such as cooperation and unity throughout the Islamic world. Although the series is not religious, it aims to communicate Islamic virtues which are, as viewed by Dr. Al-Mutawa, universal in nature.

The concept of The 99 is based on the 99 attributes of Allah. Many of these names refer to characteristics that can be possessed by human individuals. For example – generosity, strength, faithfulness, wisdom are all virtues encouraged by a number of faiths.

In compliance with Islamic tradition, the Arabic version of the aliases of each of the 99 is written without the definite article "Al-", because use of this precise form is exclusive to Allah. This serves to remind that The 99 are only mortals, and sets them as human role models, with their qualities and weaknesses.
 

 

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