Thursday, November 5, 2015

Halaqa # 39

Muharram  22, 1437

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

O Allah, bless this Halaqa, allow us to gain, act upon  and share beneficial knowledge. Guide us, forgive our sins and grant us Jannah with our families and loved ones. Ameen

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 An-Nissa  from Ayat 163 till  Surah Al-Maaida
Ayat 2. 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.

All our members “Alumni and Amanah” are daughters.  Some have moms living nearby, some 
far away; some have Muslim moms others don’t; some have moms who are still with them, 
others have moms who have departed this earthly world.  Whatever the situation, in sha Allah, 
this article will give you some ideas on how to honor and show your mom in new ways how 
much you love her. Sisters present read and discussed the following article.

Keeping In Touch: A Daughter’s Perspective

This is a statement of thanks and appreciation to be said to the person who does a favor. Instead of saying “thanks” (Shukran), the Islamic statement of thanks is to say this phrase. It’s meaning is: ” May Allah reward you for the good.”
It is understood that human beings can’t repay one another enough. Hence, it is better to request Almighty Allah to reward the person who did a favor and to give him the best.
Jazaak comes from the root word jazaa' (جزاء) which according to the popular Arabic-English dictionary, Al-Mawrid, has two meanings that are completely opposite to each other!
Thus jazaa' (جزاء) can either mean reward OR punishment.
So :"JazakAllah" can may either mean "may Allah reward you" or "may Allah punish you", while
"JazakAllah Khair" means ... "may Allah reward you with the Best / Good",
So the correct way is to say Jazakallah khair & not just JazakAllah. Though someone might say that the intention by saying JazakAllah is the same like JazakAllahu khayran, if it's so, then why not use the complete wordings as used by Prophet(salallahu alaihi wa sallam) and the Sahabas (radiAllahu Anhum), which is "JazakAllahu khayran" !
For more details on replies said to this phrase click here.
In sha Allah, our next Halaqa will be held on Thursday November 19th, 2015 indoors  at our Headquarters upstairs from 10am-12 noon.  
Update:  Post-Halaqa this date needed to be changed to Nov. 17th, 2015.
Sister Sara and Sister Winnie jointly read the following article:
What does Islam say about "mothers"?

Sister Sara  discussed a website her friend Asmaa recently shared with her.

It is called  (note .co not .com). offers a unique and excellent resource for finding appropriate Duas to match your current emotional state. You enter the emotion you're experiencing and it matches you with the appropriate du'a! Below is a video available on Facebook that shows you how to use the website. We hope and pray you find it or benefit, ameen!



For the expiation of sins, said at the conclusion of a sitting or gathering. To listen to this dua click here

196 - "How perfect You are O Allah, and I praise You. I bear witness
that None has the right to be worshipped except You. I seek Your
forgiveness and turn to You in repentance."

سُبْحـانَكَ اللّهُـمَّ وَبِحَمدِك، أَشْهَـدُ أَنْ لا إِلهَ إِلاّ أَنْتَ أَسْتَغْفِرُكَ وَأَتوبُ إِلَـيْك
Subhânaka l-lâhumma wa bi-hamdika. Ash-hadu an lâ ilâha illâ
anta, astaghfiruka wa atûbu ilayka.

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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