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Sister’s Halaqa ~ Session  ~ May 15, 2010

 

Summary: Allah, in all His Mercy, has warned us of the dangers of Sorcery and has commanded us to turn to Him and seek refuge from the evils in this life, known and unknown. Today’s halaqa will cover the sorcery that was done to our beloved Prophet (pbuh) and the cure the Allah has sent us to protect us from such evils.

 

Agenda for May 15, 2010

-          Beginning: Sura Fateha, Darud Shariff

-          Rabbish rah-lee sad-ree. Wa yas-sir lee amree. Wa ah-lul u’qdatam-mil-lisanee. Yafqahu qauli. (O my Lord, Open for me my chest, and ease my task for me, and loose the knot from my tongue, that they may understand my speech. -Sura Taha/20:25-28)

-          Purpose and Introduction of Halaqa’s

o   Has been and always will be to increase our knowledge in Islam and share the benefits of that knowledge with each other.

o   IhsaanStriving to reach excellence in one’s actions and thoughts (worldly and in religion)

§  “Allah loves those who practice Ihsaan.” Al-Baqarah/2:195; Aali Imraan/3:134, 148; Al-Maaidah/5:13, 93. (Wallahu eu-hibbul muh-sineen)

§  One day while the Prophet (saws) was sitting in the company of some people and Angel Jibreel (aws) came and asked, "What is faith?" 'Faith is to believe in Allah, His angels, the meeting with Allah, His Apostles, and to believe in Resurrection."

§  "What is Islam?" ‘To worship Allah Alone and none else, to offer prayers perfectly to pay the compulsory charity (Zakat) and to observe fasts during the month of Ramadan.’

§  "What is Ihsaan (perfection)?" ‘To worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you cannot achieve this state of devotion then you must consider that He is looking at you.’

o   Islam is NOT a Deen of occasion but of practice and perseverance.

o   Allah says: Your riches and your children may be but a trial: but in the Presence of Allah, is the highest, Reward.  (Sura Tagabhun/64:15)

o   It is in Allah that we should seek our rewards and guidance from.

o   It is through knowledge that we will learn what it means to please our Lord.

o   If we do not build on our relationship with Allah then He will not build one with us.

o   We need to take, seriously to heart, the many commands and warnings that Allah has given us to worship Him and to live our lives by His words and the Sunnah

o   That is our challenge and its perfection is our goal Inshallah.

o   We know when the next series in a sitcom is coming… we make the effort to go to social functions no matter what the time is… so we should make the time to attend or participate in gatherings where Dhikr of Allah is being done for that is what will count for us in the Hereafter.

§  Hadith of the Mobile Angel Squads

o   Let’s not use up our life on just worldly pursuits. Allah has given us a life to live as well as worship Him.

o   Be accountable now or be accountable on the Day of Judgement.

-          Future Sessions- Mutual Interaction

-          Main Topic: Sura Falaq And Sura Naas and their Tafsir

-          Life Gem:  

o   3 Quls

o   Life is like a river. The waters that have passed, you shall never touch again.

o   Ask yourself about your Iman every day and night.

-          Next Session:  

o   Date:  June 26, 2010, 4:30-7 (Inshallah)

o   Shared Research: Sabr/Patience – Bring 3 things of knowledge/advice to the next session.

o   Topic: Sura Ekhlas, Sura Kafiroon and Sura Al’Asr and their Tafseer

o   Donations/Charity – bring any sadaqa funds  you would like to add to the little white envelope.

o   Rocher Points Begins

-          Ending Dua and Sura Asr recitation

 

 

Mobile Angel Squads

 

Chapter 8: MERITS OF THE ASSEMBLIES IN WHICH ALLAH IS REMEMBERED,

Sahih Muslim, Book 035, Number 6505:

 

Abu Huraira (ra) reported, Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) as saying Allah has mobile (squads) of angels, who have no other work (to attend to but) to follow the assemblies of Dhikr and when they find such assemblies in which there is Dhikr (of Allah) they sit in them and some of them surround the others with their wings till the space between them and the sky of the world is fully covered, and when they disperse (after the assembly of Dhikr is adjourned) they go upward to the heaven and Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, asks them although He is best informed about them:

 

Where have you come from? They say: We come from Your servants upon the earth who had been glorifying You (reciting Subhan Allah), uttering Your Greatness (saying Allah o-Akbar) and uttering Your Oneness (La ilaha ill Allah) and praising You (uttering al-Hamdu Lillah) and begging of You.

 

He would say: What do they beg of Me? They would say: They beg of You, the Paradise of Your.

 

He (God) would say: Have they seen My Paradise? They said: No, our Lord.

 

He would say: (What it would be then) if they were to see Mine Paradise? They (the angels) said: They seek Your protection.

 

He (the Lord) would say: Against what do they seek protection of Mine? They (the angels) would say: Our Lord, from the Hell-Fire.

 

He (the Lord) would say: Have they seen My Fire? They would say: No.

 

He (the Lord) would say: What it would be if they were to see My Fire? They would say: They beg of You forgiveness.

 

He would say: I grant pardon to them, and confer upon them what they ask for and grant them protection against which they seek protection.

 

They (the angels) would again say: Our Lord, there is one amongst them such and such simple servant who happened to pass by (that assembly) and sat there along with them (who had been participating in that assembly).

 

He (the Lord) would say: I also grant him pardon, for they are a people the seat-fellows of whom are in no way unfortunate.

 

 

Main Topics: Tafsir of Sura Falaq and Sura Naas

Sura Falaq

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Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim

In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

Qul 'a-'uuzu bi-Rabbil-Falaq,

Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of the Daybreak

Min-sharri maa khalaq;

From the evil of that which He created;

Wa min-sharri ghaasiqin 'izaa waqab,

From the evil of the darkness when it is intense,

Wa min-sharrin Naffaasaati fil 'uqad,

And from the evil of malignant witchcraft,

Wa min-sharri haasidin 'izaa hasad.

And from the evil of the envier when he envies.

 

Things to note from above verses:

·         “that which He created” -> There is not mention of the EXACT things created, hence we don’t know ALL that is created by Allah that we should seek refuge from

·         “darkness” -> again, we don’t know the exact specifics of what we should be seeking refuge from so we should seek from ALL darkness

·         The general things that we should be seeking refuge from are

o   A Time – we always go through periods of time when we are most affected by calamity and our minds and hearts are at their weakest. It is at these moments we must seek refuge in Allah to protect us from the evils surrounding us trying to take our Iman away or destroy it.

o   A Group of Professionals – Those whose goal in life is to perform sorcery/magic/create fitnah and we are unaware of their intentions or their desires to cause us harm through witchcraft and evil intentions.

o   A Disposition – That nature and human characteristic that can cause a good heart to turn wayward.

 

 

Sura Naas

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Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim

In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

Qul 'a-'uuzu bi Rabbin Naas,

Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of mankind,

Malikin-Naas,

The King of mankind,

Illahin-Naas,

The God of mankind,

Min-sharril Waswaasil khan-Nass,

From the evil of the sneaking whisperer,

Allazii yuwas-wisu fii suduurin-Naas,  

Who whispers in the hearts of mankind,

Minal-Jinnati wan-Naas.

Of the jinn and of mankind.

 

Things to note from above verses:

·         more specific warning to us to seek refuge from the Shaitans, Jinns and Man himself.

 

 

Tafsir of both suras

-          Medinan/Makkan (debated by scholars – Allah knows best.)

-          Last two surahs in Quran; also known as the Refuge Seeking Surahs

-          Revealed together as a result of sorcery performed on our Rasul (saws).

-          Story of curse placed on Rasul (saws) by Labid bin alAsam from the tribe of Bani Zaraiq (Bukhari, V7/B71/ #658; V4/B54/#490):

o   Rasul (saws) had a jewish slave boy who was convinced by the jewish community, and in particular, Labid to give him a hair or teeth from our Rasul (saws) comb and other personal effects.

o   Labid performed a curse on Prophet’s (pbuh) hair, got a string and did sorcery on it, tied it with 11 knots and stuck pins into the rope; He put it all into a palm leaf sack, tied it to a rock and threw it in a well so no one could find it.

o   Our Rasul (saws) got very sick and weak and very forgetful.

o   One night/day, two angels came (some say in his sleep); one sat by his (saws) feet while the other was by his head and they discussed the matter of the curse and where the items were placed. When Rasul (saws) woke up (or came out of trance), he told Aisha (ra) and she, along with Ali and Zubair and Ammar, went to find the well. When they found it, they drained it, found the rock and the sack under the rock.

o   Allah sent Sura Falaq and Sura Naas, containing 11 verses to ward off evil from Rasul (saws). With each verse, a knot became undone and by the 11th verse, our Rasul (saws) got his strength back.

o   Rasul (saws) was asked if they should go seek the sorcerer and kill him and he said (paraphrasing) “As for me, Allah has cured me and I dislike that I should create discord amongst the people.”

 

-          Sorcery is a given fact of reality committed by Jinns/Devils and man;

 

-          Persons/Jinns/Devils learn it and have practiced it throughout the ages;

 

-          Sorcery can be in the form of

o   magic

§  The Prophet (pbuh) said, "Avoid the seven great destructive sins." The people enquire, "O Allah's Apostle! What are they? "He said, "To join others in worship along with Allah, to practice sorcery, to kill the life which Allah has forbidden except for a just cause, (according to Islamic law), to eat up Riba (usury), to eat up an orphan's wealth, to give back to the enemy and fleeing from the battlefield at the time of fighting, and to accuse, chaste women, who never even think of anything touching chastity and are good believers.  (Bukhari, V4, Book 51, #28)

§  AVOID MAGIC – even game time magic or playing magic on others or playing tricks on others or letting children learn magic tricks, etc.

·         Our Prophet (pbuh) hated lying, and so we should avoid ALL forms of lying.

o   miracles

§  “Tabeez” – What a “saint” writes is not what Allah or our Prophet (pbuh) taught us, but the words of a mere man.

·         Prophet (pbuh), said that Allah would admit into Paradise 70,000 people without calling them to account for their deeds. These people would be those who do not wear armlets or amulets, who do not consider things auspicious or inauspicious (ie drawing evil omens from birds and the like), and who trust completely in God (and avoid Ruqya). (Bukhari, V7, Book 72, #702; V7/B71/#648)

§  AVOID amulets (tabeez), omens, ruqya (asking someone to cure you instead of turning to Allah for help in curing you)

·         RELY on duas that Allah sent us and duas from the Sunnah and just turn to Allah for help

o   Prophecies and Omens

§  Narrated Aisha (ra), The Prophet said, "While the angels talk amidst the clouds about things that are going to happen on earth, the devils hear a word of what they say and pour it in the ears of a soothsayer as one pours something in a bottle, and they add one hundred lies to that (one word)." (Bukhari, V4, Book 54, #508)

§  Narrated Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud, The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: Taking omens is polytheism; taking omens is polytheism. He said it three times. Every one of us has some, but Allah removes it by trust (in Him). ( Abu Dawud:B29/#3901)

§  AVOID fortune tellers, tarot cards, throwing stones, Ouija boards,”peer-saabs”/saints who make predictions or give you amulets for protection/health/etc.

·         RELY on Istikhara for help and guidance from Allah

o   eloquent speech.

§  Narrated Ibn Umar, Two men came from the east and delivered speeches, and the Prophet said, "Some eloquent speech has the influence of magic (e.g., some people refuse to do something and then a good eloquent speaker addresses them and then they agree to do that very thing after his speech). (Bukhari, V7/B62/#76)

§  Be WARY of the person(s) who can convince you that a wrong can be right (okay).

§  When in doubt, AVOID the talks and do something else; Turn to Quran and the Sunnah.

 

-          Sorcery is a MOST horrendous sin and some scholars have equated it to disbelief itself.

o   All forms of sorcery are inadvertently placing an “x factor” above Allah (auzubillah)

o   Whoever goes to a fortune-teller or a soothsayer and believes in what he says has disbelieved in what was revealed to Muhammad.

o   “Verily whoever sets up partners with Allah, then Allah has forbidden Paradise for him and the fire will be his abode. And for the Zalimun (Polytheists, and wrongdoers) there are no helpers." Sura Maidah/5: v72

o   “The magician does not thrive, no matter where he goes” – Sura Taha/20: v 69

 

-          Each verse untied one of the knots, it is imperative that we not change the words of these surahs. (hence we should make every effort to memorize the Arabic form of these surahs in the best recitation possible)

 

-          Sura Falaq is a protection from

o   ALL forms of sorcery and evils of the dark and what it encompasses, known and unknown

§  Real life Hardships, Depression, Grief/Sorrow, Hard times – It is at these times of despair that our iman is at its weakest and our hearts are open to the whisperings of evil doers.

o   ALL manner of evil from sorcerers

§  An idol mind will wander, so keep busy with dhikr.

o   ALL manner of evil actions from the envious people and people who have the propensity to create evil against others

§  Envy itself does not hurt; it is the actions that follow the envious feelings that hurt.

§  All mankind has a tendency to be envious of others so we must protect ourselves all the time

·         Identify and RECOGNIZE that you are envious and that it will affect you if you don’t accept its inevitability (ie. If only I had gotten that job…, If only I…)

·         KNOW that it is wrong to be envious of something that Allah has blessed someone else with (ie STOP your thoughts the moment you hear the words “If only”)

·         ACT contrary to the envious thoughts (ie. Make dua that the other person gets even better and ask Allah to protect you from feeling this envious feeling)

o   Subhanallah, when you make dua for another Muslim, the angels say ameen to that same dua to be applied to you. Imagine how much better it is when the Angels make a dua for you as opposed to a mere man making dua for you.

 

-          Sura Naas is a protection from

o   ALL manner of whisperings by the Devils/Jinns and Man

o   ALL manner of falsehoods that are put into our hearts by Devils/Jinns and Man

§  Doubt, Insincerity

 

-          Remember: Dhikr keeps the Devils away!

 

 

Lessons to live by:

-          Man is always in need of protection and Allah’s mercy.

 

-          These Surahs’ are HUGE gifts from Allah for protection against the known AS WELL AS the unknown so use it.

 

-          The fact that Allah has given us these two surahs only testifies to the reality of sorcery and the fact that we can’t imagine the evil that is out there.

 

-          The fact that Allah is giving us the exact words to recite shows the magnitude of His mercy on us since we ourselves would never really know how to ask for protection.

 

-          Trials and tribulations are many and Allah has the power to ward them off so turn to Him OFTEN.

 

-          As soon as calamity strikes, hasten quickly to Allah and seek Refuge in Allah and ask Him for help and guidance.

o   La ilaha illa antas subhanaka inni kuntum minaz zwalimeen (There is no God except You, Glorified are You, I have been one of the unjust. – Sura Anbiya/21: v87)

o   Allahumma inni auzubika min hamazatish shay-yateen wa auzubika rabbi aiy-yah-daroon (O Allah! Verily I seek refuge in You from the evil suggestions of the devils and I seek refuge in You lest they should come near me! – Sura Muminoon/23: 98-99)

o   When someone dies or something bad happens: Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajeun.

 

-          That harm which is physical is not as great as the harm that touches our Religion so we must always protect our faith;

 

-          A cut can heal fairly quickly, but a damaged mind takes longer to heal.

 

 

-          Devils will ALWAYS try to whisper into our hearts things that will make us want to turn away but we MUST be strong and turn to Allah for help and guidance.

 

-          Dhikr makes the Devils slither away; Gatherings where Allah is remembered are protected; remembering Allah in private protects our nafs from overtaking us in private.

o   You WILL feel your iman grow stronger when you are with believers who are speaking of Allah.

o   The Devil’s purpose is to whisper into our hearts, his evil ideas; That was Iblis’s promise but Allah told him that true believers will not fall into his ploys.

 

-          If the heart is rectified constantly, then our religion grows stronger; we MUST strengthen our hearts every chance we get!

 

-          When doubt enters the heart… Allah’s Rehma is ever present, so turn to Him!!

o   Recite Dhikr as much as possible; Ayatul Qursi; The Quls.

o   Never leave your prayers (!!)

o   Ask questions to learned people and seek knowledge so as to ward off doubts.

o   Oppress the thoughts and think of something else good.

o   Practice what is taught in the Quran and follow the Sunnah to the best of your ability.

o   Do tauba often; Recite Astaghfirullah often.

o   Auzubillah Himinash Shaitan-nir-rajeem.

o   Recognize your faults and admit to them and seek guidance and help in Allah.

o   SEEK Allah’s help – He LOVES it!! By turning to Him, you are testifying to HIS oneness and HIS mercy and HE WILL TURN TO YOU!!! (Subhanallah!)

 

-          Warding off magic: Narrated Sad (ra), Allah's Apostle (pbuh) said, "He who eats seven 'Ajwa dates every morning, will not be affected by poison or magic on the day he eats them." (Bukhari, V7/B65/#356)

o   Note: because we don’t get Ajwa dates readily here in the USA, scholars have said that we can use any type of date, Inshallah (and Allah knows best)

 

-          Thwarting the Devil in our sleep: Narrated Abu Huraira (ra), Allah's Apostle (pbuh) said, "During your sleep, Satan knots three knots at the back of the head of each of you, and he breathes the following words at each knot, 'The night is, long, so keep on sleeping,' If that person wakes up and celebrates the praises of Allah, then one knot is undone, and when he performs ablution the second knot is undone, and when he prays, all the knots are undone, and he gets up in the morning lively and gay, otherwise he gets up dull and gloomy. (Bukhari, V4/B54/#491)

 

 

 

 

Gem: The Beauty of the Quls – Sura Ekhlas, Sura Falaq, Sura Naas, Sura Kafiroon

When we make dua, we should extol our Lord’s virtues, then recite salawat on our Rasul (saws) and then ask for protection and then ask for what we want. The final thing we should do is declare our belief in Allah.

-          Sura Ekhlas proclaims that there is NO God but Allah and testifies to His oneness and His transcendence above ALL things. It exalts Allah and declares Him to be the greatest. But as humans we don’t know if we are glorifying Allah the way He expects and so we ask Allah to help us ask for His favors in the best way.  

-          Sura Falaq and Sura Naas ask Allah for His protection against the known physical reality and from the unknown realities around us and within us.

-          Sura Kafiroon declares our solemn oath to believe in Allah and to turn our backs on Disbelief. It is our way of telling Allah that we want to be His slave and in essence asking Him to take us into His fold and not turn away from us.

-          The Quran starts with a dua for guidance and ends with duas for Protection declaration of Faith; Everything in between is the essence of our Faith

-          Recite (Ekhlas & Falaq & Naas) 3x in succession and no evil can harm you except for that which Allah has already written for you (ie. as a test )(Inshallah); Recite on ones hand and blow slightly and rub all over body

 

 

Gem:  Life is like a river. The waters that have passed, you shall never touch again

·         We are so busy with worldly life that we ignore the hereafter.

·         This life is only temporary. The hereafter is forever.

·         Man is Allah’s greatest creation, such that the Angels and Jinns were TOLD to bow to man. Iblis did not and he was thrown out of Allah’s Mercy and forever dishonored.

·         Man has a great responsibility and a great destiny to uphold to. We must live up to those expectations or we will have FAILED

 

Gem:  Account for yourself every night and reflect on your actions

·         Ask yourself every night, what stops you from reaching your full potential of Iman?

·         What is the legacy you will leave behind after you’ve passed on?

·         Reflect on the answers and see where improvements can be made.

 

 

Sura Fateha

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Bismillahir-rahmanir-raeem

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Al hamdu lillahi rabbi l-a’lameen

Praise be to God, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the world;

Ar ramanir-raheem

The Beneficent, the Merciful.

Maaliki yawmid-deen

Owner of the Day of Judgement

Iy-yaka na'budu wa iy-yaka nasta-een

Thee do we worship, and Thine aid we seek.

Ihdinas-siraal-mustaqeem

Show us the straight path,

iraal-lazeena ana’mta alayhim, ġhay-ril magdoobi alayhim walad-daal-leeen

The path of those whom Thou hast favoured; Not the (path) of those who earn Thine anger nor of those who go astray.

 

Darud Sharif:

Almighty Allah says: "Surely Allah and His Angels send blessings on the Holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallim). O you who believe! Send Blessings (Durood) and Salutations (Salaams) on the Prophet with worthy Salutation".(Surah al-Ahzab: 56)

Allah showers ten blessings on the man who recites a Durood. (Bukhari)

Those who recite Durood in maximum number will be nearest and dearest to the Holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallim) in the next world. (Bukhari)

For every Durood Shareef that you recite, ten sins are forgiven, ten good deeds are entered into your sheet of actions and ten positions are upgraded. (Bukhari)

DUROOD-E-IBRAHIMI
ALLAHUMMA SALLI ALA MUHAMMADIW WA ALA AALI MUHAMMADIN KAMAA SALLAITA ALA IBRAHIMA WA ALA AALI IBRAHIMA INNAKA HAMIDUM MAJID. ALLAHUMMA BAARIK ALA MUHAMMADIW WA ALA AALI MUHAMMADIN KAMAA BAARAKTA ALA IBRAHIMA WA ALA AALI IBRAHIMA INNAKA HAMIDUM MAJID.

"O Allah, let Your Blessings come upon Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as you have blessed Ibrahim and his family. Truly, You are Praiseworthy and Glorious. Allah, bless Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as you have blessed Ibrahim and his family. Truly, You are Praiseworthy and Glorious".

 

 

Sura Al Asr

-          Recited before parting as a reminder to eacho ther to have patience and do good deeds

-          Warning people from committing shirk and disobedience and tremendous loss that comes with disbelief

-          Commends people for doing righteous deeds, for having patience and persevering for the truth, and for encouraging each other to practice and to seek the truth.

-          No time to waste! No ego to massage! No truth that should be hidden! No effort that is wasted!

 

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Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Wal Asri

By (the Token of) Time (through the ages),

Innal insana lafi khusri

Verily Man is in loss,

Illal-lazeena aamanu wa a’milus-swalihati, wata-wa-sau bil-haqqi, wata-wa-sau bis-sabr.

Except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds,
and (join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth,
and of Patience and Constancy

 

 

Ending Dua

-          We ask Allah to protect us, to forgive us and to guide us and to never turn away from us.

-          We ask Allah to have Mercy upon us and to help us remember those good things which we have forgotten

-          We ask Allah to make it easier for us to turn to Him for guidance and help and to make us better Muslims with each passing day.

-          We ask Allah to help us recite and memorize as much of the Quran as possible and to help us understand it and to make us people of the Quran;  We ask Allah to lift the veil of ignorance between us and the Quran and to increase us in good knowledge.

-          We ask Allah to help us follow the Sunnah and to practice the teachings of the Quran without hesitation

-          We ask Allah to let us live as Muslims and to die as a Muslim and to die in a good state and with Iman

-          We ask Allah to not take our souls till He has forgiven us completely out of His promised Mercy.

-          We ask Allah to forgive ALL Muslims and to let us enter Jannat-ul Firdaus and to be near Him and our beloved Prophet (saws).

-           We ask Allah to heal our Ummah and our communities and to keep us away from the fitnahs created by the Devils and evil doers;  We ask Allah to strengthen our Iman and to help us when we are at our weakest.

-          We ask Allah to keep us away from those Trials and Tribulations that we cannot handle and to protect us on the Day of Judgement and to not shame us before the disbelievers and to hide all our faults.

-          We ask Allah to accept all our good deeds and to make it easier to do more good deeds and help us to always be pleasing to Him.

-          We ask Allah to give us good health, to protect us and take care of us and our families and to answer our prayers.

-          We ask Allah to bestow peace and His Blessings on our Prophet Muhammad (saws), his family and the Sahabi.

Allahumma Salli ala Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sah-bihi wa sallim. – sallallahu alaihi wa sallam

 

 

Future Sessions – Mutual Interaction

As Muslims, we must be confident in ourselves in our religion. Our halaqas will be a way for all of us to Inshallah increase our individual confidence and to learn those things we did not know as well as strengthen our knowledge of what we do know. Each one of us should play a role in helping each other learn. We should all make an effort to find a topic that we find interesting or ask for a topic and present it to the group. It will be each person’s responsibility to do the research and present the topic in an informal but accurate manner. Each person should take into consideration the following:

·         Summary – basic definition/principles

·         Madhabs - how the different madhabs might view the topic

·         History of the topic from past to present to future

·         How it affects us as Muslims; How we can better ourselves with the new knowledge

·         Provide Proofs (Quranic Ayah, Hadith, Literature by well known and accepted scholars)

 

 

 

 

Social Events

·         Yearly Competitions for bragging rights.

Narrated Salim's father:   The Prophet (pbuh) said, "Not to wish to be the like of except the like of two (persons): a man whom Allah has given the knowledge of the Quran and he recites it during the hours of the night and the hours of the day; and a man whom Allah has given wealth and he spends it (in Allah's Cause) during the hours of the night and during the hours of the day."  (Bukhari: V9/B93/#620

·         Islamic Pictionary (a variety of topics put into one game)

·         Islamic Jeopardy (a variety of topics put into one game)

·         Tic-Tac-Islam

·         BBQ/Family Dinners/ Picnics/Other Lectures in California

 

Some Sample Halaqa Topics

·         The compilation of the Quran and Tafsir of Surahs

·         Selections from the seerah of the Prophet (peace and the blessings of God be upon him)

·         Islam 101 – What do the Five pillars mean to us

·         Manners in Islam

·         Brotherhood/ Sisterhood in Islam

·         Tolerance in Islam

·         The sources of shariah

·         The importance of dua

·         The rules of business or social interactions

·         Selections from the history of the Islamic Caliphate

·         The Hijra

·         The Battle of Badr

·         The Battle of Uhud

·         The reign of different Caliphs

·         Stories about the Companions

·         Scientific discoveries from the Muslim world

·         The rules of marriage in Islam

·         The tafsir of surat al-Asr & Patience

·         The Muslims brought over as slaves from Africa

·         The history of the conflict in Palestine

·         Islam and the Environment

·         Jihad and what it really means; Jihad of the  Nafs; The Five senses

·         The scholastic tradition in Islam

·         Selections from famous Muslim poets

·         The crisis faced by Muslims worldwide

·         The rights of women

·         The Muslim marriage

·         Various political movements in the Muslim world and here in the States

·         Angels/Jibreel/Mikhail

·         Demons/Devils/Jinns/Dajjal

·         Mehdi

·         Return of Isa (aws)

·         The signs of the Day of Judgement

·         The arrival of the four madhabs

·         The Prophets (pbut) and their stories

·         Hayah and Hijab

·         Trials of the Day of Judgement

·         Children and some Advice

·         Tauba and how to perform it

·         Backbiting

·         Rewards in the Hereafter/Punishments in the Hereafter

·         Miraj

·         Ramadan Facts and Helpers

·         Qadr’Allah

·         Aqeedah

 

References:

Sahih Bukhari: Volume 7, Book 71, Number 658/660:

Narrated Aisha (ra):  A man called Labid bin al-A'sam from the tribe of Bani Zaraiq worked magic on Allah's Apostle till Allah's Apostle started imagining that he had done a thing that he had not really done. This magic used to make him think that he had relations with his wives while he actually had not (Sufyan said: That is the hardest kind of magic as it has such an effect). One day or one night he was with us, he invoked Allah and invoked for a long period and then he said, "O 'Aisha do you know that Allah has instructed me concerning the matter I asked Him about? Two men came to me and one of them sat near my head and the other sat near my feet. The one near my head asked the other. What is wrong with this man?' The latter replied the is under the effect of magic. The first one asked, Who has worked magic on him?' The other replied Labid bin Al-A'sam, a man from Bani Zuraiq who was an ally of the Jews and was a hypocrite.' The first one asked, “What material did he use?' The other replied, 'A comb and the hair stuck to it.' The first one asked, 'Where (is that)?' The other replied. 'In a skin of pollen of a male date palm tree kept under a stone in the well of Dharwan' '' So the Prophet went to that well and took out those things and said "That was the well which was shown to me (in a dream) Its water looked like the infusion of Henna leaves and its date-palm trees looked like the heads of devils." The Prophet added, "Then that thing was taken out' I said (to the Prophet ) "Why do you not treat yourself with Nashra?" He said, "Allah has cured me; I dislike to let evil spread among my people."  Then he ordered that the well be filled up with earth.

Sahih Bukhari: Volume 7, Book 71, Number 659:

Narrated Abu Huraira (ra): Allah's Apostle said, "Avoid the Mubiqat, i.e., shirk and witchcraft."

 

Sahih Bukhari: Volume 1, Book 2, Number 47:  

Narrated Abu Huraira (ra): One day while the Prophet (saws) was sitting in the company of some people, (The angel) Gabriel (ra) came and asked, "What is faith?" Allah's Apostle replied, 'Faith is to believe in Allah, His angels, (the) meeting with Him, His Apostles, and to believe in Resurrection." Then he further asked, "What is Islam?" Allah's Apostle replied, "To worship Allah Alone and none else, to offer prayers perfectly to pay the compulsory charity (Zakat) and to observe fasts during the month of Ramadan." Then he further asked, "What is Ihsan (perfection)?" Allah's Apostle replied, "To worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you cannot achieve this state of devotion then you must consider that He is looking at you."

 

 

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