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Ayatollah Sistani's view on Nahjul Balaghah

SHAFAQNA - What has been recorded in this book from words and sayings of the Commander of the Faithful, Ali (A.S) is, without doubt, at the peak and pinnacle of eloquence after the words of Allah, the Exalted, and those of His Prophet (S).…

Rep. of grand Ayat. Sistani: Claiming to love Ahlulbayt, not enough for being Shia

SHAFAQNA- At the Friday sermon in the city of Krabala which was held at Imam Hussain (a.s.) holy shrine, Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s representative Hujjat al-Islam Abdul Mahdi Karbalaei stressed on Ahlulbayt’s (a.s.) great attention to the…

Ayat. Sistani urges Iraqis to avoid sectarianism in upcoming elections

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SHAFAQNA- In a statement released on Friday, March 9, senior Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali al-Sistani asked Iraqi nation to avoid sectarian bias in upcoming parliamentary elections in the country in order to vote for the qualified…

Muqtada al-Sadr visits Grand Ayatullah Sistani in Najaf

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SHAFAQNA - Alsumaria News : A source close to the leader of the Sadrist movement, Moqtada al-Sadr, said on Wednesday that he has visited the Supreme Religious Authority Ayatullah Ali al-Sistani in the province of Najaf. The source said in…

Grand Ayatollah Sistani advises Pakistanis to strengthen unity among their ranks

SHAFAQNA - Grand Ayatollah Syed Ali Hussaini Sistani has told a Pakistani delegation who called on him in Iraq’s holy city Najaf that Pakistani nation must strengthen their unity at all cost. “I remain aware of the state of affairs of…

Islam and War: Sayyid Sistani on the Ethics of Conflict

SHAFAQNA - In this interview, Sayyid Sulayman Ali Hassan Abidi discusses some of the main issues addressed in Sayyid Ali al-Sistani’s 2014 letter to the Iraqi forces battling ISIS. The issues range from what role warfare and violence have…

Representative of Ayatollah Sistani: War against ISIS not over yet

SHAFAQNA - Chief Cleric of Imam Hussein Holy Shrine and representative of the Supreme Religious Authority Sheikh Abdul-Mehdi al-Karbalai said, “The military battle against ISIS is over, but the intellectual war is not over yet.” This…

Ayat. Sistani's representative: Arbaeen pilgrimage, opportunity to solve Muslim issues

SHAFAQNA - "Arbaeen pilgrimage is an outstanding and unique religious ceremony in the world. That's due to the fact that millions of pilgrims and Ahlul Bayt lovers attend the ceremony and the number is increasing year by year," said Hujjat al-Islam…

Inappropriate Actions During the Months of Muharram and Safar

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SHAFAQNA- The religious authority Grand Ayatullah Seyed Ali al-Sistani has responded to a question about inappropriate actions during the months of Muharram and Safar.   The following is the text of the question: Some of the believers,…

Ayatollah Sistani's representative calls for Shia to support each other

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SHAFAQNA - "The faithful must help each other and support those who are in need." said Hujjat al-Islam Kashmiri. The representative of Grand Ayatollah Sistani in Europe Hujjat al-Islam Sayyed Mortadha Kashmiri who is also the head of Imam Ali…

Ayatollah Sistani’s Representative Congratulates Iraqi Forces’ Gains against Daesh

SHAFAQNA- Sheikh Abdul Mahdi al-Karbalayi lauded the forces’ achievements and hoped for liberation of remaining areas from Daesh. He also described Popular Mobilization Units, known as Hashd al-Shaabi, as heroes who took up arms when…

The Grand Ayatollah

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SHAFAQNA - A documentary looking at the Shia Religious Authority as represented by Grand Ayatollah Sayed Ali al-Sistani in Najaf and the many projects set up by him. The documentary explores were some of the Khumus money is spent. Courtesy…

Unpalatable hypocrisy - Media cry over alleged mistreatment of Terror militants in Iraq

SHAFAQNA - If I was to bring Iraq’s war against the terror of Daesh to one moment in time I must say that the desperate cry for help of a Yazidi MP before parliament remains etched in my mind. On her face I saw such despair, such bewilderment…

Iraqi Envoy Highlights Role of Ayatollah Sistani’s Fatwa in Liberation of Mosul

SHAFAQNA - A ceremony was held in the Iraqi embassy in Tehran to celebrate the recent liberation of the city of Mosul from Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terrorists. A number of Iranian and Iraqi officials and foreign diplomats residing in Tehran…

Dialogue on Taqleed - Ayatollah Sistani

SHAFAQNA - Inaugurating the Dialogue on Taqleed, my father said: - Let me first explain to you what is taqleed. Taqleed is the following, by a lay person, of a Jurist in matters of religious practice. Thus, you apply the Jurist’s legal…

Conditions which make Hajjatul Islam obligatory - Ayatollah Sistani

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SHAFAQNA - 1. Adulthood Pilgrimage is not obligatory on any person who has not attained adulthood, even if they were approaching it. A pilgrimage, performed by a child will, most evidently, not be counted as Hajjatul Islam, even if it was…

The high Marji'ya representative in Europe stresses the necessity of purifying the souls and cleaning the hearts to receive the blessed month of Ramadhan

SHAFAQNA - His talk was in the Foundation of the Awaited Imam (Peace be upon him) in Malmou City in Sweden in the presence of a great number of believers, quoting at the beginning of his address the prophet's ( May Allah bless him) sermon,…

Ayatollah Sistani speaks up following attack on Arbaeen pilgrims

SHAFAQNA - Iraq’s top cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has condemned a recent deadly attack targeting pilgrims near Hillah, saying the perpetrators of the carnage will pay for their crimes on the battleground. Ayatollah Sistani said…

Ayatollah Ali Sistani's representant visits Bishop Whalon in Paris

SHAFAQNA - Bishop Pierre Whalon of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe on Nov. 11 welcomed Sayyed Jawad al-Shahrastani, official representative of His Eminence Al-Sayyid Ali Al- Husseini Al-Sistani, leader of Shi’a Muslims throughout…

Ayatollah Sistani's representative visits AhlulBayt school in London

SHAFAQNA - On November 12-13 Ayatollah Sistani's representative in the UK, Mr Shahrestani met with students at the AhlulBayt Foundation in London.  

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…

Grand Ayatollah Sistani sends food, medicine for 8,000 Sunni families to uproot seeds of sectarianism

SHAFAQNA - Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Sistani, the highest Shiite religious authority in Iraq, has been trying to extract the seeds of sectarianism that have been planted in Iraq for many years. Having already issued many fatwas (religious…

Grand Ayatollah Sistani: "I use all means to preserve Ayatollah Qassim’s rights, He is in our hearts"

SHAFAQNA - Iraq’s top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani, has praised efforts by Bahrain’s prominent Shi’a scholar Ayatollah Isa Qassim in defending people’s rights through peaceful means. In a telephone conversation on Thursday,…

Ayatollah Sistani: 'mandated defense against enemies, not our Sunni brothers'

SHAFAQNA - Ayatollah al-Sistani said:‌ “When ISIL and its supporters invaded Iraq, we issued a statement mandating defense against enemies and not confrontation with our Sunni brothers.” Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali al-Sistani, the highest-ranking…

Ayatollah Ali Sistani foiled nefarious designs of evil powers - Shafaqna Exclusive discussion with Allama Dr. Ghulam Hussain Adeel

SHAFAQNA - This Ramadan 2016, Shafaqna had the privilege of interviewing Hujatul Islam wa Muslimeen Dr Ghulam Hussain Adeel, a prominent and renowned religious scholar of the Shiite school of thought. Taught in Qom where he received his…

Teaching Iraq to Freedom – How Ayatollah Sistani inspired unity and nationalism

SHAFAQNA - Plagued by the poison the Black Flag army has dispensed onto the land, Iraq remains a nation very much at war – fragmented in its lands, torn apart in its ethno-sectarian make-up … occupied still by the powers that be, that and…

Zakat - Islamic Law

SHAFAQNA - The following ruling was taken from Ayatollah Ali Sistani Islamic law database and remains in strict accordance with Islam legal code of practice.  It is obligatory to pay Zakat on the following things: Wheat Barley Dates Raisins Gold Silver Camel Cow Sheep…

Ayatollah Ali Sistani - A symbol of Unity, and true representative of Imam Mahdi ( A.S) says Allama Abbas Abidi - SHAFAQNA EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

SHAFAQNA - This Ramadan 2016 Shafaqna had the privilege of conducting an interview with Hujjatul Islam wal Muslimeen Allama Abbas Abidi - of of Shiite Islam most prominent scholars, and carrier of Shiite Islam tradition across Europe and Britain. The…