Thursday, April 16, 2020

Halaqa # 146

Shabaan 22, 1441 AH,

Ramadan Ready?
Year 7
9 Sisters
5 Junior Sisters                                                            
5 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-Kahf verses 16-20 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 verses of the Quran

Al-Naazi’aat  read by B

Quran: Tajweed

We are following a book from our library that is not copyrighted.
Tajweed for Beginners  Prepared by Qari Ismail Essack
Sister Shimaa read the following lessons.
Tajweed lesson 5 page 10, 11, top of 12

Quran: Tafsir 

Surah Al-Kahf  verses 16-20 

We have chosen to use Tafsir Ibn Kathir   Volume 6 
Sister Alia read parts 1 and 2.

Verse 17 

Verse 18

Verses 19-20

Discussion:  We discussed the various aspects that we had not known or misunderstood. 

Reply from Maryum about questions raised after last week’s Halaqa:

Question 1. 

I just wanted to let you know, my husband and I were discussing the story with Rukana and Prophet Muhammed (saw) and he mentioned that the story is jaeda at best and possibly weak (?), from the information he is reading in Arabic.

I have read the questions, as for the story of the wrestler Rukanah the Hadith was narrated by Abu Dawood and was classified as Hasan - hasan means the Hadith is good and acceptable to use but it contains some weakness, but not a major one. There could be other chains of transmission that are weaker (daif), but at least one chain from Abu Dawood is Hasan

Question 2: 

Some children were wondering if children have writing angels especially since they automatically go to Jannah.

As for the second question, it has been narrated that the pen has been lifted from 3 people, the sleeping one until he wakes up, the insane until he regains his sanity and the child until he reaches puberty. The Hadith does not mention the angels being absent from those persons, it states they do not record their actions, but it does not mention that the angels abandon them during that time, so I would assume they are there, protecting the person.

Moreover, it is not entirely true that children will go to paradise automatically, this is a false assumption that is carried by several people but it contradicts the Hadith and Quran

Even a baby..... they will be asked after death..... they will have the awareness?  

There is also a verse in surah Nun that the defiantly disobedient people will not produce any other offspring than similar themselves, disbelieving and rebellious and then prophet Noah requested Allah to destroy his nation and that included the children. If the children were pure they should have been saved together with the believers on the ark, but they were apparently already corrupted

Yes from the Hadith we understand that the baby should be tested too, even thou he did not have earthly sins or good deeds, his soul is mature enough to handle the test just as all the souls were already asked once before birth to testify in front of Allah that He is their Lord and God and that is so that they will not have any argument against Him in case of disbelief, they all already knew about Him before being born

This is where the fitrah comes from, so if we are able to testify before even coming to this life, why should we think that we can't after birth? This would also be unfair that some people who did not face any trials and did not perform any good deeds would enjoy eternal paradise without any effort on their part at all

Some scholars make a division between the children of believers and disbelievers saying that if the first one was allowed to live he would grow up to be a believer too, so they end up going to paradise while the opposite is true for the children of the isolators, so we do hope this for Muslim children but the other Hadith about the test does not give a guarantee

This is a quote from a dispute on this matter:

This is the Hadith:
Anas said: the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Four (kinds of people) will be brought forth on the Day of Resurrection: the infant, the insane, the one who died during the Fatrah (the period between two prophets) and the very old man. All of them will speak in their own defence, then the Lord, may He be blessed and exalted, will say to a neck of Hell, ‘Come forth!’ and He will say to them, ‘I used to send Messengers to My slaves from amongst themselves. Now I am the Messenger of Myself to you. Enter this (i.e., the Fire).’ Those who are decreed to be among the doomed will say, ‘O Lord, how could we enter it when we are trying to escape it?’ And those who are decreed to be among the blessed will rush to enter it. And Allaah will say: ‘You would have been more disobedient towards My Messengers.’ So those will enter Paradise and those will enter Hell.” Narrated by Abu Ya’laa, 4224. There are corroborating reports which were mentioned by Ibn Katheer in al-Tafseer, 3/29-31.

The above Hadith specifically mentions infants.

We do have other ahadith that say Muslim kids will go to paradise and take their parents with them, but to combine between all the evidence it appears that they will be tested and hopefully pass the test in sha Allah before they can help their parents

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: this is the most reasonable of the opinions, which reconciles all the reports and brings all the ahaadeeth into harmony.

And there are still other options, but I didn't want to go into them because they are weaker and more speculative

Break 20 minutes

Session Two 11:30 AM:

Children’s Focus             

We discussed the following questions and then watched 

Video     Kids Explain Ramadan · #RamadanReady  2:51

What month is coming up?  

What is Ramadan?

What is your favourite thing to eat in Ramadan?

What is your favourite part of Ramadan?

What does Ramadan teach us?

Activity                Hand Print Ramadan Calendar For Kids

Activity           Islamic Placemat     How to and more ideas

Video       Islamic Songs For Kids | Fasting is Fun | Omar & Hana 2:09

Video            My First Fast   5:29 

Great Women of Islam Who Were Given the Good News of Paradise

Sister Mai read part of the chapter about Umm Salamah radi Allahu anha  
In the book,  page 81 bottom to page 84 

News and Schedule

In sha Allah, Upcoming Online Halaqas:

Thursday, April 23, 2020
Thursday, April 30, 2020


Asma ul-Husna

Sister Rim read information about our next two names and then she recited the first 12 names.

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

Part 1   names 15 and 16

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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