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Sister’s Halaqa ~ Session 2 ~ December 1, 2007


Main Topic: Wudu

Questions For Rocher:

-        What is the goal of a Muslim to attain in one’s life? (Ihsan)

-        What can we recite at night b which Allah will make our day’s tasks a little easier? (Subhanallah, Alhamdulillah, Allahhuakbar)

-        Points for bringing list of 10 items.


Agenda for December 1, 2007

-        Quran Recitation: Sura Fateha

-        Main Topic: Wudu

-        A Life Gem: Ayatul Qursi

-        Learn A Dua: Sura Ahqaaf, Verse 15

-        Allah’s Names:  Allah, Al Ilaah, Ar Rabb

-        Snacks brought to you by Mia and Lara ~ Thanks!!


Blessings from Allah to the Believers

57:12 – One Day shalt you see the believing men and the believing women- how their Light runs forward before them and by their right hands: (their greeting will be): “Good News for you this Day! Gardens beneath which flow river, to dwell therein for Yes, This is indeed the highest Achievement!”


Something to ponder: What does it mean to you?

30:54 It is Allah Who created you in a state of (helpless) weakness, then gave (you) strength after weakness, then, after strength, gave (you weakness and a hoary head: He creates as He wills, and it is He Who has all knowledge and power.



Remaining Items From Previous Sessions

-        Mentioned hadith that Angels surround you when you discuss Allah or recite His words.  (Can someone please find the actual hadith on this)

-        Mentioned Shaitan teaching a man Ayatul Qursi;– Today’s Life Gem

-        Khansa will prepare a session  or more on Surah Asr

-        Tehmiina will bring us more material on what to read for our benefit

-        Get 10 items to discuss from everyone (Nidaa gave me her list)


Always Remember:  And whatever the Messenger gives you, take it, and whatever he forbids you, leave it. And fear Allah: truly Allah is severe in punishment. “[59:7]



Next session

-        Quran Recitation: Sura Baqarah – 1st Ayat

-        Main Topic: Salah – part 1

-        A little history: History of Quran – part 1

-        Allah’s names: Al Waahid, Al Ahad, As Samad

-        Learn a dua: Various Daily Duas

-        A Life Gem: Istikhara Prayer

-        Open Forum – Let’s discuss how Allah made something easier for you.

-        Donation Collection (Quran Sura 64, verse 17: “If ye loan to Allah, a beautiful loan, He will double it to your (credit), and He will grant you Forgiveness: for Allah is most Ready to appreciate (service), Most Forbearing)

-        Snacks brought to you by Alia and Sumera ~ Thanks!!


Something to ponder: What does it mean to you?

007.031 - O Children of Adam! Wear your beautiful apparel at every time and place of prayer:

Eat and drink: But waste not by excess, for Allah loves not the wasters.





This Surah is named AL-FATIHAH because of its subject-matter. Fatihah is that which opens a subject or a book or any other thing. In other words, Al-Fatihah is a sort of preface.

Period of Revelation

It is one of the very earliest Revelations to the Holy Prophet. As a matter of fact, we learn from authentic Traditions that it was the first complete Surah which was revealed to Muhammed (Allah's peace be upon him). Before this, only a few miscellaneous verses were revealed which form parts of `ALAQ, MUZ-ZAMMIL, MUD-DATH-THIR, etc.


This Surah is in fact a prayer which Allah has taught to all those who want to make a study of His book. It has been placed at the very beginning of the book to teach this lesson to the reader: if you sincerely want to benefit from the Quran, you should offer this prayer to the Lord of the Universe.


AL-FATIHAH teaches that the best thing for a man is to pray for guidance to the straight path, to study the Quran with the mental attitude of a seeker- after-truth and to recognize the fact that the Lord of the Universe is the source of all knowledge. He should, therefore, begin the study of the Quran with a prayer to him for guidance.


The real relation between AL-FATIHAH and the Quran is not that of an introduction to a book but that of a prayer and its answer. AL-FATIHAH is the prayer from the servant and the Quran is the answer from the Master to his prayer. The servant prays to Allah to show him guidance and the Master places the whole of the Quran before him in answer to his prayer, as if to say, "This is the Guidance you begged from Me."


1) Sūrat Al-Fātiĥah


1) سُورَة الفَاتِحَه


Bismi Allāhi Ar-Raĥmāni Ar-Raĥīmi

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Al-Ĥamdu Lillāhi Rabbi Al-`Ālamīna

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ

Ar-Raĥmāni Ar-Raĥīmi

الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Māliki Yawmi Ad-Dīni

مَالِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ

'Īyāka Na`budu Wa 'Īyāka Nasta`īnu

إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ

Ahdinā Aş-Şirāţa Al-Mustaqīma

اهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ

Şirāţa Al-Ladhīna 'An`amta `Alayhim Ghayri Al-Maghđūbi `Alayhim Wa Ađ-Đāllīna

صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ الْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ الضَّالِّينَ








Bukhari: Volume 6, Book 60, Number 1:

Bukhari: Volume 6, Book 61, Number 528:

Narrated Abu Sa'id Al-Mu'alla:


While I was praying, the Prophet called me but I did not respond to his call. Later I said, "O Allah's Apostle! I was praying." He said, "Didn't Allah say: 'O you who believe! Give your response to Allah (by obeying Him) and to His Apostle when he calls you'?" (8.24)


He then said, "Shall I not teach you the most superior Surah in the Qur'an?" He said, '(It is),


'Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds. ' (i.e., Surat Al-Fatiha) which consists of seven repeatedly recited Verses and the Magnificent Qur'an which was given to me."



Bukhari: Volume 6, Book 61, Number 529:

Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:


While we were on one of our journeys, we dismounted at a place where a slave girl came and said, "The chief of this tribe has been stung by a scorpion and our men are not present; is there anybody among you who can treat him (by reciting something)?" Then one of our men went along with her though we did not think that he knew any such treatment. But he treated the chief by reciting something, and the sick man recovered whereupon he gave him thirty sheep and gave us milk to drink (as a reward). When he returned, we asked our friend, "Did you know how to treat with the recitation of something?" He said, "No, but I treated him only with the recitation of the Mother of the Book (i.e., Al-Fatiha)." We said, "Do not say anything (about it) till we reach or ask the Prophet so when we reached Medina, we mentioned that to the Prophet (in order to know whether the sheep which we had taken were lawful to take or not). The Prophet said, "How did he come to know that it (Al-Fatiha) could be used for treatment? Distribute your reward and assign for me one share thereof as well."













A Life Gem: Ayatul Qursi




Allah! There is no God save Him, the Alive, the Eternal. Neither slumber nor sleep overtakes Him. Unto Him belongs whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth. Who is he that intercedes with Him save by His leave? He knows that which is in front of them and that which is behind them, while they encompass nothing of His knowledge save what He will. His throne includes the heavens and the earth, and He is never weary of preserving them. He is the Sublime, the Tremendous.[al-Baqarah 2:255]





Allahu la ilaha illa huwa alhayyu alqayyoomu

La ta/khuthuhu sinatun wala nawmun

lahu ma fee alssamawati wama fee al-ardi

Man tha allathee yashfaAAu AAindahu illa bi-ithnihi yaAAlamu ma bayna aydeehim wama khalfahum

Wala yuheetoona bishay-in min AAilmihi illa bima shaa wasiAAa kursiyyuhu alssamawati waal-arda

Wala yaooduhu hifthuhuma wahuwa alAAaliyyu alAAatheemu






Bukhari: Volume 6, Book 61, Number 530:

Narrated Abu Mas'ud: The Prophet said, "If somebody recited the last two Verses of Surat Al-Baqara at night that will be sufficient for him."


Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle ordered me to guard the Zakat revenue of Ramadan. Then somebody came to me and started stealing of the foodstuff. I caught him and said, "I will take you to Allah's Apostle!" Then Abu Huraira described the whole narration and said:) That person said (to me), "(Please don't take me to Allah's Apostle and I will tell you a few words by which Allah will benefit you.) When you go to your bed, recite Ayat-al-Kursi, (2.255) for then there will be a guard from Allah who will protect you all night long, and Satan will not be able to come near you till dawn." (When the Prophet heard the story) he said (to me), "He (who came to you at night) told you the truth although he is a liar; and it was Satan."










Dua from Quran: Surah Ahqaaf (46), Verse 15




Rab-bi awzi'i niy an ashkura ni'i matakal-latiy an'Amta 'Alay-ya wa 'Alaa waaliday-ya wa an a'Åmala SwaaliHan tarDwaahu wa aSliH liy fiy dhur-riy-yatiy* in-niy tubtu ilayka wa in-niy minal muslimiyn



"O my Lord! Grant me that I may be grateful for Your favor which You have bestowed upon me, and upon both my parents, and that I may work righteousness such as You  may approve; and be gracious to me in my issue. Truly have I turned to You and truly do I bow (to You) in Islam."


What values does this dua encompass?

This dua encompasses various aspects of our lives.  It takes into consideration all our actions and asks that Allah guide us to do as much of, if not more of, what He approves of. It even asks Allah to give us children who will be helpful to us. It professes our belief in Allah, our gratitude to Him for all that we have and shows our desire to always turn to Him.


Your thoughts:

























Supplication for acceptance of efforts


Rabbanaa ta-qabbal minnaa 'innaka 'Antas-Samii-'ul-'Aliim

Our Rabb! accept from us. You indeed, You are the all-Hearing, the all-Knowing. (2:127)


History and Significance

While Prophet Ibrahim, along with his son Ismail, was raising the foundation of the House of Ka'aba, they both offered this supplication to Allah (swt) to accept their effort of construction. A perfect supplication, that we should offer whenever we are initiating any project or effort.



Supplication for Acceptance of Prayers 



Rabbij-'alnii muqii-mas-Salaati wa min zurriyyatii, Rabbanaa wa taqabbal Du-'aaa

My Rabb! make me steadfast in Salat and from my offspring; our Rabb! and accept my prayer. (14:40)


History and Significance

In his old age, Prophet Ibrahim (pbh) was gifted with two sons - Isma'il and Is-haq. As a parent, he supplicated to Allah (swt) to make him steadfast in his salat. He also asked to make his offspring steadfast in their salat. Although we may be offering our salat sincerely, it remains with Allah (swt) to accept our salat. Thus , this supplication begs that Allah (swt) may not reject our salat. If Allah (swt) wills, He will reward us for our attempt in making a salat.










Bukhari: Volume 9, Book 93, Number 489:

Narrated Abu Huraira:   Allah's Apostle said, "Allah has ninety-nine Names, one-hundred less one; and he who memorized them all by heart will enter Paradise." To count something means to know it by heart.

1. Allah

He is the One and Only Deity, the One Who is Worshipped and the One Who deserves to be worshipped by the whole of His creation due to the Perfect Godly Attributes that He is described with.


"Allah! There is none worthy of worship but He, the Living, the Sustaining. Neither slumber nor sleep overtakes Him. To Him belongs whatsoever is in the heavens and the earth. Who is there that can intercede with Him except with His Permission? He Knows what happens to them (His creatures) in this world and in the Hereafter. They will not encompass anything of His Knowledge except that which He Wills. His Footstool extends over the heavens and the earth and he feels no fatigue in guarding them. He is the Most High, the Most Great." (2:255)


2. Al-Ilaah (The Deity)

This is comprehensive and inclusive of all the perfect attributes and sublime characteristics. Every one of the beautiful names are included as well. Correct is the statement that the word ilaah is the root of the name Allah and that Allah is the name inclusive of all the beautiful names and high characteristics and attributes and Allah is the All-Knowing.


"Allah the High and Sublime states: Verily Allah is the One and Only Deity (Ilaahun Waahid). Far Exalted is He from having a son and to Him belong everything in the heavens and the earth and Sufficient is Allah as a Caretaker. [Soorah An-Nisaa, Aayah 171]

3. Ar-Rabb (The Lord)

This name has been repeatedly mentioned in many verses. Ar-Rabb is the One Who nurtures and sustains all of His servants through regulating the affairs and granting all types of favors and blessings. More specifically He is the One Who nurtures and sustains those close to Him (awliyaa) by correcting and purifying their hearts, souls and manners. This is why their supplications are frequently made with this Noble Name because they seek this specific nurturing.


"And your Lord is Most Forgiving, Owner of Mercy. Were He to call them to account for what they had earned then surely He would have hastened on their punishment. But they have their appointed time beyond which they will find no escape." (18:58)