Shia Islam: temporary marriage / 17

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Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī Temporary marriage Our discussions here are mainly focused on Shīʿa doctrines and beliefs rather than legal and practical issues. However, some Shi’a practices are occasionally…

Shia Islam: the Rajʿa /16

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Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī The Rajʿa as depicted in the Qur’an and traditions The Shīʿa are often criticized for believing in the Rajʿa, which is mentioned in some Qur’anic verses and narrations.…

Why do Shi’a say “Allahumma salli ‘ala Muhammad wa Ali Muhammad”

SHAFAQNA - When invoking blessings {salawat} on Muhammad (S), why do you also associate his progeny {a} to him by saying, “Allahumma salli ‘ala Muhammad wa Ali Muhammad” {“O Allah! Bless Muhammad and the progeny of Muhammad”}? Reply:…

What Viking Mythology and Islam have in Common by Rayhan Al-Safawi

SHAFAQNA - The acquisition of knowledge and wisdom is of primary importance in Viking mythology and Islam. Sacrifices are needed in order to gain wisdom. In Norse (Viking) mythology, Odin is the father of the god of thunder Thor. Odin is…

Saudi General abuses protesters

SHAFAQNA - Ahmad Al-Asiri – Saudi General who is an ally of Senator McCain, Samantha Power, Al Qaeda and Neoliberals. You are unlikely to read any thing critical about him from sectarian bigots like Dexter Filkins. Like many of the “generals”…

Taliban mortar attack kills five civilians in northern Afghanistan

SHAFAQNA - A mortar attack by Taliban militants has killed five civilians of one family, including four children, in Afghanistan's northern province of Takhar. Sunatullah Timor, the provincial governor's spokesman, said on Friday that the…

Four countries face serious risk of famine: FSIN

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SHAFAQNA - Global food crises notably deteriorated last year, a report says, adding that conditions will further worsen in 2017. According to a report by the Food Security Information Network (FSIN) on Friday, there is an increasing risk…

At least 22 martyred, 70 wounded in market blast in Pakistan Shiite area

SHAFAQNA - At least 22 people were martyred and 70 wounded Friday when a car bomb tore through a market in a mainly Shiite area of Pakistan’s tribal belt, officials said, in an attack claimed by the Taliban. The military said it was sending…

US ignores human rights condition to sell Bahrain F-16 jets

SHAFAQNA - The US State Department informed Congress on Wednesday that it plans to approve a request by the Persian Gulf nation to purchase 19 of the jets from Lockheed Martin worth up to $2.7 billion. The figure would reach $4.9 billion…

President Rouhani: "Halal Tourism in Iran can turn into a global brand"

SHAFAQNA - Halal tourism is a subcategory of tourism which is geared towards Muslim families who abide by rules of Islam. The hotels in such destinations do not serve alcohol and have separate swimming pools and spa facilities for men and women. President…

Netanyahu pledges to go ahead with new settlement plan in West Bank

SHAFAQNA - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to move ahead with a plan to create Israel's first new settlement in the occupied West Bank in more than 20 years, snubbing a recently passed UN resolution and global concerns over the…

BOOK RELEASE - Debates of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh): With Scholars and Representatives of Other Religions

SHAFAQNA - Veritas-Publishing released this March the first of a series of volume dedicated to the propagation of Shia Islam in the Western world as part of a comprehensive efforts to promote tolerance, education and understanding in between…

50 Slaves doing prostration to Imam Alī an-Naqī (A.S)

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SHAFAQNA- It is narrated from Muhammad Hamdan, from Ibrahim Baltun, from his father, he said: “I was one of the gatekeepers of Mutawaakil. One day fifty slaves were gifted to him by Khazar, Mutawakkil ordered me to take their custody and…

Imam Muhammed Al-Baqir (A.S) Conversation with a Christian Scholar

SHAFAQNA- Imam Sadiq (A.S) said, "one day I and my father came out of the assembly of Hisham. We happened to pass by a place where a group of Christians had come to ask questions from their scholar. We too went there to see what the affair…

Morality of Imam al-Hadi (A.S)

SHAFAQNA- Abu-Hashim Ja`fari has reported: I was afflicted with a bad poverty; so, I went to Abu’l-Hasan `Ali ibn Muhammad. When I sat in his presence, he asked, “Abu-Hashim! Which of the bounties of your Lord will you thank?” I could…

Martyrdom of Imam Ali-un-Naqi al-Hadi (A.S)

SHAFAQNA- Imam al-Hadi (A.S) suffered pressing misfortunes and distresses from the Abbasid tyrants. They spared no effort in oppressing and harming him. Al-Mutawakkil was the most spiteful towards Imam al-Hadi (A.S) from among all the Abbasid…

My conversion story Lisa …

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SHAFAQNA - I have chosen to remain anonymous to better share my story with Shafaqna. Better yet I have asked Shafaqna Editorial team to convey my story in their own words so that you would hear me better. I am not a writer and I’m much more…

Al Jazeera’s Fall From Grace – How A News Outlet Became A Tool Of The State

SHAFAQNA - Long a prominent voice in the Arabic-speaking world, Al Jazeera has more recently become a notable force in Western media. Despite receiving all of its funding from the government of Qatar, Al Jazeera English – in contrast to other…

Henry Kissinger’s Food Occupation Of Iraq Continues To Destroy The Fertile Crescent

SHAFAQNA - The Iraq of today is associated with horrific violence, a refugee crisis and widespread poverty. The images we see flashed across the news show nothing but terror and misery. But it hasn’t always been this way. Modern-day…

The Gift of Rajab

SHAFAQNA - It’s that busy time of year again. With all the end-of-year assignments, summer courses, and work in general, busyness is a tempting excuse to just do our daily obligations. Of course, Allah loves us too much to let us fall behind…

We are not the world: Inside the “perfect storm” of famine

SHAFAQNA - Like the four countries facing extreme hunger crises today, the famine that gripped Ethiopia from 1983 to 1985 struggled for attention until it was far too late. There was conflict. There had been years of consecutive drought –…

Roman Catholic priest, Idris Tawfiq, who became a Muslim

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SHAFQNA- “At that moment the call to prayer was made and everyone got ready and stood in lines to pray. I sat at the back, and I cried and cried. Then I said to myself: Who am I trying to fool? After they ended their prayers, I headed to Yusuf…

Baghdad University Hosts Quran Recitation Session

SHAFAQNA- The University of Baghdad in Iraq played host to a Quran recitation session on Wednesday. According to Qaaf news agency, it was held at the Ibn Rushd (Averroes) Hall of the university’s Faculty of Humanities. It came after…

Jail, Death Sentences Given to Dissidents in Bahrain

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SHAFAQNA- A Bahraini court handed down a jail sentence to a leader of the banned opposition al-Wefaq National Islamic Society and death and jail sentences to other anti-regime activists. Hassan Isa, one of the leaders of al-Wefaq National…

Why I converted from Sunni to Shia Islam

SHAFAQNA - Shafaqna has opened a special section dedicated to Shia converts and the experiences they went through on their journey to truth. Our ambition is to open an honest conversation within the community so that we could better ourselves,…

The effect of arrogance on wisdom

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Mohammad Baqer (AS) who said: No amount of arrogance enters the human being’s heart, unless more or less to the same amount will be deducted from his/her wisdom [1]. [1] Beharul Anwaar, Vol. 75, page…

Israeli forces kill Palestinian woman over alleged stabbing attempt

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SHAFAQNA - Israeli forces have shot dead a Palestinian woman for allegedly attempting to carry out a stabbing attack in the Old City of the occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds. Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri claimed in a statement…

Top French banks, insurer financing Israeli settlements: NGO

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SHAFAQNA - Several human rights organizations have exposed the complicity of four major French banks and an insurance company in financing Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. The revelation was made in a Wednesday report…