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BBC Urdu has been caught red handed mistranslating and lying about Iranian FM’s claims on Iraqi paramilitary groups fighting ISIS

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    The BBC has long been known as a mouthpiece and propaganda for the British government’s neocolonial agenda in the world. It does not just represent the British government’s views, but it actively spreads misinformation…

Two collections of Ashura poetry published

SHAFAQNA - An Ashura poetry collection ‘Enough, Robab’ and ‘For Your Coming’, composed by Hassan Lotfi, is published by Jomhouri Publications. The poetry collection ‘Enough, Robab’ is composed of 39 poems in which topics such as…

"Ashura is our greatest university" says President Rouhani

SHAFAQNA - President Rouhani described the university as the linking point of the society with the high culture of humanity, saying: "The university and the seminary must always be on the way to independence, progress and merit, ruling out tyranny,…

Who were the killers of Imam Husayn(a.s)?

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SHAFAQNA- Source: Understanding Karbala, By: Allamah Sayyid Saeed Akhtar Rizvi Time and again objection is issued by the ignorant that killers of Imam Husayn (a.s) were Shias. Though more than once those objections have been replied and…

The lesson which we get from the tragedy of Karbala

SHAFAQNA-By: Syed Muhammad Bokreta Algiers, Algeria Truly speaking I have never found myself in such a difficult and dilemmatic stance as in this case , while trying to compile this Historic diary, I felt both incapable and hesitating in trying…

Karbala: From history to epic

SHAFAQNA- ’Surely, the killing of Hussain left a burning heat in the hearts of the true believers that will never cool down!’ Prophet Muhammad (PBUH & HP)     Every year in Muharram, the first month of Islamic…

Events after the Death of Rasool Allah(S.A.W.W) till Karbala

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SHAFAQNA - The Majority Of The Muslims Went Against The Ahādīth Relevant To Imāmate We have already explained the evidences proving that mastership is the right of Ahlul Bayt (‘a) in general, that the Twelve Imāms (‘a) from among…

Sayed D. Moustafa Al Qazwini- Ashura; a season of internal transformation

SHAFAQNA - Sayed D. Moustafa Al- Qazwini Masjid Al Rasool Al Adham(PBUH)- Toronto CANADA 1st Night of Muharram 1439 H-September 21st 2017

Ashura in London - A Non Muslim's Experience

SHAFAQNA - We follow two individuals from outside the Muslim faith, to observe their first hand experience of the first 10 days of mourning in the month of Muharram. Ahlulbayt: Documentaries  

'Live like Hussain & die like Ali'

SHAFAQNA - Following is a poem composed on the occasion of the martyrdom of Imam Hussain by Sayeda Shaheena Bibi. How can we as your followers live up to your legacy? Do we lie to ourselves by saying we have no discrepancy? We say we…

Thousands of Muslims march against ISIS

SHAFAQNA - Victims of Islamic State terrorists including the brother of an aid worker beheaded by the group's so-called Jihadi John were remembered in a peaceful protest today. Mike Haines, 51, who has campaigned for peace since his humanitarian…

THE DAY OF ASHURA: British Muslims offer unequivocal rejection of sectarian-based oppression

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SHAFAQNA - “I came seeking reformation for the Ummah [community] of my grandfather Muhammad. I intend to enjoy good and forbid evil, to act according to the traditions of my grandfather and my father Ali ibn Abi Talib.” Imam Hussain If…

Millions of Shia Muslims observe Tasu'a worldwide

SHAFAQNA - Shia Muslims in Iran and other parts of the world have begun mourning ceremonies to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Mohammad’s grandson. Hussein ibn Ali ibn Abi-Taleb, is the third Imam in Shia…

The first Majlis of Imam Husain (A.S.) after Ashura

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SHAFAQNA- After the martyrdom, the first Majlis of Imam Husain (A.S.) was recited in the market-place of Kufa by a lady from whose head her abaya had been ripped off, whose hopes and aspirations had been destroyed on the blood-drenched sands…

Yazid ibn Muawiyah’s Clan

SHAFAQNA- Source: Understanding Karbala, By: Allamah Sayyid Saeed Akhtar Rizvi After my article “Banu Umayyah in the View of Holy Qur’an” was published in al-Jawwad magazine last year, many brothers-in-faith from Pakistan requested…

EXCLUSIVE: ASHURA 2017 - TORONTO

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SHAFAQNA - To bring you a better coverage of Ashura across the world Shafaqna has asked Firas Al Najim, a well known activist and right defender and volunteer at International Reformers For Human Rights.  

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW - YAHYA JAHANGIRI SUHRAWARDI FOR SHAFAQNA

SHAFAQNA - As part of our Muharram series Shafaqna interviewed PhD in Islamic studies and PhD in Shia research, Vice President at the University of Islamic Denominations, and Professor at Al Mustafa University, Yahya Jahangiri Suhrawardi from…

Ashura draws 1000s to the streets of London in defiance against Terror

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SHAFAQNA - In a touching display of loyalty to the third Imam of Islam: Imam Hussain ibn Ali, who, 13 centuries ago, was martyred in the plain of Karbala (Iraq) for he refused to bow to tyranny and thus renege on the Word of God, thousands took…

The Day of Ashura is marked by thousands in London

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SHAFAQNA - Thousands gathered near Marble Arch this Sunday to mark the Day of Ashura - a commemoration marking the martyrdom of the 3rd Imam of Islam: Imam Hussain, grandson to the Prophet Muhammad. Rallied around the idea that all people…

Syed Hassan, a teenager guarding a Majlis of Imam Hussain in Birmingham has been stabbed multiple times

  SHAFAQNA - Syed Hassan, a teenager guarding a Majlis of #ImamHussain in Birmingham (England) has been stabbed multiple times and is in intensive care. The likely suspects are Salafi thugs who were trying to force their way in. This…

Imam Husayn’s Speech on the Day of Ashura

SHAFAQNA- By: Ayatullah Shaykh Muhammad Mahdi al-Asifi, Najaf, Iraq Husayn (as) addressed the people on the Day of Ashura, saying: “You have drawn the sword with which we armed you, against us, and ignited the fire we kindled against our…

Ashura in Bahrain, US Embassy Wikileaks

SHAFAQNA - Ashura played highly effective political roles in all stages of Bahrain throughout history. Since the mid-90s, "It was surprising if not at least one political activist was arrested on the backdrop of an anti-government rhetoric,…

Nigeria: Police attack and arrest civilians marking Ashura

SHAFAQNA - Armed police in Nigeria have broken up a gathering of civilians marking the historical events of Ashura, arresting at least six people. The six, all members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, whose leader Ibrahim el-Zakzaky remains…

Ashura Encyclopedia

SHAFAQNA- By Javad Muhaddithy Detailed accounts of people, places and events surrounding the al-Taff Battle and the martyrdom of Imam Husayn (a), members of his household and companions on Ashura Day. A - Aabis Ibn Abi Shabib Al-Shakiry One…

Ashura, a Critical Juncture in the Life of Mankind

SHAFAQNA- By: Ayatullah Shaykh Muhammad Mahdi al-Asifi, Najaf, Iraq Days of Separation The days of separation are distinct occasions in history that classify people into two or more groups. The place of these occasions in history is similar…

The Events of the Night of ‘Ashura’

SHAFAQNA- By: Shaikh Muhammad Hadi al-Yusufi al-Gharawi The Speech of al-Husayn (as) on the Night of ‘Ashura’ ‘Ali bin al-Husayn (as) says: “Al-Husayn gathered his companions after ‘Umar bin Sa‘d went back, and this was just before…

Imam al-Husayn (A.S.), the reviver and the savior of Islam

SHAFAQNA- By: Baqir Shareef al-Qurashi Imam al-Husayn (a.s.) was the reviver of Islam and the savior of the nation after it had been a prey in the hands of the Umayyads who subjected it to severe torment, killed its men and spared its women.…

Imam Husain's (A.S.) Words with Ali Akbar (A.S.)

SHAFAQNA- Uqbah bin Sam'an says, that we went along with the Imam Husain (A.S.) on the way to Kufa and he took a short nap on the horse's back. Then he woke up and uttered the words: "Verily we are from Allah's and verily unto Him shall we…