What are the effects of sins and repentance?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Ali (AS) who narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: Make yourselves smell nice by repenting, in order that the smell of sins does not disgrace you [1]. Imam Sadeq (AS) said: The Prophet of Islam…

What to do when thirst due to fasting can cause severe distress and constriction? The Grand Ayatollah Sobhani’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - Answering question number 1256 in his Resalah, the Grand Ayatollah Sobhani wrote: If the fasting person becomes so thirsty that tolerating thirst causes severe distress and constriction, in a way that there is a fear of death; in…

Is fasting void without performing Salaat? The Grand Ayatollah Rouhani’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Sadeq Rouhani answered a question about fasting and performing Salaat/Salah. Question: Is fasting void (Batel) without performing Salaat? The Grand Ayatollah Rouhani: No, it does not become Batel. Source:…

Khadijah, Daughter of Khuwaylid, Wife of Prophet Muhammad

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SHAFAQNA- AUTHORS(S): Yasin T. Al-Jibouri If you wish to research the life of this great lady, and if you do not have al-Majlisi's 111-volume encyclopedia titled Bihar al-Anwar, the best references are: al-Sayyuti's Tarikh…

Muslim community hosts open iftar for British public

SHAFAQNA- By Muhammad Mussa LONDON  The Ramadan Tent Project (RTP) held its annual Open Iftar event Wednesday which offered members of the British public a free warm meal as well as a chance to converse with Muslims and non-Muslims from…

Mayor Bottoms to host Ramadan dinner for Atlanta Muslim community

SHAFAQNA-Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottom will be hosting a Ramadan dinner, or ‘iftar’, to celebrate the city’s Muslim community on May 29. The dinner will be held in collaboration with the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta. Muslims…

Invitation to the Party of Allah (SWT)

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SHAFAQNA- Amir al-Muminin Imam Ali (PBUH) narrates that one day the Prophet (PBUH&HP) read such sermon: Â O' people the month of Allah has turned to you with blessings, mercy, and forgiveness; a month that its days are the best…

What is the connection between silence and fasting?

SHAFAQNA - In a detailed narration, Imam Sadeq (AS) explained about the truth and limits of the complete fasting: Without doubt fasting is not just to avoid eating and drinking and there is a condition for it which only by observing that condition…

What to do when parents prohibit their children to fast? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about parents prohibiting their children from fasting. Question: This year I have entrance exams, and considering that the Month of Ramadhan is before that, fasting and studying…

Is it true that if a fasting person gets thirsty, can drink water and the fast is correct? The Grand Ayatollah Makarem’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi answered a question about fasting and drinking water. Question: Is this true that when a fasting person is thirsty, can drink water to the necessary amount and the fast is correct? The Grand…

Can a convert to Islam whose parents are not Muslims lead congregational prayers? The Grand Ayatollah Hakim’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Hakim answered a question about leading congregational prayers by a convert to Islam. Question: I am from West, and have converted to Islam, my parents are not Muslims, and I was born as a result of illegitimate…

As a Servant Thanking his Lord Passionately : Delicacies of Prayer in the Dua al-Iftitah (Part 2)

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SHAFAQNA - In a part of the invocation of al-Iftitah which is recommended to be recited every night of the blessed month of Ramadan, we are encouraged to thank Allah, in words which specially invoke the monotheism of belief and take us to passionate…

Citizenship of 732 Bahrainis Revoked Since 2012

SHAFAQNA- he Campaign for Peace and Democracy (CPD) said as many as 732 Bahrainis have been stripped of their nationality over the past 6 years. According to Al-Laulau website, the New York-based CPD said the first ruling that revoked…

London Mosque Becomes the UK’s First to Accept Cryptocurrency

SHAFAQNA- The move would make the Hackney mosque in East London the first in the UK to take payments in digital currency. The chairman of the Shacklewell Lane Mosque told the UK’s news publications about the move to accept both Bitcoin…

American Analyst of Russia Today (RT): Zionist Media Show Palestinians as Usurpers

SHAFAQNA-“Zionist media describes the Palestinians as if they are invaders and they seized Zionist-owned Jewish lands,” an American analyst of Russia Today said. According to the news staff of the 6th International Conference of New Horizon,…

What is real fasting?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Sadeq (AS) said: You must be humble before God in public or private in appropriate ways, and present your life to God in your fasting, and free your heart from everything for God’s sake, and appoint yourself to fulfill whatever…

The main point of Ayah 285 of Surah Al-Baqarah

SHAFAQNA - In the first part of Ayah 285 of Surah Al-Baqarah, Allah (SWT) said: “The Prophet believeth in what hath been revealed to him by God, as do the believers. Each one of them believeth in Allah (SWT), angels, God’s books, and God’s…

Not fasting due to probable harm / the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about not fasting due to probable harm. Question: If a person for the sake of a strong excuse, consider it probable for 50% that fasting is not Wajib for him/her, and does not fast…

London Mosque Becomes the UK’s First to Accept Cryptocurrency

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SHAFAQNA - The move would make the Hackney mosque in East London the first in the UK to take payments in digital currency. The chairman of the Shacklewell Lane Mosque told the UK’s news publications about the move to accept both Bitcoin…

There are Muslims in Tibet, too

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SHAFAQNA - Mention Tibet, and the first thing that comes to mind is the Dalai Lama and Buddhism. However, Muslims have been as much a part of the fabric of Tibetan culture as their Buddhist counterparts. It is hard to…

Turkey's Muslim-friendly resorts offer tourists modest holidays

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SHAFAQNA - Turkey's $26 billion tourism industry has been battered by security fears and political disputes in recent years but one corner of the market is quietly growing - beach holidays for conservative Muslims. Dozens of hotels and resorts…

Chants of Love with Allah : Delicacies of Prayer in the Dua al-Iftitah (Part 1)

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SHAFAQNA - In a part of the invocation of al-Iftitah which is recommended to be recited every night of the blessed month of Ramadan, we are encouraged to address Allah, reminding ourselves of our sins and his forgiveness, in chants that invoke…

French Muslim student in media storm over headscarf

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SHAFAQNA - A Muslim student at one of France's top universities has found herself at the centre of a media storm after she appeared in a documentary wearing a headscarf. Maryam Pougetoux had appeared in the film to talk about student protests…

The Revolutionary Roots of America’s Religious Nationalism

SHAFAQNA - A decade ago, it would have been difficult to conceive of Donald Trump as a key figure in America’s Christian image of itself. Yet the Religious Right’s support of his candidacy, followed by continued loyalty since he took office…

In the US, Muslims are making slow inroads toward a greener Ramadan

SHAFAQNA - Neekta Hamidi usually gets a few strange looks when she sits down for an iftar, the evening meal that breaks the Ramadan fast, at her mosque in Boston. Her fellow worshippers are digging into disposable plates piled with rice…

Islamophobia - Danish minister blasts Muslims over Ramadan fast

SHAFAQNA - There are about 250,000 Muslims living in Denmark, and the Danish integration minister thinks that those fasting for Ramadan are better off staying at home until the month-long holiday is over. "I want to call on Muslims to take…

Comoros’s democracy under threat - country slip into political repression

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SHAFAQNA - A budding democracy Comoros stands to unravel under the weight of political repression, as freedom of speech is called into question following the return of Ahmed Abdallah Sambi, the island’s former president on account of his…

What are the effects of overeating and over-drinking?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: Do not kill your hearts with overeating and over-drinking, because the heart of (the one whose stomach is full of food and drink) dies like a farm which if it gets too much…

What to consider when fasting?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Sadeq (AS) said: Do not oppress each other, and do not be unwise, and do not get annoyed with each other, do not neglect remembering God, and be the companion of silence, forbearance, truth, and stay away from evil doers. And…

Is it necessary for a convert to Islam to change his/her name? The Grand Ayatollah Hakim’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Saeed Hakim answered questions about changing names for converts to Islam. Question: My name is Cruz, and my Islamic name is Mohammad. If I decide to change my name into Islamic name, must I also change…