The Halaqa/usrah is a personalised method of tarbiyah used by the Prophet (PBUH)
LEADERSHIP OF DISCUSSION: The Naqib can lead discussion in some sessions and is also encouraged
to delegate this responsibility to various members of the usra. Whoever has the responsibility for leading discussions must
take 20-30 minutes preparing for the session
RECORDING ATTENDANCE: The Naqib must have a register in which members sign their name and
the times of arrival. Signing-in should be done before the usrat starts any formal work.
START AND END: Members should start by reciting surat al fatihat and
should adjourn with recitation of tasbih kaffarat and surat al ‘asr
TIME MANAGEMENT: The Naqibat must make sure that all three components of the usra are covered.
The members should start with Qur’an study followed by usrat discourse and end with discussion of current issues. Time
should be left at the end to deal with any administrative matters that may arise or to solve any personal problems of members
that may arise.
MANAGEMENT OF THE DISCUSSIONS: The Naqibat should make sure that all members participate.
This can be achieved by being pro-active ie addressing questions to individuals or inviting them to make comments. If a member
is unable to say anything or is unwilling or otherwise reluctant, the Naqibat should not insist but should move on to the
next member. Very talkative members should not be allowed to dominate the discussions. The Naqibat should politely re-direct
any speaker who veers off the topic of discussion.
USRAT MATERIAL: The Naqib should make sure that every member has a personal copy of the
usrat manual. Each member should also bring along a copy of the Qur’an with translation in addition to whetever other
books have been assigned
THE ETIQUETTE, ADAB, OF USRAT: Members should greet one another before starting. All members
should endeavour to know one another by name. Any member wanting to go out for a valid reason must obtain the permission of
the Naqibat. All members must learn to listen and not interrupt others. They must obey the instructions of the Naqibat. Members
must avoid quarrels or loud arguments. A spirit of tolerance should exist with the understanding that there could be more
than one way of being right. Excessive laughing or joking should be avoided. Members should sit with proper adab. Recitation
of the Qur’an should be done with khushu and tadabbur.
EXTRA-MURAL SOCIAL ACTIVITIES: As a means of increasing bonding among usrah members, the
naqib/naqibat must organise some recreational or educational activities outside the regular sessions of the usrah. These may
be visits to interesting places, picnics, sports etc
CURRENT AFFAIRS: The usrah should provide an opportunity for informal unstructured exchange
of views about current issues in the university, the society, and the whole ummat. The discussion should be at a high conceptual
level avoiding controversies that do not help advance understanding of the issues at stake
EVALUATION, MUHASABAT: Special sessions should
be set aside for collective self-evaluation by members of the usrah. The parameters of this evaluation should be agreed on
by all. The evaluation could cover the usrah and its activities or could extend to other activities of the members. The purpose
should be fostering the spirit of sharing experiences and self-criticism