Assalaamu Alaykum. Insha Allah I’ll make this short and sweet.
First off, I’m sure Ms. Marvel has a lot of high quality artwork, and an entertaining story. It’s after all made by a billion dollar company, with resources I could never hope to have. But as I’m a Muslim, and the character is supposedly a Muslim too, I’ll comment on that aspect.
Straight away, Ms. Marvel has no hijab. And by hijab I don’t mean headscarf (khimar), but rather she is hardly covered at all. She’s wearing a mini skirt showing off her legs from mid thigh and down, and has a tight top with her hair completely showing. It is insulting that a secular organization thinks it can attract Muslim viewers by having a Muslim superhero who fails to follow the basic of Islamic commands.
وَقُل لِّلْمُؤْمِنَاتِ يَغْضُضْنَ مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِنَّ وَيَحْفَظْنَ فُرُوجَهُنَّ وَلَا يُبْدِينَ زِينَتَهُنَّ إِلَّا مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا ۖ وَلْيَضْرِبْنَ بِخُمُرِهِنَّ عَلَىٰ جُيُوبِهِنَّ ۖ وَلَا يُبْدِينَ زِينَتَهُنَّ إِلَّا لِبُعُولَتِهِنَّ أَوْ آبَائِهِنَّ أَوْ آبَاءِ بُعُولَتِهِنَّ أَوْ أَبْنَائِهِنَّ أَوْ أَبْنَاءِ بُعُولَتِهِنَّ أَوْ إِخْوَانِهِنَّ أَوْ بَنِي إِخْوَانِهِنَّ أَوْ بَنِي أَخَوَاتِهِنَّ أَوْ نِسَائِهِنَّ أَوْ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُهُنَّ أَوِ التَّابِعِينَ غَيْرِ أُولِي الْإِرْبَةِ مِنَ الرِّجَالِ أَوِ الطِّفْلِ الَّذِينَ لَمْ يَظْهَرُوا عَلَىٰ عَوْرَاتِ النِّسَاءِ ۖ وَلَا يَضْرِبْنَ بِأَرْجُلِهِنَّ لِيُعْلَمَ مَا يُخْفِينَ مِن زِينَتِهِنَّ ۚ وَتُوبُوا إِلَى اللَّهِ جَمِيعًا أَيُّهَ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَQuran (24:31)
“And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts) and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent (like both eyes for necessity to see the way, or outer palms of hands or one eye or dress like veil, gloves, headcover, apron), and to draw their veils all over Juyoobihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, or their fathers, or their husband’s fathers, or their sons, or their husband’s sons, or their brothers or their brother’s sons, or their sister’s sons, or their (Muslim) women (i.e. their sisters in Islam), or the (female) slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants who lack vigour, or small children who have no sense of feminine sex. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And all of you beg Allaah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful”
What makes a Muslim, isn’t simply saying he or she is a Muslim, but rather by submitting their will to the Creator. By following the commands in the Quran and the Sunnah (the sayings and doings of the final Prophet Muhammad Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) to the best of their ability. By having a “Muslim” character who fails to do this, it’s like Marvel is trying to reimagine what it means to be a Muslim. Non-Muslim atheists are trying to dictate to Muslims what Islam is. How Muslim is this character if she doesn’t even appear to be Muslim?
As Muslims we shouldn’t be so thirsty for Non-Muslims to make characters and stories for us. Really we need to up our game and make our own. Kids are going to read, and they’re going to watch. It’s a great way to learn languages, grammar, history, and morals. What Ms. Marvel teaches is degeneracy and hypocrisy.
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