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Friday, July 21, 2006

Video Blog #8: Parental Advisory - Culture vs. Islam

Bismillah ar-Rahmaan ar-Raheem,

Parental Advisory - Culture vs Islam

This week's episode is about how some parents love their culture so much that even if it conflict with Islam, they will continue to practice it.

How can we complain about the situation of the Muslims if we love this dunya more than we love Allah (swt)?

We can't.




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140 Comments:

At July 21, 2006 5:01 AM, Anonymous Z said...

hi!
i just watched ur video blog, with mum , it was great she loved it.

 
At July 21, 2006 5:31 AM, Anonymous si said...

Fantastic.
Jazak Allah Khair, bro.

 
At July 21, 2006 6:24 AM, Blogger sumyra said...

salam
mashaallah like all the rest very good, the style totally grips the audience keep it up may allah reward you and make this venture of yours bigger and better inshaAllah.

 
At July 21, 2006 6:53 AM, Anonymous farhiya said...

Mashallah, you have touch on a very important subject. Many people need to adress this issue inshallah so that islam is what has been taught for over 1400 years inshallah

Keep it up
ps; never mind those who critise

 
At July 21, 2006 7:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salam,
Loved it

 
At July 21, 2006 7:16 AM, Blogger Suraya said...

Assalamualaikum Brother,

Another brilliant video...loved it!

More more more!

Mashahallah!

Wasalam,
Suraya

 
At July 21, 2006 7:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

dude u da bomb.

 
At July 21, 2006 7:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yo . rite

 
At July 21, 2006 7:49 AM, Blogger Firas Kisskeen said...

Bismillah, may Allah bless your heart and deeds, Ali brother.

this was a very deep message you tried to send over, I hope that many elders watch it, perhaps a follow up clip directed towards the lost kids may be of use, I know that it's "impossible" to do what the Sunday school volunteers couldn't but you never know when the Haq strikes the heart of a Muslim.

also, since you've opened the door of culture vs Islam, a good topic would be about Muslim marriage life and how culture shapes it wrongly.

I love this video, I see some editing going on :) , may Allah fasten you on the path of his obligation and guidance.

I know I mentioned this before, but there are good traditions too, one must customize these traditions Islamically, they could be a good Sunnah in many cases and one very important thing, practicing Muslims should not separate themselves from the Muslim society, indeed this is what already happens and that is why many non-practicing Muslims view the practicing Muslims as close minded odd balls.

I am not trying to be pro-traditions here, I was a rebelious to my culture in my teenage years, embracing Islam instead, even when it drove me away from the people close to me.

when the Yemenis came to the prophet(s.a.w) they used to shake hands, the prophet saw a good side in that and told the Sahabah(his companions) that the Yemeni people are warm-hearted and that this is a good habit of theirs.

so even the prophet was amazed by some cultural values, there are some Eid traditions that have a good Islamic impression and this culture that came out as a result from living under Islamic laws is the path that kept people from becoming total Kaffirs, true it drove many of them far away from the right understanding of Islam, but in many countries, during dark stages when no Islamic knowledge was spread or allowed, clinging to these tarditions was the only door that lead to back Islam.

the problem is as you approached it, when people mix the two not knowing which invalidates which when confronted, I know that you understand this, but since the topic was on the table I thought that it would be a good chance to mention these points.

Allah knows best.

PS: nevermind those anti-critics

loooooooooooooooooool

 
At July 21, 2006 8:05 AM, Anonymous m.ali said...

i loved it! like all ur other videos, funny clips with a message. JAK brother!

 
At July 21, 2006 9:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOVE your videos, may you be richly rewarded for your efforts! How about an episode on why it's ok for brothers/sisters to talk normally to non-Muslims but seem to be completely unable to even say salam to one another at the masjid. It's as if they are worried that the sister or brother will think that the salam is actually a marriage proposal!

 
At July 21, 2006 10:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

salam brother!

this video had a real good message to it, and it was real funny too. may Allah bless you, and keep up the good work.

your sister in islam,
mariam

 
At July 21, 2006 10:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MUCH more serious with a bit of humor, but still very good as it teaches all of us (esp. parents) an important lesson. I think we know too many Muslims who don't follow islam and rebelled against it because they were not taught it properly (or at all). It's really very sad.

May Allah guide us all. Ameen.

 
At July 21, 2006 11:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

assalamu alaykum

Jazakallah, very nice video very realistic !

salamz

 
At July 21, 2006 11:40 AM, Blogger AlBaraa said...

this is THE best one yet. This one flowed real well.

...I see that you are applying some of the lighting techniques in the videos now. MashaAllah. Keep it up.

 
At July 21, 2006 11:42 AM, Blogger Rumaysah said...

Mashallah i've watched all the videos but it was on YouTube and i've neer left a comment ... but mashallah *thumbs up* i hope that it really helps some reflect as it is true subhanallah

 
At July 21, 2006 11:45 AM, Blogger Squeeky said...

Assalaamu Alaikum :)

That was excellent, masha'Allah. A very important issue in today's world.

 
At July 21, 2006 12:53 PM, Anonymous DesertWind said...

Asalaam ualeikum!
Wow another great video.Keep it up brother!!
As a convert I did not have muslim parents around me as a child but have noticed on many muslim parents that traditions take much place in their dayily life and that many cant see the difference between islam and traditions.This video is a very good reminder for us all.
Jazak Allah Khiar!

 
At July 21, 2006 1:06 PM, Anonymous Sister D said...

Asalamualaikum Bro,

i like this a lot. this has been one of those issues that has jus always rattled me...i was born in2 a Muslim family...however didn't live islamically..bt stuf happened blah blah blah....ANYWAY...OH HOW I WOKE UP WHEN ALLAH SWITCHED THE LIGHT BULB ON ABOVE MY HEAD! SUBHANALLAH!!! U c ur families totally contradicting themselves...it's also a mission trying to teach the elders, as some won't take it bcoz ur younger than them. Must be tactful. inshAllah. I love how this generation is awakening to the Deen...subhanAllah. ANYWAYS i shall leave u with this ayah..."Those who believe (in the Oneness of God - Monotheism), and whose hearts find rest in the rememberance of Allah. Verily, in the rememberance of Allah do hearts find rest." (Quran Ar-Ra'd 13:28)

Allah be with you!

 
At July 21, 2006 4:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalaamu Alaykum

another cracker! mashaAllah you have a great natural talent, May Allah Subhanhuwata Ala reward you for your efforts Ameen.

I know exactly what youre talkingabout tho - my parents are a fine example, practicing but their culture affects their practice. As a result some of my siblings specifically younger brother is moving away from Islam and really developing a bad relationship with parents esp dad, (my br does not see dad as a role model) because of the cultural attitude. And know hes in his teens he just wants to do his own thing! Help! Alhamdulillah hes not done anything drastic yet but hes started talking about flying the nest and hes the baby at 13!!:s Any beneficial advice much appreciated.

jazakAllah Khayr Br Ali for your sincere efforts. May Allah SubhnahuwaTa Ala reward you in this life and the next.Remeber the Ummah in your duas

 
At July 21, 2006 4:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you hire a cameraman, maybe pay for some more light fixtures, and spend 15 to 20 additional hours each week on the video, the QUALITY of the videos can be greatly be improved. I have also noticed that the show is only around 6 minutes long. An average show on tv is about 22 minutes plus commericials. Something to keep in mind.

also, your show comes out weekly. How about a daily show???

 
At July 21, 2006 5:03 PM, Blogger *LAMZ* said...

Masha Allah! Excellent!

Jazak Allahu Khairun brother

 
At July 21, 2006 5:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

arent we asking a lil too much here ^^^^ youhoooooo WAKE UP DUDE!!! its not a show that comes on tv !! relax! why dont you try and come up with something better and use YOUR IDEAS in your videos? hun?

anyhow...!!

Brother Ali..MAsha Allah..this video was THE BEST...it had a strong message...

May Allah Bless you in this world and in the hereafter ( AMEEN )

 
At July 22, 2006 1:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salam,
Well done, I really like these videos, inspiring. Thank you

 
At July 22, 2006 5:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

salam aliakum,

barak allahu feek ya ahki. well done again.

ma salama

 
At July 22, 2006 5:35 AM, Anonymous muslimah said...

To bro. Ali and team... all ur efforts r definitely worth it Insya'allah. Let's hope and pray that many muslims or even non-muslims who have watched the videos feel inspired by Islam. May Allah s.w.t/ protect u n ur family.

 
At July 22, 2006 6:48 AM, Anonymous Shahid said...

Salaam and Mashallah Ali,

Another awesome inspiring blog.

People need reminders.

Jazak allah khair

Shahid, UK

 
At July 22, 2006 8:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yo man that was AWESOME keep it up bro
i love watching all the videos u guys make, has a lot in it to say
keep it up bro, JAZAK ALLAH

 
At July 22, 2006 8:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

mashaallah bro like all the other videos this one was great to . my mom loved it .

 
At July 22, 2006 9:59 AM, Anonymous mal said...

yet another great effort Ali *thumbs up* u touched upon a very important subject and u hit the nail right on the head bro..look forward to the next one!

 
At July 22, 2006 10:45 AM, Blogger Anonymous said...

al-salamu `alaykum wa raHmatu Allahi wa barakatuhu,

Brother, I teach Islamic Studies to the youth, and they absolutely love your videos. al-Hamdu liLlah the way you express yourself is enjoyable to watch, and at the same time stresses the Qur'an and the Sunnah of Rasulullah (salla Allahu `alayhi wa sallam).

I've also shared your films with friends and members of the MSA, everyone I have met loves them.

***May Allah accept your efforts, and be pleased with you. Amin***

subHan Allah, if I may make a suggestion, I would really like to see a film about the current situation in the middle east. in sha' Allah, something about caring for our brothers and sisters, and about the importance of justice.

Jazak Allah khayr for this service you have been providing for our ummah.

wa `alaykum al-salamu wa raHmatu Allahi wa barakatuhu

 
At July 22, 2006 7:07 PM, Anonymous noor said...

salam...

i haven't watched this week's video yet, but i'm commenting on the subject heading. it's a really good subject masha'allah, & i haven't even watched it yet. but yeah, sub7anallah culture seems to get in the way of islam wayyy to much these days. people start doing haram things thinking "oh it's not that bad" when in reality...it is. allah yihdeena.

and masha'allah fantastic job on previous videos!! i love them. & my friends love them too!

awesome topics, and awesome point of view. great example as a muslim for the rest of the muslim ummah, masha'allah & insha'allah.

salam.

 
At July 22, 2006 7:15 PM, Anonymous noor said...

i just watched it....masha'allah!!

 
At July 22, 2006 7:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

assalaamu alaykum,
awesome blog bro! JazakAllah khair for this last topic especially, it's almost an epidemic these days. I've gotta show this last one to a few people inshaa Allah.
Keep up the good work, may Allah reward you, Ameen,

 
At July 22, 2006 9:28 PM, Blogger Yaser Anwar said...

Asalamalakum,

Your videos help me remain on the righteous path! Keep up the great work

Yaser

 
At July 23, 2006 2:01 AM, Blogger crunkest. said...

mashallah!
dude, i totally love all your videos. i think what your doing is awesome, i know what your saying!

this video was good, i liked it bc i really connected w/ it. but..aha i dont know if have the guts to show this to my parents. i mean since im so "rebellious", i probably will show them

2 THUMBS UP!

 
At July 23, 2006 7:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

very nice one.
baraka Allah fik.
please keep up doing this very nice videos.
may Allah reward you.

 
At July 23, 2006 7:48 AM, Anonymous ~*TALL POPPY*~ said...

hope you enjoy reading these comments ali.... i was born into a muslim family, mum practiced...dad did ..sometimes...mashallah b4 his death he really got into the swing of prayer and fasting walaahi i loved it all...after his death... i realised that there had to be something greater than us, a true way of life....this was also 2 years after 9/11 ... and i needed answers about why people were hating islam...my search began there and with my younger sister...we found out everything we could... mashallah we realised islam was an amazingly beautiful religion and that if people learnt about islam from the correct sources, then most people would embrace it inshallah.... i consider myself more of a revert than anything else because until 2003 ... i didn't have any true knowledge about islam and didn't practice it...alhamdulilah that i found islam

plus your videos are great reminders... sometimes i feel like my eman (faith) is getting weak and it's boosters like this that help me and my family remember why were muslims and why it's important for us to follow islam properly ...all parts of it...100%


PS: can you make your next blog about habbits, bad habbits...like swearing... how little things can lead to big things etc etc

~~YOUR SISTER IN ISLAM~~

 
At July 23, 2006 8:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salam ! Seriously u should not stop this. Its really great MASHALLAH.

 
At July 23, 2006 10:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salams brother Ali.

MAsh'Allah love the videos.

Maybe for another show you could do a more complete take on prayer, prayer lines etc. Also, check this absolutely classic piece on the ruling of "feet to feet" by Imam Abu Eesa:

http://islamiblog.blogspot.com/2005/06/it-seems-that-issue-of-prayer-lines.html#comments

 
At July 23, 2006 3:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent! i love this new films message
it really had to be said
the cultural and traditional aspects taht keep being portrayed under 'islam' is such an issue
weldone brother! and keep up the awesome work!!! ^_^

 
At July 23, 2006 4:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

btw this one was a bit too serious!! MORE HUMOUR!!! (please!)

 
At July 24, 2006 1:03 PM, Blogger Hajar said...

Salam,
These blogs are very refreshing. It is a great idea and it does help a lot, alhamdulillah. If it is possible, it would be nice to see a bolg about what makes a family Muslim and how we can keep the knot tight in the West and the unity of the Muslim Ummah too as we are a family as well and since it seems as though the Ummah is deteriorating. Who knows maybe you can do a two-in-one thing.
Jazakallah, and great job…
Salam.

 
At July 24, 2006 2:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL i loved the teenager impersonation!!! u got it spot on! lol "i'm outie like a saudie" ahahaha too funny!

it would be good to hear your opinion on how to tackle stubborn individuals who argue against Allah SWT being just and fair when according to Islam everything is predestined. They have a "why be good when we're just gonna go to hell" mentality.

 
At July 24, 2006 6:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL .. excellent
less comical but nonetheless
excellent...

WE WANT MOREEEEEEE! ten wont be enough :(

 
At July 24, 2006 6:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salaam bro, i really love ur blogs. u'v inspired me to creat somethin similar. may Allah(swt) reward u for ur efforts. ameen

ur bro from london, england
jazakAllah khair
wasalaam

 
At July 25, 2006 2:41 AM, Anonymous sha said...

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

i love that, probably my favourite.

:-D

 
At July 25, 2006 4:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alhamdulillah! Awesome Bro

 
At July 25, 2006 11:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahahahah! Bro. wass awsomeee!! Love it lots..Mash Allah, yu got sum real talent..love the confused father accent!!

M'Salama

 
At July 25, 2006 11:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahahahah! Bro. wass awsomeee!! Love it lots..Mash Allah, yu got sum real talent..love the confused father accent!!

M'Salama

 
At July 26, 2006 4:15 AM, Blogger Jumile said...

Salaam alaikum, Ali,

As a new revert (one month old today, in fact!), I am so grateful for the work you are doing with this "video blog". It's fantastic and very inspirational.

Please keep up the good work and know that it's not just long-standing Muslims who are reading and benefiting from your work.

I'm proud to call you brother, brother.

 
At July 26, 2006 5:27 AM, Blogger Al-Hajeji said...

asalamu alaykum...

May Allah accept your efforts and Reward you for your da'wa.
Another brilliant video.

 
At July 26, 2006 5:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Asalamu alaykum

your show is very interesting and you are discusing very good topics. You should make a show about kids who say they are good muslims but they really go do bad things like cursing, drugs, drinking, etc.

 
At July 26, 2006 6:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalamu Alaikum,
That was a great clip bro, barak allahu feek, i totally agree with the message u were trying give, most people take this issue for granted; teaching their kids the right aqeeda and islam. Its part of a parents responsibility towards their kids to teach them quran, not just to send them to sunday school to learn it, but they have to teach them quran personally. Jazak allah khayr for ur efforts bro, i hope ur message reaches more people...
salam

 
At July 27, 2006 12:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very innovative and informative.New Converts are the pioneers of islam.I felicitate you for the commendable job you are doing.You can think of hosting a show like they have Salaam Cafe in Australia.Keep it up brother and all the best.
Allah Hafiz
Umar

 
At July 27, 2006 2:58 PM, Anonymous ZeeshanShaikh said...

As salaamu 'alaikum... 1st time ever on this site... just saw your video on parents kids relationship(or lack there of !) and i loved ... growin up.. it almost sounds identical to what i and most of my brothers/sister go thuru... keep up the good work.. and don't get caugh up with all the good talk...
I pray you and all involved stay humble and Allah rewards all of his servants...

 
At July 27, 2006 4:18 PM, Blogger Douberville said...

Another week, another good reminder- Jazak Allahu khair.

 
At July 27, 2006 6:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good work! keep it up! ;) Jazakallah

 
At July 27, 2006 6:47 PM, Anonymous Nasra said...

Salam to all my brothers and sisters on this site!!!!!!!!!!!

i loved all the video's that Ali has taken the time to work on mashallah my Allah reward him among all the films this was my favorite mainly because i hate when Islam is mixed in with culture. Please people don't add any thing with Islam it can stand on its own. Well thats all i have to say Salam to all and take care

 
At July 27, 2006 9:25 PM, Anonymous A. said...

Salam,

You should put these in iTunes as a video podcast. Keep up the good work.

Jazak Allah khayr.

 
At July 28, 2006 10:11 PM, Blogger Honorary Arab said...

I loved this one. Not so frenetic as the others and that's fine. The energy is then focused more into the message. When you are too edited, the message can get chopped along with it.

The message itself was mashallah TO THE POINT EXACTLY.

JAK, for this effort you are putting forth. It is being rewarded all over the world. You are steering others to the righteous path. That is no small feat.

Why stop?

OK, you had other aspirations and dreams. You were surprised this video blog took off so well. But it did! Why stop? Allah has given you the right place and the right time and has decided, Ali, that you are the right person. Take a moment and really think of continuing with your voice.

I understand that you want others to participate. That's fine! But, enshahallah,you can continue putting your video blog out every Friday. You are delivering a khotba around that world that Muslims and non-Muslims are listening to!

You have become an internet Imam! No joke! Elhumdullah you are right for the job. Please continue.

 
At July 29, 2006 7:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalam alikum,
Jazak allah khair for your creative daawa work. I suggest you try to organize this as I expect it to get of control.
Mohammad
mmjuma77@yahoo.com

 
At July 30, 2006 6:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great video! Like all the others. I also think you should address the issue of muslim brothers and sisters ignoring each other in the mosque, house, etc. While they talk with non-muslims with no shame. I think they feel that they may be judged as being bad muslims. Well keep up the good work. Thank you for the interesting videos.

 
At August 05, 2006 2:45 PM, Anonymous Muhammad said...

The guy needs to be under medication.

 
At August 05, 2006 3:33 PM, Blogger Hend said...

asalamu alaikum! that was a great series mashallah im stoked ovr season 2!!!!! all of my fam n friendsz got 2gether every dsaturday 2 watch ur video. i hope season 2 starts soon, those gatherings were beneficial and fun. good job brother jazzakallahu khairall jazaa

 
At August 30, 2006 8:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Rahim

Assalamun-Alaykum Brother Ali,

You are doing a wonderful job, may Allah (SWA) reward you endlessly for your efforts. I really liked this culture Vs Islam video. It really is a very important message especially to our parents who have adopted some conflicting culture with Islam. As a practising muslimah it can be quite frustrating to teach your elders that somthing in the culture is not right becuase it coincides with Islam. Instead you get looked at as an extremeist or something LOL but seriously, its crazy..and VERY VERY VERY AGGITATING!!Makes ALOT of things VERY hard and creates barriers between parents and children. Certainly, Some of the issues made VERY hard are topics such as 'marriage'. This is a very important issue that one should openly discuss with their parents. Unfortunately, sometimes even doing that is a mission itself lol. No im not necessarily referring to your 'BUT I LOVE HIM:(' issue haha LOL..but for instance if you decided to marry out the case...the CULTURE JUMPS IN!!LOL
Jazakullah khair, lookign forward to season 2!! :D

Msalam

 
At October 01, 2006 10:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jazak Allah Khair, bro, u r soo right

 
At October 03, 2006 2:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

salam:)

you are so funny brother,
i like your lil shows
mashALLAH. i´m from germany:) ===now you know that you got fans all over the world:)

i like the way you talk-it´s you,not a copy of someone

very very good job
salamoua3aleikum wa ra7matullah wa barakathu

 
At October 05, 2006 1:59 PM, Anonymous MarocanMoslimafromEUROPE said...

Salaamou aileikoum!

I'm a moslima from the netherlands (From Maroccan origine) And I love the video's Thanxx for reminding! Muslims from over the whole wide world are all WATCHING YOUR VIDEO'S! And your explaining everthing very well! thats greats,
Muhahahaha.. what a humor!

Hope you make more of those videos.. have seen all the 10 videos!

Wa aileikoumou salaam
A Muslima from europe!

 
At October 26, 2006 4:41 AM, Anonymous miss.k said...

Asaalamualaikum brother,
i just watched your video - and i thought it was excellent mashaallah, at last someone has touched on a topic that REALLY needed to be addressed! it's been an issue that has "bugged" me for a long time, and subhannallah you just summed it up & what a strong messge too?! cant wait to share it with the family! i loved the humour too :) Jazakaallah kheir, may Allah be with you, reward you and help you to continue successfully with all that you do inshaallah. May Allah guide us all.

sister in Islam, UK

 
At October 31, 2006 1:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Slaam, bro i have just watched all the videos and can't wait 4 season 2 to start!! Hope u continue ur good work and may Almighty Allah help u and guide u!!!

 
At November 04, 2006 2:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salam(may peace be wid u all)
Yeh watched ur video. Mashallah, man i have to say tat ur videos where wicked i have leart alot from them. inshallah i got to tell all ma mates to watch the video cuz thier soooooooooooooo gud
"keep it up" :)
soljah (A****)

 
At November 13, 2006 1:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

awesome, simply awesome

 
At November 13, 2006 4:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salam brother from Abdennour UK
Jazak Allah Khair, for all what you are doing to help islam.

We need more video plz.
Salam

 
At November 16, 2006 4:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

so cool so nice soinformative but what is bling bling

 
At November 18, 2006 10:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Asalamualaikum,

Just wanted to say thank you for the videos and the time that you put into helping out our ummah. Somehow you reach out to the youth really well and connect with them. I have a lot of friends that grew up with the whole culture-religion mix situation, and this is a good way of reminding them what Islam is really all about.

Thanks again
asalamualaikum

 
At November 19, 2006 4:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello
my name is samantha. i hav a friend name wajiha. she is a really good muslim and my best friend. she is really into her religion (she wears a scarf to school and never swears) but her family is not. Her family likes dancing and singing and conceder them selves muslims. her family forces her to dance but somtimes wajiha cries when she is praying and asking god for help

When i asked her why she is so diffrent from her family...she could not answer but just showed me a movie of u about culture and islam. i was confused at first but when u explained, it all came clear. thank u ali, even i am now thinkin to become muslim. and please make duaa for wajiha

sincerly samantha jonson

 
At November 26, 2006 2:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

so true man n i like the fact u make it funny too ... i am a young muslim and i with the slighst's push someone like me would go astray

 
At December 04, 2006 6:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Masha Allah brother Ali.. very very good input.. Me living in Malaysia,we're facing a lot of cultural problems mix with religion and you are just the right person to comment and make us aware about all this things. -Dzariff-

 
At December 04, 2006 6:06 PM, Anonymous Dzariff said...

Masha Allah brother Ali.. very very good input.. Me living in Malaysia,we're facing a lot of cultural problems mix with religion and you are just the right person to comment and make us aware about all this things. -Dzariff-

 
At December 29, 2006 8:37 AM, Anonymous ukhti said...

As Salaamu Alaikum Br. Ali. A friend sent me some links to some of your videos cause she knows I used to work in films. At first I wasn't going to watch them, because I thought you would be making fun of Islam and mocking the Muslims, which is haram. But your videos are like PSA's (public service announcements), especially #8- Culture vs. Islam. Keep 'em coming real like that, don't slide into "stand up comedy" like some Muslims "comedians".

 
At December 29, 2006 8:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As Salaamu Alaikum Br. Ali. A friend sent me some links to some of your videos cause she knows I used to work in films. At first I wasn't going to watch them, because I thought you would be making fun of Islam and mocking the Muslims, which is haram. But your videos are like PSA's (public service announcements), especially #8- Culture vs. Islam. Keep 'em coming real like that, don't slide into "stand up comedy" like some Muslims "comedians". some Muslims "comedians".

 
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At January 20, 2007 3:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi Ali,

thank you 4 your broadcast, my friends viewed it and through it was great...and it made since.

my allah reward you for it.

thank you.

 
At January 30, 2007 5:05 AM, Blogger kamilia dz said...

hopefully oneday i'll get married to a good muslim guy, so i can raise my kids with real islam teaching. although im only 18 now. lol. insyaAllah

 
At February 12, 2007 11:38 AM, Blogger Mostafa said...

Gazakom Allahu Khairan. Please let me know if I can help you with anything in this good Vork (Work). Vhatever (whatever) you ask me to do, I'll do it InshaAllah if I can.
Mostafa

 
At February 14, 2007 2:05 PM, Anonymous Lema said...

salam brother. I just wanted to say how brilliant I think your videos are!.. mashalla. May Allah bless you and your family. And give you paradise. Salamou 3alaikoum.

 
At March 14, 2007 5:09 PM, Blogger M. said...

mashallah. i love these videos. i am using them to teach my little brother about Islam.

 
At March 18, 2007 1:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

was up this video was really good lol it was really cool.can y make more videos exactly like this cause this one was cool homie

 
At March 22, 2007 6:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marshallah, Bro keep it up as these videos remind us all, hopefully we will see more from you and the message you trying to convey to us all. Take care.

Sallam

 
At March 22, 2007 7:27 PM, Blogger fatbob said...

this is first time ive seen ur video.. its been publish by a friend forumer in one of their mags The Raise for psp. Man this is great, new age of teaching. its informative and fun to watch. Insya Allah Ill spread the news around. Keep the good work bro

 
At March 27, 2007 8:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the Video. I know some people like that at work that claim to be muslim then go drinking and partying.

 
At April 03, 2007 5:27 PM, Anonymous hala said...

salamoualikoum wr wb bro
sooo intersting subject,its truly a responsability to be parent,i think such a responsability should be planned , i mean the parent should discuss a little before they make babies how and in wich atmosphere they want them to be raised,little queer but i think it s better than dreaming that everythinh gonna be ok, we need muslim hwo knows their religion.... goood work may allahe reward you !! keeep on

 
At April 03, 2007 7:00 PM, Blogger Nergess said...

Asalamualaikum,

wow....this is such a great clip- i love it because it is so true and i am learning so much...-nergess

 
At April 06, 2007 1:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

such a good blog: entertains and educates

 
At April 13, 2007 9:31 PM, Blogger Amine C. said...

Funnyyyyyyyyyyy

 
At April 18, 2007 6:51 AM, Anonymous Haffy Ali said...

Marshallah Loved it and so True.

 
At April 19, 2007 10:22 PM, Blogger devoted said...

Asalaamu Alaykum Again.

Subuhana Allah! Mash'Allah!

What the entire Ummah needs to hear Insh'Allah!

Direct, to the point, and completely true!
I volunteer with a Muslim Youth Group and was absolutely shocked to learn of the lack of dialogue with their parents. The Cultural mis-givings. Worse the terrible positions our young ones are in, and the parents are not even aware of this!

I pray many Parents watch this Insh'Allah, learn, clean their act up, become the role models they should be, and stop "selling out"!
Young and old in this Ummah need to wake up!

May Allah(SWT)Shower you with Blessings for standing up and making your voices heard! May you be Blessed for the reminder and crucially important message Insh' Allah Aameen.

JazakAllah Khair!

 
At April 23, 2007 7:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mashallah,

I've been through it all so i know what your talking about. I used to think our culture was islam and used to think it was really sexist and thought of my oarents ans hypocrites. Since i turned to Allah i still, to thiis day, hear things that suprprises me! Alhumdullillah!

 
At April 26, 2007 4:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salaam,

Although I agree with where you were trying to go with this, I find your mockery of "hip-hop," and you doing your little "jig" with your cap turned sideways to be extremely ignorant, racist, and un-islaamic.

Salaam,

jihaad

 
At April 30, 2007 11:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mashallah bro...firstly id like to welcome u for joinin us muslim community...secondly da work ur doing for islam is great...its gud way gettin message across people who r bit hypocrites and ignorant..so may Allah guide all of us to right path and make us better muslims!

Kamran

 
At May 02, 2007 5:14 AM, Anonymous Btissame said...

salaam 3leikom

Elhamdoellilah that there are still people on the world who wake other people up and show them the right way!May Allah bless you and help you continue your work.

 
At May 12, 2007 11:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I luv this video. You should do one on how parents have different sets of rules for boys and girls,such as not letting girls do anything and letting their sons go anywhere they want.

 
At May 19, 2007 9:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barak Allah feek brother. Keep continuing the great work. Great vedios and I thankyou for these great messages.

 
At May 28, 2007 5:44 PM, Anonymous Apache Muslimah said...

I love your videos mashaAllah they are amazing. I love your videos mashaAllah they are amazing. I love your videos mashaAllah they are amazing. I love your videos mashaAllah they are amazing. I love your videos mashaAllah they are amazing. ..Well there's only so many times I can say that before I have to stop.. but you get the point!!!!

May Allah ALWAYS put barakah in your work, and give you the purest Ikhlaas. Aameen.

 
At May 31, 2007 3:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salaamz again brother,
another gripping video, u really know how to keep us glued to the screen - the fast moving between scenes means that we don't want to turn away for even a second, for fear of missing something you say or you pulling ur trademark funny faces - know what im saying? ;-) i pray that Allah rewards u for ur hard work InshaAllah. Keep the videos coming, i am certain ur ratings will become higher very soon - i know i'll be spreading the word of ummahfilms.
w-salaam, *Sister Tazzz*, London, UK

 
At June 07, 2007 7:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

assalaamu3alaykum
I've watched some of your video akhy. And, how can I download some?
jazakAllahu khayr

 
At June 16, 2007 6:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

asalam alaikum brother

i absolutely love your vids, even my kids are into them as well. its nice to see that we can have fun in islam whilst learning. although i am told i am following a bad example by watching something that is classed as tv. but hey i love them and i will carry on doing so as long as you make them.

 
At July 02, 2007 11:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalaamu aleikum,

I've only just discovered your series, and I really enjoy it. I'm not Muslim, but I'm very interested in Islam. As someone who grew up in the west, I have had to learn that most of the things that have "turned me off" about Islam (forced marriage, "honour" killings, female circumcision) really have more to do with culture than with Islam itself. Thank you for conveying such a timely message in such an accessible way!

Matt

 
At July 28, 2007 1:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalaamu-alaykum wa-rahmatullah wa-barakatu,

May Allah (swt) reward you and your team for all the effort you guys go to. Jazakallahu Khairan

Bushra, London

 
At August 09, 2007 6:35 AM, Blogger Erdem said...

Salamun Alykum

Keep going brother your doing good these video's will definitely get people wanting to know about the real Islam. Anyways I'm a London Turk but not a nationalistic one. The Turks and many other Muslims around the world are flopping because of this issue. They more care about their damn flag than their religion.
'dou'know'wot I'm sayin'.
This issue is very important to me and that I do my best to make the people understand the difference between culture and Islam.

Keep going, Insallah I might even join your project and video clip.

 
At August 21, 2007 8:32 AM, Blogger niqabi_sis said...

s4l44m,...m4sh4llah...tH3s3 vidz r 4lh4mdullil4h gr34t...hop3 2 s33 mor3...insh4ll4h...w.s4l44m tkcr3 2....

 
At September 25, 2007 7:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

shut up

 
At September 26, 2007 7:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally somebody is giving voice to emotions of millions of muslims all over the world who want to break the shakles of culture and embrace islam in the true form!!

 
At October 03, 2007 10:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you're hot ;)

 
At October 06, 2007 7:52 AM, Blogger am said...

Assalamualaikum Baba Ali
I come from a long way, Singapore. I've been watching your videos, and whole-heartedly, I agree with your stands.

This is the video I'd like to comment about. Yes, I agree. In Singapore, many Islam teenagers are losing in touch with Islam. Like you say about MySpace, girls are showing off their cleavage and legs freely. They do not know that there are men out there who grab these pictures to satisfy their needs. Subahanallah.

There are many girl teenagers here who get pregnant before marriage. And sad to say, many of them are from Islam-bred family. This is so sad because I heard from a syarahan over the radio that, For parents, the greatest enemy in akhirat would be their children. Because their children (from being too influenced by society that they've lost the meaing of Islam) will drag the parents into Neraka. Subahanallah.

Astaufirghallahalazim. Sometimes, it's not the parents fault. The society plays a part in changing the teenagers.

I'm not saying I'm the most holy teenager in Singapore, I have great mistakes too. I'm catching up with what I left behind. With this, you have reminded me to remind myself before reminding others.

Thank you Baba Ali. I will support you forever, and will spread your love to other Islam brothers and sisters.

Amin.

 
At October 08, 2007 4:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This video is excellent. And for sister jihad, i see what you mean about the jig and hip hop. All the same, brother ali is just trying to make a point.

I hope you make more!
salamu alaikum

 
At October 16, 2007 2:17 AM, Blogger sithheretic31 said...

Great job ummah films like the videos. I'm new to the site with a question about inter-faith relationships. Do you think you can do an episode about muslims dating non-muslims?

 
At October 19, 2007 5:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalamualaikum brother,
There is some great videos's here and may allah reward you for this. Also i would like to state that allah is the off forgiving and he likes to forgive. We need to be forgiven so may allah except our dua and forgive us.

 
At October 28, 2007 8:27 AM, Blogger princ3sz said...

Asalamualikum brother

wow another amazing video, MashAllah, this was one of my favourites, as i have just turned into a teen myself, but MashAllah i have been given the right guidance.

JazakAllah brother, InshAllah you will be rewarded by Allah ( SWT)for your good work, and InshhAllah i'll pray for you.

 
At December 22, 2007 10:35 AM, Blogger cahaya said...

Assalamu'alaikum
Salam from Malaysian...
Mabruk Alaik..
u done a very good jod..
May Allah Always helps u..
Syukran Jazilan bro...

 
At December 25, 2007 4:06 PM, Anonymous ikram said...

another great ummah film of culture vs islam.

i love it


p.s. keep doing the good work and may reward u and the team. insha-allah

 
At December 26, 2007 11:49 PM, Anonymous sunny said...

assalamualykum...WONDERFUL! WONDERFUL! wonderful subject what u said in this video soooooo happend to me except i knew what was wrong and right and i did the right

 
At January 28, 2008 12:04 PM, Blogger aneebaba said...

hi - i really enjoyed this video as it presented a serious topic that is very much a problem in our Ummah. I have recently met 4 Sisters during my studies here in Europe that face a similar situation . .it's really unfortunate, as such individuals then don't make the best decisions in reaction to such a dilemma. I sincerely pray and hope that this problem can be solved somehow in the near future.

 
At February 02, 2008 9:42 PM, Anonymous Aisha said...

Amazing video. Really hit home. Thank you.

 
At March 12, 2008 8:30 PM, Anonymous Hira A. said...

Assalaam-o-Alaikum Brother,
You're right, we should pick only the good things about our culture, and ignore the things that conflict with Islam. Islam is always before culture.

 
At April 20, 2008 4:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really can’t buy this person at all. He’s an Iranian who’s not suffered the atrocity those Iranian young boys and girls have suffered and are suffering, having lived his life in America!
That is why he can praise Islam because he has no idea how it feels living under Islamic subjugation as a young person!
If he had had lived his life in Iran, I swear to God or Allah if you prefer as someone who’s been brain-washed by Arabic Culture and not by Real Islam because Arabs are a racist and arrogant nation and their arrogance has been blamed by God even in Koran. That’s why they insist to impose their language and culture to the whole world in the name of Islam whereas according to the real Islamic ideology, Islam is a global religion therefore, you don’t have to become an Arab in order to become a Muslim. You can keep your cultural appearance, name etc. and still be a Muslim but NO… They insist you have to grow a beard right after conversion, choose an “Arabic” name NOT “Islamic Name” because there is no such thing as Islamic Name being Islam a global religion and learn Arabic because you wouldn’t be a Muslim if you don’t pray to God or the Arabic God, Allah, if you don’t speak to him in Arabic! Apparently, God is an Arab and would not understand any language other than Arabic!
This person on the other hand has suffered some frustration in America which is not very hard to see what his frustrations has been! How can I see that?! It’s easy! He’s playing cool, funny, open-minded, even trying to be somewhat sexy! Where has he learned all these things?! To his admission, he’s been hanging out with white Americans and has been drinking, clubbing, chasing girls etc. He obviously has not been received well to his liking and has been disappointed and that’s why he’s become a Islam Lover. He’s fighting back! I think this guy’s so called activities are based on sheer selfish motive; therefore I cannot buy it or hoopla for it!

 
At May 07, 2008 11:24 AM, Blogger Ash said...

AssalamuAlaikum Warehmatullahi WaBarakatuhu
Masha'Allah brother Ali ..it's a great work of ur's. I just loved it because it's a bitter reality and it's what I personally say to people around me. I make them understand.
I believe one can practice any custom or any culture of world if it doesn't conflict with Islam.
I personally myself don't like so many customs of my region made by people of here but these people just don't understand this basic thing. I atleast don't practice such customs.
Keep up the good work.
May Allah Subhana Wata'ala reward you for your good work.
FeamaanAllah!

 
At October 18, 2008 9:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalamou alaykom my brother. it's a good topic to talk about what is really islam our religion and why islam is the truthest religion...also it good to say that islam is not only praying, fasting or doing the pelerinage it's more than all of this it's a way of life, jazekiom Allahou khayran

 
At November 04, 2008 9:58 AM, Anonymous Hafiz said...

Assalamualaikum brother...

subhanallah...
u'r videos were GREAT..!!!
keep up the good work brother...

May Allah Bless Us All...!!

Amin..

 
At February 26, 2009 9:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absoloutly mint!!!!

Its so true. Lol.

 
At April 12, 2009 5:58 AM, Blogger Abdol karim said...

ahh brother ali I have see this so much and I am so grateful that even when my mum its catholic and my baba is muslim she raised me as a good muslim with strong valoues!:-D good video mateE

 
At November 14, 2009 9:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wish this gets to the ears of people that need to hear it.

 
At January 22, 2010 2:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

omddd i jus watched ur blog about the customised deen dat is presented by our folks ...soooo truuu.....Jazak Allah Khair baba ali, this issue needs to be put out there and be known to everyone in the community's and ummah bcuz sadly its happening and the result is many brothers and sisters walk away from deen, and it starts with the parents....sadly

 
At January 22, 2010 2:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i rebelled from by parents cultures and rejected and refused to adopt there cultural traditions whihc were not islamic, and came into islam alhamdulilah, because i was blessed with practising sisters and brothers around me.and the oppurtunities to learn islam..alhamdulilah...lovin the blogs jzk...

 
At April 15, 2010 9:06 PM, Blogger Free-Palestine said...

Salaam Baba Ali I am from England and just finished watching your video. You are 100% right or at least you were for me and my family. I am a 17 year old male and growing up i have faced many of the problems you listed with my father being hypocritical and biased in his teachings or lack of teachings of Islam. Whilst i dont mean to disrespect my father I sometimes feel if he had been a better muslim maybe me and my brothers would have followed in those footsteps. I mean i have a brother who is so against Islam that he hasn't been to mosque in 5 years. Astaghfirillah, its like hes scared of the mosque - instead he has chosen the path of kufr. He smokes weed, drinks, fights and acts promiscuously - i pray he changes but nothing seems to get through to him and seen as he is older its difficult to really talk and get through to him as he thinks he is older, wiser and that he knows best. A better understanding of Islam could have prevented so much of this. Now my other brothers whilst not against Islam in the way he is - they do not follow Islam properly which neither do I if I am being honest. Astaghfirillah. But Insh' Allah I am learning more about islam and getting closer to being a good muslim. I know that with how busy you are you will probably never read this but I am sure many muslims will find your video insightfull. Honestly I couldn't believe how much you knew my family life.

 
At June 04, 2010 5:00 AM, Blogger mony--6 said...

Aslamu alaikum
just watched your video, keep it up!
Jazak Allah khairan

 
At July 03, 2010 6:23 PM, Anonymous Saman said...

Assalamoalaikum Warahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh!

Dear Brother Ali, I have been an ardent admirer of your videos and the simple yet effective way with which Allah has enabled you to explain the importance of Islam and its correct way of living...
I live in a place where a lot of my brothers and sisters in Islam are engaged in the activity of making dua and prayers at qabristaans, mazaars or graves of Islamic scholars and saints which is matter of grave concern. Time and again, i have requested and tried to ward them off against this habit but its all in vain...
Its my humble request of you to please convey the evils attached to this practice to my brothers and sisters in effective manner that might make an impact on their thinking...May Allah bless you for the same, Ameen!

 
At August 19, 2010 2:30 PM, Anonymous Jacob said...

Great content... as a person who follows Isa the Messiah I can appreciate your message. It is applicable to my faith as well. I enjoy your material, keep it up.

 
At September 02, 2010 12:35 PM, OpenID Z!M said...

Hey Ali! I use to be, how do you say "the seasonal Muslim". As of Ramadan this year, I've made an effort to drop all the negative influences and pick up on Islam from my own perspective. This video in particular hit a serious chord bro, I was born in India and then brought here to America at a young age... so you can imagine the cultural clash I went through. After a while of "living life on the edge" I realized how moronic it really is. I can relate to a lot you material man, just wanted to say what you're doing is amazing... We need more video blogs like this inshaAllah.

 

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