Divine Blessings

SHAFAQNA - Because He favors His servants, God the Blessed and Supreme gave them intellect, He gave them the power to refine and purify themselves, He sent the prophets and awliya [the friends of God, saints, holy men] to guide people and to…

Recommendation of the Prophet (PBUH): Think about end of task before you do it

SHAFAQNA- The Prophet (PBUH) of Islam’s Important Recommendation on Contemplation Religion places emphasis on contemplation, thinking and rationalization because it is to lead man toward God, godliness, and betterment of his worldly…

Renunciation of Worldliness in the Sayings of Imam Ali (A.S.)

SHAFAQNA- Ayatullah Shaheed Murtuza Mutahhari Of the frequent themes of the Nahj al-balaghah is strong warning against the dangers of worldliness. Our preceding discussion about zuhd (abstinence) and its aims also serves here to throw light…

The Title Al-Qaim (The Riser)

SHAFAQNA-By: Ayatullah al-Uzma al-Hajj ash-Shaykh Lutfullah as-Safi al-Gulpaygani QUESTION: As everyone knows, one of the titles of the Mahdi (may Allah hasten his return) is �Al-Qa�im� (The Riser). A tradition has been related regarding…

The Prophet (PBUH) of Islam’s Important Recommendation on Contemplation

SHAFAQNA- Religion places emphasis on contemplation, thinking and rationalization because it is to lead man toward God, godliness, and betterment of his worldly and heavenly life. It is in such condition that the foundations of religious doctrines…

An Introduction to Irfan by Shahid Murtadha Mutahhari

SHAFAQNA - This short introduction to irfan is a part of the author's book Ashnai ba ulum e Islami (An Introduction to the Islamic Sciences) written in seven parts: 1) logic, 2) philosophy, 3) kalam, 4) irfan, 5) fiqh, 6) usul al fiqh, 7)…

A Healthy Society under the Grace of Ethics

SHAFAQNA - Without ethic, the plan of a healthy society is defeated We know that man has a social life, and undoubtedly, "society" is the most important factor in development, improvement and or retardation and degeneration of men. The…

Imam Reza's Social Behaviour

SHAFAQNA- Imam Reza's Social Behaviour Ibrahim bin Abbas, who was one of the high-ranking officials of the Abbasid caliphate, has left the following eyewitness account of Imam Reza's(A.S.) impeccable character. - His Holiness never…

Respect for Humanity

SHAFAQNA- Imam Reza's (A.S.) behavior with the poor, the slaves, the servants, and the destitute, was humane in the deepest sense of the word. He looked on them as his co-religionists and brothers in humanity. One of his followers related the…

The excellence and superiority of the clay of Karbala

SHAFAQNA- Clay from Karbala is one of the soils on earth which Allah, the Exalted, has blessed for certain reasons, and one of the reasons is that this piece of the earth is where the pure and noble body of the Doyen of Martyrs, Imam al-Husayn…

The Commentaries on Nahj al Balaghah

SHAFAQNA- Since the times of al-Radi, Nahj al-balaghah has been a subject of study and interpretation. As reported earlier al Sayyid al-Murtada's daughter used to narrate her uncle's work, and the book had become a subject of study in academic…

Poets visit Imam Reza(A.S.)

SHAFAQNA- A group of the eminent Arab poets in that time visited Ima`m al-Rida`, peace be on him, blessed him, and congratulated him on his undertaking regency. Among them was the great poet, Di'bil al-Khaza`'i, who revolted against oppression…

Imam Reza's (A.S.) Prayer for Rain

SHAFAQNA- It happened that soon after the official nomination of Imam Reza (A.S.) as the caliph's successor, there was no rain for quite some time. The enemies seized this natural phenomenon as an opportunity to portray it as an ill omen resulting…

The Generosity of Imam Reza (A.S.)

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SHAFAQNA- Kuleini and a number of great narrators have narrated this event from Yasa� ibn Hamzah - one of the companions of Imam Ali ibn Moosa al-Reza (A.S.): On one of the days, I was in the house of Imam Reza (A.S.) along with many others.…

Selection of the Imam is Done by God

SHAFAQNA- The Imam (A.S.) assured the person who inquired about these qualifications that the nation cannot be left to choose its imamwithout statements in this regard made by the Prophet (S.A.W.) who in turn conveys God's commandments related…

The Golden Medical Dissertation of Imam Reza (A.S.)

SHAFAQNA- Among such books is Al-Risala al-Dahabiyya fil Tibb (the gold medical dissertation) for which sources are counted reaching sometimes to Muhammad ibn Jumhoor, and sometimes to al-Hassan ibn Muhammad al-Nawfali who was accepted as trustworthy…

Biography of Sayyid ibn Tawus

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SHAFAQNA- He is Sayyid Raziyuddin Abul Qasim Ali Ibn Sa’aduddin Abi Ibrahim Musa Ibn Ja’far Ibn Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Ibn Muhammad Ibn Tawus. His holy ancestry reaches to Imam Hasan al-Mujtaba (a.s.) from his father’s side and up to Imam…

The excellence and superiority of the clay of Karbala

SHAFAQNA- Clay from Karbala is one of the soils on earth which Allah, the Exalted, has blessed for certain reasons, and one of the reasons is that this piece of the earth is where the pure and noble body of the Doyen of Martyrs, Imam al-Husayn…

Al-Tusi, Khwajah Nasir (1201-74)

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SHAFAQNA- While philosophical activity in the Islamic west virtually ceased after Ibn Rushd at the close of the sixth century ah (twelfth century ad), it experienced renewed vigour in the east through the intellectual efforts and political…

A Glance At The Holy Shrine of Hadrat Fatima Masoumah (A.S.)

SHAFAQNA- When Hadrat Fatima Masoumah (A.S.) was buried in Qum there was a shade made of straw on the holy grave built by Musa bin Khajraj. The first dome which was in the form of a tower, was built by Hadrat Zainab (A.S.), the daughter of…

Biography of Allamah Hilli

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SHAFAQNA- The great Sheikh, the supporter of religion and annihilator of the works of the corrupt and the wrongdoers, Jamal al-Din Abu-Mansur Hasan, is the son of Sadid al-Din Yusuf, the son of Zayn al-Din ‘Ali, the son of Muhammad, the…

Ibn Maytham al-Bahrani

SHAFAQNA- Kamāl al-Dīn Maytham b. ʿAlī b. Maytham al-Baḥrānī (Arabic: كمال الدین میثم بن علي بن میثم البحراني) (b.636/1239 – d. 679 or 699/1280 or 1300), was a famous Shi'a hadith scholar, faqih and…

SHIA ISLAM: Saqifa, The First Manifestations

SHAFAQNA - In any attempt to determine the origins of Shi'i feelings in Islam, one must try to examine in detail the earliest incident in which such feelings manifest themselves. The history of a people in every branch, be it political, cultural,…

Advice of Imam Jafar Sadiq (A.S) to Zakaria ibn Ibrahim

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SHAFAQNA- Zakaria, the son of Ibrahim, was a Christian. Later he converted to Islam and had the honor of meeting Imam Jafar Sadiq (A.S). He told Imam (A.S) “My mother is a Christian and she is old and blind.”‌ The Imam advised him,…

Imamat as Defined in Nahjul Balaghah

SHAFAQNA- The discussion of the question of Imamat may raise certain queries in the mind of our readers. Here we advance our views about these queries. In this respect the main questions are only two. I. Every nation tries to project the…

Imam of the Time in the Words of Imam Ali (PBUH)

SHAFAQNA- As the successor of the Prophet (PBUH), Imam Ali informs people of an absent Imam from among his descendents who will make world full of justice and remove injustice. How beautiful it is to combine the event of Ghadir with the…

Shaykh Tusi

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SHAFAQNA- Birth and Family Background:  Abu Ja’far Muhammad Ibn Hassan Tusi, known as “Sheikh al-Tayefah” in the Iranian province of Khorassan, was born in the year 385 A.H. He was one of the very bright luminaries of the Islamic world.…

Maxims of Imam Sadiq (A.S.)

SHAFAQNA- Compiled by: Syed Zainul Abideen, Tehran, Iran The rule of tyrants All jobs and professions from the highest to the lowest ranks in service of the tyrant rulers are illegitimate. They are the doors which lead to oppression by the…