A creative platform for raising cultural awareness and driving forward a positive social change.
Maghrib was Highly Commended by Faber & Faber and Andlyn Literary Agency's FAB Prize 2017.
'After Asim Ahkbar is left for dead that’s when his life begins to change. Saved by a secret organisation known as Jin. Asim must carry the mantle of Maghrib, the first to do so in over 700 years. He must continue to do good at night in order to survive through the day. Sharing a huge power that has corrupted all that have come before him.'
I decided to create this comic for my nephews and nieces after I eventually grew tired of auditioning for Terrorists and angry Arabs. With a noticeable lack of positive Muslim characters and role models in the media and the negative ways they were often depicted; I decided to create a Superhero who just so happens to be Muslim. I'm a firm believer in labelling theory and associating terms such as 'terror' or 'terrorist' with those acts of violence with only people of certain faith in the media can be detrimental towards society, creates isolation and only further perpetuates the problem. I want younger children to be able to identify with the hero, rather than the villain.
After recently completing the comic, each issue has been coloured and collected into a Graphic Novel. About 40% off the comic was redrawn and each panel was improved. The original artwork can be viewed online by Clicking through the images below or by following the links.
With the comic originally hitting over 11,000 views. I decided to collect all the feedback and comments further down this page. I could have just shown the best ones, but they all mean so much to me, so here they are the good and the bad with the most recent first.
'Maghrib' is now in stock and on sale at the wonderful independent comic book shop OK Comics in Leeds.
19, Thornton’s Arcade, Briggate, Leeds LS1 6LQ
Tel: 0113 246 9366