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The Mercy Circle

A Community Service held by sisters Maryam Hand and Shamsa Houck, and brother 'Isa Konecki
Bismillah ar Rahman ir Rahim.

As salaamu alaykum, dear brothers and sisters in the Way,

Over the past year I have witnessed, (and you may have also), an increase in episodes of emotional and mental stress among the beloveds in our community.  This personal suffering has also caused a high degree of community distress around the country, as beloveds attempt to aid and care for those in their community who are suffering from untreated or undertreated mental health issues and their corresponding life challenges.  As a result, SSC is currently looking at ways to provide real and effective help for these communities and beloveds, which will take a little time to manifest.  In the meantime, two beloveds have heard and responded to Allah's call and initiated a prayer and healing circle aimed at this issue.  Below is their information and an invitation to join in a community-wide prayer circle in support of those experiencing psychological symptoms, and the people who love and care about them. Personally I am very grateful for their initiative!  Peace and blessings, Wahida Kass, SSC Board

What is our name?
The Mercy Circle

Who do we serve?
Beloveds or their families, friends, acquaintances who are suffering or struggling with psychological distress and/or mental illness (formally diagnosed or self-selected, temporarily having problems or chronic, anything from anxiety to severe psychosis.)

The people who love and care for the beloveds with psychological distress/mental illness. They need special prayers of support.

Who are we?
We are beloveds who have taken hand with Sidi and who want to help create a prayer net of support for people with psychological stress or mental illness as described above in “Who do we serve?” We hope, inshallah, to be doorways for Allah's Mercy and healing to reach this population. We may struggle with psychological vulnerabilities and/or mental illness ourselves or we may just be called to serve in this way. In the spirit of Unity, we recognize that when any part of the body is suffering, the whole body suffers too.

How do we structure our service?
In the past we required a 3 month commitment to the circle. We prayed individually on Mondays and Thursdays using  Sidi's Authentic Authorized Invocation Healing from The Gift of Healing.
We have made a few changes to make the circle more accessible:

  1. Anyone may join us in their heart, whether they have signed up or not.
  2. If you wish to sign up to be on the list of people praying, we welcome you to get in touch with Maryam. (contact info below)
  3. We highly recommend using the Authentic Invocation to heal yourself and others. This ideally would be done several times a week, however do what you can when you can.
  4. We realize that there are times when all you can muster is a Fatiha and sincere du'a from the heart. This is fine.  After Salat is a wonderful time.
  5. Be cognizant that you are part of a bigger circle and that together, we create, (inshaAllah) a net of healing and prayer support for our sisters and brothers in need.
  6. We will continue to take prayer requests and if you choose to be on our list of people praying, you will get an updated prayer list periodically. Otherwise you may offer a blanket prayer and ask Allah that it reach all who need it. 

**What is Sidi’s Authentic Invocation  and how do we do it?

**Sidi left us with a powerful healing formula called The Authentic Authorized Invocation in his last healing book, The Gift of Healing. This book can be ordered at

Authentic Authorized Invocation Healing  - al Ruqyah ash-Shar’iyyah

Basic Instructions
  1. Be in a state of Ablution or Wudu
  2. Pray 2 Rakats with the intention of directing your whole self to Allah while intending to bow in service to Allah though His creation
  3. Repeat the chosen surahs 7 times each, traditionally in the following order:
Suratu-l-Fatihah 1: verse 1-7
Suratu-l-Baqarah 2: verse 255 Ayat al-kursi
Suratu-l-Baqarah 2: verse 285-286
Suratu-l-Iklas 112: verse 1-4 (optional 11 times)
Suratu-l-Falaq 113: verse 1-5
Suratu-l-Nas 114: verse 1-6

Recite these to yourself or to another person. Recite in a slow, audible and melodious voice paying attention to their meanings, as much as possible. To enhance the transmission, inshaAllah, and increase efficacy, whenever possible listen to a slow recitation of the Qur'an and reflect on the verses you are hearing. You may also listen to it while sleeping because the brain continues to be active and will respond to the sound.

For self-healing, it is recommended to repeat each of these surahs/verses 7 times in the morning upon waking and 7 times at night before going to sleep.
In addition to these surahs, there are recommendations made by our guide in the Gift of Healing that treat specific ailments. For example, Suratu-l-Quraysh is recited for high anxiety.

To find more recommendations, it is highly recommended that you read pages 1-27 in The Gift of Healing. In these pages you will find answers to most of your questions as well as extra prayers and deeper understandings. * Personally, I like to have a glass of water nearby while reciting. You may sip on this water throughout the day or use the water to bathe your whole body.

For more information, and to join the circle,  please  email Maryam at
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Maryam Hand, 'Isa Konecki and Shamsa Houck