Topic for the first episode of Season 2 - Hijab?
Bismillah ar-Rahmaan ar-Raheem,JazakAllah khair for all the emails. SubhanAllah, there are two people answering emails constantly and we are still unable to reach the unread email count down to zero. The lowest we got it down was 43 emails to respond to but while you're answer one email, more emails are coming in and it feels like an endless struggle. Now I know what the mailman feels like. Your words of support really encourages us to continue with the projects of Ummah Films. JazakAllah khair.
Many of the emails have about suggestions/topic ideas for upcomings shows. Alhamdulillah there have been plenty of great suggestions but I can only choose some of them. Since my goal is to complete 8 new episodes for Season 2, I can only have 8 new topics for this season. If there is a Season 3, I can use the other topics then InshAllah. Since I write, edit, and film the shows myself, its very time consuming. I have a normal life like everyone else and last season, I found myself up until the middle of the night trying to write/edit/and film some of the episodes. After a while, you feel burned out and I don't want to do it for the sake of doign it. I want to do it for the right reasons InshAllah.
I think the reason some people find "The Reminder" series entertaining is because it deals with topics that we often may think about but not necessarily say (kinda of like what comedians do..bringing up topics that some people are too afraid to say but since its done in humour...people aren't offended). So I brought up these issues with my opinions on them and people laughed. Some topics were more serious while others were comical but for some reason or another....people watched. I told Thinking Brother that if I do episode 8 "Culture vs Islam", we were going to lose viewers because it was a "sensitive" topic. Keep in mind, my goal wasn't to win a popularity contest but rather speak the truth. Well the impact was the exact opposite...we didn't lose viewers...we gained much more than before (I was suprised). Amazing enough, around 100,000 people a month are watching the videos and Season 1 ended a while ago.
The goal with the videos is to remind the viewer and myself of the little things that we do that is not part of Islam and that we should go back to practicing Islam properly so we can be successful in this life and in the hereafter.
For Season 2, I want to continue the same trend up of bringing up the unspoken issues, even if it means that I have to bring up sensitive topics. If I do bring up a common topic like withu/prayer, I don't want to say the things we have all heard already so many times in lectures/khutbah but rather I want to talk about the side of those issues that often goes unaddressed.
So what the first topic on Season 2? Hijab.
Hijab? (you can't be serious?...)
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