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Niqab + mutant = WTF?

September 27, 2010

This is Dust.  She is a member of the X-men.  Seriously.  A mutant wearing a niqab and abaya.

Why?

I’m not surprised by the multiculti inclination to be “inclusive” by having mutants from many different races and cultures.  Totally expected.  But a niqab?

This is not something that we need to “normalize”.  The vast majority of Muslim women don’t wear a niqab.  Why would a mutant with super powers?

20 Comments leave one →
  1. September 27, 2010 9:33 am

    Simple answer – and a shot in the dark here – some mutants in the movies have been known to cover up horribly disfiguring scars with facial coverings – perhaps she had it happen and being a muslim based character this was the easiest way to do so without drawing attention?

    I know, I’m probably blowing it out the wrong end there, but if the writers wanted a specifically muslim character, there are few ways to make the identification without the niqab, whether or not it is prevalent.

    Personally, I would question a female muslim character wearing a niqab that is liberated enough to kick the crap out of others, but that’s just me.

  2. Michele permalink*
    September 27, 2010 1:19 pm

    I don’t know the religion of any of the other X-men or any super heroes for that matter.

    Does anyone?

  3. September 27, 2010 4:59 pm

    Nightcrawler was Catholic.
    Iceman was Catholic.
    Magneto and his children, the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver were Jewish, as is Kitty Pryde.
    Cyclops and Havok were Protestant.
    The Guthrie family, Cannonball and Husk are also Baptist.
    There are more, of course. That’s just who I can remember. And that’s just for the X-Men.

  4. Michele permalink*
    September 27, 2010 5:37 pm

    Interesting.

    Obviously, I’ve never read the comic books; I’ve only seen the X-men movies. Were their religions integral to any of the story lines or simply incidental?

    I guess the difference is that Dust is dressed to look like a Muslim whereas the religions of the others are not obvious by their appearance. Why is she?

    It’s hard to reconcile a superhero wearing such a submissive outfit. Although, the drawing above is suggestive at the same time which has reported drawn backlash and that probably answers the “why?” question. Don’t want to piss off the radicals with a more traditional (heh) comic book superhero outfit.

  5. September 27, 2010 9:02 pm

    Some story lines were based around religion in X-Men. I mean, there’s the Purifiers and Reverend William Striker who believes god has chosen him to rid the world of mutants.

    Nightcrawler always uses religion to be the moral balance between what’s right and wrong when the X-Men are faced with particular dilemmas.

    Magneto’s heritage defines who he is. Living through the Holocaust is the reason why he believes mutants should fight against the people trying to rid of them. He does not want the same thing to happen to mutants as happened the people who lost their lives in the Holocaust.

    Not to mention the Cannonball/Husk stories usually involve their family, and there’s always religion tied into that.

    I forgot to mention Dani Moonstar and Thunderbird with their native heritage.

    Just recently in Wolverine #1 (2010), Wolverine visited a church where John Wraith runs a church there and gave Wolverine some faith-based advice.

    As for Dust wearing what she wears, why not? Sometimes Nightcrawler wears a cross around his neck. Magneto often references his heritage. Although Dust maybe “stands out” more with her particular faith, you may also find that she is not alone with that. Believe it or not, there is a mutant named “Indra” from, you guess it, India, http://marvel.wikia.com/Paras_Gavaskar_(Earth-616) – In his current storyline, (X-Men Legacy #238-239) he’s being forced into an arranged marriage. You may also notice he has a Bindi on his forehead, which too, is based off of his religion.

    I guess there is no real reason why Dust, or Indra have their religion more “focused” than everyone else’s. Perhaps it is just Marvel trying to reach out to other readers or religions?

    It may also be that Marvel is not trying to exclude any one. For example, Northstar is also a homo sexual and part of the X-Men. I suppose by putting every culture together under the title of “mutant”, they’re trying to show that mutants and humans are the same (as X-Men has always argued) and that there should not be war over difference.

    My mind traveled off a bit there, but I hope that helped. I sort of read X-Men a lot so I have a general idea of things in that universe.

  6. Michele permalink*
    September 27, 2010 11:29 pm

    Thanks for the information. I’m not a big comic book fan but the stories certainly sound interesting.

    I’d like to know what Muslims think about the Dust character.

  7. crazybengal permalink*
    September 28, 2010 6:52 am

    Fatwa!

  8. afshana permalink
    September 29, 2010 3:32 am

    Dust is quoted as saying “Torab! Torab!” which is Arabic for dust…she is from AFGHANISTAN…hellooo…people there DO NOT speak Arabic…a HUGE majority of Muslims do not speak Arabic…yet you and others assume otherwise and i quote again “The school board better find some a{A}rabic translators (who are not biassed {biased}) that can review the textbooks and look critically at the school’s curriculum.”

    • Michele permalink*
      September 29, 2010 9:13 am

      As a majority of Muslims do not speak Arabic, why are khutbahs in Arabic even in an English speaking community?

  9. crazybengal permalink*
    September 29, 2010 6:22 am

    Well maybe they would know a bit more Arabic if they wern’t so busy being thought in ENGLISH. hee!

  10. crazybengal permalink*
    September 29, 2010 6:23 am

    Wheeee! This dude is FUN!

  11. afshana permalink
    September 29, 2010 8:54 am

    This wise crack coming from a woman who couldn’t even spell biased correctly, although that was first word she was taught!!!

  12. afshana permalink
    September 29, 2010 9:59 am

    Khutbahs are in English…only the quotation from the Quran and Hadith are in Arabic followed by their translation…have you ever attended a jumma khutbah? My guess is NO.

  13. afshana permalink
    September 29, 2010 10:06 am

    and if the khutbahs WERE in Arabic, your objection is WHAT??? The majority wouldn’t even understand what is being said in that khutbah and this would defeat the purpose of giving a khutbah (sermon) wouldn’t it?

  14. afshana permalink
    September 29, 2010 10:22 am

    http://www.islamicity.com/library/Articles/Khutba_GuideLine.htm

    JUMAA KHUTBA TRAINING
    An Introduction

    4 .DO’S AND DON’TS IN DELIVERING A KHUTBA:
    9) Use simple words, no more than 3 syllables. Remember to speak slowly and punctuate. Use simple and easy English.

    ENGLISH…NOT ARABIC!!!

    The intro is in Arabic and it includes the Praise of Allah, and the prayers on His prophets & the last of all prophets, Prophet Muhammad (S). The main body of the khutbah is in the local language. The khutbah is concluded with a du’aa (supplication), which is in Arabic but understood by all ( “Almighty God, forgive the Muslim men and women,

    Forgive the believing men and women,

    Those who are alive and those who died,

    You are indeed the One who listens and accepts all supplications”
    )

  15. crazybengal permalink*
    September 29, 2010 1:37 pm

    OMG! Stabbed in the heart!

  16. crazybengal permalink*
    September 29, 2010 2:06 pm

    “does the west’s middle east policy got anything to do with it? shouldn’t the Canadian soldiers stay put in Canada and don’t do everything big brother asks them to do?”

    heh

  17. September 29, 2010 2:41 pm

    To be fair, in a recent issue of X-Men, Colossus, who is Russian, said “Ja,” instead of “Da,” when responding to a question.

    So for a slip-up, Colossus spoke German instead of Russian. There are often mistakes in comic books – all never intentional, but they do slip up.

  18. Michele permalink*
    September 29, 2010 4:07 pm

    It’s like movies where the accents don’t match the supposed ethnicity of the character. Funny and then forgotten.

  19. September 29, 2010 4:57 pm

    And here’s just some more and exciting facts about Dust.

    http://marvel.wikia.com/Sooraya_Qadir_(Earth-616)

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