Saudi Arabia executed top Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr

SHAFAQNA - Saudi’s Interior Ministry announced on Saturday (2 Jan. 2016) the execution of Sheikh Nimr, the Shia Scholar on the accusation of terrorism. The ministry published an statement and in it announced that the execution was based on…

Hamid Al-Basri, Al-Wefaq Member Arrested by Bahraini Forces

SHAFAQNA-Activists on social media outlets said that Bahraini security forces raided on early Monday morning (December 28, 2015) the house of the former member of the municipality council Hamid Al-Basri in the village of Sanabis. Sources close…

Ayatollah Sistani's staff aiding Ramadi residents after its liberation from ISIS

SHAFAQNA- Some of Ayatollah Sistani's office staff members in Iraq, after army's decisive victory in Ramadi on this Saturday, presented in the city to help displaced people. According to the reports, the cleric are still in the city to distribute…

Senior Iranian Sunni Clerics Urge UN's Efforts to Free Sheikh Nimr

SHAFAQNA-Iranian Sunni clerics in a letter to the UN and other international organizations called for heightened efforts to free prominent Shiite cleric Nimr Baqr al-Nimr who has received a death sentence from a Saudi court. "We, a group…

Optimistic Outlook for Halal Industry in 2016

SHAFAQNA- Approximately 25 per cent of the world’s population is Muslim and it is evident that there are segments of global markets that adhere to their religious requirements. Halal, an Arabic word defined as permissible according to…

Miracles of Quran Encapsulated in Children's Pop-up Books

SHAFAQNA- Award-winning author Hajera Memon is winning little hearts all over the world through her creative storytelling of some of the most glorious, historical and timeless events from the Holy Quran. She is the founder of publishing…

Bosnia Muslims Start New Year with Quranic Programs

SHAFAQNA- Muslims in Bosnia and Herzegovina welcomed the new year of 2016 with two large Quran recitation sessions.  The programs were held in the capital Sarajevo and the central city of Kakanj, according to the Arabi21 website. Titled…

Muslims Use New Year's Eve In Times Square To Stand Against Extremism

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SHAFAQNA - On Thursday afternoon, Salaam Bhatti was near New York’s Times Square, as thousands of Americans who had come from across the world prepared for the iconic New Year’s Eve ball-drop celebration. But Bhatti, a 29-year-old Muslim…

The amazing survival of the Baltic Muslims

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SHAFAQNA - It may not be the kind of place you would expect to stumble upon a mosque, but Muslims have lived among the forests and lakes of Lithuania for more than 600 years - showing that tolerance reigned here in the Middle Ages, even when…

Russia calls for peace in Yemen

SHAFAQNA - Russia has called on all parties involved in the months-long Yemeni crisis to cease hostilities and try to solve their problems through negotiations and dialogue. “We consider it necessary to repeat our insistent call to all…

Angels’ Prostration before Adam - Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:34) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

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Shafaqna (International Shia News Agency) Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:34) By: Mohammad Sobhanie   Angels’ Prostration before Adam بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَإِذْ…

What will happen to those who prevent worship of God in Mosques?

SHAFAQNA - The philosophy behind building Mosques and religious places is for people to remember and worship the Supreme Being. To prevent worship of God in Mosques and other religious places will have serious consequences for perpetrators in…

Who is Hussain condemns Nigerian military violence against Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky

SHAFAQNA - Who is Hussain strongly condemns the violent acts of aggression by the Nigerian Military against followers of Hussain ibn Ali in Nigeria – Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his peaceful movement. Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky is the leader…

What are the conditions for repenting?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS) said: Repenting has six conditions: 1. Regret about what has happened in the past. 2. Make a decision not to go back (to the previous ways). 3. To pay back people's rights, in order that there is no responsibility…

The effects of forgetting God

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Ali (AS) who said: Whoever forgets Allah (SWT), the Almighty will forget him/her as well as making the eyes of his/her heart blind [1]. [1] Qorarul Hekam, Page 690.

A very Syrian Christmas

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SHAFAQNA - If Syria continues to be at war  - a war which has claimed too many of its sons and daughters not to remain an open scar on the region, Syrians as a whole have remained hopeful, united in their prayer that peace will soon heal their…

Reclaiming France's redacted History - On the relations of Jews and Muslims

SHAFAQNA - In August 1961, two Algerian Jews, Simon Zouaghi and Martin Benisti, disembarked in Marseilles. The two men — one a butcher, the other a cook — had uprooted themselves and their loved ones from the bloody chaos of the French-Algerian…

Lessons from Imam Sadiq - Being Thankful to God

SHAFAQNA - In the Land of Mina during Hajj Pilgrimage: The pilgrims had assembled in the land of Mina during Hajj Pilgrimage. Imam Jafar Sadiq (AS) and his companions sitting in a place were eating some grapes placed before them. A beggar…

Biography of the Sixth Holy Imam "Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq(A.S.)"

SHAFAQNA - The Sixth Holy Imam Imam Jafar-As-Sadiq(A.S.) Title: As-Sadiq Kunyat: Abu Abdullah Born: at Medina on Monday the 17th Rabi-ul- Awwal 83 A.H. Fathers Name: Imam Muhammad Baqir(A.S.) Mother Name: Umm-e-Farwah Martyred:aged…

Fraudulent wars on terror and drugs

SHAFAQNA - The “War On Terror” and “The War On Drugs” are both fraudulent, and they are both related. In a classic example of “reverse projection,” the "War on Terror” is literally a “War for Terror”, and the “War on Drugs”…

Behind the War On Terror: On engineered chaos and the Balkanization of the Middle East

SHAFAQNA - For well over a decade the United States has positioned itself as Liberty’s champion, the one power willing to lead a global anti-terror effort at such a time when nations found themselves besieged, overwhelmed by a radical tide.…

Divine promise for those who remember God

SHAFAQNA - According to a Divine narration, Allah (SWT) has said: Whenever I visit the heart of a person and see that it is dominated by My remembrance, I will undertake the affairs and education of that person as well as becoming that person's…

The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question regarding crying for sufferings of Ahlul Bait (AS) during Salaat

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about crying during Salaat for sufferings of Ahlul Bait (AS). Question: What is the ruling for crying with sound for sufferings of Ahlul Bait (AS) during Salaat? The Grand Ayatollah…

The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi’s answer to a question about maintenance payments for step-child by step-father

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi Zanjani answered a question regarding the maintenance payments by step-father for step-child. Question: Is it Wajeb for step-father to pay for the maintenance of the step-child? The Grand Ayatollah…

The Grand Ayatollah Makarem answered a question about doubting the correct recitation by the congregational prayer leader

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi answered a question about doubting the congregational pray leader’s correct recitation. Question: If a person is in doubt about the recitation of Hamd and Surah by the congregational leader,…

Shialogy Courses Specific to Christisn Professors held in Imam Reza Holy Shrine

SHAFAQNA- Deputy of Advertising and Communications at Astan Quds Razavi reported holding of Shi’a logy courses for Christian professors of Canada universities in the Razavi Holy Shrine. Hujjat al-Islam Sayed Jalal Husseini said in this…

Indonesian Hospital opens in Gaza

SHAFAQNA- A hospital in the Gaza Strip funded entirely by donations from Indonesians has opened its doors on Sunday. The workers said on Tuesday that Rumah Sakit Indonesia began operating nearly five years after the idea was conceived by…

Shia cleric: There has never been war between Shia and Sunni

SHAFAQNA- The dean of Al-Mustafa International University has aid there has never been a war between Shias and Sunnis. Ayatollah Alireza A’rafi on Wednesday said enemies try to create rift between Shia and Sunnis, Arab and non-Arab, Islam…

Hijab-Wearing Women in US Facing Abuse

SHAFAQNA- When Ms Tramaine Kaleebu, 19, flew home from Chicago to Washington DC for the holidays, she donned a headscarf as a sign of solidarity with Muslims. "I wore the headscarf to stand in embodied solidarity with Muslims who are…