OPED - Nigeria: The North Is An Orphan

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SHAFAQNA - Although Nigeria has been divided into six geo-political zones, as the name suggests, to suit the Nigeria’s politics, Northern Nigeria is made up of 19 out of all the 36 states in Nigeria. For religious, cultural and historical…

10 Hadiths of Imam al-Jawad (a.s.)

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SHAFAQNA - 10 Hadiths of Imam al-Jawad (a.s.), selected and translated by the editorial staff of SHAFAQNA.   الْمُؤمِنُ یَحْتاجُ إلى ثَلاثِ خِصالٍ: تَوْفیقٍ مِنَ اللّهِ عَزَّوَجَلَّ،…

Imam Taqi al-Jawad (AS) Documentary

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SHAFAQNA-A short documentary about the 9th Imam Mohammad Taqi Al-Jawad (AS) ibne Imam Ali Raza (AS) إمام محمد تقي الجواد عليه سلام ابن إمام علي رضا عليه سلام. We have briefly presented a few examples…

The Eleventh Infallible, Hadhrat Imam Muhammad al-Taqi, Jawad al-A’imma, The Ninth Imam

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SHAFAQNA- Imam al-Jawad (as), the ninth Imam of the Shi‘ites, was born in Medina in 195/811. His name is Muhammad, also known as Jawad and Taqi. His other nicknames are Radhi and Muttaqi, but Taqi is the most popular of all. His noble…

Principles of the Shi’ite Creed

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SHAFAQNA- Principles of the Shi’ite Creed Author: Ayatullah Ibrahim Amini Publisher: ABWA Publishing and Printing Center Translator: Ali Reza’i The precious legacy left behind by the Holy Prophet’s Household [ahl al-bayt]…

The Orientalist Gaze Speaks Loud: William Shaler on Algerian Women

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SHAFAQNA - William Shaler (1773 – March 29, 1833) was an American government official who served as a diplomat and confidential agent in several foreign locations, including Algiers, Mexico and Cuba. He was one a key foreign agent in Algeria,…

Taqiyyah or Dissimulation

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SHAFAQNA- One of the most misunderstood aspects of Shi'ism is the practice of dissimulation or taqiyyah. With the wider meaning of taqiyyah, "to avoid or shun any kind of danger," we are not concerned here. Rather, our aim is to discuss that…

Shaykh Tusi

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SHAFAQNA- Shaykh Tusi (Persian: شیخ طوسی‎), full name Abu Jafar Muhammad Ibn Hassan Tusi (Persian: ابوجعفر محمد بن حسن طوسی‎), known as Shaykh al-Taʾifah (Arabic: شيخ الطائفة‎) was a prominent Persian[1] scholar…

Ritual Practices in Shi'ism

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SHAFAQNA- The religious rites practiced by Twelve-Imam Shi'ites are essentially the same as those of the Sunnis with certain minor modifications of posture and phrasing which are little more than the differences that are to be found among…

A New Kind of UK Shia Social Space" - Shafaqna News Article / Exclusive

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SHAFAQNA- Ahlulbayt Islamic Mission has successfully launched its new weekly community social events space at Muhammadi Trust in Willesden Green, London. A packed hall listened avidly to this weeks events key note speaker- Shaykh Zakariya,…

Prophet Muhammad's Emigration (Hijrat)

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SHAFAQNA-The Holy Qur'an says: "... When he said to his companion: Grieve not, surely Allah is with us. So, Allah sent down His tranquillity upon him and strengthened him with hosts which you did not see, and made lowest the word of those…

Referee Forces Muslim Teen To Leave Basketball Game Because Of Her Headscarf

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SHAFAQNA- Nasihah Thompson, a 16-year-old African-American basketball player from Mastery Charter School, Philadelphia, was prevented from playing in a basketball game by the referee due to her headscarf. “My hijab is part of me, and I…

How Shaykh Yūsuf al-Baḥrānī Argued for a Flat-Earth

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SHAFAQNA- One of the greatest Akhbārī scholars to ever live was the 17th century Shaykh Yūsuf al-Baḥrānī (1695 – 1772). He held a few unique positions in jurisprudence and there are a number of his works that are accessible to us…

Fountainhead of Divine Knowledge

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SHAFAQNA- The 3rd of Safar, which according to a narration is the birth anniversary of the Prophet’s 5th infallible successor, Imam Mohammad Baqer (AS). Although a blessed occasion we do not celebrate the 5th Imam’s birthday…

What Were the Three Regrets that Abu Bakr Had When He Was on His Deathbed?

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SHAFAQNA - With WikiShia : Today, the 22th of the month Jumâdâ ath-Thânîya, is the anniversary of the death of Abū Bakr b. Abī Quḥāfa, who after the decease of the prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.a.), with the help of some other companions…

Amazing Story of a Lonely Model-Part 2

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SHAFAQNA- Sister Kelly from New Zealand explaining the reasons why she left Christianity to become a Muslim. Part 2 You can watch part 1   https://youtu.be/3O59PsypRv0 So I said my Shahada quietly not like a big gathering because…

Islamic Brotherhood in the Present Age

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SHAFAQNA- In our age, Muslims need real unity more than ever. God has endowed Islamic countries with invaluable resources which others intensely covet. Thus, they try every means possible to divide Muslims and distract them from their critical…

Protest against bin Salman UK visit (photos)

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SHAFAQNA- Hundreds of people gathered outside Downing Street to protest as Theresa May held talks inside with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. Protesters chanted “Hands off Yemen - stop the bombing now” and…

The Location of Ascent الإسراء والمعراج

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SHAFAQNA- Among the writers of history and the elucidators of the Holy Qur` an there is a dispute in regards to the place of commencement of the Mi’raj of the Noble Prophet (S). Did it start from the house of Umm Hani (the sister of Amir…

Islam in Spain

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SHAFAQNA- Islam in Spain has a remarkable presence. Muslims in Europe in general and Spain in particular have always been categorized as immigrants. In recent years, however, there is a notable number of native Spaniards who have converted…

Ali ibn Babawayh Qummi

SHAFAQNA-(died 939) was a Twelver Shi'a scholar from the time of the Ghaybat al-Sughra.[1] He's the father of Shaikh Saduq. He wrote a letter to Imam Muhammad al-Mahdi, asking for prayer for him to have a child, as doctors had told him he…

HOW MUSLIM AMERICANS ARE DEFENDING THEMSELVES AND THEIR COMMUNITIES AGAINST BIGOTRY

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SHAFAQNA- On an early morning last summer, Ajeyo Yusuf got the fright of his life. "I get a little bit jittery when I talk about this," he says, recalling the incident. That morning, the 26-year-old from Bangladesh woke up around 5 a.m.…

Ibn Babawayh

SHAFAQNA-Abu Ja'far Muhammad ibn 'Ali ibn Babawaih al-Qummi (Persian: ابو جعفر محمد بن علي بن بابويه القمي; c. 923-991 ), referred to as Ibn Babawayh or Al-Shaykh al-Saduq (the truthful scholar) was a Persian[1] Shi'ite Islamic…

Imam al-Hadi (A.S.) reply on Fatalists

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SHAFAQNA- The following narrations are related to the Imam Abul-Hasan Ali bin Mohammed Al-Hadi (peace be upon him) From Ali bin Mohammed: Peace and God’s mercy and blessings be upon you and those who follow the right guidance. I have…

Muslim Heroes of English Premier League

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SHAFAQNA- Liverpool fans’ love for the Muslim ‘Egyptian King’ shows how much the English sport has changed since the days of the National Front (NF) far-right fascists chanting on terraces. Britons are changing their opinion about…

Imam Muhammed Al-Jawad (A.S.)

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SHAFAQNA-One day in Baghdad, some children were busy playing on a street. Among them was our 9th Imam (as).  Suddenly the children saw Mamoon ar-Rasheed, the Abbasid ruler passing by with his soldiers. The children quickly dispersed from…

The ruling on drawing faces of women with Hijab / The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s Fatwa

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SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about drawing faces of women with Hijab. Question: In some western countries, the drawing artist sits in public places and draws the faces of individuals in exchange for money. The…

Which three acts wise people should avoid?

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SHAFAQNA - Luqman the wise advised his son by saying: My dear son, I recommend to you to remember these three advice and act upon them: 1) Do not tell your secret to any one 2) Do not befriend the auditor and the government clerk 3) do not borrow…