Friends, Workshops

Friendship Workshop / Halaqah

This is a 1-hour workshop, however, you could extend it by spending more time on much-needed discussions and detailed analysis of the scenarios.

This workshop covers:

  • Importance of good friends
  • Demonstration
  • What are the qualities of a good friend
  • How to be a good friend
  • Scenarios

For the demonstration, you will need the resources mentioned in the PowerPoint below. One student will need to be given a cup with food colouring /dye in the water and the rest of the students will have cups with clear water in them. As the students mingle with each other they need to put a few drops of the water from their cup into their partner’s cup using a pipette. Students keep speaking to different students and mixing their water. Allow students to do this for 3-5 mins. When finished ask students to put all their cups in one line in order of colour.

The person who started with the cup of coloured water = bad friend. The bad friend went and spent time with other people and left her effects on other friends. The coloured water should now be in a few cups – this represents the effects of the bad company just like in the hadeeth; you will smell like the blacksmith if you spend time with the blacksmith. Good friend = the clear water and leaves their effect on people; just like in the hadith if you spend time with the perfume seller you will smell like perfume.

The five qualities of a friend – we said that the more of these 5 qualities a friend has the better the friend they are. Students finish the session by doing an internal reflection to see if they are good friends and how they ca become better friends.

Our coloured water after the demonstration

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Productivity Workshop

Alhamdulillah i had the oppertunity to deliver a two part online webinar on Productivity. Stuck at home in the lockdown of Covid-19 a very good friend of mine organised ‘Heart to Heart daily reminders’ for the community just before the start of Ramadan 2020. She asked me to speak on ‘Productivity’. The webinar content is mostly very general and can be applied to any context.

The two sessions address the following five questions:

  • Why do i need to be productive?
  • What can i do with my time?
  • Methods to increase in productivity?
  • What prevents us from being producitve?
  • How to tackle these barriers

Each session was one hour long.

Session 1 covers what is productivity? Why do i need to be productive in the light of Surah Al-Asr and the hadith ‘5 before 5’ as well as discussing four methods to increase in productivity: planning, to do lists, breaking down tasks and routines.

Session 2 covers what prevents us from being productive? A discussion on procrastination and four methods to tackle procrastination: eat the frog, self-discipline, be your own cheerleader and Du’a.

I used mentimeter to help engage and get to know my audience. You can see the results below. I also used the chat box feature in Zoom to allow my attendees to answer any questions i asked.

You can find the speaker notes and powerpoint presentations below.

Session 1 resources –

Sessesion 2 resources –

Alimiyyah resources, Quran Tafseer

Juz 28

I created these powerpoint slides when I was teaching the Tafseer (Quranic explanation) of Juz 27 – 30. It helped me summarize the information and gave the students a resource they could take home and use a reference rather than need to scribble down every word that was said. I shared the resources with my students through a google classroom, however you could just direct them to the blog if easier.

However, the powerpoint slides can be used in many ways

  • Personal study of each Surah
  • Teacher resource for teaching Tafseer
  • Could be used for a study group discussion

The powerpoint slides need to be studied alongside an authentic Qur’an translation and preferably with a teacher also.

My main reference was Mutfi Taqi Uthmani’s ‘Maariful Quran’ along with some other research. Please let me know how you use this resource and i pray it would be beneficial to you inshallah!

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A very important and much needed topic for discussion in todays times. Where not only the meaning of the word is being changed but its interpretation is being altered also. It is important we teach the true meaning of Modesty in Islam and also important that we do not just limit the word modesty to external dress. Therefore we have seperated our sessions starting with internal modesty – a quality of the heart and mind and then moving on to external modesty.

Note regarding external modesty lesson – It is important that we do not dictate what specific clothing type is haram/halal upon students but rather teach them the tools to decide for themselves if a particular item falls into the modest or immodest category.

When teaching both lessons i never gave my own judgements or looked down upon anyones certain ideas of dress. The entire purpose of the sessions were to get students to think twice about what they choose to wear and why along with the true meaning of Modesty in Islam.

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