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October 27, 2006
On This Day, the first InnerLight production

by Talal Sarwani

We harken back to Ramadan of 1425, the year being of the Hijri calendar. The second year of an annual event was to take place, with an intention to please Allaah subhanahu wa ta'ala. This intention led a group of students to push themselves to pulling off something the campus had never seen. A true experience, leading the attendees from a cocktail setting to one of a beneficial lecture and dinner.

For that event, a bunch of us decided to do something to add a little cherry on top. To all the nonMuslims who fasted on that day, to all who went hungry so others wouldn't have to, we decided to say "Thank you".

On this Day was the first InnerLight production. It was the test which lead to the Scrubs Trailer, the Scrubs of ISRU short film, and most recently the ISRU Commercial. The making of these motion pictures lead to the strengthening of many bonds, and the sharing of many fond memories. These brothers came together in extreme conditions, and on tough deadlines, but they always came through alhamdulillaah. I love these brothers fee sabeelillaah. Of that, I have no doubt.

As to this specific video, it too holds a special place with me. Not only in that it is the first realization of my desire to make films, but because it was part of an opportunity to work with an incredible group of muslims at Rutgers University. That night came off beautifully, mashaAllaah walhamdulillaah, and I pray that Allaah subhanahu wa ta'ala always provides that dear community with the wisdom and strength to excel at its desire to please Allaah ta'ala. Ameen.

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saima said

Masha Allah, great work!

While we're on the subjects of videos -- try out the links below. Only 5 minutes (and maybe it's just me, but I thought it was beautiful beyond words -- then again, I get teary eyed easily):


The one below has the translation, although the font and the color make it hard to read somewhat. I'll try to find the entire translation.

Again, magnificent idea and great work with the video, Masha Allah.

on October 28, 2006 11:35 AM
Justoju said

Definitely one of the best Inner Light videos I have had the pleasure to see.

And Saima, word on the teary-eyed thing...

on October 29, 2006 11:32 AM
Mohammed Irfan Shariff said


Oh the memories akhi,

dont worry i'll have the script soon enough... insha Allah the casting call will be exciting......

oh the anziety is killing me bruv

and by the way.........Broadway Hollywood, Cannes.. watch out!

on October 29, 2006 12:25 PM
abupepper said

Salaam Sister Saima:

Eid Mubarak...and jazakum Allah Khairan for the video links...especially the one on YouTube was a nice nice video....Alhamdulillah.


on October 29, 2006 2:45 PM
abupepper said


Its always nice to see all the brothers at ISRU...especially Br. Gillette, and his awesome beard!...Masha'Allah.


on October 29, 2006 2:55 PM
Ibtisam said

THank God,
Hidaya is back, I was about to have a heart attack.
I mean where else can I drive the sisters mad. I feel like home online again.

phew what a relief, so now all the articles I was gonna say I was gonna write, Ima gonna write, in sha a Allaah.

on November 16, 2006 7:42 AM
Ibtisam said

Need help from computer experts,

why is all of a sudden, the sound not working on my computer.It is my computer's problem.
I do remember in a frenzy closing programs in the Task manager, because I thought that would speed up my computer, however, it got rid of the volume altogether.

I dont know what I should do? Go to control panel, find a sound card(is there such thing)?



on November 16, 2006 7:52 AM
abupepper said

Salaam Ukhti Ibtisaam:

Disclaimer...I am no computer expert...so if you follow anything I suggest, you do it at your own risk...

To check for sound issues on a Windows based computer, please follow the steps as mentioned:

step-1: Shut off your computer (laptop/Desktop). Just press the Power switch long enough till the screen goes blank.

step-2: Now, wait 10 seconds...then press the power switch again to turn ON the computer...Computer will start and depending on the version of Windows operating system you will see the windows logo displayed on the screen...

Step-3: When the computer prompts for you to log-on to your account (this is on Windows NT, 2000, Millenium, XP versions) then please do so...

Step-4: If you have successfully logged on and you do hear any windows "welcome chime" or sound then that means 2 things:
a- your sound card or hardware is functioning, and the speakers are working/plugged in as well...you are Done.


step-5: If you do not hear any sound after you log-on to your account, then we have to isolate the issue if it is hardware or software related.

step-6: From yoru Desktop Click on START -> SETTINGS -> CONTROL PANEL -> when the Control Panel window Opens -> DOUBLE-click on SOUNDS and AUDIO Devices -> A new window will open -> Now make sure that under the VOLUME-tab/page the MUTE box is Unchecked -> Next Select SOUNDS-tab/page, and you will find a window named "Program Events" -> Now scroll down the bar on that window till you find "Start Windows" (there should be a "speaker" icon next to it - you can also select any choice which has a "speaker" icon next to it -> After selecting "Start Windows" choice, you will see a small "PLAY (icon)" button next to the "Browse" button -> press the "PLAY (icon)" button and hear the sound file that usually plays after you log-on to your account -> If there was sound playing from your speaker then you are set to go. -> If you dont hear any sound (after selecting/playing other choices in the window as well, which has the Speaker icon-next to them), then your hardware may have some configuration issues.

Step-7: Now select "AUDIO" tab/page on the same window -> Under the "Sound Playback" heading make a note of the device-name under "default-device" - this device is your default sound card/controller as configured/seen by Windows -> Now select "HARDWARE" tab/page on the top and you will see a list of Devices -> Select from the list the name of the deafult device that you saw in the AUDIO tab/page -> If you select the device and then press the "PROPERTIES" button underneath it, then another window will pop-up -> This window will show the Device-Status and mention if the Device is working properly or Not -> Also, make sure that at the bottom of this page there is a selection where "Use this device (enable)" is Selected. -> If the status windows says that your device is not working properly, then Press the TROUBLESHOOT button...and follow further instructions for troubleshooting....

I hope this was helpful, insha'Allah....

If you couldn't still get your computer to squeek..after all this...then just have someone else look at it.


on November 17, 2006 9:48 PM
Ibtisam said

Assalaamu ALaikum,
it worked, jazaa kullaahu khair.

you have to go to Sound devices and make sure the sound devices are enabled
and if you open up windows explorer, it automatically doesnt play anything unless your device is functioning or playing.
so then you can go to Help
and the computer can help if you follow directions.


on November 17, 2006 11:46 PM
abupepper said

Salaam Ukhti Ibtisaam:

Alhamdulillah, I am glad you were able to troubleshoot the problem yourself...

Now you can add to your resume that not only are you becoming a doctor, but you are also becoming a very capable computer troubleshooter.


on November 18, 2006 1:25 PM
Ibtisam said

who said anything about becoming a doctor?
but jazakullaahu khair, I do have to build my resume.

on November 29, 2006 2:29 AM
Saleha said

Who's the nasheed at the end by? msa its beautiful

on May 29, 2009 6:16 PM
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