Representative of the Grand Ayatollah sistani in Karbala: The government must fulfill the legal needs of the people

SHAFAQNA - According to Forat News, in his Friday sermons delivered in the holy shrine of Imam Hussain (AS), Sheikh mahdi karbalaei said: Iraqi citizens in most areas are suffering from shortages of services, especially now that the weather…

The source of darkness and calamity

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated that Allah (SWT) revealed to Prophet Moses (AS) that: the seed of every calamity is the love of the world; meaning the root of all calamities is the attachment to the world [1]. Imam Ali (AS) also said: The head of…

Lying and hypocrisy are connected

SHAFAQNA - The holy Prophet of Islam (PBUH) said: Lying is one of the doors of hypocrisy (Nefaq) [1]. Warram Collection, Vol. 1, page 113.

Do angels seek forgiveness for all mankind?

SHAFAQNA - Ayah 7 of Surah Al-Qaafer says: They seek forgiveness for those who believe. Of course Ayah 5 of Surah Al-Shura says: They seek forgiveness for all those on earth; it appears in this Ayah that the angels seek forgiveness for all the…

Giving services to millions of Arbaeen pilgrims indicates capacity of Shiite medics: Adnan Mousavi

SHAFAQNA - Sayyed Adnan Mousavi, the representative of Astan Moghaddas Hadrat Abbas (AS) was another speaker of the 8th Imamia Medics International Conference in Mashhad. Adnan Mousavi by pointing to the massive march of Arbaeen said: "In…

US questions Israel commitment to two-state solution

SHAFAQNA - The U.S. spoke with Israel about getting the Palestinian "peace process back on track," one day after Tel Aviv approved construction of new housing units in the West Bank, the State Department said Thursday. Spokesman Mark…

Amnesty International: "African Muslims forced to abandon religion"

SHAFAQNA - Muslims returning to ethnically-cleansed areas of western CAR have been forced to abandon their religion, said Amnesty International in a report published today. The report, “Erased identity: Muslims in ethnically cleansed…

India and its 180 million Muslims

SHAFAQNA - An Indian official has revealed that the Asian peninsular country is home to more than 180 million Muslim population. The number was revealed by Indian Deputy National Security Advisor Dr Arvind Gupta in a meeting last Tuesday…

Italy and the Muslim prayer rug

SHAFAQNA - Amid increasing anti-Muslim sentiments, Italian politicians have blasted the provocative action of two right-wing councilmen who removed prayer rugs from Turin city hall shortly before a Muslim conference. The incident was "an…

Bitcoin as Halal Microfinancing for Muslims

SHAFAQNA - Islam law prohibits Muslims from taking interest-bearing loans, which gives them limited options for moving funds. However, bitcoin could be a form of micro-financing that is approved or “halal” in Islam since the cryptocurrency…

Event to examine racial prejudice against Muslims

SHAFAQNA - A major one-day conference on Islamophobia in Scotland is to be held later this year, writes Kirsteen Paterson. Amina Muslim Women’s Resource Centre is to invite experts, academics, agencies and members of the public to…

Florida Gun Shop Owner Sued for Banning Muslims

SHAFAQNA - A Florida gun store owner is facing federal legal action for declaring his business "Muslim-free" earlier this month. The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim…

Grand Shia scholar urges Muslims to avoid silence in face of oppression

SHAFAQNA - Meeting with Ayatollah Sayyed Ahmad Alamolhoda, Mashhad Friday prayers’ leader, Grand Ayatollah Hoseyn Nouri-Hamadani emphasizied the importance of preserving Islamic and revolutionary values, saying: “Today, one of…

Pakistan's Special Olympians win seven more gold medals

SHAFAQNA - Pakistan's Special Olympians continued living up to the billings as they bagged seven more gold and three bronze medals for the country in various sports on Thursday at Los Angles. In tennis, the doubles crown was placed on the…

Bahrain: 77% of Shiite top-ranking students robbed out of their Chosen Scholarship

SHAFAQNA - In 2011, the Bahraini Ministry of Education, refused for the first time to publish the results of the university scholarships in the local newspapers and restricted the announcement of the results to students only, as each student…

Verdict postponed for Canadian journalist held in Egypt

SHAFAQNA - Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy says a verdict in his re-trial in Cairo has now been postponed until Aug. 8. Fahmy, who faced widely denounced terror charges and had spent more than a year in prison before a successful appeal…

Can we see Allah?

SHAFAQNA - The Shi‘a school of thought absolutely denies what others say that Allah can be seen since He has no image or body. However, other schools of thought accept several hadiths that not only claim that Allah has physical parts;…

The Shias view of the Companions

SHAFAQNA - Most Muslim scholars define the companions (sahaba) of Prophet Muhammad to be the people who lived during his time period, and saw or heard him speak, even for a brief moment. Islam teaches that no person should be praised or condemned…

Rethinking Shia-Sunni Unity

SHAFAQNA - Discussing historical facts or jurisprudential differences should not in any way discourage Muslim unity, since the majority of Muslim historians from all schools of thought agree on similar historical facts. Differences between…

American Muslim Council launches campaign against radicalization

SHAFAQNA - Reclaiming the peaceful message of Islam, a Muslim media group has launched an online campaign to counter recruiting efforts of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIL). "Unfortunately, ISIL is doing a great job of creating that…

Ahlul Bayt World Assembly to Hold 8th International Congress of Muslim Medics

SHAFAQNA - Ahlul Bayt (AS) World Assembly in collaboration with some academic, cultural and religious institutions are holding the 8th International Congress of Muslim Medics in Iran's different cities. In this congress 300 Shiite doctors…

Saudi King demands all French female police officers be removed from his sight

SHAFAQNA  - The king of Saudi Arabia's trip to France has sparked fresh controversy after female police officers were reportedly withdrawn from duties on the Riviera beach where he is staying. King Salman began his three-week holiday in…

In Morocco, Muslims and Jews study side-by-side

SHAFAQNA - For many people, Judaism in the Middle East conjures images of discord. But the Islamic nation of Morocco is an exception — it’s a place where Jews are not just tolerated but embraced in some circles as an important…

God is sufficient

SHAFAQNA - Ayah 36 of Surah Al-Zumar says: "Is not Allah (SWT) sufficient for believing servants?" It is enough for the true believers to say: Yes, Allah (SWT) is sufficient for believing servants and gain peace of mind and tranquility [1].…

Israel to violate Egypt territorial sovereignty to fight "terror"

SHAFAQNA - An Israeli army spokesman has threatened to attack a ISIL-linked group based in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. "If the 'Province of Sinai' tried to target our citizens, we should hit it forcefully and resolutely," Avichai Adraee,…

The characteristics of vicious people

SHAFAQNA - The Prophet of Islam (PBUH) said: Four characteristics indicate viciousness; dryness of eye, hardness of the heart, intense greed and insistence on committing sins [1]. [1] Tohaful Oqool, Kalamat Qesar.

How to thank God?

SHAFAQNA - Allah (SWT) told Prophet Moses (AS): O' Moses, Thank your God, give thanks for all God's blessings. Moses (AS) said: O' my God, How can I thank You and how can I give thanks for all your blessings; is it not that the blessing of thanksgiving…

Uneasy times for believers

SHAFAQNA - The Prophet of Islam (PBUH) said: There comes a time when the heart of the believer will be melted the same as the salt is dissolved in the water. The Prophet (PBUH) was asked: From what? The Prophet (PBUH) replied: From what he/she…