BURAAQ Episode 1: Introduction of A True Muslim Superhero
Superhero movies always show a hero that is impossible to follow. Still, SplitMoonArts have created a perfect solution to this problem. They have introduced a character that checks all the superhero boxes and represents one of the significant faiths in the world. Today, Islam is the fastest-growing religion globally, with more than 1.2 billion people practicing it actively. But even with such staggering numbers, Hollywood has failed to represent this community accurately.
Even in big budgets DC/Marvel movies, the villain was shown to be Muslim (remember Iron Man?). However, the concept of a Muslim superhero is still too wild for many. Recently, Hollywood portraying superheroes is riddled with confusion, family problems, and deliberately focusing on promoting their dark side. In contrast, SplitMoonArts has made its mission to highlight innate goodness, solid morals, and balanced life as the key to being a superhero. The success of the Ertugrul series has proven that you can have a massive hit without forcing negative and secular agendas down the audience's throats. A real personality like Ertugrul became an instant idol for millions of Muslim kids worldwide.
More Than Just A Fantasy Genre
Fantasy is a genre that targets young impressionable minds mainly because they can believe in the impossible. When these children start admiring a hero, they often try to imitate everything about them. If the hero is only shown good via their powers, then there isn't much left for children to try as they can never have those powers. But now SplitMoonArts have taken the initiative to create a superhero with extraordinary abilities and mandatory costumes. Still, in addition to this, he'll be a man of faith.
BURAAQ isn't just a superhero. He could become the first Muslim superhero that can influence millions around the world. The first episode of the web series made for a strong introduction of the lead. Yusuf Abdullah, aka BURAAQ, works with an NGO whose goal is to help youth Muslim youth. The NGO team and some teenagers were camping in the beautiful place where Yusuf praised Allah's creation. Soon he felt something different in the air, and instinctively he looked up at the sky. There he saw a fireball being formed and ready to target the area where everyone was sleeping. Like a true superhero, he transformed before flying directly towards the fireball. He somehow managed to take the energy out of it. Even after successfully stopping it, he felt this was just the beginning of something terrible.
The series makers are well aware that Muslims don't commonly share the same language, so they have gone the extra mile to translate it adequately into multiple languages. Although the project is being developed on a much smaller scale than DC and Marvel, the animation is still of the highest quality. This episode was just to show the actual person behind BURAAQ, and it served its purpose entirely.
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