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…

Shia Islam: The Righteousness of the Prophet’s Companions /19

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Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī The Righteousness of the Prophet’s Companions The Companions of the Prophet, known in Arabic as the Ṣaḥāba, are those people who were with the Prophet, some of…

Shia Islam: Wiping the feet in wuḍūʾ/18

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Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī Wiping the feet in wuḍūʾ Islamic jurists are divided about whether the believer must wash or wipe his feet when performing wuḍūʾ. Some of them say it is obligatory…

Youngest infallible Imam of Shias birthday anniversary

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SHAFAQNA - Imam Jawad was born in Medina on 10th Rajab 195 A.H. His name was 'Muhammad', Patronymic 'Abu Jafar' and his well-known appellatives were 'Taqi and Jawad'. Imam Muhammad Taqi al-Jawad (A.S.) The Ninth Immaculate Holy Imam Name:…

Moral behaviors of Imam Muhammad Taqi al-Jawad

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SHAFAQNA - Imam al-Jawad was unique in terms of knowledge, forbearance, eloquence, devotion and other moral virtues despite his being underage. Imam al-Jawad was unique in terms of knowledge, forbearance, eloquence, devotion and other moral…

Muslims Need to Admit Anti-Shia Oppression is a Problem

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SHAFAQNA - I’ve never felt comfortable in Muslim spaces dominated by those who openly or surreptitiously ascribe to a belief that I, a Shia Muslim, adhere to a religious doctrine that threatens the very heart of Islam — a doctrine they believe…

More than 2 million pilgrims present in Samarra on Imam Hadi's martyrdom anniversary

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SHAFAQNA - The Askariyain Holy Shrine witnessed the influx of around two million pilgrims from various Iraqi provinces and Islamic countries during the first three days of the blessed month of Rajab, marking the martyrdom anniversary of Imam…

Iran only hope against Israel: Tunisian president

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SHAFAQNA - Tunisia’s president has called Iran the only source of hope in confronting Israel and hailed the Islamic Republic's sacrifices in the war against terrorists in Syria.   Beji Caid Essebsi made the remarks in a meeting with…

Where Are The Rajabiyyoon?

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SHAFAQNA - In a tradition from Imam Sadiq (as), it reads that on Judgement Day, a call from within the throne of Allah (swt) will cry out: “Where are the Rajabiyoon?!” – calling upon those who observed the sanctity of this month. The…

Can a Sayyida marry a non Sayyid?

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SHAFAQNA - Below are 6 examples of when the Prophet and his family allowed a Sayyida to marry a non-Sayyid: 1. Zainab, the cousin of the Prophet, who was from Bani Hashim and the granddaughter of Abdul Muttalib, married Zaid, who was a slave…

Shia Islam: temporary marriage / 17

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Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī Temporary marriage Our discussions here are mainly focused on Shīʿa doctrines and beliefs rather than legal and practical issues. However, some Shi’a practices are occasionally…

Shia Islam: the Rajʿa /16

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Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī The Rajʿa as depicted in the Qur’an and traditions The Shīʿa are often criticized for believing in the Rajʿa, which is mentioned in some Qur’anic verses and narrations.…

50 Slaves doing prostration to Imam Alī an-Naqī (A.S)

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SHAFAQNA- It is narrated from Muhammad Hamdan, from Ibrahim Baltun, from his father, he said: “I was one of the gatekeepers of Mutawaakil. One day fifty slaves were gifted to him by Khazar, Mutawakkil ordered me to take their custody and…

Shia Islam: Badāʾ/15

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Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī Badāʾ Badāʾ (lit. ‘appearance’) is a Shīʿa doctrine rooted in the Qur’an and the tradtions of the Prophet. It is similar abrogation (naskh) and both stem from…

Shia Islam: The meaning of Taqiyya / 14

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Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī Taqiyya The meaning of Taqiyya Taqiyya (‘dissimulation’) is a concept that appears in the Qur’an and has been highlighted in some verses. The Qur’an permits a believer…

Imam Sajjad’s (AS) Sahifeh Sajjadieh published in Spanish

SHAFAQNA - A Spanish translation of the book Sahifeh Sajjadieh was published in the Spanish capital of Madrid. The Iranian Cultural Center in Spain had the book translated into the Spanish language. It was published along with the original…

Book fair launched in holy city of Najaf

SHAFAQNA - The 9th edition of Najaf international book fair got underway in the Iraqi holy city on Thursday. The Tousi courtyard of the holy mausoleum of Imam Ali (AS) is hosting the event, which will run until Sunday, March 19. A number…

Supporting Sheikh Isa Qassim Religious Duty

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SHAFAQNA - Bahraini clerics have called on all the people of the Persian Gulf Arab country to show their solidarity with distinguished Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim, saying that the people's unwavering support for him is the “religious duty”…

Desperately Narcissistic - Saudi Arabia has a Bad Case of Sectarian Projection

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SHAFAQNA - If the world of politics can be tedious, demanding, and more often than not insufferably frustrating, once upon a blue moon the sky would crack open and allow for a torrent of laughter to come through … today is this day. Before…

Why Does My Spirituality Fluctuate and How Can I Control This?

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SHAFAQNA - Question: Why does my spirituality fluctuate and how can I control this? Can you give me some practical tips on how I can improve my spirituality and maintain closeness to Allah (swt)? Answer: It’s very interesting that the…

Shia Islam: The Awaited Imam

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Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī The Awaited Imam All Muslims believe in the prophecy that a reformer will come to usher in an age of global justice. This doctrine cannot be denied by anyone with an understanding…

Shia Islam: Succession to the Prophet / 12

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Shafaqna – Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī Chapter 12: Succession to the Prophet With the exclusion of the ʿAjārida sect of the Khawārij and Ḥatim al-ʿĀsamm of the Muʿtazila, all Muslims agree…

Fatimah Zahra martyrdom - VIDEO

SHAFAQNA - Commemorate the martyrdom of the daughter of our beloved final prophet Muhammad (Salallahu alayhi wasalam), none other than Fatimah Zahra (SA)

Shia Islam: The principal beliefs of Shīʿa / 11

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Shafaqna – Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī Chapter 11: The principal beliefs of Shīʿa A brief study of the history of religions and sects would reveal that all the sects of Islam were produced as the…

Shia Islam: The Shīʿa under Umayyad and Abbasid Rule / 10

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Shafaqna – Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī Chapter 10: The Shīʿa under Umayyad and Abbasid Rule During the reign of ʿAlī, the Shīʿa cause advanced greatly as individuals loyal to ʿAlī occupied…

She, Fatimah bint Muhammad is alive forever!

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SHAFAQNA – Few women have been hailed under such esteem that their names were risen near that of prophets, and their stories inscribed in the pages of the Quran so that those who wish to learn wisdom would recognise the grace of such characters…