The message of Imam Hussain’s (AS) movement (Part Four; Last part)

SHAFAQNA - In fact Moawiyeh did not believe in Islam but he had no choice and could not say unlike Yazid who started the events of Karbala and then said: There was nothing going on. Therefore, Imam Hussain (AS) saw that the oppression was coming…

Arbaeen pilgrimage to begin - millions rally

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Millions of Shia Muslim pilgrims from around the globe are descending on the holy city of Karbala in Iraq to commemorate Arba’een. The occasion marks forty days after the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein, the third Shia Imam. Black-clad…

The first international film and photo competition for “kind Moharram”

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SHAFAQNA - Eighth National Mourning Ceremony”KindMoharram” The first international film and photo competition for “kind Moharram” One thousand three hundred and seventy six years passed from the great ASHURA event. Every year…

The Gracious God

SHAFAQNA - Ayah 19 of Surah Al-Shora says: “Allah (SWT) is gracious towards the worshippers and gives sustenance to whoever God wishes. The Almighty is Strong and Powerful.” Commentators say that gracious means to have the accuracy and precision…

Special deeds for believers

SHAFAQNA - Imam Sadeq (AS) said: There are three acts that if the believer comes to know them will increase his/her lifetime as well as benefiting from divine blessings. These are: To prolong bowing down and prostration (when performing Salaat);…

Arbaeen procession in London

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SHAFAQNA - 35th Arbaeen Procession When Sunday 6th December 2015 at 11:00am Assembly Point Marble Arch, London – W1C 2JS Nearest Tube Station Marble Arch Underground Station (central line)  

Interview: Joseph Nye on Iran and the End of American Exceptionalism

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SHAFAQNA - Professor Joseph Samuel Nye Jr. is the former Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He currently serves on the Harvard faculty as a University Distinguished Service Professor. Along with Robert Keohane,…

An illness worse than poverty

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS) said: Be aware that poverty is a kind of calamity and harder than that is the illness of the body and more severe than that is the illness of the heart. Be aware that indeed the health of the body is due to the piety…

Blessed life in this world and the hereafter with four characteristics

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Hussain (AS) who said: Whoever is given by Allah (SWT) a tongue which tells the truth, a good temperament, a high moral standard as well as a clean stomach by eating Halal; has been granted the blessed life…

The rewards for those who go on foot to visit the shrine of Imam Hussain (AS)

SHAFAQNA - Imam Sadeq (AS) said to one of his close companions: Visit (Ziarat) the grave of Imam Hussain (AS) and do not forget it. Then Imam Sadeq (AS) was asked: What is the reward for a person who visits the shrine of Imam Hussain (AS)? Imam…

Paris Muslims complain of ostracism after terror attacks

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SHAFAQNA - Riding the Paris Metro to the city’s Grand Mosque for prayers, Samia Mahfoudia says people shoot sideways looks at her “almost as if they were saying ‘Get off.'” Ahmed El Mziouzi, a Moroccan who has called France home…

Hundreds of Windsor Muslims mark martyrdom anniversary with peaceful march

SHAFAQNA - Hundreds of people from Windsor's Islamic community marched to city hall Sunday for the annual martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussain. Imam Hussain was the grandson of the prophet Mohamed and was the most important Muslim of his…

Polish Muslims rally against racism and terrorism

SHAFAQNA - Hundreds of people protested in the Polish city of Poznan on Sunday against terrorism and racism, in one of the first such demonstrations called by Muslim leaders in the overwhelmingly Catholic country. Around 300 demonstrators…

Harrowing attack against Muslim woman in the US ignites more fear

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SHAFAQNA - Asma Jama had been at the Coon Rapids Applebee’s for just 25 minutes when the beer mug smashed into her face. She was left with 17 stitches, a persistent headache and scars that may be lifelong. The 38-year-old Minneapolis resident…

London campaigns against war in Syria

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SHAFAQNA - Lindsey German, who organised the Downing Street protest for Stop the War, said it was a “good start”. “We’ve got thousands of people here and we’ve blocked Whitehall, and there are dozens of demonstrations going on…

Climate change demo in London - Exclusive

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  SHAFAQNA - Campaigners in central London have marched to demand that global leaders take urgent action to tackle climate change. The event was the largest of about 2,500 demonstrations taking place around the world ahead of a critical…

What did the Prophet (PBUH) say about the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (AS)?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: Indeed, the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (AS) does create such a fire, a burning sensation and heat of a love in the hearts of his believers and loving friends which will never…

Hundreds march to send message: refugees welcome in Scotland

SHAFAQNA - More than 1,000 people in Scotland, turned out for an anti-racism rally in order to send a message that refugees are welcome in the country. The annual St Andrew's Day march, organized by the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC),…

Ayatollah Khamenei Writes New Letter to Western Youth

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SHAFAQNA - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution of Iran, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Sunday sent a second letter in less than a year to the youth in the Western countries, following the recent terrorist attacks in France. What follows…

French minister condemns social exclusion of young Muslims

SHAFAQNA - The social exclusion of young Muslims in France partly explains their radicalization, and the government must give people from poor suburbs more hope of success to reduce the risk of more violent attacks, a cabinet minister said…

US faith leaders deliver message of support to Muslims

SHAFAQNA - Leaders of several faiths have signed a letter delivered to Utah Islamic leaders, expressing support to them in what they say is a time of fear and misunderstanding. “We reach out our arms to your communities and lift our voices…

Calgary Muslims hold 'One Nation' meet and greet to increase understanding

SHAFAQNA  -Dozens of Calgarians got to 'meet a Muslim neighbour' and learn about Muslim culture, food and traditions at a meet and greet Saturday called One Nation. As Alberta prepares to welcome thousands of Syrian refugees over the coming…

Sydney Muslims are feeling under pressure: Islamophobia on the rise

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SHAFAQNA - Muslims in Sydney experience discrimination and verbal slurs at three times the rate of all other Australians, a study that is the first of its kind in the country has found. Nearly two thirds of Muslims surveyed had been…

Where does Ziarat-e-Arba’een come from?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated that Imam Sadeq (AS) taught the Ziarat-e-Arbaeen to Safwan ibn Mehran (known as Safwan Jammal) and recommended that this Ziarat to be recited on the Day of Arba’een when the sun comes up. This narration has been narrated…

Muslims and Christians welcome pope to Central African Republic

SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis arrived in the Central African Republic on Sunday, with Muslim as well as Catholic representatives welcoming him at Bangui airport in the hope that he would promote reconciliation in the country torn by inter-religious…

The unseen world

SHAFAQNA - The whole truth is in the unseen world and instead of paying full attention to the material world, attentions must be towards the unseen world. The most important aspects of the unseen world are, believe in God, the Day of Resurrection…

Deeds with great rewards

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: The person who is inspired to tell the truth (at all the times), behave fairly (towards others), be kind to parents, keep contact with relatives and close friends, will have…

The message of Imam Hussain’s (AS) movement (Part Three)

SHAFAQNA - Encouraging good deeds is necessary when it is effective. Sometimes this requires martyrdom but it must be effective. Sometimes the person is killed, his blood is wasted, this has no use; this type of encouragement is ineffective.…