The reasons for downfall of human societies

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali said: May Allah (SWT) bless you, know that you live at a time when there are not many who speak the truth and their tongues are unable to tell the truth; those who seek the truth are not valued; people are tied up in sins…

Social justice

SHAFAQNA - If a society is just, surely it is also wise. Social justice is coordinated with collective wisdom. When Imam Ali (AS) was asked, what is justice? Imam (AS) replied: Justice is that when everyone places any right on its rightful place.…

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

SHAFAQNA - The role of Moawieh cannot be ignored. With Pharaoh's method and by using people like Amre ibn Aas, Talheh and Zubair as well as utilizing wealth and force, he managed to terrorize the real Islam and Muslims preventing them from management…

Wisdom and justice are inseparable

SHAFAQNA - The main aim of the uprising by Imam Hussain (AS) was seeking justice. Under justice the security as well as the economy and culture are insured. In addition, independence and freedom is also maintained. This type of justice is not…

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

SHAFAQNA - The Imamate of Imam Hussain (AS) was coincided with the time of two Omayyad rulers, Moawieh and his son Yazid. Moawieh formed a vast and lavish kingdom which was not anything like the Islamic government. He used all the tools in his…

Neglecting wisdom and conscious

SHAFAQNA - Wisdom and conscious say that this world and all its materials are means to prepare for eternal life. When this view is changed two things are neglected; neglecting what the wisdom says and neglecting what the conscious says. Meaning,…

The benefits of kindness to parents

SHAFAQNA - The Prophet of Islam (PBUH) said: O’ the child of Adam (AS), be kind to your parents and observe your relationship with them so that God will make your affairs easy for you and lengthen your life. Obey your God in order to be counted…

Different routes for believers and unbelievers

SHAFAQNA - Ayahs 28 and 29 of Surah Al-Raad say: "The ones who believe and whose hearts feel tranquil by remembering Allah (SWT), surely hearts feel tranquil whenever Allah (SWT) is mentioned. The believers with their good deeds will find happiness…

Purification of body with Salaat

SHAFAQNA - Abu Baseer narrated from Imam Baqer (AS) who narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) saying: If there is a river next to your doorstep and you wash yourself five times a day in it, will there be any dirt remaining on your body?…

The effects of unsuitable companions

SHAFAQNA - The effects of unsuitable companions on a person are gradual and without self-awareness. For many people these harmful effects will also become obvious on the Day of Judgment as mentioned in Ayahs 66 and 67 of Surah Al-Zokhruf. At…

Two secure shelters on earth

SHAFAQNA -Imam Ali (AS) said: There were two secure shelters on earth which saved people from God’s punishment against their sins; one was the precious existence of the Prophet (PBUH) who was a mercy for the entire world and the other asking…

The Event or Eid al-Mubahalah

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SHAFAQNA - The Event or Eid al-Mubahalah In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful. O Allah! Send your blessings to the chief of Your Messengers and the Last of Your Prophets, Muhammad (S), and his pure and cleansed…

There is always a way out of problems

SHAFAQNA - Allah (SWT) mentions in the holy Quran that pious people can find ways of coming out of problems and enjoy countless sustenance. The Almighty in Ayahs 2 and 3 of Surah Al-Talaaq say: Allah (SWT) will grant a way out for anyone who…

Story of Prophet Zakariah and Yahya

SHAFAQNA - The years had taken their toll on the Prophet Zakariyah (pbuh). He was now old and bent with age, in his nineties. Despite his feebleness, he went to the temple daily to deliver his sermons. Zakariyah was not a rich man, but he…

Ways of destroying the belief

SHAFAQNA - From practical point of view, belief can be weakened or eradicated mainly in two ways; one is to ignore the divine decrees which scientifically weakens the roots of the belief and often can destroy the roots of the belief and the…

Significance of the Months of Muharram & Safar in Islam

SHAFAQNA - The months of Muharram and Safar offer the yearly opportunity to commemorate the martyrdom of al‑Husayn ibn `Ali (A), the grandson of the Prophet (S) and the third Imam of the Shiite Muslims, at Karbala' on the tenth of Muharram…

The rights of parents according to the holy Quran

SHAFAQNA - Some of the most important rights of parents according to the holy Quran are outlined below. 1. Be kind and considerate towards parents (Ayah 83/Surah Al-Baqarah; Ayah 151/Surah Al-An'aam; Ayah 14/Surah Al-Maryam) 2. Be just to…

Early death

SHAFAQNA - A companion of Imam Sadeq (AS) narrated: I went to seem Imam (AS) and without saying anything, Imam (AS) said: O' Dawood, On Thursday when your deeds was presented to me, I saw that you carried out a good deed for your cousin. I became…

Trust

SHAFAQNA - Trust is a virtue and Allah (SWT) emphasized this in Ayah 58 of Surah Al-Nesa: “Truly, Allah (SWT) commands you to return deposits entrusted to you, to their rightful owners.” This virtue must be observed at all domains such as…

Who is Zahra (S.A)?

SHAFAQNA- Who is Zahra shall dawn on Doomsday, Enemies of her enemies in divine pardon sway, Friends of her enemies shall contrite in dismay; Today’s tears shed in her love tomorrow pay. What is Zahra? First let us know  To acquire…

Lady Khadija, the Esteemed Wife of the Prophet

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SHAFAQNA-  Lady Khadija al-Kubra (as) is the daughter of Khuwaylid, belonging to the clan of Banu Hashim of the tribe of Banu Asad. She was a distant cousin of her husband, the seal of prophets, Prophet Muhammad (s). Lady  Khadija (as) was…

The First Defender of Imam Husayn

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SHAFAQNA - When the ninth of Dhu al-Hijjah comes by, we commemorate the occasion of the Day of Arafah where pilgrims from all over the world perform their Hajj rituals. However, many of us forget that the ninth of Dhu al-Hijjah also marks a…

Ghadeer: Perfection and Protection of Islam

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SHAFAQNA - “O Messenger! Deliver what has been revealed to you from your Lord; and if you do it not, then you have not delivered His message, and Allah will protect you from the people; surely Allah will not guide the unbelieving people.”…

Man – Allah’s Vicegerent on Earth / Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:30; Part-1) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

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Shafaqna (International Shia News Agency) Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:30; Part-1) By: Mohammad Sobhanie     Man – Allah’s Vicegerent on Earth بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَإِذْ…

On the leadership of Imam Ali (AS)

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SHAFAQNA - The history of mankind has witnessed many leaders over the ages. Many of these leaders achieved leadership through might or inheritance and some were chosen as leaders because of certain outstanding qualities that they possessed.…

The events of Al Ghadeer

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SHAFAQNA - It was in 10 A.H. and the time for Hajj. The Hijazi deserts witnessed large crowds of Muslims who unitedly chanted the same slogans and proceeded towards the same holy end. That year the sight of tie Hajj pilgrimage was much more…

Eid Al Ghadeer - Islamic Center of England event

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SHAFAQNA - Eid al-Ghadeer is a festival celebrated by Shia Muslim. This festive day is celebrated on the 18th day of the Zil-Hajj month according to the Islamic calendar. This festival is celebrated to mark the appointment of Imam Ali ibn Abi…

Women’s Equality in Quranic Society

SHAFAQNA- Now let us consider the second basic characteristic of the Quranic society which affects the position of women.  This is found in the directives for a dual sex rather than a unisex society.  While maintaining the validity of the…