The Importance of a Connection to our Islamic Centers and Masajid

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SHAFAQNA- The most exposure that some of our Muslim kids today have with Islam are basic Sunday (or Saturday) school classes. There, they will learn Islamic tenets and rules. If they are lucky, and the teachers are knowledgeable, they will…

Towards a bold discussion on the historicity of the religious text and how to develop the Islamic thought

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SHAFAQNA- By Sheikh Youssef Sbeity Translated by: Manal Samhat The Quran constitutes what Allah has revealed to His Messenger, (Al-Mustapha – “The Chosen”) (p.) with the aim of guiding people to the straight path. Such…

Shia and its History

SHAFAQNA- To understand the concept of Shia, it is necessary to first know Islam, and then define Shia based on Islam. The basics of Islam start from the belief in Allah (SWT) and the belief in all the prophets up to the last of them…

The Holy Quran and the Parents

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SHAFAQNA- :Question What are the recommendations of the Holy Quran with respect to parents? :Answer Respecting parents and showing the proper behavior towards them are issues that are considered…

From Al-Sahifa Al-Sajjadiyya; The Whispered Prayer of the Abstainers

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SHAFAQNA- In the Name of God, the All-merciful, the All-compassionate 1 My God, Thou hast settled us in an abode which has dug for us pits of deception, and Thou hast fastened us by the hands of death in the snares of that abode's treachery! In…

Necessity of creating communicational charter of the Islamic Ummah

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SHAFAQNA-The conference of "Novel Islamic civilization (past, present, future) and the role and mission of Afghanistan's scholars" was held today at the "Sun of Wilayat" complex in Mashhad, Iran. During the event, Ayatollah Arafi head of Islamic…

INVESTING FOR THE HEREAFTER

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SHAFAQNA- Zubaydah was the wife of Haroon al-Rasheed, the Abbasid Caliph and also a secret follower of Imam Musa ibn Ja’ffar al-Kadhim (a.s.). Being the wife of the caliph and by virtue of being a queen, she was the most important…

Reliability of the Companions

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SHAFAQNA- The issue of reliability of the Companions is quite critical, about which much talk was there, beside lengthy dispute throughout all ages. Hence this subject deserves good attention and much care so as to have moderate opinion about…

They Insist That Business is Like Ar-Riba

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SHAFAQNA- In the Name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful "And Allah has permitted business (bai'a) and prohibited Ar-Riba," The Qur'an says in continuation of the captioned quote from verse Q: 2.275. The subject caption above is…

Are morals real without God?

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SHAFAQNA- Socrates on the topic of morality is quoted as saying “we are not talking about something little but how we ought to live”. As morally conscious individuals, we are concerned with the qualities required for living a…

Hypocrisy of Companions during and after Prophet’s Lifetime

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SHAFAQNA- Hudhayfah said: The contemporary hypocrites are worse than those who lived during the Prophet’s lifetime and used to conceal their truth but today they declare publicly! In another narration by al-Bukhari from him (Hudhayfah)…

The Muslim Ummah at the End of Time

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SHAFAQNA- The following are narrations of the Holy Prophet (saww) in which the state of the Muslim Ummah (nation) has been predicted during the end of the time. HADEETH NO.1 “There will come a time upon people (Muslims) when: They…

Sorcery Hadith is of Ahad

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SHAFAQNA- The hadith on sorcery - supposing it to be correct, is a singly narrated one (hadith ahad), and the ahad traditions are not approved in the bab of doctrines (aqa’id). And the Prophet’s infallibility against impact of sorcery…

Are You Dead?

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SHAFAQNA- Many a times we come across individuals who take religion and religious activity lightly. They often mock at people who try to practise religious tenets. Similarly they treat the religion. The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) in one of his…

Humbleness

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SHAFAQNA- وَ عِباَدُ الرَّحْمٌنِ الَّذِيْنَ يَمْشُوْنَ عَلى الأَرْضِ هَوْناً “And the servants of the Beneficent Allah are they who walk on the earth in humbleness.” By…

Eid Al-Fitr

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SHAFAQNA-  The introduction of fasting in the month of Ramadan began from 2 A.H.  Eid in Islam is not only celebration but that Muslims should devote this day to worship and plead Allah to accept their deeds and forgive their sins. …

“The Night of Qadr is better than a thousand months"

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SHAFAQNA- Ramadan is the month of the purity of one’s heart and it is the month of forgiveness. This is because in this month, Allah the Exalted shows more kindness to forgiveness compared to other months of the year. It has been said in…

Isma'ilism and Its Branches

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SHAFAQNA- Imam Ja 'far al-Sadiq had a son named Ismail who was the oldest of his children. Isma'il died during the lifetime of his father who summoned witnesses to his death, including the governor of Medina. 1 Concerning this question,…

The first order : Recite

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SHAFAQNA- Muhammad (S), though endeared and respected by Makkans for his wisdom and virtues, preferred solitude and kept his distance from the polytheist society. Disgusted with the corruption all around, he used to retire to the Cave of…

The Batinis

SHAFAQNA- In the year 278/891, a few years before the appearance of Ubaydullah al-Mandi in North Africa, there appeared in Küfah an unknown person from Khuzestan (in southern Persia) who never revealed his name and identity. He would fast…

Invitation to the Party of Allah (SWT)

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SHAFAQNA- Amir al-Muminin Imam Ali (PBUH) narrates that one day the Prophet (PBUH&HP) read such sermon: Â O' people the month of Allah has turned to you with blessings, mercy, and forgiveness; a month that its days are the best…

Chants of Love with Allah : Delicacies of Prayer in the Dua al-Iftitah (Part 1)

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SHAFAQNA - In a part of the invocation of al-Iftitah which is recommended to be recited every night of the blessed month of Ramadan, we are encouraged to address Allah, reminding ourselves of our sins and his forgiveness, in chants that invoke…

HOLY RAMADHAN: THE MONTH OF ALLAH (SWT)

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SHAFAQNA- The month of Holy Ramadhan is known as Shahrullah meaning "the month of Allah". It is indeed the month of Barakah (Blessings), Rahmah (Mercy) and Maghfirah (Forgiveness). It is reported that at the advent of this great month, the…

The Nizaris, Musta'lis, Druzes and Muqanna'ah

SHAFAQNA- The Nizaris. Ubaydullah al-Mahdi, who rose in North Africa in 292/904 and as an Ismaili declared his Imamate and established Fatimid rule, is the founder of the dynasty whose descendants made Cairo the center of their caliphate.…

Differences Between Twelve-Imam Shi'ism and Isma'ilism and Zaydism

SHAFAQNA- The majority of the Shi' rtes, from whom the previously mentioned groups have branched out, are Twelve-Imam Shi'ites, also called the Imamites. As has already been mentioned, the Shi ites came into being because of criticism and…

HOLY RAMADHAN & ALMS

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SHAFAQNA- Once again the holy month of Ramadhan is approaching and God willing, we will once again be fortunate to witness and experience this great month, which the Holy Prophet (saww) has called it ‘Shahrullah’ meaning ‘the…

The Method of Shi'ism in Authenticating the Hadith

SHAFAQNA- Shi'ism, in addition to seeking to authenticate the chain of transmission of hadith, considers the correlation of the text of the hadith with the Qur'an as a necessary condition for its validity. In Shi'ite sources, there are many…

BIDDING FAREWELL TO HOLY RAMADHAN

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SHAFAQNA- AN EXTRACT FROM THE SUPPLICATION OF IMAM ALI BIN HUSAYN (AS)Â This month stood among us in a standing place of praise, accompanied us with the companionship of one approved, and profited us with the most excellent profit of…