Dua for 3rd Shaban

SHAFAQNA- Its recommended to recite this dua on the 3rd of Shaban, as Imam Husain was born on this day. اَللّٰھُمَّ إِنِّی أَسْأَ لُکَ بِحَقِّ الْمَوْلُودِ فِی ھذَا الْیَوْمِ O…

The Three Blessed Months

SHAFAQNA- The Month of Rajab Merits of Rajab Many traditions reported from the Ahl al-Bayt (‘a) demonstrate the excellence and merits of the month of Rajab.1 In his books, al-Majalis and Thawab al-A’mal, Shaykh al-Saduq has reported…

A Religious and Political Journey

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SHAFAQNA-The sixth year of migration was terminating with all its bitter and sweet events when suddenly the Prophet dreamt a pleasant dream that the Muslims were performing ceremonies of Haj in Masjidul Haram. He related this dream to his companions…

Husband Duties to His Wife During the Pregnancy

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SHAFAQNA- Though you may find some demands as insignificant matters but those negligible things may have big impacts on life when husbands don’t understand the wife’s point of view and their condition.   Firstly: Pregnancy is…

The Imamate and Its Role in the Exposition of the Divine Sciences

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SHAFAQNA- In the discussion of prophecy, it was mentioned that, according to the immutable and necessary law of general guidance, each created species is guided through the path of genesis and generation toward the perfection and felicity…

Reciting Quran Great Way for Purification of Heart

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SHAFAQNA - If you want a heart that yearns for its Creator and is attracted to all that is good, then these are some recommendations of things that we can do to purify our hearts. Recite the Quran When we seek to purify our heart and…

The Spiritual Message of Shi'ism

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SHAFAQNA- The message of Shi'ism to the world can be summarized in one sentence: "To know God." Or in other words, it is to instruct man to follow the path of Divine realization and the knowledge of God in order to gain felicity and salvation.…

Taqiyyah or Dissimulation

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SHAFAQNA- One of the most misunderstood aspects of Shi'ism is the practice of dissimulation or taqiyyah. With the wider meaning of taqiyyah, "to avoid or shun any kind of danger," we are not concerned here. Rather, our aim is to discuss that…

Ritual Practices in Shi'ism

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SHAFAQNA- The religious rites practiced by Twelve-Imam Shi'ites are essentially the same as those of the Sunnis with certain minor modifications of posture and phrasing which are little more than the differences that are to be found among…

Prophet Muhammad's Emigration (Hijrat)

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SHAFAQNA-The Holy Qur'an says: "... When he said to his companion: Grieve not, surely Allah is with us. So, Allah sent down His tranquillity upon him and strengthened him with hosts which you did not see, and made lowest the word of those…

Finding Answers in Islam

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SHAFAQNA- Some of the women tied to prove Christianity to their Muslim husbands. They sought help from Christian leaders but were frustrated in. their attempts. Some of the women smuggled with letting go of Christianity even though they felt…

Is Revelation a Kind of Hysteria?

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SHAFAQNA- Some western writers who are no doubt prejudiced have been dubious about the descent of revelation upon our Holy Prophet 75and have considered it a sort of disease called hysteria. Fortunately, this false accusation is so vain…

Islamic Brotherhood in the Present Age

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SHAFAQNA- In our age, Muslims need real unity more than ever. God has endowed Islamic countries with invaluable resources which others intensely covet. Thus, they try every means possible to divide Muslims and distract them from their critical…

The Location of Ascent الإسراء والمعراج

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SHAFAQNA- Among the writers of history and the elucidators of the Holy Qur` an there is a dispute in regards to the place of commencement of the Mi’raj of the Noble Prophet (S). Did it start from the house of Umm Hani (the sister of Amir…

Islam in Spain

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SHAFAQNA- Islam in Spain has a remarkable presence. Muslims in Europe in general and Spain in particular have always been categorized as immigrants. In recent years, however, there is a notable number of native Spaniards who have converted…

Another Testimony to Islam's Universality

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SHAFAQNA- In 6 A.H., the Holy Prophet of Islam dispatched several representatives to rulers and kings of different parts of the world, each with a letter in which he invited them to become Muslims and submit to God's faith. All these letters…

Lung cancer tumor growth halved with new approach

SHAFAQNA- According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), lung cancer caused around 25.9 percent of all cancer-related deaths last year and accounted for 13.2 percent of all new cancer diagnoses in the United States. But the prognosis…

Our Duty is to Convey the Message of Islam

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SHAFAQNA- The speedy advance and promulgation of Islam were due to the sincere, indefatigable endeavours of our Holy Prophet more than anything else. In the propagation of Islam, the Holy Prophet utilized two powerful, effective forces: one,…

From God-Awareness to Self-Awareness & Its Psychological Effects | Part 1

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SHAFAQNA- By Mas’ūd Nūr ‘Alīzādeh Edited by Saiyid Hasan Ali Rizvi The following is the 1st part of a series of translations of the book From God-Awareness to Self-Awareness & Its Psychological Effects By Mas’ūd…

Dealing with Seemingly Contradictory Ethical Verses & Traditions

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SHAFAQNA- The fact that many youth seem to see apparently contradictory ethical and moral admonitions in the Qur’ānic verses and traditions, often becomes the cause of confusion and a barrier to fulfill one’s moral duties correctly.…

Islam, the Immortal Faith

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SHAFAQNA- It is a reality that, in the legislative system of Islam, human nature, which is the same at all times and in all places, has been taken into consideration and positive answers have been given to natural human wants and needs. A…

The Purport of the Discourse on Ghadir

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SHAFAQNA- The available documents reveal that the words mawla (master) and vali (guardian) refer to the successor of the Holy Prophet of Islam and the Guardian of the Ummah of Islam, and that no other meaning can be applied to these two words.…

Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (a.s.) and Religion

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SHAFAQNA- The prime factor for the disappointment of the Shia was the lack of a uniform or coherent ideology; and this continued to be so till the time of the great Imam of the Shias, Jafer al-Sadiq. This is what the writer says. We do…

Knowledge of the Imams about the unseen

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SHAFAQNA- Sometimes even among Shia people have emerged to damage. Their ignorance acquits them of their mischief but can not prevent its effects that remain. They knew nothing about the status of an Imam. Since they knew nothing, to have…

Grand Ayatullah Khoei's Report of His Debate with a Jewish Scholar on the Perpetuity of Qur'an

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SHAFAQNA - The deceased, the Great Ayatullah Khoei in his Qur’anic exegesis book titled "Al-Bayan Fi Tafsir al-Quran", reports a conversation he had with a Jewish scholar, proving the perpetuity of the Qur'an: I had a conversation with…

Division of the Dominion of Leadership

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SHAFAQNA- Q:The days of Imam Sadiq the leadership split into two - that of terrestrial and the other of spiritual.Is it true or not? A: Each one separated from the other. Shias have never thought nor did they ever consider that the Imams…

Child Birth and Pregnancy in the Quran and Hadith

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SHAFAQNA- Allah says in the Quran: “O mankind! If you are in doubt about the Resurrection, then verily! We have created you (i.e. Adam) from dust, then from a Nutfah (mixed drops of male and female sexual discharge i.e. offspring…

The salubrity and Islamic tendency in the behavior of Shia towards Sunni

SHAFAQNA- As far as religious footings are concerned there cannot be any similarity between a Shia and a Sunni. The religious understanding can not be a platform common to both. “Argue them with that which is good”; is the beacon that…