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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,…

SHAFAQNA ROUNDTABLE - Muharram and Imam Hussain's Revolution

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SHAFAQNA - There has been a longstanding debates among Muslims around the concept of martyrdom and whether or not Imam Hussain intended to confront Yazid’s army on the plain of Karbala.   This of course begs the question of the Imam’s…

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

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…

Shiites condemn ban on IMN activities in Sokoto, Nigeria

SHAFAQNA - Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Shiites yesterday, picked holes in the decision by the Sokoto State Government to ban the activities of the Islamic group, saying that the action is unconstitutional. The Shiites…

Tasu'a

SHAFAQNA - On Muharram 9th, 61 A.H. Umar bin Saad started his attack at night. He advanced towards Imam Husayn's camp. Zaynab, Imam Ali's daughter, heard the enemy's voice. She said to her brother al-Husayn: The enemies have approached! Imam…

Tasua; The Exam of Loyalty

SHAFAQNA- Sometimes, a one or two, or a few day life of a person, which its description might fit in few pages writing, is glorious to an extent that can prove the worthiness of a person better than dozens of books. His majesty Ab al-Fazl…

The story behind Muharram and why we must know it

SHAFAQNA - Thirteen centuries on Muharram still echoes of a battle fought ... it echoes of the stand of a man, an Imam appointed by God at a time when darkness threatened to disappear that which had been apparent, and that, which communities…

Muharram Ceremonies among the non-Muslims in Andhra Pradesh, India

SHAFAQNA- By: Prof. Dr. Sadiq Naqvi Osmania University, Hyderabad, India The royal patronage and the participation of the Sultans and nobles made Muharram an occasion of great importance to the Muslims. It had the religious sanction and therefore…

Advices of Ayatollah al-Sistani to the preachers and public speakers regarding the month of Muharram.

SHAFAQNA - Ayatollah al-Sistani has issued a statement addressed to the preachers and public speakers regarding the month of Muharram. The following is a statement from Ayatollah Sayyid Ali al-Sistani addressed to the preachers and public…

#NeverToHumiliation - Muharram 2017

SHAFAQNA - This #MUHARRAM Just say to God that I am thankful to you that you gave me Hussain (as). Be entirely thankful for the blessing that is Aba Abdillah Al-Hussain. This blessing is not small. Don't take the blessing that is the love…

PAKISTAN - Militant planning to target Muharram procession held

SHAFAQNA - Police claimed to have arrested a militant, who was trying to transport explosives to the interior parts of Peshawar city for act of terrorism during Muharram. Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, Mohammad Tahir, the city…

Why did Imam Hussain Purchase the Lands of Karbala?

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SHAFAQNA - On the third day of Muharram, Imam Hussein (A.S.) settled in the lands of Karbala and Umar ibn Sa'ad entered the desert of Karbala with his troops. Based on some historical narrations, one of the incidents that has happened on…

Saudi Forces Assaults on Ashura Manifestations in Qatif

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SHAFAQNA- Saudi forces have launched attacks on the Ashura commemoration in the eastern region of Qatif, while civil sources said the forces arrested a number of citizens active in the preparations for the season of Ashurara. According to…

A Sunni perspective on Muharram and Imam Hussain

SHAFAQNA - I am a Sunni. My family is Sunni. We love Abu Bakr, Uthman, Umar, Ali. We believe in their Rightly Guided Caliphates. The Commanders of the Faithful. We believe in Aisha as a wife of the Prophet ﷺ and a role model. A Mother of…

MUHARRAM - INTERVIEW WITH MOHAMMAD KHANI, QOM SEMINARY

SHAFAQNA - Shafaqna had the privilege of interviewing Arash Mohammad Khani in Qom - Iran. Born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark, Arash Mohammad Khani has been studying in the Islamic seminary of Qom since 2017. SHAFAQNA - How would you…

Perspective On The Month Of Muharram - Lady Zaynab and Mourning

SHAFAQNA - If Islam has often been slammed for its perceived and alleged mistreatment, and/or dismissal of women as worthy members of society … beyond the role they play at home, it is rather evident looking at the character of Lady Zaynab…

Imam Hussain's Revolution

SHAFAQNA - The story of Karbala’ begins with the birth of Husayn. The Holy Prophet had shown affection and love for his grandson as any grandfather should show,but there was something more positive and profound in this love. Several…

Hussain ibn Ali (a.s.)'s Final Moments

SHAFAQNA - Second son of Fatima (sa) and ‘Ali (as) Husayn (as) was born on 3rd Shabaan, 4th year of Hijri (10.1.626 AD) When he was born the Holy Prophet was given the news of the birth of his 2nd grandson. He arrived at the house of his…

Why do the Shia remember Imam Hussain every year?

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SHAFAQNA - Why do the Shia remember Imam Hussain every year? What are the reasons for the Shia to cry and lament Imam Hussain every year even though the event of Ashura in Karbala took place over 1300 years ago. Courtesy of www.mustafa…

Pakistan: Shia leader wants Muharram events open for all sects

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SHAFAQNA - The Shia Ulema Council (SUC) on Thursday demanded the government ease security protocols and facilitate the local population, including those belonging to the Sunni school of thought, to participate in Muharram activities. “As…

Muharram - Reflections from our readers

SHAFAQNA - Today is the 1st day of the month of Moharrum (Al Haram). In other words today is the start of the Islamic New Year. However, as I have said almost every year before,the Islamic new year does not begin with messages of "Happy…

"We are the Bright Beacons of Guidance" - Imam Hussain

SHAFAQNA - Following are the couplets that Imam Husayn (as) recited on the afternoon of Ashura while he was fighting the enemies. This is me, son of Ali (as) of virtue from the Family of Hashim clan and such a pride of such a relationship is…

Bahraini Regime Seeking to Disrupt Muharram Mourning Ceremonies: Cleric

SHAFAQNA - A member of the presiding board of Bahrain’s Ulema (scholars) Council said Al Khalifa regime forces are taking down banners and flags about Ashura which marks the 10th day of Muharram to disrupt mourning ceremonies in the Persian…

14 Lessons from Karbala

SHAFAQNA- Humanity has been provided with many lessons to learn from the events at Karbala. It is a source of divine enlightenment and a true road to the salvation of mankind. Don’t Accept Humiliation In one of his speeches, Imam Hussain…

Muharram

SHAFAQNA - The ‘new year’ in Islam is marked in a way which perhaps no other nation or community marks their own ‘new year’. In fact most, if not all civilizations, take this as a time of happiness and joy in which the people party…

Iranian Muslims preparing for mourning season of Muharram

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SHAFAQNA - Shia Muslims mourn for 50 days during the lunar months of Muharram and Safar for Imam Hussein (AS) and his companions who were martyred in a battle against the oppressive Umayyad dynasty in Muharram in 680 CE. The mourning ceremonies…