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Monday, August 28, 2006

250,000 Views - Ummah Films

Bismillah ar-Rahmaan ar-Raheem,

SubhanAllah, we recently passed the quarter of a million mark (yeah 250,000 views). The whole idea behind the Reminder series was to talk about the subjects that weren't often spoken about for whatever reasons but needed to be said.

Now that Season 1 has been completed and organized all on one page, I wanted to here from you which episode you liked most and which episode you liked least and why. I am always looking to improve myself and to learn from mistakes InshAllah.

I'm hope to start Season 2 after Ramadan with the first Episode debuting on Friday, November 3rd InshAllah.
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33 Comments:

At August 28, 2006 5:44 PM, Blogger otowi said...

asalaam alaaykum

Well I liked them all,
I would say I liked the point of the 25,000 wedding one a lot, I liked your episode 10 because I thought your point of people misrepresenting Islam was well-made.

I think my least favorite was the matchmaking one - it wasn't bad, but I just thought the others were better.

 
At August 28, 2006 6:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yo Salaam Alaikum Ali!!!

Nice work on ALL the videos man, alhamdullilah. We need more people like you who are willing to shed light on problems in the ummah while still retaining a sense of humor. Favorite episode, hmm, well I definitely found the matchmaking one the funniest. However, the culture vs. Islam and marriage were the best since they were the most enlightening.

About the next series of videos you make, I definitely think you should do one on clearing up the misconceptions between the Shia and Sunni schools of thought. There is ignorance and unfounded hatred on both sides and too often when Shias and Sunnis do decide to talk it's all about companions and family...whatever happened to Allah and His messenger? We need to be cognizant of our differences and remember that we are still one ummah united in the eyes of Allah s.w.t. and that we need to learn to live together. I hope you consider this proposition...

Jazaak Allah!

 
At August 29, 2006 6:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

assalamalikum bro, i thought all of the vid's were brill, personally for me the islam vs culture was more facinating, I think i told u before y cause I was discussing the issue with a mate of mine, so when i came across that video, i was chuffed because you put all them thoughts people already think into perspective,my least favourite was probably the funny things in jummah, thats because i couldnt relate to it, however my brothers loved that one. Another topic you could possibly discuss, is what should a muslim do when there iman is low to be in the right path again. Because i know it does happen not just with young people but with older people too. Anyway good look yeh with the series 2. BTW congrats with the new baby mashallah.

 
At August 29, 2006 6:43 AM, Blogger TwennyTwo said...

Asalaamu Alaikum,

My fave- and the one that got me to watch the rest- was Seasonal Muslims. I declare, it said some things I had been thinking minutes before. I also liked finding a spouse online and distractions during salat. Very very pertinent to my life.

Why ask my least favorite? I liked them all.

Next season: a Sister's point of view, please. How about convert-itis. Or imitation of arabness instead of practice of islam. or that being different can be good...

But regardless, insha'Allah, I'm sure we'll enjoy the next season. Stay encouraged.

peace
Twenny

 
At August 29, 2006 10:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did like "Culture vs Islam the most. I think you said what I had in mind as well...but they all are very good and entertaining. I like the way you mix sarcasm with the reality, not forgetting about religion. And all the topics which you have dealt with, you give a totally new perspective into looking things...or maybe you say the things people, specially young ones, feel in todays world.

I think, you are able to talk about Islam in a way that touches, not just muslims but non- muslims as well. You bring people closer by giving a common ground to relate to by focusing on the real issues that needs to be talked about.

Nice work.

 
At August 29, 2006 11:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salaam Alaikum Ali,
jus wnted 2 say, first of all that thre was nuffing 2 dislyke, everyfing u said was true. MY personal Favorite was Muslim while flying and the 25,000 wedding. You shuld feel confident in your work,jus luk at wat u achieved so far wid the help of Allah(s.w.t)
Inshallah the nxt series culd u plz include the relevence of the "crescent and the star" to Islam,since the holy qur'an provides no link with it and thre's nuffing in the hadiths which link with it aswel. I no its a symbol which has no islamic history 2 it, but since MohemetII adopted the symbol in 460 06 80 CE, it has become associated with Islam as recognition, jus the way as wen an american flag is seen people no it belongs 2 the american nation. My point is, shuld we not be associated with the tawheed and the practise of islam rather than a flag which bares no significant islamic history. I mean when u see,jewish pll being linked wid the star of david, americans wid their american flag, the stars symbolising the different states, stirpes purification, red, the bloodshed suffred by past generation and the blue the land, and if u take that in an african american point of view, they wuld tell u summing more deep,white representing prison and red their suffering and so on. i wuld love 2 see,the wuld lyke 2 see and no wheter using the "crescent and the star" is jus anover ismbol which is adopted by other islamic countries,e.i pakistan, the crescent symbolises growth and the star,means enlightment, so is it being mis-represented and muslims around the worl being led 2 the wrong path,since da practise shuld unite them. dis jus a sis point of view,soz for any confusion,jus got me finking, cuz wen i asked a muslim bro,he replied identification, so others no who we are. i jus need closure on the crescent and star subject, wuld be gr8t 2 no wat muslims around ur area fink and others around da world.
(soz 4 da long speech,lol)
Jazaak Allah Khair. Inshallah keep da gud work cumming

 
At August 29, 2006 12:33 PM, Anonymous Leila said...

Salam alaikum,

Macha Allah you did a great job with all episodes but I have to say my favorite was episode 9, it helped me a lot to get a clear idea of what medias did to our religion and to be able to explain it in a better way to non-muslims.

My least favorite was the matchmaking one.

Keep up yhe good work, may Allah reward you for the reminders and can't wait to see the rest incha'Allah!

Wassalam
Leila

 
At August 31, 2006 10:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assala mo alaikum.

JK for a brilliantly funny first series. My favourite has to be wedding one. It is so refereshing to see a young muslim such as yourself reaching out in the manner that you do, sometimes this is very lacking in our communities and it is a big shame. You do it with humour and dignity and inshallah you carry on for at least another 10 series.

One question: What does "Baba" mean? I've heard of Ali Baba but never Baba Ali.

 
At August 31, 2006 11:21 AM, Blogger Muaf said...

My personal favourite was 'finding your spouse online' i've watched it so many times yet i still crack out laughing whenever i watch it. I guess i'd say my least favourite was 'Muslims while flying.' My bro's favourite was 'distractions during salat' and i gotta agree, the whole head to butt collision thing u did was hilarious!

 
At August 31, 2006 4:16 PM, Anonymous Zeeshan Shaikh said...

i liked the 1st one i saw the best

Culture Vs Islam ... i've always thought about that.. how parents chopped and divided the religion.. it was def a good reminder for the parents out there.

But when i saw the 25,000 dollar wedding one t hat was by far my favorite... i suppose being in my early 20's i could relate to it on a REAL level... and got some great laughs off of it.

The one that wasn't ALL that was probably the meeting online one.
I wasn't feelin' it much.

but anyway ... i can't wait for the 2nd season... and it would be awesome if you and your team insha'Allah could come up with a vid that will educate people about the different Schools of thoughts in Islam and the respect that should go along with it. There are a few funny things i could think of right off the bat.

for one ... how about the EVIL look you get from some of the elders in the masjid when you come into the masjid to make salah and you are wearin' shorts cuz you jus came from the gym or somethin... and they are WELL below your knees !! even when you bend!

can't wait .. Alhamdu lillah great work ...
I pray that Allah accepts all the actions of His slaves and that he keep us all humble in our endeavors. I love you and your team for the sake of Allah and i pray that you guys continue and not let the shayateen and the nafs get to you and your people @ UF.

" and if you ain't doin it for Allah... your gettin ripped off !!"
" ... kno what im sayiiiiiiin!"

 
At August 31, 2006 4:40 PM, Anonymous Shaheda said...

Assalamoalaikum Warahmatullah

All the videos are on point and amusing, but I would agree with Muaf, in rating 'Muslim while flying' lowest(just)- although I love the irony of the alarm going off at the end when you sign off with your 'reminder'.

Episode 9 was definitely the best because I could share it with my non-muslim acquaintances to help open their eyes to the folly of what they are being 'taught' by the media.

My only concern was that the first episode was light-hearted to the extent that I felt it discredited the ulama. I understand that it was a tester, but I just felt that I should express this concern.

But, yeah they're all excellent in their own ways, masha Allah.
By Allah's will, hearts and minds will be opened as a consequence. Insha Allah.

Fee amaanillah
Wassalaam

 
At August 31, 2006 6:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alhamdulilah they all were good. But unfortunately most of it did not deal with the problems and suffering of the Ummah. No clear concept of Islam was presented or the solution for them. The reality is that there is no Islam on the face of the earth and that the first problem. We can’t just focus only on the aspects of Islam when Islam itself is absent!

Bring back Islam

WA SALAM ALAIKUM

 
At September 01, 2006 8:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Asalamualaikium(wrb)
Personally I thought the distractions during salah video was by far the funniest of them all, the muslim while flying was something you could really relate to and overall all of the vdos were beneficial in their own way. But the $25,000 Muslim weddings was the one I thought had the best message for the youth out to get married. Really makes you think and reflect on the realities of marriage. Very beneficial and very entertaining :D Keep it up!
W'salam

 
At September 02, 2006 6:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think you scream alot. at first i thought it was funny,. but after 10 episodes the screaming got too much. honestly brother im not trying to make fun, im just reccomending that you take season 2 in maybe another direction.

i still love ur work. keep it up my friend.

Ali, from California

 
At September 03, 2006 6:27 AM, Blogger Hosni Muhammed Zafrullah said...

Assalamu Allaikum ,
Everyone of your videos marshallah , have touched on the important issues of society. However , I don't have a credit card at this moment of time , nor do I live in the USA for me to buy your DVD to show my mum since she won't watch it on the computer. I also run a blog called blogd4w4h.blogspot.com and it is just a normal blog with many articles which in my opinion concern the Ummah of today.

Inshallah season 2 will be as good as season 1

 
At September 03, 2006 6:38 PM, Anonymous Sara said...

Asalaam Alaikum,
My favorite was "Who hijacked my religion"...it makes me sooo mad the way muslims are portrayed. Everything we do is "terristic"....Anyway, I like that one so much, I made sure to forward the link to everyone in my address book (and there are far more non-muslims than muslims since I am a revert also).
This was followed very closely by "Cultural Islam". I had a very had time upon converting because I had so many people giving me cultural advice, not Islamic advice...As my husband says "Culture should not be your Islam,Islam should be your culture"..mash'Allah.
Least favorite? $25k wedding (I don't think your points were expounded upon in enough depth), and "Finding a Spouse Online"...cause though the points were good...I think there are many more important ones in that arena...( this was how I met my husband..and to insure this, the first several communications via email were all about Islam...as we came closer to the point of marriage, we began to ask very detailed questions about viewpoints on Islamic subjects)....
Anyway, this wasn't super specific, but insha'Allah this will help anyway....
Allah Haafiz

 
At September 04, 2006 4:38 PM, Blogger Muzamil Saleem said...

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At September 04, 2006 4:42 PM, Blogger Muzamil Saleem said...

Salamalaykum,

NOTE FOR 'ANONYMOUS' WHO LEFT A COMMENT ON:
August 29, 2006 11:20 AM

REGARDING THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE STAR AND CRESCENT IN ISLAM.


The following verses should answer your question...

Surah Al-Baqarah, The Cow
2:189
They ask you [Prophet] about CRESCENT moons. Say, 'They show the times appointed for people, and for the pilgrimage.'...


Surah Al-An'am, Livestock
6:97
He is the one who made the STARS to guide you during the darkness on land, and on sea. We thus clarify the revelations for people who know.

There are also surahs in the Qur'an entitled The Stars (53. Al-Najm) and The Moon (54. Al-Qamar).
You can see now why symbology of the moon and the star is used widely in Islam; on the minerats of mosques, and the flags of muslim countries.


Peace be upon you.

(Btw Ali, I enjoy watching your videos)

 
At September 05, 2006 8:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i likes the Funny things at Jummah because
1) i learned something from it ( that speaking is not allowed)
2) it was consise and realistic scenarios.such as the monotonal voice.
3) there were tips.

the one i least liked was the Distraction during Salaat.
i didnt like it because
1) i saw the oppertunity of giving tips on how to obtain Khushu in your salaat and this would have insahllah reach many.
2) it was humourous and i the underlying message was not very effective.

The blogs that i could not relate to were Culture vs Islam and the Finding a Spouse online (this concept is quite weird )

the only thing is that there were some tips that i would liket to see as this is quite helpful.

oh lastly thanks for leaving a section where we may express ourselves.

 
At September 05, 2006 8:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Loved them all, specially the culture vs Islam one,as I've had a bad experience with this when parents mix their culture and prejudice in the guise of islam and in the end discriminate. I think a good new subject would be one that I keep hearing from muslim convert sisters that keep complaining of some born muslim, eastern guys who want to marry them but are not flexible to the women's western culture and want to impose their eastern culture completely without apreciating that it is a different culture that can still be Islamic. Many, I think are dissapointed by these kind of guys who want to turn them into eastern from one day to the other and you get the picture. some end up thinking that Islam makes these guys like that and therefore let down. God bless you and keep you motivated with these messages, sincerely (Z)

 
At September 06, 2006 7:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

aa,
My favorite one was the characters at work one. It is by far THE BEST ONE!!! to the point and amazingly hilarious:D Keep up the good work. s/ suggestions for an episode: explaining Islam to non-Muslims, male-female relationships in Islam (what boundaries Islam has put), and the importance of sadaqa or charities. Jazak Allah Khayr Akhi. May Allah multiply your reward and bless us all with jannah. Amen wassalam:)

 
At September 06, 2006 10:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw your work at google.. man, you're good!

 
At September 09, 2006 11:56 PM, Blogger Umm Yasin said...

Assalam Alaikum Brother.
Thank you for such a great reminder to us all. I really enjoyed them and thought they were a great thing. Keep it up, and one idea...try the topic of marriage for desires while in U.S.A. are haram. But may Allah give you many rewards for your dawah!!! And give you the Jannah!

Assalam Alaikum
Umm Yasin

 
At September 11, 2006 2:33 AM, Anonymous Z said...

hmm... i think the culture vs Islam was pretty entertaining. Overall great job!

 
At September 11, 2006 7:48 PM, Anonymous muslima said...

salam bro, so when is your next videos coming out? plz dont take too long.

 
At September 11, 2006 7:50 PM, Anonymous muslima said...

i thought "finding spous online" was very funny. i actually liked all of them. also culture vs. islam was funny. bling bling! lol.

 
At September 12, 2006 1:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalamu 3alaikum!

Masha Allah, I liked all of them!
The moment I finished watching them at my University's computer, I forwarded it to all my contacts (Muslims and non-Muslims), and even showed it to my family at home to enjoy. Masha Allah, my family loved it and couldn't wait to watch them all. As for my contacts, they loved it as well! So, they've forwarded the videos as recommendations to organizations, groups, and their contacts. Alhamdulillah. Jazakumullahu khairan for your work.
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(A reply to) Anonymous said...
One question: What does "Baba" mean? I've heard of Ali Baba but never Baba Ali.

August 31, 2006 10:32 AM
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Assalamu 3alaikum.
"Baba" means "Father".
"Ali baba" means in one way or another "Ali is a father". Where as "Baba Ali" means "Father Ali".

Jazakumullahu khairan.
Wa salamu 3aliakum.

 
At September 12, 2006 1:39 PM, Anonymous t said...

Hey Brother Ali...its been weeks since your last post. When's the next one coming along?

 
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At October 05, 2006 12:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ali,

Many thanks for your efforts.. I stumbled on your clip of 'muslim while flying' on the WHATREALLYHAPPENED site..and it made me watch the rest.. well done.. inshalla may you continue and prosper

 
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