When American TV series ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 premiered last month, it introduced a new character played by actor Avi Nash. It was first announced in a casting call with the character name being “Abbud”. He also showed up in the sneak preview clip in a scene where he spoke to Carl.
As Carl was out on a supply run, he was called upon by Abbud who introduced himself as a hungry man looking for food.
At one point during that interaction the new character said he was quoting the Quran:
Hey. I’m okay. I mean, I’m not, but…I’ve been shot at. Someone threw a microwave at me. So I’m just gonna say something my mom used to say and hope for the best here. Whatever you have of good, spend on the traveler. My mom said that helping the traveler, the person without a home, that’s everything. I’m sure you’ve seen things, been through things, that you don’t trust people. I get it. I get it. I don’t either. I’ve been through things too. My mom, she also said that may my mercy prevail over my wrath. It’s not all my mom. That one, that’s from the Quran. I shouldn’t have said that. I don’t even know you, but I haven’t eaten in a few days, and you might not even be real. . . . Listen, I’m gone. It’s cool. I just wanted some, even just some food.
Even though the character’s name was not revealed in the premiere episode, fans are speculating that the new character is in fact the TV counterpart of the American Muslim character Siddiq from the comic version of the show.
This makes it the second time that the series introduces a Muslim character. In episode 13 of season 7, actress Nadine Marissa played the role of a hijabi character named Nabila.
Back then people were excited about the first American Muslim character in ‘The Walking Dead’:
S/O to The Walking Dead for introducing a Muslim character!— Ashington Rave (@AshingtonRave) March 14, 2017
They got a muslim women on the walking dead #TheWalkingDead— khadz (@sweetkhadz) March 13, 2017