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Friday, February 22, 2008

Ask Baba Ali - "Randomly Checked"

Bismillah ar-Rahmaan ar-Raheem,

Being "randomly" checked at the airport isn't necessarily the most enjoyable experience but its a reality for most middle-easterners.

Last time I returned from the UK, I spent 4hrs answering questions and eventually they asked me to pop in one of my DVDs and I did. Can you guess which video came up? Yep..."Muslim While Flying"

I sat there and told them that no one is going to believe me that airport security is watching my video about airport security! lol

I don't often see airport security laughing very often but on that day I did.

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At February 22, 2008 12:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

first comment . . . i win again

At February 22, 2008 12:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

where;s the new video

At February 22, 2008 12:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, and by the way, great video Ali. I know exactly how you feel in airport security. The Ask Baba Ali series is great so far and I hope it will continue inshAllah. Keep up the good work.


j feezy

At February 22, 2008 12:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok again where's today's video
(click on the image to watch) are u kidding???

At February 22, 2008 1:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any body..
Can u hear me
the video is not working

At February 22, 2008 2:23 PM, Blogger Baba Ali said...

(something is wrong with YouTube...I will try to upload the video again)

At February 22, 2008 2:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

video not working :( damnnn

At February 22, 2008 2:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am I a sado to have wanted to watch this all week?

Not working.


At February 22, 2008 3:34 PM, Blogger Baba Ali said...

its working now

At February 22, 2008 11:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funnnnnnnnny it's working now thanks

At February 23, 2008 12:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The website (ask baba ali) it’s only goes to the page for sending questions, but I can’t access to the main page (page with videos and comments) why don’t you make a link on the same page to go direct to the videos of ask baba ali series . It’s easier than to use another link which is more difficult to memories,

At February 23, 2008 5:36 AM, Blogger ummpumpkinseed said...

For Dee:
Asalaamu Aliakum sweetie and welcome to the ummah (community!).

If you don't wear hijab you have ZERO worries. If you do, you still don't have too many. I also am a convert and as white as they get. Most people don't care much, though you may get some odd looks from passersby. I have found most to be relatively friendly.
I even wear the niqaab (the face piece) and have very little issue. In fact, NONE from security so far, ALHAMDULILAH. Once I had some sisters who were doing security. They looked at mt passport (my ID had expired 2 days before I had to fly) and they didn't even ask to see my face. They just ushered me along.

Insha'Allah it will be easy for you as well.

For Baba Ali:

Asalaamu Alaikum,

Jazak Allah Khair for the video.

Good point: act normal. Funny how far that can get you.

You could have mentioned "props" help you get through security...I fly with my lil one all the time--haha some white lady yelling at her kid, IN ENGLISH, eases people's hearts pretty fast. They must think "ahh, her kid doesn't listen either"...haha. So maybe Dee could bring a child (her own? borrow her niece? haha, kidding of course!)

At February 23, 2008 12:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

luvv the videoo... i no seriously kal randomly gettin checked when i was comin bac to my country we get checked atleast three times and thn we get stopped at least for like 3 hours and guess wat i look around me and im all surrounded by all arab muslims i guess they were randomly bein checked subhan allahh

At February 23, 2008 4:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have noticed that the issue of security at airports are mainly a problem in the Gulf Arab and Maghreb countries. Ya3nee I'm yet to face (or my father who has a long beard and never takes off his thobe) a problem in Western Airports. Hhhmmmmm.

Cool vid btw.

At February 24, 2008 6:27 AM, Blogger Atypical said...

lol your video got watched by airport security that's hilarious, as is all your work, keep it up..

At February 24, 2008 9:28 AM, Blogger UmmLayla said...

Lat time we flew I our entire family got "randomly" selected, except me. My name is still very American... So we had to send all our children through security with my husband and my 6yo son's shoes set off the mass spectrometer (the sniffer thingi) and we were detained for 2 hours. After the fact I found out that fertilizer will set off those sniffers(it can be used to make explosives) so if you might have encountered fertilizer in the day before your flight on your shoes, golf bag, whatever... Wash it off. Because you know you are going to get "randomly" checked;)LOL

At February 25, 2008 6:21 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

What I love is that the 'profile' terrorist is a dark skinned guy with a big beard. However, when the terrorists blow stuff up they shave off their beards and put on suits.

Go figure...

At February 26, 2008 2:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

salams all
i think this video is funny and helps ease muslims while flying letting you know ur not alone out there another job well done barakallah
feek baba ali
From across the globe in Istanbul Turkey

At February 26, 2008 5:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey bro,
youtube.com is blocked in Pakistan, so please do upload your new videos somewhere else as well.

At February 27, 2008 7:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

babaali, i cant send u the askbabaali question through the email thing on your website, where else can i send it through?

At February 27, 2008 10:13 AM, Blogger believer1984 said...

Asalaam !

Your videos are nice to watch.

Please feel free to drop over at my blog sometime.


At February 28, 2008 9:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

very nice, keep going

At March 04, 2008 7:11 PM, Blogger Adventurous Ammena said...

Assalamalikum bro, very relatable video again.. although I think u made an assumption about muslimahs.. u dont need a beard to get stopped, I have heard many people getting stopped, for what?? hijab :) sad but true.. masha'allah that the niqabi has had no troubles, but we have to be prepared.. I agree though that the best thing to do is show a good example, I recently got searched. It was a lady who did the body check because 'my figure could not be seen' which I liked.. showed I was 'doin my job' right hehee.. then she even asked me if i was ok doing it outside or did i want to go somewhere private. I have to remember that not everyone knows and understands, especially after being asked if i could take 'that' (my scarf) off.. Allahu alim :) may we be protected on our journeys around the earth that God has given to us to enjoy and meet new people.

At March 06, 2008 3:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL!!! dewana kadeee!!!

At March 27, 2008 5:23 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Masha'Allah, bro. Keep up the good work and may Allah make your business prosper. Ameen.

Well, I started wearing niqaab and it's been almost a year. Thing is, I plan to go somewhere during summer vacation, insha'Allah. Either back home or Japan lol. I'm a bit apprehensive of being at the airport dressed as I am now (yeah, I'm all in black... with a few funky accessories here and there lol). I wear black 'cause it's a cool colour, for those of you who are wondering. Before my "hijab" used to be a scarf wrapped on my head like a head accessory.

At May 29, 2008 8:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My kids love your videos and quote parts of them often, especially the Haraam police impersonation. After watching this one I had to go back and review the Muslim While Flying one again... it's so funny but true. I recently travelled for work with my manager who didn't believe me at first when I told him that I needed to plan for an extra half hour for the "random search"... but at least he got to check his voice mails while waiting for me!

At August 01, 2008 6:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

salam. good video mashallah

jus one thing though, you made a little mistake in the beginning; the website is actually muslimhands.org not .com

wasalam :)

At August 21, 2008 12:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ur videos r great baba ali..i think u should make more videos...ur r amazing...u have a great talent mashallah...keep it up.

Assalamu Alaikum

At September 12, 2008 3:01 PM, Blogger khan-girl said...

Assalaamualaikum bro.. tis a great vid!

"power to the people!".. you have me in hysterics(sp?), i love the fact that you include humour in your videos.

mashaAllah wiked stuff ;)

At December 10, 2008 9:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At December 14, 2008 7:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is a clown, who had no Islamic degree or Islamic authority, giving out advice as if he has the right to give it like its a Fatwa?
"Ummah FIlms: Where horrible humor and unauthorized Islamic advice come together."

At December 28, 2008 8:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

how do you know mr. baba ali doesn't have an islamic degree..??

i would say 'ask baba ali' :))))

mr. baba ali, do you have an islamic degree??

(btw.. at least he's giving advice that isn't against islam..)


At December 30, 2008 2:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salam aw alaikum wr wb Baba Ali, akhi

I'm always glad to find your videos on the internet. My family pays more attention to the way you put the message out than most others. May Allah' reward you for the good intention you enjoin with your good actions!? Ameen
As for the need for this Islamic Degree, when and how are you the authority as to how and what is done for the sake of Islam? Seek not to be a judge, there is one true judge of all.

At August 06, 2009 1:01 PM, Anonymous Beel said...

this is probably the 20th time Im watching, and it still makes me laugh!

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At April 26, 2010 6:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey i dont knw if youv been to pakistan or not .. but id really like u to give some lectures realted to pakistani issues instead mostly related to living in foreign country issues ... thnk u

At December 14, 2010 2:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

really highlight pak people problems.. those who lives in foreign countries.

At July 10, 2011 4:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ya ya bro wassup bobbo

At September 19, 2011 6:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salam Ali, we are also watching your videos here in France, your work is so nice, Jazakum Allah khair

At October 29, 2012 6:39 AM, Blogger Bruce Brown, MD said...

As a Jewish Man with a Muslim friend who is also my business partner I have to tell you that I think your blogs are spot-on. It sickens me that my partner and her family are considered differently than I am. Keep up the good work.


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