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,…

I read the Quran, I was amazed by its beauty

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SHAFAQNA- Ali Al Romani, Canadian New Shia Muslim I Fell in love with the Personality of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib(as) because I see him as the father I never had. According to rahyafte (the missionaries and converts website) I recently…

Sheikh Abbas Qummi (RA): Author of the book ‘Mafateeh-ul-Jinan’

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SHAFAQNA- By Gholamreza Goli Zavareh Hajj Sheikh Abbas Qumi (RA) is one of the greatest scholars, researchers and narrators who in righteousness and self-sacrifice is an example of such self-made people who want to go further by means of development…

What is Eid-al-Ghadir and why do Shia Muslims celebrate it?

SHAFAQNA - Today, around the world, Shia Muslims will be celebrating an occasion of vital importance to them; an event that it is widely considered to be the one that split the Muslim world. Eid al Ghadir is named after the event in which…

Martyrdom anniversary of Maytham al-Tammar (RA); the Orator of Ahlul Bayt (AS)

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SHAFAQNA- The brilliance of Maytham’s faith doesn’t fade after having replied to Ibn Ziyad’s foolish talk; rather, Maytham went on to give us more inspiration in his love for the Ahlul Bayt. While he was hanging from the very tree that…

Khawajah Nasir al-Din al-Tusi (1201—1274)

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SHAFAQNA- Nasir al-Din Tusi was the most celebrated scholar of the 13th century in Islamic lands. Thomas Aquinas and Roger Bacon were his contemporaries in the West. The ensemble of Tusi’s writings amounts to approximately 165 titles on…

The Oath of Ghadeer and The Ummah of Muhammad – Beyond nationalism

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SHAFAQNA - NOTE TO READERS: This article concludes my series (for now anyway) on political Islam, religious legitimacy and the principle of custodianship within Islam the nation-state. See part one here. … Before I begin I feel I must clarify…

Imam Ali Ibn Muhammad al-Hadi ( an-Naqi)

SHAFAQNA- Name: Ali  Title: al-Hadi or and - Naqi  Agnomen: Abn'l-Hasan   Father's name: Muhammad al-Jawed( at-Taqi)  Mother's name:sumanah  Birth: In Suryah ( in the environs of Medina) ' on Friday' 2nd Rajab' 212 AH Death: Died at…