Thursday, December 4, 2014

Halaqa # 17

Intentions / Giving Advice
  • 6  Sisters
  • 1  Junior Sister
Location:  Headquarters
Agenda: (please note, we have included many links where you can read in detail more on each subject)

رَّبِّ زِدْنِى عِلْمًا
Rabbi zidni ilma.     
My Lord, increase me in knowledge.

We read Surah Fatihah aloud altogether, then sisters individually read aloud a few letters/words, ayahs (according to her ability and with the help and encouragement of her fellow sisters).  We read Surah Baqarah from Ayat 216  till Ayat 237.  In sha Allah, this will be an ongoing part of our halaqa and one day in sha Allah, we will have Khatam Quran and begin again.

Sister Rim read a talk about “Giving advice in Islam and our Duties as Muslims to do this”
To read a summary of her talk and also a link to tips for Giving Advice,

What to say if you see someone afflicted by misfortune  (say this privately)

Alhamdu lillaahil-lathee 'aafaanee mimmab-talaaka bihi wa fadhdhalanee 'alaa katheerin mimman khalaqa tafdheela.

Praise is to Allah Who has spared me what He has afflicted you with, and preferred me greatly above much of what He has created.

Reference: At-Tirmithi 5/493,4. See also Al-Albani, Sahih At-Tirmithi 3/153

Sister Asma (a member of our Shura Council recommends this site for listening and studying Quran.

She describes it as “a wonderful website where you can listen to Quran by different reciters while the English translation is highlighted as you go along.  Check it out and see if you find it useful.  You can adjust the settings as you wish. InshaAllah you will benefit from this excellent website.”

What is your intention when reciting Quran?

Sisters took turns reading aloud the following article:
Sister Winnie brought to the sisters attention a short story written in Arabic.  Sister Lamiaa kindly read that article and then translated into English for the benefit of all present. Click here for a link to the Arabic article and we would love if one of our members who speaks Arabic would send us an English translation to share with everyone.

Assumptions - Nouman Ali Khan (25:17)

The Expiation of Assembly - Kaffaratul-Majlis
Subhaanaka Allaahumma wa bihamdika, 'ash-hadu 'an laa 'ilaaha 'illaa 'Anta, 'astaghfiruka wa 'atoobu 'ilayka.

Glory is to You, O Allah, and praise is to You. I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but You. I seek Your forgiveness and repent to You.

Reference: Abu Dawud, Ibn Majah, At-Tirmithi and An-Nasa'i. See also Al-Albani, Sahih At-Tirmithi 3/ 153. Aishah (RA) said: "Allah's Messenger (SAW) did not sit in a gathering, and did not recite the Qur'an, and did not perform any prayer without concluding by saying ... (then she quoted the above)." This was reported by An-Nasa'i in 'Amalul-Yawm wal-Laylah (no.308), and Dr. Farooq Hamadah graded it authentic in his checking of the same book, p. 273. See also Ahmad 6/77

If any of this information was good and true, know that it comes from Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.  If there are mistakes we ask for Allah’s Forgiveness and Mercy.

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