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Thursday, July 06, 2006

Vlog #8: To be announced! (your video coming soon)

Bismillah ar-Rahmaan ar-Raheem,

Ok here is your chance to participate in an Ummah Films video blog. This time the pen is in your hands. You guys put the content together and I'll film it and post it right here on Ummah Films InshAllah.

To be consistent, we'll try to keep all the comments related to this on this post. If want to make this work, this is what we have to do:

1. Suggest a topic by posting your idea in the comment section
2. A topic will be decided
3. People will post what lines I will say on that topic (basically you'll be writing my script)
4. The moderator(s) (Thinking Brother & Aisha) can edit the main post which will have the current draft of the script. There needs to be some time of order and sorry not all content is going to be make it.

**For camera angles, we'll need a standard protocol so I know where to be:

ECU: Extreme Close Up
CU: Close Up
MS: Medium Shot
SS: Side Shot
FS: Full Shot

Anyone can participate.

Let keep it at between 400 to 700 words

Deadline: 7/17/06


The current draft will be below this line:

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51 Comments:

At July 07, 2006 4:48 PM, Blogger Abdul-Haq said...

Asalamualaikum wa Rahmatullah,

Topic Suggestion:
Its really annoying, the shady business that goes on with the Muslim Youth in out time. I'm talking especially about the interaction between the sexes. One minute they are doing stuff for the MSA, next minute they are out with their girlfriend or boyfriend. I guess the topic could be about free intermixing of the sexes, and the shady things things that go on.

-I have heard of an MSA president of a universty that used to fly out to see his girlfriend every so often.
-I have seen brothers and sisters literally ducking under tables and behind book shelves when they see someone they recognize heading their way, cause they are chillin with girlfriend or boyfriend, who also happens to be a muslim.
-Flirting has almost become an accpetable act. Especially with the excuse, i'm looking to get married, lol.

I'm sure there are a lot of interesting stories, situations or scenerios out there.

This is just a Suggestion about a topic.

Abdul-Haq
Salam

 
At July 07, 2006 8:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalam wa alaykum

I think abdul-haq's idea was a really good one. I don't know how things are in America, but down here in Australia, some people flirt when they come out of some sort of islamic gathering ie lectures, even after prayer at the MASJID!!!
And I think its becoming a REALLY big deal, seeing that most don't exactly have the intention of getting married.

So I don't know, if we choose this topic maybe we could highlight the 5 reasons a muslim is allowed to talk to a non-mahram
(to ask how her family is, for medical purposes, for financial purposes (e.g. in a shop), to find out about her personality for marriage and to give her dawah (Islamic knowledge)
(check out islam-qa.com, question 1497)

And that these limits are to be followed with the condition of having her mahram there or at the very least a third person.

So I dont know...just a suggestion... :)
And may Allah reward you
BYE!

 
At July 07, 2006 10:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I assume we are at the topic suggestion phase so how about the fact we would rather talk about halal meat, which is sunnah and neglect talkig about riba, which is becoming a more and more common practice among Muslim. I'm not suggesting that we talk about just riba but rather the issue of how we give weight to some subjects and then neglectd da others. what do you think?

 
At July 08, 2006 3:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salamz Bro

flirting after Jummah prayer is a BIIIG issue especially in the States...i've witnessed girls n guys eyeing each other in the car park before prayer and then getting closer, i.e. "chatting" after prayers are complete...girls giggling constantly usually gives it away that the dude is trying to get his mack on (and is succeeding too) i guess that would be a good one to do.

Wasalaam

 
At July 08, 2006 4:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

salam everone..since we tend to like topics of today..i was thinkin you could discuss the issue of hijab and how it is in european countries and how girl are influenced by the media and everyone around them, this might sound liek a 'chik' discussion but hijab also includes men as well, as the reason we wear hijab is because of men lol. so justt hought that a discussionon that would be a good idea

 
At July 08, 2006 6:59 AM, Anonymous Salma said...

Assalam. Just to apologise in advance for the length of this suggestion…insh’Allah it’s worth it :-)
I suggest doing something about the differences between Muslim families and non-Muslim Western families. You could go along the lines of "when you go to a non-Muslim friends' house" and what you notice to be different.
1. Such as the way your friend's room is strictly HIS, uniquely decorated and full of HIS stuff… and his parents actually KNOCK to come in. Whereas in your Muslim home you're sharing your room with 4 brothers and a couple of Aunties… and it's the prayer room for guests too!
2. Your friend knows only one of his cousins and a couple of family friends called Bob and Judy, while you call everyone older than you that you’ve never met before “Uncle” and “Aunty”, and the guests that haunt your house could occupy a small city in themselves. 3. And if you step one foot out of line, the whole Muslim mafia is involved - i.e. every “Uncle” is EXPECTED to tell you off (one of them is the nice one trying to reason with you - always about the importance of "EDUCATION").
4. Your friends' artistic/guitar skills are encouraged by his family who build him a studio and let him flunk school for band practice. But if you tell your parents that you got 98% in your exams, they ask you what happened to the other 2%. And it’s already been decided that you will become a lawyer, doctor or engineer (or have a career in computing/business for the less academic-minded Muslims).
5. Or you could go along the lines of: How your friend has a 4 metre-long Oak dinner table for the 4 members of his family, but you virtually have a 1-person stool (plus floor space) for the 12 members of yours.
6. Or football in your friends' garden consisting of his dad and 4 of his friends and football in yours is a 25-a-side jumble, with no teams!
The conclusion could be the blessings of the Muslim family. That when it comes down to it, we’ll do the same with our kids because we wouldn’t have it any other way.

 
At July 08, 2006 8:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My suggestions:

- Trying to be a practicing Muslim with liberal parents and/or relatives (asking you why you have a beard/wear hijab, etc)

- trying to find something to eat, this includes finding something decent at a non-halal restaurant or finding a decent halal restaurant

- Explaining things to non-Muslims, answering their questions

- Everyday fitnah: haram stuff on TV/movies, haram advertisements (billboards, magazines), skimpy clothes on women, trying to avoid haram at work (shaking hands, people trying to hug you, business lunches/parties with alcohol).

- Popular misconceptions about Muslims (a Muslima wearing hijab means she's married, Muslims worship a TOTALLY different deity they call Allah, etc)

- Matrimonials. I know you did the finding a spouse thing already, but that was only online. What about the superficial matrimonial advertisements (doctor, age requirements, send pic/resume), the propsals that come that are totally not what youare looking for (doesn't pray, smokes, hangs out with the opposite gender...but he/she's a doctor!).

- Being a convert and welcome with open arms into the deen/community...and then being forgotten.

- Having Muslims treat non-Muslims better than Muslims for the sake of Dawah.

 
At July 08, 2006 10:27 AM, Blogger Douberville said...

Assalaamu alaikum,

I would agree on a topic that has already been mentioned- that of practising Muslimeen with liberal or non-practising
parents/relatives.

A parody on how they pass off anything- like praying 5 times a day- as belonging to'wahhabism' or 'extremism.'

It's a serious issue, and alot of brothers and sisters who try to improve themselves as Muslims are told they should be content with the fulfillment of the bare minimum or lack thereof.

 
At July 08, 2006 1:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about embarassing moments Muslims get into? Like men kissing cheek-to-cheek when greeting each other, making wudu in a public bathroom, finding a lota (wash bottle, bucket, watering can) in the bathroom (or seen carrying one with you), etc....

 
At July 08, 2006 4:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok,

topic: comparison between modern generation and our grandparents wen it comes to dedication in Islam....

i slept over at my grandma's house once and i remember it was fajr time, i jst managed to roll out of my bed, my eyes were blurry as i went to make wadhu, and u know how wen u pray fajr, it seems to go by so quick, (well thats cuz you're in a comatose state cuz ur so tired!) anyhoo i finish my salaat,so happy i managed to actually read it, such a sense of achievement,

then i hear my grandma in the other room reciting quraan, so im like salaam, when did u wake up, and she tells me she woke up 2 hours before me to read tahajjud, and shes read through the quraan like 5 times over, and shes done the cooking for the day, and shes gonna go out for a walk once it gets light lol

my 60 year old grandma subhanALLAH, how does that happen??

someone young like me finds it such a burden to make my 5 salaat and yet my grandma whose got arthritis and finds it hard to walk, makes her salaat, even if it means sitting in a chair and reading it.

and heres me, healthy full of strength, and im unable to,

reminds me of a hadith about utilising things before time runs out and one of the things mentioned was youth before you turn old.

perhaps more examples like that to illustrate an important point about dedication in faith,

much love

ma'salaam

 
At July 08, 2006 6:08 PM, Blogger shaffwan said...

Asalamualaikum,

How about a video about what people and kids watch on TV? I mean I'm a teen and seriously there is a LOT of stuff you don't want to see since it's a sin, (and as you said it yourself bro)
'You know What I'm sayin ?' (SS)

Or How students are afraid to explain to a class or a teacher that what they said about Islam is Incorrect. Or even explain why and how things are and why. Like Why Women wear scarves, why we face east to pray...etc.

Also why we Dont eat all the food in school cafeterias because it's not halal.

I have more ideas, just No time right now because Maghrib time's coming lol

 
At July 08, 2006 6:17 PM, Blogger shaffwan said...

I just remembered since salaat time is nearing, how about a CU shot of like a pair of pants on a brother covering their ankles? because our ankles are supposed to show when we do Namaaz so thats a problem, I mean i've had problems with it since i wear baggy pants.

And cleanliness, I mean doing namaaz and your body isn't clean is just wrong, I mean your namaaz doesnt count, so it's like Going up and down for no reason.

Oh, and playing music in your car, I mean some of us do listen to it in our cars, well my cousins told me while i was young to turn the radio off when you come by a masjid, mostly because it is offenseive to brothers doing namaaz inside.

 
At July 08, 2006 6:46 PM, Blogger shaffwan said...

The TRUE meaning of what Halal IS. Kids eat Big Macs and Chicken at McDonalds and school and say it's halal and not care, they say Chicken Is (excuse my spelling) "Makhrooh" Because If you say "Bismillah" it becomes halal. My Argument is "did a Muslim brother Slaughter it?"
And can you emphasize on what happens in the afterlife if you Do eat Haram foods?

David Letterman has a Top 10 List, How about a FS Of you in a suit or something Doing a top 10 List Of Don't Do's During Namaaz/Salaat.

 
At July 08, 2006 7:49 PM, Blogger Rania said...

asalamu alaikum

i know you just did one on prayer..but i think its really important to focus on praying 5 times a day..on time. There are people who think that as long as you get the 5 somehwere in the day, then you're OK. Or that you can miss it if you have an excuse..and usually the excuse it "i'm busy"

anyway, so we (my siblings and i) thought of some ideas to get the message across...by the way i saw the videa before i read the format that you wanted this to be done..but we already wrote it out..so i apologize and here it is

First part is like two different people talking to each other…

---So you gotta busy day.. (following said at a faster pace) from school to work to the gym and back…whoo….there is no taking a break
--Brother A: MashAllah brother…and making all your prayers on time..thats….
---Brother B (interrupts): Prayers? ::confused look::
---A: Pra-YERS (said slowly, sarcastically)
----B: Yeah, ofcourse, I do that…right when I get home after a long busy day…first, I start making up fajr, then dhuhr….(cut off)
---A: Time out…whaaaaat? Combining them all at the end of the day? You gotta be kidding..maybe I misunderstood..lets go back
----B: (continues ) then ‘asr then maghrib then isha…you know cause you gotta go in order making them up (smiles as if said something genius..implying how smart he is)
---A: NEWSFLASH…….
Mandatory Salaah bro… is just that-- mandatory…and its not when YOU feel like it or when you think is a better time for it….but when Allah commands it.
"...keep up prayer; surely prayer is enjoined upon the believers at prescribed times." - Al Nisa 4:103

Well you know what they say…the first step in finding a solution is identifying the problem…

Prohibition to praying on time:
1. Making Wudu outside of the home:
--something funny with someone making wudu in a public bathroom..people watching..etc.
2. work
Stuff on finding a place to pray…people thinking ur kissing the floor…etc etc
BRO, if you died tomorrow, you know what they will say (acting out a colleague at work….looking really sad and upset) “ this is really sad…I mean reaaallly sad…how are we going to finish that project on time now that he’s gone…”
4. shopping/hanging out outside your home
--with friends….everyone laughing making jokes….person looking frantically at the clock….ticking ticking……..voices in the head talking (be funnier if in a weird voice..like jaffer in aladin) saying “relaaaaaax, just enjoy the company….there’ll be time to make it up later” then other voice (frantic) “make it up?! There is a reason why there are time intervals/slots/limits for prayer…..how can you even be sure there will be a later”…..etc etc.

Remember brothers and sisters, at the end…its you and Allah and what you’ve done…and what you neglected to do…nothing else.

Some helpful tips: http://www.islamicfinder.org/ get prayer times anywhere in the US and Canada…and u can even get them sent to your cell phone. How convenient is that.

Seek refuge in Allah from Shaitan..and make dua to Allah that He keeps you firm in pleasing Him.

Some verses you can use to pop up on screen.
--Guard strictly your (habit of) prayers, especially the Middle prayer; and stand before Allah in a devout (frame of mind).
( سورة البقرة , Al-Baqara, Chapter #2, Verse #238)

--Allah Most High says: Woe to the worshippers who are unmindful of their prayer. (Quran 107:4-5)

 
At July 08, 2006 10:49 PM, Blogger The Bengali Fob said...

Here's a topic: Wasting/overspending

Examples:
- Food - Muslims who takes too much food and then throw half the plate of food away! They think that all the food will be finished so they pile up as much as they can, but they end up getting too full and wasting more than half the plate! (WAsting food unnecessarily. Especially ADULTS!)

- Water - Wasting water! (Turning the faucet on so high that the tap becomes like a water gun! (There's only SOO much clean water in teh world)

- Spending Overspending on clothes and other unnecassary stuff when they could donate. (People who have to buy new $1000 saris for each party they go to or shirts)Overspending on technology (Okay buying a certain TV size is okay, but having a 60' TV that makes the people on the screen bigger than your own body is EXTREME! and a bad sense of decoration...)
- environment - Leaving the lights, AC, heaitng, TV, computer, car on all day and night. (Okay, muslims are not even supposed to hurt trees during WAR, but they can't seem to take care of the environment at all!)

 
At July 08, 2006 11:02 PM, Blogger The Bengali Fob said...

Another Topic: Discrimination

- Colour - YOu see this a lot. I've seen a lot of discrimination against their own muslim brothers and sisters just b/c they are a different colour. Ex. A lot of South Asian people (Bangladeshis, Pakistanis, etc) work in Arab countries where they are treated horribly especially the blue-collared workers.

Another ex. I don't know if this is prevalent in other cultures or not, but a lot SOuth Asian muslims are obssessed with 'shaadaa'/white/fair skinned people. Oooo look she is so beautiful just b/c she is fairer skinned than her brown sister! The colour thing seems to be a lot more improtant for girls than boys! Guys can be as ugly as they want as long as they have a good education and salary, but girls have to perfect Barbie dolls for their sons.

-gender - Oh this soo happens in families. Even though girls and boys are supposed to be equal, people always think it's better to have boys as children. Also, boys are more likely to have more freedom than girls. More opportunities than girls. Another thing that pisses me off is how Girls have to PRAY BEHIND guys! WHY? Are we lesser being than guys? NO! Why can't we pray beside each other? I don't mean mixed, I mean like there's still a barrier, but it's in the middle like this. The brackets are the walls and the line in the middle is the barrier.
--> [Females|Males]
--> Another thing, how come girls can't do adzan or be imams?

-Race - This one is kind of along the colour thing, but it's between like Arabs, Orientals, SOuth Asian, Africans, etc. The hierarchy from top to bottom is Arabs/white ppl, Arab looking SOuth Asians, South Asians, Oriental, and then Africans. (This hierarchy is for Muslims) This is of course my observation and I don't think there's research on this, but this is what it looks like to me when muslims interact with each other in masjid and outside.

 
At July 09, 2006 4:03 AM, Anonymous Z said...

hi, im an australian reader/viewer and i thought id put my 2cents in. i think you should steer away from the whole 'flirting' issue for now and stick to somthing along the lines of what 'salma' had suggested (diff between muslims and non muslims living in the same society), because i belive it realtes to muslims and non muslims living in western culture all over the world. (its just the whole 'flirting' and 'marriage' issue is getting kinda boring and id like to see something innovative and different)

:)

 
At July 10, 2006 5:01 AM, Anonymous Shahara Khalique said...

Assalamu'alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

I think somebody touched on this a little.
What i was thinking about as a topic was talking about how there are millions of different types Muslims out there. Does it matter what colour they are or where they come from.
I know of sum people and i wont name any names but they refuse or strongly disagree with their children marrying a Muslim who is either a revert or a Muslim that is not of their kind, what I mean by that is: say one is Bangladeshi and the other is a Pakistani
Despite the fact that they are both MUSLIM which is the most important thing well used to be anyway, they look down or won’t allow them to marry just because of that.
Is that not wrong and one of many reason why young Muslims brothers and sisters decide not to even bother with marriage and live a life full of sin? Also causing us to divide when we really should be trying to unify.


This just popped into my mind. I gotta ask what the hell is up with treating the sister in-law like a salve. Many families expect this of their new daughter in law to be up at dawn cooking all the meals and doing all the house chores. She married your son or brother to live a life with him she DID NOT sign up to come do all your housework.

k i'm out of ideas now...

 
At July 10, 2006 5:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

assalam alaikoum,

To the Bengali Fob, the whole issue about girls praying behind guys is not a lesser/greater issue at all. (has to do with distraction, modesty, etc. ) so is making the adhaan. Girls and guys are equal, but they are different. If you want more information, search islamqa.com

I personally like the idea of differences between a muslim and non-muslim family.

 
At July 10, 2006 9:46 PM, Blogger shaffwan said...

Yea Bengali Fob (lol sry, i make fun of my Fob frends) but anyways. it is a distraction, i read in some islamic book that it is banned or something like that

Shahara Khalique, i hear U abt the different culture thing and marriage, this guy across the street from my house (A bengali) married a paki woman, they later split up and divorced because they culdnt take the criticism i guess.

and the sister in law thing is true too, i thought the parents were to treat them as their own child

 
At July 11, 2006 2:50 AM, Blogger ilovelove said...

salam everyone

one thing i still cant do is stop listingin to music..its seems almost impossible for me to steer myself form listnign to it..i always find patheric reasons that its 'ok' and blah blah but im just tryna fool myslef but even yet i stilll cant stop! i mean i LOVE music especia;;y the type im into.. so maybe if you do one on music and how its haram it woudl help alot of us understannd WHY??! ive already heard a million sheks repeat themselves on why it is haram but i wanted you to try to convince us, because im sure ali that you u would be great on that, as im seriously serious when im saying this. watching your videos makes me sooooo very proud to be a muslim and they are soooo very convincing, i love them so much! and im so very glad i came across them! much love

 
At July 11, 2006 6:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

asalaamu alaikum
how bou..

on wearing the hijab...another womans 'concerned' reaction:

"following relegion is fine, dont become an extremist"

"keeping your eyes in parda is all that matters"

"im very proud of you, ....NO U CANT WEAR IT TO THE WEDDING"

"wear it after you get married...how you goin to get a husband?"

"u need my permission as long as you live under my house"

"no those parts can show, only make sure your hair is covered"

"its ok to take it off for a job interview, just put it bak on after u get the job"

****and behold my mums personal favourite:

"nowadays wearing the scarf, isnt abou guarding your modesty. it has the reverse effect. more people look at you if you wear it than if you dont. so u shudn wear it, so that you dont attract the attention of others"


and so on..i could go on for long. but for now. Alhamdulilah.

ma asalam
ur sista in islam :)

 
At July 11, 2006 7:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree with what your mum says ^^^

in the West u get more stares if your walking around wearing a tent or a head scarf...some gals ever wear brightly coloured scraves...whats that all about when the whole point is to not stand out!???

a blog on part-time hijabi's would be good..how some girls take their scarves off for weddings and other "speacial occassions"

 
At July 11, 2006 11:44 AM, Blogger asal said...

From: Asal
Salam.

After reading everyone's topic suggestions, I feel that overdoing it with everything such as, money, food, clothes, housing, in islamic events, parties, funerals, religious gatherings, etc is a major wrong-doing. We tend to care a lot about how we look, how big our houses are, the type of car we drive, etc. We have to waste a lot of food in our parties, or else, the party isnt good enough, the women must wear maaad gold'n jewllery all over, or else...It's all such a big waste and I think this would be a wikid topic! Thanx for taking your time in reviewing my suggestion.

 
At July 11, 2006 11:47 AM, Blogger asal said...

Salam:
Wasting tremandous amount of money on food, clothing, housing, parties, funerals, even religious gatherings is a major wrong-doing amoung muslims...We tend to care a lot about what we wear, how we look and what gifts we give and receive more than other groups of people. I feel that this will be a useful and interesting topic for our next video. hope it helps.

 
At July 11, 2006 12:00 PM, Blogger asal said...

From: Asal
Salam.

After reading everyone's topic suggestions, I feel that overdoing it with everything such as, money, food, clothes, housing, in islamic events, parties, funerals, religious gatherings, etc is a major wrong-doing. We tend to care a lot about how we look, how big our houses are, the type of car we drive, etc. We have to waste a lot of food in our parties, or else, the party isnt good enough, the women must wear maaad gold'n jewllery all over, or else...It's all such a big waste and I think this would be a wikid topic! Thanx for taking your time in reviewing my suggestion.

 
At July 11, 2006 1:26 PM, Anonymous Mal said...

dude u didn't have to post it three times i'm sure he got your point first time round ^

what you're suggesting is similar to the $25,000 Muslim wedding blog he did...we need something new...like the flirting and hijab suggestion, they were good.

 
At July 11, 2006 6:03 PM, Blogger ilovelove said...

about the hijab thing bringing too much attention..youve got it all wrong..it doesent matter how colourful ur scarf is or how many stares you get in a day its all about the symbol of hijab and what you are representing....ISLAM. its about going out there and faising you fears and society and showing everyone how proud you truly are of being a muslim and how much u truely respect gods orders and how much you love him. and rember the attention u get from wearing it out in a european country is not the same attention you may get if you dress liek the european, it still covers the whole thing about modesty doesnt change a thing. and i was once told you get sooo much thawab from wearing it in a forin country even more then in you own home country.
this is truning into like one of those forrums lol but i just had to add this :) much LOVE

 
At July 11, 2006 8:22 PM, Blogger shaffwan said...

talking about wasting money, How about doing a show partly about PLASTIC SURGERY. People waste their money and I remember on the kidss show "Adam's World" that it's a sin, Is it true? Can you elaborate bro? I mean seriously Why waste THOUSANDS and THousands on your appearance when The money can make the lives of needy people better

 
At July 11, 2006 10:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

just to answer shaffwans question. it isnt nessecarly haram to do some kind of plastic surgery. i am not to fond of it myself but i dont think u can find anything that says it is haram. as long as it will bring u and your spouse closer together it isnt haram. but risking your finanances isnt a great idea. i would doubt there is any muslim that will do it acspecialy the sisters. if they are covered there is no need of it. sorry, i just felt like i should answer.

 
At July 11, 2006 11:13 PM, Anonymous nit2winit said...

Aren't we suppose to putting a script together???

Lots of suggestions here but maybe we should start putting something together so he can do the show. How about we each throw in a few lines at a time and then whoever is moderating this thing can grab the good stuff and update the post..take whatever they think is cool...so I'll start it off...

--Assalam wa alaykum my brothers and sisters
--Isn't it funny how you often you here certain topics discussed while some topics rarely come up
--The rights your parents have on you is a very common topic and rightfully so
--But what about the rights of children?
--Children have rights?
--Yeah....you see this is what happens when certain topics are never discussed
--(continue)

 
At July 12, 2006 9:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

(ok..I like it..I"ll continue)

--Many parents who don't even practice Islam want to make sure that there kids learn the parts of Islam that they like
--Like respect your parents, don't do drugs, don't drink alcohol
--All that is gravy but unfortunately, many parents think just parts of Islam is enough and the rest is just extra
--When it comes Hijab
--Oh that..its ok...take it off when you goto work but wear it in the Masjid.
--Riba? It is ok. We have no choice otherwise we will suffer
--Suffer?
--Yes, we will have to live in a 3 bedroom condo instead of our large house.
--That's suffering?
--SubhanAllah
--Once we stop fearing Allah (swt) punishment, then we are headed in the wrong direction
--(someone else please continue!)

Halal meat..sahalal meat! It is ok! We are on vacationdrop off their kids at the Masjid weekend sunday school and hope that they get 2 hours

 
At July 13, 2006 5:23 PM, Anonymous Salma said...

Plastic Surgery:

Although I know this is the comments section concerning the making of the video, and not a discussion forum about Islamic laws concerning plastic surgery..I feel that I must make a corrective InshaAllah.

The Qur'an tells us that one of the statements Shayataan made infront of Almighty Allah (SWT) is that he would approach His (SWT) people from before and behind them, from the right and left of them...

Shayataan said that one of the ways he would disturb is by making the people want to CHANGE THE NATURE of things...

This he does through trickery and from all angles (from before and behind, from the right and left).

The Nature of your form is the way Allah created you. Allah is THE CREATOR, THE FASHIONER and THE EVOLVER of all human bodies. (These are three of his Beautiful Names). Allah gave you your form,..did He (SWT) not "create Adam in the best of forms"?

And besides, your body doesn't belong to You, it is LENT to you by Allah, for you to use by His allowance, Mercy, and Generosity...for you to take care of until it is brought back to Him the Almighty, as He Created it...

Which means that no matter how much money you spend, and how much you change yourself in this temporary Dunya, truth is on the day of resurrection you'll rise as you were made!! Hehe..what a waste. (Yo, anyone warned Wacko Jacko he's gona rise up.. black??!!...Damn)

Remember Shayataan whispers, he doesn't shout.

Think about it

Your sista in Islam

Salma

 
At July 14, 2006 2:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i thought about it very very hard i dont get the 'shaitan whispers, he dosent shout' please elaborate its killing me!

 
At July 14, 2006 8:19 PM, Blogger Sadaf said...

cont'd from anonmyous' continuation of nit2winit's script...

--When it comes Hijab
--Oh that..its ok...take it off when you goto work but wear it in the Masjid.

-- parent's worried about getting you married? AS if Hijab will prevent you from finding a suitable husband

-- SubhanAllah, we're more worried about a guy who's rich and 'stable' and educated but not someone who fears Allah
-- SubhanAllah don't we realise that a man who fears Allah is a man who actually cares about keeping his family in tact, and respecting his wife's rights....BECAUSe of the fact that he FEARS Allah.

Halal meat? Who Cares, we're on a holiday and it's so hard to find it anyways. Let's go to KFC
-- Wait a minute, bro
-- halal meat aint a joke, this is a command from Allah and if you ain't obeying it, you're disobeying Allah.
-- Besides...hmm...we live in a time where it is so easy to find halal meat
-- oh No! I'm going to die if I don't eat chicken...!
-- Umm..No...if that was the case, Allah (swt) would have only created meat, but there's tons of other foods..
-- vegetarian food?? hmm..I think I've heard of that...
-- The point is brothers and sisters, worshipping Allah doesn't stop when we go on a holiday. That's like saying, I don't feel like breathing today...Islam is an inherent part of us.

- some one please continue! :)

 
At July 14, 2006 8:23 PM, Blogger Sadaf said...

More stuff i want to add...

-- Isn't it funny when some Muslim parents tell their kids to do stuff that they don't do
-- Go read your prayer or why didn't you read the Qur'an today?
-- Um...mom, how come you never pray?!?
-- stop telling me what to do, just go and do what I say
-- the point is how can we blame some Muslims of not praying or fasting, when their parents who are their first teachers, are not even doing it themselves
-- Let's not blame them...let's take a more positive approach and help them see the sirat al mustaqeem (the straight path)

 
At July 14, 2006 11:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalam Allaikum bro,

Good job on this website of yours!

Here's an idea from a sisters P.O.V (point of view):

One thing i find annoying is that when there is a da'wah of some sort, and the place is segregated the female section (almost all the time) becomes a place to gossip or chatter!! WHY??? Its not starbucks!! I wish i could just hide somewhere near the brothers section just to get some knowledge thru...obviously these sisters just come to socialise. Forgive me im not trying to be self righteous or anything but it really is dissapointing to see.

 
At July 17, 2006 9:52 AM, Anonymous farooq said...

assalamu alaikum,
i think you should keep on with the things that muslims over look like hallal meat (Mcdonalds is not hallal brother CU) lol it has to be slaughterd with allahs name over it to be hallal, also the hijjab is another good topic how come so many sisters dont wear it its mandatory, also something on riba-interest- and how that is harram-maybe have some change thrown into the air CU- thanks ahkee sallam

 
At July 17, 2006 10:18 AM, Anonymous farooq said...

oops forgot also male muslims wearing gold and necklaces come on seriously men arent suppose to look like women

 
At July 19, 2006 10:00 PM, Blogger *LAMZ* said...

Salam Alaikum Wa Rahmatuh Allah

For starters this is a really great site Masha Allah, I think our Ummah really needs these kind of reminders...they couldn't be said any better.

I see a lot of these messages daily. As a Correctional Officer, in a maximum security facility, some brothers come in on lets just say drug or armed robbery convictions.

It always amazes me how there's something about jails that make some individuals remember everything about Islam. All of a sudden he (and I say he because of the predominance of Muslim males incarcerated) remembers to pray 5 times a day and they have to be right on time, he must have halal meals and so on. On the outs when you supervise them on Parole, it's like what happened to salat and eating halal (Subhan Allah)

I've seen brothers hit rock bottom, enter "the system" and come out like shinning stars (pious brothers), but for some reason the minute some of the ones that demanded their rights and made such a big deal get out, the first thing they do is light up a joint, and a month later their back on more serious charges. :(

I wish Islam wasn't used as an excuse inside to do easy time...

 
At July 21, 2006 9:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really amazing! Useful information. All the best.
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At July 22, 2006 9:13 PM, Blogger Midnight Warrior said...

Assalamu Alaykam,

My suggestion is to focus on the current secterian issues facing the Muslim Ummah. Yeah, there are differences with Shia and Sunni, but it has gone too far now, and it is slowly killing our people. I think this should be the topic of your next clip, and to stress the importance of unity!

Wassallam

 
At July 24, 2006 11:29 PM, Anonymous Diana said...

Heres something you should have added to the culture VS. Islam. I remember once I went with my family to go see our friends. There was a girl around my age, so we started talking. somehow after talking a while the subject smoking came up. I asked her if she was ever gonna smoke (much hoping for a no) and she said "No do I look stupid smoking is stupid. I was happy, but then dsad to see her on the hookuh (arguilla as some call it). I asked her "Why r u smoking I thought you weren't gonna" and she said "Yah but this is different this is 'cultural'". Things that are haram are not "Cultural" nor are they anything at ALL to do with islam. WAY too many muslims choose to do the hookah because its more "halal". HELLO!!!! You might as well be smoking a whole packet in one time! I heard that 15 minutes on the hookah is like 1 packet of ciggarettes. Am I right or what? It is actually very annoying. Someone I know very well can't stand to see a cigareete after she quit, but still does the hookah almost every day. Smooth. Smart. NOT!

Lol Thanks for reading. Hopefully you will put this in some kind of video. I really enjoyed your other videos.

 
At July 27, 2006 1:29 PM, Blogger Jonny.utsa said...

I enjoy your videos. How about a video on terrorism? It would be so nice to hear a real Muslim speak out against this madness.

 
At July 27, 2006 3:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mashallah i am just 12
but i learned a lot about your
ummah films
and i didnt get bored
i actually enjoyed whatching it and
learning more stuff
thank you
and please keep it up
khuda hafis

 
At July 31, 2006 1:56 AM, Blogger salma said...

asalamu aliekium i know im soo late and you wont be able to use my idea in ur new video but my idea is to talk about what brought you to Islam the struggle you went through and how it changed your life and talk about how muslims have the most beautiful religion and how lucky they are to have it and how they should appreciate it more because there are people in this world that are completely lost and muslims have the answer to everything and we should take advantage of what Allah has blessed us with. asalamu aliekum may Allah bless you

from your sister salma

 
At July 31, 2006 2:01 AM, Blogger salma said...

p.s

its me again also talk about how Islam allows you to question.. i mean sometimes parents freak out when their kids ask why do we have to wear the hijab why do we have to do this and that.. every command from Allah has a reason and it is the duty of our parents to teach it and after all true faith is truely understanding what you believe and unfortunately many muslims dont know why they do what the do as muslims.

 
At October 10, 2006 1:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salaam. My name is Muhaimen, and I have a suggestion.

I agree with abdul haq, but I thinhk that some non-muslims should know the TRUTH of Islam.

For instance, alot of Non-muslims say that: "If I become muslim, I'll have to pray all day.." Blah,blah,blah.

"You know what I'm saying?!"-Close shot.

I think that you should show them(with humor) that just if you become a muslim, that dosen't mean that you gotta pray all day. Alot of Muslims are some of the best B-ball players. And alot more.

I also agree with abdul-haq, that stuff that muslim girls and Muslim boys do. So I actully have two suggestions. No actully three.

Why don't you make a poll with the three of the biggest topics and ask Us to vote? Which ever one gets the most votes, make a video on that topic.

Oh well, I gotta be going now, But I hope you consider my stupid idea.:D

 
At April 24, 2007 8:59 AM, Blogger fari_nut said...

aslamualikum warahmatullah hiwabarakatuhu,
there is a presentation that my brother made about "is music allowed in islam"....i think it will make a good video...
the website is
www.mybeautifulislam.com
goto this link and then click on presentations....
i hope u'll like it
my e-mail is
fari_nut@hotmail.com
please tell me wat u think
salam.

 
At May 19, 2007 10:20 AM, Anonymous ROWAN said...

salamualaikum
i think doing a video on how young girls who wear hijab get cussed at just b/c they r standing up 4 their deen
im suggesting this topic b/c it recently happened 2 me i was out waliking with my grandmother and this man stiks his head out of the car and calls me really bad words just b/c i was weariing hijab
y should this be happening to 12 and 13 year olds who are not afraid to die for their religin

 
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