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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The Reminder Series @ ISNA Chicago InshAllah

Bismillah ar-Rahmaan ar-Raheem,


I'm planning to goto the 44th Annual ISNA conference in Chicago this summer to promote The Reminder series InshAllah. With over 30,000 people attending ISNA each year, I figure it would be a great place to launch Season 3 of the Reminder. With my booth already reserved and since it won't be shared with any company or organization, it should be easy to find InshAllah.

I will be releasing the next video ("Pursuit of Cleanliness") this month and the final two videos for Season 2 will be released in June ("The Haram Police") and July ("Why Islam") InshAllah.

If I get a spot at the entertainment session @ ISNA, then I'll release the Season 3 Premiere there. We'll see what happens InshAllah.
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19 Comments:

At May 01, 2007 11:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salaamu alaykum,

Would this be at ISNA center in Plainfield, Indiana, or at the conference in Chicago ?

Wa salaam,
-Zack

 
At May 02, 2007 12:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is so cool Ali bro, keep it up...May Allah bless and reward you with your ideas to promote Islam! Where is ISNA???

 
At May 02, 2007 4:54 AM, Anonymous mo said...

hope you get the spot brother. the video 'why Islam' sounds very interesting, in season 1 the season finale was excellent ending, and this sounds like a very good ending for season 2.

Good choice!

 
At May 02, 2007 6:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The actual center for Isna is in Plainfield, Indiana (15 minutes west of Indianapolis). However, they usually have a conference in Chicago.

Wa salaam,
-Zack

 
At May 02, 2007 7:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you though of going to ICNA this summer (in Connecticut)?

 
At May 02, 2007 10:23 AM, Blogger Baba Ali said...

Walaikum Salam,

I was referring to the ISNA Annual conference
August 31 - September 3, 2007
Rosemont, Illinois

 
At May 02, 2007 5:29 PM, Anonymous Sohair Khan said...

there is also somthing called ICNA coming up in July at Conn.

 
At May 03, 2007 9:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salaam Br Ali,
You should come to the Living Islam event in the UK. Its a big event,organised by the Islamic Society of Britain, a bit like ISNA. Check out www.isb.org.uk, its running from 26-29 July. It really feels like as if your living in a musilm village, its absolutely awesome!
Sister Sofeeyah.

 
At May 06, 2007 8:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salam wa alaykom Ummah Film Viewers,

I made a video which is part of my journey back to islam. Please check it out and leave your comments. Jazak Allah Khair wa salam wa alaykom


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SZqqndQ0bU

 
At May 07, 2007 3:41 AM, Anonymous Shahnaz said...

Do the shirts come in PINK long sleeves?

 
At May 07, 2007 6:11 AM, Anonymous ummahfilms staff said...

Asalam alaikum,

No. Only in black & white, sorry!

 
At May 09, 2007 3:45 PM, Anonymous khadija said...

SALAMOU ALAIKOUM
Hy!
i am Khadija from Paris !muslim since 4 years! How can i do to receive some t-shirts! i have some fans around me and they'd really love to have it! me too!!(how much does it cost)
Thanks!
barakallahufik

 
At May 12, 2007 8:45 AM, Anonymous Shahnaz said...

Okie... then how do I go about ordering a long sleeve black shirt?
And yea.. how much do they coast each?

 
At May 16, 2007 8:01 AM, Anonymous mo said...

here is a article I have done about ummah films feel free to publish on the blog.

UmmahFilms

Since the advent of Web 2.0 (youtube, myspace, blogs), the normal internet user has the power to produce content and publish it on to the internet to a audience. There have been many future stars spotted on the youtube site. One such person who has had a impact on users is Baba Ali. Baba Ali launched Ummah films last year, and their first production was 'The reminder' series which was launched on June 13th 2006. The reminder series tackles various issues for Muslims in a light hearted manner.

Baba Ali has a creative past, he has written two books on poetry previously, and one of the things that made him think of using the media was when he was interviewed on BridgesTV about his board game called Mecca to Medina. His Reminder series is now into season 2, with season 1 completed which was a phenomenal success. Over 1 milliion views just alone on youtube for the reminder series, which shows how popular the videos have become. In one of his recent videos called 'Arrogant people' he stated that people sometimes ask him for his autograph indicating how popular he has become, but his philosophy is not to give out autographs because he stated 'Just because I got some attention making videos doesn't make me better than anyone else.'

The concept behind the reminder videos is very simple, he writes the script of the topic and then talks in front of a camera, edits the video, and posts it on to youtube. The idea behind it was for Baba Ali to practice filmmaking to gain some experience, however, since a large number of people liked it so much, the reminder series continued. The topics covered in the reminder series cover aspects from looking to a spouse online to $25,000 Muslim Weddings to to problems caused by the misapplication and misunderstanding of Islam.They are done in a entertaining style, which is why these videos have been so successful.

Season One of 'The reminder' series has been praised as entertaining, creative and thought provoking, sending a message that reaches all types of people. In a press release, Baba Ali stated ・My goal with ・The Reminder・ was to dispel the misconceptions among not only non-Muslims, but with Muslims as well,・

・In my opinion, Islam is the most misunderstood religion around,・ said Ali. ・Not just by non-Muslims, but by Muslims as well. Although many Muslims are born into a Muslim family, often times they are not taught Islam properly and that, of course, can lead to problems. I hope my movie shorts can play at least some part in restoring Islam・s credibility so people can focus on its positive message.・

Baba Ali's main goal is to start working on a actual film when the opportunity arises. He is currently working on a short movie (5-7 minutes) called Tomorrow Never Comes. It is about Hassan, an intellectually and athletically gifted young man, who awakens one day and discovers he can't hear. He soon realizes that he was deaf. His lost of hearing humbles him and he realizes that he must change. He decides to change tomorrow but tomorrow never comes because tomorrow is his funeral.

The reason for Ummah films is to show that Muslims have the same issues as other normal people in society. It is to humanise muslims, and show that they are normal human beings as well. The reminder series is not just for Muslims, but also Non-Muslims. 30% of the people who have watched ummah films are non-muslims.

The reason of the popularity is because firstly it's entertaining, and secondly it covers topics which people are interested in.

The success of ummah films is based mostly by people sharing what they viewed with fellow friends, family, and this is how it has grown. It is the new communitarism that has developed on the internet, due to sites like youtube, myspace e.t.c.

The first Premiere of Ummah films in Europe took place in Imperial college, London. It was a extremely successful event, which was all sold out. More than 750 people attended, and found the show extremely funny and worth whilst. It started of as a small event, but due to the demand a bigger location had to be found. The event was a premiere of 2 new reminder films shown on stage. For the first event in Europe, this was a successful premier.

The goal of Ummah films is not making money, but to spread the message worldwide using the internet. The people who watch ummah films is from all around the world, to cater for the European users, such as from France, Holland and Germany some of the videos have been translated into these 3 languages. ( http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=ufsubtitles )

Fans are very pleased by what Ummah films has so far produced, Salvatious a 17 year old female from USA commented that

"I like Ummah Films because they present stuff in a way that the younger generation can understand. Imam's do a great job in expressing the message as well, but Baba Ali's style and the way he talks about it really intrigues the younger generation, and not only the younger generation but even people like my parents. "

Aicha who was formerly known as Charlotte from Cambridge, UK said she likes ummah films for the following reasons:

"well i guess i like the way he applies religion to modern day society. Ali tells it like it is and isnt afraid of saying the truth. Also he is extremely funny and keeps his videos very entertaining. I like the topics he discusses as they are relevant to my life. "

Ayesha from London stated: "What can I say it is extremely addictive...
Well as everyone else has said this I'll just say it again:
Your vids on youtube are extremely educating and entertaining. "

For more information about Ummah films: www.ummahfilms.com

 
At May 20, 2007 9:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you going to come to the ICNA-MAS Convention in Hartford, Connecticut?

 
At May 20, 2007 10:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Asslam o Alaikum Brother Ali
I m Qumer from Pakistan. I really like ur video. U r doing a gr8. Jaza Ka Allah Khair
Ur Brother in Islam
Qumer

 
At June 07, 2007 5:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

salam alaykom,
so what if a girl likes a guy and does everything to make him happy but still it doesn't matter to him. His parents love her and she knows her religion. so what does she do? wait for him to wake up or move on?
Mazza

 
At June 07, 2007 8:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salem aleycoum, je te souhaite une bonne continuation mon frère!

 
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