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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Baba Ali has returned to Ummah Films Blog

Bismillah ar-Rahmaan ar-Raheem,

I actually miss blogging. I have posted here and there but nothing consistent and that's totally my fault. My intention is to post more frequently InshAllah. I get a lot of frequently asked questions so I'll try to answer them below:

Are you going to make another season of the videos?
I'm not sure yet. So far, each thing that I have committed to, I have done Alhamdulillah. I don't want to commit and not come through. Currently, my plate has been full with so many things.

I heard you've been doing Standup Comedy. Are you a comedian now?
It is true I've been performing standup but I don't see myself as a comedian. A while ago, I was given an indirect message that you'll need to make up stuff (lie) to make people laugh. I didn't want to do that especially after reading these Hadiths:

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) narrated that when they said, “Messenger of Allah, do you make jokes with us!” He (p.b.u.h.) replied, ‘I say nothing but the truth.’” (Tirmidhi 4885)

Mu'awiyah Ibn Jaydah al-Qushayri (May Allah be pleased with him) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (p.b.u.h.) said, “Woe to him who tells things, speaking falsely, to make people laugh thereby. Woe to him! Woe to him!” (Abu Dawud 4972)

So I decided not to go that route and even in one of my videos I specifically mentioned I was "not a comedian" (assuming that the only way to do comedy was to lie). Some time passed, and I learned that there were plenty of funny things that happen to me so I gave standup another chance. I wasn't sure if it was going to work with have the limitations of speaking the truth so I started performing at events. I have traveled around the world doing standup and the feedback has been really positive. Alhamdulillah.

Where have you been traveling?
Wow, I've been all over the place. Just in the last few months, I have been performing standup in Detroit, Toledo, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Vancouver, Regina, New York, Boston, Hartford and the list goes on. In about two weeks, I'll be in Jamaica (NY), Dallas (TX), San Jose (CA), and Los Angeles (CA) performing at the Evening of Inspiration tour. Next month, I may be coming back to Houston, Orlando, and New York again InshAllah. I definitely need to put up a schedule but sometimes I get confused on where I'm going next.

Where can I purchase your Mecca to Medina board game?
We sold out of games a long time ago. All 2500 games are gone! Alhamdulillah

Where can I get an Ummah Films T-Shirt from?
I keep getting asked about the Ummah Films shirts so I'm thinking of getting them printed up again and bringing them to events InshAllah. I guess it is one of those things that you can only if you see me in person.

What is the status of your movie?
So far, about 35 pages of the script has been written. I hope in the about a month, we'll have the 1st draft of the script complete. I have hired a Muslim screenwriter to help me get my crazy ideas from my head onto paper. Now that I'm back to the blog, I'll try to keep everyone posted.

So what's next?
Well...that's a good question. I'm not sure. In my videos, I don't just talk about the problem but I try to give a solution as well. So now I'm trying to look for some solutions to make things better InshAllah. For example, one of the big issues in our society is the challenges of young Muslims getting married. Being that most of the Muslim Marriages fall short, I've been thinking of starting my own Muslim Matchmaking website and making it different than the current trend of sites. Well, that's just one of my crazy ideas, now I just need to get that and my other ideas out of my head and into reality.
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Looking to get married?
Visit Baba Ali's Muslim Marriage site halfourdeen.com


At July 10, 2008 2:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salaams, great to see you back online! Can't wait to hear more about the feature!

Would it maybe be possible to get more of the board games manufactured? Then you could have some sort of ad contest where people can win free copies of the game and you get inexpensive promos

I was at your show in Vancouver, it was unfortunate that they couldn't get your video working though :\

Looking forward to more soon!

At July 10, 2008 11:21 PM, Blogger aneebaba said...

Salam Baba Ali!! We missed you! :-). I was just thinking to myself the other day, how its so odd that there is no new videos to watch or just something new from you in general - you spoiled us.hehe. All in all though, it was great to hear from you and get an update. Wising you success regarding the feature film and hope this finds you, your better half & the UF team in the best of health, happiness and Taqwa.Take care Bro.-Anees bhaya :)

At July 11, 2008 5:46 AM, Blogger Atif.M.Khan said...

Salaam Brother Ali,

I started watching your Ummahfilms videos over a month back and they were just the right videos at the right time discussing the right problems and giving the right solutions!

I have fwd'd ur video-links to almost everyone I know for Dawa'at and all I get is mashallah people coming back and realising with positive comments. Mashallah it is reaching millions of people changing millions of lives!

Waiting for Season 3... its ok even if you come up with a video a month instead of a week. Im also working on a couple of angles with a friend of mine to come up with a idea to do Dawa'at over youtube...Mashallah ur a inspiration.

At July 11, 2008 6:41 AM, Blogger Sakina bint Erik said...

I actually like your crazy idea about an alternative Muslim matchmaking site. While I am happily married, I think it would be great to have follow-up when Muslims meet online. For example:
1) Muslim guy meets Muslim girl
2)Contact is made between families
3) Marriage takes place
4) Married couple stays on the site to get tips and advice throughout their marriage

Because marriage in Islam is a community event, why not turn the online experience into a community thing too?

Keep up the great work, may Allah open all His doors of goodness for you and those that help you...

At July 11, 2008 8:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come to St. Louis MO so that my family and I can attend your show.

Insh'Allah, one day.

At July 11, 2008 9:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Asalamu Alaikum brother, welcome back =P this place has been dead without you, really :|. Alhamdulillah I was happy to hear that the movie is still under progression and that after some time you will have completed your first movie. Very impressive masha'Allah.
We are all looking forward to your next addition =P take care brother, best wishes, and Asalamu alaikum warahmatullah.

At July 12, 2008 1:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

brother its really gud 2 hear 4m u after such a looonnnng time. Glad 2 hear all is well alhumdulilah and i pray that watever happens in da furture is 4 da best inshAllah.

looking foward 4m hearing more 4m u inshAllah. also it would be really gud if u cud post the dates, time and venue of ur events.


At July 12, 2008 10:43 PM, Blogger ROMVLVS said...

Ali, I have real doubts about your stand-up ambitions. I clicked on your link to "The Muslim Funnymentalists" and then to the link to the chicago comic and then to his "friends" links and, brother, I found myself deep in satan's sewer. YOU, my brother, are now three clicks away from hell. I am not only concerned for you, and your family, but for your millions of sweet, young, impressionable fans. You are getting dangerously close to satan. Making it "big time" is tempting is it not? At some level though, and you are nearing it, entertainment becomes evil and not what Islam, or any reliogion, is about. I know you are commited to "keeping it clean" but if you run with pigs, you will smell like one. Think long and hard my brother.

At July 30, 2008 3:00 PM, Blogger tyBlogger said...

Assalamu Alaikum,

I can't wait to see more from you, I agree with the comment from "khan". I would not mind a video a month instead of a week. Inshallah you will continue doing this. But try to remember who it is for, yourself or Allah :-)



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