Xi'an, the Muslim Quarter

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SHAFAQNA- China Highlight: The Muslim Quarter, Just as its name implies, is the hub of the Muslim community in Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province. Located to the north of the West Street in the city center, the quarter covers several blocks inhabitated…

My journey to Islam: Quranic Answers Are Not As Christian Bible

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SHAFAQNA- Lawara was born in Spain in a Catholic family. She got familiar with Islam through her sister and reverted to Islam 3 years ago. She is 23 years old now.   Sister Lawara! Rahyafte team (related to Edoardo Agnelli Islamic…

Liaquat Ali Khan: Like Hussain, always stay in the path of truth and justice

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SHAFAQNA- Liaquat Ali Khan, Pakistan’s first Prime minister, said about Imam Hussain (a.s.), “The martyrdom of Imam Hussain (a.s.) teach us a lesson that whatever the problems or dangers we face, we must not be afraid of it, and must not…

Books to read for Converting to Islam

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SHAFAQNA- Salam Islam: As someone who has recently converted to Islam or the one who has just decided to know more about Islam, you may have come across this dilemma as to which books are better to study and which would give you a fuller and…

Shaking Hands of Muslim Men and Women in Islam

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SHAFAQNA - Salam Islam : Imagine one of your ordinary days in which you go out in the morning to go to work or the university or anywhere else. You attend some gatherings. You see men and women around you interacting and greeting on different…

The Sense of Community in Islam Attracted Me

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SHAFAQNA- An Exclusive Interview with a Revert to Islam, Katy, from the USA, by Bentolhoda Mofakhami from Rahyafte: – Please give us a biography of yourself. My name’s Katy. I’m 21 years old and I live in Atlanta, GA [Georgia is a…

'The Muslim Convention' to be held in Manchester, UK

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SHAFAQNA- The Muslim Convention will be held November 17, 2018 in Manchester, UK. The Muslim Convention’s purpose is to connect Shia Muslims individually and collectively to promote their spiritual, educational, social, and economic prosperity. This…

Lady Jac a revert from USA: Islam Is the Most Beautiful Religion

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SHAFAQNA- My name is Jac. I’m 19 years old and I converted to Islam late 2017 in September. Before Islam, I was baptized in the name of Catholicism. As a child though, religion never really mattered to me no matter how hard I tried. The…

Imam Hussein (as) leader of the martyrs

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SHAFAQNA-Reynold Alleyne Nicholson (1868-1945) Sir Thomas Adams Professor of Arabic at the University of Cambridge. "Husayn fell, pierced by an arrow, and his brave followers were cut down beside him to the last man. Muhammedan tradition,…

JCPOA and the future of international relations

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SHAFAQNA- Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal in May. The US withdrawal from the nuclear deal struck between Iran and main powers is “doomed” to significantly have an effect on peace and safety within the Center…

Muharram in Afghanistan: an occasion to remember the tragedies of Hazāra community

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SHAFAQNA: Most Afghans are Sunni Muslims, but a sizable minority are Shiites, mostly part of the Hazāra ethnic group, whose Asiatic features denote their Mongolian roots and set them apart from other Afghans. So the great majority of Shiʿites…

Ta'ziyeh: play of the war between good and evil

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SHAFAQNA- Ta’zieh, condolence theater or passion play, is a traditional Persian theater, in which actors convey the dramatic events through music and songs. The Ta’zieh plays retail the wars between good and evil where dialogues symbolize…

The Message of Karbala

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SHAFAQNA- All praise belongs to the Almighty [s], the Lord of the Universe. The moon of Muharram is upon us, and with it comes the Message of Karbala. As the river of tears starts to flow, and the thunder of matam (latmiyyah) fills the…

Photos: Raas Al-Hussein (P) Mosque in Cairo

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SHAFAQNA - The Al Hussein Mosque is one of the most sacred Islamic sites in Egypt and famously known for it’s housing the oldest complete manuscript of the Holy Qu’ran. It’s location is also in an immensely popular street of Cairo…

Yemeni Americans: anguished by the war, Depressed by travel ban

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SHAFAQNA-The Yemen war has become the world's worst humanitarian crisis  due to the killing of thousands of civilians including children  by the Saudi-led coalition in which the United States would be complicit. As the men at the table…

Paintings about Muharram in the World's Museums

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SHAFAQNA:  The current paintings from different museums, display the important month of Muharram, and also its 10th day known as "Ashura Day" which is remembered by Muslims (Shia) community, as the day on which Hussein Ibn Ali was martyred…

MUHARRAM AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE (3)

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SHAFAQNA- his is the third article in the series on Muharram and its significance. In the month of Rajab of the 60th year of Hijra, Mu’awiyya died. Yazeed became the Khaleefa of the Muslim Kingdom. People of Makkah and Madinah who…

Muharram in "Coffee House" Paintings

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SHAFAQNA: Coffee-House painting is a traditional, narrative style of painting originating in Iran. It focuses on Persian folklore, epic stories as well as religious Shia Martyrology. These types of paintings started as an attempt to distance…

Muharram and its Significance (2)

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SHAFAQNA- In the month of Rajab of the 60th year of Hijra, Mu’awiyya died. Yazeed became the Khaleefa of the Muslim Kingdom. People of Makkah and Madinah who had been approving the Khilafat for the last fifty years, accepted Yazeed’s…

Mubahala

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SHAFAQNA- The Event or Eid al-Mubahalah In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful. O Allah! Send your blessings to the chief of Your Messengers and the Last of Your Prophets, Muhammad (S), and his pure and cleansed…

9/11 Truth: The Mysterious Collapse of WTC Seven

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SHAFAQNA- [originally published by Global Research in September 2009] At 5:21 in the afternoon of 9/11, almost seven hours after the Twin Towers had come down, Building 7 of the World Trade Center also came down. The collapse of this building…

Stanford psychiatrist studies mental health in Muslim

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SHAFAQNA - Rania Awaad, M.D., is a practicing Psychiatrist based at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She is also a researcher and the Director of the Stanford Muslims and Mental Health Lab. Rania Awaad, MD, studied Islamic law prior…

Virtues of Muharram: A Message from Dr. Sheikh Sayyid al-Ninowy

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SHAFAQNA- Below is a message from Dr. Sheikh Sayyid Muhammed bin Yahya Al-Ninowy on Muharram from his Khalwa, asking everyone to make Du'a for him, and all Muslims. The Sheikh said: Bismillah Ar-Rahman Ar-Rahim "Among the believers…

Muslims in Sanskrit texts

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SHAFAQNA- The Hindu: A study of the works of historians Brajadulal Chattopadhyaya and Audrey Trushke suggests that the Muslim ‘other’ was really not so much ‘other’. While reading a recently published article of American historian…

What Does Karbala Teach Us?

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SHAFAQNA- Imam Husayn had shown by his acts as well as his various discourses during the seven days of Muharram at Karbala, that this conflict was much more universal in nature, and that he knew that he was going to live for ever through…

Islamophobia in American high school Textbooks

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SHAFAQNA - Most Americans’ exposure to the Middle East and Islam starts with what they learn in high school history class. American history textbooks similarly tend to degrade Arabs and Muslims by situating them as foreign and antithetical…

The peace I felt when listening or reading the Quran.

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SHAFAQNA- An Exclusive Interview of a Revert to Islam, Kendra Moe, from Indiana, by Bentolhoda Mofakhami.   -Please give us a biography of yourself. I was born on 12/13/2000, and grew up in a Christian house in the sort of…

Ghadir Khumm And The Orientalists

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SHAFAQNA-1. Introduction [1] The 18th of Dhu 'l-Hijja is celebrated in the Shi'a world as the 'idd of Ghadir Khumm in which Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) said about Imam 'Ali: "Whomsoever master (mawla) I am, this 'Ali is also his master." This…