Martyrdom Anniversary of Imam Sajjad (AS)

SHAFAQNA - The 4th Imam after Imam Hussain(a.s.) was his son Imam Ali Zain-al-Abideen(a.s.). His mother was Bibi Shahar Bano who was a princess from Persia, the daughter of the Kind Yazd Gard II. She was brought as a prisoner of war during…

Necessary factors for accomplishment of the belief

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Jawad (AS) who said: Three factors are needed for a believer to travel the route of belief to accomplishment; first divine grace, second a warner from inside and third acceptance of true advice by others.…

Who buried the martyrs of Karbala? (Part Five; Last part)

SHAFAQNA - There are various narrations regarding the burial place for the holy head of Imam Hussain (AS) but the most popular one among Shia Muslims and the majority of Sunni Muslims is that Imam’s head was taken back to where the rest of…

The types of food and drink which can be consumed by Muslims

SHAFAQNA - Allah (SWT) in holy verses of the Quran sometimes generally and in other times specifically pointed to the types of food and drink which are suitable for Muslims to consume. Some of these verses are; Ayahs 57 and 267 of Surah Al-Baqarah;…

Who buried the martyrs of Karbala? (Part Four)

SHAFAQNA - Next, Imam Sajjad (AS) went towards the body of his uncle, Hazrat Abbas ibn Ali (AS) and saw him in the same way which made the angels of the sky frightened and houris of the paradise crying. Imam (AS) threw himself on the body and…

The rights of Muslims towards each other

SHAFAQNA - Islam has declared brotherhood and friendship between all Muslims of the world. Based on this declaration whoever calls himself/herself a Muslim must observe this brotherhood and friendship as mentioned in Ayah 5 of Surah Al-Ahzab.…

Benefits of being a good person and neighbour

SHAFAQNA - The Prophet of Islam (PBUH) said: Keeping contact with relatives, good behaviour and being a good neighbour will develop towns and will increase life [1]. Imam Hassan Askari (AS) said: I recommend to you divine piety in your religion,…

Who buried the martyrs of Karbala? (Part Three)

SHAFAQNA - When Imam Sajjad (AS) came, he saw Bani Assad gathered around the bodies of the martyrs and confused; they did not know what to do and could not recognise the bodies as the bodies were beheaded. Imam Sajjad (AS) informed them that…

Prophet Jesus (AS) and his disciples wept for Imam Hussain (AS)

SHAFAQNA - When Prophet Jesus (AS) and his disciples were crossing the land of Karbala, felt a lot of sorrow and grief. They asked God about the cause of such a feeling. On God’s command, wild gazelles described to them the events of Karbala…

Who buried the martyrs of Karbala? (Part Two)

SHAFAQNA - Allameh Majlesi said: Some narrators were present when Ali ibn Hamza, Ibn Seraj and Ibn Makareh came to Imam Reza (AS) and discussed about his Imamate. Ali ibn Hamza said: It is narrated from your fathers that no one can bury an Imam…

Hazrat Zakaria (AS) and Imam Hussain (AS)

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated that Hazrat Zakaria (AS) asked God about the names of 5 infallibles (Mohammad (PBUH), Ali (AS), Fatima (AS), Hassan (AS) and Hussain (AS)) and requested to be taught those name. Jabrail (AS) descended and taught him…

Who buried the martyrs of Karbala? (Part One)

SHAFAQNA - The historians have differences of opinion about the circumstances in which the martyrs of Karbala were buried. Some believe that the bodies of the martyrs were buried by Bani Assad. Sheikh Mofeed wrote: “A group of Bani Assad who…

Mosa (AS), Khezr (AS) and Sulaiman (AS) wept for Imam Hussain (AS)

SHAFAQNA - In a meeting with Hazrat Khezr (AS), Prophet Mosa (AS) spoke about the family of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and the case of Imam Hussain (AS). Both of them wept for the calamities inflicted on Imam Hussain (AS) [1]. When Hazrat Sulaiman…

Angels’ Divine Trial: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:30; Part-2) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

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Shafaqna (International Shia News Agency) Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:30; Part-2) By: Mohammad Sobhanie   Angels’ Divine Trial بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَعَلَّمَ…

The policies of Imam Hussain (AS) (Part Eight; Last Part)

SHAFAQNA - Imam Hussain (AS) pointed to his martyrdom and welcoming it said: My position is the position of someone who is not frightened of death , how a glorified death is easy for me in order to revive the truth. A glorified death is the…

Lady Zainad and the foretold prophecy of Karbala

SHAFAQNA - It was five years after the Muslims had accompanied the Prophet [s.a.w.] and his family in the migration (hijrah) to Medina, when the Holy Prophet's daughter, Hadrat Fatima [a.s.], gave birth to a little girl. When her father, Imam…

Example of divine belief

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated that Imam Hussain (AS), his family and companions were on their way and to rest for a short while, Imam (AS) placed his head on the saddle of his horse and went to sleep. When he woke up, he repeated 3 times: "We are…

The knowledge of the Prophet (PBUH)

SHAFAQNA - Basically the knowledge that the Prophet (PBUH) can teach is far beyond what a person can acquire; it is a divine knowledge and it is present. Therefore, this knowledge not only shows us the truth but also bind our life with the divine…

The policies of Imam Hussain (AS) (Part Seven)

SHAFAQNA - About the burial of humanity at the time of Abi Sufyan's clan (Moawieh and Yazid), Imam Hussain (AS) said: O’ you the followers of Al-e-Sufyan, if you do not follow any religion and if you are not frightened of the Day of Judgment,…

Lessons of history

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS) said: O' people, there are many lessons for you from the past history, where are the high ranking people and their children? Where are the Pharaohs and their children? Where are the people of Ras (tree worshippers),…

Taking refuge in God for three things

SHAFAQNA - A Dua (supplication) is narrated from Imam Sadeq (AS) in which he said: O' Allah (SWT), I take refuge in God from a world that stops me to pay attention to hereafter and from a life which makes me forget about the death and from wishing…

The Birth of Lady Zainab (as)

SHAFAQNA - Lady Zainab (as) was (accurately) the third child born to Lady Fatima az-Zahra (sa). In other words, she was born directly after Imam Husayn (as); despite the false claim of some historians who hold the opinion that Zainab (as) was…

The policies of Imam Hussain (AS) (Part Six)

SHAFAQNA - Imam Hussain (AS) considered declaring allegiance to Yazid as the height of depravity which God does not approve for any believer as mentioned in Ayah 8 of Surah Al-Momenoon. Therefore it was impossible for Imam Hussain (AS) to follow…

Levels of contentment

SHAFAQNA - Contentment is a position where whatever happens, the believer is satisfied with it. For a believer, comfort and discomfort, life or death, poverty or wealth are the same and does not want anything that God does not want. Jaber ibn…

The last Salaat

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SHAFAQNA - Mid day was getting near on the Day of Ashura, 30 of the companions of Imam Hussain (AS) were martyred and the rest waiting to sacrifice their lives. Suddenly a companion of Imam (AS) said: Aba-Abdellah, it is time for Salaat and…

The effect of Muharram ceremonies on the wisdom of the society

SHAFAQNA - In many occasions, Imam Hussain (AS) said: The infallible Imams have divine duties. Allah (SWT) has assigned a duty for me; another duty for my brother, each one of us is responsible to secure the justice and wisdom among people.…

The policies of Imam Hussain (AS) (Part Five)

SHAFAQNA - When Moawieh died, Yazid ordered his agents to ask all the people to declare their allegiance to him even Imam Hussain (AS), Abdullah ibn Zubair and Abdullah Omar and the other distinguished individuals. When Imam Hussain (AS) went…

The policies of Imam Hussain (AS) (Part Four)

SHAFAQNA - Imam Hussain (AS) never accepted Moawieh’s forced caliphate and his silence was due to peace treaty between Imam Hassan (AS) and Moawieh. Like Imam Ali (AS) and Imam Hassan (AS) who were forced to tolerate the caliphs including…