Ummah Films' Updates
Bismillah ar-Rahmaan ar-Raheem,Here are a few updates InshAllah:
1. I am in Chicago and Milwaukee so if you are sending me an email via facebook, it may take longer than normal to respond to (due to limited internet access). This post has the details of the events this weekend here.
2. For all those who couldn't make the "Evening with Ali" event in London, Islam Channel will be broadcasting it this Saturday the 14th of April at 7 p.m.
3. It looks like I don't have to work every weekend which is great news. I only have to work a few of them. That will give me a chance to finish up Season 2 InshAllah. I have the next video ready but I haven't had time to film it yet.
4. I often get asked if I'm coming to this or that city. Every time, an invitation is confirmed, I will post it on the website InshAllah. Also, many people have been sending their ideas for videos so I put a post where you can post your ideas InshAllah. This will make it more organized and easier to manage InshAllah
Ummah Films is not a business for me. I don't charge anything for coming to conferences or doing film screenings. The reward of the hereafter is far superior than anything I can get in this dunya so my only hope is that Allah (swt) accepts my intention and actions InshAllah. Its already hard enough to keep your attention pure when you have the spotlight so mixing money into this project will only make things complicated. The money made from DVD sales and shirt sales goes straight back to the project. If nothing is every made, then the money will be donated to the needy InshAllah. Thus, I have decided to play it safe and do everything for free InshAllah. As much as I would like to accept each and every invitation, its often difficult because there are other things happening in my life. I live a normal like everyone else and the only time I manage to even film the reminder videos are at night - sometimes when I'm suppose to be sleeping :)
I have decided to focus on making the Reminder videos and leave the movie making to the other brothers InshAllah. Thus I will not take any responsibility for anything other than the Reminder videos as each of the other brothers has full control over their own project. One thing I have learned in this process is that some Muslims view issues VERY differently but at the end we will each be accountable for our actions INDIVIDUALLY in front of Allah (swt). Thus, I don't want to be accountable for some other brother's actions especially when I was not part of that decision making.
Originally, I got involved with Ummah Films to make films but somehow something else came out of it. My passion was never to be a filmmaker or anything like that (that is why I never was involved with this stuff before) but rather my passion was to help the Ummah by making them think. Now that we have reached 1.5 million people who have watched the Reminder videos, so there seems to be a strong interest for it so I will focus ONLY on that until I feel that no more reminders are needed InshAllah.
I am not associated with anyone from Ummah Films nor their projects and if you want to judge me for my actions or my views, then do so on the one project that I am taking responsibility for, the Reminder videos.
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