Entries by Yahya

Anniversary of Master Shahat Anwar’s Death

SHAFAQNA- Shahat Anwar, along with Muhammad Raf’at, Abdul Basit, Mustafa Ismail, and Abolainain Shoaisha, was among Egyptian Qaris whose styles and recitations had significant influence on Iranian Quran reciters. Shahat Anwar died on January 13, 2007 at the age of 57 after a long period of illness. Born in 1950 in Kafr el-Wazir village in Egypt’s […]

Islamic Center of Omaha Vandalized for 4th Time since August

SHAFAQNA- On Tuesday night, vandals made a deliberate statement in defacing the Islamic Center of Omaha, wrapping bacon around a door handle and damaging the door’s glass. Omaha police have some leads after obtaining surveillance footage of the incident. “(It) showed two white males with their faces covered arrive,” Omaha police Officer Michael Pecha said. “And […]

Winners of Sudan’s Int’l Quran Competition Awarded

SHAFAQNA- Ahmad Hashim Ahmad, a member of the organizing committee, said that the ceremony was held in the capital city with Omar Hassan Al-Bashir, the president of Sudan, in attendance. The program began with Quran recitation by Zakiyye Abubakr, Mozambican 8-year-old girl, who read the verses in Al-Susi style. Abdullah Abu Shuraida, from Qatar and representatives […]

“Everything is Haraam” Parenting

SHAFAQNA- Parents have asked my opinion about Islamic schools and my answer is always this : don’t expect it to raise your children  for you. Although Islamic schools are generally a good environment, they don’t create miracles. A little background on myself : I started wearing hijab when I was in kindergarden and attended Islamic school […]

My wife has left Islam, what happens now?

SHAFAQNA- QUESTION: I had a quick question for you regarding a friend in a difficult marriage situation. His wife had converted to Islam, but has now rejected it.  My wife has talked to her in depth, and she does not identify herself as a Muslim anymore and is in a state of spiritual confusion.  The legal […]

Karbala’s Lesson of Hijab

SHAFAQNA- After the tragedy of Karbala, Imam Zainul Abideen (peace be upon him) was often asked what the most difficult and painful experience of Karbala was. One would assume that after witnessing more than 70 friends and family members being martyred, his uncle Abbas’s both arms being severed, his father’s head being decapitated, and his six-month-old […]

Justice, Peace and Prophet Muhammad

SHAFAQNA- Introduction  I begin with the Islamic greeting, as-salãmu ‘alaykum, which is a greeting of peace for all of you, for my sisters and brothers in faith as well as for my sisters and brothers in humanity. These words of courtesy expressed for non-Muslims as “sisters and brothers in humanity” are nothing new in a Muslim’s […]

The Martyr will free you

SHAFAQNA- Every act of the human being has a spiritual reality to it. All your decisions leave an impression on your soul. Narrations tell us that when we sin, a black dot appears on our hearts and when we partake in good deeds, a white dot appears. If we sin too much, soon our heart will […]

40 sayings of Masumeen (AS) on World and The Hereafter

SHAFAQNA- 1- The Endeared Prophet of Islam (P.B.U.H.) ((Ashshehab Fel-Hekame-Val-Adab, p. 7)) The world is the prison of the religious people and paradise of unbelievers. ——————————————————————————– 2- Imam Sajjad (A. S.) ((Osool-e-Kafi, vol. 3, p. 197)) Affection and attachment to the world is the root of all sins. ——————————————————————————– 3- Imam Mohammad Bagher (A. S.) ((Tohafol-Oghool, […]

Two Hundred Verses about Compassionate Living in the Quran

SHAFAQNA- The Holy Quran talks about One God and one human family. Here, I want to stress the Quranic message of compassion, love and kindness by cataloging, as many verses, as I can, realizing that it can never be an exhaustive list as other readers will continue to find new ideas of mercy and grace […]

Anniversary of Master Shahat Anwar’s Death

SHAFAQNA- Shahat Anwar, along with Muhammad Raf’at, Abdul Basit, Mustafa Ismail, and Abolainain Shoaisha, was among Egyptian Qaris whose styles and recitations had significant influence on Iranian Quran reciters. Shahat Anwar died on January 13, 2007 at the age of 57 after a long period of illness. Born in 1950 in Kafr el-Wazir village in Egypt’s […]

Brief notes on Dua al-Iftitah

SHAFAQNA- Du’ al-iftitah was taught by our twelth Imam (a) for believers to recite every night during the month Ramadhan, The Du’a is excellent for molding man’s attitude towards his Creator as it discusses many aspects of the wrethedness of the human being, and the grace of Allah. The Dua can be divided into two parts: […]

Ibn al-Haytham; Science and the Optics

SHAFAQNA- This is the third article of a series that will be focused on influential Muslim scientists. To see if any other articles have been uploaded, search the tag or keywords ‘Muslim scientists’ Abu Ali al-Hasan ibn al-Hasan ibn al-Haytham, known as Alhazen in Latin, is among the greatest scientists of physics, mathematics, and astronomy in […]

Some Tips on Flu Prevention

SHAFAQNA- The time is coming, as it comes every year, but are we prepared? The present article aims to give you some idea as how to avoid getting or spreading the dreaded flu this flu season. How can we avoid what some believe to be the unavoidable? The time is coming, as it comes every year, […]

Karbala: The Living Tawheed

SHAFAQNA- The AhlulBayt (s) have been living embodiment of tawheed (belief in the oneness of God). Their every moment of life has been in accordance to the will of Allah (swt). This fact is very much evident in the whole tragic event of Karbala. In Mecca while at Mount Arafat, Imam Husayn’s (as) love and servitude […]

Saudi Arabia, Source of Takfirism, Extremism in Region

SHAFAQNA- Speaking Monday in a meeting with former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder in Tehran, Zarif added that Takfirism and extremism are the major threats in the region. He also criticized Iranophobic policies of the Riyadh regime, stressing that despite these policies, Tehran has shown restraint. In recent weeks, tension has been rising in the relations […]

Sheikh Nimr Commemorated at London Islamic Center

SHAFAQNA- A large number of Muslim scholars, clerics, academic figures and others took part at the ceremony on Sunday, January 20. Addressing the event, prominent cleric Hojat-ol-Islam Ali Alami underlined that Sheikh Nimr had no objective other than Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. He added that Sheikh Nimr neither sought positions nor encouraged violence, […]

Anti-Islam Hooligans Vandalize German City

SHAFAQNA- The Monday riots in the city’s Connewitz district saw supporters of the LEGIDA movement burn cars, smash shop windows, and shoot fireworks at buildings, Press TV reported. They also attacked with stones a producer with the Russian news agency Ruptly who was filming the violence from an apartment window.Elsewhere in Leipzig, several thousand anti-refugee protesters […]

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Major Tourism Players Urged to Push for Developing Philippine Halal Tourism

SHAFAQNA- In a roundtable discussion at Dermpath at SM City on Tuesday, Marilou Ampuan, a trustee of the Tourism Congress of the Philippines, said that they are encouraging business establishments to seek for accreditation from a certifier who is accredited by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF). She said that these tourism players are in […]

Armed Men Attack Shia Religious Center in Bahrain

SHAFAQNA- Local residents and witnesses said the attack was carried out in the village of Wadyan, Sitra, which is located south of the capital, Manama, during the early hours of Monday. They said the attackers, riding a vehicle, fled the scene after spraying the building of Al-Marzouq Hussainia hall with bullets. Photos circulated on social media […]