Quran from the Point of View of Non-Muslims

SHAFAQNA- Quran is a book which guides human beings in several dimensions of life and nobody can deny its several special characteristics and everybody may use it according to his capacity, here we want to talk about different viewpoints of…

Imam Hassan Askari's (AS) recommendations to his followers

SHAFAQNA - Imam Hassan Askari (AS) recommended to his followers: I recommend to you to be devout in your religion and try for the sake of God and tell the truth as well as being trustworthy towards people even if they are not good individuals.…

Signs of a believer

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Sajjad (AS) who said: The believer has five signs: 1. Avoids committing sins when no one except God is present. 2. When is in financial hardship, gives to charity according to his/her means. 3. Is patient…

Characteristics of a real believer

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS) said: Servants of Allah (SWT), beware and know that, a believing human being will not spend night to day and day to night except that he/she will accuse his/her own soul. Always blaming the soul and considering it to…

Turkey to Publish Quran Translation in 10 Languages This Year

SHAFAQNA- Yıldıray Kaplan, an official with the Diyanet told the Anadolu news agency that the languages are Persian, English, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Kyrgyz, Albanian, Portuguese, Bosnian, Lithuanian, and Korean. He said the motto of Diyanet…

Why Do We Need a New Quranic Interpretation?

SHAFAQNA- Is our book "Tafsir Min Wahi Al-Qur'an" (Interpretations Inspired by the Quran) considered a new interpretation? Are we in need for a new interpretation to stand out before the multitude of the other interpretations that left no aspect…

Paradise is the reward for the patient believers

SHAFAQNA - Ayah 24 of Surah Al-Ra'ad says: "Peace and greetings (as the reward) be on you who stayed patient; how blissful is the final abode." Regarding this holy verse, Allamah Tabarsi in "Majma'ul Bayan" mentioned that the angels will say…

A clear deviation from the right path

SHAFAQNA - In Ayah 22 of Surah Al-Zumar, Allah (SWT) says: “Anyone’s heart Allah (SWT) has opened to Islam will receive light from God. Woe to those whose hearts are hardened against remembering the Supreme Being; such people are in obvious…

The effect of avoiding anger

SHAFAQNA - A man came to the Prophet (PBUH) and said: O' the prophet of Allah (SWT), advise me; the Prophet (PBUH) said: Go and do not get angry. That man replied: That is enough for me and then went towards his tribe. Suddenly fighting started…

Jesus and mary in the quran

SHAFAQNA- Introduction: It is unfortunate that most non-Muslims are unaware of the Muslim belief regarding Jesus and Mary. Indeed they may be shocked when they come to know it. In explaining our beliefs, we will translate the meaning of…

“Imamate in Quran” Specialized Forums Underway in Najaf

SHAFAQNA- According to the website of the Dar-ol-Quran, Allameh Seyyed Sami Al-Badri, an expert of the seminary in the holy city of Najaf, presents speeches in the weekly Quranic sessions. "Imam Hassan (AS)” Hall next to the holy shrine…

Meeting of Musa and Khizr

SHAFAQNA- It was revealed to Hazrat Musa (Moses) that there is a man who has vast knowledge than him, Moses prayed to Allah about his willing to meet the person (Hazrat Khizr), then he was ordered to make a journey, take a cooked fish and you…

Earliest Quran Translations in Different Languages

SHAFAQNA- According to al-Yawm al-Sabi website, the first Quran rending into English was by Alexander Ross from a French translation. Later the first English translation of the Quran from the original Arabic was published by George Sale in…

I wish all misled people are guided

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS) said: If you think that I doubt fighting with the forces from Shaam (Damascus), swear to God, every day that I delay the war is because I wish some of them join us and be guided and in folds of darkness, can see my light…

The rights of people according to Imam Askari (AS)

SHAFAQNA - Imam Hassan Askari (AS) emphasized observing the rights of people and for encouraging people to recognize and observe each others rights, pointed to the effects and blessings of this important issue. Imam Hassan Askari (AS) said:…

Superiority of deeds twinned with piety

SHAFAQNA - A close companion of Imam Sadeq (AS) narrated: I was with Imam Sadeq (AS) and we were talking about deeds and I said: How little are my deeds? Imam Sadeq (AS) replied: Little deeds with piety are better than many deeds without piety.…

The miracle of kindness

SHAFAQNA - Malik ibn Auf Nasri was one of the bitterest enemies of the Prophet of Islam (PBUH). In the year 8 AH by provoking the tribes of Thaqeef and Hawazan he started the War of Honayn and tied the newly established Islamic government into…

Who is your enemy?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Ali (AS) who said: The one who conceals your faults and shortcomings from yourself (does not tell your faults, so that they cannot be corrected) is your enemy [1]. Imam Ali (AS) through this wise sentence…

Five groups to be avoided

SHAFAQNA - Imam Baqer (AS) narrated from his father Imam Sajjad (AS) who said: "My son, be careful that you do not make friend or become a companion with five groups of people." I asked: Who are they father? My father replied: 1. Do not make…

Prophet’s (PBUH) friendly encounter with people

SHAFAQNA - Warm and sincere encounter with people can bring hearts closer to each other and that is why the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) always treated others the same way. Imam Ali (AS) said: "When the Prophet (PBUH) used to shake hands with someone,…

Accept advice from sincere and qualified person

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Ali (AS) who said: Listen to the advice of the person who is sincere towards you and accept the advice with your heart and soul [1]. Of course it must be noted that advice given by  those who wish the best…

Winners of Sudan’s Int’l Quran Competition Awarded

SHAFAQNA- Ahmad Hashim Ahmad, a member of the organizing committee, said that the ceremony was held in the capital city with Omar Hassan Al-Bashir, the president of Sudan, in attendance. The program began with Quran recitation by Zakiyye…

The real worship of God

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Ali (AS) who said: O’ Allah (SWT), I worship You, not for fearing the hellfire and do not worship You, for paradise, I only worship You because You are worthy of being worshipped [1]. In another narration,…

Who is the liar?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Sadeq (AS) was asked: Is the liar the one who lies about a thing? Imam (AS) replied: No, the liar is the one who is addicted to lying [1]. In another narration, Imam Baqer (AS) narrated from his father Imam Sajjad (AS) who used…

Anniversary of Master Shahat Anwar’s Death

SHAFAQNA- Shahat Anwar, along with Muhammad Raf’at, Abdul Basit, Mustafa Ismail, and Abolainain Shoaisha, was among Egyptian Qaris whose styles and recitations had significant influence on Iranian Quran reciters. Shahat Anwar died on January…

The need to avoid double-dealing in religion and disunity

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS) said: Then, do not commit double-dealing in religion, as unity on the path of the truth “even though you may be unwilling” is better than disunity and scattering on the way of untruth “even though it may be interesting…

The key to all evils

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Hassan Askari (AS) who said: All the evils have been placed in a house and the key to that house is lying [1]. [1] Beharul Anwaar, Vol.69, Page 263.

Social Justice in Quran

SHAFAQNA- After we have dealt with the Justice of Allah we now switch over to social justice. Since the subject of social justice has a wider range we confine ourselves to quoting relevant matters from the Holy Qur'an, the traditions, and Nahjul…