Creator of "The 99" Targeted with Death Threats from ISIL
The Kuwait Times reports that Dr. Nayef Al-Mutawa, creator of the comic book and animated series The 99, has been singled out for death threats from the extremist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, sometimes referred to as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS) through their Twitter account. A separate Twitter account for Al Qaeda agreed with the tweets calling for Dr. Mutawa’s death. The series centers on the titular superhero team, each of which has a super power based on one of the 99 attributes ascribed to Allah in the Koran. The series and its creator have been criticized by some Muslim clerics in the past, although any past criticism has not blunted the series’ success. The Kuwait Times quotes Dr. Mutawa as saying, “he received clearance from sharia scholars who told him that the idea and the comics do not contain insults to Almighty Allah or Islam, adding that he would have never went ahead with his project if they did.” He plans to take legal action against those behind the Twitter account, adding via his own Twitter feed that, “My work has glorified Islam from the US to China for the past ten years. I really do not believe in ISIL and Qaeda…I don’t care about them,” although he is taking the death threat seriously.