M was born in Yugoslavia to a rich father from Monaco and his Algerian wife.
We know very little about M's religious beliefs and religious affiliation.
Based on her ethnic and national origins, there is speculation that M is a Muslim or comes from a Muslim family. It has been mentioned, however, that she has a very Catholic-sounding name. M has never said or done anything that indicates that she is a Muslim or a Catholic.
Realistically speaking, M's religion is probably M.
From: Chris Dodson
Date: Sat, Jun 1 2002 9:38 pm
I'm looking for information on the religious beliefs of all the current X-Men for a story I'm submitting to Marvel. The only one I know for sure is Nightcrawler (Catholic). I get the impression that Wolverine is an atheist or agnostic, but I have no in-comic evidence to support this. Any help you guys could give me would be greatly appreciated. Also, in your responses, could you provide titles and issue numbers of the comics in which the information is stated? Thanks.
From: Patrick McClue
Date: Mon, Jun 3 2002 8:52 am
re: "I don't think there are any followers of Buddist, Islamic or Shinto traditions"
Sunfire might be Buddist/Shintoist and M might be Muslim.
From: Consul de Designers
Date: Mon, Jun 3 2002 10:41 am
Morocco's highest represented religion is Islam. [Morocco is where M lived before joining Generation X.]
From: Justin Samuels
Date: Mon, Jun 3 2002 11:31 am
M is Algerian not Moroccan, but still, all North Africa is predominately Muslim. So most likely she is Muslim.
Date: Thurs, Jun 6 2002 1:17 am
re: "...So most likely she is Muslim."
With the very Catholic-sounding family name Saint-Croix (Holy Cross) I find that rather unlikely. Had she converted to Islam, she would presumably have changed that.
Date: Fri, Jun 7 2002 9:28 pm
Algeria was a French Colony so it wouldn't surprise me if a lot of people there have French surnames inclduign ones which might be somewhat odd translations.
Date: Sat, Jun 8 2002 12:15 am
Well, I suppose the more obvious explanation would be: Scott Lobdell goofed.
From: Justin Samuels
Date: Sat, Jun 8 2002 2:37 pm
Algerians generally do not have French Surnames, they have Arabic sur names. And there no Catholics in North Africa. You have the Coptic Church in Egypt, and that's it.
M would be Muslim most likely. Lobdell goofed.
Date: Sun, Jun 9 2002 1:58 am
BTW, according to an encyclopedia I checked, there are Catholics in Algeria, just not very many (0.4 per cent of the nation's population, to be precise).
Date: Sun, Jun 9 2002 6:20 am
Well, M was bi-racial. Her father's side, hence the last name, is Caucasian. You're right about the surnames and religion, however, there's no guarantee that M would be Muslim, given her diverse lineage.
Date: Fri, Jul 5 2002 1:13 am
re: "That isn't artistic license, as in the cultures the writers knew more about, they gave them [the X-Men] more accurate belief systems."
That's a laugh... Most X-people don't have any clear belief system, for instance we don't know if M is supposed to be Christian or Muslim. With a precious few exceptions (Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Kitty, Wolfsbane, Cannonball) the matter has never been seriously discussed.