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Trailer of Napoleon of the Outlawz’s Story – Coming To DVD

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Pretty sweet trailer made by the folks at the Canadian Dawah Association for a DVD they recorded of an event with Mutah Beale, also once known as Napoleon of the Outlawz, a group founded by rap phenom Tupac Shakur.

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What I love about this trailer is two things. Firstly, their level of professionalism. It looks legit. And it looks like something that cries out “quality.” I feel this way about it, not just because of the excellent composition and editing, but also it’s not the same old sunsets, mosques, flowers, mountains, etc. that we find in many Islamic videos. Sure those types of images don’t exactly fit in this type of story, but still, it’s nice to a see a change.Also whoever made this got some acapella tracks of 2Pac and used them in the background. That took this thing from an A to an A+. When I used to listen to music, I remember some of the more famous artists would release singles with acapella tracks on them. The maker of this trailer uses them in the background, and adds some solid “thug life” feeling to the video while not having to use musical instruments, something which is under scrutiny in Islamic law.In any case, I am sold by this trailer, and hope more Islamic video productions can pump out stuff of this quality. I’m also down to purchase the DVD when it comes out (looks like the trailer worked!)

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For those of you unfamiliar with Napoleon, he’s someone who used to straight roll with Pac back in the day, and witnessed all of the events that went down during his huge rise up until his death. He was born to Nation of Islam parents, and had a crazy life since young childhood when his parents were murdered in front of him by his godfather. He eventually made his way into the rap scene where in 1995 appeared on the song “Outlaw” on Tupac’s LP “Me Against The World.”

After Tupac was murdered in 1996, Napoleon continued his rap career. I believe for about 10 years, he struggled to give up his “thug life” and make way to orthodox Islam. I remember at ISNA in 2004, he was one of the performers for an MSA National entertainment session. It was nice to see him at a Muslim event, trying to come close to Islam and stray away from his old life, and in his interviews he has mentioned that even the Islamic music scene didn’t feel right for him.

Then, by 2006, he appeared in a YouTube video that shocked the world. It’s a recording of Br. Mutah Beale, former member Napoleon of Tupac’s Outlawz, telling a masjid full of youth the story of his life and why they need to get focused on Islam and getting closer to Allah, following the Sunnah, and getting over the fallacy of the “ghetto fabulous” lifestyle. Here’s a 5-minute preview of his 2nd video:

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I hope more people like Br. Mutah can find their way to Islam, and with every person of influence coming to the Deen, thousands more come with them.

Lastly, for those who missed it, here is the first talk by Napoleon talking about his coming to Islam:

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SaqibSaab is an average Desi Muslim guy living in Chicago. He enjoys videography and design as side hobbies, and helps out with AlMaghrib Institute in Chicago, Wasat Studios, and other projects here and there. His go-around vehicle is a 2007 Volkswagen Jetta 5-speed Wolfburg Edition. Originally born in Michigan, he and his wife reside in Chicagoland with his parents who come from Bangalore, India. He blogs personally at SaqibSaab.com.

12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. AbdelRahman

    October 31, 2008 at 8:38 AM

    Not about marriage, not gonna get many comments ;-)

  2. MR

    October 31, 2008 at 9:29 AM

    If you like the above lecture, you may also like this:
    William Abdullah Chappelle – Blood, Sweat & Tears for Islam

    That’s Dave Chappelle’s brother.

  3. Sunie

    October 31, 2008 at 9:53 AM

    It’s the Zaaaam Zaaam Water…. MashaAllah :)

  4. ibnabeeomar

    October 31, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    btw tupac wrote a song “i aint mad at cha” after napoleon converted.. you can google the lyrics its kind of interesting (though as might be expected, fairly vulgar)

  5. Submission

    October 31, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Mashallah I love that last video. What he said about these kids had a yard with grass in it & they had parents….subhanallah touched the heart.

    I used to work in an inner city school and many of those kids had stories of people close to them being killed. I didn’t give dawah to them back then because I myself wasn’t that practicing but this truly made me think of a massive dawah project for all these kids is long overdue. jazakallahu khayir for posting this video that caused me to reflect on some things.

  6. Brent

    November 1, 2008 at 12:11 AM

    as-salaamu’alaikum,
    He is a very sweet and sincere brother in person also. May Allaah ta’ala bless and reward his efforts!

  7. Mutah fan

    November 1, 2008 at 2:58 AM

    He got a new program coming up, called kicking it with the youth

    Nov 9th on the web…

  8. abu abdAllah, the Houstonian

    November 2, 2008 at 2:01 AM

    mashaAllah. this brother puts the D in DaaE. :)

    saqib saab, i admit i was skeptical about whether i should read this article, but yaar, it was worth recommeding to others.

    so, out there in MM land, can you digg this article, too?

  9. AlBaraa

    November 4, 2008 at 5:17 AM

    btw, you can watch the full content of the video here:
    http://www.leechon.com/darkness2light-a-team-production-56.htm

    They basically repackaged this lecture with some other bonus stuff. I love the CDA bros :-) — great bunch of bros.

  10. Ahmad AlFarsi

    November 4, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    check out that good looking bearded brother sitting in the audience on the right-hand side of the screen at 2:29 :)

  11. Ahmad AlFarsi

    November 4, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    the above comment refers to the 2nd video (with the pink background)

  12. E.A.Al-Habeshi

    November 21, 2008 at 9:46 AM

    SubhanAllah this feeling of peace and being at ease when you make sajdah is amazing, The Bro mentioned it and it is something that happend to me before I become Muslim! Amazing feeling!

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