Thursday, June 8, 2017

Halaqa # 77

 
Ramadan 13, 1438

Ramadan-ers

Year 4
Attendance:
  • 9 Sisters
  • 1 Junior Sister
  • 1 Junior Guests


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


  • 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. Ameen

  • QURAN RECITATION
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 Yunus from Ayah 26 to Ayah 53.  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.


  • QURAN REFLECTION

We tried a new format during the Halaqa, each sister read the English approximation
immediately after reading the Arabic ayah. It was suggested that next time, we instead
play a video English explanation of the verses we read.

  • SISTERS TALK
Sister Megan read the following article:

Six Ramadan Tips for New Muslims/Reverts

  • NEXT HALAQA and News

In sha Allah, our next Halaqa will be on Thursday, June 22nd at our headquarters.

Celebrate Ramadan Iftar 2017 - Building Bridges of Love and Compassion


Friday, June 16, 2017 from 8:00 PM to 11:55
Friday, June 16, 2017 from 8:00 PM to 11:55 Friday, June 16, 2017 from 8:00 PM to 11:5

  • SISTER PICTIONARY/CHARADES

We introduced a new interactive, engaging and fun activity to help us learn more about
our deen. A mix of charades and Pictionary. Based on the article outlining the best times
to make du’aa (please see below), we wrote each option on a separate piece of paper,
rolled them up, and placed them in a basket. Sisters took turns choosing a paper and
representing it either using a whiteboard, or a charade. Her fellow sisters tried to guess
the time.  Once the correct guess was made, the sister read the explanation


Since one of the duas a sister chose was making a dua for someone not present, we then
made a spontaneous dua for a friend who is in the last stages of Cancer.
To learn more about Dua see Halaqa #4 Wudu and Dua
from Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • SISTERS TALK

Sisters Muna read the following article:

Ramadan and the Revert

  • DUA AL-GHAAIB

Sister Sara led a dua for our New Sisters around the world.

اَللّٰهُمَّ اَلِّفْ بَيْنَ قُلُوْبِنَا وَأَصْلِحْ ذَاتَ بَيْنِنَا،
وَاهْدِنَا سُبُلَ السَّلاَمِ، وَنَجِّنَا مِنَ الظُّلُمَاتِ إِلَى النُّوْرِ
وَجَنِّبْنَا الْفَوَاحِشَ مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا وَمَا بَطَنَ، وَبَارِكْ لَنَا
فِىْ أَسْمَاعِنَا وَأَبْصَارِنَا وَقُلُوْبِنَا وَأَزْوَاجِنَا
وَذُرِّيَّاتِنَا وَتُبْ عَلَيْنَا اِنَّكَ أَنْتَ التَّوَّابُ الرَّحِيْمُ


O Allah! Put affection amongst our hearts, reform our matters within us,
guide us to the path of peace, save us from the darkness towards the light,
save us from all kinds of obscenity; the apparent as well as the hidden;
bless our hearing, our sight, our hearts, our spouses and our children,
turn in mercy towards us. Indeed You are the One who greatly accepts
repentance, most Merciful. Ameen


  • VIDEO
We watched the following two videos:

  • CLOSING DUA
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.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pre-Ramadan Survey

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How do you plan to showcase Ramadan to non-Muslims in your community?5 responses


Decorate our home Make a craft with local early years centre that us Ramadan related Make an extra effort to visit or help someone even in a small way
By sharing and modelling positivity and ease of fasting while at work.
I usually put white lights on the exterior of my house.
I do not have any such plans at the moment
Baking something for my neighbors , inviting them over to break fast with my family. Decorating my front porch for Ramadan/eid

Halaqa # 76

Shabaan 28, 1438

3,2,1 Ramadan

Year 4
Attendance:
  • 6 Sisters
  • 1 Junior Sister
  • 2 Junior Guests


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


  • 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. Ameen

  • QURAN RECITATION
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 Yunus from Ayah 1 to Ayah 25.  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.


  • QURAN REFLECTION

Sisters shared reading and discussed the translation of the approximate meaning. (https://quran.com/10)

  • SISTERS TALK
Sister Megan read the following article:

10 Hydrating Fruits & Nutritious Nuts You Should Consume this Ramadan

We discussed the issue of salted versus non-salted nuts.  Salt being a cause of dehydration
yet being a plus when your blood pressure drops. Moderation seemed to be the answer.

  • NEXT HALAQA and News

In sha Allah, our next Halaqa will be on Thursday, June 8th at our headquarters.

  • Pre-Ramadan Survey

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Click here to read the 5 replies we received to our simple survey:

How do you plan to showcase Ramadan to non-Muslims in your community?


  • SISTERS TALK
Sister Maryam read the following article:


  • LEARN A DUA
Jazak Allahu Khairan to Sister Samina for sharing this Dua on our WhatsApp group.
Amanah Daily Deen Doses.  Sister Lamiaa helped us learn it.

Sayyiduna Ubaadah bin Saamit رضي الله عنه reports that Rasulullah ﷺ used to teach us this
Dua at the approach of Ramadhaan
اَللَّهُمَّ سَلِّمْنِيْ لِرَمَضَانَ وَسَلِّمْ رَمَضَانَ لِيْ وَسَلِّمْهُ لِيْ مُتَقَبَّلا
Allawhumma Sallimnee Li Ramadhaana Wa Sallim Ramadhaana Lee Wa Sallimhu Lee
Mutaqabbalah
“O Allah! Safeguard me for the Month of Ramadhaan (by making me see the Month of
Ramadhaan fit and healthy), and safeguard the Month of Ramadhaan for me (by making
the conditions in it such that I take maximum benefit from it) and accept it from me.”
(Kanzul Ummaal)
  • DUA AL-GHAAIB
Sister Megan led a dua for Sister R.
  • SISTERS TALK
Sisters Winnie, Marwa and Muna jointly  read the following poem:

Yes! its Ramadan, the Month of Mercy is Here

Source: Mission Islam
  • TECH TALK
Sister Winnie shared a website which contains a nice resource for Ramadan and at the end
of the page, a great resource for Moms.

Ramadan Resource plus Childrens Activities

Source: Mission Islam
  • VIDEO  
We watched the following video but due to technical issues, we had to stop after 10 min.
  • CLOSING DUA
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.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Halaqa # 75

Shabaan 14, 1438

Organizing for Ramadan

Year 4
Attendance:
  • 5 Sisters
  • 4 Junior Guests

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

  • 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. Ameen

  • QURAN RECITATION
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 At-Tawba from Ayah 112 to Ayah 129.  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.

  • QURAN REFLECTION

Sisters shared reading and discussed the translation of the approximate meaning.

(https://quran.com/9)

  • SISTERS TALK
Sister Safiyyah  from Muslimah Life Coaching wrote an article especially for our
Halaqa and members. She shared it with us and we had an interesting discussion
about how we can implement these strategies.

6 Strategies for Improving Your Worship this Ramadan
  • NEXT HALAQA and News

In sha Allah, our next Halaqa will be on Wednesday May 24th at our headquarters.

Ramadan Festival featuring the work of Sister Mona.

One of our members, Sister Mona who volunteers with Amanah Sisters, will be showcasing her talent. If you go, please check out Chic Craft Design for Ramadan /Eid banners, Greeting Cards, Decorative Candles, Decorated Treat Bags, and Boxes.  Her talented sister will also have available Handcrafted Jewelry including Hijab Pins, Tasbeehs, Islamic Bracelets, and Necklaces.  You can view some of their work on Instagram by clicking on these links:
Chic Craft Design and Sweet Stone Designs.


If you are interested in joining a new Book Club, or have any questions, please feel free to contact Sister Megan on this email address meganmbarclay@gmail.com

  • SISTERS TALK
Sister Zaheera read the following article from Halaqa # 53

We discussed the importance and benefits of making Dua and Reading Quran

  • SISTERS TALK
Sister Winnie brought attention to the following two articles:

4 Tips to Organize Your Ramadan Cooking

  

  • DUA AL-GHAAIB
Sister Marwa led a Dua for Sister S.




  • SISTERS TALK
Sister Winnie brought attention to the following two articles:

30 children’s activities for Ramadan


  • VIDEO

We watched the following video:
which introduces a series of youtube videos by Healthy Muslimah On Prepping for Ramadan.

Sister Winnie brought to our attention the following video:
Action Plan for Ramadan 2017 !!! Nouman Ali khan (Full Lecture) 30:18

  • CLOSING DUA
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.