Thursday, June 5, 2014

Halaqa # 5

Humility in Prayer

  • 7 Sisters
  • 2  Junior Sisters
Location:  Headquarters
Agenda: (please note, we have included many links where you can read in detail more on each subject)

We opened with a short dua about having good relations taken from the website:  The Islamic Workplace

Ibn Mas’ud reported that the Prophet taught him to say this supplication:

O Allah, bring our hearts together and make our relations good. Guide us to the paths of peace and bring us out of the darkness and into the light. Keep us away from lewdness, both hidden and open. O Allah, bless us in our hearing and our sight, in our hearts, our wives and our offspring. Turn unto us, for You are the Oft-Turning, the Oft-Merciful. Make us thankful for Your blessings and complete it upon us.” (Related by Ahmad and Abu Dawud.)

Source: Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 1, #161

When researching the source we discovered a complete PDF of Fiqh us Sunnah and a brief explanation of the history of this dua.

Fiqh 1.161:

Sunnah acts of prayer, Supplications After the Last Tashahud and Before the Tasleem

It is preferred for the person to supplicate after the final tashahud and before making the final salutations (that end the prayer). The person may ask for whatever he wishes of the good of this life and the hereafter. Ibn Mas'ud reported that the Prophet, upon whom be peace, taught him the tashahud and then said, "Then choose whatever you wish to ask (of Allah)." (Related by Muslim.) Supplications are preferred acts in general, regardless of whether they are reported from the Prophet or not, although supplications authenticated by the sunnah are better. The above prayer is listed as number 9 under Fiqh 1.161 (click on the link above for a complete pdf of Fiqh us Sunnah)

We read Surah Faatihah 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 49 till Ayat 69.  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 Lamiaa presented a very informative talk on Humility in Prayer; to read a summary of her talk, click here.  Following her talk, we had a discussion session with some questions and answers from all present.

We added a new feature to our halaqa, Borrow a Book, where a small selection of our lending library books were circulated amongst the sisters for them to choose which books they would like to borrow.

Then Sister Winnie presented a simple dua geared to our junior members.

Dua to say when Ascending and Descending (when travelling):  

Jabir (RA) said: While ascending, we would say: “Allah is the greatest.” - Allaahu Akbar

Jabir (RA) said: When descending, we would say: “How far from imperfections Allah is.” Subḥaan-Allaah  source:


This dua is not meant to be used inside the home for going up or down stairs.  Please read through the explanation taken from Islam Q &A.  not for stairs

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To listen to the Dua: Click here then choose Dua 084

سُبْحـانَكَ وَبِحَمدِك، لا إِلهَ إِلاّ أَنْتَ أَسْتَغْفِرُكَ وَأَتوبُ إِلَـيْك.

AAaishah (r.a.a) said: Whenever The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) would betake a seat, read Quran or pray, he would always conclude it with certain words, I (i.e. AAaishah) said: O Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.), I have noticed that whenever you betake a seat, read Quran or pray, you always conclude it with these words. He said: Yes, whoever speaks good, it (i.e. the supplication) will be a seal for that goodness and whoever speaks ill, it will be an atonement for him.’
Subhanaka wabihamdik, la ilaha illa anta astaghfiruka wa-atoobu ilayk.
‘How perfect You are and I praise You. None has the right to be worshipped except You, I seek Your forgiveness and turn in repentance to You.’

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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