Halaqa & Hot Chocolate – Reflections


        During last Wednesday’s halaqa, we talked about dua (supplication), and its relevance and importance in our daily lives. Boston University’s volunteer Muslim chaplain, Ebraheim Ismail, who directed the halaqa asked us what dua means to us–many had different answers but Brother Ebraheim summed it up nicely–dua is simply just talking with Allah (SWT)-a daily conversation with The All Hearer and The Most Merciful. Dua establishes a relationship between us and Allah (SWT) as we ask for various things, such as good health, a bright future, or even good grades. Ebraheim mentioned that all of our duas will be answered by Allah(SWT) for He is Al-Mujeeb-The All Answerer. Allah promised that he will accept all our duas- He said call on me and I will answer.

       There a few do’s and don’ts regarding dua. Going around the musalla, we established a list of do’s and don’ts for dua. We concluded that including the names of Allah (SWT) into dua is always recommended and that having faith in Allah when making dua is most important or else your dua won’t be accepted. In terms of what we shouldn’t do with dua, it is important not to make dua for something haram–like harm to another person or, hilariously enough, rob a bank. This emphasizes the importance of not making dua when we are angry at someone else because it may lead us to make unconscious, spontaneous decisions. Furthermore, Ebraheim also emphasized the importance of being good to our parents because their duas are weighted heavily by Allah (SWT). In general, having a bad relationship with one’s family, or breaking ties with family members can lead your dua to not be accepted.

        During the halaqa we also talked about the story of what happened to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the city of Taif. Members of the city of Taif failed to give Prophet Muhammad the respect that he deserved. They rejected to accept the message of Islam, and decided to throw rocks at the Prophet (PBUH) on his way out of the city. For three miles Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) underwent such torment. After Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) exited the city, he did not sit down. He continued to stand and said one of the most beautiful duas, praying that Allah isn’t upset with him and that he hopes to bring only pleasure to allah. Angel Jibreel came down afterward and shared how the Prophet’s dua sent shockwaves through the heavens. He was asked whether he wanted destroy the people of Taif, but Prophet Muhammad declined, being the merciful prophet that he was, in hopes that someone from the future generations of Taif will be guided.

        Finally, we learned that making dua for others will bring us blessings as well—whatever we ask Allah (SWT) for others, we also get for ourselves!

Reflection by Hoda

        Sitting in the musalla, looking around and listening to my fellow muslim brothers and sisters I can’t help but smile. Here we all are on a Wednesday, in the middle of a school week, taking time out of our busy schedules to take a moment to reflect on Islam and on ourselves as Muslims. Especially as Muslim youth, it is important for us to come together as a community to encourage and learn from each other in Islam. I personally look forward to our halaqas; I get excited to learn something new in Islam, something that will better me as a Muslim–because at the end of the day that is the goal. For this specific halaqa, I loved how we talked about a topic so simple, dua, a way to seek guidance from Allah. And as Ebraheim said, having Allah by your side is pretty awesome! On that note, may Allah bless us all with good tidings inshallah!

Reflection by Amina

       On a dark, post daylight savings Wednesday afternoon, fellow Boston University Muslim brothers and sisters gathered to attend a halaqa in our cozy musalla. With hot chocolate and cookies in hand, we listened to our wonderful brother Ebraheim Ismail discuss the importance of dua in our lives and how to develop a better relationship with Allah (swt) through personalized dua. In the midst of a hectic week, I thoroughly enjoyed being able to take time away from studying and listen to an inspirational lecture surrounded by amazing people! I look forward to more halaqas where we are able to exchange ideas on various topics and learn more about the beautiful religion that brings us all together. I ask Allah (swt) to guide us all in our journey to becoming better Muslims and to forgive us for the sins that we have committed and those that we have yet to commit. May Allah reward brother Ebraheim for his efforts. I look forward to spending more time with you all inshaAllah! Assalaamu Alaikum!


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