Have you ever been to the movies, or picked up a superhero comic and wondered why haven’t you come across more female superheroes? And that question then begins to disintegrate as you wonder if there are even any existing Muslim female superheroes. To answer that, here are 4 of the most badass women of the Islamic faith in the Marvel universe, kicking up a storm as they save the world relentlessly while staying true to themselves. They are unapologetic of their commitment to their faith, and they show the world that it’s definitely possible to kick butt, whether in an abaya, or in a doctor’s coat, or buried under schoolbooks and flying at 500 MPH.
Have you ever felt out of place, like you weren’t sure you belonged anywhere? Then maybe you’re secretly a superhero. Unless that’s just Kamala Khan.
A Pakistani-American born in Jersey City after her parents migrated from Karachi, Kamala did not fit the stereotypical mold of a heroine in Western society. While she was proud of her faith, she was ostracized due to her geeky interests in gaming, social media and fanfiction. Adorably, she is a huge fan of superheroes as well. Kamala Khan first appeared in the comic series Captain Marvel Vol 7 #14 in 2013 and subsequently became Ms. Marvel after a freak accident that involved a vision of three of her favourite super heroes: Captain America, Iron Man and Captain Marvel. She possesses the ability to shape shift as well as an accelerated healing power.
While the Marvel Cinematic Universe has yet to introduce this next superhero, she had long first appeared in the series New X-Men #133 in 2002. An Afghan who spent her childhood in slavery before being enrolled in at the Xavier Institute, Sooraya Qadir is a young Sunni Muslim girl who has the power to transform herself into a sandstorm. Even as an adolescent, Sooraya held fast to her faith in the face of adversity from those whom she thought of as mentors and friends. She is always decked in an abaya and refused to renounce her faith despite the risks it carried, and believed that if she were to die in her crime fighting efforts, she would die making Allah proud.
There seems to be a trend of superheroes being fans of other superhero kind, and this next hero is no different. A London-based Muslim doctor, Dr. Faiza Hussain first appeared in the comic Captain Britain and MI-13 #1, when she was working triage and trying her best to keep people alive in the middle of a conflict in London. An incident with a Skrull war machine caused her to dream of the King Arthur’s enchanted sword, Excalibur.
After she wakes up from her dream, she realises that she gained the power safely disassemble anything into parts and manipulate them on a subatomic level and put them back together again. She’s also able to use her power on multiple targets at once. Aside from that, she can also immobilize any number of people at once until she releases them.
Another Muslim X-Men mutant, Monet St. Croix was born in Bosnia and is the first daughter of the rich Monegasque Cartier and Jamila St. Croix. Before she became M of X-Men, she endured great hardship from her siblings due to her position as her parents’ favourite, from being forced to live as her brother’s slave and having her younger twin sisters impersonate her. The traumatic experiences eventually led to her outwardly harsh personality and extremely self-reliant attitude. Monet is a mutant with an incredibly large variety of powers, and she is almost seemingly perfect in every way. She possesses superhuman strength, being able to lift an approximate weight of 75 tons as well as superhuman speed, endurance, reflexes, intuitive ability with an accelerated healing factor and enhanced senses. She can also perform telepathic and telekinetic powers, and is able to fly through sheer force of will. Monet first appeared as Penance, her brother’s slave in Generation X #1 in 1994, and then as her current alias, M, in Generation X #40, in 1998.