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…

A Two-Way Relationship

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SHAFAQNA- Imam Sadiq (A.S) was just martyred; however, due to the political situation at the time and fear over the life of the next Imam, he had introduced the Imam after him implicitly and indirectly. Therefore, there became a dispute among…

Imam Musa (A.S) is arrested

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SHAFAQNA- Imam Musa (A.S) troubled Harun, and he was unable to stand him. That is because the Imam’s name and excellence spread. The people talked about his achievements and knowledge. As a result Harun, the tyrannical, who was then in Yethrib…

History of Shi’i Imami Theology (1)

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SHAFAQNA- This is intended to be the first of many posts on the history of the development of Shi’i Imami theology. There are various reasons why being familiar with the history of Imami theology can be of benefit for not just a Shi’a,…

Importance of Hijab

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SHAFAQNA- The importance of Hijab will be briefly discussed in the light of the verses of the Holy Qur'an on the subject. Allah says: “Say unto the believer men to cast down their gaze and guard their private part; that is purer for them.…

Hadrat Zainab bint Ali(A.S.): The Greatest Messenger of the Hussaini Revolution

SHAFAQNA- Name:Zainab Title:Siddiqua-e-Sughra (Kunyat:Umm-al-Masaib Born : At Madina On 5th Jamadi-al-Awwal 5th Year after Hijrah Grand-father:Holy Prophet of Islam(S.A.W.) Grand-mother:Umm-ul-Mumineen Hadrat Khadija-e-Kubra Father:Imam…

Qualities of an Ideal Scientist : An Islamic Perspective

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SHAFAQNA - Qualities of an Ideal Scientist : An Islamic Perspective Scientists are individuals with several extraordinary qualities. However, these qualities differ among scientists from various disciplines and depend on the nature and type…

Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib's life, merits

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SHAFAQNA - Ali bin Abu Talib (A.S.) was the cousin and son-in-Law of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.). It is outside the scope of this presentation to record the numerous achievements and merits of Imam Ali (A.S.). His exalted personality is such…