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Three Iraqi protesters killed as unrest sweep southern cities

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SHAFAQNA - The main gates to Iraq's port of Umm Qasrnear basra were re-opened Monday following closure due to unrest over poor government services across southern cities. Three officials said activities resumed at the port near the southern…

Hundreds of iraqis resumed protest in demand of basic services

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SHAFAQNA- Hundreds of Iraqis took to the streets in Basra on Friday in protest of shortage of jobs, electricity, water, and other basic services. Iraq has placed its security forces on high alert after protest against high unemployment…

Political alliance of Iraqi PM al-Abadi and Shia cleric al-Sadr

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SHAFAQNA - Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and cleric Moqtada al-Sadr  said their political blocs, which came in third and first place in a parliamentary election respectively, would enter into an alliance in an effort to form a new government…

Iran-Iraq coordination to reach an accord on tourism

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SHAFAQNA - MNA : “2.3 million Iranians visit Iraq annually without taking into account the millions of Iranian pilgrims who travel to Iraq for Arbaeen rituals,” Hamid Mohammadi told Mehr News Agency correspondent on Tuesday. Mohammadi…

Why Is Najaf So Holy?

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SHAFAQNA - slate | Brendan Koerner : Najaf is considered so sacred because it's the site of the tomb of Ali, ʿAli b. AbiṬāleb, the first imam of the Shiites with graves attributed to Adam, Nuḥ (Noah).  Muslim who revered Ali (a.s) …

Turkish Sunni ambassador to Iraq: We are proud of bravery, wisdom of Imam Ali

SHAFAQNA - Fatih Yaldir, the Turkish ambassador to Iraq, had the honor of visiting the holy shrine of Imam Ali (PBUH) in Najaf city. In a statement to the Media Center of the Holy Shrine, "It is my fourth time to be honored by visiting Imam…

A delegation from Republic of Ghana visited Imam Ali shrine in Najaf

SHAFAQNA - A delegation from the republic of Ghana had the honor of visiting the holy shrine of Imam Ali (PBUH). Afterwards, they met with Fa’iq al-Shimmary the member of the administration committee of the holy shrine. “We came here…

Course on Iraqi Style Quran Recitation Underway in Najaf

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SHAFAQNA - According to the website of the Astan, Seyyed Hani Mousawi, supervisor of the Quranic program, said that the course has been organized in line with a national plan titled “Alawi Support for Iraqi recitation style of the Holy Quran”. The…

Imam Ali shrine contracts with Berlin university to cooperate on working on manuscripts

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SHAFAQNA - A delegation from the German Pergamon Museum had the honor of visiting the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali (PBUH). The delegation consisted of a group of archeologists. They visited the manuscripts division in the holy shrine. Sheikh…
Hawza, Najaf al-Ashraf, Ayatullah Ishaq Fayyad, scholars

Ayatullah Fayyad: Our Scholars Accept Martyrdom, but Do Not Accept Supports from the State

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SHAFAQNA - The great and eminent Ayatullah Ishaq Fayyad, a scholar of religious sciences at the Hawzah of Nadjaf al-Ashraf , and a great reference in juridical issues (Marja'i Taqlid), received us with an incredible cordiality and sincerity…

Mourning ceremony on Sayyida Fatima's martyrdom at Imam Ali Shrine

SHAFAQNA - Mourning ceremony on Sayyida Fatima's martyrdom at Imam Ali Holy Shrine in Najaf, Iraq 30.1.2018. Source - ABNA

Canadian Media Institution Makes a Documentary Film about Imam Ali Shrine

SHAFAQNA - A group of Canadian journalist made a documentary film about the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali (PBUH) and the spiritual atmosphere therein. In a statement to the Media Center of the Holy Shrine, the reporter of the H.B.O Isabelle Yong…

Delegation of Japanese Foreign Minister visit Imam Ali Holy Shrine in Najaf

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SHAFAQNA -  The Delegation of the Japanese Foreign Minister is surprised at seeing the archeological sites and landmarks in the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali (PBUH). The diplomat, Teiragima, said in a statement to the Media Center of the Holy…

World's Biggest Pilgrimage Now Underway, And Why You've Never Heard of it!

SHAFAQNA-Sayed Mahdi al-Modarresi It's not the Muslim Hajj, or the Hindu Kumbh Mela.. Known as Arbaeen, it is the world's most populous gathering and you've probably never heard of it! Not only does the congregation exceed the…

Pakistani ambassador in Iraq visits Imam Ali's Holy Shrine

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SHAFAQNA - Dr. Ali Rahmani, the Pakistani ambassador in Iraq, visited the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali (a.s.). Mohammad Razooqi, the head of the Administrative Committee, received him in the hospitality house of the holy shrine. In a statement…

Speaking Iraq out of Terrorism and Occupation - How Ayatollah Sistani inspired national resistance

SHAFAQNA - “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. Nelson Mandela In the case of Iraq and Iraq’s brilliant victory…

Chinese ambassador in Iraq: "Imam Ali Holy Shrine source of our respect, appreciation"

SHAFAQNA - On Tuesday Chinese Ambassador in Iraq, Chen We Ching and his accompanying delegation had visited Imam Ali Holy Shrine. The ambassador was received by Internal Relations officials' of Imam Ali Holy Shrine. The ambassador had a tour…

A Shiite perspective on political systems in Iraq - By Ayatollah Sayyid Jafar al-Hakim

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SHAFAQNA - The relationship with heritage is a significant trait in religious thought, one which also interacts with it on the basis of that it is absolute and unerring (always rights and accurate). It is the relationship to one’s tradition…

The Transfer of Kufa’s Hadith Heritage to Qom | History of Imami Shi’i Theology

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SHAFAQNA- During the Imamate of Imam Baqir (s) and Sadiq (s), there was a lot of encouragement from the Imams to their students and companions to begin recording down traditions. As this shift from oral to a written tradition became a culture…

Imam Ali’s Tomb and Wadi al-Salam

SHAFAQNA- By: Ayatullah Shaheed Sayyid Muhammad Baqir al-Hakim In Kufah is the tomb of Imam ‘Ali (‘a), which is situated at the back of the city by the side of the white hills. This region is called Ghari and Najaf. It was too dry to support…

Imam Ali Holy Shrine distributes food to the needy during Ramadan

SHAFAQNA - According to the directions of the Secretary General of Imam Ali Holy Shrine, Sayyed Nizar Hashim Habl al-Mateen, Imam Ali Center for the Care of Orphans and Needy families continues to distribute the food basket to needy families…

Imam Ali Holy Shrine to hold special Quranic programs in Ramadan

SHAFAQNA - The Dar-ol-Quran Center affiliated to the Astan (custodianship) of Imam Ali (AS) Holy Shrine will organise special Quranic programs during the holy month of Ramadan. According to the website of the Astan, they include Tarteel recitation…

Islamic sciences specialized center inaugurates in Najaf

SHAFAQNA - A specialized center for Quran and Hadith sciences was launched in a ceremony in the holy city of Najaf, Iraq. A number of Quran experts and representatives of Iraqi sources of emulation attended the event.Established by the Dar-ol-Quran…

Quran Teacher Training Course Starts in Najaf

SHAFAQNA- According to Imam Ali (AS) Network, Hussein Al-Hakeem, supervisor of the Quran teachers training courses said the first phase includes three parts, and each will take two months to complete. The Imam Ali (AS) Institute for Studies…

“Imam Ali (a.s)” research center for Quranic Studies inaugurates in Najaf

SHAFAQNA - “Imam Ali (AS)” Research Center for studies in Quran, Nahjul Balaqa and Sahifa Sajjadiyya was opened for seminary students in the holy city of Najaf, Iraq. It was opened by the Dar-ol-Quran affiliated to the Astan (custodianship)…

Book fair launched in holy city of Najaf

SHAFAQNA - The 9th edition of Najaf international book fair got underway in the Iraqi holy city on Thursday. The Tousi courtyard of the holy mausoleum of Imam Ali (AS) is hosting the event, which will run until Sunday, March 19. A number…

Terror attack in Najaf

SHAFAQNA - According to the Kurdistan24 media outlet, several gunmen, who were travelling on cars, opened fire and detonated an explosive load at the checkpoint in Najaf. The Daesh terrorist organization outlawed in Russia and many…

Imam Ali shrine completes medical preparations for visitors of Arbaeen

SHAFAQNA- Medical and Health Affairs Division belonging to the office of the secretary general of Imam Ali Holy Shrine completed its preparations for receiving the urgent medical cases during the Arbaeen Pilgrimage; in addition to providing…