Morning Ḥalaqah - حلقة الصباح
عن أبي هريرة وأبي سعيد ، رضي الله عنهما ، قالا : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : << لا يقعد قوم يذكرون الله إلا حفتهم الملائكة وغشيتهم الرحمة ونزلت عليهم السكينة وذكرهم الله فيمن عنده . >> ( مسلم )ا
Abu Hurayra and Abu Sa'id reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "No people sit remembering Allāh except that the angels surround them, mercy covers them, tranquillity descends upon them, and Allāh mentions them to those who are with Him." (Muslim)
The Morning Ḥalaqah, initially delivered by the Qurʾānic Arabic teachers, is a common, school-wide Islamic Studies transformative experience, which consists of many steps. It is first delivered within five minutes through the speaker system to all the classes while homeroom teachers listen with their students as they all sit on the floor in a ḥalaqah (circle). Then homeroom teachers lead a discussion that takes the lessons learned further and integrate the Morning Ḥalaqah into learning throughout the school day, all week, and even all year, regularly referring back to what was learned. The last step, the ultimate goal of the Morning Ḥalaqah, is students' extension of the Morning Ḥalaqah into their lives when they return home in the afternoon, when school is not in session in the summer, and beyond, i.e., when students strive to embody the Morning Ḥalaqah's teachings.
The Morning Ḥalaqah begins with a group recitation of the Morning and Evening Duʿāʾ, which is taken from a narration transmitted from the Prophet Muḥammad, ṣalla l-lāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam. Students are then expected to recite this duʿāʾ, or the evening version of it if applicable, in the evening at home to extend their learning and apply what they have learned in school. One duʿāʾ is recited year-round while another is specific to each unit. An English translation of each duʿāʾ recited in Arabic is then read by the Qurʾānic Arabic teacher for that week to help students understand what was recited.
After the Morning and Evening Duʿāʾ is recited in the Morning Ḥalaqah, the Qurʾānic Arabic teacher assigned to the week speaks about an important lesson from the Ḥadīth of the Week. There is one for every week of the year--52 in total--because learning and transformation should not stop merely because school is not in session. Students are expected to have their own ḥalaqahs at home or wherever they may be when school is not in session, using the Ḥadīth of the Week as a guide.