HALAQAH PACKAGE: PART V
Ideas on a variety of Activities that can be done by Halaqah members:
[Note: You may pick and choose any of the following activities, according to the schedules, circumstances, and interests of your Halaqah members. Much more can be added to this list. A variety and rotation in the types of activities is essential in order to maintain the interest of members and strengthen their bonds.]
· STUDY CIRCLE: Which should be the main element of your Halaqah activities and should serve to bring about a change in the lives of your members? [Refer to PART VI of this package]
· COMMUNITY WORK:
– helping out at a food bank
– shoveling the snow for old people
– visiting hospitals & old-age homes
– Participating in rallies & protests for just causes
– volunteering at an Islamic event
– cleaning up an Islamic center
– Raising funds, through a charity week drive, for the countries where Muslims are suffering
– Helping the homeless during the winter season
– cooperating with the non-Muslim organizations that campaign to raise the awareness of anti-social elements of this society, for example, the awareness of AIDS, drinking, bars, drugs……etc.
– Visiting the jails with a Muslim Chaplain….etc.
– SPORTS TOURNAMENTS/LEAGUES: Once in a month, your Halaqah may have a sports day, instead of a study circle. In summer, you may also arrange two month long Basketball or hockey leagues.
– QUIZ COMPETITIONS: Organize quiz competitions to motivate the Halaqah participants to learn more. They may also participate in the YM on-line quiz comp.
– DAWAH FIELD TRIPS: Go door-to-door or on a street to distribute Da’wah pamphlets and interact with the non-Muslims. It’s a lot of fun!
– EATING OUTSIDE: Once in a while go to the Halaal restaurants, as a group.
– FAMILY PICNICS OR IFTAR PARTIES: These family events serve to introduce the parents of all the Halaqah members, to each other.
– FREE TUTORING: The Halaqah members can tutor each other in any course or profession they may be good at, for e.g. math, biology, web-designing…etc.
– SLEEPOVERS: Serve to strengthen the brotherhood/sisterhood and train the members to become better Islamic workers. Sleepovers should be held at a local Masjid, and may also include some interactive Islamic study sessions, as well as collective voluntary prayers, called Qiyam-al-layl, or Night-vigil prayers.
– PRAYING AT A NEARBY MASJID: Brothers may carpool to a local Masjid to pray together, at least once a week.
– ISLAMIC AUDIO/VISUAL SESSIONS: Halaqah members may watch or listen to an Islamic lecture/documentary and have a discussion on its message.