Islam and the Question of Violence

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SHAFAQNA-Despite the presence of violence in many regions of the world ranging from Ireland to Lebanon to the Pacific Basin and involving many religions from Christianity to Hinduism, the Western world associates Islam more than any other religion…

Imam Ali's letter to the Qadhi of Kufa, Shurayh bin Haarith

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SHAFAQNA- Nahj al-Balagha, Letter 3 : [ Shurayh bin Haarith had been holding an important post during the previous regimes. Imam Ali (a) had also appointed him as a Qadhi (Chief Judge) of Kufa. It was brought to the notice of Imam Ali (a)…

Division of Groups

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SHAFAQNA- Regarding the Imam after the martyrdom of Imam Hasan Askari a man by the name of NOU BAKHATI had written a book under the title “HREQ AL-SHIA” (sects of Shia). This man says strange things never heard before nor will be heard…

Why Pray in Arabic?

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SHAFAQNA- It may first seem logical that every Muslim should pray through his own mother language, so that he may understand what he say; but a little more thinking and study, we shall find that there are strong arguments in favour of only…

Our Behaviour

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SHAFAQNA- I have been working on a rather large and elaborate study about the problems facing Islam today and the viruses that seem to be affecting it in many different areas, such a study is certainly not feasible to present as an article,…

Lessons from the Holy Prophet of Islam

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SHAFAQNA- Lessons from the Holy Prophet of Islam   A Selection of statements by Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei on the personality and Be’that of the Holy Prophet of Islam (S) The present work is a collection of excerpts from…

The Trustworthy

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SHAFAQNA-It had rained heavily and continuously for a long period, and the water poured down towards the Holy Ka'aba in Masjid-ul-Haram, the big mosque in Mecca, The Ka'aba was in the lower section of Mecca. It had become old and collapsed. So…

A Garden of Paradise in Madina

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SHAFAQNA-Almighty Allah says in the Holy Qur'an, chapter 30, verse 15: Then as to those who believed and did good, they shall be made happy in a beautiful garden. According to exegetes of Qur'an the word "Rawdha" mentioned in this verse…

Why Do We Fear Death?

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SHAFAQNA- The fear of death, for most of the people, is not a matter which requires any evidence because it is totally obvious and we also see that a lot of people manifest extra-ordinary sensitivity with respect to the term "death" and its…

Believing in a savior is not exclusive to Shia

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SHAFAQNA- Rather, all Muslims—including Shias and Sunnis—believe in this notion. However, the Shias are privileged in that they know this Savior by name and features, and believes that he is always ready and prepared to receive the divine…

Prophet Muhammed: The Messenger of Peace

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SHAFAQNA-Islam means ‘Submission’ to One and only God. It is a religion, which Allah (SWT) sent all His prophets, without any exception, to preach and practice. “And who will ever renounce Abraham’s creed except…

Glimpses of the Life of Imam Al Hassan AlMujtaba (A.S.)

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SHAFAQNA-His Relationship with Allah Almighty Among the stories told, Imam Zein Al Abidin (PBUH) once talked about the worship specifications of Imam Al Mojtaba (PBUH) and said, “When he used to purify and wash himself for praying,…

The Prelude to the Martyrdom of Imam Hussain a.s

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SHAFAQNA-When al-Hassan, peace be upon him, died, the Shia in Iraq began to make plans. They wrote to al-Husayn, peace be on him, about removing Mu'awiya and giving the pledge of allegiance to him. However, he refused them and pointed out that…

In commemoration of Hideous Crime – as Supreme Religious Authority described – committed by exploding Eskereyain Shrine

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SHAFAQNA- The shrines of the holy city of Kerbela, and the followers of the Ahlul-Bayet (Peace Be Upon Them) – all over the world – commemorated the 13th tragic anniversary of the devastation of the Eskereyain Shrine in the city of Samarra,…

The Message of Muharram

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SHAFAQNA- Call it an act of ignorance or obstinate attachment to the customs of the days of ignorance (Jahiliyya), the retaining of the practice of the pagan Arabs by the neo-Muslim rulers of Medina, to start the Islamic calendar on the 1st…

Imam Hussein (as) leader of the martyrs

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SHAFAQNA-Reynold Alleyne Nicholson (1868-1945) Sir Thomas Adams Professor of Arabic at the University of Cambridge. "Husayn fell, pierced by an arrow, and his brave followers were cut down beside him to the last man. Muhammedan tradition,…

The necessity of the 'isma of the Imam

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SHAFAQNA- In the previous articles we have pointed out that an Imam is not an ordinary leader who simply has to rule a country and protect its borders; rather, in addition to this duty, he has other weighty responsibilities, alluded to above.…

Imam Hussein (as)'s Revolution, Reasons & Motives

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SHAFAQNA-All those who are familiar with Imam Husseins life do certainly realize that his role in serving Islam had started very early in his life. He has contributed to the rising Islamic movement when he was a boy, and played a significant…

Companions’ Strictness in Admitting the Reports

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SHAFAQNA- The Rightly-guided Caliphs and great Companions particularly those giving legal verdicts – as is known before – used to evade and fear narrating hadith from the Prophet. Rather in fact they were turning away from this act, since…

To Lie Against Messenger of Allah

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SHAFAQNA- It is commonly agreed among all that lying is the worst of abominations, and no trait can ever be possessed by man worse than calumny, beside no group malady is there more problematic and incurable than slander. Despite the fact…

The Message of Devotion

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SHAFAQNA- "O People! The Messenger of Allah has said: If anyone witnesses an oppressive ruler who permits that which has been forbidden by Allah, breaks the divine covenant, opposes the Prophet's Sunnah and regulations, and treats Allah's…

Eid al-Ghadir and a Pious Leadership

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SHAFDAQNA- On the 18th of Zilhejjah of the 10th year after Hijra, a great event took place by a small pond which lay on the way between Holy Mecca and Medina. On that day the holy Prophet of Islam (May the blessing of Allah be upon him and…

Ghadeer Khum

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SHAFAQNA- Prophet Muhammed (P) went to Makkah in his last year of his life to perform the annual pilgrimage “Hajj”. He also invited all the Muslims to take part in the Hajj pilgrimage. In a short while, large number of Muslims was moving…

Hajj Day-by-Day

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SHAFAQNA- Day One: The 8th Day of Thul-Hijjah MinaOn the eighth day of Thul-Hijjah (Yawm-e-Tarwiyah), the pilgrim put on his Ihraam after the Salaat of Zohr & Asr and head out of Makkah to Mina. He spends the rest of the day and night…

Hajj At-Tamattu'

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SHAFAQNA- 01. Ihraam: 02. Wukuuf-e-Arafaat: or staying in Arafaat. 03. Wukuuf-e-Mash'ar (or Muzdalifa): or staying in Mash'ar (or Muzdalifa). 04. Ramy Jamrah Al-Aqabah: Stoning of Jamrah Al-Aqabah in Mina. 05. Qurbani: The slaughter…

‘Shi’a’ and Imamate

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SHAFAQNA- The term ‘Shi’a’ means ‘follower’, and now refers, conventionally, to the group of Muslims who, after the death of the Holy Prophet, believed that the function of leadership in the Islamic community was the prerogative of…

Imam Muhammed Al-Taqi (A.S.)

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SHAFAQNA-Birth:      10th Rajab 195 AH in Madina Parents:  Imam ‘Ali al-Ridha (a.s.) & Bibi Sabika Naubiyyah (a.s.) Titles:     ‘Al-Jawad’ (The Generous), ‘Al-Taqi’ (The Pious) Death:   …

Sayeda Fatimah Al-Zahra s.a & the Holy Quran

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SHAFAQNA-HER VIEWS ABOUT THE HOLY QURAN: When Fadak, the property which the Holy Prophet (saww) had gifted to his one and only daughter Fatimah (a.s.) was snatched away from her, she (a.s.) felt grieved by this action. Accompanied by some…