New Halaqah: Conversations in Paradise, Conversations in Hell

June 3, 2008 at 3:48 pm (All, Islam Education) (, , , )

Bismillah.Coversations in Paradise, Conversations in Hell

Alhamdulillah, my experience with the Perished Nations halaqah was totally brilliant. Alhamdulillah, so much benefit came out of it, that in sha Allah, i’m planning to do another Halaqah series. This time, however, it’s only going to be two parts.

 I’m in the process of preparing this Halaqah, so I would love to read your ideas and comments about what you would like to see in this Halaqah.

Here is why I chose this topic: In reading the Quran, the verses where Allah describes conversation amongst people of paradise/hellfire always intrigued me.  I believe that you need to learn success directly from those who were successful, so how cool is it to hear the success principles from people who entered Jannah.

And while others are decieved, how cool is it to hear the truth from those who entered hellfire, what truly led them to where they are now.

Here’s what I would like from you:

1. Quran Challenge: Quote all the verses in the Quran that are conversations in Paradise or Hell. Example:

14:22 And Satan will say when the matter is decided: “It was Allah Who gave you a promise of Truth: I too promised, but I failed in my promise to you. I had no authority over you except to call you but ye listened to me: then reproach not me, but reproach your own souls. I cannot listen to your cries, nor can ye listen to mine. I reject your former act in associating me with Allah. For wrong-doers there must be a grievous penalty.”

2. Let me know what your expectations are for this Halaqah

3. Any brilliant ideas on how to make this Halaqah that absolutely most fantastic Halaqah on the net! 🙂

Bismillah .. hit reply…


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Perished Nations 4: Qawmi Fir’own (Prophet Musa – alayhis salam)

March 13, 2008 at 11:58 pm (All, Islam Education)


Here is the fourth and final installment.

The story of Musa and Fir’own is FULLLLLLL of lessons, subhan Allah. I’d love to see your “what i learned was…” comments.

Here are the videos:




Notes? I’m in the UK at the moment. In sha Allah, when i return home i’ll post it up. Come back now y’hear!

What have you learned? What amazing reflections do you have?

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Perished Nations, Episode 3: Qawmi Lut, the People of Sadoom

March 7, 2008 at 9:20 pm (All, Islam Education)

Ok, it’s finally here. Enjoy…

part 1 of 3 


part 2 of 3 


part 3 of 3


And here are my notes for the complete benefit (Jazakum Allahu khayr for asking) …

Sadoom Perished Nations 3, Lut’s People abc compilation

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Need to copy/paste Arabic Quran

March 4, 2008 at 10:15 pm (All, Islam Education)


 Alhamdulillah, I’m thinking there are others out there who have found themselves in need of copy/pasting the Arabic of the Quranic verses.

I found a solution, alhamdulillah:

enjoy. And make dua for me.

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Perished Nations, episode 2 ~ Thamood

February 28, 2008 at 5:15 pm (All, Islam Education)


Jazakum Allahu khayr for everyone who has shown their interest and support for this 4 part series. We are half done. 

 Here are the videos:

Here are my notes:

Perished Nations 2: Thamood, teachers notes raw

Ma sha Allah, we had like 3000 students visit the site last week. There was a lot of noise for the notes, so in sha Allah, i’ll keep giving my notes whenever available.

This week, let up the quality of the comments by answering this question:

“What have you learned so far in this lecture series?” Post your comments …

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Harmful Labels and Chocolate Chip Cookies

February 27, 2008 at 4:00 pm (All, DiscoverULife, Lifecoaching)

Harmful Labels and Chocolate Chip Cookies
By Heba Alshareef

“Dummy!”  It’s the favorite new word of my two year old.  She says it all the time, with no regard to decorum or awareness of place.  It’s “dummy” to her brother who says he is too busy to play with her, “dummy” to the senior gentleman who smiles at her in the grocery check-out line, “dummy” to the stroller harness that prevents her from running around like a mad child, “dummy” to me when I refuse to give her yet another cookie.

It’s not a nice word, I know, and please don’t ask me where she learned it.

Not nice words have the remarkable ability to become labels, and labels can become harmful.  How many times have you heard these ones?“She’s the clown.”  “He’s the trouble-maker.”  “I’m lazy.”   “You’re heartless!”   

Try to think of people that you know or care about and inevitably, the labels you’ve placed in relation to them will come up as well.  Who is the “good?” The “bad?” The “ugly?”   

Who are you?  What are you?
Labels can be extremely harmful in that they confine people to boxes that must contain any other tendencies not in accordance to the markers that describe their natures.  So, for example, can the girl who is seen by everyone to be the ‘class clown’ ever cry and take a dramatic turn?  She will struggle to push down any feelings of disappointment because ‘it isn’t who she is.’  Just imagine how stifling the box she is in can become.

The label that got you here won’t get you to where you want to goWhat progress will we ever make if we keep calling ourselves “lazy”?  We’ll get to know our couches very well, but is that the life you really want for yourself or for anyone else you care about whom you’ve affixed the same label to?

Allah SWT says in Surah Al Hujuraat:  “O ye who believe! Let not some men among you laugh at others: It may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): Nor let some women laugh at others: It may be that the (latter are better than the (former): Nor defame nor be sarcastic to each other, nor call each other by (offensive) nicknames: Ill-seeming is a name connoting wickedness, (to be used of one) after he has believed: And those who do not desist are (indeed) doing wrong.”

Labels should be left for food items and clothing brands.  Still, it is human nature to generalize and labels can shape who we are, they live with us and have the power to live on after us.  Consider the Prophet Muhammad SAW, known in his life time and until this day as “Al Amin”, the trustworthy.   

Activity: What will your label legacy look like?
1. Turn to a new page in your journal.
2. Write down the old labels you’ve given yourself.
3. Rip it out and burn it and do it with a vengeance!
4. Repeat step 1.
5. Write down your new labels. 

Wear the label.    Live the label.    Be the label.   Own the label. 
As for me, I don’t want to be a “dummy”, so I’m off to give my two year old that chocolate chip cookie.  I know she’s going to say, “Mama nice,” when I do.  And bribing my way to a new label, well…hey, as long as it’s a good one, I’ll take it.

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Quran Phonetic Search

February 25, 2008 at 7:44 pm (All, Islam Education)

Here is another awesome service.

Did the Imam mention an ayah and you want to find out where it is in the Quran? Just check out:

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Super cool Arabic keyboard tool

February 25, 2008 at 7:39 pm (All, Islam Education)


 Sometimes it is important for me to type up some arabic words and use the google search. Although MSWord can convert into Arabic, I find that sometimes converting MSWord brings problems.

 So for those of us who need to type in Arabic, I found the coolest tool:

 Just open the page, type whatever you need, and copy/paste the text. Awesome stuff.

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Here are my notes for Perished Nation 1

February 22, 2008 at 5:40 pm (1, All, Islam Education) (, , , )

Alright, You made the noise.  Here are the notes >> (click>> Teacher Notes: Perished Nations 1 – People of ‘Aad ~ Prophet Hud

The notes are in ‘raw’ form, meaning they are not compiled into ‘essay’ format. It’s just cuts and pastes, and then when I do the lecture I occasionally look at the notes, using them as a skeleton for what I want to say.

However, I like to speak from the heart and go with what comes to heart/mind. For that reason, you may find a lot of things I said in video that are not in the notes. 

With best wishes to see you succeed at the highest level!

– Muhammad Alshareef

PS: Check out for some cool flashes that I made.

PPS: For those who are wondering what making noise sounds like, take a look at what happened to my inbox:

 making noise email inbox

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Perished Nations Part 1

February 21, 2008 at 4:26 pm (All, Islam Education)


Here is the video for the Perished Nations Part 1. May Allah reward the crew that made sure there was a camera there, and Coach Hasnain for uploading the video for all of us.

 Here are the links, divided into 3 parts for uploading purposes:

Perished Nations 1 

 First 30 minutes

 Second 30 minutes

 Third 30 minutes

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