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…

The best of divine blessings

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SHAFAQNA - The holy Quran is the greatest blessing from Allah (SWT). The Prophet of Islam (PBUH) said: The most honourable of my Ummah are the bearers of the Quran and those who stay up at night (for praying to God) [1]. In another narration…

Exclusive - Dar al-Islam holds fifth day of Muharram

SHAFAQNA - Mahatma Gandhi  India) “My admiration for the noble sacrifice of Imam Hussein (a.s) as a martyr abounds, because he accepted death and the torture of thrust for himself, for his sons, and for his whole family, but did not submit…

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

SHAFAQNA - The author of the book “Alseratul Mostaqeem” narrated for his uncle: When Moawieh came to Kufa, he said: I did not fight you for you to perform prayers or fast, I fought you in order to rule you. Then his uncle asked: Have you…

Obeying God is the only way

SHAFAQNA - One day Imam Hussain (AS) on his way reached a palace, and asked whose is it? They replied: Belongs to Ous. Imam (AS) said: If Ous could see the conditions and the end of this world, would have been satisfied to have a loaf of bread…

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…