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Fāṭima, daughter of the Prophet

Fāṭima, daughter of the Prophet Fāṭima may not be an Imam but she is the mother of eleven infallible Imams and, without a doubt, the Imams owe their infallible characteristics to their mother. Her distinctions are numerous, one of the most outstanding of which are her parents – the Prophet and Khadīja. Parents have a […]

Ummatan Wasatan – Part 2: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:143) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:143) By: Mohammad Sobhanie   Ummatan Wasatan – Part 2 بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَكَذَلِكَ جَعَلْنَاكُمْ أُمَّةً وَسَطًا لِّتَكُونُوا شُهَدَاءَ عَلَى النَّاسِ وَيَكُونَ الرَّسُولُ عَلَيْكُمْ شَهِيدًا….. ﴿١٤٣﴾ 2:143 Thus We have made you Ummatan Wasatan, that you be witnesses over mankind and the Messenger be a witness over you. ….. […]

Shia Islam: The Human Geography of Shi’ism / 34

Shafqna: Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī The Human Geography of Shi’ism The Shīʿa constitute a major group within the Muslim community. They have settled in different parts of the world. Due to their contribution to the establishment of Islamic civilization, they have closely cooperated with their Muslim brethren of other sects. The […]

Ummatan Wasatan [أُمَّةً وَسَطًا] – Part 1: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:143) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:143) By: Mohammad Sobhanie   Ummatan Wasatan [أُمَّةً وَسَطًا] – Part 1 بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ سَيَقُولُ السُّفَهَاءُ مِنَ النَّاسِ مَا وَلَّاهُمْ عَن قِبْلَتِهِمُ الَّتِي كَانُوا عَلَيْهَا قُل لِّلَّـهِ الْمَشْرِقُ وَالْمَغْرِبُ يَهْدِي مَن يَشَاءُ إِلَى صِرَاطٍ مُّسْتَقِيمٍ ﴿١٤٢﴾ 2:142: The foolish among the people will say: “What has turned them […]

History of Changing Qiblah: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:142-143) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:142-143) By: Mohammad Sobhanie History of Changing Qiblah بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ سَيَقُولُ السُّفَهَاءُ مِنَ النَّاسِ مَا وَلَّاهُمْ عَن قِبْلَتِهِمُ الَّتِي كَانُوا عَلَيْهَا قُل لِّلَّـهِ الْمَشْرِقُ وَالْمَغْرِبُ يَهْدِي مَن يَشَاءُ إِلَى صِرَاطٍ مُّسْتَقِيمٍ ﴿١٤٢﴾ 2:142: The foolish among the people will say: “What has turned them (Muslims) from their Qiblah […]

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Taking Allah’s Color: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:138-141) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:138-141) By: Mohammad Sobhanie Taking Allah’s Color بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ   صِبْغَةَ اللَّـهِ وَمَنْ أَحْسَنُ مِنَ اللَّـهِ صِبْغَةً وَنَحْنُ لَهُ عَابِدُونَ ﴿١٣٨﴾ قُلْ أَتُحَاجُّونَنَا فِي اللَّـهِ وَهُوَ رَبُّنَا وَرَبُّكُمْ وَلَنَا أَعْمَالُنَا وَلَكُمْ أَعْمَالُكُمْ وَنَحْنُ لَهُ مُخْلِصُونَ ﴿١٣٩﴾ أَمْ تَقُولُونَ إِنَّ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَإِسْمَاعِيلَ وَإِسْحَاقَ وَيَعْقُوبَ وَالْأَسْبَاطَ كَانُوا هُودًا أَوْ نَصَارَى […]

Dar al-Ilm seminary opens + Photos

Shafaqna – Dar al Ilm seminary, which is dedicated to religious studies opened in the holy city if Najaf, today. According to its website: 1. THE DAR AL-ILM PROJECT WAS ORIGINALLY A RELIGIOUS SEMINARY FOUNDED BY THE LATE IMAM AL-KHOEI IN 1973 IN NAJAF. THE FORMER REGIME DEMOLISHED THE SEMINARY IN 1990 WHICH IS THE […]

Islam, the Religion of all Divine Prophets– Part II: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:132-134) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:132-134) By: Mohammad Sobhanie   Islam, the Religion of all Divine Prophets– Part II بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَمَن يَرْغَبُ عَن مِّلَّةِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ إِلَّا مَن سَفِهَ نَفْسَهُ وَلَقَدِ اصْطَفَيْنَاهُ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَإِنَّهُ فِي الْآخِرَةِ لَمِنَ الصَّالِحِينَ ﴿١٣٠﴾ إِذْ قَالَ لَهُ رَبُّهُ أَسْلِمْ قَالَ أَسْلَمْتُ لِرَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ ﴿١٣١﴾ وَوَصَّى بِهَا إِبْرَاهِيمُ […]

Religion of All Prophets: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:135-137) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:135-137) By: Mohammad Sobhanie Religion of All Prophets بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَقَالُوا كُونُوا هُودًا أَوْ نَصَارَى تَهْتَدُوا قُلْ بَلْ مِلَّةَ إِبْرَاهِيمَ حَنِيفًا وَمَا كَانَ مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ ﴿١٣٥﴾ قُولُوا آمَنَّا بِاللَّـهِ وَمَا أُنزِلَ إِلَيْنَا وَمَا أُنزِلَ إِلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَإِسْمَاعِيلَ وَإِسْحَاقَ وَيَعْقُوبَ وَالْأَسْبَاطِ وَمَا أُوتِيَ مُوسَى وَعِيسَى وَمَا أُوتِيَ النَّبِيُّونَ مِن […]

Al-Khoei Foundation offers heartfelt condolences to the Egyptian people

Shafaqna – Al-Khoei Foundation issued a statement denouncing  terrorist attack on worshippers in Egypt. The statement reads: attack on worshippers on Friday prayers today in Sinai, Egypt which resulted in the death of nearly 200 people and rising and the injury of many is an abhorrent act beyond human comprehension. To target people who are peacefully […]

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Mini-city for pilgrims in Karbala: the largest one

Shafaqna – Sayyid El-Ewssya pilgrim mini-city is a new modern edifice built for pilgrims who come to make a pilgrimage to Imam Hussein (Peace Be Upon Him). This mini-city is 30 acres This project is 30 acres. It consists of a 1200-square-meter mosque, a two-floor clinic, a 400-square-meter building for reception and management.  A 500-square […]

Prophet Ibrahim Religion: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:130-131) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:130-131) By: Mohammad Sobhanie Prophet Ibrahim Religion بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَمَن يَرْغَبُ عَن مِّلَّةِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ إِلَّا مَن سَفِهَ نَفْسَهُ وَلَقَدِ اصْطَفَيْنَاهُ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَإِنَّهُ فِي الْآخِرَةِ لَمِنَ الصَّالِحِينَ ﴿١٣٠﴾ إِذْ قَالَ لَهُ رَبُّهُ أَسْلِمْ قَالَ أَسْلَمْتُ لِرَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ ﴿١٣١﴾ Translation: 2:130 And who turns away from the religion of […]

Shia Islam: Shīʿa contributions to Islamic civilization / 33 – d

Shafqna: Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī Study of narrators (ʿIlm al-Rijāl) ʿIlm al-rijāl is a branch of learning that deals with the biographies of the narrators of ḥadīth, particularly with regards to their reliability as sources. A working knowledge of rijāl is generally expected from every jurist as if he wants to […]

Shia Islam: Shīʿa contributions to Islamic civilization / 33 – c

Shafqna: Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī Principles of Jurisprudence (Uṣūl al-Fiqh) It is quite obvious that deriving laws from the Qur’an, traditions, the Prophet’s biography, consensus and reason depends on establishing general principles to serve as the basis for inferring laws, and practical laws in particular. This need is even more pronounced […]

Shia Islam: Shīʿa contributions to Islamic civilization / 33 – b

Shafqna: Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī Qur’anic exegesis The Qur’an is simultaneously the primary source for Islamic beliefs and practices and the miracle of the Final Prophet. Muslim scholars from the very early days of Islam devoted themselves to understanding this scripture with a dedication that had no equal in previous religions. […]

Prophet Ibrahim’s Invocations: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:129) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:129) By: Mohammad Sobhanie Prophet Ibrahim’s Invocations بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ رَبَّنَا وَابْعَثْ فِيهِمْ رَسُولًا مِّنْهُمْ يَتْلُو عَلَيْهِمْ آيَاتِكَ وَيُعَلِّمُهُمُ الْكِتَابَ وَالْحِكْمَةَ وَيُزَكِّيهِمْ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ ﴿١٢٩﴾ Translation: 2:129 Our Lord, and send among them a messenger from themselves who will recite to them Your verses and teach them […]

Prophet Ibrahim’s Invocations: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:127-128) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:127-128) By: Mohammad Sobhanie Prophet Ibrahim’s Invocations بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَإِذْ يَرْفَعُ إِبْرَاهِيمُ الْقَوَاعِدَ مِنَ الْبَيْتِ وَإِسْمَاعِيلُ رَبَّنَا تَقَبَّلْ مِنَّا إِنَّكَ أَنتَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ ﴿١٢٧﴾ رَبَّنَا وَاجْعَلْنَا مُسْلِمَيْنِ لَكَ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّتِنَا أُمَّةً مُّسْلِمَةً لَّكَ وَأَرِنَا مَنَاسِكَنَا وَتُبْ عَلَيْنَا إِنَّكَ أَنتَ التَّوَّابُ الرَّحِيمُ ﴿١٢٨﴾ Translation: 2:127: And [mention] when Abraham […]

Prophet Ibrahim’s Invocations: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:126) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:126) By: Mohammad Sobhanie Prophet Ibrahim’s Invocations بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَإِذْ قَالَ إِبْرَاهِيمُ رَبِّ اجْعَلْ هَـٰذَا بَلَدًا آمِنًا وَارْزُقْ أَهْلَهُ مِنَ الثَّمَرَاتِ مَنْ آمَنَ مِنْهُم بِاللَّـهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ ۖ قَالَ وَمَن كَفَرَ فَأُمَتِّعُهُ قَلِيلًا ثُمَّ أَضْطَرُّهُ إِلَىٰ عَذَابِ النَّارِ ۖ وَبِئْسَ الْمَصِيرُ ﴿١٢٦﴾ Translation: 2:126: And [mention] when Ibrahim said, “My […]

The Majesty of God’s House: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:125) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:125) By: Mohammad Sobhanie The Majesty of God’s House بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَإِذْ جَعَلْنَا الْبَيْتَ مَثَابَةً لِّلنَّاسِ وَأَمْنًا وَاتَّخِذُوا مِن مَّقَامِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ مُصَلًّى وَعَهِدْنَا إِلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَإِسْمَاعِيلَ أَن طَهِّرَا بَيْتِيَ لِلطَّائِفِينَ وَالْعَاكِفِينَ وَالرُّكَّعِ السُّجُودِ ﴿١٢٥﴾   Translation: 2:125 And [remember] when We made the House a place of return […]

Imam, the Divine Authority on Earth: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:124, Part-IV) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:124, Part-IV) By: Mohammad Sobhanie Imamat, Pinnacle Honor of Prophet Ibrahim Imam, the Divine Authority on Earth بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَإِذِ ابْتَلَىٰ إِبْرَاهِيمَ رَبُّهُ بِكَلِمَاتٍ فَأَتَمَّهُنَّ ۖ قَالَ إِنِّي جَاعِلُكَ لِلنَّاسِ إِمَامًا ۖ قَالَ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّتِي ۖ قَالَ لَا يَنَالُ عَهْدِي الظَّالِمِينَ ﴿١٢٤﴾ Translation: 2:104 When his Lord tested Abraham with certain […]

Imamat, Pinnacle Honor of Prophet Ibrahim Meaning of Imam: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:124, Part-III) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:124, Part-III) By: Mohammad Sobhanie Imamat, Pinnacle Honor of Prophet Ibrahim Meaning of Imam بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَإِذِ ابْتَلَىٰ إِبْرَاهِيمَ رَبُّهُ بِكَلِمَاتٍ فَأَتَمَّهُنَّ ۖ قَالَ إِنِّي جَاعِلُكَ لِلنَّاسِ إِمَامًا ۖ قَالَ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّتِي ۖ قَالَ لَا يَنَالُ عَهْدِي الظَّالِمِينَ ﴿١٢٤﴾ Translation: 2:104 When his Lord tested Abraham with certain words (commands) and […]

Imamat, Pinnacle Honor of Prophet Ibrahim, Part-II: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:124, Part-II) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:124, Part-II) By: Mohammad Sobhanie Imamat, Pinnacle Honor of Prophet Ibrahim, Part-II Ibrahim received the news of being Imam while He was a prophet بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَإِذِ ابْتَلَىٰ إِبْرَاهِيمَ رَبُّهُ بِكَلِمَاتٍ فَأَتَمَّهُنَّ ۖ قَالَ إِنِّي جَاعِلُكَ لِلنَّاسِ إِمَامًا ۖ قَالَ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّتِي ۖ قَالَ لَا يَنَالُ عَهْدِي الظَّالِمِينَ ﴿١٢٤﴾ Translation: 2:104 […]

Imamat, Pinnacle Honor of Prophet Ibrahim: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:124, Part-I) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:124, Part-I) By: Mohammad Sobhanie Imamat, Pinnacle Honor of Prophet Ibrahim بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَإِذِ ابْتَلَىٰ إِبْرَاهِيمَ رَبُّهُ بِكَلِمَاتٍ فَأَتَمَّهُنَّ ۖ قَالَ إِنِّي جَاعِلُكَ لِلنَّاسِ إِمَامًا ۖ قَالَ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّتِي ۖ قَالَ لَا يَنَالُ عَهْدِي الظَّالِمِينَ ﴿١٢٤﴾ Translation: 2:104 When his Lord tested Abraham with certain words (commands) and he fulfilled them, […]

Being Thankful in Life: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:122-123) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:122-123) By: Mohammad Sobhanie Being Thankful in Life بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ يَا بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ اذْكُرُوا نِعْمَتِيَ الَّتِي أَنْعَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَأَنِّي فَضَّلْتُكُمْ عَلَى الْعَالَمِينَ ﴿١٢٢﴾ وَاتَّقُوا يَوْمًا لَّا تَجْزِي نَفْسٌ عَن نَّفْسٍ شَيْئًا وَلَا يُقْبَلُ مِنْهَا عَدْلٌ وَلَا تَنفَعُهَا شَفَاعَةٌ وَلَا هُمْ يُنصَرُونَ ﴿١٢٣﴾ Translation: 2:122 O Children of Israel! […]

Pleasing Adversary: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:120-121) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:120-121) By: Mohammad Sobhanie Pleasing Adversary بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَلَن تَرْضَىٰ عَنكَ الْيَهُودُ وَلَا النَّصَارَىٰ حَتَّىٰ تَتَّبِعَ مِلَّتَهُمْ ۗ قُلْ إِنَّ هُدَى اللَّـهِ هُوَ الْهُدَىٰ ۗ وَلَئِنِ اتَّبَعْتَ أَهْوَاءَهُم بَعْدَ الَّذِي جَاءَكَ مِنَ الْعِلْمِ ۙ مَا لَكَ مِنَ اللَّـهِ مِن وَلِيٍّ وَلَا نَصِيرٍ ﴿١٢٠﴾ الَّذِينَ آتَيْنَاهُمُ الْكِتَابَ يَتْلُونَهُ حَقَّ تِلَاوَتِهِ أُولَـٰئِكَ يُؤْمِنُونَ […]