Sister Halaqa’s Group
Why these sessions? What are our goals?
Inshallah, these sessions will be used to
- To further define and clarify our purpose in life.
- To understand the meaning of life with Allah as our main focal point.
- To gain knowledge that we can share with our families and our friends and with our communities.
- To find ways to make it easier to live by Quran and Sunnah without breaking our backs.
- To attain Ihsan.
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!"
Method to the madness…
During each session, we will give time to various things.
- 10-15 minutes will be spent to read and understand a verse in the Quran. We will do this sequentially as this is the only way for us in the beginning.
- A main topic will be discussed (that we will decide upon in advance – everyone is welcome to present a topic). These should not be more than 30-45 minutes. Topics will be on Islam, Quran, Hadith, History and all things that are discussable. There are no limits as Allah puts no limits on us when it comes to knowledge except for that which is of no use.
- As part of our sessions we will try to memorize Allah’s names with their meanings.
- Duas will be discussed or given out for our benefit.
- Hadith will be discussed as part of our main topics and sometimes as an additional topic.
We will always enjoy our sessions with a little snack and meeting the sisters in our community.
Donations will be accepted
As part of the sessions, it is requested that you donate $10 (at each session) to be used for a cause to benefit our needy brothers and sisters here in the states and overseas. We will determine, as a group, where the money should go so please bring any names or numbers/addresses.
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,”
Last Session Discussions/Issues/Concerns
- Mentioned hadith that Angels surround you when you discuss Allah or recite His words. (Can someone please find the actual hadith on this)
- Mentioned hadith where Shaitan taught a man Ayatul Qursi; Our prophet verified this. (Can someone please find the actual hadith for this)
- We will learn about various important surahs even before we get to it in our Quran session portions.
- We need a more timely agenda so that we don’t go over time. We will also try to come on time and start the sessions on time Inshallah.
- Khansa will prepare a session or more on Surah Asr
- Tehmiina will present more material on what to read at night as said by our Prophet
A Life Gem: Merits of saying Allahu-Akbar, Subhanallah, Alhamdulillah
Sahih Bukhari: Volume 8, Book 75, Number 330
Narrated 'Ali (ra):
When he came, 'Aisha informed him about it.
Ali added: The Prophet came to us when we had gone to our beds. When I was going to get up, he said, "'Stay in your places," and sat between us, till I felt the coolness of the feet on my chest. The Prophet then said, "Shall I not tell you of a thing which is better for you than a servant? When you (both) go to your beds, say 'Allahu Akbar' thirty-four times, and 'Subhan Allah' thirty-three times, 'Alhamdu 'illah' thirty-three times, for that is better for you than a servant." Ibn Sirin said, "Subhan Allah' (is to be said for) thirty-four times."
Some reasons why some of you are attending these sessions
- Want to hear and learn more about Islam and what it means to be a Muslim
- Want to meet other Muslim sisters
- Want to overcome personal shyness so as to better represent oneself
- Want to attend all gatherings where Allah and His words are mentioned
- Want to achieve Ihsan
- Want to attend sessions that are in English to better understand
- Used to attending such sessions and want to continue
- Quran Verse: Sura Fateha (Go to for transliteration: http://www.qurantransliteration.org/quran/001/c001.htm )
- Main Topic: Our next topic will be on Wudu and Salah. We will start with Wudu and if time permits, will continue to work on Salah. If Salah is not covered, we will continue the topic in the next session Inshallah.
- A little history: How life began.
- Learn a few of Allah’s names; Read the dua
- Bring a donation
Mia and Lara will be bringing some snacks for our enjoyment.
We must live by Quran and Sunnah: "And whatever the Messenger gives you, take it, and whatever he forbids you, leave it. And fear Allah: truly Allah is severe in punishment. “[Qur'an 59:7]
It will be up to all of us to try to make this class more lively and interesting as well as worth coming to. Inshallah, as we all try to participate with the lessons, we must keep in mind to also strive to always bring evidence from Quran or Sunnah (ie. Bukhari, Muslim) for any and all the topics we raise in the sessions. This way we can keep conjecture out of our learning and base it on facts. Inshallah, if we ask Allah to guide us and help us, He will help us to overcome our faults.
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.
Allah, Al Ilaah, Ar Rabb, Al Waahid, Al Ahad, As Samad, Al Hakeem, Al Haleem
For our next session, please try to do the following:
- Come on time and Inshallah we will also try to start on time. I will post an agenda so that you will have a more clear idea on what will be covered and for how long.
- Bring a list of 10 topics that you would like to discuss and we will try to incorporate it into our sessions. An initial list of topics will be posted soon and presented in the next session for approval and additions.
- In our last session, we discussed the hadith where our Prophet (pbuh) told Ali (ra) and Fatima that by reciting Subhanallah, Alhamdulillah and Allahuakbar right before going to sleep Allah makes things easy for us. Think of one thing that has happened in the last 3 weeks that you felt Allah made easy for you.
Dua from Quran: Surah Ahqaaf (46), Verse 15
Rab-bi awzi'i niy an ashkura ni'i matakal-latiy an'Amta '
"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.