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Monday, May 12, 2008

Ummah Films makes NY Times

Bismillah ar-Rahmaan ar-Raheem,




I have been interviewed by the BBC, LA Times, Guardian, and other major newspapers but last week the videos caught the attention of largest paper in the US...The New York Times. Anyways, here is the article:http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/08/us/08video.html

I think the reporter misunderstood me when I spoke about Bill Cosby and mistaken wrote that he is my role model. I am impressed by what Bill Cosby did for African Americans in changing the stereotype and that is one of my goals as well but I think that is where the line is drawn.
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8 Comments:

At May 12, 2008 10:31 PM, Anonymous Kashif Pasta said...

Good job on the article bro, Mash'Allah! The author feels a little off though - maybe not the best guy to be writing Muslim stories

That's a pretty nice setup you have there - I guess that's what you get from not keeping any of the UmmahFilms money :P

 
At May 12, 2008 11:48 PM, Blogger Maha said...

in the name of Allah

asalam alikom wa rahmato Allah w barakatoh

i just want to say jazakom Allah khairan :)

 
At May 13, 2008 8:27 AM, Blogger Bhavna said...

Congratulations on the NY times article!! You are truly a phenomenon. I was disappointed in the writing however, because I feel the author himself is biased and keeps trying to introduce arguments made against Islam by viewers' comments or the "skinny guy"..I've seen that skinny guy's videos and he is one of the most hateful people I've ever seen. I wish the author wasn't putting Baba Ali on the side of defensive.. because even after this article Ali has to defend himself from the tone and assumptions made (such as my role model is Bill Cosby) because I don't feel he has been represented in the positive way that he should be. I think if a true fan of his videos who understands the complexities of what the situation is and what must be achieved, had written this article, it would have been more "fair and balanced." Well that's the media for you. Definitely bias and misinformation through tone and assumptions is something to deal with in the public eye.

 
At May 13, 2008 8:43 AM, Blogger Bhavna said...

"The role model is Bill Cosby, who young Muslim filmmakers believe changed the perception of African-Americans by depicting them as ordinary."

"depicting them as ordinary"??? Wow I just feel uncomfortable with that statement. So many things wrong with those words.

Also..."For the moment, the filmmakers suspect, most of the hits they attract are generated by other young Muslims."

I don't think that's true... non Muslims are some of Baba Ali's biggest fans because they understand the cultural aspect of what he talks about but learn so much about the religion at the same time. It isn't some kind of underground cult. It's a source of open communication with everyone.

"whether it is O.K. for adolescents to have close relationships with the opposite sex. (The answer: Of course not.)"

again... the tone implied by "Of course not" is quite sarcastic and implies that Muslims and/or the eastern world values and culture is backward, and that they would never "achieve freedom" the way the west has.

 
At May 13, 2008 8:44 AM, Blogger Bhavna said...

Congratulations on the NY times article!! You are truly a phenomenon. I was disappointed in the writing however, because I feel the author himself is biased and
keeps trying to introduce arguments made against Islam by viewers' comments or the "skinny guy"..I've seen that skinny guy's videos and he is one of the most hateful
people I've ever seen. I wish the author wasn't putting Baba Ali on the side of defensive.. because even after this article Ali has to defend himself from the tone and
assumptions made (such as my role model is Bill Cosby) because I don't feel he has been represented in the positive way that he should be.

I think if a true fan of his videos who understands the complexities of what the situation is and what must be achieved, had written this article, it would have been more "fair and balanced." Well that's the media for you. Definitely bias and misinformation through tone and
assumptions is something to deal with in the public eye.

 
At May 13, 2008 9:22 AM, OpenID socrunchy said...

NY Times is always off when it comes to articles about Muslims. I have rarely seen an ounce of justice on behalf of Muslims.
That said I think the article was pretty good. It could have been worse (re: ny times article on muslims homeschooling -wth??)

 
At May 13, 2008 9:39 AM, Anonymous jj said...

you like about 24, i would never have guessed 33. :D

 
At May 13, 2008 11:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the article, Mash'Allah!
Keep up the great work, and you'll be able to accomplish more, Insh'Allah. :D

Jazakom Allah Khairan.

 

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