From Nahjolbalaghah; Imam Ali (AS) instructions to his family a little before his martyrdom

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SHAFAQNA- ومن كلام له (عليه السلام) قاله قُبَيْلَ موته لمّا ضربه ابن ملجم على سبيل الوصية وَصِيَّتِي لَكُمْ: أَنْ لاَ تُشْرِكُوا بِاللهِ…

Ahl al-Bayt's (A.S.) Way of Worship

SHAFAQNA- Imam Ali (A.S.): O Allah! I worshipped you neither out of greed for the Paradise nor as a result of fearing your Hell Fire, but I found you praise worthy and worshipped you. Imam a-Sadiq (A.S.): Servants consist of three groups:…

Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr

SHAFAQNA- Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr (آية الله العظمى السيد محمد باقر الصدر) (March 1, 1935 – April 9, 1980) was an Iraqi Shia cleric, philosopher, and ideological founder of the Islamic Dawa Party, born…

Words of Wisdom of Imam al-Hassan AlMujtaba (A.S.)

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SHAFAQNA- Imam Al-Hasan (peace be upon him) said: O people, he who advises for God’s sake and betakes His sayings as guidance will surely be led to the most upright way and God will grant him success to the right guidance…

The Advice the Prophet (S) gave to Abu Dharr

SHAFAQNA- The Advice the Prophet (S) gave to Abu Dharr From Makarim al Akhlaq: Chapter Twelve Section Five, Page 458 Compiled by Sheikh al Jaleel Radiyu al Deen Abu Nasr al Hasan bin al Fadl al Tabrasi, one among the great scholars of the…

Imam Hasan al-Mujtaba (A.S.): Leader of the Youth of Paradise

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SHAFAQNA- A Calling for Jihad I don't know what I say for you, And by what I describe? So the human is not with his face an his body... But with his substance which Allah (s.w.) wanted as he gave him what gave him until He made him in a high…

The Poet on Imam Ali ibn al-Husayn, al-Sajjad (as)

SHAFAQNA- Imam Zayn al-‘Abidin, peace be on him, went to the Sacred House of Allah to perform the pilgrimage. Meanwhile Hisham b. ‘Abd al-Malik went there for the same purpose. The latter did his best to touch the Black Stone but he was…

The Fifth Imam, Muhammad Ibn ‘Ali al-Baqir (as)

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SHAFAQNA- • Harassed by the Ummayad Government. • Some sayings of the Imam. Born in Madina on Ist Rajab 57 Hijri, died in Madina on 7th Zilhijja 114 Hijri (31.1.733AD) at the age of 57 years. Period of Imamate 19 years. On the…

Have the 313 Already Been Chosen?

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SHAFAQNA- Question: Is it true that the 313 companions have already been chosen and that we cannot be from amongst them nor make an intention to be from amongst them? It is a small, yet important question. Answer: If the list…

The Connection between Imam Mahdi (A.S.) and Imam Husayn (A.S.)

SHAFAQNA- Dr. Mohammad Ali Shomali This paper is the first part of a series of three papers on the subject, initially conceived as part of a series of lectures delivered by the author in London, at the Islamic Centre of England in Muharram…

Hussain ibn Ali (a.s.)'s Final Moments

SHAFAQNA - Second son of Fatima (sa) and ‘Ali (as) Husayn (as) was born on 3rd Shabaan, 4th year of Hijri (10.1.626 AD) When he was born the Holy Prophet was given the news of the birth of his 2nd grandson. He arrived at the house of his…

Why do the Shia remember Imam Hussain every year?

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SHAFAQNA - Why do the Shia remember Imam Hussain every year? What are the reasons for the Shia to cry and lament Imam Hussain every year even though the event of Ashura in Karbala took place over 1300 years ago. Courtesy of www.mustafa…

How dishonest “Social Justice Warriors” work to curb the religious freedoms of targeted groups

    As Bohra Shia Muslims congregate to welcome Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin’s visit to Pakistan, we must both extend our support as well as appreciate the security concerns of Pakistan’s Bohra community. Bohra Shias are…

14 Lessons from Karbala

SHAFAQNA- Humanity has been provided with many lessons to learn from the events at Karbala. It is a source of divine enlightenment and a true road to the salvation of mankind. Don’t Accept Humiliation In one of his speeches, Imam Hussain…

12 people killed as car bomb explodes at Shia neighborhood in Baghdad

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    SHAFAQNA  - A car bombing has struck a busy market area in eastern Baghdad, killing at least 12 people, Iraqi officials say. The explosives-laden car went off at the wholesale Jamila market in Baghdad's Shia district…

Kabul in mourning as Shiite mosque attack toll rises to 28

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  SHAFAQNA - Hundreds of Shiite mourners began burying the victims of a suicide bomb and gun attack on a Kabul mosque Saturday as the death toll from the atrocity rose to 28. Distraught relatives and friends carried coffins into the…

The High Ideals of Imam Muhammad al-Jawad (A.S.)

SHAFAQNA- By: Allama Baqir Shareef al-Qurashi The personality of Imam Abu Ja'far al-Jawad (a.s) possessed all the high ideals and lofty examples that any human being would take pride in. Here are some of these ideals: Imamate Imam al-Jawad…

Slander, Dangerous weapon of cowards

SHAFAQNA - One of the greatest and most dangerous and in the meantime most popular corruptions of tongue is slander. Slander indicates mentioning hidden weak points and faults of the others so that if they hear, they will be disturbed. These…

The Origins and Early Development of Shia Islam

SHAFAQNA - The division of the community of Islam into Sunni and Shi'i branches has commonly been explained in terms of purely political differences. Its origins have been attributed to basically political partisanship with regard to the leadership…

Great Scientist & Philosopher | Imam Jafar Al-Sadiq

SHAFAQNA - This video discusses the limitless Scientific and Philosophical knowledge that our 6th Holy Imam [a.s] had.

Imam Sadiq's (as) attitude in war of belief era

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SHAFAQNA - The comparison between the time of Imam al-Sadiq (as) and the time of Imam al-Hussain (as)... The war of beliefs.... The attitude of Imam al-Sadiq (as) with the various intellectual streams... BY: Ayatullah Martyr Murtadha…

Forum Discusses Time Management in View of Quran

SHAFAQNA - A forum was held in Egypt to discuss the Holy Quran’s view on time management. The Dar-ol-Kutub (library) of the city of Tanta, the capital of Gharbia governorate hosted the event, al-Dastoor daily reported. Egyptian Islamic…

Reflection on Governance - Seyed Jawad Qazwini

SHAFAQNA - Reflections on Governance - Sayed Jawad Qazwini

Imam Ali: Like the Position of Haroon to Musa

SHAFAQNA - The place was Mount Sinai. And the time was at night. A fire was noticed from a distance, a fire not like any fire used for seeking warmth or preparing a meal. It was a divine fire flickered in preparation for a holy event about…

ʿIyādat al-Marīḍ, or “The Etiquette of Visiting the Sick” in Hadith-Narrations

SHAFAQNA - The following was originally published by the al-Sidrah publication from the Ahl al-Bayt Islamic Seminary by Sayyid Sameer Ali.  ʿIyādat al-marīḍ, or “visiting the sick,” is an important Islamic moral commandment. It…

From Nahj ul Balaghah

SHAFAQNA- Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: He who adopts greed as a habit devalues himself; he who discloses his hardship agrees to humiliation; and he who allows his tongue to overpower his soul debases the soul. 2. وَ قَالَ…

DO QURANIC VERSES ON SLAVERY APPLY TODAY?

SHAFAQNA - Since the Quran is timeless, how do we reconcile the verses on slavery for the modern day? Do we take every verse literally, or are there certain verses we should take with a lesser measure of zeal? In other words, are these…

List of Arabic Dictionaries – Particularly Important for Qur’an and Ahadith Studies

SHAFAQNA- These have been collected and taken from a book titled Darsnameh-ye Fahm-e Hadith by Abdul Hadi Mas’udi (a book in Farsi regarding how to understand ahadith better and correctly). If given the tawfeeq, I also intend on publishing…