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Monday, March 31, 2008

Bump Baba Ali into Time Magazine

Bismillah ar-Rahmaan ar-Raheem,

Alhamdulillah I have had the opportunity to be interviewed by USA Today, BBC, The Guardian, and the NY Times. Over the weekend, I was interviewed for an article about the Muslim Funnymentalists and today I was informed that if the article gets "bumped" enough times, it will be considered for Time Magazine.

Please click on the following link: http://www.divanee.com/view_article.php?aid=256
and make sure to click on the "Bump it!" link at the bottom of the email.

JazakAllah Khair
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At March 31, 2008 12:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brother just read the article, it's really good! Sums up the whole tour really well! When were you interviewed by BBC? I'd love to know and be able to read it! JZK!

At March 31, 2008 3:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweet.......You are bumped ;)

At March 31, 2008 3:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salam, r u sure it will appear on time mag coz i couldn't find it on site. Just curious! Em... by looks of fings the article has been bumped around 10 times more than any other article ALREADY!! Free publicity for divanee !!!

At March 31, 2008 11:59 PM, Blogger I the Mom said...

Masha Allah beautiful article and good points mentioned... may Allah make you succeed in this mission. Ameen

At April 02, 2008 8:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He ali, you should make a youtube video, asking people to bump, you'll gte many more bumps that way :)

At April 03, 2008 1:01 PM, Blogger tyBlogger said...

It's a good article. I can't wait to see an article with you in it.


P.S: Bumped it.

At April 03, 2008 5:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I have a question for brother Ali.

Sorry coz this question has nothing to do with the post or its contents whatsoever. It just so happens that this is the latest post, so i decided to post my question here. Insha Allah, brother Ali or any other brother or sister can help me out...

I actually caught an episode on the Deen Show, quite a while back, which featured an interview with Baba Ali. Like i said this was a while back...

Anyway, one small part of the interview, brother Ali actually said that he attempted to challenge THE Challenge of the Quran. And insha Allah, we all know what this challenge is referring to...

Say: "If the whole of mankind and Jinns were to gather together to produce the like of this Qur'an, they could not produce the like thereof, even if they backed up each other with help and support."
[Al-Isra' Chapter 17 Verse 88]

Now i've read and researched quite a bit regarding this challenge, the conditions to meeting this challenge, the style of the Quran etc. But like i've said, i've done some homework, but still have yet to satisfy my question.

So brother Ali, just to hear it straight from the horse's mouth, i wanna know what EXACTLY were your steps and actions in attempting to meet this challenge, if you don't mind me asking of course.

I wanna know, insha Allah in detail, what you did through this course of trying to debunk the challenge, trying to disprove the Quran and eventually what stood out and made you realise that your attempts were futile....

So this question is something i hope Baba Ali can answer and in fact if anyone out there wishes to address my question, please feel free to do so insha Allah...

Jazakallah in advance for your help and advice.


At April 03, 2008 6:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Asalaamu Alaikum,

I know that I posted this before but I didn't hear from you, Baba Ali. I will continue to post this message until you answer, insha'Allah, because I feel like it's very important:

I really think it's a good da'wa opportunity to make this movie for nonmuslims and muslims alike. However,I found it really hard to imagine how you would go about making the movie on this topic without either compromising some Islamic values or come off as really awkward.

I guess the main issue is if you make the movie about finding a spouse, are you going to have sisters or girls in it? It's not very Islamic to have Muslim women in the public eye unless absolutely necessary. If you try to get around it by not having girls in it at all, it will just be very noticeable and awkward.

I think it would be much more flexible and easier if you addressed another issue that could also attract nonmuslims to learning more about Islam.

Jazakullahu Khair for all of your efforts! ma asalaama


At April 03, 2008 8:57 PM, Blogger Baba Ali said...

Walaikum Salam,

(answers to the two questions above)

Back in the days, I wrote two books of poetry. I not only had work published but I was was a finalist in a national poetry contest as well. I attempted to write something similar to a surah in the Qu'ran but it was very difficult. Its too hard to explain here in detail on a blog post. Anyways, I'm not sure why it is important what my attempt was. The challenge is to anyone who has doubt so feel free to try yourself if you are doubt.

As far as the 2nd question regarding the movie, I don't plan to have any women in the movie which are not dressed Islamically even if they are non-Muslim women. Actually, I imagine it will be easier working with non-Muslim because the Hijab is required because some sisters will say they won't wear Hijab no matter what. Unfortunately, what they fail to understand that when they have roles in a movie, they don't have the freedom to dictate what they're wardrobe or costume will be. For the non-Muslim actress, the Hijab will be nothing more than a costume so I won't have to deal with the whole "I won't wear Hijab because that's no me" argument.

What I am trying to do with my film is a little different than what most people are you use to. If Allah (swt) wills it, I'll have the team and the resources to make this dream into the reality.

At April 03, 2008 11:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Jazakallah khair bro for ur response...

BTW I'm the one who asked regarding the whole Quran Challenge thing....

Just to clear things up, i guess the main reason i asked the question was because when it comes to da'wah, and if i were to say to a non-muslim, "The Quran challenges you to produce the like of it..."

So he asks "Okay.... How do I know when I have met it or not? How do I know if i DID meet the challenge or not?"

So basically, since you have mentioned that you DID attempt the challenge, I wanted to know what you saw as "meeting the criteria" and how you knew that you failed to do so....

So anyway, yeah..... Thanks anyway bro for your response... Keep up the good work.... May Allah strenghten your resolve in the face of any criticism whatsoever....


At April 05, 2008 3:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome! However, I thought Aman Ali was Pakistani? It says 'Arab American.
I Bumped it!
BTW, are you actually 33? Because somewhere else it said 23.
Salams, and may Allah shower his blessings on you.

At April 08, 2008 1:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great article, tried BUMPING IT twice but it didnt work.....:-(
Thought it would be worth a try!

Anyway just like to say all the best with making the movie! Hope it goes well InshAllah. Remember you have our support 100% and InshAllah Allah's blessing too.
May He reward you for all your hard work InshAllah


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