Saudi Education Reform: Bin Salman’s Risky Option

SHAFAQNA - On May 7th, the Saudi royal court released 52 royal decrees that would be consistent with the Saudi Vision 2030 declared on April 25th by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. The 48th decree released by the Saudi royal court…

"Imam Ridha's (as) life was short but very influential in the strengthening of Islam", Ayatollah Khamenei

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SHAFAQNA - Imam Ridha (a.s.) lived for almost 55 years. That is to say, he was born in the year 148 - the year when Imam Sadiq (a.s.) was martyred - and he was martyred in the year 203 of the Hijri calendar. The entire life of this great personality…

On the passing of the last prophet of Islam – Unity in Islam

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SHAFAQNA - If the last prophet of Islam: Muhammad ibn Abdullah managed through his lifetime to overcome great many enemies and pitfalls … many were those who wished to silence his voice and disappear his message, it is towards the end that…

Shafaqna’s Round-Table Weekly Podcast - Interview with Ton Jacobs, founder of Human Guardians

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SHAFAQNA - A weekly podcast hosted by Catherine Shakdam – Director of Programs for the Shafaqna Institute for Middle Eastern Studies. Guest: Ton Jacobs, founder of Human Guardians: www.humanguardians.com  

The best servants of God according to Imam Reza (AS)

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated when Imam Reza (AS) was asked: Who are the best servants of Allah (SWT)? Imam Reza (AS) replied: Those who when they carry out good deeds, they become happy, and whenever they do wrong, they repent (to God); and whenever…

Shafaqna speaks to Tasnim News Agency on Yemen and Saudi Arabia's ambitions in the region

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SHAFAQNA - Earlier this week Catherine Shakdam - Shafaqna Institute of Middle Eastern Studies' Director of Programs spoke to Tasnim News Agency on Yemen. Following is the transcript of the interview: Tasnim: As you know, the Riyadh regime…

Quranic Competition Underway in Nigeria with 300 Participants

SHAFAQNA- Bello, who said that the 25 local government areas of the state presented 12 candidates each for the competition, urged them to imbibe the true teachings of Islam for the overall development of the society. He said that the government…

Act Now to Stop Genocide of Muslims in Myanmar

SHAFAQNA- A number of groups and individuals are coming to terms with this grim reality especially after the "evidence of a new reign of terror and wholesale destruction of communities exercised by the Myanmar state against the Rohingya population…

Canadian Muslim Women's Group Puts Up Billboard Condemning Violence

SHAFAQNA- "We have been trying to combat misconceptions about Islam. Lots of people are misinformed, and there are some negative stereotypes about Islam which we, as practicing Muslims, don’t see,” said Afshan Fatima, with the Islamic Circle…

Smartphone cameras may soon monitor health, food quality

SHAFAQNA- Scientists have created the world’s first hyperspectral mobile device by converting a smartphone camera into an optical sensor which can sense food quality or monitor health.  Hyperspectral cameras, which are traditionally expensive,…

Earth's Deepest Water May Be 1,000 Kilometers Below The Surface

SHAFAQNA- How deep does Earth’s water go? Well, if this latest study is correct, pretty darn deep – a third of the way to Earth’s core. That’s the conclusion of Steve Jacobsen at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and his…

Louise from Denmark: Allah Wanted Me to Become a Muslim

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SHAFAQNA- I was thinking about wearing Hijab I think almost every day for six months. And in Ramadan 2007, I started wearing it, alhamdulellah. According to rahyafte:My name is Louise. I have been a Muslim for one and half years now. I…

Trump to return to the Gold standard?

SHAFAQNA - As President-elect's Donald Trump's transition rolls on, more and more attention is being paid to possible selections for a variety of high-ranking positions and meetings that might help decide these appointments. On Monday, Trump…

The way Imam Hassan (AS) answered a Quranic question in his childhood

SHAFAQNA - Imam Hassan (AS) used to recite the holy Quran with beautiful voice, and his knowledge of the Quran was complete in his childhood. Imam Hassan (AS) used to recite Surah Al-Kahf before sleeping at night. It is narrated that when the…

Muslims in Australia are here for spiritual sanctuary

SHAFAQNA - A group of Sydney-based Muslims and their teacher are using Queenstown as a "spiritual sanctuary'' during a five-day visit to the resort. A member, Sev Ince, said the 45-strong group were students of Muslim scholar and lecturer…

Thousands of Muslims hit streets of Paris over plans to turn mosque into high-tech library

SHAFAQNA - More than 1,000 French Muslims took to the streets on Saturday to protest against the local government's plans to convert their local mosque into a high-tech library. The protest was organised by the UAMC, a local Islamic association,…

Letters threatening genocide against Muslims and praising Trump sent to multiple California mosques

SHAFAQNA - The Council on American-Islamic Relations has called for increased police protection of local mosques after letters that threatened the genocide of Muslims and praised President-elect Donald Trump were sent to multiple California…

The Farewell Pilgrimage of the Prophet Muhammad

SHAFAQNA - In this year, (10 A.H.) the Holy Prophet performed his last pilgrimage, details of which are fairly well-known. During his journey back, the Holy Prophet stopped at Ghadir Khum. Al-Nasa'i in Kitabul Khasa'is narrates a tradition…

Death and Burial of the Prophet Muhammad according to Sahih Muslim

SHAFAQNA - In Sahih Muslim, there is a famous tradition narrated by Ibn 'Abbas saying: Three days before the Prophet's death, 'Umar ibn al­Khattab and other companions were present by his side. The Prophet said, "Now let me write something…

Church, mosque stand next to each other in Beirut

SHAFAQNA - The new bell tower of the 19th century Saint George Cathedral is Beirut’s tallest at 72m (236ft) – the same height as the four minarets of the Mohammad al-Amin mosque that has dominated the city skyline since it was built over…

World Muslims mourn passing anniversary of Holy Prophet (PBUH)

SHAFAQNA - The 28th day of the month of Safar (the second month in the lunar Hijri calendar) marks the passing away of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as well as the martyrdom of Imam Hassan (AS), the second Shia Imam. Large groups of Iranians,…

The special situation Imam Hassan (AS) faced

SHAFAQNA - Imam Hassan (AS) used to recite many Duas in Qunoot of Salaats, and one of those which showed the situation of his time and difficulties Imam (AS) faced during that time was: O’ Allah (SWT), You know that I have not abandoned my…

Prophet of Islam (PBUH) is the Messenger of Divine Ethics

SHAFAQNA - In Ayah 199 of Surah Al-A’araaf, Allah (SWT) commanded the Prophet of Islam (PBUH): “Forgive them and accept their excuses, command to what is right, and stay away from the ignorant.” When this Ayah was sent to the Prophet (PBUH),…

The event of Safar 28, 11 Hijrah

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SHAFAQNA- By: Seyyed Ali Shahbaz “Muhammad is but a Prophet; (other) prophets have passed before him. If he dies or is slain, will you turn back on your heels? Anyone who turns back on his heels will not harm Allah in any way, and Allah…

Descent of the first revelation (Wahy)

SHAFAQNA- Shias commentators believe that Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H&H.P) was appointed on 27th of Rajab, five years after the rehabilitation of Kaaba. He was forty years old at that time. Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H&H.P) had come to…

Over 30 Questions Answered by Imam Hassan (A.S)

SHAFAQNA- The following sayings, maxims, and words of wisdom are related to the pious grandson of the Prophet (P.B.U.H&H.P) Abu Muhammed Al-Hassan bin Ali (A.S). The following are his answers about questions that were put by his father,…

The Tragic Ending

SHAFAQNA- It was not politically feasible for al-Mamoon to reach Baghdad accompanied by Imam al-Ridha (AS), for that would stir the winds of dissension against him and he might not be strong enough to withstand them. From this standpoint, our…

Screening MRI for Breast Cancer in Younger Women Sufficient Screening MRI for Breast Cancer in Younger Women Sufficient

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SHAFAQNA- Screening mammography is not needed in addition to MRI for early detection in younger women who are at risk for breast cancer, according to a study presentedat RSNA 2016. Researchers in the Netherlands performed a retrospective review…