Let's Be Honest: Burka Avenger is the OG Super Heroine of Pakistanby Farida Haji
The Burka Avenger
In July 2013, a cartoon show from Pakistan created ripples across the animated industry by introducing a powerful female superheroine. Burka Avenger was named one of the most Influential Fictional Characters of 2013 by Time magazine and made it to the Emmy nominations. The show has won 6 international awards and has been viewed over 200 million times.
The OG Super Heroine of Pakistan
The world is rejoicing and positively welcoming the South Asian Muslim female playing Ms. Marvel in the Marvel universe. A shape-shifting super-heroine fighting evil individuals in the streets of New Jersey.
However, the concept of creating a Muslim Pakistani Female superhero in Ms. Marvel came to life after the success of Haroon Rashid’s Burka Avenger in 2013.
The character of Kamala Khan a.k.a. Ms. Marvel, played onscreen by actor Iman Vellani in the acclaimed tv series Ms. Marvel (2022), was introduced in the comic book Ms. Marvel Now! in February 2014.
Unlike other superheroes, Burka Avenger is a young teacher, Jiya, who is a savior of the people and children of the fictional town of Halwapur in Pakistan.
Devoid of supernatural powers, she owns her quwwat, her mightiness to fight against all kinds of villains purely with pens, books, and self-confidence.
3 Reasons to Binge Watch Burka Avenger
The Burka – Covered, Not Confined
Islamophobes often mistake the burka to be a form of an oppressive garment forced upon Muslim women. Haroon has used that same burka to showcase how it is a garment of empowerment. Not only does Jiya don the burka to safeguard her identity, she convincingly uses her modest costume to fight evil.
The Art of Defence – The Pen is Mightier than the Sword
Her mystic martial art form Takht Kabbadi does not include the use of deadly weapons. Instead, she uses pens and books to safeguard herself and foil villainous plans. She shows that education literally and metaphorically is essential and enough to overcome adversities.
A Showcase of Islamic Values
A true Muslim heroine. Jiya, the Burka Avenger, deals with numerous social issues throughout the series. Standing against corrupt individuals, educating young minds, sharing a healthy relationship with her foster parents, and overcoming her childhood trauma to spread peace.
Burka Avenger subtly deals with deep-rooted societal issues through adventure, action, laughter, and a moral lesson at the end.
This Emmy-nominated children’s animated show is available to watch on Qalbox. Gather your kids and enjoy this wholesome show together.