Entries by Yahya

Amnesty Int’l: King Salman’s first year in power in Saudi Arabia has been a dark year for human rights

SHAFAQNA- King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s first year in power has seen the country’s human rights record deteriorate markedly, said Amnesty International on the first anniversary of his accession to the throne on January 23, 2015. Despite limited improvements in the field of women’s rights, the Saudi Arabian authorities have pursued a persistent and ruthless […]

Hunger striking Palestinian journalist could die at any time: Lawyer

SHAFAQNA- The 33-year-old Palestinian journalist has been refusing to eat for more than two months now in protest at his imprisonment without charge or trial. Al-Qiq, who worked for the Saudi channel Al-Majd, was arrested on November 21, 2015. Palestinian officials echoed Boulos’ remarks, saying al-Qiq is now in a life-threatening condition. However, a spokeswoman for […]

Al-Wefaq Urges Al-Khalifa Regime’s Positive Response to Int’l Calls for Dialogue

SHAFAQNA- Bahrain’s main opposition bloc, al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, urged the al-Khalifa regime to respond positively to the international calls for an inclusive national dialogue in the Persian Gulf country, regretting that the Royal family still favors a “costly security option”. In a statement on Tuesday, al-Wefaq condemned the Manama regime for continuing to exercise violence […]

Italy covers up naked statues and bans wine for visit of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

SHAFAQNA- Italian authorities covered up naked statues exhibited at a world-famous museum in Rome for an official visit of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Rouhani toured the Musei Capitolini (Capitoline Museums) – which hosts a huge collection of artefacts from the ancient, medieval and renaissance periods – accompanied by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on 25 January. […]

British man deported from US because of ‘skin color’

SHAFAQNA- A British Indian man who had flown to the US for a business trip was held at an American airport for 13 hours and deported “because of the color of his skin.” Amreet Surana, who works for a UK security company, was held at an airport in Detroit, Michigan, while trying to board a connecting […]

Donald Trump Goes To Church in Iowa … And Gets a Lesson in Humility

SHAFAQNA- Religious voters are a major factor in Iowa, the opening contest on the presidential nominating calendar, where Trump’s chief challenger in the Republican race is Texas senator Ted Cruz, a conservative preacher’s son who has made deep inroads with evangelicals. Trump has appeared to struggle to affirm his Christian credentials and during an hour-long service […]

Ottawa Women’s Group ‘Outraged’ At Anti-Islam Facebook Comments

SHAFAQNA- An Ottawa group’s invitation to wear a hijab in solidarity with Muslim women has spurred dozens of anti-Islamic and xenophobic comments on social media. The City for All Women Initiative (CAWI) posted details for “Ottawa Hijab Day” on its Facebook page on Friday. On Feb. 25, women are encouraged to wear the traditional headdress as […]

How to cure our psychological obsession?

SHAFAQNA- Apart from the infallibles, other people might, at times, experience ebbs and flows, ups and downs in their beliefs and conviction. Thus they might doubt the existence of God or the genuineness of a divine injunction or start having disorders in their practices but they get back to normalcy by seeking help from Allah, […]

Let’s Not Abuse God’s Blessings to Commit Sins

SHAFAQNA- A grateful servant of God is the one who does not abuse God’s blessings to commit sins and does not stand against His commandments that are meant for the happiness of man. It is a great sin that people use God’s blessings, like the human body, the earth, the air, the food, the clothing, and […]

Imam Sadiq’s Effective Strategy

SHAFAQNA- Imam Jafar bin Muhammad had two kinds of different behavior towards the rulers, especially towards Mansour Abbasi; these two seem to be contradicting each other. He would sometimes talk nicely to him, trying to justify himself and he would sometimes treat him roughly. He would talk calmly sometimes and he seemed to be asking Mansour […]

Levels of Devotion

SHAFAQNA- In the same sermon are explained the various spiritual states and levels attained by the worshippers in the course of their devotional search. Imam Ali (A.S) describes such men in these words: The angels have surrounded them and peace is showered upon them. The doors of heavens are opened for them and abodes of blessedness, […]

A Diet that Can Change Your Life

SHAFAQNA- Are you tensed with your health situation? Yes, it is quite obvious that health has become a name of great anxiety as the deadly diseases are breaking the shackles in numerous numbers. Go to your vicinity and you will find at least single person with a lethal disease in each house. Isn’t it a frightening […]

General Recommended and General Discouraged Acts for Eating Food

SHAFAQNA- General Recommended Acts According to Imam Hassan (A.s), every Muslim should keep 12 points in mind regarding food. Four are compulsory, four are recommended, and four pertain to general manners: The compulsory • To know one’s Giver • To know that all we have is from God and be satisfied with the food He gives • To say […]