Before the Mission

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SHAFAQNA- The World Before Islam The chaotic situation of the world prior to Islam is clearly reflected in the accurate mirror of history. The outline of decline, oppression, bloodshed, idol-worship is evident in this mirror. Before Islam,…

A Glance at the Life of the Holy Prophet (S.A)

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SHAFAQNA-Among all the Prophets, the Holy Prophet is the only Prophet about whose life even ordinary matters have been recorded in history and this is a great accomplishment of the Muslim nation because the biographical sketches of other Prophets…

12 Outstanding Characteristics of Hadhrat Muhammed [s] The Last Prophet of Allah

SHAFAQNA-My brothers and sisters everywhere! With this essay, I am not singling out the adherents of Islam - to which I ascribe - but rather I am writing this essay to every man and woman throughout the whole world. I ask Allah that He facilitates…

The main points of Ayah 2 of Surah Al-Ankabut

SHAFAQNA - A man told Imam Ali (AS): O’ Amiral Momeneen inform us about the sedition (Fitnah), have you asked the Prophet of Allah (SWT) about sedition? Imam Ali (AS) replied: When God sent down Ayah 2 of Surah Al-Ankabut which said: “Do…

The Attack of Abraha and Ka'ba

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SHAFAQNA-In the year of the birth of Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.) the army of Najjashi came to attack the Holy Ka'ba. It was led by the commander Abraha. The army consisted of elephants and possessed all the armaments of war. Abraha, proud of his…

Ummatan Wasatan [أُمَّةً وَسَطًا] – Part 1: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:143) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:143) By: Mohammad Sobhanie   Ummatan Wasatan [أُمَّةً وَسَطًا] – Part 1 بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ سَيَقُولُ السُّفَهَاءُ…

The Dictionary Meaning of the Word 'Khaatam-un-Nabiyyin' (Mo'min:40)

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SHAFAQNA-It is evident that the text can bear one meaning and it is that Khaatam-un-Nabiyyin stands for the Finality of Prophethood with a clear implication that the prophethood has been culminated and finalized in Hadhrat Mohammad (WAS). It…

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…

Islam needs insight and action together

SHAFAQNA - Martyr Motahhari said: Rabi’a ibn Khatheem known as Khawjah Rabi’a who was living at the time of Imam Ali (AS) and he is one of the eight famous Zahids (ascetic) of the world. In last years of his life he prepared a grave and…

Divine Will & Martyrdom of Imam Husain (a.s.)

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SHAFAQNA- In the Name of Allah the Beneficent the Merciful Allah’s Blessings be on you, O Saaheb al-Amr, help us and forsake us not Imam Husain (a.s.) stated: “Allah intends to see me martyred.” It was at the time when Imam…

The connection between Surah Al- Zalzalah and Imam Ali (AS)

SHAFAQNA - At the time of Abu Bakr, an earthquake occurred and people panicked and came to Abu Bakr and Omar whilst wailing; and those two also were frightened and went to see Imam Ali (AS); the people also gathered outside Imam’s house. Imam…

Imam Mahdi (A.S) in Chapter al-Qadr (Part 1)

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SHAFAQNA- Chapter al-Qadr (97) of the Holy Qu’ran is a short chapter containing five verses in which Allah (swt) promises a night during which the angels descend with God’s command. In this paper, we will discuss some aspects of this blessed…

Short Ahadeeth by Imam Al-Hussain (A.S.)

SHAFAQNA- 1. Imam Al-Hussain (peace be upon him) said: Sitting with the intelligent is a sign of successfulness. Disputation with other than the disbelievers is a sign of ignorance. A sign of a scholar is his self-criticism of his sayings…

The Holy Quran - Part 2- Al-Dhikr

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SHAFAQNA- In the last issue, we looked at the meaning of Dhikr, its importance and some of its advantages. COMMONLY KNOWN DHIKR: The most commonly known ways of performing Dhikr are as follows: To say Prayers. This act is called…

History of Changing Qiblah: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:142-143) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:142-143) By: Mohammad Sobhanie History of Changing Qiblah بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ سَيَقُولُ السُّفَهَاءُ مِنَ النَّاسِ…

The Holy Quran - Part 1 - Al-Dhikr

SHAFAQNA- PERFORMING DHIKR OF ALLAH (SWT): The term Dhikr literally means ‘to call back to memory’ or ‘to have something in conscious mind’. Therefore, when we are told to perform Dhikr of Allah (SWT), it actually…

Bees and the Hidden Miracles of Honey

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SHAFAQNA-The honey bee exhibits a combination of individual traits and social co-operation which is unparalleled in the animal kingdom. A glimpse into the nest makes it apparent why honey bees have fascinated us from the earliest days of scientific…

The main point of Ayah 41 of Surah Al-Roum

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: Whenever ten characteristics are visible in my Ummah, they will be inflicted with ten calamities from God. The Prophet (PBUH) was asked: What are they? The Prophet (PBUH) replied:…

The Ideal Leadership (Part 4)

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shafaqna-One of the main subjects on which the dailies these days present to us fresh news of our morning reading is the ever-increasing cases of fraud and corruption. Be they committed by individuals or by those in high positions in public…

Taking Allah’s Color: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:138-141) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

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Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:138-141) By: Mohammad Sobhanie Taking Allah’s Color بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ   صِبْغَةَ اللَّـهِ وَمَنْ أَحْسَنُ…

Life of the Next World

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SHAFAQNA-The principle of belief in the eternal life of the next world is one of the important points of Islamic conception of cosmos and a fundamental tenet of Islam. A belief in the next world is an essential condition of being a Muslim and…

Reading the Quran in Christmas Led Me to Islam

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SHAFAQNA- I grew up in the rural South USA as a Christian in the Baptist denomination.   As a freshman in college, I became a member of the Church of Christ as a result of a Bible study group in the dormitory led by a resident…

The Ideal Leadership (Part 1)

SHAFAQNA- Man is a social animal.  He is divinely endowed with gregarious nature to meet socially, to plan and do tasks in groups, to delight in company, to share and enjoy fruits and even to arise against a common enemy.  He even wants…

Arrogance of the Children of Isra'il

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SHAFAQNA- In that book (Torah) we told the Children of Isra'il, "You are certain to become exceedingly arrogant and will establish tyrannical regimes on two occasions." On the first, we fulfilled Our warning by sending an invincible force…

Amazing Quran

SHAFAQNA-Calling the Qur'an amazing is not something done only by Muslims, who have an appreciation for the book and who are pleased with it; it has been labeled amazing by non-Muslims as well. In fact, even people who hate Islam very much have…

Advantages of Ayat al-Kursi

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SHAFAQNA- Verse 255 of Surah-e-Baqarah (chapter: The cow) in holy Quran is called Ayat Al-Kursi: “Allah! There is no god but He - the Living, The Self-subsisting, Eternal. No slumber can seize Him Nor Sleep. His are all things in the…

Signs of the Quranic society

SHAFAQNA - According to the Quranic teachings, there are three important signs for the Quranic society. Worshipping God: According to the holy Quran, the aim of the creation of the human being is worshipping Allah (SWT) and being servants…

What does Islam say about life on other planets?

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SHAFAQNA- question my other question is that what does Islam says about the life on other planets? Concise answer             Man has always pondered the thought of whether or not there are other living organisms…