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…

The Prophets and Revealed Religion

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SHAFAQNA- What the prophets of God received through revelation and as a message from God and conveyed to mankind was religion (Din), 1 that is, a way of life and human duties which guarantee the real happiness of man. Revealed religion…

The Prophets and Proof of Revelation and Prophecy

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SHAFAQNA- Many modern scholars who have investigated the problem of revelation and prophecy have tried to explain revelation, prophecy and questions connected with them by using the principles of social psychology. They say that the prophets…

Women in Qur'anic Society

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SHAFAQNA-The first of these characteristics of a Qur'anic society which affect women is that both sexes are held to be equal in status and worth. In other words, the Qur'an teaches us that women and men are all creatures of Allah, existing on…

Issue of Badaa

SHAFAQNA- In another session, al-Mamoon invited him to debate Sulayman al-Maroozi, Khurasan's scientist in kalam(theology), and the debate between them dealt with some significant topics which were being debated then by scholars of the science…

The Meaning of Imam

SHAFAQNA- Imam or leader is the title given to a person who takes the lead in a community in a particular social movement or political ideology or scientific or religious form of thought. Naturally, because of his relation to the people he…

Hadith Thaqalayn

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SHAFAQNA- Zayd ibn Arqam has recounted that the Prophet said, "It seems that God has called me unto Himself and I must obey His call. But I leave two great and precious things among you: the Book of God and My Household. Be careful as to…

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.…