Islam in the West: Past, Present, and Future

SHAFAQNA - By Dr. John Andrew Morrow (al-Ustadh al-Duktur Ilyas Islam) Delivered in Phoenix, Arizona, on Saturday, December 24th, 2016, at the 46st Annual Muslim Students Association – Persian-Speaking Group Conference. In the Name of…

Saudi Arabia invites Iran to discuss Hajj: Reports

SHAFAQNA - London-based daily al-Hayat reported that Saudi Pilgrimage Minister Mohammed Bentin had opened discussions with more than 80 countries, including Iran, to work out the details of the 2017 Hajj. “Iran’s hajj delegation was…

First anniversary of Sheikh Nimr's execution to be commemorated in Germany

SHAFAQNA - A memorial service is planned to be held in Berlin, Germany, for Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who was executed by Saudi Arabia in January. Bahraini Cultural-Social Center in the German capital will hold the event on Tuesday…

New Petition against arming of Saudi Arabia gains traction in the UK

SHAFAQNA - A new petition calling for an end to Britain’s military support of Saudi Arabia via arm sales against impoverished Yemen was launched this December in the hope that 2017 would spell respite and not wanton massacre. For almost…

Can the presents given during engagement period be taken back? The Grand Ayatollah Shahroodi’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Shahroodi answered a question about taking back presents given during engagement period. Question: A man and a woman are engaged, and have exchanged presents during engagement period, but after a while the engagement…

Speaking up against Yemen’s War - The Genocide we don’t talk about

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SHAFAQNA - As we prepare to pull the curtain on 2016 I believe we ought to reflect on what it is we are leaving behind, so that maybe we would learn not to repeat in our errors, misgivings and otherwise laggings. By all accounts 2016 has…

The Peace Treaty of Imam Hassan with Muawiya - Documentary

SHAFAQNA - A documentary that delves into the motives behind the peace treaty of Imam Al Hassan (as) and clarifies some of the prominent misconceptions.

Do Shias hate the companions? Part 2 - Sayed Moustafa Al-Qazwini

SHAFAQNA - Sayed Moustafa Al-Qazwini distinguishes some of the most controversial aspects in shia Islam. Source - AhlulBayt TV

Do Shias hate the companions? Part 1 - Sayed Moustafa Al-Qazwini

SHAFAQNA - Sayed Moustafa Al-Qazwini distinguishes some of the most controversial aspects in shia Islam. Source - AhlulBayt TV

The effects of genuine repentance according to the holy Quran

SHAFAQNA - Some of the important effects of genuine repenting according to the holy Quran are outlined below. 1. The increase in wealth and Divine Blessings (Ayah 52, Surah Al-Hud). 2. The increase in strength and power (Ayah 52, Surah Al-Hud). 3.…

Allah's Confidential Talk To Prophet Moses (A.S)

SHAFAQNA- The following are Allah's confidential talks to Moses (A.S) the prophet, son of Imran. 1- O’ Moses, do not have a long expectation in this world lest your heart will be hard. The hard-hearted are far away from Me. Deaden your heart…

Investing for the Hereafter

SHAFAQNA- Zubaydah was the wife of Haroon al-Rasheed, the Abbasid Caliph and also a secret follower of Imam Kazim (A.S), Being the wife of the caliph and by virtue of being a queen, she was the most important woman of her time. It is related…

Imam Reza’s (A.S) Historic letter to Shias as narrated by Abdolazim Hassani

SHAFAQNA- In Bihar al-Anwar, volume 72, a narrative is quoted from Hazrat Abdol Azim (A.S) which is Imam Reza’s message to Shias. In part of the narrative, it reads: “O Abdolazim! Convey my greetings to my followers, and advise them not…

Sheikh Mustafa Ismail’s Final Quran Recitation

SHAFAQNA- The prominent Quran master died on December 26, 1978. A few days earlier, on December 22 that year, he recited verses from the Holy Quran (verses 17 to 34 of Surah Kahf) before Friday prayers and at al-Bahr Mosque that had just been…

Calgary Muslim Group Clears Snow, Spreads Christmas Cheer

SHAFAQNA- "Oh my goodness, I was emotional," Russell told CBC News. "They are just so humble and kind." Members of the Islamic Association of Northwest Calgary hit the streets every Christmas to shovel sidewalks and driveways and handout…

Police Investigating Arson at Netherlands Mosque

SHAFAQNA- The Dutch police and Muslim community believe that the fire was deliberately started by an arsonist, media sources said. The fire reportedly started at the pool and spread to the whole building, leading to substantial damages. The…

Determining when early breast cancer is aggressive — and when it’s not

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SHAFAQNA- When a woman is diagnosed with the earliest stage of breast cancer, how aggressive should her treatment be? Will the noninvasive cancer become invasive? Or is it a slow-growing variety that will likely never be harmful? Seeking to…

Health Care Spending Mostly Goes To Diabetes, Heart Disease And Back Pain

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SHAFAQNA- It is well known that Americans have the most expensive health care spending in the world as reported earlier. However, as to what diseases Americans spend the most money on is not very clear. A recent study announces that the top…

Bahrainis continue sit-in protest in front of Sheikh Issa Qassim's residence in Diraz

SHAFAQNA - The sit-in started when the Bahraini authorities stormed Sheikh Qassim’s residence to hold him under arrest over the content of sermons he delivered called the regime to make social reforms and practice equity amongst the people. Earlier,…

A short biography of Umm al Baneen (a.s.)

SHAFAQNA - Some years after the martyrdom of Hazrat Fatima Zahra -S.A- Imam Ali -A.S- expressed his desire to his brother Aqil bin Abu Talib -A.S) to marry a woman of a brave tribe. Hazrat Aqeel was a very knowledgeable in tribe genealogy and…

Redacting Islam – Wahhabi cleric takes a sledge hammer to Islamic History to justify genocide

SHAFAQNA - Earlier this December Saudi Arabia Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah al ash-Sheikh… also known as the eye of Sauron in certain circles, sat before his cheerleaders in fanaticism to casually redact one of Islam’s most…

Is eyebrow transplant allowed for women? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about eyebrow transplantation for women. Question: Is eyebrow transplant allowed for women or not? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani: If there is no hair growth by having eyebrow transplantation,…

How should a man and his fiancée behave during engagement period? The Grand Ayatollah Safi’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Safi answered a question about how a man and his fiancée must behave during engagement period. Question: How should a man and his fiancée behave, should he fulfil all her requests? The Grand Ayatollah Safi:…

Nabeel Rajab is released on bail

SHAFAQNA - Prominent Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab has been released from prison on bail, following a seven-month pre-trial detainment over a series of tweets, but was ordered back into custody over separate investigations. Rajab’s…

Nigerian rights group urges unconditional release of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky

SHAFAQNA - "Any further delay in releasing Zakzaky will represent a direct and serious affront to the rule of law, a hardening of dictatorship behavior in a democratic government and a dangerous abuse of power,” said the Executive Director…

Conference in memory of grand Ayatollah Sayed Mohammad Hadi Milani will be held in Qum on Thursday

SHAFAQNA - A conference in memory of grand Ayatollah Sayed Mohammad Hadi Milani will be held in Qum on Thursday. This event will include lectures by grate scholars such as grand ayatollah Subhani, Ayatollah Ustadi and Ayatollah S.F Milani, each…

The Jews of Yemen - Surviving Saudi Arabia’s grand religious cleanse

SHAFAQNA - A gem hidden deep in Arabia, Yemen’s history still echoes of the footsteps of some of the world’s most prominent historical, and religious figures. The land time forgot, a land made red and gold by the intensity of its Sun, Yemen’s…

Yemen’s Reconstruction Fund – Pushing back against the war narrative

SHAFAQNA - It is no secret anymore that Yemen has cracked and burnt under the genocidal hand of Saudi Arabia – the grand Wahhabist kingdom of exclusion and all things vengeful. While figures vary greatly depending on the institution speaking…