Do Muslims Celebrate Christmas?

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SHAFAQNA- Salam Islam: Some people ask why Muslims do not celebrate Christmas? Is that because they do not agree on the 25th of December as Jesus birthday? Or is that because they say Christians believe in Jesus as son of God, while Muslims…

Islam and the Question of Violence

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SHAFAQNA-Despite the presence of violence in many regions of the world ranging from Ireland to Lebanon to the Pacific Basin and involving many religions from Christianity to Hinduism, the Western world associates Islam more than any other religion…

Imam Ali's letter to the Qadhi of Kufa, Shurayh bin Haarith

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SHAFAQNA- Nahj al-Balagha, Letter 3 : [ Shurayh bin Haarith had been holding an important post during the previous regimes. Imam Ali (a) had also appointed him as a Qadhi (Chief Judge) of Kufa. It was brought to the notice of Imam Ali (a)…

The Issue of occultation

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SHAFAQNA- The atrocities of Bani Abbas towards the progeny of Ali and the sons of Imam Jafer Sadiq had created unrest and confusion as well as the problem of succession to Imam Hasan Askari (260, 874 AD). At Samerra there rendered elements…

Is Adopting Children Permitted in Islam?

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SHAFAQNA- Salam Islam: Many incidents happen in societies which make so many children orphans, Incidents such as earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, or smaller events. Thus, the issue of taking care of these orphan kids becomes a challenge that…

A Beautiful Heart

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SHAFAQNA-The more hurt and pain you have gone through in life, the stronger and more beautiful your heart will be..... One day a young man was standing in the middle of the town proclaiming that he had the most beautiful heart in the whole…

Our Behaviour

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SHAFAQNA- I have been working on a rather large and elaborate study about the problems facing Islam today and the viruses that seem to be affecting it in many different areas, such a study is certainly not feasible to present as an article,…

German girls volunteer to wear Islamic headscarves in school ‘discrimination experiment’

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SHAFAQNA- The experiment last week saw the volunteers don the hijab as part of an assignment by their teacher at the Geschwister-Scholl comprehensive school in the town of Lünen in North Rhine-Westphalia, German broadcaster WDR reports. The…

Ghaibat-us-Sughra

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SHAFAQNA- Ghaibat-us-Sughra means ‘the minor concealment.’ Its period was about 70 years. It began in 260 A.H. when Imam al-Mahdi (a.s) first went into concealment, and ended in 328 A.H. During Ghaibut-us-Sughra, the Imam appointed…

My Dream Came True

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SHAFAQNA- Angelene McLaren is a journalist who works for a Wisconsin (USA) based Islamic magazine while living in Detroit. A prolific writer and PR woman, Angelene has worked for various magazines and PR firms in the US during the last one…

A Garden of Paradise in Madina

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SHAFAQNA-Almighty Allah says in the Holy Qur'an, chapter 30, verse 15: Then as to those who believed and did good, they shall be made happy in a beautiful garden. According to exegetes of Qur'an the word "Rawdha" mentioned in this verse…

I Found My Happiness in Islam

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SHAFAQNA- An Exclusive Interview of a Revert to Islam, Lisa from Belgium, by Zahra Salehi Lisa, 20 years old, was born in Belgium in an atheist household. She felt lonely and depressed for a period of time. She got to know about Islam…

Why Do We Fear Death?

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SHAFAQNA- The fear of death, for most of the people, is not a matter which requires any evidence because it is totally obvious and we also see that a lot of people manifest extra-ordinary sensitivity with respect to the term "death" and its…

Belgian independent deputy Özdemir: Europe continues to bar the representation of Muslim women

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SHAFAQNA- As a result of the midterm elections in the United States last week, two Muslim politicians were elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in U.S. history. Along with Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, the first Native…

My journey to Islam From Israeli Teachings to Islam

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SHAFAQNA- I did not have to be a Muslim. Maybe. I could have been a Hindu, worshipping 14,321 gods and goddesses, such as a goddess for my neighbor’s dog, another for the moon, and yet another for Evander Holyfield’s lost ear. I would be…

Saudi Arabia Has to be Stopped and This Time It May Get Stopped

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SHAFAQNA- It appears that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has crossed all lines of decency, if there were ever any. In the eyes of many in the West, it crossed them not because it has been brutally killing tens of thousands of innocent people…

Prophet Muhammed: The Messenger of Peace

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SHAFAQNA-Islam means ‘Submission’ to One and only God. It is a religion, which Allah (SWT) sent all His prophets, without any exception, to preach and practice. “And who will ever renounce Abraham’s creed except…

Gentleness in the Noble Life of Prophet Muhammed (P.)

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SHAFAQNA-“It is by Allah’s mercy that you are gentle to them, had you been harsh and hardhearted, surely they would have dispersed from around you. Therefore, excuse them; Plead for forgiveness for them and consult them in the affairs”. …

Imam Hasan (A.S.) Whose Obedience Allah made Incumbent on People

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SHAFAQNA-Imam Hasan was the eldest son of Imam 'Ali and Hadrat Fatimah. When the Holy Prophet received the happy news of the birth of his grandson, he came to the house of his beloved daughter, took the newly born child in his arms, recited…

Imam's Remembrance Of Allah

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SHAFAQNA-The Holy Imam devoted himself to prayers in such abundance, that all the limbs employed in prostration bore scars and impressions of his Sajdah (prostration). Most of the nights were spent on the prayer-carpet. The sense of his absorption…

Sir Percy Sykes: Hussain and his followers, the brave people who made their names inevitable forever

SHAFAQNA- Sir Percy Sykes, British orientalist, said about Imam Hussain (a.s.), “Indeed the courage and bravery that these less number of people showed was at a level that in all these centuries, everyone who heard it, unconsciously, they…

My Arbaeen Journey (Berak’s Vlog) | Video

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SHAFAQNA-Follow Berak Hussain on her journey after 13 years to Karbala. Where she meets people from all over the world, and enters the shrine of Imam Hussain [as] on the eve of Arbaeen. https://youtu.be/0pnm9zuFGvY

Khashoggi versus 50,000 Slaughtered Yemeni Children Europe has no morals, no ethics no nothing.

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SHAFAQNA- The European Parliament has asked yesterday (25 October) for an immediate embargo on the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia, hence sanctioning the Kingdom of rogue Saudi Arabia which is joining the United States and Israel as the main…

The Arbaeen: 40th of Imam Hussain (A.S.)

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SHAFAQNA-It is customary among Muslims to pay tribute to their deceased person forty days after his death. This is because the Holy prophet (saww) has said;  “The earth mourns the death of a believer for forty mornings”. (Bihar…

Rare images of Arbaeen's walking in the early 20th century

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SHAFAQNA - Jaber Ibn Abdullah Ansari, along with his student Atiyah Oofi, were the first pilgrims of Imam Hussein's shrine, who traveled from Madinah to Iraq after the Ashura of the year 61 AH and on the twentieth day of Safar they reached…

A Poem for Arbaeen

SHAFAQNA- Written on the occasion of Arbaeen/Chelum Imam Husain A.S. Look at the heads atop the spear and the eyes that are full of tears. Husain has gone and his sister is alone, and her lonely sight is so hard to bear. It will touch…

Is singing allowed in Islam?

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SHAFAQNA- Salam Islam: To answer the questions about singing in Islam, we cannot say that singing is completely forbidden (Haram) in Islam. Like any other issue, we have to find out what kind of singing is allowed (Halal) and that if there…

Washington Irving: Under the blazing sun, stood the immortal Hussain

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SHAFAQNA- Washington Irving, American Author, said about Imam Hussain (a.s.), “It was possible for Hussain to save his life by submitting himself to the will of Yazid, but his responsibility as a reformer did not allow him to accept Yazid’s…