The Gracious God

SHAFAQNA - Ayah 19 of Surah Al-Shora says: “Allah (SWT) is gracious towards the worshippers and gives sustenance to whoever God wishes. The Almighty is Strong and Powerful.” Commentators say that gracious means to have the accuracy and precision…

Special deeds for believers

SHAFAQNA - Imam Sadeq (AS) said: There are three acts that if the believer comes to know them will increase his/her lifetime as well as benefiting from divine blessings. These are: To prolong bowing down and prostration (when performing Salaat);…

An illness worse than poverty

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS) said: Be aware that poverty is a kind of calamity and harder than that is the illness of the body and more severe than that is the illness of the heart. Be aware that indeed the health of the body is due to the piety…

Blessed life in this world and the hereafter with four characteristics

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Hussain (AS) who said: Whoever is given by Allah (SWT) a tongue which tells the truth, a good temperament, a high moral standard as well as a clean stomach by eating Halal; has been granted the blessed life…

The rewards for those who go on foot to visit the shrine of Imam Hussain (AS)

SHAFAQNA - Imam Sadeq (AS) said to one of his close companions: Visit (Ziarat) the grave of Imam Hussain (AS) and do not forget it. Then Imam Sadeq (AS) was asked: What is the reward for a person who visits the shrine of Imam Hussain (AS)? Imam…

The unseen world

SHAFAQNA - The whole truth is in the unseen world and instead of paying full attention to the material world, attentions must be towards the unseen world. The most important aspects of the unseen world are, believe in God, the Day of Resurrection…

Deeds with great rewards

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: The person who is inspired to tell the truth (at all the times), behave fairly (towards others), be kind to parents, keep contact with relatives and close friends, will have…

God's anger

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: Whenever Allah (SWT) is angry with some people and does not want to send them (obvious) torments, instead will make their goods expensive and reduce their lifetime; their traders…

The divine rewards for reciting Ziarat Ashura

SHAFAQNA - Imam Sadeq (AS) said: Do not forget Ziarat Ashura and recommend to your friends to recite it because by doing so, your lifetime and sustenance will be increased; you will be granted a prosperous life and you will not die except that…

Thanking others is thanking God

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Sajjad (AS) who said: The most grateful of you to God is the most grateful of you to People. On the Day of Judgment, Allah (SWT) will say to God’s servant: Did you thank such a person? And he will reply:…

The effects of love and friendship of Ahlul Bait (AS) on a person's deeds

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet (PBUH) who said: Always deem necessary our (Ahlul Bait) love and friendship [1]; meaning never be neglectful regarding our love and friendship, never allow even one second your hearts be without our…

A dead among the living

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Ali (AS) who said: The one who does not reject the bad things (anything bad in this world) in his heart and with his hands and tongue, is like a dead among the living [1]. [1] Wasaelul Shia, Vol. 11, page…

Sign of a wise society

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated that Imam Baqer (AS) asked Saeed ibn Hassan: In the society which you live in, is it normal practice that if a Muslim brother who is in need goes to another and put his hand in that person's pocket and takes the right…

Reality and superstition

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Ali (AS) who said: Evil eye is a reality; the use of mysterious natural forces is true; magic and sorcery exist; and good omen is also true but to consider a bad event as a bad omen is not right. Good smell…

Palestinian Student Memorizes Quran in 17 Days

SHAFAQNA- A Palestinian university student has managed to learn the entire Quran by heart in just 17 days. Subh Wajih al-Qiq, who studies plasma physics at a university in the Gaza Strip, is the first one in Palestine to memorize the…

Work ethic in Islam

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Sadeq (AS) who said: Three things are needed for a skilled person to be successful at work: Having expert knowledge, skills and cleverness in one’s profession or trade (meaning to be trained properly and…

A selfish behaviour

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated that the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) was in a gathering when a poor person (obvious from his clothes) entered and by accident sat next to a rich man. The rich man gathered his clothes and pulled himself away from the poor…

The basis of rebellion by human being

SHAFAQNA - Ayahs 6 and 7 of Surah Al-Alaq say: “Without doubt, human rebels because he/she considers himself self-sufficient.” According to these Ayahs, wealth or other divine blessings will not cause rebellion but when a human being considers…

Imam Kazim (AS) a divine role model

SHAFAQNA - It has been narrated in various narrations that Imam Kazim (AS) was the most pious and generous person of his time. Regarding his piety and worship of God, he used to perform night prayers which were joined to Dawn Salaat, then the…

The best charitable act according to Imam Kazim (AS)

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Kazim (AS) who said: Your help and friendship towards a weak and unable person is the best of charitable acts [1]. [1] Tohaful Oqool, page 433

Divine blessings will give evidence against those who do not treat them properly

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Ali (AS) who said: Behave properly towards (divine) blessings before they are taken away from you. The blessings that disappear will give evidence against those ungrateful ones who had them but did not have…

The cause of destruction of some nations

SHAFAQNA - In a letter to the commanders of the army, Imam Ali (AS) wrote: Indeed, before you, some nations have been destroyed because those in power did not recognise the rights of people. So they attained the world with bribery and directed…

The wicked ways of Satan

SHAFAQNA - Satan never stops deceiving human beings and that is why it tries to deviate the thought and behaviour of them from the right path. Satan encourages humans to change the place of Halal and Haram set by Allah (SWT). In this regard,…

“The Study Quran” Published by American Islamic Scholars

SHAFAQNA- In an effort to bring about a richer understanding of the Quran, a group of mostly American-born and university-based Islamic scholars have produced a new translation of the Islamic sacred text. They say a key aim of the new…

Talking about God’s favours

SHAFAQNA - Talking about God’s favours is one way of thanking Allah (SWT) as the Almighty mentions in Ayah 11 of Surah Al-Dhuhaa: “And talk about your God’s favours.” In this regard, the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) said: Discussing God’s…

Guarding tongue

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS) said: Your words are your prisoner until you speak; and when you speak you are the prisoner; therefore, guard your tongue like you guard gold and silver because how often a saying can be the cause of rejecting a blessing…

One of the biggest regrets on the Day of Judgment

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS) said: The biggest regret on the day of Judgement is the regret of a person who attained wealth from Haram way and left it as inheritance to someone else and then the second person uses that wealth on the way of God and…

God has allocated Halal sustenance for every human being

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Baqer (AS) who said: Allah (SWT) has allocated Halal sustenance for every human being and surely this will reach him/her completely. On the other hand, there is Haram sustenance which may be presented to a…