Thursday, July 10, 2008


There's a female Muslim superhero! Sooraya Qadir, code name: Dust, is possibly the first practicing Muslimah in the Marvel Comics Universe and also a rare find to see a Muslim having a positive roll in the superhero world.

This is what Wiki has to say about her:

Dust is an adolescent Sunni Muslim girl who possesses the mutant power to turn herself into a sand-like substance. Born in Afghanistan, Sooraya is kidnapped by a slave-trading ring after she is separated from her mother. While one of her slavers tries to remove her niqāb, she instinctively lashes out with her powers and flays them all alive with her dust form before passing out. She is subsequently discovered and rescued by Wolverine and Fantomex. Wolverine takes her to the X-Corps base in India. Sooraya hides herself from the X-Men stationed there by turning into sand and spreading herself around the complex. Phoenix senses Sooraya’s presence and telepathically convinces her to reveal herself to everyone present. Sooraya reforms and announces her presence by speaking a single word: Turaab (Arabic for dust).

Although I wouln't go to the extreme of wearing niqab, the full face cover that many Muslim women are choosing to wear these days, I do wear a scarf and dress modestly. It doesn't stop me from living my life and doing the things I want to do. It's a common idea of most people to think that just because a woman is wearing hijab she is somehow weak, uneducated and powerless. It's clothing! Fabric! People need to get beyond the garb and look at the person beneath.

It's nice to see that the world is finally beginning to accept women who choose to wear hijab.

TURAAB! Muslim women have arrived!


  1. I am not sure if a new comic character would convince western society to accept Muslim women wearing Hejab, it is just another character of many which appears in Marvel comics, incidentally Turab doesn’t mean dust in Arabic but it means soil, the true translation of Dust is {ghobar غبار}Thanks for sharing.

    Libyan warrior

  2. I just stumbled across your blog the other day looking for information about life in Libya and ended up reading through the archives until three o'clock in the morning! I can't stop. You really have an interesting life and you write about it very well.

    --Tony in the USA

  3. Libyan warrior... dust sounds so much nicer suomehow than soil... thanks for the correction

    Tony - welcome to my blog. Glad you are enjoying it.

  4. ya to me turaab is just traab in libyan which is sand, they are just trying to call her sand ni... u know but they cant. still she first appeared in 2002... probably has to do with the war, i haven't read it.

  5. Hi,

    I would like to point to only one thing...

    This Hijab clothing in the comic picture is not really the right Muslims Hijab, because it should cover women body not showing body curves (if you know what I mean!)

    Yes, it suppose to be not making women sexy (for men ofcourse), that's the entire idea of Hijab (حجاب) which means Veil to cover and keep women protected from mens eyes and also men from being unconsciously giving women that "animal look".

    So I can say this girl is not wearing the Muslims Hijab but she is wearing the Marvel-Hijab!

    Kind Regards,
    Ali Attaweel.


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