BURAAQ Episode #2: The Vaccine
In the first episode of the series, SplitMoonArts just gave us enough sneak peek about what to expect from BURAAQ. The story actually starts in the second episode, where we met two new characters. We met Qasim, a member of the group Truth Seekers and a nameless, black mask-wearing villain. Qasim stood at the roof of a lab from where he had taken the vaccines. He called someone and informed them about completing the task successfully. As soon as his call ended, a mask-wearing villain came right in front of him to get the stolen item back.
It is later revealed that the vaccine he escaped with would be used to brainwash people into accepting the coming of the evil master (who is still not revealed) as their supreme leader. While the character in the black suit tried to scare Qasim by threatening him, the truth seeker stood his ground and showed his unshakeable faith in God. Before the bad guy could do something, Qasim was out of his sight, but that only aggravated him, and he ended by saying that he won't back down.
Continuing The Celebration Of Faith
Even in this episode of BURAAQ, the creators didn't deter from the original message, showing that a good person and a good Muslim aren't two different things. If one person is a good Muslim, there is no way he won't be a good person. Keeping true to its theme, just like BURAAQ, Qasim also derived his strength from faith. He didn't confront the villain by saying he is more powerful than him. Instead, he said his Creator won't let him fail. If there is one significant difference between western superhero cartoons and BURAAQ it is the treatment of faith.
Marvel and DC productions don't show any religious affiliation. It is hardly a subject of any importance for them. It is something non-existence in their movies. But in BURAAQ the central theme is the celebration of the Islamic faith. Muslim children around the world can identify with it and learn from it. American superheroes like Batman, Spiderman, and Superman need their gadgets to defeat the big bad guy, but in BURAAQ, it all starts with courage.
Support For All The Right Reasons
The term "Vaccine" is very relevant in today's time. It won't be a shocker if a big Hollywood production creates a movie about getting misused by evil forces next year. SplitMoonArts have already incorporated this into their story, but due to lack of funds, it just isn't promoted on a level that could reach a large audience. This is an excellent example of how western media is not always the pioneer. They often do something better due to the availability of high-budget, and the world only gets to see their version. Like Riz Ahmed said, if you want to end the stereotypical portrayal of Muslims, then it's high time to invest in them as creators. BURAAQ has the potential to become the next big superhero franchise. All it needs is attention from the right people.
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