August 8th, death anniversary of Sayyed Ibn Tawus

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SHAFAQNA- Ibn Tawus was born on 15 Muharram 589 (21 January 1193) in Hilla and was named Tawus (peacock). One of his forefathers was a handsome man with ugly legs so his progeny too inherited the title from him. During his first 14 years of…

Ayatollah Javadi Amuli' special message to 12th Annual conference of Muslim Congress

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SHAFAQNA - I seek refuge in God from Satan, the Renegade. In the Name of God, the All-Merciful, the Ever-Merciful. All praise is due to God, the Lord of the worlds, and may He bless all the prophets and the messengers and the rightly-guided…

Shawwal 28th; death anniversary of Ayatollah Mirza Jawad Maliki Tabrizi

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SHAFAQNA- The distinguished jurisprudent and perfect mystic Haj Mirza Javad Agha Maliki Tabrizi was born in Tabriz . His exact date of birth is not known, but according to a work that he wrote in his youth it seems that…

Imam Jafar al-Sadiq's contribution to the sciences

SHAFAQNA - Below are extracts from the book “The Great Muslim Scientist and Philosopher - Imam Ja’far Ibn Muhammad As-Sadiq (a.s.)” This book is a translation of “Maghze Mutafakkir Jehan Shi’a”, the famous Persian book,…

Saving humanity without holy Quran not possible

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SHAFAQNA- Senior Iranian Shia cleric, Sheikh Mohammad-Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi, urged Muslims and elites to contemplate and think about Quranic teachings stressing, the rescue of the humanity without taking the cognizance of holy Quran would not be…

Muhammad Ibn Idris Helli

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SHAFAQNA- Abu Abdullah Muhammad known as “Idris”, one of the most prominent jurisconsults in the 12th century. He was born in 1148. Muhammad Ibn Idris was a great scholar and researcher. After death of “Sheikh al-Taefeh” (great jurisconsult)…

15th Shawwal : the Martyrdom Anniversary of Hadrat Hamzah (A.S.)

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SHAFAQNA-The great hero of Islam and the uncle of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.), Hadrat Hamzah (A.S.) was martyred in the Battle of Uhud on 7th Shawwal in 3rd Hijrah. The Battle of Uhud was one of the battles on which the future of Islam depended.…

Ibn Shahr Aashub (Qutbuddin Rawandi)

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SHAFAQNA- Abu Jafar Muhammad bin Ali bin Shahr Aashub bin Ali Nasr bin Abul Jaush Mazandirani, nicknamed Rashid al-Din and Azzedine (1096-1192 A.D. / 489-588 A.H.) was a well-Known Shi'ite exegetist, traditionist, scholar and jurist, It is…

Persecution between 64 to 85 AH, by Marwan and his son Abdul Melik

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SHAFAQNA- After the death of Yazid, there was much confusion. Marwan, who was banished by the Prophet (S) and then allowed to come back by the first caliph, now assumed power. His reign was in dispute and even the Sunnis do not recognise him…

The Shia of Ali (A.S)

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SHAFAQNA- Ibn Abbas narrated from the Prophet (P.B.U.H&H.P): When the verse “Those who believe and do righteous deeds are the best of the creation” (Quran 98:7) was revealed, the Messenger of Allah (P.B.U.H&H.P) said to Ali (A.S):…

Ayatollah Seyyed Hossein Borujerdi

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SHAFAQNA- Title: معظم له Birth: 1875 1292 AH   Death: March 30, 1961 (aged 86) 1381 AH.    Ayatollah Seyyed Hossein Borujerdi (1875-1961) (Persian: آیت الله العظمی سید حسین بروجردی) was a Twelver Shi'a…

Allama Sheikh Bahai ( PART 1 )

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SHAFAQNA- Name: Sheik Mohammed bin Hassan al Harthi Jeehi Amili Bahai Born  : Thursday, 17 Moharram 953 H/1547 A.D.   At: Jabal Amil, Lebanon Died   :  12 Shawwal 1031H               Age: 78 Years         In:…

The political Shias who believed in the caliphate of Shaykhain versus religious-Imami Shias

SHAFAQNA - It has being part and parcel of postmodern Nasibi propaganda to insist that the ‘ancestors’ of the Shi’a were a treacherous people that consistently abandoned Imam Ali, Imam Hasan, Imam Hussain and the remainder Ahlulbayt Imams…

The Islamic schism which never was …

SHAFAQNA - If Prophet Muhammad was sent as God’s last messenger, a final reminder of God’s Words onto His creation, Muslims have since worked very hard at dividing which was meant to stand united. From the moment Prophet Muhammad was commanded…

Unity of the Muslims and the School of Ahl al-Bayt (A.S.)

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As we come to the end of our discussion, we find that Sunnites and Shi'ites do not disagree on any fundamental point in Islam, and that the mercenary writers, whose goal is to divide Muslims, can not substantiate any of their accusations. They…

Usul al-Din (Principles of Religion)

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SHAFAQNA- The foundations of religion form the basis from which everything else follows. The tenets of Shi’a Islam can be broken down into two categories: 1. The Principles of Religion (Usul al-Din) which outline the essential beliefs…

Who is Ayatollah Ali Sistani? One of Shia Islam's most revered cleric

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SHAFAQNA - For more than half a century, the school of the late Grand Ayatullah Imam Abul-Qassim al-Khu'i has been an undepletable spring that enriched Islamic thought and knowledge. From his school graduated dozens of jurists, clergymen,…

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani’s Doctrine / By Abolfazl Fateh and Catherine Shakdam

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SHAFAQNA - Introduction:  Iraq’s most prominent and senior Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani’s work – the breadth of his knowledge, and the depth of his wisdom when addressing those issues which have plagued Society remain…

The relationship between morals and Islamic rights

SHAFAQNA - If man believes that it is Allah who enacts laws that lead people, which man is obliged to obey and execute, he will definitely witness a very different social life. The condition of man’s life having taken an aggregative shape…
slavery in Islam

Islam and slavery - What the Scriptures truly reveal

SHAFAQNA - Islam has often been represented by Christian writers as a religion which not only tolerated slavery but also encouraged it. This is a serious accusation levelled against Islam, and in this book I propose to show its falsity. I would…

The Meaning of Faith in Islam

SHAFAQNA - Westerners often assume that the Moslem faith rests only on the obedience of strict rules and regulations but has no place for 'a living faith of the heart'. How do the Koran and the Islamic teachers define 'faith in God'? Does the…

Of Jihad, Terrorism, and Pacifism: Scripting Islam in the Transnational Sphere

SHAFAQNA - Is Islam an inherently peaceful religion or is it a religion essentially predisposed to violence? Questions of this nature have preoccupied Western public discourse in the aftermath of 11 September 2001, and interlocutors have demanded…

Islam and Democracy

SHAFAQNA - Contemporary Islamic political thought has become deeply influenced by attempts at reconciling Islam and democracy. Muslim thinkers who deal with political debates cannot ignore the significance of the democratic system, as it is…

Words of wisdom - Prophet Issa (Jesus) in Shia Islam tradition

SHAFAQNA - Divine Omnipotence 1. It is said that Jesus the son of Mary ('a) was sitting and an old man was working with a small shovel tilling the earth. Jesus ('a) said: “O Allah! Extract his desire from him.” The old man put down the…

The semantics of Wahhabi hatred - What motivates Terror’s ideology?

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SHAFAQNA - Over the past days Wahhabism, the dogma enacted by the likes of Daesh (aka ISIL), Boko Haram, al-Qaeda, al-Nusra and so other infamous acronyms claimed new horrors in both the Middle East and Africa – adding to an already long…

Takfirism - Understanding the ideology of terror

SHAFAQNA - ISIL, or Daesh as we should learn to use, is in the midst of adding another chapter to its spiralling violence and ideological cleansing of the Middle East.  Both a military plague and a dogmatic cancer onto the world, Daesh militants…

When anti-Shiism becomes a euphemism for religious eugenics - The Real Face Of Wahhabism

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SHAFAQNA - Back in 2013 Fanar Haddad, a Research Fellow at the Middle East Institute (National University of Singapore) raised the issue of radical sectarianism in Wahhabism, (Riyadh’s very own dystopian interpretation of Islam) when he warned…

On the prohibition of gambling

SHAFAQNA - All psychologists are of the opinion that mental agitation and excitement is the principal cause for many diseases. For example, reduction in (body) vitamins, ulcers of the stomach, insanity, mild and severe nervous and psychological…