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…

The Oath Of Ghadeer and the birth of Islam as a modern Nation-State - What they don’t want you to know

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SHAFAQNA - NOTE TO READERS – This article is the first of a series which will deal with such matters as political Islam, religious legitimacy and the principle of Custodianship within Islam the nation-state. … It is often that Islam has…

Martyrdom of Muslim Ibn Aqil in Kufah

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SHAFAQNA- Muslim Ibn Aqil in Kufah Imam Al-Husayn (A.S) chose Muslim ibn 'Aqil, son of his uncle and the husband of his sister Ruqayyah, to take back the reply to the letters of the people of Kufah. Muslim ibn 'Aqil together with his companions…

Obligation to perform Hajj by Ayatollah Sistani

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SHAFAQNA- It is clear from the Holy Qur'an and the traditions that performance of Hajj (Pilgrimage) is obligatory on every person who has attained puberty and has the means mentioned below. Hajj is one of the basic principles of Islam; its…

hajjatul wida; The Message of Ghadeer

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SHAFAQNA- بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم  Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) message to the people on the Day of Ghadeer and its significance The Introduction: The day of Ghadeer (18th Zilhajj) is a very important…

Shaykh Saduq, the Great Shi‘a Authority in the Age of Minor Occultation

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SHAFAQNA- By: Ali Naghi Zabihzadeh Abstract Abu Ja’far Muhammad ibn Ali ibn Babiwayh al-Qummi was one of the greatest scholars of Shi‘a Islam. His honesty, which earned him the title al-Saduq, assisted him in his success as a great traditionist…

Imam Khomeini: Family Life

SHAFAQNA- Observance of the Rights of the Wife The Imam always offered me the better place in the room. He would not start eating until I came to the dinner table. He would also tell the children: ‘Wait until Khanom comes.’ He maintained…

Top Ten Excuses Of Muslim Women Who Don't Wear Hijab And Their Obvious Weaknesses

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SHAFAQNA- "Women Want GENDER EQUALITY – FINE. Then As a FIRST Step We Need to Implement EQUAL Representation of BOTH Men & Women in the Armed Forces of a Country Before We Go Any Further. The Defense of a Country's TerritorialIntegrity…

Imam Rida’s Morals and Counsels

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SHAFAQNA- The value of wisdom and moral is when it sets out of its leading springs to make its way in life to plant goodness, beauty, and love, and to uproot evil, corruption, and hatred. The individual who wishes to spiritually build his inner…

Dhul Qa'dah 11th, Birthday of Sheikh Al-Mufid, the prominent Twelver Shia theologian

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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…

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…