It’s the Shazam! edition of the roundup! I’m in a Hulk SMASH kind of mood, and thought it would be fun to pull together a few feel-good, oh my stars and garters, stories for the link drop. But verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose so, avenger’s assemble, get your flame on, and enjoy this friendly neighbourhood roundup. Spoooon.

  • Check out Eirini Vourloumis‘ beautiful and brilliant photo essay on Latino Muslims for the NYTimes.

    … in America, Muslim society does not have a homogeneous ethnic identity. There are communities of different cultures and backgrounds that embrace Islam. This creates an layered Islamic society where all voices of Islam are represented…

    It is challenging to live in the U.S as a Muslim. There is a heightened sense of Islamophobia, which can be aggravated by the general portrayal of Muslims in the media. Negative images of Islam — drawn from associations with fundamentalism and terrorism — have begun to marginalize Islamic communities, accentuating the prejudice that many Muslims face in their daily lives. This is why I believe it is important to document Islamic communities in the U.S., to simply show everyday life without focusing on politics or race.

  • Newsflash: Islamic legal rulings, fatwa, found online are for information purposes only. They shouldn’t be used or interpreted by just anyone, since each fatwa is a ruling based upon an individual case, influenced by specific circumstances, and is intended for someone else entirely.Two of India’s leading Islamic seminaries, Darul Uloom, Deoband and Darul Uloom, Firangimahal have announced that they are unhappy their fatwas are being published as general “proclamations” and are often “misconstrued.” They are even considering stopping the practice of publishing the fatwas online, saying:

    A fatwa is issued in a particular context to a fatwa seeker by ‘Darul Ifta’ (the fatwa department of the seminary) and it is not possible to put the entire details on the website. Following this, single line answers are picked up which do not give the correct sense.

    *whew* after reading fatwas online, I was really beginning to question the ethics of eating mermaids and I’m happy I can still give salaams to my neighbour’s parrot. (hat tip to Stephanie @ Deconstructing Doctrine)

  • They’re Muslim. They’ve been nominated as local heroes. They are, Muslim Heroes.
  • Last but not least, if you’re a fan of the Muslim comic, The 99, then you may be THRILLED to learn that DC’s Batman Incorporated franchise of the superhero war on crime (a global team of heroes trained and commanded by the caped crusader himself) now includes a Muslim superhero to watch over France.Naturally, the idea of a French Muslim Batman has drawn a lot of negative, Islamophobic criticism online — so Death+Taxes has pulled together an excellent writeup explaining Batman writer, David Hine’s explanation of choosing a Muslim for the team:

    “The process of developing a story is complex and there are all kinds of things I looked at. The urban unrest and problems of the ethnic minorities under Sarkozy’s government dominate the news from France and it became inevitable that the hero should come from a French Algerian background.”
    Right-wing anger over Nightrunner’s introduction isn’t based solely in anti-Islam attitudes, nor is it only about how DC eschewed a native—read: white —Frenchman. It’s based in an increasingly firm belief that only natives know what’s best for their country. Outsiders, real or imagined, can’t uphold a nation’s particular ideals.

    Keep a stiff upper lip Nightrunner — even Batman himself was hated. Being a superhero isn’t easy.