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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No more cheesy halaqahs (and i’m not talking Dorritos)

February 21, 2008 at 3:58 pm (Islam Education) (, , , , , , , , )


A new page in my da’wah has opened. For the most part, I would be invited to a million speaking engagements and in order to accomodate that I would basically prepare my speeches on napkins 5 minutes before the speech begins.

 (Y’know you’ve been there: the shaykh says, as soon as he starts talking, turns to the MC and asks, “What’s the topic again?” Sheesh.)

 Well, call this: Shoyookh Taking the Mic Back.

Islam deserves better, even if that means i’m going to have to say NO more often.

So here is the deal. I’ve designed a formula to produce outstanding speeches. Nothing less then the best:

 1. For every 1 hour of lecture, I will schedule 10 hours of preparation.
2. 8 hours will be research, 1 hour compilation, 1 hour practice (with another person listening, like my mother in law)
3. I will arrive at least 20 minutes before each event.
4. I will recall my ‘greatest speeches’ anchor and “relive” those speeches.
5. I will play the scene in my mind of an oustanding speech
6. I will stand up and DELIVER! 🙂

 This Perished nations 4 part Halaqah series is my first attempt.  Every time I speak, I demand that a super duper awesome poster be designed, a message sent out to our mailing list, and the audio be available within 24 hours for everyone online to benefit.

Enjoy, in sha Allah.

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