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Monthly Qiyam Gathering (Brothers & Sisters)

MAB-Youth monthly QIYAM
On Friday night the 12th of Rabi Al Awwal 1433 (3rd Feb 2012), Muslim Association of Britain (Sheffield) in partnership with Muslim Welfare House Sheffield organised their first Monthly Qiyam for the new Islamic year. This also happened to be the day of the birth of the last messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him: PBUH, his family and his companions).

The programme included

The talk started with a video show on the first part of the story when Yusuf (PBUH) had a vision in which he saw eleven stars, the sun and the moon prostrating to him. The story can also be found at www.harfkids.com  which is an excellent website for children. The website is full of children's activities (in both Arabic and English) such as Quran memorisation, story of the Prophets, games, quizzes and Nasheed, cartoons etc.

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Some screenshots of the website.

The MAB-Youth QIYAM for children was part of the whole programme as usually children do not have their own programme, we decided to have part of the programme shared between the children and parents such as the dua’ i.e. Wird al Rabitah (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YP-lA5t0WKA&feature=related) the Salah for kids animation , Nasheed then the children had their own activities (www.islamcplaygroud.com) such as colouring, quiz etc...

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and the parents and adults had a workshop in which (working in groups of 5-7) they had to find out lessons from the Chapter Yusuf in the Quran.  To set the scene, .Dr. Abdul Aziz gave a brief introduction about when and why the Chapter (12) Yusuf was revealed. In his speech Dr. Abdul Aziz mentioned that one third of the Quran is based on stories as this is the best way to educate young and adults. Allah (SWT) chose the best stories as he started in Surah Yusuf:

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

“Alif-Lâm-Râ. [These letters are one of the miracles of the Qur'an, and none but Allâh (Alone) knows their meanings]. These are the Verses of the Clear Book (the Qur'ân that makes clear the legal and illegal things, laws, a guidance and a blessing). (1)

Verily, We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur'ân in order that you may understand. (2)

We relate unto you (Muhammad SAW) the best of stories through Our Revelations unto you, of this Qur'ân. And before this (i.e. before the coming of Divine Revelation to you), you were among those who knew nothing about it (the Qur'ân) (3)

(Remember) when Yûsuf (Joseph) said to his father: "O my father! Verily, I saw (in a dream) eleven stars and the sun and the moon,— I saw them prostrating themselves to me." (4)

He (the father) said: "O my son! Relate not your vision to your brothers, lest they arrange a plot against you. Verily! Shaitân (Satan) is to man an open enemy! (5)

"Thus will your Lord choose you and teach you the interpretation of dreams (and other things) and perfect His Favour on you and on the offspring of Ya'qûb (Jacob), as He perfected it on your fathers, Ibrahîm (Abraham) and Ishâq (Isaac) aforetime! Verily, your Lord is All-Knowing, All-Wise." (6)

Verily, in Yûsuf (Joseph) and his brethren, there were Ayât (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) for those who ask. (7)”

For full recitation of the chapter Yusuf in Arabic with English translation by Sheikh Maher Al Muaqgly
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXKbiKqGC3Q

Background: This is the 12th chapter and this indicated the approximate age of Yusuf (PBUH) when the events were taking place. This chapter is the only one in which Allah (SWT) narrated the whole story and it was not mentioned again in the whole Quran. The name of Yusuf (PBUH) is mentioned 256 times in the Quran, of which 206 are in chapter Yusuf.   This surah or chapter was revealed as a whole chapter to narrate it in details when the Jews asked the messenger (PBUH) to tell them about the life story of Yusuf. The chapter was revealed in the worst year of the messenger Muhammad’s (PBUH) life i.e. the 13th year after Allah (SWT) proclaimed him as the last messenger sent to all mankind; it is called the year of grief (Sanatu Al Huzni). After 13 years of hardship, in the last year, the prophet (PBUH) lost his beloved wife and our mother Khadija R.A. (may Allah be pleased with her), then his uncle Abu Talib. The clear lesson from this is that Allah (SWT) is saying to Muhammed (PBUH) to only rely and put his trust in Allah (SWT) and this lesson is directed to all mankind alike until the day of judgement. The other lesson Allah (SWT) is conveying to his messenger is that all messengers and prophets are tested and they are in fact the hardest trialled amongst mankind (in fact Chapter 11 speaks about all trials in the past). The beloved people to Allah (SWT) are those who are the most trialled. Consequently, Allah (SWT) wants to console Muhammad (PBUH) against all trials he was facing.  The 3rd lesson is that if you feel bad and sad, read chapter of Yusuf (PBUH) and you find solace and tranquillity.

The workshop: Dr. Abdul Aziz divided the audience, which exceeded 70 brothers and sisters including children, into small groups with a task to find the lessons in the life story of Yusuf (PBUH) relevant to our daily lives now and in the future until the day of judgement as the actors and the scenes may change but the lesson are the same. Children were given worksheets to do activities. This workshop lasted about 25 minutes and the response was fantastic as a representative from each group shared their findings with the rest of the audience.
 
These are some of lessons (in no particular order) reported to the audience:

  1. Be dutiful to the parents
  2. Manner of speech
  3. Affection and frankness to your children
  4. Treat equally all your children and do not show love/preference to one over the other.
  5. Consultation to those who have experience and older than you.
  6. Do not tell anyone your secrets.
  7. Do not envy others
  8. Satan is an enemy to human
  9. Allah (SWT) is the knower and wise
  10. Do not cheat your parents they will always know
  11. Always consult your parents
  12. Allah (SWT) will always take care of his servants
  13. Do not leave young men with women on their own.
  14. If you need help, ask Allah (SWT) and nobody else.
  15. Don’t give up in Allah (SWT) and believe always he is there to help you in hard times
  16. Love your sibling
  17. Stand up for truth
  18. Try to protect your honour
  19. Do not justify ignorance
  20. When studying a situation, you must be fair
  21. Always have good intention.
  22. Be kind to those who are kind to you
  23. Do not talk about somebody in his absence
  24. A person who believe in Allah (SWT), will only complain to Allah (SWT)
  25. Do not lose hope in Allah (SWT)
  26. Always have patience and perseverance in time of unjustice because for sure Allah will rewatrd you abundantly
  27. Seek lessons from nations who have been destroyed
  28. The day of judgement will come without warning.
  29. Jealousy is a disease that affect the soul
  30. Envy bring about bad ideas and push people to lie
  31. Instead of his brothers blaming themselves, they blamed their father Jacob (PBUH)
  32. Parents’ love is true love
  33. Look for the signs of the creator in the heavens and earth.
  34. Allah is all knowing and wise
  35. Allah (SWT) gives power to whom He will and take it away from whom He will. Yusuf (PBUH) came out of prison and his suffering to become a Minister of economy.
  36. We must not let our desire take over us
  37. Do not cover the truth and act fairly
  38. Do not keep false promises
  39. Do not hold grudges against your brothers
  40. Be just in the distribution of food during the drought, famine and crisis.
  41. Being handsome externally should be accompanied with purity and high morals internally
  42. Always be grateful to Allah (SWT)
  43. Faith and sincerity will prevent from doing evil.
  44. The truth always prevails over false accusation and allegation.
  45. Look after people in time of hardship
  46. Changing the place of action in time of trials.
  47. Speaking to people according to their level of understanding
  48. Do not disclose the real understanding until the right time and place (Yacob (PBUH) knew the interpretation of the vision but he did not reveal to Yusuf (PBUH)
  49. Jacob (PBUH) knew the plot of the brothers of Yusuf (PBUH) and he gave the idea for their plot.
  50. One can devise a scheme but Allah’s scheme always succeeds.
  51. Piety and righteousness prevent somebody from committing unlawful acts 
  52. Loyalty to people who were good to you.
  53. Ups and downs in life  are  human natural  destiny
  54. Responsibility
  55. Setting good example
  56. Seek knowledge which benefits people and for the common good.
  57. Taking initiative and being confident
  58. Making dua’ i.e. supplication to Allah (SWT) all the time.
  59. True dreams happen and become reality
  60. Recognising and admitting when you are wrong.
  61. Repentance to Allah (SWT) and seeking forgiveness from those you have wronged and being merciful to those who wrong us and pardoning them.
  62. Good planning for the future
  63. Being Modest
  64. Chastity
  65. Temptation of women
  66. Have a dialogue and listening as well as good communication skils
  67. Respecting the opinions of others even you might disagree with them when you are in position of power
  68. Honesty and dignity
  69. Good intention
  70. Do not think high of yourself
  71. Status is defined by Allah (SWT) and not people.
  72. Good always come out of bad
  73. You are innocent until proven guilty (bringing evidence)
  74. Dreams (science of prediction) , forward thinking, preparation, engaging in Politics.
  75. Conducting Dawah i.e. calling to Allah (SWT) wherever you are
  76. The first step to call to Allah(SWT) is to prove that there is a creator
  77. Full submission and acceptance of Allah’s decree and favouring Allah’s choice over one self.

These lessons were the outcome of the group discussion which had the benefit of increasing the brothers and sisters knowing each other and consolidate this brotherhood and sisterhood among the members of the community.  The other benefit is how we can have a positive dialogue, consultation and respect each other’s opinion and agree on some points and disagree on some on how in turn we learn to work on what we agree on and forgive each other on what we disagree on. There is a lot which we agree on and little which we disagree on.

At the end of the workshop everybody young or old were rewarded with delicious pizza and a drink. During food, the discussion continued between the whole audience. This followed by qiyam i.e. the night prayer and dua’ i.e. supplication for people present and Muslims around the world especially our brothers and sisters in Syria.

The feedback was very positive and everybody was looking forward to the next MAB Youth Monthly  Qiyam  including  families and children which will be Insha’ Allah on:

Friday 9th Jumada Al Awwal (2nd March 2012)

Mothers of believers

 
Tribute and lessons from their lives and inaugurate our Women in the Quran as part of our

International Women Week  (5th- 11th March) with the theme

To build Bridges of hope and peace for the future


with exhibition, Mosque guided tour, presentation, international food and daily lectures about women mentioned in the Quran with special programme on

International Women Day

on

Thursday 8th March 2012


to honour Saint Maryami.e. Mary the mother of Jesus (Peace Be Upon Them ) the only women mentioned by her name and whole chapter dedicated to her in the Quran.

Click the link to hear the recitation of this chapter with English translation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ6epWgvGCQ

The doors of Muslim Welfare House (Sheffield) will open insha’ Allah from 11.00am to 8.00pm with lectures on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6.30 -8.30pm (For further information, please see poster or call 07411 843380)

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