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Friday, November 07, 2008

New Video: Ummah Films Season 3 Begins

Bismillah ar-Rahmaan ar-Raheem,

Season 3 of the Reminder Series has begun. This first video was made for a large group of Muslim School Teachers in Chicago.
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At November 07, 2008 12:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salaaaaam Ali,
great to see you back in ur great videos! May Allah bless you and reward you for all your efforts and hard work. This video was really useful and inshAllah I hope it will help everyone...
jazek Allah khair! :D

At November 07, 2008 12:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

salamu aleikum wr wb
this was great!!! masha Allah! barakAllahu fik, ya akhy!

At November 07, 2008 12:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Al Salam Alykum,
Well done brother and WELCOME BACK!!!
I'm so glad you decided to do another season:) and as usual it's informative and nicely put together.
I have a brother that's 11 years old, we put him in an Islamic summer school last summer and he didn't like it for the same reasons you mentioned. I think it's mainly because kids start comparing public schools to islamic schools and they probably find that in a public school they are more free to do what they wish without being pressured. So I think it's a good idea to put kids in Islamic schools from grade 1. That way they grow up in an islamic environment without having to compare with any other type of school. But i must admit we need teachers that are more patient and aware of what's going on so they can understand how to deal with kids nowadays. Teachers out there please be more kind and patient with kids DON'T MAKE THEM HATE ISLAMIC SCHOOLS!! InshAllah all muslim kids will grow up to be good muslims to do good for this world and the hereafter.

Jazaka Allah 7ere and keep up all the good effort!
your sister in Islam

At November 07, 2008 1:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

season 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!! barack won
i no this is corny, but....
muBARAK OMBAMA woonnnn!!!!!! lol :D
were from cleveland all muslims here watch ummah films, its like addicting
we were looking for your stall at isna in columbus, but you and ur stand werent there
but the good thing is that all the ppl i asked gave me free stuff! :)

At November 07, 2008 1:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i go to islamic school it is sometimes very boring b/c the teacher has an accent and i cant understand what theyre saying
he talks really fast too, u may no him, his name is brother abdul wajid(he is a hafiz) he also teaches us to read the quran properly and he has even helped in isna also he makes us read packets the whole time in class...ugh plz if u no him, remind him to be CREATIVE.....

At November 07, 2008 2:46 PM, Blogger aneebaba said...

Salaaam Br. Ali!! I've been waiting so long - it's as if a big piece of my life has been returned to me, lol.Mr. Haram Police is back! - I love that guy! . . ."I'm a teacher, so I can make up words" lol. This was a very important topic and a good choice for the start of Season 3. I also used to leave Islamic school before the time was up on occasion, though this was only on Sunday and it wasn't negative by any means, but I got further instruction at home, so not all was lost. Now, in my city, we are blessed with a school that is ranked right up there each year by a local publication along with the other public/private schools and I have the pleasure of having a connection with them though a fundraising project (long story). Just for information, please check out their website provided below. Once again, so glad to have you back.
-Brother Anees

Muslim Educational Trust located in Portland, Oregon.

At November 07, 2008 4:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Mashallah great video - its inspiring as I hope to go into Primary Teaching soon Inshallah, so needed some of that advice...
Keep the videos coming inshallah
[Just one thing, I think there may have been a typo, that is if you were trying to say 'intimidating and morbid']


At November 07, 2008 11:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

been waiting for season 3..

well done!

At November 08, 2008 7:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salaam Ahlykoem,

Great video and message.
I'm a teacher in the first grade but I don't teach islam. We don't have islamic schools in belgium, but the kids do get islamic lessons if they want to. I can't work with my hijab and the kids have to put out there hijab as soon as they walk into the school. I wish that in the future there will be islamic schools in belgium Inshallah

At November 08, 2008 8:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salaam Ahlykoem,

Great video and message.
I'm a teacher in the first grade but I don't teach islam. We don't have islamic schools in belgium, but the kids do get islamic lessons if they want to. I can't work with my hijab and the kids have to put out their hijab as soon as they walk into the school. I wish that in the future there will be islamic schools in belgium Inshallah

At November 08, 2008 11:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

xcellent one ..... gud 2 c u after soo long

At November 08, 2008 12:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A`question, is it hard for teachers to get jobs nowdays? since the students aren't increasing too much, and the teachers are. I heard it is pretty competitive to get jobs. Is it true? I am thinking about going into teaching, but not sure due to this reason.

At November 08, 2008 1:14 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

as-salaamu alaykum,

Good video.

I just want to point something out that is sometimes lost in today's world, particularly in the US and the West. That is that we think that we need to reinvent teaching Islaam because today's society is different or whatnot.

Let me remind everyone that at the time of our Prophet, the people were much worse than they are in the US of today. And he nor the companions needed computers or video's to teach the people Islaam.

I agree that teachers need to be inventive, and make learning fun, but do not think for one moment that the times we are living in are more difficult than the times of our Prophet (which seems to be an underlining idea amongst many people).

People think that Scholars can not relate to them, or that they aren't living in the 'real world'. This is a totally misnomer because, like I said, they know all about the Prophet and his times, and how he taught people about Islaam. And the condition of the people of that time was worse than now, so if we apply how they taught Islaam back then to the people now, it will correct and educate the people of today.

That is the problem though, meaning that people don't follow the footsteps of our prophet, peace be upon him.

At November 08, 2008 5:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i just wanted to say that i love all ur videos but this one not to much i went to public school and if werent for the muslims who were may classmates when i was younger i wouldnt have come to islam{and of couse b/c of Allah 2} so i do believe some good comes from it i am a mother of two now and they will not be going to islamic school, i dont know about every1 else's state but in my state of ny and where i live in bay ridge brooklyn the islamic schools are soo very bad i have seen the girls take off hijab and go to the train staion to make out with their boyfriends and they tease non arab muslims in those schools! the teachers hit their students when they do not say the Arabic words correct and yes i have seen this 1st hand! i believe bad is every where and thats a test from Allah,2 c who really loves him n does not 4get him but to put my children through that on purpose will destroy the good that Islam is. islam starts in the home and then bring in a private teacher to keep the Islamic teachings in their heart if u have 2 .also going to public school will test their faith which is a very good thing. i want my children to embrace Islam with all their heart and truly love their GOD not just accept it because they were born into Islam. {i am srry my comment is 2 long but i felt i needed to say this} thank you and GOD bless every1

At November 09, 2008 5:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salam alaykom, and welcome Back Br. Baba Ali. Good to see you back with your videos again! Can't wait to see the rest. I know this video was made for teachers in Chicago..... but Ali.... Public Schools aren't that bad, I went to a public school my whole life, and alhamduellah I came out good. I even practice Islam better than most kids who went to private Islamic school in the area. It all depends on the way your parents raise you. If the household doesn't have Islam in it, than the children will be less likely to Practice Islam.

At November 10, 2008 3:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mashaallah...great video as always...keep up your good work..its right to the point..MAy Allah bless you and your family..Ameeen

At November 10, 2008 7:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As Salaamu Alaikum,

May Allah continue to reward you for your efforts in reminding us all..ameen

Masha Allah, my boys love your "reminders".

At November 11, 2008 3:13 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Asalamu ailikum brother for starting the new season. I was anxiously waiting for new videos. InsaAllah this new season will be awesome and helpful to all. Allah Hafez

At November 11, 2008 1:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree with the ppl who were saying that islamic school is boring, sometimes the teachers DO make you read packets all the time, but even so, at least you are learning about islam.

At November 12, 2008 5:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

salaam bro
great video as expected, mashallah!
made me thank Allah for the great islamic school experience i had here in the UK, and my younger siblings are enjoying now alhamdulillah

At November 12, 2008 12:32 PM, Blogger g.k said...

like your new seoson ali.
please keep it going
by the way when are u going to make the next episode?

At November 12, 2008 9:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

mashallah, very nice video

the SAME EXACT thing is going on where I live. Mashallah the masjif has a great plan and everything, their people are really messed up though, but it isnt my right to judge them, but its been chaos for 20 years.

At November 14, 2008 3:06 PM, Blogger Bhavna said...

I didn't know there were Islamic schools in this country.. so when you say private school do you mean the regular private schools that you have to pay tons of money for or a separate kind of school that teaches Islam? What if you don't have that kind of money (tens of thousands a year, I went to a private boarding school), what should you do then? p.s: I don't find the values of private schools to be any better than public- kids are even more rebellious!

At November 15, 2008 8:34 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

As salam walaikum brother.
Masha'Allah! A wonderful video with a great message! What you say about public schools is true. It's pretty hard to be that ONE different person, trying to keep your focus on Islam when you're surrounded by so many misguided people. Alhamdulillah I still attended halaqas and other Islamic programs when I was in school, but it doesn't mean that it wasn't difficult. Insha'Allah this video will reach many people who decide to make a change. May Allah bless you for your efforts. Jazak'Allah Khairan.

Also, once again, it was FUNNY! I love these videos! :)

At November 16, 2008 10:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is this week's video,,

At November 18, 2008 8:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As-salaamu 'alaykum, bro. Welcome back.

You forgot to mention that in some families, the financial situation is also a big issue of why the parents do not put their kids in Islamic schools.

I don't know about USA, but here in Canada, even though the Islamic schools are recognized by the Ministry of Education, they are not funded by the government like the public schools are, and so, they have to pay for everything on their own... which comes down to the cost of putting the kids in Islamics schools incredibly high. The cheapest per child is about $270 per month, Allahu alam.

Insha'Allah we can solve that issue so it will be easier to put the kids of our ummah in Islamic schools so that they can benefit properly of Islam and become good muslims insha'Allah.

Jazhak Allah khair katheeran for all your work.

At November 25, 2008 12:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


i just watched almost all of your videos already and i must say that masha-Allah you did a great job! i love your videos. it's rly good that you have a useful message in all of your vids with humor as well (in most videos i had to cover my mouth from laughing out loud. people might think i might be goin crazy or smthing. whtver. lol) i'll seriously spread your videos to the muslim people that i know and care about. in my opinion, i think that your videos attract a lot people because you can easily relate to them n they're not too long, have an element of humor, have a direct but at the same time indirect message.. i'll be looking foward to your new vids soon!

May Allah SWT bless you and all the muslims and show us the right path..

Jazak Allah Khair~

At November 29, 2008 9:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

assalaam alaikum!
I'm a Muslimah who (K-5, Visual Art--"haram police"!!haha) teaches next door to another Muslimah music teacher (yepyep-break out the haram police again!!). We teach in an inner-inner-inner city school in Memphis. I introduced her to your videos and we are totally into it! So funny! We face a lot of difficulties and challenges with our students, but inshaAllah, we are doing the best we can with our situation. Fact is, public schools have been run the same way since the turn of the century--not last century but 1800/1900 turn! Kids don't relate and bring a lot of their "business" to school....all coming from their home situations, if you are dealing with the little ones like we are. I have a small group of Muslim students (Memphis is in the heart of the Bible Belt ya know!) and they like seeing the funky art teacher wearing hijab and trying to make learning relevant for them....I do admit to trying to "shield" my lil brothers and sisters from a lot of things/subjects/actions of others. I even do a little walk-through and "Salaam" all of them in the morning. I know it is tough because the other kids are all "why ya'll be wearin that thing on your head".
And my students are super-confused because I converted and started wearing hijab---record scratch--"what you doin' Ms. Springfield?" But it gave me a chance to sit down with the other kids and explain why WE might dress different or act differently.....and why they shouldn't knock for art supplies during Dhorr prayertime in the art room.
Anyway, I am moving to DC to be with my new husband inshaAllah, and with the 10 years of teaching inner-city dirty-south experience, relating it to what I figure will be a more diverse crowd up north...probably in a public school (just because I kinda feel a calling there and have so much experience).
I am almost finished w/ my dissertation on urban school superintendents and these giant monolithic "school systems" really, really, really need help in sooooo many ways...Eventually I want to try to get in somewhere at the top so we can fix these cookie-cutter, diploma-mills that are churning out students every year that have some information out of dated textbook with no idea how to make it relevant to their values and how they plan to live their lives.......somebody's got to change it.
Anyway, I could go on and on about the problems of the public schools, but as I see you already know that there are good individual teachers out there working in "the trenches" trying to instill values and teaching like we are their parents (sadly true in a lot of cases).
It's good to see you doing something on schools.
Keep up the great work so we can have something to make us smile on those downer days teaching in the public school!
Sister "Ms. Springfield"
Memphis, TN

At January 01, 2009 12:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

assalamualaikum ali
it's been a while
thanks bro it's awesome
we muslims in malaysia have the exact same problem too
i hope all muslims in malaysia can watch this video

At January 29, 2009 2:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed this video. I want to also say that I attended an Islamic School weekday private school and I loved it. i wish there was an Islamic High school to go to.

At March 01, 2009 6:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Love the guy who can't smile.

Wow, masha Allah, I didn't know you were a teacher before!

GREAT video. <3

At July 31, 2009 5:12 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

salaam . I'm a teacher at an islamic school in my first year of teaching... thank you for reminding me just incase i forgot :)

At August 09, 2009 5:37 AM, Anonymous Mubina said...

that was really good.thank you so much! May Allah bless you and reward you for your amazing videos!Jazakallah khair.

At September 21, 2009 7:51 AM, Blogger "RENTAP" said...

salam baba ali..how are you??hope you fine..nice video and keep on your dakwah..Yes you are true,islam is not for arab only but for all...im aziz from Malaysia and i not arab or american but other..peace..allah is almighty..

At October 03, 2009 8:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

as salmu alkium
i am glad that i am watching your umah films because it is intresting and some of your viedos are funni i have watched all your viedos and i cant wait to see more new ones inshallah. so alhumdulliah i would like to see more of your viedos and may allah bless you for doing this mashallah..
jazek allah khair! Hala

At November 02, 2009 9:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

salam alaikom, just a comment, its sad to say I went to a private school in the "east" and its pretty much what you described as a public school in the US...
I was basically the odd one out amongst the muslim & nonmuslim students (meaning didnt drink party etc etc)
Great job with the videos!

At November 11, 2009 6:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ассаламу алейкум! Супер видео!

At November 11, 2009 7:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

assalamu aleikum! thnks г for this nice video! its important massedge for every muslim/ so sad many russian muslims cant undertand you/ it'll be great to translate your videos!
so! i hope my weekend lessons it\s not boring =) because i realy tru to do this things you talking about!
as a teatcher i want to help our yong muslims to be themselfs in this city ( i'm from ST. Petersburg) its realy difficult! because their parents lived in UCCR. there is was no religion. and every men and woman who belived was enemy. and they still afraid....BUT!!! its wrong! their childrens living in crazy world of hi technologi. internet/ thei want to try everything and its NOT HARAM! and they ask old muslims about it.....so....they don't have an answer....and the say usualy....its HARAM....just in case=)
and parents of my students judge me....you now why? because i'm 22 ! so! it sooooo sad....

At November 14, 2009 1:10 PM, Anonymous Alaa Mohammad said...

hi ali, nice video, you know I'm a teacher not in america but in a public school at the arab world, ironically what you talked about also happens at our schools too..
gloomy schools, complicated school system, heavy courses, no fun at all. why is that I wonder?
and exactly like you said no one is smilling,its a universal issue I gess, may be teachers believe if they go easy and smile they will lose their prestige??

At November 20, 2009 3:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salaam Ali!
This is a brilliant video, on a great topic. Hope this video helps Islamic schools across the country, inshallah!
Jazak Allah for all your effort!


At December 22, 2009 10:11 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

jazek Allah khair!

At January 21, 2010 10:21 AM, Anonymous MoIX h@$!b said...

Salam alaykum Baba Ali,
this is my first comment, though i've been a fan of your series for very long. i like the fact that you took up this topic cuz in my opinion it needs a lot of attention. a high schooler myself, i know the types of tensions studets go through, and their adverse effects. in fact, now even students in Pakistan, where i live, have started to mimic western lifestyles. Insha Allah your hard work will make others see the light.

At January 27, 2010 2:36 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Asslamo Alaikum,
great to see you back in ur great videos! May Allah bless you and reward you for all your efforts and hard work. This video was really useful and inshAllah I hope it will help everyone...
jazek Allah khair!

At March 31, 2010 2:45 AM, Blogger ida_zy said...

salam baba ali

thanks for making my day
i'm also a teacher, and lately i feel so frustrated with the students
and i feel like blaming everyone else but me
thanks for this reminder

At July 07, 2010 7:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks man
im mohammed from kuwait

At July 27, 2010 12:18 PM, Blogger shariq said...

Hi ,
my name is Shariq Ahmad and i am from INDIA ..i hope you have heard about moslems in India. we really need people like you.Please come to india and aware non-moslem here about the truth of islam. Please visit India . i loved your videos and i pray to Allah you be safe and sound in health always. Ameen.

At September 19, 2010 2:54 PM, Blogger Fætter Vims said...

Being an ardent infidel - but at the same time a teacher, I can relate to this. Shokran

At April 23, 2011 3:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salam Ali, I find your videos very inspiring, keep up the Awesome work, Inshallah may god bless you with happiness in this world and the here after. Khudafiz


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