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…

Shia Islam: Imam Ḥusayn /24

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Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī Imam Ḥusayn The third Shīʿa Imam, Ḥusayn, was the second son of ʿAlī and Fāṭima. He was born in 626 AD. He was named in a ceremony similar to the one held for…

First English Ph.D. dissertation on Shia jurisprudence defended in Qom seminary

SHAFAQNA - A Ph.D. dissertation on Shia jurisprudence written in English language was defended by Hujjat al-Islam Jahangiri in the seminary of Qom. The doctoral dissertation defense was held at the International Institute for Islamic Studies…

Shia Islam: Imam Ḥasan/ 23

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Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī Imam Ḥasan Ḥasan, the first child of ʿAlī and Fāṭima, was born on March 4, 625 AD in Medina. His birth happened in the fasting month of Ramadan. The name Ḥasan…

The humane characteristics of the community Imam Mahdi (A.S)

SHAFAQNA- This article aims to cite, though briefly, some characteristics of the society which is going to be set up by Imam Mahdi (A.S). The government of Imam Mahdi (A.S) is a religion-worldwide government; however, it is not the government…

The Four Special Deputies of Imam Mahdi (AS)

SHAFAQNA- After the martyrdom of Imam Hasan Askari (AS) the mantle of Imamate fell on the young shoulders of Imam Mahdi (AS). Due to the severe restrictions imposed by the reigning Caliph, Imam Mahdi (AS) was forced to conceal himself from…

Imam Mahdi (AS) In Ahadith

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SHAFAQNA- The Views of Muhyi-ad Din Ibn Arabi on the Infallibility of Imam Mahdi (AS): Ibn Arabi in his works "Futuhat Al-Makkiya" (The Meccan Revelations) says: "Mahdi (AS), during his time is the sign of Allah for the people of the world.…

Counter-traditions regarding Mahdi in some Sunni books

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SHAFAQNA- By: Ayatullah Sayyid Ali al-Husayni al-Milani There are traditions in some Sunni books that run counter to previous traditions successively reported from the Holy Prophet (S). Relying on such traditions and claiming that they are…

IMAM MAHDI: The Birth of the Awaited Son

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SHAFAQNA - On Friday sunrise, the fifteenth day of Sha`ban AH 255, corresponding to July 29th, AD 869, the Last Promise of God Almighty came in this world. Imam Mahdi the Patron of the Age spread his holy light to all over the world! At…

Blessed twelve Dirhams of the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H&H.P)

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SHAFAQNA- Imam Sadiq (A.S) reports: Ali ibn Abi-Talib (A.S) was tasked by the Holy Prophet to go to the market and purchase a shirt. He went to the market and purchased a shirt for twelve dirhams. The Holy Prophet asked, “How much did you…

Imam Ali Holy Shrine launches project of preparing Quranic teachers

SHAFAQNA - The project supervisor, Hussein al-Hakim said, "The first batch of the project, which was divided into three batches, was opened, while each batch lasts for two months at the Imam Ali Institute for Quranic Studies. He added, "The…

Iraqi Shia cleric: "Protection of women's chastity, key to reform society"

SHAFAQNA - Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Muhammad Hakim, an Iraqi senior cleric, received a group of female students from Al-Mustansiriya University's engineering department in his office in the holy city of Najaf on Friday, May 5. During the meeting,…

Ayatollah Javadi Amoli: Qur’an, sole way towards unity among Muslims

SHAFAQNA - Prominent Muslim scholar has highlighted Qur’an as the axis of unity among Muslims saying that Muslims should rely on logics and temperament which are the common language of us all. Grand Ayatollah Abdullah Javadi Amoli, senior…

Senior Shia cleric urges support for Islamic seminaries' official media

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SHAFAQNA - "Most news agencies are partial in selecting their news stories and highlight what is crucial to serve their own benefits and censor what is against them; trustworthy media that publish the realities of the world are hard to find…

Ayatollah Alavi Gorgani urges seminaries to promote Int'l activities

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SHAFAQNA - "Promoting Islam and its valuable teachings is among top priorities of seminary schools and clerics." said Ayatollah Alavi Gorgani. In a meeting with Hujjat al-Islam Sayyed Mofid Husseini Kouhsari, Head of Islamic Seminaries' Office…

What did God want to achieve by creating us?

SHAFAQNA - What is the motive behind our creation? Is it a question related to the objective of God in creating man, or does it only pertain to the aim of man as a creation? This article explores the different ontological depths of the question…

Ayatollah Khamenei warns against Western attempts to dominate Muslim nations

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SHAFAQNA - Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei warns against Western attempts to gain political and economic dominance over Muslim nations, saying Muslims worldwide must hold onto their “Islamic identity” as deterrence…

Millions of Muslims commemorate Eid al-Mab’ath worldwide

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SHAFAQNA - Millions of Muslims in Iran and across the world are celebrating Eid al-Mab’ath, the anniversary of the day Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) received his first revelation and was chosen as Allah’s final messenger. To commemorate the…

Eid al-Mab’ath: The Greatest Ever Day

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SHAFAQNA - What is the significance of Mab’ath that we religiously celebrate each year on Rajab 27? Is the day a mere commemoration of the descent of Archangel Gabriel on Mount Noor, Cave Hera with the first few verses of the Holy Qur’an,…

28th Rajab, Start of Journey of Imam Hussein (A.S) Towards Iraq

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SHAFAQNA- After hatching the conspiracy and achieving ultimate martyrdom of Imam Hassan (A.S), Muawiya started campaigning openly for the succession of his son Yazid to the office of Caliphate. Until that time he had always planned in secret…

About 10 million pilgrims throng seventh Shiite Imam's shrine in Kadhimiyah

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SHAFAQNA - Hundreds of thousands of faithful pilgrims thronged the mausoleum of Imam Moussa Kadhim (a.s.) in Baghdad Sunday for the climax of a week-long pilgrimage that saw millions converge on the Iraqi capital. Crowds of pilgrims took to…

The Seventh Imam Musa Ibn Ja’far Al-Kazim (as)

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SHAFAQNA - Born in Madina on 7th Safar 128 Hijri (10.11.745AD). Died in Baghdad Iraq 25th Rajab 183 Hijri (4.9.799 AD) Period of Imamate was 35 years. Imam Musa Ibn Ja’far was born during the struggle between the Ummayads and the Abbasids.…

Shia Islam: Fāṭima, daughter of the Prophet /22

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Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī Fāṭima, daughter of the Prophet Fāṭima may not be an Imam but she is the mother of eleven infallible Imams and, without a doubt, the Imams owe their infallible characteristics…

Shia Islam: Twelve Imams /21

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Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī Twelve Imams Adherents of Twelver Shi’ism, the largest branch of Shi’ism, are commonly referred to as Twelvers, derived from their belief in twelve divinely-ordained…

Shia Islam: The Sealing of Prophethood and the Book of Fāṭima /20

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Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī The Sealing of Prophethood and the Book of Fāṭima Like other Islamic sects, the Imāmiyya believe that the Messenger of Islam is the last prophet to be ordained by…