"Sababa" Illuminates Muslim Heritage Through Comics

In response to a lack of authentic representation in Western media, Hussain Sheikh and his team have dedicated two years to crafting a unique comic book titled "Sababa" (meaning "a way/means"). The project aims to reconnect individuals with their religion, heritage and culture.

"Sababa" Illuminates Muslim Heritage Through Comics
Penned by a Muslim author and meant for a Muslim audience, "Sababa" aims to fill a hole in western Muslim representation.

A new historical Muslim comic book is seeking crowdfunding through the Muslim fundraising platform LaunchGood.

In response to a lack of authentic representation in Western media, especially concerning Muslim culture and values, Hussain Sheikh and his team have dedicated two years to crafting a unique comic book titled "Sababa" (meaning "a way/means"). The project aims to be a heartfelt endeavor to reconnect individuals with their religion, heritage and culture.

For those seeking content that reflects timeless values and distinct cultures, "Sababa" offers a collection of 11 historical fiction stories set in various Islamic societies. The Muslim cultures featured in the book include Mughal, Arab, Malay, Turkish, Chinese, Balkan, Berber, Nigerian and more. Each story features a Muslim hero facing challenges and drawing strength from their faith.

The themes explored in these stories range from belief in God, motivation and hard work to family, bullying and war. Each topic addresses mature subjects in a respectful and grounded manner. Recommended for ages 12 and above, each hardcover book contains over 100 pages of emotionally enriching content presented in a full-color, satin finish comic format.

An example spread from "Sababa."

"Sababa" incorporates quotes from the Quran, the Prophet Muhammad and other inspirational figures into its storylines. As the final editorial process nears completion, the books are expected to start shipping in early February 2024. To stay informed about the project's progress, readers are encouraged to provide their email addresses when making orders.

“Sababa” is a labor of love, aiming to showcase the beauty, wonder and wisdom of traditional Islam and Muslim cultures. The comic book aims to be enjoyable even for those not typically interested in comic books by platforming Muslim storytellers and creators, fostering a more inclusive representation of diverse narratives.

Hussain Sheikh is an engineer based out of Canada, but don't let that fool you — storytelling is his real passion. He is joined on the project by the illustrator Stàrista Jacobsen Bravo and Pakistani calligrapher Abdullah Q.

You can learn more about “Sababa” at the link below.

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