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MUHARRAM AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE (3)

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SHAFAQNA- his is the third article in the series on Muharram and its significance. In the month of Rajab of the 60th year of Hijra, Mu’awiyya died. Yazeed became the Khaleefa of the Muslim Kingdom. People of Makkah and Madinah who…

Muharram and its Significance (2)

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SHAFAQNA- In the month of Rajab of the 60th year of Hijra, Mu’awiyya died. Yazeed became the Khaleefa of the Muslim Kingdom. People of Makkah and Madinah who had been approving the Khilafat for the last fifty years, accepted Yazeed’s…

Hadith Recordation by Imam Musa al-Kazim (A.S.)

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SHAFAQNA-Following the course of his forefathers, Imam Mu-sa- al-Ka-dhim paid great attention to the question of recording the religious knowledge and safeguarding such recordations in general and the Book of Imam `Ali- in particular. However,…

Mubahala

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SHAFAQNA- The Event or Eid al-Mubahalah In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful. O Allah! Send your blessings to the chief of Your Messengers and the Last of Your Prophets, Muhammad (S), and his pure and cleansed…

Muharram

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SHAFAQNA- Imam Ali ibne Musa Al Reza (a.s) said: “O son of Shabeeb! Muharram is such a month that the Arabs of the age of ignorance (pre-Islāmic) too respected its sanctity and forbade oppression and blood-shed in it. But these people…

The Message of Devotion

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SHAFAQNA- "O People! The Messenger of Allah has said: If anyone witnesses an oppressive ruler who permits that which has been forbidden by Allah, breaks the divine covenant, opposes the Prophet's Sunnah and regulations, and treats Allah's…

What Does Karbala Teach Us?

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SHAFAQNA- Imam Husayn had shown by his acts as well as his various discourses during the seven days of Muharram at Karbala, that this conflict was much more universal in nature, and that he knew that he was going to live for ever through…

Day of Wilayah

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SHAFAQNA- In the year 10AH, the Prophet proceeded on his journey to Mecca to perform pilgrimage. A pilgrimage which was later to be called the ‘farewell pilgrimage’ (hujjat al-wada’a). Named so because it was the last…

Eid al-Ghadir and a Pious Leadership

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SHAFDAQNA- On the 18th of Zilhejjah of the 10th year after Hijra, a great event took place by a small pond which lay on the way between Holy Mecca and Medina. On that day the holy Prophet of Islam (May the blessing of Allah be upon him and…

Distorting the Sacred Event Of Ghadeer

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SHAFAQNA- Allama Shibli Nomani's writings are of such a high order that he did not consider it advisable even to hint at the most significant Ghadeer incident or its importance and doing so was highly inappropriate according to his broad vision…

Traditions on al-Mahdi a.s

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SHAFAQNA- Out of the controversial narrations we can refer to the various traditions cited in the books widely known among the Sunnis, dealing with al-Mahdi the Awaited, stating that he will reappear at the end of time to fill the world with…

‘Shi’a’ and Imamate

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SHAFAQNA- The term ‘Shi’a’ means ‘follower’, and now refers, conventionally, to the group of Muslims who, after the death of the Holy Prophet, believed that the function of leadership in the Islamic community was the prerogative of…

Imam Reza (A.S.) from the views of the Sunni Scholars

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SHAFAQNA- Thoughts and viewpoints of Sunni Muslims about Imam Reza’s (A.S.) scientific character were elaborated in a session held to pave the way for more solidarity and proximity among Islamic schools. This gathering was held by Astan Quds…

Eleventh Infallible Sayings

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SHAFAQNA-*  As a man asked him for an advice, Imam al-Jawad (A.S.) said: Put your head on steadfastness, embrace poverty, reject the lusts, oppose your passions, and know that you cannot be out of Allah's sight. Consider how you should behave,…

Sayeda Fatimah Al-Zahra s.a & the Holy Quran

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SHAFAQNA-HER VIEWS ABOUT THE HOLY QURAN: When Fadak, the property which the Holy Prophet (saww) had gifted to his one and only daughter Fatimah (a.s.) was snatched away from her, she (a.s.) felt grieved by this action. Accompanied by some…

11th Zee al-Qa'adah the Auspicious Birthday Anniversary of Imam Reza(A.S.)

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SHAFAQNA- Imam Ali ibn Musa al-Reza (A.S.), the eighth Shi'ite Holy Imam was born on 11th Zee al-Qa'adah 148 A.H. in the holy city of Madinah. He was divinely entitled 'Al-Reza"(meaning that Allah Almighty and His Holy Messenger (S.A.W.) were…

How to grow and develop, according to Imam Ali (a.s.)

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SHAFAQNA- Translated by: Manal Samhat By His Eminence, the Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra) Imam Ali (a.s.) has talked a lot about fanaticism and its destructive impacts on individuals and groups…

The Learned Noble Lady from the Holy Ahlul Bayt (A.S.)

SHAFAQNA- Sayeda Fatima Al-Masumah (S.A.) was brought up in a very noble family. She was daughter of the Holy Imam [Imam Musa al-Kadhim (A.S.)], the sister of the Holy Imam [Imam Ridha (A.S.)] and the aunt of the Holy Imam [Imam Muhammed…

Imam Jafar as-Sadiq (a. s.) and Abu Shakir

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SHAFAQNA- Jafar as-Sadiq (A. S.) was one of the most patient and tolerant teachers of his time. He used to give lectures on Islamic theology every day. After his lectures, he would listen and reply to the objections of his students and critics.…

UNICEF: We are following Imam Ali’s humanitarian approach in treating children

SHAFAQNA- A delegation from UNICEF visited the Imam Ali Holy Shrine in Najaf, Iraq, where the Deputy Secretary-General of the Holy Shrine, Mr. Redhwan Sahib, received them. The special delegation, headed by Ms. Fester, stated to the Media…

INVESTING FOR THE HEREAFTER

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SHAFAQNA- Zubaydah was the wife of Haroon al-Rasheed, the Abbasid Caliph and also a secret follower of Imam Musa ibn Ja’ffar al-Kadhim (a.s.). Being the wife of the caliph and by virtue of being a queen, she was the most important…

Thought Meetings of “In the Shade of the Sun” Caravans Is Held

SHAFAQNA- Concurrent with Fitr feast, Holy Shrine of Imam Ali Ibn Musa al-Reza (A.S.) was replete with joy and happiness and sound of drum house (Naqarreh Khaneh) announced coming of this auspicious occasion. According to Astan News, on the…

Reliability of the Companions

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SHAFAQNA- The issue of reliability of the Companions is quite critical, about which much talk was there, beside lengthy dispute throughout all ages. Hence this subject deserves good attention and much care so as to have moderate opinion about…

The Book “The Merit of Pilgrimage to Imam Reza (A.S.)” Was Published in English

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SHAFAQNA- “The Merit of Pilgrimage to Imam Reza (A.S.)” features the title of a work, recently published by the Islamic Research Foundation of Astan Quds Razavi and presented to the publication market. According to Astan News, the book…

8th Shawwal, The Sacrilegious Act of Destroying Holy Shrines in Jannat al-Baqi Cemetery

SHAFAQNA-On 8th Shawwal, Wednesday, in the year 1345 AH (April 21, 1925), mausoleums in Jannatul al-Baqi (Madinah), the famous burial place of great personalities without whom the history of Islam is incomplete, were demolished by the Wahabbi…

Islam in View of Imam Ali (AS)

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SHAFAQNA- Have you realized what Islam is? it is indeed a religion founded on truth. It is such a fountain-head of learning that several streams of wisdom and knowledge flow from it. It is such a lamp that several lamps will be lit…

Catherine Reyes, from the United States: The Ahlulbayt were the main reason for my conversion

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SHAFAQNA- An Exclusive Interview of a Revert to Islam, Catherine Reyes, from the United States, by Bentolhoda Mofakhami   Catherine Reyes, 26 years old, was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Both of her parents are immigrants…

Fabrication of Traditions against Ali a.s

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SHAFAQNA- Abu Ja'far al-Iskafi412 said that Mu'awiyah forced some of the Companions and the Followers to narrate obscene and indecent reports, with ascribing then to Ali, with the aim of defaming and disowning him. He dedicated for this act…