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Shia Islam: Imam al-Hādī /30

Shafqna: Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī Imam al-Hādī Imam ʿAlī al-Naqi, the tenth Shīʿa Imam, was born in 827 AD (Mufīd, Irshād; Kashf al-Ghamma) and died in 868 AD. His teknonym was Abū al-Ḥasan, and his epithet, al-Hādī (‘The Guide’). He served as the Imam for 33 years in which he faced […]

Shia Islam: Imam Jawād /29

Shafqna: Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī Imam Jawād Imam Muḥammad Taqī, better known as al-Al-Jawād (‘The Generous’), was born in Medina in 811 AD. He was killed by the Abbasid Caliph in Baghdad in 835 AD. He was the Imam for 17 years. (Irshād) He was born at a time Maʾmūn and […]

Shia Islam: Imam al-Riḍā /29

Shafqna: Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī Imam al-Riḍā The eighth Shīʿa Imam, ʿAlī b. Mūsā al-Riḍā, was born in Medina in 765 AD. His parents were Imam Mūsā al-Kāẓim and Ṭāhira. He was given the epithet al-Riḍā (‘the one agreed upon’) and his teknonym was Abū al-Ḥasan. After the martyrdom of his […]

Shia Islam: Imam al-Kāẓim /28

Shafqna: Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī Imam al-Kāẓim  Imam Mūsā b. Jaʿfar, the seventh Shīʿa Imam, was born in 745 AD in Medina. He died in Baghdad in 799 AD. Yazīd b. Walīd b. ʿAbd al-Malik, Ibrāhīm b. Walīd b. ʿAbd al-Malik and Marwān b. Muḥammad of the Umayyad dynasty were in […]

Shia Islam: Imam al-Sādiq /27

Shafqna: Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī Imam al-Sādiq Imam al-Sādiq, the sixth the Imam, was born in 702 AD in Medina. He passed away in 765 AD there and buried in Baqīʿ Cemetry. His mother was Umm Farwa bint al-Qāsim b. Muḥammad b. Abū Bakr. Al-Sādiq’s Imamate lasted 34 years. (Irshād) His […]

Shia Islam: Imam al-Bāqir /26

Shafqna: Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī Imam al-Bāqir Imam al-Bāqir, the son of Imam al-Sajjād, was born in Medina 676 AD and died in 743 in the same city. He was 36 when his father passed away. His mother was the daughter of Imam Ḥasan. He was the first of the Imams […]

Shia Islam: Imam Sajjād /25

Shafaqna – Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī Imam Sajjād The fourth Shīʿa Imam is Sajjād, the son of Imam Ḥusayn. He was born in 657 AD and passed away in 713 AD. Imam Sajjād was born at a time when his grandfather Imam ʿAlī was still Caliph and grew up when […]

A Bearer of Good News and Warner: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:119) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:119) By: Mohammad Sobhanie A Bearer of Good News and Warner بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ إِنَّا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ بِالْحَقِّ بَشِيرًا وَنَذِيرًا ۖ وَلَا تُسْأَلُ عَنْ أَصْحَابِ الْجَحِيمِ ﴿١١٩﴾ Translation: 2:119 Indeed We have sent you with the truth, as a bearer of good news and as a warner, and you will not […]

like-Minded People: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:118) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:118) By: Mohammad Sobhanie like-Minded People بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَقَالَ الَّذِينَ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ لَوْلَا يُكَلِّمُنَا اللَّـهُ أَوْ تَأْتِينَا آيَةٌ ۗ كَذَٰلِكَ قَالَ الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِهِم مِّثْلَ قَوْلِهِمْ ۘ تَشَابَهَتْ قُلُوبُهُمْ ۗ قَدْ بَيَّنَّا الْآيَاتِ لِقَوْمٍ يُوقِنُونَ ﴿١١٨﴾ Translation: 2:118 Those who have no knowledge say, “Why does not Allah speak to us, […]

Belief in a Begotten Son of God Scriptural or Unscriptural Doctrine: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:116-117) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:116-117) By: Mohammad Sobhanie Belief in a Begotten Son of God Scriptural or Unscriptural Doctrine بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَقَالُوا اتَّخَذَ اللَّـهُ وَلَدًا ۗ سُبْحَانَهُ ۖ بَل لَّهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ ۖ كُلٌّ لَّهُ قَانِتُونَ ﴿١١٦﴾ بَدِيعُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ ۖ وَإِذَا قَضَىٰ أَمْرًا فَإِنَّمَا يَقُولُ لَهُ كُن فَيَكُونُ ﴿١١٧﴾ Translation: 2:116 And they […]

Omnipresence of God in the Universe: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:115) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:115) By: Mohammad Sobhanie Omnipresence of God in the Universe بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَلِلَّـهِ الْمَشْرِقُ وَالْمَغْرِبُ ۚ فَأَيْنَمَا تُوَلُّوا فَثَمَّ وَجْهُ اللَّـهِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ وَاسِعٌ عَلِيمٌ ﴿١١٥﴾ Translation: 2:115 To Allah belong the East and the West. Whichever way you turn, there is God’s presence. God is Omnipresent and Omniscient. […]

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Al-Khoei foundation on the Terror Attacks in Tehran: terrorists are the shame of humanity

Shafaqna – Al-Khoei Foundation expresses its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims of today’s heinous attacks in Iran. We have witnessed horrific attacks in London, Manchester, Baghdad, Kabul and now Tehran over the past few weeks which has resulted in many deaths and injuries, the pain of which resonates in our […]

Tehran terror attack: 12 people killed and 42 wounded

Shafaqna – FNA- The Iranian interior ministry in a statement on Wednesday afternoon confirmed that 12 people have been killed and 42 others wounded in this morning’s terrorist attacks in Tehran, stressing that the security situation is now fully under control. Two terrorist teams simultaneously entered the area around the holy shrine of (the late founder […]

The Great Injustice: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:114) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:114) By: Mohammad Sobhanie The Great Injustice بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَمَنْ أَظْلَمُ مِمَّن مَّنَعَ مَسَاجِدَ اللَّـهِ أَن يُذْكَرَ فِيهَا اسْمُهُ وَسَعَىٰ فِي خَرَابِهَا ۚ أُولَـٰئِكَ مَا كَانَ لَهُمْ أَن يَدْخُلُوهَا إِلَّا خَائِفِينَ ۚ لَهُمْ فِي الدُّنْيَا خِزْيٌ وَلَهُمْ فِي الْآخِرَةِ عَذَابٌ عَظِيمٌ ﴿١١٤﴾ Translation: 2:114 Who is more unjust than those […]

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Shia Islam: Imam Ḥusayn /24

Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī Imam Ḥusayn The third Shīʿa Imam, Ḥusayn, was the second son of ʿAlī and Fāṭima. He was born in 626 AD. He was named in a ceremony similar to the one held for his elder brother Ḥasan in the presence of the Prophet. ‘My two children […]

Respect to All Divine Messengers: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:113) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:113) By: Mohammad Sobhanie Respect to All Divine Messengers بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَقَالَتِ الْيَهُودُ لَيْسَتِ النَّصَارَىٰ عَلَىٰ شَيْءٍ وَقَالَتِ النَّصَارَىٰ لَيْسَتِ الْيَهُودُ عَلَىٰ شَيْءٍ وَهُمْ يَتْلُونَ الْكِتَابَ ۗ كَذَٰلِكَ قَالَ الَّذِينَ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ مِثْلَ قَوْلِهِمْ ۚ فَاللَّـهُ يَحْكُمُ بَيْنَهُمْ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ فِيمَا كَانُوا فِيهِ يَخْتَلِفُونَ ﴿١١٣﴾ Translation: 2:113 The Jews say, […]

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Shia Islam: Imam Ḥasan/ 23

Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī Imam Ḥasan Ḥasan, the first child of ʿAlī and Fāṭima, was born on March 4, 625 AD in Medina. His birth happened in the fasting month of Ramadan. The name Ḥasan was chosen by the Prophet. This name was not famous among Arabs of that time. […]

Monopoly of Paradise: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:111-112) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Shafaqna – Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:111-112) By: Mohammad Sobhanie Monopoly of Paradise بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَقَالُوا لَن يَدْخُلَ الْجَنَّةَ إِلَّا مَن كَانَ هُودًا أَوْ نَصَارَىٰ ۗ تِلْكَ أَمَانِيُّهُمْ ۗ قُلْ هَاتُوا بُرْهَانَكُمْ إِن كُنتُمْ صَادِقِينَ ﴿١١١﴾ بَلَىٰ مَنْ أَسْلَمَ وَجْهَهُ لِلَّـهِ وَهُوَ مُحْسِنٌ فَلَهُ أَجْرُهُ عِندَ رَبِّهِ وَلَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ ﴿١١٢﴾ […]

Outlooks of Disbelievers: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:109-110) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:109-110) By: Mohammad Sobhanie Outlooks of Disbelievers بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَدَّ كَثِيرٌ مِّنْ أَهْلِ الْكِتَابِ لَوْ يَرُدُّونَكُم مِّن بَعْدِ إِيمَانِكُمْ كُفَّارًا حَسَدًا مِّنْ عِندِ أَنفُسِهِم مِّن بَعْدِ مَا تَبَيَّنَ لَهُمُ الْحَقُّ ۖ فَاعْفُوا وَاصْفَحُوا حَتَّىٰ يَأْتِيَ اللَّـهُ بِأَمْرِهِ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ ﴿١٠٩﴾ وَأَقِيمُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَآتُوا الزَّكَاةَ ۚ وَمَا […]

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Shia Islam: Fāṭima, daughter of the Prophet /22

Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī 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 […]

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Shia Islam: Twelve Imams /21

Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī Twelve Imams Adherents of Twelver Shi’ism, the largest branch of Shi’ism, are commonly referred to as Twelvers, derived from their belief in twelve divinely-ordained leaders, known as the Twelve Imams. There are traditions narrated from the Prophet about them. Some of these are as follows: Bukhārī […]

Irrational Demands: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:108) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:108) By: Mohammad Sobhanie Irrational Demands بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ أَمْ تُرِيدُونَ أَن تَسْأَلُوا رَسُولَكُمْ كَمَا سُئِلَ مُوسَىٰ مِن قَبْلُ ۗ وَمَن يَتَبَدَّلِ الْكُفْرَ بِالْإِيمَانِ فَقَدْ ضَلَّ سَوَاءَ السَّبِيلِ ﴿١٠٨﴾ Translation: 2:108: Or do you want to ask your Messenger as Moses was asked before (i.e. show us the Lord)? Whoever […]