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Sunday, November 19, 2006

LOST - Yeah, its all gone!

Bismillah ar-Rahmaan ar-Raheem,

They say the best ideas are written on napkins. I use to write my ideas on anything I could get my hands on and eventually I realized that I needed to organize my thoughts if I wanted to put something together. So a few months ago, I started saving all my notes, ideas, suggestions, etc...on a USB device. Actually, it wasn't just any USB drive, but it was the world's smallest flash drie (see above). I figured the small size wouldn't make it a hassle to carry around. Unfortunately, it was too small and I lost it and all the data on it. After searching for it for over a week, in every possible place, I have come to the conclusion that it is gone.

The problem is that all the ideas that I had planned out for Season 2 was on that USB drive. So when it came to making a new episode last week, I had nothing but a blank piece of paper and a bad case writer's block. So after this whole fiasco, I decided to buy a laptop so I can start saving everything on it InshAllah. Also, I figure having a laptop will allow me to go mobile and maybe do an episode when I travel.

This week, I may be attending the MAS Conference in Los Angeles, On December 1st & 2nd, I will be guest speaking at a conference in Tampa. And the following weekend, I will be in San Diego for a screening of the Reminder - Season 1 InshAllah. With the above schedule and given the fact that I am starting over again, it looks like the next episode won't be until after December 9th.

Somethings weren't meant to be. No matter what, I have to say Alhamdulillah. Allah (swt) knows best why things happen. I pray to Him to bring me towards companions and projects that will bring me closer to Him and take me away from companions and projects that will take me away from Him. Maybe it was best to start over and skip the ideas I had on the USB drive.
Allah knows best. Allah Alim.

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At November 19, 2006 6:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalaamu 'Alaikum Wr Wb,
I was beginning to wonder where season 2 is off to, well i guess now i know its all gone - pretty annoying when that happens - i bet you put a lot of time and effort into planning it and all - but agree with the fact that Allah knows best.
It's good to see you haven't been put off by it, Alhamdulillah, keep the videos going. - I guess the delay isn't as long as PS3 lol.
People get your thinking caps on and help this brother plan season 2 all over again. - I'm lost for suggestions lol.
Anyways take care,
Wassalaamu 'Alaikum,
From a sis in Islam

At November 19, 2006 7:22 PM, Blogger Mayameen said...

Salaam alaikum
I was wondering where the new episode was!
But yes, alhamdullilah. Allah (SWT) forever knows what is best for us.
I pray that your trips are safe and productive! And I certainly look forward to the next new episode inshallah.
Wasalaam brother, take care

At November 19, 2006 8:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

salam alaikum ahki,

its ok ahki, just take your time. wa salam alaikum

At November 19, 2006 10:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

did you look in between the creases of the couch? or underneath you computer tower? or maybe even the trash can ? oh hold on .. have you checked the paper-clip box???


At November 19, 2006 10:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alhamdullilah. The great things about good Muslims is that they say Alhamdullilah in any situation, whether good or bad (and those are terms that we ourselves put onto situations eventhough we don't know the big picture.) So, Alhamdullilah...que sera sera.
Keep thinking positive. :)

At November 20, 2006 3:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalamu alaykum

Alhamdullillah, i wasnt meant to be now, so we will show more patience inshaAllah...

(maybe a little girl ate it?)


At November 20, 2006 3:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

salam akhi

mashallah may allah reward u for ur patients and let u find ur little usb thing ameen

dont worry u can come up with ideas inshallah so it may take some time, so inshallah u will find us all to be of the patient

At November 20, 2006 5:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ameen to ur beautiful dua Ali. It is true, in all the steps we take and decisions we make, we must always ask Allah to bring us to that which brings us closer to Him. There is surely a great wisdom behind it all.. if you find it later, the delay was good, if u never find it, then the loss was good.
May He protect u.
A little reminder, for myself first, be sure to make big and sincere intentions before your travels for the various talks and conferences.

At November 20, 2006 5:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jazakhallah Khair
I was thinking Ajeeeeeb where is the next episode however you have lost the USB drive Mashaalah its good you are not put off by the idea and continue to provide us with the service. Mashallah on you PATIENCE!

At November 20, 2006 6:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salamou alaykoum wa rahmatou allahi wa barakatouh,

Ma sha'a allahou kadara fa'al. Inchallah kaheir. i was wondering when are you coming down to tampa for your speech?

At November 20, 2006 7:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalaamu 'Alaikum Wr Wb,
Inshallah you will find it...if i ever lost anything I say Aital Kursi and then Durood Shareef and while saying it I find that thing try this Inshallah it will work...for me it worked everytime....
Wasalaam brother, take care

At November 20, 2006 7:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalamu aleykum warahmatullah wabarakatuh,

Allah, subhannahu wa talla, has a plan for all things.

May what was taken from you be replaced with something better. Ameen.


At November 20, 2006 9:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...



At November 20, 2006 9:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I found myself when I lost everything."

At November 20, 2006 10:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

omg i had 1 of those things once and my 5page essay was on it and i lost it too...i think those things are like meant to be lost or something subhanallah sometimes you find things after you really needed them.Like you might find it after you do season 2 all over again...inshaalah!!!

At November 20, 2006 10:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh you poor man i was really looking forward to your next episodes, inshallah allah will give you more topics to choose from. iv a great topic for you hey wat about mother in laws, doctors and nurses(when you go to them they say nufin is wrong with u if so, why do we go to them in the 1st place)

At November 20, 2006 10:21 AM, Blogger Toure said...

Try making the duaa to fine a thing...inshaAllah it will appear before you know it.. although that is tiny...Oh well, we will help you get back on track

At November 20, 2006 10:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey bro..

This happens all the time. Lost USB (and sometimes it just stops working) or file deletion etc..

But in all cases, Kaddara Allah Wa Masha2a Fa3al!!

Why not use MOZY? They keep autobackup your stuff on their servers giving you free 2GB. They store your files with 448bit encryption format. So it would take over 1000 year for a super computer to try to decrypt your files.

It's not for file sharing btw, pure backup solution.

And, if you subscribe in referal to a member, both you and the member get extra 256MBs...so both of them would be happy.

I am not trying to get more space beleive me since I am already subcribed to the 30GB plan...but I am trying to share a nice and simple solution.

La3alaho khayr as you said...Inshallah the episodes that you will shoot from scratch will be much better and will have a greater impact. Keep it up and we are all waiting for the new episodes patiently.

At November 20, 2006 10:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salam Alaykum bro,

I was lookin' forward to your next episodes..Whaaaaaaaaaa :'(
But yeah! you're right..Allah (swt) knows best!

God bless you..

At November 20, 2006 11:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Asalamu alaykum brother,

take your time! We'll wait patiently inshAllah!

Wa salamu alaikum

At November 20, 2006 11:55 AM, Blogger MissPrincessMe said...

good job brother ali.. now you have ruined it for all of us.. =[ just kidding. its okay bro. inshallah there is a good reason behind it... so the next sepisode should be really really really awesome..

At November 20, 2006 1:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As salaamu alaykum brother...

Dont worrys about it, Inshallaah Allaah will definately have a plan for you.. Masallaah you have all these brothers & sisters to help you think of ideas and thoughts of da'wah.

Just keep up the good work and dont be distracted by worldy matters, It just takes less than 2 seconds for distraction to occur. Inshallaah may He guide you, me and the Muslim Ummah to the straight path till we depart, ameen

You brother in Islam

Shahid (",)

At November 20, 2006 1:30 PM, Blogger AlBaraa said...

Allah (swt) wants you to do it better :-)

At November 20, 2006 3:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


hahaha okay okay, i forgive u. but im still gonna yell at u for loosing it when u come to tampa :-D

u can count on that!

At November 20, 2006 5:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Baba Ali,
You should do one of two things: hurry up and publish/post episode two OR hurry up and publish/post episode two. I mean its not hard to choose.

At November 20, 2006 8:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At November 21, 2006 3:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah bro happens all the time to me I leave things in a safe place... But the thing is is that it is soooo safe that even I cant remember where it is.

N e way after tearing my hair out not being able to find it I remember Allah and I turn to Him. I offer my salat and make dua to Him to help me find it and to make things easy for me. Alhamdulilah I always end up finding it.

At November 21, 2006 6:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


when eva i loose sumtin big or small i always say Ya Haqqo..its one of Allah's Name. Belive me if u say it from ur heart n mean it u'll find it Inshallah...take care

At November 21, 2006 7:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...



At November 21, 2006 11:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalaamu 'Alaikum Muslim brother
I hope inshallah that you find your USB driver and if you not do then I hope that my idea can help you.
Maybe maybe my idea can get you in trouble “I hope not”. But I think its something that is worth to bring out.
Lets get to the point.

Bush has complained about the movie Kingdom of Heaven because its shows muslims as good people.
Like you say “is that a coincidence, I don’t think so”

Good look with the new season, may Allah guide you.

I hope you understand my English, I don’t live in England or usa (BIG ALHAMDULLAH), so my writing is maybe not so easy to understand. But I still understand you videos and love them, every time I se them my imam gets bigger and all the bad thinks goes out from my head Alhamdullah.

At November 21, 2006 11:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalaamu 'Alaikum Muslim brother
I hope inshallah that you find your USB driver and if you not do then I hope that my idea can help you.
Maybe maybe my idea can get you in trouble “I hope not”. But I think its something that is worth to bring out.
Lets get to the point.

Bush has complained about the movie Kingdom of Heaven because its shows muslims as good people.
Like you say “is that a coincidence, I don’t think so”

Good look with the new season, may Allah guide you.

I hope you understand my English, I don’t live in England or usa (BIG ALHAMDULLAH), so my writing is maybe not so easy to understand. But I still understand you videos and love them, every time I se them my imam gets bigger Alhamdullah.

At November 22, 2006 9:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So that's why Episode 2 hasn't aired yet. This is why you should always make a back up! (So says me who doesn't either!! :))

So someone somewhere has all your ideas for Season 2...maybe you should put up a "missing" poster for it.

At November 23, 2006 2:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alhamdulillah for His infinite wisdom in all things. He knows what is best for us when we know not. You'll look back inshaAllah fondly in a few months and realise it happened for the best!!

Ultimately its all a test, things have been going really well for you Alhamdulillah. This is just a minor glitch inshaAllah.

This might be going off on a tangent to some people but I remember the story of Imam Ghazali RA when he was robbed by highwaymen and they took all his books. When Imam Ghazali RA asked for the books back the leader of the robbers laughed at him and said "How can you claim that you obtained their knowledge when we took it away from you and left you devoid of knowl-edge!"

Imam Ghazali RA was not phased by this and realised the wisdom in the robbers words. Thereafter he soon memorised all his works and strived even harder to gain and spread knowledge. May Allah SWT eternally be pleased with him.

This was an eg of someone learning and spreading sacred knowledge. But Brs what you are doing is inspirational and I know inshaAllah that it has touched many muslims lives around the globe, with the Qadr of Allah SWT.

So have faith in Him, which I dont doubt you do and keep on going inshaAllah. May He make this easy for you and grant you success from your efforts.

At November 23, 2006 3:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Allah is the best. ALLAH knows the best.AllaH will give u the best. Even if we the ppl really want to see the season2 of remainder but if Allah thinks its not good for u then be it. If it will take u away from Allah in anyway then i wish that we never see the reminder season 2
May Allah help us and have mercy on us.
Allah Hafiz

At November 23, 2006 9:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalamun 'Alaikum,

I just wanted to say that you are a great inspiration. You're video clips were awesome and taught me a lot. Please keep up the good work! Ummah Films is doing such a great job =) Your story is truly amazing. May Allah reward you for your good works. Thanks for sharing.


At November 24, 2006 12:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this Ramadan at one of the lectures i heard that reading the 9th ayah of Suratul-Imran 7x is helpfullwhen someone looses something.
about a month ago i lost the cap of mz usb and remembered this ayah only after searching for it 2 days. as you can guess, i found it the next morning at work.

i hope inshallah Allah will help you as well, don't give up brother. there could be something good in this of course, but i dont think you should just give up on all the work you did so far for the 2nd season. i hope inshaallah you find the usb.


At November 24, 2006 12:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi.. my names bob

At November 25, 2006 6:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salamu Alaikum

When you're in San Diego, will you be visiting any of the masajids there or community centers? Abu Bakr? Ar-Ribat? MCC?

At November 25, 2006 6:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW the MAS conference in Los Angeles was gnarly. My favorite speakers were Br. Munir Qtaish and Sis. Muslema who happens to be from San Diego :D.

At December 02, 2006 10:55 PM, Blogger Squeeky said...

Assalaamu Alaikum :)

Aww, how unfortunate but I agree with you, maybe it was meant to be this way. Good luck with the new ideas, insha'Allah

At December 03, 2006 10:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went online on the friday after ''THAT's noT HIJAB'' to see the next blog,when it wasnt there,i was like "yah know,hes a busy guy,its okay,next week inshallah",next friday comes along(belive me i look forward to ur blog everyweek)..still not there..."well he is coming to MAS i will se him there inshallah,and besides hes BUSY",i thought to myslef...
alhamdulillah theres an explination.Thank you for all that u have done,an cant wait for the next BLOG!

At March 20, 2008 10:22 PM, Blogger lukin4intellect said...


such amazing work subhanAllah, keep it coming.

So do you let people submit/recommend scripts? I have this idea. The thing non-muslims see us do the most, is pray in public! so why not do one called "What are the muslims up to" and talk about salat, and what to do if you run into someone praying, and how NOT to be scared of it!


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