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Friday, November 03, 2006

"That's not Hijab" - Ummah Films Season 2 Premiere is here!

Bismillah ar-Rahmaan ar-Raheem,

"That's not Hijab" Video - Ummah Films - Season 2 Premiere

With over 500,000+ views on Youtube and Google Video, The Reminder series has become the biggest Muslim Video blog on the Internet. Without any further adue, here is the Season 2 video premiere, "That's not Hijab"




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Please post your comments so I know you're watching and forward the video to those you know so they may benifit from the reminders InshAllah. JazakAllah khair


FAQ’S

Why did you choose the topic of Hijab?
The hijab is a very sensitive issue for women. It can be very awkward for one sister to tell another sister that she isn’t wearing it properly but it is even more difficult for a brother to say anything. Sometimes it is easier hearing it from someone who doesn’t know you (that’s me) so that’s why I took the opportunity that I have with this video series to do an episode on Hijab.

What was the inspiration behind the topic?
I have received a lot of emails regarding covering an issue that relates to sisters. Since Islamically men can not act like women and women can not act like men, I have been unable to cover various Muslimah subjects since there numerous restrictions makes it challenging. Neverthless, these restrictions should not discourage us but rather it forces us to be more creative.

How difficult is it to come up with the content for the video?
The true challenge is to write in such a way that it will make the people think and remember. There are many informative videos on the web but the average person doesn’t watch them because they can’t relate to the speaker or their message. Then are many other videos which are only made for the sake of entertainment but there is nothing you can gain from them. I wanted to make videos that would make people think. The way I communicate my message is done so that people will remember it InshAllah.

How come you don’t talk about the common issues?
I think there are a lot of issues that often go unspoken because people are afraid of speaking about them. I ‘m not trying to be politically correct but rather I want to be honest. If we continue to ignore things, it doesn’t help anyone.

Who are you to tell sisters about Hijab?
I am not better than anyone who watches these videos. I not only make these videos as reminder for the viewers but I make them as reminders for myself as well. I am constantly striving to improve myself so I can be a better Muslim InshAllah. I know I have many faults so whenever someone reminds me of something of Islam, they do so because they care about me…not because they are attacking me. Thus, I don’t take it personal and I hope my viewers don’t take it personal either.


This may be the most controversial subject you have covered? Aren't you worried about what people will think?

My goal is to make people think. I'm not trying to be politically correct but rather I want to say the truth. I would rather have a black belt in keeping it real rather than ignore issues and pretend they don't exist. You know what I'm sayin?

Why is the video so dark?
I messed up during filming and put the light in the wrong part. I didn't discover the issues until I started editing it and it was too late. Its ok. This entire project is a learning process so I'm learning.

Who built the new Ummah Films intro at the beginning of the video?
The same brother who designed our website. www.imanstudios.com

Please COMMENT (so I know you're there) and RATE the video on youtube InshAllah.
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349 Comments:

At November 03, 2006 12:55 AM, Blogger Shaan said...

Off the chain Ali!!! Haha, funny video, very informative content, I'm curious to know what the sisters think...

 
At November 03, 2006 1:01 AM, Blogger LivingHalal said...

You are so prompt, ma sha Allah.

I was at Muslimr.com and saw you uploading it, lol

Good job bro... may Allah reward you.

 
At November 03, 2006 1:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salamz brooooooooooo

lool the video was great mashallah loved it may allah reward u ameen but i wished before the video ended this is ali remindig u lool

 
At November 03, 2006 1:35 AM, Anonymous Khloud said...

Like Season I, You continued producing amazing short vlogs that are right to the point.

Masha'Allah, you make the watcher of your show stay excited and enjoy it from beginning until the end (with a smile on her/his face)

JazakAllah Khair

One of the points that got my attention was: Why a brand new Muslim-Convert wear Hijab properly, while a Muslim girl who grew all her life as a Muslim wearing it improperly!

Brother Ali,

May Allah bless you and reward you and the brothers who are helping you in these productions for reminding us.

 
At November 03, 2006 4:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brother Ali,

As a sister, all I can say is Alhumduillah! The Hijab video was really good mashaAllah. Very well-said and all so very true as well as informative. May Allah award you for what you are doing. And thanks for doing this subject!

 
At November 03, 2006 5:32 AM, Blogger The Sane One said...

Thatz the gurd stuff.

 
At November 03, 2006 5:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalamualaikum Brothers!

Loved it! It was fab!

Thanks for saying it when others can't.

May Allah reward you and your team for spreading Islam...to the Muslims...

 
At November 03, 2006 6:29 AM, Anonymous mercy said...

salams
to Ali, to Thinking Brother..
Good points mashaAllah.
Dont worry, i dont think sisters can take offence at that, its too real and too true.
And an excellent point, that only those that want good for you will point you in the right direction.. with mercy and wisdom.
By the way, smart move, ending on a 'brother''s note ;-).. very smart indeed.

 
At November 03, 2006 7:16 AM, Anonymous Deejay said...

good job mashaAllah!

 
At November 03, 2006 7:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Masha'allah, good note at the end concering the brothers. Salaam

 
At November 03, 2006 7:55 AM, Anonymous sadiq said...

Masya'Allah. Season 2 premiere was simply good. It was the worth wait.Alhamdulillah bro, u did great again.

 
At November 03, 2006 8:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

mashallah... great job. well done.. hey wonder if jack Straw is watching this. seriously people just need to realize that us hijabis [speicaly the ones here in the us] are not forced to do hijab... what is wrong with this world??? why is showing skin seen as better than not showing skin.. i hope this vedio is able to send a message to these people... jazakallah khaiyr for this beautiful reminder...

 
At November 03, 2006 9:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah...

Masha'Allah! May Allah (swt) reward you for your efforts. I know you were limited in how to address the different "methods of hijab" - nevertheless your message came across quite well!

LOL When I first became Muslim I thought hijab was just covering the hair because I didn't have the right knowledge, but Alhamdulillah, I had a "brave" sister tell me what hijab really was.

I wish sisters who don't cover properly really take this issue to heart - because it's gotten so bad at our local masjid that my husband refuses to go to the events (Eid carnival, etc...). And in all honesty, I don't blame him - because some women (I can only assume they're Muslimah) are walking around half naked, painted-on clothing (skin tight), no hijab, looking no different than the kuffar! Istaghfir'Allah - even I don't want to see that, especially while at the masjid. Our poor brothers are commanded to lower their gaze - what a sad day it is when they can't even go to the masjid of all places because it's too uncomfortable for them to see Muslimahs not dressed properly.

And you all know what I'm saying!
Umm Aaliyah

 
At November 03, 2006 10:18 AM, Anonymous muslima said...

Alhamdulillah. Thank you for video. This is my favorite subject, and you covered the key points. Inshaallah, us sisters will not get upset, as we need someone to point to our shortcomings. Inshaallah, we will be wise and take your advice!

Keep the videos coming, inshaallah! :)

 
At November 03, 2006 11:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

mickey mouse hijab hahahahaa. i know that one.the bangs one was funny too. i get what ur saying about the short sleves. thanko i'll keep it in mind.

 
At November 03, 2006 11:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

AA Brother,

Mashallah that was a great video. The vids remind us to look into our own intentions and actions, and may Allah reward you for this!

 
At November 03, 2006 11:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MashAllha brother.I missed your videos. These days there is alot of negative stuff on the internet.That is very dissapointing. Anyway, hijab is a good topic. thankyou.

 
At November 03, 2006 12:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bimillah'irahman'irahim,

Assalumn-alaykum!!

Mashallah you covered all the points nicely brother Ali with alot of respect, may ALlah reward you MOUNTAIN LOADS !! :) Ameen. Sum Ameen.

You addressed the issues in a very appropriate manner. I hope many sisters learn from this inshallah :)

Jazakullah Khair,
Fiamanillah :)

 
At November 03, 2006 12:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

lâ ilâha illâ allâh

 
At November 03, 2006 12:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ma SHA ALLAH!!!!

=)

 
At November 03, 2006 1:19 PM, Anonymous Ahlam said...

mashallah it was wonderful wallahee, keep up the great work ali!!

 
At November 03, 2006 1:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As always, great job. Masha'Allah. May Allah reward you. Anticipating the next one, insha'Allah.

 
At November 03, 2006 1:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

luvin evrythin u sed and it was all so true....neva doz get mentioned in this society its just accepted by sum....funny huh

 
At November 03, 2006 2:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

salaam alaykum

off the chain, good job, keep it up, may Allah swt reward you, ameen.

To all the brothers and sisters, take heed!!

ps. dont wear short shorts!!?!!
:P

 
At November 03, 2006 2:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

assalamu alaykum warahmatullah wabarakatu another great post masha allah. I never really thought about sisters wearing it improperly just sisters not wearing it. But alhamdulillah you got a good one. And nice note on the brothers, oh and brothers Grow your beards

 
At November 03, 2006 2:35 PM, Blogger Amira said...

LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Very tasteful and no confrontational!

I have been thinking of wearing a Hijab... Insha-Allah when I do decide to Hijab I will do it properly! Thanks

 
At November 03, 2006 3:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salam Walaikum Bro Ali,
I loved this one soo much!! May Allah reward you with many deed, InshAllah!

-Sister in Islam
Mariam

 
At November 03, 2006 3:20 PM, Anonymous Irn Bru said...

salaam brother,

i'm from Glasgow....yes there are Muslims in Scotland! lol. i just wanna say ure reminders are brilliant alhamulilah! and dnt evr be afraid to speak the truth bro! ure doing an amazing job mashAllah.

lots of respect

Safa

 
At November 03, 2006 3:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salaams

Very well done indeed! You managed to get the point across in the nicest possible way, without sounding condescending or judgemental towards sisters who are still not quite there when it comes to covering... ( trust me its not easy to wear hijab when u grow up in a western society). But i hope this inspires sisters to have the courage to do it inshaAllah!
Cant wait for the next one! May Allah reward your efforts! ameen.

 
At November 03, 2006 3:31 PM, Blogger london_muslimah said...

salaams bro...very cool start to the season...very sensitive topic handled brilliantly...with all th laughs in the right places!lookin forward to nxt one!ma salaama

 
At November 03, 2006 4:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mashallah, I am totally impressed. Why? I was wondering how you were going to approach this important yet touchy topic. You handled it very well and covered the topic of hijab on the outside smoothly. Hijab on the inside is a entirely different story. Some girls wear great hijab but are hugging and touching guys at school---yes, I was taken aback. A scarf on your head does not is not considered hijab. Hijab is a practice not really an article of clothing. What we wear is just the beginning. Once again Ali, jazakallahukhare and congratulations on a job well done. We are big and faithful fans.
Your sister in Islam

 
At November 03, 2006 5:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i lovedddddddddd it omg.i go to an islamic school and im the only girl who doesnt wear it in my class, alot of "hijabies" backbite about me! thanks for bringing up this topic!!!!!! inshallah i hope i can wear it one day.

 
At November 03, 2006 5:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brother Ali,
Excellent work. I have tried to speak with sisters about this topic and their hijab wearing (as you described) and they are extremely offended (I say it in a nice way too). They believe I am an old lady (I am not an old lady) because of the hijab I wear(jalabeeya) and I am not modern. Inshallah, this will open sister's eyes on how to wear hijab appropriately and I agree with another comment that hijab is not only on the outside, but on the inside as well. I look forward to your future work. May allah reward you.

Respectfully,
a sister that wears proper hijab (with allah's guidance).

 
At November 03, 2006 6:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salam Brother,

That was AMAZING, mashallah. I have many friends who "do" hijab, and I always feel kind of like an outcast because I dont wear the hijab. And I've been a victim of the backbiting. But Allah(swt) knows what my intentions are in life. Thank you for this video.

May Allah continue to bless you.

 
At November 03, 2006 6:29 PM, Anonymous Brittany said...

While I love your videos, I felt compelled to comment on the issues you pointed out in your "Hijab" video.

Hijab can be a lot of things, I consider it both a symbol of oppression, and a symbol of liberation.

It is a symbol of modesty, to some an important symbol, but just a symbol none the less. A woman, Muslimah or not, should not have to cover her hair and such to be taken seriously and be seen as a person. Personal accountability must come into play when it comes to the men who are looking.

And I know many Muslimahs who don't have their entire hair covered, or show their ears, and its their choice, and its not a big deal, and I dont think you really are in the place to say what is and is not hijab. It is a symbol of modestt to wear anything to cover your head and therefore is a hijab. You can wear hijab but just being a modest person without wearing any special "covering" clothing.
Also, while you are great at what you do, for the most part, I believe it is primary an issue for Muslimahs, and men really don't have any business telling women what they should or should not wear.
Just me reminding you, in case you forgot. :)

 
At November 03, 2006 6:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally awesome film. Barak Allahu feek my hermano.

 
At November 03, 2006 8:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great video...great message.
Although I find it easy for men to talk about how hijab should be worn because you guys don't have to go through it like we Muslim women do. Just the decision in itself to wear hijab should be commended. No one is perfect and that includes Muhajabas...we are held to such an unfair platform that people fail to realize we are humans and humans do err...the message was great and I am looking foward to more enlightning videos!

 
At November 03, 2006 8:27 PM, Anonymous Z said...

I think we should all note that Ali here isnt making up the rules of hijab, he has just chosen to remind people of what is written in the Quran.

people arent 'telling' what others should do or not do. we are all here to remind each other, and at the end of the day the choice is up to ones self. we should never judge anybodys level of faith.

i think Ali has chosen an interesting way of 'reminding' the muslim public and 'informing' non muslims - even though his close up shots can get abit annoying.

 
At November 03, 2006 8:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the lighting was bad.

good video.

 
At November 03, 2006 8:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mashaallah! that was awesome lol! ive been a big fan since the very first episode! Alhamdulilah i wear hijab, but i can use this video and show it to my friends who don't! Jazakalahhu khayr al jazaa!

 
At November 03, 2006 9:26 PM, Anonymous Abdelrhman said...

Masha'Allah another great episode. :)

 
At November 03, 2006 9:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salaams bro,

Masha allah! good job on the primiere, and very interesting topic..

there is just one question.. i'm not expecting and answer.. but think about it..
Shouldn't a non-muslim who has accepted Islam be called a "revert" and not a "convert"..?? hasn't Allah mentioned in the Quran that all human beigns are born as muslims.. and isnt it true that we follow the reigions our parents follow at birth.. so since we are born as muslims and eventhough we later follow a different religion and then again accept islam -shouldnt that be called "reverting" to islam and not "converting" to islam??

Just think about it - you know what i'm saying ;)

 
At November 03, 2006 9:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry i've got to rephrase something i said in the last comment -

"and isnt it true that we follow the reigions our parents follow at birth.."
that makes no sense!! lol
it should be -
"and isnt it true that at birth we follow the religions that our parnets follow?"

sorry for the confusion!!

 
At November 03, 2006 9:42 PM, Blogger hena said...

i love ur videos mashAllah! one suggestion if you ever get a chance to talk about.. bad language and cussing.. i think we realli need someone to do a topic on that.. it seems as if has become a norm for everyone.

 
At November 03, 2006 9:54 PM, Blogger AlBaraa said...

One thing that i would HIGHLY advise...so that nonMuslims will understand...

Let them know WHY muslims do what they do.

WHY do Muslim women cover? -- Bring them back to TAWHEED. and Islam (Submission).

 
At November 03, 2006 9:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

salam alaikum ahki

ma shallah, that was great. keep up the good work. barak allahu feek

y.c

 
At November 04, 2006 2:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent! You said all that needs to be said... Alhamdulilah -- I'm glad you mentioned the hijab observed for brothers as well... good one.

 
At November 04, 2006 2:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

salaam alaykum

to that sister, brittany, there's a reason why it's called the reminder, and we muslims are supposed to remind each other about our deen, in case we stray or whatever, may Allah guide us.

It's Allah that has made it fard (obligatory) for women to cover the head etc, the men should encourage their wives, sisters, daughters. etc to do this, and sisters who wear the hijab should encourage other sisters to do the same, and do it properly and for the sake of Allah, insha'Allah.

This brother has figured out a great way to reach people concerning the deen, alhamdulilah, and it's working!

ps. he did mention some people can find it offensive if you're telling them what to do, even though you're just trying to help them.

Props on the vid, bro. salaam alaykum

 
At November 04, 2006 3:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Masha'Allah....I loved it. At first, I was a bit skeptical because the topic was 'hijab' and I was afraid of how you would approach that sensitive topic...but you approached it beautifully. The truth is the truth, and sometimes the truth hurts...but you need to say like it is. It was funny, informative, and cleverly put.

Only suggestion: maybe you could have said a little more about the brothers and their hijab, especially how they should be lowering the gaze (in the Qur'an, the order for men to lower the gaze came before the order for hijab...so men need to realize that. NO EXCUSES.)

 
At November 04, 2006 3:28 AM, Anonymous Suwila said...

This comment is for Brittany:

while I completely understand where you are coming from, because I, too, once held those same views...I absolutely disagree with you. For how long are we going to try to convince ourselves that we can just be 'modest' and not have to cover our hair? First, let's think back to Tawheed. We believe in Allah, in His infinite Wisdom. Okay, so then we believe that He has created all beings. Therefore, we believe in His book, the Qur'an, and all that He had ordered for mankind. As such, we should be quick to obey His commands because there is wisdom in them. There is wisdom in the hijab. And when men tell us about the hijab, I don't see it as something that's not their business, I appreciate it because men KNOW how other men THINK...it's the way they are naturally...so they are seeking to PROTECT us. It's for our own GOOD. There is wisdom and logic in the hijab...you need to search for it until you fully convince yourself.

A beautiful story I wanted to share with you all in regards to the boxer, Muhammad Ali:

The following incident took place when Muhammad Ali’s daughters arrived at his home wearing clothes that were not modest. Here is the story as told by one of his daughters:
When we finally arrived, the chauffer escorted my younger sister, Laila, and me up to my father’s suite. As usual, he was hiding behind the door waiting to scare us. We exchanged many hugs and kisses as we could possibly give in one day. My father took a good look at us. Then he sat me down on his lap and said something that I will never forget.
He looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Hana, everything that God made valuable in the world is covered and hard to get to. Where do you find diamonds? Deep down in the ground, covered and protected. Where do you find pearls? Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered up and protected in a beautiful shell. Where do you find gold? Way down in the mine, covered over with layers and layers of rock. You’ve got to work hard to get to them.” He looked at me with serious eyes. “Your body is sacred. You’re far more precious than diamonds and pearls, and you should be covered too.”

 
At November 04, 2006 4:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alsalamualaikum,

Awesome video, mashAllah. As a sister i can defenitly agree to what you are saying. Sometimes even small reminders like that can help change a person-by the Will of Allah.

-jazakAllah & may Allah sw reward us for all our efforts and work we put forth in this life.

 
At November 04, 2006 4:35 AM, Blogger MissPrincessMe said...

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At November 04, 2006 4:37 AM, Anonymous Munzareen said...

MashAllah

 
At November 04, 2006 4:46 AM, Blogger MissPrincessMe said...

To Brittany,
first off, we muslims follow the quran. we do not alter anything that the quran has to say nor do we add or subtract anything from it. that's what sets us aside from the rest of the people of the book. Allah (swt) is protecting the quruan and will continue to do so till the last day. and it is mentioned in the quruan, that us muslim women should dress modestly. now modesty has different meaning to everyone. thats y allah (swt) had send his messages through a reliable source, Prophet Mohammad (pbuh)who explained what the verses in the quruan mean and how we can apply them to our lives.
we human try to do cut things down to as small as possible so it becomes easier for us to do. and some of us sisters are trying to treat hijab the same way. hijab is not only modesty of what you wear but how you think n how u act. seriously sister, what is the problem with covering? i mean i cover because it comes out of my heart that i should cover. one, it gives me identity as a muslim woman. second, it spares me the dirty eyes of the men who have nothing better to do than check out every girl that walks past them. im not saying that every man is like that, but sweety we live in a world that has flaws. we are not in utopia. and plz don try to argue wit me that that a woman's clothes have nothing to do with how a man (the perverted ones) view them..
and as of us muslims women trying to cut short on our hijab.. common now.. wuts up wit tht?

alhamdullilah sister we have been given the truth of islam.. why try to alter it? i am a muslim womann n i feel like hijab is a blessing. it sets me aside from everything/one. sometimes we get lost in this duniya so much that we forget that evrything a muslim/ah does is for the sake of allah (swt).. lets keep it that way n not try to let society, which is against islam, try to influence us...

and common give the brother some credit for trying to help... we are muslims. it is our duty to help one another. and i don think he was trying dogg us down. gosh... he mentioned over n over that no one is superior...

 
At November 04, 2006 4:47 AM, Blogger MissPrincessMe said...

and to Suwila,

beautiful story...

 
At November 04, 2006 4:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalam o Alaikum wa rahmatullahi

JazakAllah Khairan

 
At November 04, 2006 5:05 AM, Anonymous t said...

Yay! Very well done, not offensive at all...I probably woul;d have liked t to be a bit longer but I think thats just me being greedy!

 
At November 04, 2006 5:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salaam wa alaykum,

The hijaab-film was very good,a'jabani haqqan! You had very wise comments. May Allah subhanna wa t'aala reward you for that insh'Allah.

May Allah subhanna wa t'aala guide us all in all that we do. Allahoema ameen.

Hayaak Allah
FieAmmaniLah

Boutaïna

WaSalaam

 
At November 04, 2006 5:25 AM, Anonymous insomniac said...

salaamualaikum,
jazakAllah khair for sharing dude!

ws

 
At November 04, 2006 5:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Goo Ali, good job! soo true. Mashaallaah. It was more serious than the other videos but it is a serious subject. I would also like to add that some sisters in islam wear the hijan infront of strangers only but infront of old cousins or even drivers or any other unrelated workers, they have no problem in takiing the hijab off. thank you ali for the videos and allah bless you.

 
At November 04, 2006 5:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hahahaha
ur speaking the truth..... school is another fashion parade were the less u wear it the more ur popular

 
At November 04, 2006 5:43 AM, Blogger muslimah25 said...

Salaam brothers and sisters

Once again brother ali has done an excellent job mashallah. May allah swt reward you in this life and the hereafter.

Take care

Salaam

 
At November 04, 2006 5:49 AM, Blogger muslimah25 said...

Salaam brothers and sisters

once again brother ali has done it again mashallah. May Allah swt reward you in this life and the hereafter for all your good deeds inshallah.

Salaam

 
At November 04, 2006 5:49 AM, Blogger mcpagal said...

fantastic video, covered loads of stuff that needs to be said!

ws

 
At November 04, 2006 6:03 AM, Anonymous Saliha from SYDNEY said...

I can completely relate to this beacuse i only started the hijab 6 mnths back and that also after alot of research.i love the way you explained such a heated topic..

you did mention the hijab of men but if you could hav ein the begining mentioned that hijab i sthere 4 both men and women then that wud have been good and how hijab is firstly about the inside.

i LOVE UR VIDEOS!!!!!!!!!!!

dont EVEr stop!:)

 
At November 04, 2006 6:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

assalam alaikum
may allah bless you many folds brother ali. you picked a perfect subject to speak about. we all need constant reminders men and women both. hijab is just one big issue with women. and you put nicely! thank you!
EVERYONE NEEDS TO LEAVE WESTERN IDEAS BEHIND!!!!!!!!!!!!!
and as far as brittany's commit well...please sister? keep your corupted ideas and opinions to yourself if you choose to not wear hijab then that is between you and allah. LEAVE THE MUSLIMS THAT WANT TO FOLLOW THE QURAN AND SUNNAH ALONE. WHY TRY TO CHANGE US FROM THE BAD WHEN WE ARE REACHING FOR THE GOOD. WHY DONT YOU GO BURN YOUR BRA OR SOMETHING WITH THE FEMINIST!!!
i am a revert muslim of 5 years now alhumdalilah and my husband makes me do nothing i married him after i reverted 2 1/2 years. so i chose to do this nobody makes me do anything. ALLAH MOST HIGH HAS ORDERED ME TO DO SO SO I WILL AND PEOPLE LIKE YOU NEED GUIDANCE. SO MAY ALLAH GUIDE YOU AND ALL OF US. AND MAKE IT EASY FOR ALL THE STRUGGLING MUSLIMS IN THE WORLD TRYING DESPERATLY TO HOLD ON TO THEIR DEEN.

HAVE NICE DAY
UMM MONIRA

 
At November 04, 2006 6:20 AM, Blogger Bas said...

Masha' Allah you are funny and to the point. You say things people only think but wouldn't dare to say. I agree with all your videos and believe that this a great way to get to the people who need guidance. May Allah bless, guide and protect you. Keep up the great work!

 
At November 04, 2006 6:37 AM, Anonymous leena said...

Assalamu alaykum wrwb

Dear Brother, I would like to congratulate for making the most of cyber space. I loved it really!!! But I would like to ask you how many non-Muslims flock to this site??? And what are you doing to draw potential reverts to this blog??? This is very much needed!!!

 
At November 04, 2006 7:03 AM, Anonymous Yaser said...

Wonderful. Perfect. Jazakallah Khairan Katheeran.

 
At November 04, 2006 7:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salam brother ali,

i really enjoy your work. it is funny and informative. but, i have one comment that i have heard from people. especially when you are doing a video for sisters, it is intimidating when you come right up to the camera. you know what i'm sayin? jazakAllah for your efforts though and may Allah accept.

wasalam

 
At November 04, 2006 7:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

mashallah da video ws gr8, v informative. n May Allah reward u for hard work..AMEEN.

 
At November 04, 2006 7:59 AM, Anonymous Aicha said...

Asalaam ahlykoem,

Wonderful Video, Beautiful message!! I'm from belgium and my englisch ain't that good, so I watched the video 3 times to realy understand everything you said.

Keep it up Inshallah

Asalaam Ahlykoem...

 
At November 04, 2006 8:07 AM, Anonymous Sm. said...

I was watching this yesterday in the computer lab in school, and there was this moment were I couldn't stop laughing. Very cool i'll admit, and why does this whole season 2 keep getting delayed. It was 0 days, then became 12hrs and now 1 day.

Keep your word!!

and Oh, I think you should have also mentioned men and their 'glaze'. Thats there hijab and I haven't seen one muslim guy obey it, they're good at saying 'oh, a lady should cover up' and what not, but when it comes to themselves, their eyes are all over the place. Its true, and im sure you'll agree Ali.

By the way, I emailed you once, and I never got a reply back concerning what you were before you converted. Shia?!

Anyhoo,Keep it up.

 
At November 04, 2006 8:13 AM, Blogger mahi1282ve said...

jazkAllah thanks for sharing man. you've explained the key points in such a way that it sinks in to the viewers mind. awsumly done. may Allah rewad you for all your efforts.
if u no wah im sayin...

 
At November 04, 2006 8:19 AM, Anonymous Alakaim said...

MashAllah Brother!
Thanks for covering such a issue so well and entertaining but educating while others may not have been able to do so, so easily. :->

 
At November 04, 2006 8:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHAT!! WHAT!!! that wassup!!! you're so hilarious "mickey mouse hijab" . Keep doing what you doing bro. I am sooooo gonna send this to all my friends

SAlam Alaykum bro!!!! take care

 
At November 04, 2006 10:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Masha'Allah, you approach these important topics in such creative ways ("Mickey Mouse hijab", hilarious!) that makes the viewer watch it the whole way through. JazakAllah khair, and may Allah ta'ala reward you and those who helped you make/film it for all of your efforts. Keep the videos coming!

 
At November 04, 2006 11:09 AM, Blogger Abdulrahman said...

Keep it up bro. Jazakullah khair. I adore your sense of humor. :D

Don't forget him in your du'as guys.

 
At November 04, 2006 11:58 AM, Anonymous missK said...

Assalamualaiukum!

May Allah reward you inshaallah! absolutely loved the message - you covered all important points alhamdulillah! No one has the right to be offended - you spoke the TRUTH! when it's not worn correctly, not only does it look wrong - it is wrong!

it's an excellent reminder even for those who are already wearing it (correct way or not) :)

thanks for adding the bit about the brothers as well - maybe that's another topic you could cover inshaallah...

Jazakaallah Kheir!

A sister in Islam (UK)

 
At November 04, 2006 12:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jazzakallah Khair
May Allah (swt) give us all wisdom and understanding to follow the straight path.

 
At November 04, 2006 12:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mashallah! That was a very well made blog. You did a very good job! I agree that the truth hurts, but someones gotta say it. You really do a good job spreading knowledge about Islam to many people. Keep it up! May Allah always guide you on the right path and make you successful in your goals!

 
At November 04, 2006 1:47 PM, Anonymous Hiba said...

Masha'Allah, you did it again! thanks, looking forward to see the next video!

May Allah subhana wa ta'ala reward you for this!

M3a Salama

 
At November 04, 2006 2:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalamu 'Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatu,

Masha'Allah Brother!!!! You've read this a lot but MASHA'ALLAH!!!

To the sisters:

What a struggle to go through... right, it's tough to wear a hijab in this country. But BE BRAVE FOR THE SAKE OF ALLAH!!!


Imagine how hard it was for the first Muslim women (such as the wives of the Prophet(SAWS)) to put THEIR hijabs on!! In a KAFIR society!!!! Also, it's tough for guys too you know!!!! I am a guy, and since I go to public high school, when I walk around with my pants above my ankles, people stare at me, or look at me wierd. It ain't easy either, but I do it? Do you know why??? Because the Prophet (SAWS) did it and said that for garments, anything below the ankles will be in THE FIRE!!!

Bro Ali, please inform the brothers, as many are at risk of having their feet in the fire. May Allah save us all from the fire of hell. Ameen.

Also, this is random, but an idea for your next video could be about pictures... it is haram to take pictures, and the Prophet (SAWS) said that the image-makers will be in the fire.


For more info, please visit...

http://islam-qa.com/index.php?ref=365&ln=eng&txt=pictures

Jazak Allah Khair

Wa'Assalam

 
At November 04, 2006 2:29 PM, Anonymous faith said...

salam
it was great mashallah!! i loved it and i couldnt stop laughing. i am sending it to all my friends.

 
At November 04, 2006 2:32 PM, Anonymous U. hanif said...

ahahahahaah that short shorts comment was class.

I liked it.

 
At November 04, 2006 3:29 PM, Anonymous m.b said...

Salaamualaikum!!
mashaAllah jus as good..if not betta than the last series! to the point, informative and sumthin that'll definitely attract the youth of our ummah...we need more brothers like brother Ali in this world!
"y'kno wat im sayin?" lolz..

 
At November 04, 2006 3:46 PM, Anonymous Fahima said...

Salaam Bro,

Mashallah, your video's convey the right message in Islam. I'm so glad that an individual such as yourself decided to do such a production. It really helps in trying to make, someone else who isn't a muslim or someone who has the wrong understanding of Islam, abtain the truth about Islam. Alhamdulillah.

Jazakallah Khair
Salaam

 
At November 04, 2006 3:59 PM, Anonymous Ghareebah said...

Salamu alaykum,

What I liked was that u didn't loose ur style. It's still Ali juz there 2 remind us, "ya know what I'm sayiiiiing?" It wasn't like that you tried to be more funny etc. because people have an expectation now...

I think you brought the content quite well. Although I do think that this was just a small part of the hijaab and all the things that (sometimes) come with it. What you talked about was 'HOW to wear it'. For example, fathers and brothers (Muslims!) that don't want their daughters/sisters to wear a hijaab at all! Yes, they exist! Or all the so called Muslim feminists that practise a 'liberated Islam kinda thing', and bend the rules in such a matter, that it suits them best, so 'no hijaab in this time'.

And I think this is a great way to reach a lot of (young) Muslims, in an open matter. WARNING: PLZ, do remind yourself, that altough a lot of poeple like this and can laugh about it, you (we) still have to remember that da'wah is a sensitive thing that should be handled subtile. Is this the way our beloved prohet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) would do it? Do you/we have to spread 'the message' by all means nescessairy? Even if we can laugh at people?

You have 2 work a liiiittle bit on ya dancemoves, though, :p.

And brothers (and non-brothers) please, no short-shorts. lol. ^_^
No seriously, don't. Just don't.

I thought I was juz gonna post something like: mashaAllah good work. Hihi, what a long story... Hope u take the fedback serious, it was with a good intention, insha Allah.

P.s.: Do excuse me for my English, it ain't my language. So sometimes I might come off, ermm, as if English is not my language. :p

 
At November 04, 2006 4:01 PM, Anonymous Gharebah said...

Masha Allah!

 
At November 04, 2006 4:01 PM, Anonymous angel.. said...

o masha'Allah brother you've outdone yourself again!!
I was nodding in agreement with everything you said and it was funny as well ..*wooo*

one thing though which wasn't mentioned but maybe you didn't intend to was that fellow sisters who wear the hijaab but do stupid stuff like hang out with their boyfriends on the middle of the main road =S and then take their scarf off for the prom so they can 'look good' ...NO thats NOT hijaab *ali stylee* lol
ok can't wait til the next one..byeee
Allah hafiz from your sister

 
At November 04, 2006 4:09 PM, Anonymous Yousuf said...

Assalaamu alaikum !!

well that was great mashallah. A very positive approach. Just a lil comment dont mind. you see alot of muslims nowadays hav forgotten the importance of the basics. like the 5 pillars of islam and so on. so why not create a vlog describing each one of them so that the bases of the current muslims can be strong inshallah.
May god help you with your aim Inshallah !

 
At November 04, 2006 4:13 PM, Anonymous angel.. said...

ooh I forgot to say well done to the rest of the team!! well done to all the brothers (and sisters if there are any) who make ummahfilms possible!

 
At November 04, 2006 4:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent video. A great approach to addressing the issue of hijab. mashaAllah brother.

 
At November 04, 2006 4:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalaamu Alaikum.

Mashallah, very good.

I've sent it to my contacs, so that they can all view it and insha allah benefit from it as well.

 
At November 04, 2006 4:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mashallah another wiked video! im from the uk n hav watched all ur videos.. i luv them! plz carry on with ur hard work!
Wasalam
Aisha

 
At November 04, 2006 4:48 PM, Blogger Neo said...

salaam aleikum,

good job, even with increased demands and expectations, here are suggestions for future episodes:

1. Muslims and prom -- another example of assimilation?

take a look at this as an example:
http://www.cnn.com/2003/EDUCATION/
06/12/arabs.prom.ap/index.html

so-called "Muslim proms" first started here in dearborn and something the U.S. media hyped up at time.

2. Muslim wedding celebrations, complete with mixed dancing, belly dancers, alcohol bar, and yet, people still will scream for halal meat at this!

3. Muslim women leading prayer and giving ju'mah khutbahs, this is an issue pushed by the neo-cons and Republicans with their mouthpiece the "proregressive" Muslims.


otherwise keep up the good work.

PS - we would love for u to do a travelling story on behalf of the Muslim cociaine dealers and liquor store and strip club owners here in dearborn, many of whom are active contributors to many masajids here,
they can help with any funding u might need ;-)

Kashif

 
At November 04, 2006 5:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad that you have started your second season and that is really good! As a woman who doesn't believe in "hijab" I found your video very interesting. The word "hijab" is used throughout the Quran several times, yet it is never referred to as a form of clothing in the Quran.

The word "Khomoorehenna" is used in the verse that most Muslims believe directs women to cover their hair. But women are only told to cover their breast with it... But of course people believe that a khimar is a headcovering. I choose to disagree that it is exclusively a head covering.

But anywho, anything further than the Quran would only cause a debate becuase I am not one that accepts hadith. Now THAT would be a great video... to talk about those who reject hadiths. I would love to see a commentary on that (backed up by Quran though).

 
At November 04, 2006 6:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

:( i m one those sisters who wear hijjab up to their ears :(( i ddnt know dat, aww man dat sucks i gta start waerin it properly, thx for da reminder if it wasnt there i wuda nev aknown

 
At November 04, 2006 7:11 PM, Blogger LouAnna said...

I loved it!!!
I don't wear hijab anymore, for various reasons, but I thought your treatment of the topic very inciteful. Next time I put it on, it will be for the right reasons.

 
At November 04, 2006 7:21 PM, Anonymous Donia said...

wow. i love all ur videos so very much. it's great how u can take something so controversial and depict it to the public in a hilarious way while teaching us all. i can't wait til the next one.

 
At November 04, 2006 8:30 PM, Anonymous Tauseef said...

Assalamo Alaikum. You are right, this is a sensitive topic. Although you say you want to approach the topic with humility, portions of your rant come off as overly judgemental, which is probably more unIslamic than a tug of war hijab. In the end Allah knows best, and , as you said, Allah know what is in our hearts. Your efforts may compel a lot of people to improve their behaviour, but there is a danger that your attitude may make some people go in the wrong direction. Islamically speaking, it is best to be humble when dealing with other people's shortcomings. I applaud your efforts in making Islam relevant, and I hope you continue to make insightful intellingent yet entertaining commentary for a long time, InshaAllah. For future topics, maybe you could focus on Islamic character issues - tolerance, forgiveness, friendliness, the importance of smiling, etc.

 
At November 04, 2006 8:37 PM, Anonymous Tauseef said...

I thought of something else releveant. A friend of mine, non-Muslim from Poland, told me that Muslim women from Poland dress modestly in long skirts but do not cover their hair out of fear of being targeted by bigots. Do you think Allah would punish them for this? There are some who argue that, in certain environments, Hijab is conspicuous, not modest. If we apply the principle of modesty, as opposed to merely follow the action of covering, is it not possible to have more than one right answer? Allah knows best. BTW, my entire family covers.

 
At November 04, 2006 8:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalamu Alaikum brother,

A a muslimah, I agree with everything that was said. Alhamdurillah, May Allah reward you for your efforts. However, I have some criticism...

- It felt like you rushed through the topic, but inshAllah you gave justice to the topic. Maybe next time you can do some thorough research and base more time on writting up a script that is going to tackle the topic of hijab most appropriately. I know that you use sarcasm and this is your decision however i would like it if you based your blogs more on insight of an issue... i only say this because i beleive that we are capable of sharing Islam with others in the best way.

- I can sense that maybe your passion for these blogs have been reduced, maybe this is because of overwhelming pressure from the views that you receive. Know that I enjoy watching the videos not because you make me laugh but because you are honest in your opinion. IN my view if your work is done in the most best way, you will help clear a lot of stigma that is attached to Muslims and inshAllah then these videos will help in clearing- clean the current stereotypes that society and the media has shaped Muslims to be.

Most importantly you are providing Muslims with a view from within, in which you are urging Muslim to realise these issues and work from within.

........Overall brother, Alhamdurillah. This is all i have to say.

Just one more thing though :) alhamdurillah you have provided passages from the Qu'ran this will heighten your creditability inshAllah as well as your will to share Islam. May Allah reward you, Jazak Allah Keir.

Sister, A'isha

Australia

 
At November 04, 2006 8:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

couldn't stress how great it was, even though the email/forward has been around for a while! jazak'Allah for the reminder and ameen to everyones duas for you and ummah films!

 
At November 04, 2006 9:02 PM, Anonymous Brittany said...

I have to say many of you, who had something to say to me specifically, were being quite unfair, and for some who were telling me I was corrupt, your comments were highly unislamic.

All I was trying to say, is that in the Qur'an, the hijab is mentioned only twice, and only referring to the wives of the Prophet. And as to the verse from the Qur'an which states to cover, it is not specific. Yes, it says to cover and be honest, but does not say it is fard for women to cover their heads. Anything else is a certain interpretation, or a hadith which is not always reliable.

I am not corrupt, I don't burn my bra, thanks for that comment though, that gave me a laugh, and luckily, Allah subhana wa tala gives me the strength to stand by my beliefs.

salaam alaikum

 
At November 04, 2006 9:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's "on the mark". As a hijab-wearing sister, I don't find it offensive at all. Hijab has become a fashion statement. There is nothing wrong with wearing hijab with western clothings. But always remember that the non-muslims are always judging us. If not by our clothes, then it is by our actions. And, of course, Allah sees us.

 
At November 04, 2006 9:04 PM, Blogger adeeb said...

good vid!!
jazakallahu khair

 
At November 04, 2006 10:06 PM, Blogger Paris Marashi said...

I agree with Brittany--it is up to us women to decide how we choose to cover ourselves.

Suwila, the story is poetic, but isn't the sacredness of any human being in their thoughts and in their heart?

Are there not so many ways to interpret the Qu'ran? Why is it that each culture has different ways of interpreting Hijab?

MissPrincessMe, I think we can all respect the fact that not all Muslim women feel that they need to wear a scarf on their head.

Morina, Brittany was never trying to change you, or the muslims in general. She is speaking her opinion.

Ali and Mahdi--I really do appreciate your work and respect what you are doing.

For people who have never seen your vlog before, it is new and the techiniques you are using are also new. This may become repetitive to people who have already seen ten videos using this technique.

My other question is about content... Pointing fingers at people who don't get something--will that change how they think?

 
At November 04, 2006 10:21 PM, Anonymous islam said...

Alhamdulilah, Masha Allah
Great work, keep bringing such stuff. Makes us feel proud that Muslims are doing such great work. :)

 
At November 05, 2006 12:50 AM, Anonymous Samar said...

Salaam Brother,

I'm a sister, and i will say that I am one of those sisters that don't wear the hijab. Though I agree with the entire idea and concept of hijab and revere all sisters who wear it with respect, I find that sometimes it is my own weakness getting in the way. Still,I found your video very interesting. However, I think it would be important to mention that hijab on the outside is NOTHING WITHOUT HIJAB WITHIN A PERSON (modesty within...not having a massive ego, not gossiping,controlling our temptations...etc). This goes for both males and females. Hijab is JUST as important for males as females, and more than just in the aspect of covering from the KNEE DOWN. Some males are just as guilty as some females when it comes to wearing these skin tight shirts that show every bulge and pimple popping out of every angle of their upper bodies. In the end, the outside part of hijab means covering the shape of your body. MALE OR FEMALE. If I can see your six pack (or flab) through your shirt...it probably isn't the proper hijab for a man OR woman. It really angers me, when i go to certain events LIKE the EID picnics, and I see my sisters in Islam covered from head to toe yet their husbands are wearing short sleeve shirts, and shorts!! What is up with THAT?! Out of respect for the woman standing next to you, cover up man! No one wants to see your hairy legs, and arms...the women aren't showing theirs! Thats right I said it. Even as a woman who doesn't wear hijab,my clothes are always modest, with respect to everything i just said. Males should similarly take all of this into account. The issue of hijab is always discussed for the female in such depth, yet for the male it is commonly only heard breifly or for about two seconds (like the last two seconds of this video). It needs to be examined more. Anywho, I love what your doing here brother Ali, and I think it's amazing. I just wanted to throw in my 5 cents. God Bless your efforts, and inshallah he'll guide me, you, and every other person in this world who needs his guidance and give us all strength, patience,knowledge,and UNITY! Salaam.

 
At November 05, 2006 2:57 AM, Blogger Muslimah said...

Salamun Alaykum,

This is just a reminder for those who are thinking or who have made insulting comments to Brittany.

In the Name of ALLAH The COMPASSION, the MERCIFUL

Al-Araf~The Heights
7: 204
WHEN THE QURAN IS RECITED, YOU SHALL
LISTEN TO IT
AND
TAKE HEED,
THAT YOU MAY ATTAIN MERCY.

Al-Zumar ~ The Throngs
39.23
ALLAH has revealed herein the
BEST MESSAGE;
a Book, (This Quran)...
The skin of those who FEAR their Lord
SHIVER FROM IT (when they recite it or hear it).

Then their skin and their
HEART SOFTEN
to the
REMEMBERANCE of ALLAH...

Al-Hujurat~ The Chambers
49:11
O you who believe
NO PEOPLE, shall RIDICULE other people,
for they may be BETTER than they…

Fussilat ~ Well Expounded/Detailed
41:34
NOT EQUAL is the GOOD RESPONSE and the BAD RESPONSE.
You shall resort to the
NICEST POSSIBLE RESPONSE.
Thus the one who use to be YOUR ENEMY, may become YOUR BEST FRIEND.

Al-Nahl
16. 125
You shall invite to the path of your Lord with
WISDOM
and
KIND ENLIGHTENMENT,
AND
DEBATE WITH THEM IN THE BEST POSSIBLE MANNER.
Your LORD KNOWS BEST who has strayed from HIS path, and HE knows best who are the guided ones.

Al-A’araf ~ The Heights
7.26
O Children of Adam! We have revealed unto you raiment to conceal your shame, and splendid vesture,
but the raiment of
RESTRAINT FROM EVIL, THAT IS BEST.
This is of the
REVELATIONS of ALLAH,
that they may REMEMBER.

The children of Israel
17.38
ALL BAD BEHAVIOUR IS CONDEMNED BY YOUR LORD.

Ibrahim
14.26
"And the example of the
BAD WORD
is that of a bad tree chopped at the soil level; it has no roots to keep it firm."

Luqman
31.18

“You shall not treat
THE PEOPLE WITH ARROGANCE,
Nor shall you roam the earth PROUDLY.
ALLAH does not like the
ARROGANT SHOW OFFS.

Al Baqarah ~ The Cow
2.263
A KIND WORD and COMPASSION are BETTER than a charity that is followed by INSULT. ALLAH is Rich, Clement

The Night Journey, The Children of Israel
17:53
Tell my servants to
TREAT EACH OTHER in the
BEST
POSSIBLE MANNER,
for the devil will always try to drive a wedge among them. Surely the devil is man’s most ardent enemy.

Al-Shoora
42.37
They avoid gross sin and vice and when
ANGERED
THEY FORGIVE.

Al-Kahf ~ The Cave
18.7
We have placed all that is on the earth as an ornament thereof that We may try them: which of them is
BEST IN CONDUCT.

Al-Baqarah ~ The Cow
2.139
…WE are responsible for OUR deeds, and
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR DEEDS…


Ulhamdulilah! Ali your video has got people thinking, which is an excellent achievement, Masha Allah!

It would be good to see a video blog on what Allah says about Forgiveness, Kindness and Patience towards others. :-D


Family Of Imran
3.133-134
You should eagerly race towards FORGIVENESS from your Lord and a Paradise whose width encompasses the Heavens and the Earth, it awaits the
RIGHTEOUS,

134. who give to CHARITY during the good times, as well as the bad times.
THEY ARE
THE SUPRESSORS OF ANGER,
and
PARDONERS OF THE PEOPLE.
ALLAH LOVES THE DOERS OF GOOD (TO OTHERS).

The Children of Israel
17.36
YOU SHALL NOT ACCEPT ANY INFORMATION, unless YOU VERIFY IT YOURSELF.I have given YOU the HEARING, the EYESIGHT, and the BRAIN, and YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR USING THEM.

salam

Peace to all, and May Allah,
THE MOST MERCIFUL,
increase us in knowledge.

Ta Ha
20.114
...'My Lord, increase my knowledge.'"
"...Rabbi zidnee AAilman"

 
At November 05, 2006 4:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

quite rite!
love the film!
keep it up
complete joka lol

 
At November 05, 2006 8:00 AM, Anonymous Ayten said...

Wa salamu alaikum rahmatoe Allahi wa barakhatoe,

DjazakAllahu khairan for this video. It is indeed a very sensitive object.But this blogvideo could help a lot insa Allah. And for the brothers to!!!! insa Allah.
Thank you for reminding!

May Allah clear our souls and protect us from all evil amin.

Wa salamu alaikum oegti from the Netherlands

 
At November 05, 2006 8:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

absolutely love your videos. you're my favourite!

 
At November 05, 2006 8:09 AM, Anonymous Sister said...

Salam brother Ali, what can i say, another great video! I wear hijab and was not offended at all. alhamdallah i wear it for the right reasons and correctly inshallah. Everything you said was so true. I actually felt honoured you chose to speak about hijab purely for the sisters, it shows a brother really cares for his sisters in Islam. and you were so right about the brothers who dont like their potential spouse wearing it (pretty common sadly) 'drop him like an old habit' lol hes not worth it. Jazakallah. wsalaam your sister

 
At November 05, 2006 8:38 AM, Anonymous Adnan Akbari said...

I loved this episode. Keep up the good work!

 
At November 05, 2006 8:47 AM, Blogger lifeAgift said...

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At November 05, 2006 8:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

crazy vid! keep it up Ali

now to forward this vid to my MSA lol...

 
At November 05, 2006 8:56 AM, Blogger lifeAgift said...

Ok so I first ran into your videos on You Tube, now I see you have a site.

Brother you are deep, on point ,and HILARIOUS. Someone ought to make you a Sheik (sp). I'd go to your mosque.

I'm so glad someone is helping me to understand Islam seperate from "culture".

NOW PLEASE ADDRESS THE WOMEN GETTING THE TINY ROOM WITH SCRATCHY SPEAKERS and DIRTY CARPET ISSUE.

As a revert coming from a MEGA Church full of women... it's a hard piece to go sit on the floor of a mosques in a little room with women who socialize i another language while I'm trying to hear the Kutbah on the static speakers.

Oh yeh and it was crowded the one Jumah I went during Ramadan, and I'm a 6'1 sister who was wearing the "hollow" and "mickey mouse" hijab, oh and leopard spotted scarf no less struggling just to sit in the corner and improve my deen.

 
At November 05, 2006 8:58 AM, Anonymous desihoney said...

Asalaam Alaikum,

first off, i wanna say well done to both 'suwila' and 'missprincessme'for their fantastic answers but also to brittany for bringing up this issue that so many people in the western world have with the hijaab. its kinda strange how we have to keep repeating something to get it across to the majority of the western world but yet when the medi make ONE accusation is spreads like wild fire.

khair, next id like to say thanks to brother Ali for coming back and making an amazing first video for season 2. What an apt topic to pick! lol i enjoyed the jokes and the way in which u handled and approached the sensitive topic, but a topic which nonetheless needs to be addressed.

i totally agree with the fact that the hijaab is not just a piece of cloth, its a sense a being, a way of holding urself, an inner belief and an attitude. i know i will wear a hijaab one day .. but not yet as i need to prepare my mind and sort out some aspects of my life. Also i agree that some people dont know why they wear the hijaab and totally misuse and diss it. they dont even realise the responsibilty they have when wearing the hijaab.

anyways there's much more that could be said, its a wonder u fit it in to such a short video lol and as 'Angel' said all the thru the video i was nodding my head and agreeing with everything you sed .. well done bro .. inshaAllah the next one will be just as good (i know it will lol)

peace and blessings be upon you.
desi honey

(short shorts!!??! haha)

 
At November 05, 2006 11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ali, you stressed the issue about hijab, but why is it that you don't have a full beard?

 
At November 05, 2006 11:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brother, interesting stuff - just have one request: what about looking into the other side of the coin? most ppl think the flip side of the coin is halal dressing for bros but REALLY, what about the ayahs connected to the injunction of the hijab -that of commanding bros (and sis') to lower their gaze? How many bros do you know who actually do this - actually do it - in the sense of not watching it on TV or movies etc? I can't think of even ONE. (sorry bros...) Most bros say it's not reasonable, it doesn't refer to viewing of a screen and only to the flesh and blood, it's unavoidable in this society, it's everywhere you look etc etc but we sis' could say the same thing about wearing hijab and yet many sis' still wear it. YOU see, my take is that women like to be admired visually - which unfortunately can lead to haram - so Allah commanded us to cover; the same way, men like to do the admiring visually - which unfortunately can lead to haram - so Allah commanded men to lower their gaze...WHAT ABOUT A VLOG ON THIS UNEXPLORED TOPIC? I can tell you lots of sis' grumble about it but no man has been fearless enough to venture out and remind everyone in case they forgot....

 
At November 05, 2006 12:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Asslamualikum

I am a muslimah [19] UK

i wanted to say, u make sooooooooooo much sense!
seriously bro may Allah reward you for ur efforts!
If ppl backlash ya'ni girls go mad over this video...IGNORE THEM cos many ppl dont like the truth
I luv ur video and u covered everything that had to be sed
keep up the good work

wasslmaualikum

 
At November 05, 2006 12:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

in reply to the anon person, questioning about the beard...there is a difference of opinion on the length of the beard one should grow it, however there is a concensus of the ulema that keeping a beard is wajib, so dont ask him to keep a full on [i suppose u mean a fist one] cos alhamdulila he is fulfilling the wajib act of keeping a beard, and the length, that really depends on which scholars bro Ali follows.

wasslam

Ukhtik

 
At November 05, 2006 12:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha!

 
At November 05, 2006 12:59 PM, Anonymous Daaniyah said...

aaaahahaha...that was to the point! I liked i liked mashAllah AlHamdulillah. Do something about the beard perhaps? Not sure if you personally regard it as u fard...or wajib. But maybe i've gotten mixed up or confused, when Muhammed SAW, our beloved beloved Prophet stated that anyone who strays from his sunnah is not from his ummah. Does this include the issue of keeping a beard at fist length? Or was there a logical reason behind keeping it? Im Confused...please do something on the beard to help us confused ones understand? InshAllah.And also how MAN should also be observing their HIJAB. We have Surah Noor 24 verse 30...'Tell the believing men to lower their gaze and be mindful of their chastity...this is better for them'. Do it Do it...you did it for us sisters, do it for our brothers aswel inshAllah! Whatever i've said which is sound is from ALLAH and anything i've said which is improper or false is from me and my ignorance and i pray to Allah that you forget the false and remember the truth AMEEN!

 
At November 05, 2006 2:53 PM, Anonymous Musharraf said...

Liked it :) please keep up the good work :)

 
At November 05, 2006 3:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

asalam alaykum am so glad someone said it about the hijab its so annoying when you see sisters dressed inappropriately , but theirs one thing am CONCERNED about is the music at the begennig of ummah films , r sure its halal it sounds persian with all the string music in it , but iv always been told that rasool swa forbade us 2 use such instruments , PLS THINK ABOUT ! other then that may allah bless your work and make it a source of dawah ameen .

 
At November 05, 2006 8:16 PM, Anonymous khairiah in singapore said...

wow! im amazed.. the first time i got the email about ur video i ignored it... then something hit me to view it again.. n guess what? i watched ALL the videos in like 2 hours! i feel so happy knowing ummah films.. i will be coming back for more and more and tell my friends about it too!

 
At November 05, 2006 9:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalamualaykum
Im a revert in Australia. Masha Allah really enjoy watching your blogs and I now have season 1 on dvd. My husband really benefits from watching it cause its aimed at young people and is said in an entertaining way.

 
At November 05, 2006 9:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

just wanna shout out to brittany. dunno if your a muslim or not, but i just wanna xplain somthing to you. our religion ,islam, does say women should cover everything except (they may show) their hands and face when leaving the home. the clothing must be loose fitting and not transparant. this is what islam says. you have some good points but in islam hijab doesnt come down to personal choice, its compulsory. if your a muslim then you would already know this.
coming from a revert muslimah.
informing you just incase you didnt know ; )

 
At November 06, 2006 4:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

alhamdulillah, Good stuff.... enjoying it, and most of all, taking benefit inshaAllah.

just want to add though, your videos are great as they are. cut out the musical intro perhaps? which just makes it controversial.

i can send these vids to my friends without trying to advise them in the most kindest way (and thats even offensive :(
im sure they'll enjoy and take benefit too INSHA-ALLAH.

keep 'em coming!

your sister in Islam

 
At November 06, 2006 5:34 AM, Anonymous Umm Zahra said...

Assalaamu alaikom.

MashaAllah...nice work.

I thought this content was old. The entire mickey mouse and hollow hijab stuff has been played out.

The topic is good though. I must admit that I don't like hearing abut hijab from a man. lol I'd rather hear it from another sister.

Also, maybe you could talk more about the pysc and social dynamics of improper hijab. What causes women to show themselves? Why do women think that they should do this? What is the social result of covering? What implications does it have on the status of women? I thought diving a litle deeper into this might have been nice.

 
At November 06, 2006 5:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

salam,
great info and to the point!! jazak allah khier! keep up the good work!
-sister in islam

 
At November 06, 2006 8:23 AM, Blogger HijabiApprentice said...

lmho @ i have bangs hijab and skin tight hijab. i have even seen skin tight niqab! hehehee

 
At November 06, 2006 10:23 AM, Anonymous Safiyyah Hurry said...

AA
Well amazing, me n my sis both talk about this all the time esp about the biblical times, they practised hijab yet we are odd ones????
Video was great and u sure told these cultured wierdos at wedding etc lol.....
Good Job Bro!!!
Wasalaam

 
At November 06, 2006 11:02 AM, Blogger purvis said...

Brother, Asslam Allaikum, I have to say that you have presented this topic in a very tactful way, and with a clear intention of kindess, and I appreciate that...

However, something about it left me feeling a little "off" and after thinking about it for a bit, I think I know why.

I do not wear hijab, but I used to. Right after I converted, I put on hijab, full-time, hair and body. I wore it for 1.5 years (before and after 9/11), despite the reactions of my parents, friends, co-workers and complete strangers.

But over time, my heart began to disconnect from all the wonderful things that led me to Islam to begin with... which basically boiled down to my level of connection with God. Why was this weakening? Because over time, it became clear that the community cared more about appearances than about character.

I've seen Muslims--men and women--who wear all the right clothes and pepper their speech with all the appropriate Arabic phrases, do HORRIBLE things when they think no one can see. Things I can't even mention here. Yet they are treated with so much more respect than those who don't look the "right" way, but who are kind, faithful, true and who contribute great things to the community.

Now, why I do or do not cover is between myself and God, but I mentioned this problem for a couple of reasons. First, clearly these things ALONE do not make us good Muslims. There is something more fundamental that must take place inside us, or the hijab (for men and women) doesn't mean anything, and it doesn't prevent us or anyone else from doing bad things. Secondly, we have sooooo many problems in our community. If you, brother, want to do a video clip on a topic having to do with sisters, it would do us all a great service to talk about how we are disregarded in the masjids. So many mosques treat the sisters like second-class citizens. First, we are most of the time separated from the rest of the congregation. Before you say that I am stirring up the pot here, remember that it is SUNNAH for women and men to pray in the same room, with the women behind the men. Not with the women stuffed in a dirty, cramped attic with no visibility. The segregation of the sexes during prayer is bidah, for reals! Heck, some mosques don't even ALLOW women!

Anyway, before I go on for too long, I want to emphasize that I think your intentions are good, but I don't think it's best for a brother to preach about the topic of hijab. Not only, as others have mentioned, do brothers too often get off the hook when it comes to modesty, there are so many more fundamental things to talk about first.

And to those who are backbiting Brittany, lemme ask you... do you wear hijab for Islam? Then why are you gossiping? (you know what I'm sayin'?)

 
At November 06, 2006 3:08 PM, Blogger Muslimah said...

Salamun Alaykum,

There have been some more harsh comments towards Brittany, even though the Quran encourages Muslims to forgive, be kind and tolerate others differences.

In my comment before I quoted verses from the Holy Quran ~ The Best Message/Ahsan ul Hadith 39.23 and Best Commentary /Ahsana Tafseer 25.33
on how we should conduct our selves towards others. Please reflect on these verses

The verses below are all verses from Allah, The Most Merciful.
This is just a reminder.

Al Hujurat ~ The Walls
49.10
The believers are members of one family;
You shall keep PEACE
within your family and
reverence Allah,
that you may attain MERCY.

Jonah ~ Yunus
10.99.
Had your Lord willed,
ALL the people on earth would have believed.
Do you want to FORCE
the people to become believers?

Al-Baqarah ~ The Cow
2.256. Let there be
NO COMPULSION IN RELIGION…

Al-Baqarah ~ The Cow
2.139
Say, “Do you ARGUE with us about ALLAH,
when HE is our LORD and your LORD?
WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR DEEDS
AND YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR DEEDS.
To HIM ALONE we are DEVOTED.

At the end of the day it is the pure of HEART that will gain Paradise.

Al-Shoora ~ The Poets
26.88-90
“The Day (Judgment Day) when neither wealth nor children will avail one;
Except for him who comes to Allah with a
PURE HEART
and
Paradise shall be brought closer to the
GOD FEARING.”

Salam

 
At November 06, 2006 3:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The video blog on hijab was....Fabulous, excellent ..... and so much more thank you brother for opening up sisters and brothers eyes...........

 
At November 06, 2006 4:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

assalamualkum. alhamdulillah brother this was a great video. as a sister i trully liked and understood the content. i only make dua to allah that i can get the same amounts of iman--guts to convey this message to my sisters in islam. jazakallah khair

 
At November 06, 2006 4:42 PM, Anonymous Dr. DDK said...

very good covered nice topics in a fashionable way keep going and u will succeed

 
At November 06, 2006 5:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Islam is for all people, so insha'Allah next video will not have Middle-Eastern sounding music at the beginning. It is always good to remember that the majority Muslim country in Indonesia... AKA most muslims are middle eastern.

 
At November 06, 2006 6:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you ears not a part of your face? So if a sister has all of her hair covered and dresses modestly, outwardly and within herself, but her ears are showing w/ or w/o earring "that is not HIJAB!?
I have always loved Ummah Films from the very beginning but I think this video was less informational and more of your personal opinion about hijab. It is very true that VERY often as Muslims we focus on the outwardly appearance instead of the terrible things that people are doing in our community and how those things can be changed. I myself would be considered a Muslimah wearing "correct" hijab in your opinion, but some of the most pious and religious Muslimahs that I have met do not wear "correct" hijab.

So if a Muslimah wears a wrapped headscarf and a turtle neck w/ modest clothing is she not wearing “correct” hijab? Is she no longer considered a pious Muslim. A Muslimah with a hijab is not necessarily better than one without or one without “correct” hijab as you described it. I am seriously disturbed by how we judge Muslim women, not by the content of their character but by the style of their hijab.

 
At November 06, 2006 7:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You forgot one...
The "pin the tail on the donkey hijab"...You know...the one where the sister is wearing her hijab all nice & neat in the front, but there is a thick braid sticking out the back!!
Your videos are a good reminder. May Allah (swt) continue to allow us to bring each other closer to the Him.

 
At November 06, 2006 7:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice post, i really liked your old opening.

 
At November 07, 2006 12:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Purvis, Britanny and all the others that made comments about not wearing Hijab: If you are Muslim and are female, it is Mandatory to wear Hijab. How can you be Muslim and not follow the Quran and the teachings of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) which is where we get hadith/sunnah from. People that dont wear hijab and make a big stink about it have to defend themselves otherwise their actions would be wrong and no one likes to be wrong (thats called cognitive dissonance---smokers like to convince themselves that there is good that can come out of smoking--get it). Look, wear hijab, dont wear hijab, in the end you face Allah (SWT) not your friends or family or the cute guy next door and then you can tell Allah (SWT) exactly what you told Ali---Your excuses should go over well ("the Quran did not clarify hijab"). Allah (SWT) knows best. The comments made by the aforementioned individuals fall in the category of WTF (you figure it out). Purvis made it sound like other peoples actions convinced her not to wear hijab. Islam is not a religion of convenience, we do what pleases Allah (SWT). If others behave badly in Islam, should I stop praying? Remember, when Islam brought light into this world and gave women all the rights they could ever dream of, Europe was debating whether or not women had a soul. Man gave us nothing, Allah (SWT) gave us everything. Think about it, if it were up to men, women would walk around naked not covered.
American hijabi and lovin it!

 
At November 07, 2006 1:17 AM, Blogger youlie2006 said...

To all of you who say hijab is wrong and that it wasn't clarified in the Quran (watch the video all the way to the end and read the verse and then tell me its not farth *mandatory*)…I 100 % agree with Baba Ali and the person above me *may Allah give you everything in this world and the next* its people like them that will convey the message of Islam the way its supposed to be conveyed and will one day change what non-believers think is evil but who can blame their ignorance when a religion that is supposed to be peaceful, pure, and right is being practiced by gang members, whores, and freaks. And as for you pervis if you were truly a revert* to the religion of islam and truly believed everything in the Quran to its fullest your heart would not begin to disconnect from all the wonderful things that led you to Islam to begin with including hijab…and if you reverted to islam for all the “right” reasons allah would have never left you astray and made you think that hijab is wrong where as the devil himself cant stand hijab so I think we all know who you are chatting with at night (authoobilahee mina el shaytan). I am not hear to make enemies but to be honest after all this world is filled with opinions and filled with facts what pervis is saying is an opinion and what the Quran says is a fact (you know what I’m sayiiin). Pervis the reason you are being looked at differently is because you do not fully believe Islam is right cause if you did you would hold your head up high and no one and I mean NO ONE my sister would be able to even think something wrong about you in fact they would walk past you and say “you are so beautiful” you know why? Because Allah (SWT) will show on your face that you are a proud Muslim, that you love who you are, and that Islam is not a bad religion but something peaceful and beautiful. Islam isn’t a pick and choose religion you either do it all or don’t do it at all, not wearing hijab for a Muslim woman is like a Muslim eating pork or drinking alcohol but let me guess the Quran didn’t say those were wrong either??? All I’m saying is that if you are going to be a Muslim do it right don’t leave the house with a pound of make-up on your face while sporting the newest Chanel bag and wearing clothing that is painted on, then say “ISLAM IS BEAUTIFUL, ISLAM IS THE RIGHT RELIGION, ISLAM IS PURE” (hunny aint nothing pure about those jeans you wearin)…..Because you see when you do stuff like that not only are you making us look bad but making Islam look like a hypocritical religion…. And that my friend is a one-way-ticket to hell….


P.S. “(thats called cognitive dissonance---smokers like to convince themselves that there is good that can come out of smoking--get it).” LMAO girl rock on with yo bad self!!!

 
At November 07, 2006 5:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

salam alaikom brother
jazak Allah khair for the video....great mashAllah
One thing i would have liked u to mention was that hijab isnt just a dress code....meaning that if u r a proper hijabi, but your manners aren't at their best, u swear every now and then... u r seen chilling and laughing loudly with ur "bros" .... i mean come on...who cares if u r wearing the widest and longest abaya if ur manners r'nt islamic, or r'nt hijabi like
also ....another thing u should have mentioned in regards to sisters is makeup... having full makeup, with like every details of the sister's face is drawn out perfectly...with like all the colors of the rainbow on the lid of the eye, and the face is very attractive....where is hijab in that? i dont mean that sisters should come out looking ugly and messed up... one should take care of the way they look, but there r limits
i LOVED the names u gave to certains styles of supposed hijab, like the mickey mouse and convertible... and great that u mentioned the bros have to do hijab too... but again, i think mentioning that hijab is hijab of clothing and manners is VERY important
wal salam alaikom
besma- ontario, canada

 
At November 07, 2006 10:32 AM, Anonymous AK47 said...

salamualaikum subhanallah its krazy soo may ppl leave comments really gud bro! doing a gud job! ive been showinh these clips to sister, they absolutely loved em, we always joke about now n agen we say stuff like psychooooooo lol you know what am sayin! lol its ol gd stuf! mashallah!

wasalam

sis AK47

 
At November 07, 2006 10:39 AM, Anonymous AK47 said...

salam one more thing LOL every sentence u say.. makes a lot of sense and also cracks me up2...
wasalam

sis AK47

 
At November 07, 2006 12:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

mashallah great video! I liked how u talked about men's hijab at the end. Most people think hijab is only for women. may allah reward u for ur good deed.

asalamualaikum

 
At November 07, 2006 1:00 PM, Anonymous Safiya said...

Once again you did an awesome job using humor to tackle such a sensitive topic! Keep em comin! :)

 
At November 07, 2006 2:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

SALAM brother,
dis is ma 1st tym watchin dis nd i find it very Knowledgeable.i ope dat u carry on makin videoz Inshaallah nd may Allah bless you.

 
At November 07, 2006 4:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

salam alaikum,



“O you Children of Adam! We have bestowed on you raiment to cover your shame as well as to be an adornment to you. But the raiment of righteousness, that is the best. Such are among the Signs of Allah, that they may receive admonition.” (Quran 7:26)


“And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what must ordinarily appear therof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands' fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons, their brothers, or their brothers' sons or their sisters' sons, or their women or the servants whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex, and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O you Believers, turn you all together towards Allah, that you may attain Bliss.” (Quran 24:31).

“O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks(kimar in arabic which means head covering) close round them (when they go abroad). That will be better, so that they may be recognised and not annoyed. Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful.” (Quran 33:59)

Prophet Muhammad quoted as saying: "...If the woman reaches the age of puberty, no part of her body should be seen but this --- and he pointed to his face and hands."

Allah's Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “There will be in the last of my Ummah scantily dressed women, the hair on the top of their heads like a camels hump. Curse them, for verily they are cursed.”

In another version he said:” … scantily dressed women(“are those who wear clothing which reveals more than it conceals, thereby, increasing her attractiveness while opening the path to a host of evils.”), who go astray and others go astray; will not enter Paradise nor smell its fragrance, although it can be smelled from afar.” (At-Tabarani and Sahih Muslim)

Usamah ibn Zaid said: “Allah’s Messenger(Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) gave me a gift of thick Coptic cloth he had received as a gift from Dahiah Al-Kalbi, and so I gave it to my wife. Thereafter, the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) asked why didn't you wear the Coptic cloth? I replied: I gave it to my wife. Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) then said: Tell her to wear a thick gown under it ( the Coptic garment) for I fear that it may describe the size of her limbs. “narrated by Ahmad, AI-Bayhaqi, and AI-Haakim)


wa salam alaikum

 
At November 07, 2006 4:58 PM, Blogger Hana Agil said...

It always baffles me why men feel the need to dictate to women what to where. The content of your video completely contradicts the opening rant of how men dont tell women what to wear.

Another little perplexing thing is how a pious brother like yourself who feels the need to correct so many girls' way of dress seems to know the intricate details of their hijabs.

Brother, leave it to the experts and mind your own business.

JAK

 
At November 07, 2006 5:04 PM, Blogger Hana Agil said...

And another thing, what's with the rubbish about 'so if you're wearing hijab halfway, you're losing both ways'.
What a FOOLISH remark! If you're wearing it half way, then its better than nothing! You don't know what kind of upbringing this sister has had, maybe she's just started wearing it. Lesser of two evils.

Lets all remember that ALLAH is The Judge. Lets leave Him to his job shall we.

 
At November 07, 2006 5:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the post above me....the video was almost like backbiting against sisters who don't wear their hijab in a particular style. come on i cant show my ears!!!? All over the world and this country many women wear their hijab in different ways, the "arab/saudi" way is not necessarily the right style, and thats what this was all about style not modesty.

 
At November 07, 2006 5:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What i mean is that the video was more directed towards style not modesty.

 
At November 07, 2006 6:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalamu Alaikum

This message applies to those who actually took offense to the message in this video. If you really take our own emotions out of the equation and look how both MEN and WOMEN are suppose to dress in Islam, there shouldn't be a problem.

The Brother did mention that even men have to dress modestly and cover their awrah, which has been made different by Allah for both men and women. Who are we to say otherwise? What if nobody in the world wheres hijab and one single sister decides to wear hijab half way over her head? Does that make her more righteous or to be considered wearing proper hijab due to the application by the majority of people? In Islam their really is no lesser of 2 evil concept, so we shouldn't fool ourselves.

I honestly think the brother brought attention to what has become the norm throughout the ummah. He attempts to get us to think about serious issues brought up in a humorous way. If you look at it its funny but sad that we can laugh at how backwards our people are.

Islam mixed with emotional opinions can equal disaster.

Salams

 
At November 08, 2006 3:13 AM, Anonymous maleeha said...

Welcome back Ali that was absolutely brilliant! the whole wedding scenario where women whip up their scraves during recitation of surats was spot on! i nearly fell off my chair laughing but later reliazed that i myself do the exact same thing. However i think this whole Hijab issue has been blown way out of proportion. Following the 5 pillars of Islam is what's more important, i hate it when people stress on the importance of wearing a hijab more than they do on reading namaz or being a good person.

It was a very good (but maybe a lil controversial) VB *big thumbs up*

 
At November 08, 2006 8:22 AM, Anonymous logix said...

to the anonymous up there who openly saying that you reject the hadith. Just two simple question: How do you pray? Do you make up your own prayer? Is not mentioned anywhere in the Quran. If you want to perfom Hajj in Makkah? How would you know the order of which is which and how to do it without the hadith? I'll answer for you, you will not be able to do it.

 
At November 08, 2006 10:42 AM, Anonymous nikabi said...

start pickin on the bros now, I have no issue with what you you have said, indeed it is all correct.

Beards! now theres an interesting topic for discussion.

Trendy beards, box beards, goaties or worse no beard at all.

Prophet (saw) said that you should lengthen the beard and trim the moustache.

A beard is wajib or sunna depending upon which interpretation you follow.

However there are a lot of bros who are unmindful of this.

By the way sisters like myself who live in the uk and wear the nikab do so because we want too as well not because we have to.

Masha'Allah there is a growing trend of sisters who wear the nikab and also engage in society as well here in the uk

 
At November 08, 2006 10:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think a topic on the beard would be essential, more importantly men's hijaab too! alot of brothers seem to talk about OH SIS U SHOULD WEAR HIJAAB!! etc. but they still look at women... and when i say women i mean muslimahs and non muslimahs alike. i liked ur vid tho, and everything u said is true alhamdulillaah.

 
At November 08, 2006 10:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

to the anonymous above.... your ears are part of your awrah.

 
At November 08, 2006 11:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salam...it's shoking to see rude and patroning comments made towards brittany, purvis and others, since Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance...especially since these rude comments have come from women who wear head scarfs. It's very sad
I can't imagine the Prophet (PBUH) speaking like that to anyone.

Salam Ali, your video was okay. I think it would be good if you talked about etiquette, since there seems to be a big problem there.

Salam

 
At November 08, 2006 11:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

-patroning
+patronizing

 
At November 08, 2006 12:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thought the clip was very useful just one thing about the tug of the hijab, when a girl first starts to wear the hijab it does feel weird and sometimes feels like its come off or is slipping off hence the tug, this is just a new feeling which is part of the process of adapting to the hijab, don't think its fair to say that if theyre tuggin it theyre not wearing a hijab

 
At November 08, 2006 3:06 PM, Blogger HijabiApprentice said...

hmmm so those of you backbiting and using abusive language towards brittany and purvis, do you not know that that is a sin?

Qur'an 49:12

O ye who believe! Shun much suspicion; for lo! some suspicion is a crime. And spy not, neither backbite one another. Would one of you love to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Ye abhor that (so abhor the other)! And keep your duty (to Allah). Lo! Allah is Relenting, Merciful.

so before you rant about how sinful, corrupt, deviant etc. someone else is know that you will be held accountable for such harsh words.

ma'a salaamah,

ha

ps: and as the name indicates i am a hijabi if you were wondering.

 
At November 09, 2006 1:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome - You are right!

You may make some people upset, but who cares - it is the truth. Funny how some people cannot handle that.

 
At November 09, 2006 7:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think da vidoe was rely funny and it luks lyke season 2 is gna b gr8!!!

 
At November 09, 2006 8:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

great videos! you missed out one vital issue though: WHY ARE MUSLIM MEN SO PERVY (especially when it comes to hijaabi girls) euw

 
At November 09, 2006 8:46 AM, Blogger palo-girl said...

salam
lool.. great video. love the 'convirtable hijab' bit.. and you know what? a lot of ladies/girls - sisters - WOULD throw stuff at you if you said that to their faces!!

 
At November 09, 2006 9:01 AM, Anonymous Gaze Buster said...

About 3 or 4 people have mentionned the topic of the brothers' part of the whole modesty/purity bargain. So we ask again WHAT ABOUT ALL THE REMINDERS TO THE BROTHERS TO LOWER THEIR GAZE????? It's part and parcel of a whole society based on modesty. REALLY, let's talk open the discussion up on
1. The peek-a-boo gaze
2. The Muslimah-Gaze-Away/Non-Muslimah-Ooooogle
3. The if-it's-Angelina-Jolie-or-a woman-scantily-clad-in-a-video-game-you-can-gaze-all-you-want gaze
4. The women-in-my-family-better-wear-the-hijab-but-I-never-heard-of-lowering-the-gaze-full-time gaze
5. The we're-at-the-beach-having-a picnic-with-bikini-women-but-my-women-are-covered-so-I'm-cool gaze
and so on...
I know many people may be going but that's between a brother and Allah BUT SORRY, that's not the case --- as we are commanded to do this by Allah as we are commanded to wear hijab. There are hadiths where the Prophet (s.a.w.) actually physically moved men's heads while they were looking - one man, he had to do this 3 times in a row to! SO WHERE ARE ALL THE REMINDERS, DISCUSSIONs, BLOGS, VLOGS etc???????????????????????

 
At November 09, 2006 2:01 PM, Anonymous Sadia said...

Salaam!
This is a really good topic! As a sister i totally agree with everything you have said! I hold Islamic circles for the youth and i suggested they look at this video as you have brought out the key points of Hijab!
Jazakallah!

 
At November 09, 2006 7:37 PM, Anonymous a muslimah said...

lol, love the video. specially the micky mouse hijab. it was hillarious. For us hijabis, we also have to keep our intentions pure when we wear it. I know hijab became a part of me. I even forget that i wear hijab. so sometimes i question myself, i know i started wearing hijab for the sake of Allah. but do i still wear it for the sake of him after all these years? when my iman is high, i do. but when my iman is low, and i forget that i am wearing a hijab (not that i do anything bad even when i forget). but am i wearing it because it became a part of me, i am comfortable in it. or am i still wearing it for the sake of Allah. anyway, sorry for the long comment.

 
At November 10, 2006 7:56 PM, Anonymous logix said...

gaze buster (what a name,lol) made a good point there. what about make a video about those issues?

 
At November 11, 2006 12:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

very funny! and informative...mashallah.i like your points and they are true.

- you were funny in sacramento! VERY FUNNY! i hope you can come again for another preformance.you now my faveorite speacker!may allah reward you in everything you do!

 
At November 11, 2006 3:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

salam alaikum very good video I am a muslim revert that does not cover at this time, inshaAllah in the near future I will be able to. I am makeing small changes so as to not shock my family too much,( I have some difficult test to go though at this time) but what I have found shocking is the number of sister that talk about me because of my situation, sisters that have never even met me. An yes I know I am not perfect, inshaAllah I am forward this to all that I know.

 
At November 11, 2006 5:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hijab = arabic for curtain/drape....
No one person can define what hijab is.... to each society, time, place, culture and each individuals circumstances and struggles ... hijab will be a different thing... that is how God makes Islam easy to follow for people in all times, places, cultures, and societies...

and i disagree... bout definin one defination to the scarf... ladies ... you can wear ur scarf however u please... and be proud to show that u are muslim...

every muslim is different (from his/her life experiences, culture, traditions, languages,etc etc)... but as long as u believe in laillahaillahmuhamadarrusullah... The God (Allah swt)... will be on your side... there is no need to worry or fear...

Surely, those who believe,
those who are Jewish, the Christians,
and the converts; anyone who
(1) believes in GOD, and
(2) believes in the Last Day, and
(3) leads a righteous life,
will receive their recompense from their Lord.
They have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve. (2:62, 5:69)

about the comment that women cover their hair when hearin recitation of the Quran... don't u think that maybe it is out of respect for the last testament, out of respect for God's words?...

yeah, i do agree bout weddings... it's a fashion show, immodesty...
but then again... no man/woman can define modesty for all nations/tribes.... modesty for one society/culture/tradition region can be completely different than the modesty from another tribe/society/culture..

thaz how God makes the Quran easy and islam easy and adaptable for all times/places/regions/societies...

anyone can live islam... and wear the khimar anyway they please... and still have fear and love for Allah swt... only Allah swt is the one to judge and decide who the real mumin is... i hope we dont forget this... and love all our muslim brs/srs just the way they are regardless of how they look on the outside... iA
check this out:
God, the Most Merciful, gave us three basic rules for the Dress Code for Women in Islam (Submission),

(1) The BEST garment is the garment of righteousness.

(2) Whenever you dress , cover your chest (bosoms).

(3) Lengthen your garment.
from:
http://www.submission.org/dress.html

 
At November 11, 2006 6:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salams
excellent video! I was waiting so long for season two and was delighted to find that the the first video was about hijab, a topic i feel very strongly about!!
Advice to all the other muslims who have watched Ali's video... remember he's just trying to impart what he believes is islamically correct in the light of quran and sunnah. He's not forcing anyone to wear hijab, rather encouraging muslim women who do care for this obligatory act to check and make sure they are doing it in the best way possible. I mean hey if your strong enough to wear the hijab congrats! >> why would u want to miss out on the reward!! Once again excellent vid... with all the hijab controversy in Australia... this cheered me uP!

 
At November 12, 2006 8:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey i love watching your videos .you always make me laugh. i wear the hijab the mickey mouse style so my ear rings can show .but i'm trying to wear it the correct way man . i'm trying, but don't you think its better then not wearing it at all?

 
At November 13, 2006 4:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Based on a number of responses here, I think that you should do an episode about how Allah will judge us by the Qur'an and Sunnah!!!

This is for those people who say "Allah is the only Judge." Yes, He is the only Judge, but He is going to Judge us based on the Qur'an and Sunnah, which is the way of life He prescribed us to live by.

 
At November 13, 2006 9:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

masha'Allah :d very gud video , jazakaAllah khayr

 
At November 13, 2006 4:53 PM, Blogger Aisha Shillingford said...

Salam

When's the Blog for season 2 going to come out inshaAllah?

 
At November 14, 2006 12:15 AM, Anonymous amina said...

salamalaikum!
i liked the video very much, and you said all the things that are in most of our heads, but i personally am just tired of all the disrespectful sisters who just dont understand the meaning of hijab and our 'advice' and just start insulting when i say anything to them.

when i started college i was the only one wearing hijab there and i was forced into many discussions where i constantly heard ppl saying that NOWHERE in the Qur'an it says we must cover the HAIR. personally, i dont remember i ever felt any doubt, but in the past year i have started hearing this from many other sisters who do wear hijab and who are now starting to loosen up, the way you described. i dont know where this is coming from but im sure its some sort of sabotage or something, just someone trying to divide muslims into even more small groups so we can go at each other.

may Allah jsh reward you for your efforts brother, and i hope you can find a way to help our brother mahdi do what he likes in a way that is pleasing to him and all of us. :)

thank you.

 
At November 14, 2006 7:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

that was a great vidio mashallah! may Allah reward you...

 
At November 14, 2006 7:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

that was a great vidio mashallah! may Allah reward you...

 
At November 14, 2006 6:21 PM, Anonymous sister said...

salam that wasn't one of my favorite ones because some people are reallly touchy on that subject so i think it would be a little more recpectful if u just backed off a little bit. hopefuly your other blogs will be better inshallah im looking forward to them salaams.

 
At November 15, 2006 9:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice but when is your new show coming? I've been waiting for 5 days.

Hope to see you soon hahha

 
At November 15, 2006 10:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah

I guess i have a different opinion than other muslims so far that have commented. I feel like in this video you have delved into issues that are none of your business, really. Muslimahs have their reasons for dressing how they do and wearing hijab how they do.
I really looked forward to a great season after the last one but I see that this wont happen. I regret to inform you that I won't be watching ummah films any more.

I know you probably don't care, but this is how it has to be

Salaam bro

 
At November 16, 2006 2:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel you (last poster) Im not that interested in Ummah Films anymore after this video. I consider myself to be Muslimah who wears "proper" hijab but I feel tht you completely disrespected many Muslim women who are striving to be good Muslims, not just good hijabi's that is not NEARLY as important as being a pious person!!!!

 
At November 17, 2006 3:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah

this was one of the best ones
keep up the good work mashallah.

 
At November 17, 2006 5:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

salams bro

great vid mashaAllah...

quick suggestion for any more videos tho... seeing as most of your audience are young adults ... i think we really need a reminder about gender interaction, if you could consider it for season 2..

thanks a lot.. all my friends love ummahfilms! keep up the good work

 
At November 21, 2006 8:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ASA,

I liked your video, I am an American Muslimah and it is not my culture to wear hijab, however I have always dressed modestly. You appear sincere in the message that you are trying to convey and I respect that. Only Allah(swt) can judge our hearts. Just a month ago I saw a sister wearing hijab lighting up a cigarette, needless to say I was floored. Islam embraces many cultures, I didnt like the part of you saying what is and what isnt hijab . . . I mean do you really know or are you basing it from your culture? Trying to figure out the proper way to wear hijab and why some wear it and some dont is wasting valuable time that can be spent in rembrance of Allah(swt). Being American born I'm not too thrilled over a male directing a female on her attire. Nevertheless your film was very interesting.

PEACE

 
At November 24, 2006 1:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For all my brothers
As a Moslem sister with hijab since I was 5(by my choice though), I thank you and agree with everything you said.
One of the rewards of proper hijab for us in the west is to educate people about Islam and the great rules of it. Allah will give us rewards for that. I promise you.
Let's be great representative of Islam in our communities.
Thanks

 
At November 29, 2006 5:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salaam brother

What you’re doing is excellent!! May Allah (swt) reward you!!! I do some youth work too and it’s easier to connect with them if you try and understand where they are coming from. Anyway I think this topic is brilliant!!! I am a sister by the way (from uk), so I can relate to all the awkward instances of trying to tell a sister who, masha-Allah may be very sincere but who hasn’t really got the hijab on right. I think you should also do one on jilbaabs, or will that be too controversial? These are sisters who cover their hair because they understand it’s a command from Allah and it is stated in the quran, but some how over look when the quran talks about covering the whole body including normal clothes when she leaves the house. Some girls insist so long as my clothes are loose, but now that’s also gone outta the window…coz clothes are now skin tight. Iv got one sis at work who covers her hair but wears skin tight cloths but when it comes to praying she covers her clothes/body with a jilbab, she leaves it in the prayer room, she comes in and puts it on, then takes it off before she leave!!! Whats up with that???

Anyway your videos have really motivated me, I’m a creative person myself, but since I finished my degree don’t really know how to get started with all the ideas I have in my head. Eg, I also thought about coming up with a game…it was supposed to be a dawah tool for non muslims to learn more about islam. I also have a semi cooked idea about a contemplation kit…about tafakur (thinking/pondering and contemplation) I did product design at uni – so my last years project was about giving dawah to non muslims…I developed a range of different objects that provoke thinking and show non muslims how muslims view the world…so I developed stuff like an eye chart, contact lenses, glasses, magnifying glass etc…I have a lot of images…but I am I little stuck regarding how to develop and commercialise my ideas. Let me know if you can help.

wslmz

 
At December 03, 2006 4:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

salaam

I agree with the American Muslimah who posted a few above.
I am a Canadian Muslimah who does not wear hijab because i am not permitted to by my parents. I always dress modestly, because this they cannot prevent.
But I was at the variety store on the first day of Ramadan, and I saw a muslim couple come in (and the wife wore hijab), and they bought over 50 dollar in lottery tickets.... I couldn't believe it. Of course there are 70 excuses, but it didn't look legit.
There are girls at my school who wear hijab just for fashion.
I don't wear hijab and i consider myself more pious than these girls.

How can you connect only hijab with piousness, ajur, and jannah when there are a variety of other things.

Although I agree that it is very important, I make due with the situation I am in

So what is better than, a pious non-Hijabi, or a Hijabi that smokes, buys lottery tickets, neglects prayer, does not fast, eats bacon, drinks wine.

I think you need to take step back.

 
At December 19, 2006 9:02 PM, Anonymous maryuam said...

salam alakum w.b.t
ma shallah I love your videos they all have a point and are truthful. As a musilmah in general I like the subject when I have seen every version you've metioned keep up the great work may allah bless you and your familey and give you alot more ideas faa min allah

 
At December 30, 2006 11:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

very informative video. masha allah. In high school i see a lot of these girls and i tried to tell them but they wont listen they keep saying next year.. next year. so ill make sure to show them this video.

take care

 
At January 04, 2007 12:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Masha-Allah! that was an excellent video yet again. I guess the onus is always on the Muslimah to know the true meaning behind the hijab and to have the right niyyah before adorning the hijab. I'll just like to ask the floor on opinions regarding something I see in my country where a Muslimah has to uncover the hijab at work and put it back on again after work as some employers here do not allow the hijab.

 

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