Divine praise for those who seek self-respect and honourable life

SHAFAQNA - A human being must always seek self-respect and avoid indignity. Imam Hussain (AS) gave his life to aovid the indignity of living under Yazid's unjust rule. In Ayah 8 of Surah Al-Monafeqoon, Allah (SWT) praises those believers who…

The best type of worship according to Imam Hussain (AS)

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Hussain (AS) who said: A group of people worship God for rewards, this is the worship of traders; another group worship the Supreme Being out of fear, this is the worship of slaves; and a third group worship…

Who is wise?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS) was asked: Describe a wise person to us? Imam Ali (AS) replied: A wise person is the one who places everything in its right place. Then they said: Then, describe to us the ignorant. Imam Ali (AS) replied: By describing…

Divine knowledge of Imam Askari (AS)

SHAFAQNA - Mohammad ibn Abbas narrated: We were talking about miracles of Imam Hassan Askari (AS) and a non-Muslim man who was also against Imam Askari (AS) said: If he answers my letter which is written without ink then it will become obvious…

Materialists can never reach their aims

SHAFAQNA - The Prophet of Islam (PBUH) said: O' people, Those who are in this world are guests and whatever they possess are loaned to them. Guests cannot stay for ever and eventually will leave. Loaned things must also be returned [1]. Meaning,…

The real worship of God according to Imam Askari (AS)

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Hassan Askari (AS) who said: Worship is not just performing lots of Salaats and fasting; in fact, worshipping is with thinking and reflecting on the infinite power of Allah (SWT) in various situations [1]. [1]…

Rare Quran Copy Donated to Astan Quds Museum

SHAFAQNA- A rare manuscript copy of the Holy Quran was donated by a couple from Tehran to the museum of Astan Quds Razavi in the holy city of Mashhad. According to Seyed Mohammad Reza Fazel Hashemi, the head of the Astan’s Libraries…

Two excellent characteristics to have according to Imam Askari (AS)

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Hassan Askari who said: There are two characteristics which are higher than all the others and they are: Believe and trust in Allah (SWT) as well as doing good deeds for brothers (brothers in religion, relatives,…

Reflecting on holy verses of Surah Al-Hashr

SHAFAQNA - Imam Khomeini (RA) wrote in a letter to his son [1]: My son, study Surah Al-Hashr which is full of treasures and education and it is worth for a person to reflect on it for the entire life in order to provide provisions (for hereafter)…

Why the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) was so popular?

SHAFAQNA - The Prophet of Islam was very popular and that was the reason people used to gather round him. He was very kind and seldom became angry. Ayah 159 of Surah Al-e-Imran describes the Prophet’s (PBUH) behaviour: “God’s mercy made…

Examples of Divine assistance

SHAFAQNA - An example of Divine assistance is the Prophet Musa's (AS) stick. At one stage it dries the sea as mentioned in Ayah 63 of Surah Al-Sho'ara: "Then, God revealed to Musa: Strike the sea with thy stick. So it divided and each separate…

The way to Divine piety

SHAFAQNA - There are many dimensions and effects of worshipping God and of them is Divine piety (Taqwa in Arabic). Allah (SWT) mentions in many holy verses of the Quran that the ultimate aim of creating Jinn and human being is their worship…

The basic duties of officials in the Islamic society according to Imam Ali (AS)

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS) wrote to Malik Ashtar: O' Malik, make your heart understand the kindness, mercy and compassion towards the people [in a way that it understands it, not just as an idea]. Do not be like a cruel animal who finds the opportunity…

The importance of writing down the knowledge in Islam

SHAFAQNA - The Prophet of Islam (PBUH) said: Tie up the knowledge by writing it down (in order to remain for others) [1]. It is also narrated from the Prophet (PBUH) who said: If a believer is passed away and leaves behind a page of written…

A brief description of the world by Imam Ali (AS)

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS) said: The world deceives, causes loss and passes too quickly. That is why, Allah (SWT) did not consider the world appropriate reward for God's friends and did not choose it for punishment of God's enemies. Verily, the…

Islamic hospitality

SHAFAQNA - According to Islamic teaching hosting a guest is a valued characteristic and eating with guest is a sign of respecting the guest. The Prophet of Islam (PBUH) used to host many guests in his house as mentioned in Ayah 53 of Surah Al-Ahzab.…

Ahlul Bait (AS) are Divine Blessings

SHAFAQNA - The blessings and mercy granted by Allah (SWT) to people are so widespread that include all the material and spiritual things and even includes the Prophet (PBUH). In narrations reported from Ahlul Bait (AS) is mentioned that God’s…

The effect of reliance on God

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Hussain (AS) who said: Whoever believes that whatever is destined by Allah (SWT) is good and proper for him/her, does not wish to be in any other state which God has not chosen for him/her [1]. [1] Tohaful…

Holy Quran Contest Winners Honored in Oman

SHAFAQNA- Assigned by Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Salmi, Minister of Awqaf and Religious Affairs, on Monday patronized over the honoring ceremony of the winners of the 25th edition of Sultan Qaboos Holy Quran…

Difference between a believer and a hypocrite

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: One of the clearest signs of difference between a believer and a hypocrite on the exterior which a person can identify is that the believer speaks less and carry out a lot…

Jealousy according to Quran and narrations

SHAFAQNA - The word Jealousy or envy is mentioned four times in the holy Quran; in Ayah 109 of Surah Al-Baqarah, Ayah 32 of Surah Al-Nesa, Ayah 54 of Surah Al-Nesa and Ayah 5 of Surah Al-Falaq. There are many narrations regarding the causes…

Imam Reza (AS) and the wealth of this world

SHAFAQNA - One of the companions of Imam Reza (AS) narrated that he brought considerable amount of money and other precious items to Imam Reza (AS) but Imam (AS) did not show any sign of happiness. I felt sad and told myself: I brought all these…

Time management according to Imam Ali (AS)

SHAFAQNA - Time management is one important reason for having a successful life. Imam Ali (AS) in his will said: I advise you my two sons, and all my children, and all my relatives, and those who my words reach them to piety and having order…

Wolves of the time

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: A time will come when people will be like savage wolves and whoever is not a wolf, other wolves will eat him [1]. [1] Beharul Anwaar, Vol. 74, page 157.

“Quranic Sciences” Course Underway in Bahrain

SHAFAQNA- An educational course on Quranic sciences has been held for the youth by The Shia Islamic Enlightenment Society in Bahrain. According to Qaf news agency, Sheikh Hassan Al-‘Am, Bahraini Quran researcher teaches the three-day course…

Three special characteristics of true believers according to Imam Reza (AS)

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Reza (AS) who said: A true believer has three special characteristics. A characteristic from his God, a characteristic from his Prophet and a characteristic from his Imam. The characteristic from his God is…

The effect of a gift from Imam Reza (AS)

SHAFAQNA - Debel Khazaie, read a poem in the presence of Imam Reza (AS) and afterwards asked Imam (AS) to give him one of his clothes and Imam (AS) gave him one of his clothes. When Debel returned from Khorasan to his home town (Shoshtar) noticed…

How Imam Reza (AS) revealed the hidden aims of Ma’amoon?

SHAFAQNA - When Ma'amoon forced Imam Reza (AS) into the rank of crown prince, in a document, Imam (AS) pointed out the hidden aims of Ma'amoon. Imam Reza (AS) made it clear to all,  that despite being forced to such a situation but, the leadership…