Thursday, April 2, 2020

Halaqa # 144

Shabaan 8, 1441 AH

Year 7
12 Sisters
5 Junior Sisters                                                           
2 Junior Guests

Location: Online

Agenda: (please note, we have included many links where you can read in detail more on each subject)

During the COVID-19 “stay at home” order, we have decided to hold our Halaqa online using Zoom. In sha Allah, every Thursday, we will have two adjoining sessions with a small break in the middle.   If you would like to join, please get in touch with us.

Session One 10:30 AM: 

Opening Dua

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. 
O my Lord increase me in knowledge*رَّبِّ زِدْنِى عِلْمًا   Ameen

Quran: Reciting

We read Surah Fatihah aloud altogether, then Sister Alia read Surah Al-Israa verses 105-111 & Surah Al-Kahf verses 1-4 followed by Sister Rim, reading the English Approximation.  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.   

Children’s Quran

Children were invited to read some Surahs or verses of the Quran.

Their choices:  Al Qariah read by A.
Al Muzzamil (part) and Al Fatihah read by N. 
 Al Bayyinna read by S.

Sister’s Share

Sister Alia shared with us a Hadith about learning the Quran. 

Quran: Tajweed

We are following a book from our library that is not copyrighted.
Tajweed for Beginners  Prepared by Qari Ismail Essack
Sister Shima read the following lessons. 
Tajweed lessons 3, 4 (you can scroll inside the pdf below to see the lessons)

~Due to technical difficulty, our Tafsir was moved to the second session.~


Numerous resources for learning at home.  The Islamic Blog

News and Schedule

In sha Allah, Upcoming Online Halaqas:

Thursday, April 9, 2020
Thursday, April 16, 2020

Asma ul-Husna

Sister Alia read information about our next two names and then we recited the first 12 names together. 

99 Names of Allah – Part 1 (Seeking help with Asma ul Husna ) Series

Part 1   names 13 and 14

Session Two 11:30 AM:

Quran: Tafsir

Surah Al-Israa verses 105-111 & Surah Al-Kahf verses 1-4

We have chosen to use Tafsir Ibn Kathir   Volume 6 
Sister Alia read part #2

The Punishment of the People of Misguidance 
Verses 105-106   

Verse 107-109

The Command to recite neither loudly nor softly
Declaration of Tawhid
Verses 110-111

The Destruction of Fir`awn and His People    

The reason why this Surah was revealed  
Verses 1-5

Discussion:   After listening to the tafsir, we referred back to our reading and discussed the spot where prostration is indicated. Sister Shimaa shared the following Hadith. 

Also, we discussed whether certain Dhikr could be substituted. 
Here is an answer found on IslamWeb

Children’s Focus              

What is this building?

What shape is the Kaba?

Al-Kaba means the cube building.   Can you find a cube in your blocks and then make a model of the Kaba using other toys for the people?   Or maybe use paint like in this picture.

What country is the Kaba in?

Saudi Arabia

Every year, many Muslims go for Hajj. In what city do they perform the Hajj?


The Kaba is the first Masjid built on earth, Who built it?

Prophet Musa
Prophet Muhammad
Prophet Ibraheem and his son Ismail

Prophet Ismail helped his father, How have / can you help your parents?

General Discussion


We watched the following video:

There were a few problems hearing the video and we discussed the possibility of watching the video during the break between the two sessions. 

Don’t Be Sad

Sister Mai read  The Art of Happiness 
E-book  page 84-87

Discussion:  How to find our Happiness during our isolation. 

A Temporary Gift

Sister Megan read: Love, Unravelling:  Equilibrium in faith
  page 126-127
Link to Purchase a pdf                Link to buy
Discussion:  How can we find equilibrium during this time of isolation?

Closing Dua

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

"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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