“SMALL DEEDS” — Official Music Video
Video Directed by: David Hawa
Album: Deen You Know
Song Written, Composed and Arranged by: Native Deen
Video Produced and Written by: Daze Studios [dazestudios.com]
Small Deeds Music Video. From the album “Deen You Know”. Native Deen is a percussion-only band and does not use wind or string instruments.
Small Deeds [LYRICS]
Ever been on a drive? Inside in your ride
And your looking through the glass, see a car on the side
The engine’s broken and the car is smoking
And the dude is shaking cause the heat is baking
Or this cat’s (guy) gotta flat, and the spare’s all whack
No jack in the back, and no clue where he’s at
There ain’t no real rush, but you roll right by
Not even asking the guy if he needs a supply
He might be alright, and to pass ain’t a sin
But within you feel bad the state that he’s in
How hard would it been, just to ask “you ok”?
That might be the deed that you need to succeed
That might be the deed that will so please Allah
That your forgiven the sinning you did when you was living
It’s a small little thing, that can cling and just ring
And will bring the blessing from Allah Who’s the King
We pass on the deeds cause they seem all small
But it might be the deed that’s the best of them all
Mad when see all the passes I took
On these small little deeds I just overlook
Chorus: I just can’t believe
Small little deeds that I overlook, can you see?
Little deeds that I overlook, and you read
I read about it in my holy book, it says
Small deeds never overlook
Picking up trash on the path in a flash
Taking glass from the grass, as you pass to your class
A smile goes a mile and is sure worthwhile
When a brother’s hostile, and has been for awhile
Put a dollar every day in the sadaqah (charity)
It may be small but you do it for the baraka (blessing)
I know you’re saving for the Polo and the Nautica
A poor student but you do it just to please Allah
Things like praying for an ailing brother, under the weather
Obeying yo your lovely mother, it’s for the better
Stay and help your baby brother, put on a sweater
Even saying good to one another when you’re together
Advice to another sister about a mister
Your wife always go and kiss her, tell her you miss her
At night do quiet dikhr (mentioning God), and pray the witr
Invite a guy who wants to bicker, to share a snicker
Grand plans expand in our small little hands
But we overlook demands that just seem like strands
We get jammed on exams, cause we skip the small things
Small baby deeds come, bring the blessings!
“An Example of Redemption”
Review of the Movie From Dunya to Deen
Film About Eddie’s life Story
By Umm Zakiyyah
“Growing up in America, Eddie lived the American dream. He achieved it all before the age of thirty—money, cars, women.”
These are the narrator’s opening words to the ground-breaking documentary film about how Eddie Redzovic, founder and host of the worldly-renowned The Deen Show, came to Islam.
However, the narrator’s next words are those that truly open this film: “But beneath the surface…”
And “beneath the surface” is the story of one man—a troubled and broken soul—who makes the streets his battleground and the nightclub his place of refuge. Yet, as he repeatedly throws himself into throes of violence and death, he discovers that his most dangerous battleground lies within…
The story of troubled Eddie—who was born in Buffalo, New York, to Yugoslavian immigrants—begins while Eddie is in Chicago, where his parents moved while he was still a child.
With two working parents and lots of time on his hands, young Eddie fills his days with what could only be described as every parent’s nightmare: bad friends, complete disregard for school, and, ultimately, gang membership.
“Children are like a garden,” Eddie’s uncle reflects regretfully on what happened to his nephew during those years. “If you miss [even] one week of watering, it’s overcome with weeds.”
Like so many troubled souls before him, it is within the somber solitude of a jail cell years later that Eddie realizes that his life is in disarray. Ironically, it is the absence of his closest companions—his fellow gang members, his “family”—that inspires this realization.
“I’m in a jail cell thinking…These people don’t care about me.”
Then comes the ultimate question that every soul must surely ask itself at least once upon this earth, “What am I doing with my life?”
Yet, even after his release, the light still doesn’t come on for Eddie…
It isn’t until he sinks deep into the insobriety of self-indulgence that the fault lines begin to make way to redemption…
But even after he embraces spirituality to feed his ailing soul, Eddie finds that his battle of the self is not yet over…
“You have three types of brothers…” Eddie tells the attendants to a lecture at a school he visits after accepting Islam and founding The Deen Show, “blood brothers…brothers in humanity…and brothers in [faith].”
And this film offers a moving story for each and every one of them—the members of our families, our brothers and sisters in humanity, and all people of faith.
In a world of Islamophobia, media-hyped “Islamic extremism,” and spiritual depravation, this documentary is a “must-see” for every journalist, every writer, every intellectual…And every soul.
This film will touch each differently. But each will be touched.
This movie truly is, as the commentator said of Eddie himself, “an example of redemption.”
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