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Friday, August 07, 2009

New Ummah Films Video: "Muslim Convert"

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59 Comments:

At August 08, 2009 1:07 AM, Anonymous Safa Aziz said...

Salam Baba Ali,
I am so glad you have finally done a video regarding this topic :) I am not a convert myself and yet I feel like this video of yours has touched me the most out of all your other ones. I myself grow extremely frustrated when Muslims themselves label things from their culture as being part of Islam itself or vice versa!

"We just want Islam. That's it. Nothing less, nothing more."

Kudos to that!! =D
Wa/salam!

 
At August 08, 2009 6:30 AM, Blogger Abu Yasmeen Taqiudeen said...

Welcome back. Just wanted to be the first to make a comment but Safa beat me.

 
At August 08, 2009 7:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalaamu alaikum Br. Ali,

Masha Allah, what a nice message, and a good reminder to people like me. It's hard to know how to strike a balance between giving converts their space and knowing when to reach out. We've all got such hectic lives of our own, you don't want to come across as a stalker.

On another note, I think you've got a great 'stage presence' in your videos. Very well done!

Keep at it!

Your sister in Islam,

Rukhsana Khan
www.rukhsanakhan.com

 
At August 08, 2009 9:42 AM, Anonymous Umar Nasir said...

Great video as usual
I have got question for you.
How come you don't setup google ad-sense for youtube? I am sure there are many people out there willing to support your videos.

 
At August 08, 2009 10:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

asSalamu 'alaykum,
A fan of Ummah Films. I think you're hilarious bro.

I wanted to mention that in case you wanted to get rid of the top NavBar on blogger here is how to do it:
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This will make you're site look nicer without that top navbar. Just a thought.

JazakaAllahu khayr.

asSalamu 'alaykum

 
At August 08, 2009 12:40 PM, Blogger aneebaba said...

As salaamu alaikum Bro Ali - great video. Very important issue. Nicely put.

 
At August 08, 2009 1:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalamualaikum,

Jazak-Allah Khair for the resumption of the Reminder series.

As a piece of advice I would suggest not using the term, "extremist" or "modernist" as these terms were coined by the Western media as a means to pit Muslims against each other.

Rather I would suggest that we should restrict our comments to Halal and Haram.

 
At August 08, 2009 7:42 PM, Anonymous Saad Malik said...

Awesome video bro!
"JOKE!" <---- I love that! :D

 
At August 08, 2009 10:51 PM, Blogger maher said...

Asslam alaykum Brother Ali

Jazaka Allah Khayr for your efforts brother, I have a comment regarding this video and some other previous videos, I think there is a lot of exaggeration of wrong acts from Muslims, this will really scare off non-Muslims watching and prevent them from seeking Islam. Please be careful about this. The fact is Muslims accept their new convert brothers and sisters and help and guide them in a very nice and kind way. Thanks.

 
At August 08, 2009 11:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MasaAllah, may Allah swa reword you for your effort. Every word that you said in this video is absolutely true. I am born/raised in Muslim family however I consider myself as a revert, because I have not practiced Islam for 20-25 years until the last 10 years.Salam from Bosnian Brother in Islam...........to all Muslims

 
At August 09, 2009 12:20 AM, Blogger Stephen said...

PREACH BROTHER. I was an evangelical christian before converting to islam. When somebody was baptized, they were bombarded with friends, information, bible studies, etc. As a muslim i havent been able to buy friends at the mosque! It took me months to find one activity i could join just to learn some koran. Islamic education needs to move beyond kids classes and university campusses.

Don't get me wrong though, i LOVES MY UMMAH!!!!

 
At August 09, 2009 12:21 AM, Blogger Stephen said...

PREACH BROTHER. I was an evangelical christian before converting to islam. When somebody was baptized, they were bombarded with friends, information, bible studies, etc. As a muslim i havent been able to buy friends at the mosque! It took me months to find one activity i could join just to learn some koran. Islamic education needs to move beyond kids classes and university campusses.

Don't get me wrong though, i LOVES MY UMMAH!!!!

 
At August 09, 2009 12:21 AM, Blogger Stephen said...

PREACH BROTHER. I was an evangelical christian before converting to islam. When somebody was baptized, they were bombarded with friends, information, bible studies, etc. As a muslim i havent been able to buy friends at the mosque! It took me months to find one activity i could join just to learn some koran. Islamic education needs to move beyond kids classes and university campusses.

Don't get me wrong though, i LOVES MY UMMAH!!!!

 
At August 09, 2009 12:22 AM, Blogger Simply N said...

Salam Baba Ali,
Love all your videos. Thanks for posting.
I love " We Just want Islam"

 
At August 09, 2009 12:34 AM, Anonymous Suhaila said...

Maher:
"I think there is a lot of exaggeration of wrong acts from Muslims, this will really scare off non-Muslims watching and prevent them from seeking Islam. Please be careful about this."

If someone is not going to convert to Islam based on the fact that some Muslims are less than perfect, they're not exactly the kind of people (read: morons) I want entering this faith.

" The fact is Muslims accept their new convert brothers and sisters and help and guide them in a very nice and kind way."

Is that really a fact?

 
At August 09, 2009 1:17 AM, Anonymous Esma said...

Asalamu Alaikum brother Ali,
This is a great video! I really liked it. And I really like how you were talking about the sister backbiting the other one just because she wasn't wearing hijab when she had just converted. I really don't like it when some sisters think they are religious, when they backbite all the time. Even when they themeselves are doing wrong. Where I come from, many muslimahs think they are right all the time, and they try to be religious, but then they backbite you. As soon as you think you have found a good friend to trust, they go on backbiting you.

Sorry, I went a little off topic here. But anyways, your video was great. You are doing what I want to do in this world: try to improve the muslim ummah. I hope Allah makes it easy for you and I hope you accomplish your goals.
Salams

 
At August 09, 2009 1:17 AM, Anonymous Esma said...

Asalamu Alaikum brother Ali,
This is a great video! I really liked it. And I really like how you were talking about the sister backbiting the other one just because she wasn't wearing hijab when she had just converted. I really don't like it when some sisters think they are religious, when they backbite all the time. Even when they themeselves are doing wrong. Where I come from, many muslimahs think they are right all the time, and they try to be religious, but then they backbite you. As soon as you think you have found a good friend to trust, they go on backbiting you.

Sorry, I went a little off topic here. But anyways, your video was great. You are doing what I want to do in this world: try to improve the muslim ummah. I hope Allah makes it easy for you and I hope you accomplish your goals.
Salams

 
At August 09, 2009 4:05 AM, Blogger maher said...

Suhaila:
Thank you for your kind comments, I still think the way the video shows how Muslims deal with newly converts is way too exaggerated, it is showing Muslims as very tough and have some kind of extremism which is totally not true and is giving the wrong picture for non-Muslims. And yes many many many Muslims do welcome newly converts in a very nice way and help them out in understanding and practicing Islam; I don't know why you don't find this true?
please accept my best regards. Thanks.

 
At August 09, 2009 5:07 AM, Blogger Anisah said...

Al hamdullilah :)
well said..and jazak'allah khair on behalf of this convert :)

 
At August 09, 2009 5:15 AM, Anonymous DawahWorks said...

As Salaamu alaykum,
I dunno your view on hijab, but this video "appeared" to make two points that were not based in Islam:
1) If a woman takes shahadah she is not obligated at that time to observe hijab.
a. Hijab is obligatory when shahadah is taken, not a gradual observance.
2) Hijab is cultural, not Islamic.
a. The obligation of hijab is Quran & Sunnah based, not a "cultural bid3ah"
If I am wrong may Allah forgive me. But it's what the people hear & not what we intend that matters.

 
At August 09, 2009 6:49 AM, Anonymous muslimah said...

Asalamu alakium Brother,

Thanks so much for representing us converts!!!! It has been 20years since I converted, alhumduilah. To this day I find myself still having these problems. So know I have decided to take my knowledge and help the ones who convert so I can help guide them and keep them strong, alhumduilah for everything!! Keep up the great work and may Allah Bless you and your family.
So when will you be back to Tampa, Florida? The youth misses you here.
Walakium asalam
your sister in islam

 
At August 09, 2009 7:01 AM, Anonymous نوفه said...

allh pless u may brother

i am big fan of u n saudia arabia

a lot of ppl waching u here

keep it up

 
At August 09, 2009 11:24 AM, Blogger UmmLayla said...

Wow, you said it AGAIN. Some sisters did a blog carnival on being a convert... And I think it's safe to say your video reflects where most of us were at with the subject. Here's my post:
http://ummlayla.blogspot.com/2009/06/blog-carnival-post-on-white-privilege.html
Here's the whole carnival:
http://sheerfluency.wordpress.com/2009/05/22/the-carnival-is-here-white-privilege-and-the-ummah/

Once again you make me laugh and get a little sniffly because you are so DEAD ON.

 
At August 09, 2009 1:42 PM, Blogger Ganna A. said...

Asalamu alykum Br. Ali,

Masha'Allah, you just seem to express what most of us are thinking. Keep it up!! I love all of your videos. You speak from a perspective that everyone can relate to. Masha'Allah.

W/Salaam,
Your sister in Islam

 
At August 09, 2009 6:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you married? I have a very nice sister that would adore you :)

 
At August 09, 2009 11:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

..omg yes he is married with 2 kids mash'Allah!
how awkward and absolutely hilarious it must be for Br. Ali to get marriage proposals on a video blogs.. :P "JOKE!"

 
At August 10, 2009 4:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOVED THIS VIDEO! Please keep it up! I am a convert and have felt that way...still feel that way, all the time. Sometimes it is so hard to tell what is Islam and what is cultural...you said it!!!!

Heather

 
At August 10, 2009 5:11 PM, Blogger UmMoosa said...

Salaam brother, again you made me laugh and made me think. In my city a group of new Muslim sisters have formed an organization that collects new Muslim women together for learning and fun on a regular basis. I am so proud of them, and happy to support them, because as you said, the support is not there from those who have been born Muslim. I urge any converts reading this to organize themselves socially for learning and together time, for support. The group in my city is called alfitrah and it is awesome MashaAllah!

 
At August 10, 2009 5:13 PM, Blogger UmMoosa said...

Another thing, all Muslims have to be careful of how they treat those who come to the mosque. I was insulted and yelled at for not wearing hijaab in two languages, and I had not become a Muslim. That rudeness kept me from becoming a Muslim till many months later.

 
At August 10, 2009 7:06 PM, Anonymous Amatullah said...

As-Salaamu alaikum,

Great video. I'm a convert too. Here are some good resources for converts:

http://www.meccacenter.com
http://www.whyislam.org
http://www.gainpeace.com


Amatullah
http://sisterswithpower.blogspot.com
EMANcipate yourself

 
At August 11, 2009 11:24 PM, Anonymous Nora said...

assalamu alaikum,
OMG! Al hamdulla. I am soooooo glad that you talked about this topic inshaallah people will listen to you cuz i am always saying everything you just said and people don't listen to me. They tell me that the culture is the religion and vice versa. I try to explain to them that some of the things that they are teaching from the culture are not apart of the religion and infact are harram, but all they do is argue with me and swear that i'm wrong and that i need to stop talking that way before someone hears me. But i will never stop talking that way because it is the truth! So people need to stop being mad at me when i tell them what they are saying or doing is wrong and if they need to be mad at something be mad at the truth!

Once again: Thanx

 
At August 12, 2009 2:11 AM, Blogger ramadhanmelbourne2008 said...

assalamu'alaykum,
may i know where can i get the ummahfilms merchandise? thanks.

 
At August 12, 2009 7:43 PM, Blogger Learning as I go - Islam said...

Very true Ali. Thanks for the reminder.

 
At August 16, 2009 11:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANK YOU for talking about this topic. I've actually heard a lot about this and it really bothers me. I've had so many arguments over this topic as well, and a lot of my friends think the same as me. This new generation of young Muslims DEFINTLY wants to change this. I know my father is currently helping out this new woman convert learn the basics of Islam, they have a session once every week. My mom goes with my dad too to help her out as well. And now her ex-husband is starting to come too just to learn about this religion because of his kids. We need to help new converts out because if they have no one to turn to, they will leave this beautiful religion. And my friend has seen this. She was talking to this girl who has become an ex-convert because of the lack of help and the way people judge her. We need to stop this mind-set, its only driving people away from this religion. Separate the culture from Islam; it's not doing us ANY good.

 
At August 16, 2009 4:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalamu Alaykum,

I too just wanted to say thank you for doing this video. It will be almost 2 years since i converted and i have yet to find even one muslim to be friends with. Now part of that may be due to geographic location however a large portion of that is simply due to the mixing of Islam and culture..a mixing that only serves to keep converts out. Someone asked in a previous post if you wernt being a little critical of how some muslim may act and i just wanted to say that i think you were 100% correct. I was actually sent home from a masjid when i wanted to convert and was told that white girls my age only convert to get married and i should leave and read about islam even though marriage wasnt even a thought to me. I converted on my own and finally gave up trying to go to the masjid after hearing more rude remarks from sisters.
InshAllah no one else will experience that and your videos will help all muslims to be mindful of their actions!

 
At August 21, 2009 11:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can understand that it can be hard for converts after accepting islam and I can imagine your annoyance when we assume you know everything, but I am surprised to hear that muslims actually backbite about converts and shun then away.

To be honest, I haven't come across many converts and the only ones I know of are the famous ones like Baba Ali, Yusuf Islam, Chambers, Estes and so on. I assumed that converts would be given extra support rather than being shunned off by muslims due to the culture barrier. However, I can also imagine how hard it must be for converts who feel that they have to fit into our culture just to be muslims.

I would also like to say nice video Baba Ali, once again.

 
At August 23, 2009 7:37 AM, Blogger SameerAshraf said...

Asslam O Alicom,
Thanks for sharing the video. May Allah in His mercy allow you to keep going.

I couldn’t agree more with the point you made regarding people mixing things from their culture in to Islam. The one down side to this action is that some of the stupid cultures allow Islam bashers get a stick to beat Muslims with. Its fault of the culture but Islam pays the price for it.
Jaza ka Allah khareen.

 
At August 30, 2009 3:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you.

 
At September 14, 2009 9:48 AM, Anonymous Ayesha said...

Assalaamu Alaikum,
Thank you for your videos - MarshaAllah - they are so entertaining and definitely say what we're all thinking!!! I'm a revert from the UK and I think you portrayed it so well but it must be difficult for other people to know if they're patronising us or expecting too much - after over a year of being Muslim I find it weird that sometimes people think they need to teach me to do wudu! There is a happy medium surely!!! lol. I think its also important to remember days like Eid can be hard / lonely for reverts so hopefully this will 'remind' everyone to keep an eye out for brothers and sisters in this position this week - inshaAllah.

Keep up the good work!!!
Wasalaam, Ayesha

 
At September 26, 2009 9:27 AM, Blogger RON said...

ALHAMDULLILAH BRO, i am a revert too and i wud like to bring up topic i call "THE TUG OF WAR" wherein,when you go to the masjid,muslims who claim to belong to all different so called "groups/sects" u kno what im sayin.. want to make u follow their intepretation of islam.. i mean, Chill bros! ther are no sects in islam.. its haram to divide the ummah and the only true intepration of the deen is according to how the prophet (saw)and the sahaba (raa)followed it.. its all sorted out in the saheeh hadidh maan...but some bros dont get it...A REMINDER to new reverts,as i did " if you are alone and theres no support realise that you have accepted Allah and his prophet(saw) and Allah is your SUPPORT, maybe Allah wants to test you in this way.. hang on.. for Allah is with the sabiroon.. i hope im right bros>>. your brother from India abdur-rahmaan..Cheers!

 
At October 19, 2009 6:03 PM, Anonymous Dina said...

Wouldn't it be called Muslim reverts not converts because we were all Muslims when we were born?

 
At November 02, 2009 1:18 AM, Blogger Al Sunna said...

Assalam walakum,

This blog is a very nice blog, I have found it very beneficial to know more about Islam. Thanks for sharing the information.

 
At November 09, 2009 5:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalam Alaikum wr wb!

MashaAllah,brother!
May Allah reward u for ur effort!
May Allah bless all!
Salam!

 
At November 17, 2009 12:24 PM, Blogger Elfatih said...

That is what made sense to me most, Allah will test you and test you and test you, because this life is nothing more than a test.
i love that, because it is true.
baba ai may Allah guide you and me to the straight path.

 
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At November 19, 2009 6:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello baba ali ,
I am hisham from egypt.I very glag to watch these video.

And I am preparing for an international Islamic project .
this my Email

hisham_seif@hotmail.com

my MOb

0020101292053

I will be glad to contact you via mail or phone call

Regards
hisham seif

 
At December 10, 2009 8:50 PM, Anonymous Amna said...

As-salam-o-alakum Baba Ali. I love all your videos and have watched each one more than 4 times!!! You have changed my perception and how I lead my life. However, the part where you mention "convert"; I am not sure if this is the right word. Every human is born a "Muslim". Later on in life the human adopts the religion of his or her family. If Allah guides the person and lead them towards Islam, then it is called "Reverting". Because the person was born a Muslim, and accepts Islam later on in life by the will of Allah, then the right word used is "Revert". I hope you read this comment!!! I wish you all the best and may Allah reward you! Jazak Allah!

 
At December 23, 2009 7:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

salam aleykoum

Je suis une convertie et je suis contente que des jeune comme toi ose dire Qu'il ne suffit pas de se dire musulman pour etre l'. HNE se que tu vois se que je veux dire.
LORSQUE je veux faire Comprendre à mon fils de 12 ans; certaine conception de l'islam je te prends Parfois Pour faire passer le message par un jeune, voiture oui Pour Lui a31 ans Vieille sa moman Est.
C'est juste dommage Qu'il N'y une beaucoup Pas de traduction en francais merci de m'aider à en trouver.
Que Dieu te amine récompemse

 
At January 27, 2010 4:03 AM, Anonymous saudi girl said...

assalam alaikom ,
well i think that most people who convert to another religion did their '' home work '' and did enough research to know the basics like for example : have an idea on how to pray !! or know from general knowledge that a curtain thing is halal or haram another example : most people know that muslims cant eat pork / ham, however they have no in depth knowledge because most muslim societies dont make enough effort to teach them and even if they do they'll teach them the basics then they are on their own ( im saudi and things are done like this in my country for newly converted muslims :) )
btw i lovvvveeeeeee uuuuuuuuu
and wish all the best for you
jazak allah 100000 khair ;)

 
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At March 10, 2010 4:53 PM, Blogger ibnuazlan said...

Dead on brother!

 
At April 18, 2010 3:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this video. You're so right! It always angers me when people mix culture and Islam, and call it : Islam. You are very right in saying:

"We just want Islam. That's it. Nothing less, nothing more."

These videos are great Mash'Allah.

Thank you and keep up the great work=)

 
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At August 28, 2010 4:21 AM, Anonymous Farhiya Ali said...

Salams Ali,
I just wanted to say im soooo glad that your doing these videos to inform other muslims and "telling them in case they forgot" your really funny! and i swear i laugh harder the second time i watch them!!... but just wanna say mashallah and keep up the good work hun... =)

 
At October 13, 2010 9:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can not recollect.

 
At November 08, 2011 11:21 PM, Blogger lindsay89 said...

mashallah baba ali,
this is so true i am a muslim convert for 3 month and still finding it really hard learning to pray and cant find a mosque that is availble to women in uk. i ask my muslim friends and they dont guide me and some subjects i no more than them because they have been raised with culture and dont no what im onabout. im so glad i have islam without culture its beutiful. may allah reward u in this life and the hereafter. peace and blessings upon you for addressing all the issues that you do.

 
At February 07, 2012 7:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello i'm a practicing muslim,and im really about to leave this religion.I have some questions that I want answered,here are some of the questions,1.If Islam is so peaceful,why in the middle east there are imam's or scholars who are in mosques teach about violence,and killing?Why are there so many people who are leaving Islam in the middle east,and if they do convert,why do they get slaughtered? There is a verse in the Quran that tells me not to take the jews and Christians as your friends why? Please provide evidence with your response and not just opinions thank you.

 
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