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…

Asceticism according to the holy Quran

SHAFAQNA - Asceticism (Zohd in Arabic) can be in two levels or in two kinds: Avoiding whatever is declared as Haram in the world by God; or avoiding whatever is declared Halal by God. The holy Quran describes asceticism in Ayah 23 of Surah Al-Hadeed:…

What did Imam Ali (AS) say about the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Ali (AS) who said: The Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) is the most generous of all the people; he is the most courageous, the most honest and truthful person, and the most loyal, with best of behaviour and morality…

The prophet (PBUH) and Imams (AS) are the rightful teachers and protectors of one and only Islam

SHAFAQNA - Without a doubt, the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) is the role model for all infallible Imams in every aspect of their life and behaviour. It can be said with absolute certainty that there is only one true original Islamic teaching, both…

Futile worship and praying

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: Worship and praying without thought and reflection has no use [1]. [1] La'aaliul Akhbaar, Vol. 3, page 392.

Knowledge of Names / Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:30; Part-4) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

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Shafaqna (Internationl Shia News Agency) Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:30; Part-4) By: Mohammad Sobhanie   Knowledge of Names [علم الاسماءَ] View of Allamah Tabatabai (may Allah be pleased with him), the author…

Firmness of religion and the world

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS) told Jaber ibn Abdullah Ansari: O' Jaber, firmness of religion and the world depend on four things: A scholar who acts on his knowledge; an illiterate person who does not refuse to learn; a generous person who is not…

Backbiting

SHAFAQNA - Islamic scholar Sheikh Bahaie wrote: One day in a large gatheirng, someone mentioned my name and one of those present claimed to be my friend but he was lying. He started talking behind my back and accused me of committing some unjust…

A significant difference between this world and the hereafter

SHAFAQNA - Human being in this world needs help from others in the society and cooperstion with groups in order to fulfill his/her needs. That is how the state of superiority and inferiority have entered the structure of societies. In Ayah 32…

The role of believe on the Day of Judgment on human’s behaviour

SHAFAQNA - Allah (SWT) says in the holy Quran that insight is the basic element in the life style and behaviour of a human being. Hence, those who believe in the Day of Judgment, behave in ways to build a proper life in the hereafter. On the…

Upside down hearts

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS) said: The first step of Jihad where you will be hindered is Jihad with your hands, then Jihad with tongue and after that Jihad with your hearts. Therefore, any one who does not praise good with heart and does not deny…

Believer’s love of God

SHAFAQNA - Ayah 165 of Surah Al-Baqarah says: “There are some (foolish) people who take others just as they do God and love them as much as they must love God. Those who believe, their utmost love is only for God. If (only) the evil doing…

Divine praise for those who are pleased with God

SHAFAQNA - Ayahs 27 and 28 of Surah Al-Fajr say: “O’ tranquil soul, return (today) to your God; as you are satisfied (with Allah (SWT)) and your God is pleased with you.” God praises those who are satisfied with Allah (SWT); the Almighty…