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…

How to Better Understand and Study Hadith

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SHAFAQNA- Narrations (ahadith) make up one of the most important sources of Islamic knowledge and are subsequently greatly utilized in various different Islamic sciences. In order to best make use of narrations, it is imperative to have a good…

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.…

Munajaat of Imam Ali (A.S)

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SHAFAQNA- Allah, I am asking for your protection against the Day when nothing like wealth or children will be of use and only that person will benefit who will come with a pure heart. And I am asking you for your protection against the Day…

What Non-Muslims Say About Ali

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SHAFAQNA- God thus makes clear his signs to you that you may understand (Qur'an 2:242) What Non-Muslims Say About Ali THE FIRST SUCCESSOR OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD (Peace and Blessings be Upon Them Both) Imam 'Ali bin Abi Talib was the successor…

Dua's for the Month of Rajab

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SHAFAQNA- بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful يَا مَنْ أَرْجُوهُ لِكُلِّ خَيْرٍ، ya man arjuhu…

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…

The Companions and the Narrators of the Traditions of Imam Muhammad al-Jawad (A.S.)

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SHAFAQNA- By: Allama Baqir Shareef al-Qurashi His Companions And The Narrators Of His Traditions A great mass of scholars and narrators surrounded Imam Abu Ja'far al-Jawad (a.s) taking from the flowing springs of his knowledge and sciences…

28 Merits specifically for Imam Ali (A.S)

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SHAFAQNA- The following is taken from the book Al-Qatra by Sayed Ahmad Mustanbat Vol. 2, Pg. 205, and Hadith. 57 From the book ‘Al-Majmoe al-Raiq min azhaar al-Hadaiq’, 100 merits specifically for the commander of the faithful (A.S), from…

Imam Ali's (A.S) Grief on the Death of Bibi Fatima (S.A)

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SHAFAQNA- What the commander of the faithful (A.S) said on the occasion of the burial of Supreme lady Fatima (S.A) while addressing the Holy Prophet at his grave. O' Prophet of Allah! Please accept my salutation and those of your daughter…

Ziyarat of Hazrat Fatima al-Zahra (S.A.), the Truthful Lady

SHAFAQNA- By: Allama Jafar Murtuza Amili 1. Shaikh al-Mufid has recorded one ziyara for Fatima (sa) saying, “Peace with you, O Messenger of Allah S! Peace with your daughter, the truthful, the purified one! Peace with you, O Fatima daughter…

Allegiance: The Shia of Yemen and Yemen’s religious history

SHAFAQNA - “…I found that endurance thereon was wiser. So I adopted patience although there was pricking in the eye and suffocation (of mortification) in the throat. I watched the plundering of my inheritance.” – Imam Ali, sermon ash-Shiqshiqiyah. Since…

Who are the People of Ali?

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SHAFAQNA IN COLLABORATION WITH THE BAQEE ORGANIZATION - To really understand the stand – and one must say Resistance Movement which has arisen in rejection of Wahhabism, one must speak of the People of Ali, those men and women, Saudi Arabia’s…

A STORY FROM THE LIFE OF THE PROPHET

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SHAFAQNA - The following is a video produced by PureStream-media on the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

The Sixth Imam, Ja’far Ibn Muhammad As-Sadiq

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SHAFAQNA - The 6th Imam, Ja’far Ibn Muhammad As-Sadiq (as) was Born in Madinah on 17th Rabiul Awwal 83 Hijiri (23.4.702 AD). Died in Madinah on 15th Shawwal, 148 Hijri (7.12.765 AD) at the age of 63. Period of Imamate 34 years. It is known…

Corruption and Bribery are the Great Problems which Have plagued the World of Today and They Have even Plagued the United Nations

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SHAFAQNA- Unfortunately, today money rules the world; it is a world where a wealthy country like Saudi Arabia can intimidate and bribe even the UN Secretary General with its petro-dollars. In his meeting with a group of students from the…

Islam's 11th Imam

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SHAFAQNA - Imam Hasan al-Askari (as) lived a short life, only Twenty Eight years and in this short life he had to endure great sufferings by the hands of the Abbasid caliphs. But in spite of all that suffering and confinement under house arrest…

Imam Hasan ibn Ali al-Askari (AS) and the emperor's daughter

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SHAFAQNA - Once the Caliph called him in his palace and ordered his army to march past before him. The Caliph wanted to boast or to impress the Imam of his power or to dissuade the Imam from any thoughts of revolution against the Abbasid Caliphate. When…

"Imam Ridha's (as) life was short but very influential in the strengthening of Islam", Ayatollah Khamenei

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SHAFAQNA - Imam Ridha (a.s.) lived for almost 55 years. That is to say, he was born in the year 148 - the year when Imam Sadiq (a.s.) was martyred - and he was martyred in the year 203 of the Hijri calendar. The entire life of this great personality…

On the passing of the last prophet of Islam – Unity in Islam

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SHAFAQNA - If the last prophet of Islam: Muhammad ibn Abdullah managed through his lifetime to overcome great many enemies and pitfalls … many were those who wished to silence his voice and disappear his message, it is towards the end that…

The sermon of Mina

SHAFAQNA - In the year 60/680, al-'Imam al-Husayn (A) stayed for about three months at Makkah in the course of his movement against the succession of Yazid, the degenerate son of Mu'awiah, to the Caliphate. Yazid had assumed the leadership…

The Walk Of Light – Arbaeen Pilgrimage Rises a Great Resistance against Radicalism

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SHAFAQNA - Coming this weekend, over 25 million pilgrims will rally in the holy city of Karbala to mark the greatest pilgrimage of all – Arbaeen. Right at the heart of Iraq, surrounded by the Terror of the Black Flag Army it is communities…

Shia Political Revival in Iraq during the Early Twentieth Century

SHAFAQNA- Introduction In the showdown of events that have transpired in Iraq since the toppling of the Ba’thi regime, the Shi’ites have risen as a force to be reckoned with. The Shi’ites who constitute the majority of the population…

Center of Islamic Learning - Teachers Skills and Tools - TST

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SHAFAQNA- Center of Islamic Learning (CIL) NASIMCO is scheduled to run the next Teacher Skills and Tools (TST) program in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on October 22-23, and in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA on November 12-13, 2016. TST program…

Shia Islam: The position and responsibilities of the Prophet’s successor / 2

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Shafaqna - Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī Chapter 2: The position and responsibilities of the Prophet’s successor During his lifetime, the Prophet fulfilled a number of key roles and responsibilities…

Shafaqna's Exclusive Interview with PhD candidate Elvire Corboz - specialized in Modern Middle Eastern studies

SHAFAQNA - Shafaqna-Lebanon conducted an exclusive interview with the Swiss academic: Elvire Corboz. Corboz this October. She specializes in Modern Middle Eastern studies. Her doctoral dissertation, looked into the transnational dimension of…

What is worship? Ibadah

SHAFAQNA - Worship {‘ibadah} is the purpose behind our creation. The Qur’an states: ﴿ وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالإنْسَ إِلا لِيَعْبُدُونِ ﴾ “I did not create the jinn and humans except…