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…

Al-Ghadir and its Relevance to Islamic Unity

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SHAFAQNA - The distinguished book entitled “al-Ghadir” has raised a huge wave in the world of Islam. Islamic thinkers shed light on the book in different perspectives; in literature, history, theology, tradition, tafsir, and sociology.…

Imam Mahdi Documentary

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SHAFAQNA - The Shi’a believe that Imam al-Mahdi is the only son of Imam Hasan al-Askari (the 11th Imam) who was born on the 15th of Sha’ban 255/869 in Samarra, Iraq. He became the divinely appointed Imam when his father was martyred in…

Western Nationalism and Islamic Nationhood

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SHAFAQNA - The relations, conflicts and clashes between various nations have in the present age become a daily issue which has acquired much greater significance than in any other epoch of human history. One of the problems related to it, or…

Shia Islam: What does the word Shia mean? /1

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Shafaqna - Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī What does the word Shīʿa mean? The Arabic word, shīʿa, literally denotes ‘a group…

Islam and Religious Freedom by Dr John Andrew Morrow - scholar of Islam

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SHAFAQNA - Delivered at the Catholic-Muslim Forum in Plainfield, Indiana, on Monday, October 17, 2016, In the Name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful. Praise be to God, the Creator of the Universe, and peace be upon all of…

Shi'ism, The Creed Of Love

SHAFAQNA - One of the greatest marks of distinction of Shi`ism over other sects is that its-foundation and its bedrock is love. Right from the time of the Prophet who laid the basis of this sect there has been the whispering of love; when we…

Obituary – I. K. A. Howard

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SHAFAQNA- University of Edinburgh Obituary – I. K. A. Howard    I. K. A. Howard, who died in March 2013, was a distinguished scholar of Islamic studies, and one of the few Western scholars to devote themselves the study…

THE SEMIOLOGY OF THE MARTYRDOM OF IMAM AL-HUSAYN (ʿA) ON THE DAY OF ASHURA FROM THE VIEWPOINT OF AYATOLLAH MAKAREM SHIRAZI

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SHAFAQNA-The martyrdom of Imam al-Ḥusayn (ʿa) was so intertwined with various lofty values that it will never become old, nor will its values ever become outdated. Not only that, but Karbala and the sacrifice of Imam al-Ḥusayn (ʿa) grows…

Pope Francis Thanked Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi for His Message

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SHAFAQNA- Announced by the office of Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi: Following the message of Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi to Pope Francis, in which he had thanked the leader of the Catholic Church, the Vatican also sent an official…

Difficult and critical decision

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SHAFAQNA- The story is about a "choice", the most important manifestation of the meaning of human being. But what kind of choice? We are all faced with several choices in our everyday life: career, friend, wife, house, major.. But in this story,…

zainab From England: The fates of Imam Hussain (as) and Fatima Zahra (as) was the final straw for me to become a Shi’a

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SHAFAQNA- When I heard Lady Zainab’s (as) story, I weeped over what had happened to her and I will never forget that moment and even to this day I have such a love for her. And in addition, I want to be a helper to the Imam of our time Imam…

Hujjat Academy - Islamic Courses

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SHAFAQNA- We are pleased to announce the launch of the Hujjat Academy; A joint project between Stanmore Jafferys, Hujjat Islamic Studies (HIS) and the KSIMC of London partnering with the Hawza Ilmiyyah of England. Purpose: To offer…

Alhaji Ismail Yakubu; New Shia Muslim, Who is trying to teach some children about Teachings of Ahlulbayt in Ghana

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SHAFAQNA- I said to myself I should do my best to deliver the message of Ahlul Bait. Therefore, I opened a school for children and adults. They are now increased to more than one hundred. I teach syntax (nahv). recitation of the Quran (Tajweed),…

The Past Master: Sheikh Al-Mufid

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SHAFAQNA- Sheikh Tusi, (d. 460 A.H.) introduced his mentor Sheikh al Mufid, in his al Fihrist thus: "Muhammad b. Muhammad b. al-No'man, al-Mufid, had the kunya Abu Abdillah, and was well known as Ibn-al-Muallim. He was among the Imamiyya theologians,…