"No doubt, terrorist mullahs are liabilities to their communities." --Sam Bazzi, Counterterrorism activist   
Bakiyatullah AP Top News at 1:54 a.m. EDT
  • Astros reach World Series, top Yankees 4-0
  • Former presidents call for unity at…
  • Funeral held for US soldier at center of…
  • Fox renewed O'Reilly contract despite…
  • Foreigners who joined IS faced almost…
  • AP Top Technology News at 11:24 p.m. EDT
  • Kids, screens and parental guilt: Time to…
  • Google parent turns on internet balloons in
  • Questions and answers on proposed ban on lap
  • Applying for a credit card? Please take a…
  • US: Lap
  • In the Name of God, the All-Mercy, the Merciful
     
     
    The Official Hezbollah Watch℠ Facebook Page
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    The Lebanese cedar tree, symbol of freedom and liberty: May the people of Lebanon remain free. No to the Iranian regime and Hezbollah! In the Name of God, the All-Mercy, the Merciful Ambassadors of Peace: Down with Terrorism. No to Absolute Velayat-e Faqih and Hezbollah!
    God Bless Muhammad and His Family

    SF☆BASIC

    Your Trusted Source of News About

    The San Francisco Bay Area Shia
    Islamic Community

    The Islamic Halaqas of the San Francisco Bay Area Shia Muslims

     

    The Islamic Halaqas Program

    • Dedication
    • The Ambassadors of Islam
    • What is the Islamic Halaqas Program
    • Why is the Program Named "Halaqa?"
    • What is M4?
    • Why Tuesday Night?
    • Why Not Hold the Halaqa at an Islamic Center?
    • Who Manages the Islamic Halaqas Program?
    • Who Leads the Halaqas?
    • What is the Purpose of the Islamic Halaqas Program?
    • Who Has Participated in the Islamic Halaqas Program?
    • How Was the Idea of the Islamic Halaqas Program Conceived?
    • Who Attended the First Halaqa?
    • Love, Unity and Forgiveness
    • Contact Us
    • Halaqas Schedule
    • Related Links

    Dedication

    The Islamic Halaqas Program is dedicated to those who are very prominent in their closeness to God and whose intersession with our Lord, The Creator, we very much seek during the Night of Wednesday; this program is indeed dedicated to the Fourteen Infallibles: Muhammad ibn Abdillah al-Mustafa, Ali ibn Abi Taleb al-Murtadha, Fatimah ibnat Muhammad az-Zahra', al-Hassan ibn Ali al-Mojtaba, al-Hussein ibn Ali ash-Shaheed, Ali ibn al-Hussein Zeyn al-Abideen, Muhammad ibn Ali al-Baqer, Jaʿfar bin Muhammad as-Sadiq, Moussa ibn Jaʿfar al-Kazem, Ali ibn Moussa ar-Redha, Muhammad ibn Ali aj-Jawad, Ali ibn Muhammad al-Hady, al-Hassan ibn Ali az-Zaky, and the Awaited Imam, al-Mahdi, may the peace, mercy and blessings of God be upon all of them.

     
     
    At the home of Hossein Falahati in San Jose, California.
    At the home of Hossein Falahati in San Jose, California.
     

    The Ambassadors of Islam

    Praise be to our Lord in all events, during these critical times in the history of Islam, God has bestowed upon the Muslims residing in the West, particularly the United States of America, the non-declinable duty and honor of representing the True Faith. As the de facto ambassadors of Islam to the Western nations, it is indeed our collective mission to keep our faith alive and thriving. One tremendously beneficial way to support our holy cause is to organize and participate in spiritual and business Islamic gatherings and develop maximum solidarity and cooperation in our community, God willing. In order to be true to this mission, with the concurrence and assistance of God, we founded the Islamic Halaqas Program. Halaqa is Arabic for circle.

     
     
    At the home of Hassan Dastgah in Cupertino, California.  
    At the home of Hassan Dastgah in Cupertino, California.  
     

    What is the Islamic Halaqas Program?

    The idea of the Islamic Halaqas Program is for a group of Muslims to get together on Tuesday nights at different residences in various areas to collectively practice the True Faith.

    The Islamic Halaqas Program starts with the jama'ah prayers of al-Maghrebain (i.e., Salat al-Maghreb and Salat al-Esha'), followed by the invocation of Du'a at-Tawwassul. The program then continues with relevant announcements about new ideas and a presentation of an Islamic topic by one of the faithful followed by a collective interactive discussion of the topic by all the attendees. Upon the end of the discussion, the leader of the Halaqa closes it with a Du'a and dinner is served to the attendees.

     
     
    At the home of Mohamad Antar in San Jose, California. From left, Hossein Falahati, Shuja Yezdi, a Lebanese Shiite, and Ali Alamdar. 
    At the home of Mohamad Antar in San Jose, California. From left, Hossein Falahati, Shuja Yezdi, a Lebanese Shiite, and Ali Alamdar. 
     

    Why is the Program Named "Halaqa?"

    Halaqa is Arabic for circle. During a Halaqa discussion we sit facing each, thus we form a circle. In a circle, every one is equal and can communicate and interact with everyone else easily and openly.

    What is M4?

    M4 is the alternate name of the Islamic Halaqa Program. The Arabic motto of this project includes four main words starting with the letter 'm'; thus M4.

     
     
    At the home of Saeed Rezakhany. Zamani Zambri, right, lecturing.  
    At the home of Saeed Rezakhany. Zamani Zambri, right, lecturing.  
     

    Why Tuesday Night?

    Tuesday night (or in Islamic terms, the Night of Wednesday) is when the Twelfth Imam, the Awaited Mahdi, PBUH, declares his Islamic government. According to our faith, it is recommended to invoke Du'a at-Tawwassul every Tuesday night. In fact, whomever has the tawfiq (the concurrence of God) to invoke Du'a at-Tawwassul for 40 consecutive Nights of Wednesday will be God willing among the living companions of the al-Imam al-Mahdi, PBUH.

    Du'a at-Tawwassul is a particularly powerful supplication. God provides the invokers of this Du'a with quick responses and fulfillments to their needs as this supplication includes the names of the Fourteen Infallibles, PBUT, and direct requests for their intercessions.

     
     
    At the home of Hassan Dastgah in Cupertino, California.  
    At the home of Hassan Dastgah in Cupertino, California.  
     

    Why Not Hold the Halaqa at an Islamic Center?

    We do sometimes hold Halaqas at Islamic centers, especially when we see a benefit in doing so. However, there are many reasons as to why it is better and more practical to hold the Halaqas outside the Islamic centers; these reasons include the followings:

    • Crossing any and all real or imagined boundaries that prevent us from uniting and coming together. These boundaries include:
      • Geographic distance, as the Halaqa is conducted in various cities
      • The lack of interest in Islamic centers among some members of the Islamic community
      • Personal preferences for one center over another
    • Giving life to our beloved faith beyond the Islamic centers and making every one of our homes a Mosque
    • inging the blessings of God and attracting angels to the homes of the hosts of the Halaqas as the upholding of jamaa' prayers, the collective invocation of Du'a, the serving of food to the faithful pleases our All-Generous Lord
     
     
    At the home of Azhar Zeeshan.  
    At the home of Azhar Zeeshan.  
     

    Who Manages the Islamic Halaqas Program?

    The Islamic Halaqas Program is managed by the participating mullahs and local Islamic activists.

    Who Leads the Halaqas?

    So far the Halaqas have been led by the following mullahs (in Alphabetic order):

    In the absence of a Shia cleric, other members of the Muslim community have been leading the Halaqas. So far, the Halaqas have been led by the following Islamic activists:

     
     
    At the home of Ali Mirza.  
    At the home of Ali Mirza.  
     

    What is the Purpose of the Islamic Halaqas Program?

    The Islamic Halaqa Program is about bringing Muslims together, strengthening their bonds with God and with each other, and uniting and empowering them. The Islamic Halaqas Program brings to the participants many benefits:

    • Every participant in the Islamic Halaqas Program benefits from the jamaa' prayers and the collective invocation of Du'a.
    • Every participant in the Islamic Halaqas Program has the opportunity to lead a Halaqa, host a Halaqa, make relevant announcements, present a Halaqa topic, discuss a Halaqa topic, or provide food to the participants.
    • Every participant in the Islamic Halaqas Program has the opportunity to meet with new Muslims and develop new relationships in the community.
    • Every participant in the Islamic Halaqas Program has the opportunity to promote his/her business and widen their networking circle.
    • Most important, every participant in the Islamic Halaqas Program is sending a strong visual global message, via the SF☆BASIC website, to our fellow Muslims and all others that although we live in a system that permits us to easily cross the boundaries of Islam, we resolutely choose to collectively celebrate our True Faith not only on Fridays but on Tuesdays as well!!
     
     
    At the home of Dr. Mazhar Khan in Morgan Hill, California.  
    At the home of Dr. Mazhar Khan in Morgan Hill, California.  
     

    Who Has Participated in the Islamic Halaqas Program?

    The participants in the Islamic Halaqas Program have included Muslims of various countries of origin, including:

    1. Afghanistan
    2. America
    3. Canada
    4. Eritrea
    5. India
    6. Iran
    7. Iraq
    8. Lebanon
    9. Malaysia
    10. Pakistan
    11. Sierra Leone

    The participants are from various San Francisco Bay Area cities and members of various Islamic centers.

     
     
    At the home of Ali Abbas in Fremont, California.  
    At the home of Ali Abbas in Fremont, California.  
     

    How Was the Idea of the Islamic Halaqas Program Conceived?

    The Islamic Halaqas Program was conceived on Monday, September 8, 2003, when Nabi Raza Mir (a.k.a. Nabi Raza Abidi) was fulfilling his religious obligation of consoling the ill. We took advantage of Abidi's visit and quickly organized a Halaqa, during which Abidi introduced the attendees to Alam az-Zar (Arabic for "soul world") and discussed a number of metaphysical topics.

    Praise be to God in all matters, this was the beginning of Project Reach-out and the Islamic Halaqas Program (a.k.a. Project M4) and a quest to celebrate our beloved faith in any and every home that opens its doors to Islam and the Muslims.

     
     
    At the home of Azhar Zeeshan.  
    At the home of Azhar Zeeshan.  
     

    Who Attended the First Halaqa?

    The first Halaqa was attended by:

     
     
    At Masjid al-Rasool in Campbell, California.  
    At Masjid al-Rasool in Campbell, California.  
     

    Love, Unity and Forgiveness

    Dear brother/sister, may God bless and guide you, please ask God, aj-Jame', the Gatherer, to bring us all together, unite us, and fill our hearts with love and forgiveness for each other. Please also pray for the success of the Islamic Halaqas Program and all Islamic projects.

    OctagonCityHostTopic 
    OctagonDaly City, CASam BazziThe Soul World 
    OctagonSan Bruno, CAKays HadiIslamic Activism 
    OctagonSunnyvale, CAICAThe Soul World 
    OctagonSan Jose, CAHassan BasmaKhums 
    Octagon Holy Mecca Dar as-SalamThe Soul World
    OctagonSunnyvale, CASam BazziUndoing Magic 
    OctagonSan Jose, CANabi Raza Mir (a.k.a. Nabi Raza Abidi)Distorters of Debate 
    OctagonSan Jose, CAHossein FalahatiThe Monkey & the BananaSee photos!
    OctagonCupertino, CAHassan DastgahArroganceSee photos!
    OctagonSan Jose, CAMohamad AntarThe Tongue!See photos!
    OctagonSan Jose, CASaeed RezakhanyLeadershipSee photos!
    OctagonSan Jose, CAMohamed BasmaThankfulnessSee photos!
    OctagonCupertino, CAHassan DastgahPromotion of Virtue & Prevention of ViceSee photos!
    OctagonFremont, CAAzhar ZeeshanEnvy: Rejecting the Will of God!See photos!
    OctagonSan Jose, CAMohammad RakhshandehrooCelebrating the Wrath of God!See photos!
    OctagonSan Jose, CAMohamad AntarCommunicating With God!See photos!
    OctagonFremont, CAAli MirzaOur Inner Knowledge of the CreatorSee photos!
    OctagonFremont, CAJawad MirzaAscending Towards the CreatorSee photos!
    OctagonMorgan Hill, CADr. Mazhar KhanForgivenessSee photos!
    OctagonFremont, CAAli AbbassHijran: AbandonmentSee photos!
    OctagonSan Jose, CAMohamed BasmaPilgrimageSee photos!
    OctagonFremont, CAMehboob "Bob" AbediMore on PilgrimageSee photos!
    OctagonCupertino, CAHassan DastgahMore on PilgrimageSee photos!
    OctagonSunnyvale, CAAzhar ZeeshanSlander & DefamationSee photos!
    OctagonSunnyvale, CANasser AlkhafajiJapanese HighwaysSee photos!
    OctagonCampbell, CAMasjid Al-RasoolPiousnessSee photos!
    OctagonSunnyvale, CAMohammad AlofiAge of AppearanceSee photos!

    Related Links

     
    comments powered by Disqus
     
     
     
    Monitoring & combatting Hezbollah's ideology of Khomeinism, Islamofascism, totalitarianism & terrorism (Absolute Velayat-e Faqih). Promoting freedom & liberty.
     
     
    Saba Center: Malcolm Shabazz
     
    Saba Center: Ali Mir
     
    Saba Center: Alavi Foundation
     
    Saba Center: Rafic Labboun
     
     
     
     
    Hezbollah Watch
     
     
     
    And praise be to God the Lord of the Universes والحمد لله رب العالمين