I’m a HUGE fan of Batman, even before the Christopher Nolan movies, which are freakin’ awesome. The Dark Knight has ALWAYS been my favorite DC superhero. (Nightcrawler, the demonic-looking, teleporting Catholic, from X-Men takes the mantle on the Marvel side for me). So when I caught wind that the Batman Inc. incorporated an Algerian Muslim for its French branch, I was like HELL-to-the-YEAH! Straight ballin’! And what’s even cooler? This Muslim practices parkour!!!!! OMG! OMG! OMG! If you don’t know what parkour is, just go to YouTube and search for it. By Allah, if you aren’t – like – “holy crap, parkour is awesome!” then you might just utterly suck and fail at life. This article contains his origins story, which is also awesome, and also some controversy surrounding him.
On a more serious note, things like this are precisely what Muslims need to break down the Islamophobia and the sense of Otherness in the West, penetration in the cultural, Western milieu. Fiqh merely sets the bounds for what’s permissible. Stuff like this is not only cool, but SO important. It makes me wish I could draw. 😦
Well, maybe, insha’Allah, my place in this frontier could be in writing. 🙂