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Monday, September 17, 2007

Mecca to Medina games are almost sold out

Bismillah ar-Rahmaan ar-Raheem,

For those who have been keeping up with the blog since Day 1, in the summer of 2006 I took my Mecca to Medina game to the ISNA conference to debut it there and it have a real positive response. So good, that the CEO of Bridges saw the game and invited me to come to NY and do a 1/2 show about the game. It was there that I learned that Bridges TV started off in an apartment and ended up as a cable station. I figured if they could do it, then anyone could do it, especially since the founders weren't even involved in filmmaking and learned about it through the process.

Alhamdulillah, about 2 years later we are nearly sold out of Mecca to Medina games and I'm not planning to reprint them (even though I have been asked many times). The game was another experiment and many doubted that it would fly with the Muslim community since it wasn't another trivia game. Personally, I was tired of the same old trivia based games so I tried something different, something new. Alhamdulillah, thousands have enjoyed the game so I'm ready to move on to a different mountain. To me, it was more of a challenge and now that mountain has been climbed, I hope to move on to the other games. So if you got your hands on a Mecca to Medina game, consider it a collector's items InshAllah since I have no plans to make anymore of them.

My next game will InshAllah be the first Muslim word game and its very different than most of the word games out there. The game is about 85% complete InshAllah and once again, I hope to make that a collector's item as well. The first game led to Ummah Films, maybe the second game will lead to something new. Allah Alim.
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36 Comments:

At September 17, 2007 1:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MashAllah this game is amazing and I am glad I had a chance to receive such a fun yet informative game. Thanks and May Allah Bless You and Those You Care About

 
At September 17, 2007 1:55 PM, Blogger Shamim Ahmed said...

Great game. I took this to the madrassah where I teach and the kids loved it. Shukran.

 
At September 17, 2007 1:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Allahu Ackbar Masha Allah. This game not only brings together families but is loads of fun. I've played tons of other Muslim board games but none have even come close to the fun factor of Mecca to Medina.

Jazak Allahu Khairan Baba Ali for making a quality product that Muslims can buy.

 
At September 17, 2007 2:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the game is great but it misses some things.it is interesting and all but i think u can make it better. it needs more cards to make it more fun, it needs a board and a holder for the cards. i shipped one of the games to my friends overseas an d they liked it verey much. i hop my comments were useful.
Bas.

 
At September 17, 2007 2:12 PM, Blogger Naz said...

Its a really nice game. Especially many players can play.

Jazakallahu Khair..

check out my site www.minsid.com

 
At September 17, 2007 2:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a very fun game. Something new and original. I have a great time playing this with my kids. I have introduced it others and they enjoyed it as well. This is a game everyone should try.

Amir

 
At September 17, 2007 2:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Play this game all the time. Its about time someone stepped up and did something about Muslim Entertainment. Not only is it fun to play but also educational. Unlike other games where if its not your turn you just wait and wait and wait, this game you are involved with every roll of the dice. Which makes it a lot of fun for the whole family.

Great Job Baba Ali.
Cant wait for the next one.

 
At September 17, 2007 3:23 PM, Blogger tamim said...

Thnks Allah and you baba Ali for this game.

 
At September 17, 2007 3:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a great game Ali. My cousins and i play it all the time. Its very fun and original. Thank you for your hard work.

 
At September 17, 2007 3:36 PM, Blogger hera said...

At one point, I had to admit to myself (in fact my whole family did) that we are addicted to this game. It is simply fantastic! Never gets boring...I await more games from you.

 
At September 17, 2007 3:36 PM, Blogger Shane said...

Assalamu alaikum,

I enjoy the game. Insha'Allah I'd like to see you come out with a more traditional board game.

 
At September 17, 2007 3:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are you discontinuing it? I recommend, continuing to list it on your web site. It's a tremendous educational tool for the Masjid School kids we teach and as word spreads more of their parents would want to buy them. It would be too bad if it weren't available any more. Jazakallah for coming up with with a great idea for Muslim kids' wholesome edu-tainment!

 
At September 17, 2007 3:52 PM, Blogger Rami said...

We bought this game for a Muslim Youth Centre in London Ontario Canada(www.macyouthlondon.com). Masha'Allah the Youth enjoy it a lot masha'Allah. May Allah (SWT) bless you for your efforts and multiply your reward for this continuous sadakka.

 
At September 17, 2007 4:40 PM, Anonymous Your Sister In Islam said...

May God Bless You...

 
At September 17, 2007 5:15 PM, Blogger ween said...

Salam Ali, I'm very glad I came across your videos in youtube. What you're doing is great. Can you talk about the boundaries of seeing an inlaw. More specifically when a brother inlaw being alone with the wife of his brother? Please, i want to hear what you have to say about that :)

oh, wish i was around for the game, my children would've love it i'm from malaysia by the way.

 
At September 17, 2007 5:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this game. I brought this game to my Islamic sunday school and the kids also love it. We learnt about the five pillars of Islam, the concept of shaytan and the concept unity in Islam. I am going to keep promoting this game to other people.

 
At September 17, 2007 6:00 PM, Blogger War said...

Masha Allah this game is great for any occasion and all ages. I first played this with adults and have seen kids love it as well. Its a game that you can replay any time and enjoy it like the first yime around. Check it out so I could be the first to say "I told you so!"

 
At September 17, 2007 6:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being away @ college can get quite boring. "Mecca to Medina" brought us that timeless, unforgetful fun and laughter we as Muslims have a hard time finding alone. Thanks for the halal entertainment.

 
At September 18, 2007 1:00 AM, Blogger Abu Yaqob said...

Asalam alaikum,

This is not just any regular game. Even though it’s about trade, culture and events, Its has a message behind it. I noticed there is an indirect way of teaching or introducing the five pillars of Islam, like the water card for Salat, gold card for Zakat, date card for fasting and Kalimah for Shahada, and cloth for Haij.

The concept of Tawheed was injected as well and the bond among the Muslim Ummah must be based on the Shahada and not nationalism. Msha’Allah, very intelligently made.

Jazaka Allah ahki

 
At September 18, 2007 1:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mashallah, Thanks brother for this amazing game!!! Me and my family and other brothers and sisters here in sweden have played it and everyone liked it alot. May Allah bless you!

/Karima

 
At September 18, 2007 3:15 AM, Blogger Sis Sumayyah said...

Alsalamu'alaykum,

Alhamdulellah a game that my kids can learn and have fun! This game was recommended by one of my students, and Alhamdulellah they did.

When the game arrived, my children wanted to start right away and haven't stopped since. They love it! Alhamdulellah.

I pray Allah (swt) bless you and us all in Islam and accept our obedience ameen.

Shukron

 
At September 18, 2007 3:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really liked it, but one problem, my Mum said that playing with dice is haram. So ii was like, hmmm... well, i dont kno, coz other than that, its a great game! thanks heaps

 
At September 18, 2007 4:32 AM, Anonymous Anissah said...

Salaam aleykoem,

I live in belguim and because of that i didnt had the chanse to play to game. It seemed a very interesting game. To bad that i couldnt find it anywhere near Belguim, and i dont know anyone who has the game. I know all of my friend would like to play the game.
May Allah Bless You and Inscha'Allah you make a lot of other great things, we moslims can enjoy!

 
At September 18, 2007 6:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Masha Allah. This game is very entertaining and educational. JazakumuAllah khairan. Can't wait fo the next game.
salaam.
Aisha

 
At September 18, 2007 7:34 AM, Blogger Ameena Zahid said...

As Salam Alaikum Ramadan Mubarak,

The Game Mecca to Medina is a great game it is sad to hear you will not be making anymore. But, Insha'Allah the new game you are creating will be just as good. And when you are complete I will be ready to purchase that game as well.....

May Allah Shower many blessings on you and your family.

Allah Hafiz~Ameena

 
At September 18, 2007 8:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

asalamu alaikum warahamtullahi wabarakaatuh...
please make more copies, i still want to buy the game insha-Allah. So i just hope i can find it before they're all gone. it's a good game masha-Allah and insha-Allah the Muslime community will have the opportunity to play more Muslim games.

jazak-Allahu khayrun for your kindness

W/s

 
At September 19, 2007 5:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MashAllah i hope InshAllah youre next game is as great as Mecca to Medina. could an online version be possible i wonder? many thanks for such a positive contribution.

 
At September 19, 2007 8:48 AM, Blogger hassan janoudi said...

bismillah, this game, let me tell you is the best muslim game i have ever enjoed. may allah bless you baba ali i support you out of my heat.

 
At September 19, 2007 11:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

mashAllah
This was the best game I ever get for the kids.Very fun and informative
Thanks

 
At September 19, 2007 2:46 PM, Blogger magixter said...

Cool Game!

 
At September 20, 2007 2:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try not to have dice in the new.

 
At September 20, 2007 9:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what about creating flash games?

 
At September 20, 2007 1:44 PM, Blogger Baba Ali said...

JazakAllah khair for everyone's feedback. The next game that I'm working on is a word game and is pretty much composed of cards and a timer. There is no dice in that game. By the way, I did check with more than 1 scholar from two different schools of thought regarding the dice issue before I made the Mecca to Medina and I got the green light from both of them. Anyways, I'm not a scholar so I'm here to debate it but rest assured the next game, this issue won't be an issue InshAllah.

 
At September 23, 2007 5:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My youngest daughter is 11, she enjoys playing it so much, she asks me to play with her often. It is a good family game. Thanks

 
At September 23, 2007 5:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salam, great game. We play it several times a week. However there is one problem. This game should be about ISLAM, not politics. I am a Muslim AND proud of my country. If you are not, please don't try to give our children identity problems.

 
At September 26, 2007 2:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

salam brother

alhamdulillah we got your game mecca to medina it would be really sad if not... and we are now trying to understand how to play it-- we are from germany :) oh by the way-- is it possible that you sale your dvd and games also in europe? we are talking about the shipping costs-- thats the only reason why we think twice if we buy the dvd or your game... we nearly pay the same price for shipping cost as for your game or dvd... inschaAllah there will be a solution
salam

 

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