Sister’s Halaqa ~ Session 7 ~ March 15, 2008

 

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]

 

Allah’s Mercy:

33: 35  For Muslim men and women,- for believing men and women, for devout men and women, for true men and women, for men and women who are patient and constant, for men and women who humble themselves, for men and women who give in Charity, for men and women who fast (and deny themselves), for men and women who guard their chastity, and for men and women who engage much in Allah's praise,- for them has Allah prepared forgiveness and great reward.

 

Questions For Rocher:

 

 

 

Agenda: March 15, 2008

 

-        Quran Recitation: Sura Bakarah – Verse 30-39

-        Review for Rocher points

-        Main Topic: Salat – Part 2

-        A Life Gem: Some characteristics of our Prophet pbuh

-        Allah’s Names: Ya Quddus, Ya Salaam, Al Mu’min, Ya Muhaimin

-        Open Forum;  Donations

-        Snacks

 

Clarifications: From previous sessions

 

 

Reciting duas at different times of the day

 

A question was asked what the difference was from reciting the tasbih (Subhanallah, Alhamdulillah, Allahuakbar) before sleep or after prayers as some of the hadiths mention. Would it not be the same blessings? 

 

Our prophet pbuh mentioned in different hadiths the benefits of reciting different verses of the Quran or specific dhikr/duas throughout the day.  Though they may seem the same and may appear to have the same blessings, they usually do not.  For all the duas/dhikr to carry the same blessings would be like saying that when one has a cold one could also take the remedy for a bad stomach. We know that this is not true.

 

Some cases where we see this… the hadtih that mentions reciting Subhanallah, Alhamdulillah, Allahuakbar 33, 33 and 34 times at night which helps our daily tasks to be easier the next day with Allah’s mercy.  Reciting the same dhikr 10 times each, after salah carries the reward of blessings in our afterlife. One should pay attention that this hadith only mentions a minimum of 10 times each but followers are recommended to recite more if they can, to acquire more rewards in the afterlife.  Another example is the recitation of Ayatul Qursi at night whereby Allah appoints an angel to watch over us throughout the night and prevents the Shaitan from coming near us till dawn.

 

As our sessions progress, Inshallah, we will learn even more dhikr/dua and Quranic verses that our Prophet recommended we recite for their rewards.

 

 

Next session – April     2008

-        Quran Recitation: Sura Baqarah –40-49

-        Main Topic: Hijab

-        Open Forum

-        Lunch and Games

 

 


Quran: Sura Bakarah - continued

 

(Arabic/Transliteration/Meaning Ref: http://www.muslimaccess.com/quraan/arabic/002.asp)

 

These verses speak of the creation of Adam and Iblis’s ultimate fall from Allah’s mercy for not accepting  Allah’s command. The verses speak of Adam’s fall from the heavens and ultimately to the commandment that man should worship Allah. 30-39

 

2:30

Behold, thy Lord said to the angels: "I will create a vicegerent on earth." They said: "Wilt Thou place therein one who will make mischief therein and shed blood?- whilst we do celebrate Thy praises and glorify Thy holy (name)?" He said: "I know what ye know not."

 

Wa-ith qala rabbuka lilmala-ikatiinnee jaAAilun fee al-ardi khaleefatan qalooatajAAalu feeha man yufsidu feeha wayasfiku alddimaawanahnu nusabbihu bihamdika wanuqaddisu lakaqala innee aAAlamu ma la taAAlamoona

 

2:31

And He taught Adam the nature of all things; then He placed them before the angels, and said: "Tell me the nature of these if ye are right."

 

WaAAallama adama al-asmaakullaha thumma AAaradahum AAala almala-ikatifaqala anbi-oonee bi-asma-i haola-iin kuntum sadiqeena

 

2:32

They said: "Glory to Thee, of knowledge We have none, save what Thou Hast taught us: In truth it is Thou Who art perfect in knowledge and wisdom."

 

Qaloo subhanaka laAAilma lana illa ma AAallamtanainnaka anta alAAaleemu alhakeemu

 

2:33

He said: "O Adam! Tell them their natures." When he had told them, Allah said: "Did I not tell you that I know the secrets of heaven and earth, and I know what ye reveal and what ye conceal?"

 

Qala ya adamu anbi/humbi-asma-ihim falamma anbaahum bi-asma-ihim qalaalam aqul lakum innee aAAlamu ghayba alssamawatiwaal-ardi waaAAlamu ma tubdoona wamakuntum taktumoona

 

2:34

And behold, We said to the angels: "Bow down to Adam" and they bowed down. Not so Iblis: he refused and was haughty: He was of those who reject Faith.

 

Wa-ith qulna lilmala-ikatiosjudoo li-adama fasajadoo illa ibleesa abawaistakbara wakana mina alkafireena

 

2:35

We said: "O Adam! dwell thou and thy wife in the Garden; and eat of the bountiful things therein as (where and when) ye will; but approach not this tree, or ye run into harm and transgression."

 

Waqulna ya adamu oskunanta wazawjuka aljannata wakula minha raghadan haythushi/tuma wala taqraba hathihi alshshajaratafatakoona mina alththalimeena

 

2:36

Then did Satan make them slip from the (garden), and get them out of the state (of felicity) in which they had been. We said: "Get ye down, all (ye people), with enmity between yourselves. On earth will be your dwelling-place and your means of livelihood - for a time."

 

Faazallahuma alshshaytanuAAanha faakhrajahuma mimma kanafeehi waqulna ihbitoo baAAdukum libaAAdinAAaduwwun walakum fee al-ardi mustaqarrun wamataAAunila heenin

 

2:37

Then learnt Adam from his Lord words of inspiration, and his Lord Turned towards him; for He is Oft-Returning, Most Merciful.

 

Fatalaqqa adamu min rabbihikalimatin fataba AAalayhi innahu huwa alttawwabualrraheemu

 

2:38

We said: "Get ye down all from here; and if, as is sure, there comes to you Guidance from me, whosoever follows My guidance, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.

 

Qulna ihbitoo minhajameeAAan fa-imma ya/tiyannakum minnee hudan faman tabiAAahudaya fala khawfun AAalayhim wala hum yahzanoona

 

2:39

"But those who reject Faith and belie Our Signs, they shall be companions of the Fire; they shall abide therein."

 

Waallatheena kafaroo wakaththaboobi-ayatina ola-ika as-habualnnari hum feeha khalidoona

 


 

A Life Gem: Characteristics of our Prophet pbuh

 

 

 

 

Ref:        Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim

 

 

 

A Life Gem: Patience

 

Sura Anfal:

8:46

And obey Allah and His Apostle; and fall into no disputes, lest ye lose heart and your power depart; and be patient and persevering: For Allah is with those who patiently persevere:

 

WaateeAAoo Allaha warasoolahuwala tanazaAAoo fatafshaloo watathhaba reehukumwaisbiroo inna Allaha maAAa alssabireena

 

 

 

A Life Gem: Dua for oneself, one’s parents and the believers

 

Sura Ibrahim

14:41

"O our Lord! cover (us) with Thy Forgiveness - me, my parents, and (all) Believers, on the Day that the Reckoning will be established!

 

Rabbana ighfir lee waliwalidayyawalilmu/mineena yawma yaqoomu alhisabu

 


Allah’s Names

 

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.

 

Allah, the Exalted, ordered that He should be remembered a lot. Describing the wise men and women who ponder His signs, the Qur'an mentions, "those who remember Allah standing, sitting and on their sides,'' Qur'an 3.191 and "those men and women who engage much in Allah's praise. For them has Allah prepared forgiveness and a great reward.'' Qur'an 33.35 Mujahid explained, "A person cannot be one of 'those men and women who remember Allah much' as mentioned in the above verse of the Qur'an, unless he or she remembers Allah at all times, standing, sitting, or lying in bed."

 

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.

 

Al Quddus

The Holy, The One who is pure from any imperfection and clear from children and adversaries.

 

And We vouchsafed unto Jesus, the son of Mary, all evidence of the truth, and strengthened him with holy inspiration. Bakarah 2:252

Al-Quddus; 3K

Ya-Salaam

 

The Source of Peace, The One who is free from every imperfection

 

And know that God invites man unto the abode of peace, and guides him that wills to be guided onto a straight way. Yunus 10:25

As-Salam; 3K

Al Mu’min

 

Guardian of Faith, The One who witnessed for Himself that no one is God but Him. And He witnessed for His believers that they are truthful in their belief that no one is God but Him.

 

O you who have attained to faith!
Remember God with unceasing remembrance,
and extol His limitless glory from morn to evening. He it is who bestows His blessings upon you, with His angels echoing Him,
so that He might take you out of the depths of darkness into the light. Al-Ahzab 33:41

 

Al-Mumin; 3K

Al Muhaimin

The Protector, The One who witnesses the saying and deeds of His creatures.

 

Unto thee O Prophet have We vouchsafed this divine writ, setting forth the truth, confirming the truth of whatever there still remains of earlier revelations and determining what is true therein.  Judge, then, between the followers of earlier revelation in accordance with what God has bestowed from on high, and do not follow their errant views,  forsaking the truth that has come unto thee.  Al-Ma'idah 5:48

Al-Muhaymin; 3K

 

 Reference:          http://www.jannah.org/articles/names.html

                              http://www.sufism.org/society/asma/index.html