Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Converts in Islam...and more.
If you haven't heard of The Muslim Funnymentalists, their name suggests a pun; not to mistake them for Islamic fundamentalists.
The three comedians/public speakers come from different backgrounds - one journalist, a comedian, and a science-guy, are aimed at changing Muslim misconceptions.
Among the group is Baba Ali, who became famous through his YouTube videos, who tackled sticky topics in Islam. With more than 100,000 hits per video, he has reached out to Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
Later Ummah Films, a Muslim film company spreading halal entertainment, hired Ali.
Ummahfilms.com has a disclaimer, condemning terrorism.
"We are not affiliated with any particular movement, sect, group, etc. We absolutely condemn in the strongest terms terrorism and any extremism done in the name of Islam and we refuse to associate ourselves with those who practice and condone such behavior and thoughts."
Ali has been featured by New York and Los Angelos Times because of his online presence.
He converted to Islam before 9/11, he said in his video titled "Why Islam" featured by Ummah Films and YouTube.
"I'm glad I met Islam before Muslims," Ali said. There's "a lot of confused people with a lot of confusion."
Think about it, he said.
Narrated by Ali:
"[Muslim's believe in] One God, Prophets, they Worship our Creator, pray at a minimum of five times a day, fast 30 days in Ramadan, give 2.5% zakat, and if required, perform hajj," Ali said.
Islam requires us to obey our parents - unless they order us to do something impermissible, honor and respect women, treat neighbors kindly, help poor, widows and orphans.
"Not even Muslims have a ticket to paradise. They will be judged on their actions," Ali said.
The video closed with this ayah from the Quran,[4:136] O ye who believe! Believe in Allah and His Messenger, and the scripture which He hath sent to His Messenger and the scripture which He sent to those before (him). Any who denieth Allah, His angels, His Books, His Messenger., and the Day of Judgment, hath gone far, far astray.
Besides this newly-launched comedian, there are other familiar faces in Islam. Some are rappers Busta Rhymes, Ice Cube, Akon, and Napolean; singers Dawud Wharnsby and Yusuf Islam; and Imams Hamza Yusuf and Zaid Shakir.
Who would've knew, some are featured in the video below.
I love the Articles of Faith nasheed played in the background of the clip. Nasheeds are Islamic songs.
If you have the chance, I'd recommend doing research on Yusuf Islam, Imam Hamza Yusuf, and Muslim scientist Harun Yahya.
They have a story to tell - about Islam.
Girls, research Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood, a United Kingdom, an author of over 30 Islamic books. Or, shoot an email to Dr. Jamillah Karim, Assistant Professor at Spellman College to learn about her journey as an African American woman growing up in Islam.
Dr. Karim - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSlt39-uvzk
Posted by Softly Spoken at 5:34 PM