Will surgery sap your brain power?

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SHAFAQNA- Colin Wahl, a market research consultant in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, was recovering nicely from triple bypass surgery last year when he noticed a white spot on the incision. It proved to be an obstinate infection that required…

Cancer patients could be spared gruelling chemotherapy after huge breakthrough

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SHAFAQNA- Cancer researchers have made a breakthrough that could see some patients being spared gruelling chemotherapy. Experts at Queen’s University Belfast believe treating bowel tumours could now be “tailored” depending on the…

The Suspension of Revelation

SHAFAQNA- ص و القرآن ذي الذكر By the Qur’an bearing the Reminder1 This post is the sixth in a series of summaries of Ayatollah Hādī Ma’rifat’s book entitled, Amūzish Ulūm Qurānī (Learning the Qurānic Sciences).…

Diva Allott, British New Muslim, Ramadan means so much to me

SHAFAQNA- My name is Diva Allott, I’m a British Muslim Revert. Diva is my given name and I don’t have a Muslim name as after thorough research I never found it to have a bad meaning. I reverted when I was 17 years old. The events that…

Imam Ali (A.S) The First Compiler Of Holy Quran

SHAFAQNA- Inna 'Aliyyan ma'a al-Qur'an wa al-Qur'an ma'a 'Ali, lan-Yatafarraqa hatta yarida 'alayya al-hawz (Indeed, 'Ali is with the Qur'an and the Qur'an is with 'Ali, the two will never separate even when they return to me at the poll [of…

Ramadan Special 2017: An Iftar Party Menu to impress your friends and family!

SHAFAQNA - Our editorial team has asked our readers to share with us their Ramadan experience - might it be sharing in their own tradition, food preferences or spiritual advices, so that in turn we could share them with the broader community. Following…

13 delicious places in London to break your fast during Ramadan

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SHAFAQNA - If you are fasting, then you already know that one of your favourite parts of the day is Iftar. After spending daylight hours abstaining from food and drink the time has now come to break fast, relax and basically eat as much as…

The Ways Everyday Muslims Prove Hatemongers Wrong

SHAFAQNA - Hateful bloggers collect every negative news item on the Muslim world to fit their narrative. They share the supremacism, sexism and homophobia of anti-Semitic and anti-Ahmadi Muslim speakers who unwittingly participate in their…

On the Occasion of the Demise Anniversary of Ayatollah Khomeini: On the role of religious leaders in guiding Community seminar to be held in Bosnia

SHAFAQNA - A seminar entitled "The Role and Responsibility of Religious and Social Leaders in Guiding Community" will be held on June 3, in Bosnia and Herzegovina with the contribution of the Islamic Republic of Iran. On the occasion of the…

First English Ph.D. dissertation on Shia jurisprudence defended in Qom seminary

SHAFAQNA - A Ph.D. dissertation on Shia jurisprudence written in English language was defended by Hujjat al-Islam Jahangiri in the seminary of Qom. The doctoral dissertation defense was held at the International Institute for Islamic Studies…

The latest No. of magazine English-language 'Message of Thaqalayn' published

SHAFAQNA - The latest issue of English-language 'Message of Thaqalayn' published by Ahlul Bayt World Assembly. Table of Contents are as follow: Volume 17, Number 4, Winter 1438/2017 Introducing Imam Husayn to Humanity: Spiritual Advice…

Does fasting become void if a person decides to make it void but changes his/her mind before it happens? The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi Zanjani answered a question about deciding to make fasting void. Question: If a person decides definitely to make his/her fasting void (Batel) but changes his/her mind before making it void; does his/her…

Massive car bomb in Kabul, Over 70 dead and 350 injured

SHAFAQNA- Horror and chaos grip the Afghan capital Kabul following a huge car bomb explosion, which according to the Health Ministry has so far claimed at least 80 lives and wounded over 350 others. The bomb exploded near the presidential…

Ramadhan Reflections - Brother Milad Shafii

SHAFAQNA - Shahr Ramadhan is always an interesting time as one question that raises itself by many colleagues is why do we fast, and another question that is asked by EVERYONE is why are there parts in the Earth which have in excess of 24 hours…

Education of Imam Ali (A.S)

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SHAFAQNA- The commander of the faithful, Imam Ali (A.S) is the first perfect example of the education and training of the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H&H.P). Ali (A.S) was educated by the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H&H.P) from the period of his infancy.…

Considering that the Prophet of Islam (S) performed his prayers ordinarily in five separate times, why do Shias perform the obligatory daily prayers in three times? Why do they base their arguments on only a few instances of the Prophet`s conducts?

SHAFAQNA- Complete Question Shiites perform their prayers in three times according to a few narrations about the Holy Prophet\'s act of combining the prayers. According to reason and logic, one should support and adhere to those acts which…

Muslims in Canada Volunteer to Help Famine Victims

SHAFAQNA- From Toronto to Ottawa and Calgary, Canadian Muslims are volunteering to pack supply kids to help families facing famine in East Africa, as they mark the holy month of Ramadan. “Ramadan is the time for us to show support to others,…

Sahife Sajjadiya, Blessing upon Muhammad and his Household

SHAFAQNA- .فختم بنا علي جميع من ذرء ، و جعلنا شهداء علي من جحد ، و كثرنا بمنه علي من قل .اللهم فصل علي محمد امينك علي وحيك ، و نجيبك من خلقك…

California Sets Aside August to Honor Muslims

SHAFAQNA- In a move to counter anti-Muslim sentiment, the California Assembly has designated August as Muslim appreciation and awareness month. According to the resolution, passed August 1, California has the largest Muslim-American population…

Malaysian Darul Quran to Be Upgraded to University College

SHAFAQNA- Effort is being made to upgrade Darul Quran, a religious institution under Malaysia's Islamic Development Department (Jakim), into a university college, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Jamil Khir Baharom. He…

Ramadan, a Training Session to Develop Taqwa

SHAFAQNA- A major difference between the Islamic Fast and mere starvation is that the Ramaḍān fast is an exercise in self-discipline involving food intake, use of tongue, hands, eyes, ears, thoughts, and sex, etc. Many of the undesirable…

Dua Al-Iftitah

SHAFAQNA- Dua Al-Iftitah Du' al-Iftitah was taught by the Imam Mahdi (ajtfs)  to recite every night during the month Ramadhan. The Du'a is excellent for molding man's attitude towards his Creator, as it discusses many aspects of the wretchedness…

After Manchester Wahhabi militants target Baghdad Shia neighbourhood

SHAFAQNA - While it is unlikely mainstream will look at both attacks: that of Manchester (UK) and Baghdad (Iraq) as the expression as the same vengeful narrative of sectarian exclusion and hate, our duty lies in speaking those truths few are…

Access to Justice decries continuous detention of Ayatollah Zakzaky

SHAFAQNA - Access to Justice (A2J) has decried the continuous detention of Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. The group in a statement by its Deputy Director, Adenike Aiyedun said the Federal Government has no powers to subvert the judgments of competent…

Bahraini forces seize control of house near Sheikh Qassim’s domicile, expel its owners

SHAFAQNA - The incidents of the bloody attack carried out on Diraz at the morning of (May 23, 2017) that left at least 5 martyrs and more than 100 injuries, 8 of whom are in the intensive care, haven't come to an end yet. The attack, in…

Translation of Al-Mizan Quran exegesis published in Turkey

SHAFAQNA - A Turkish translation of volume 13 of the Al-Mizan Exegesis of the Holy Quran was published in Turkey. The Al-Kawthar Cultural Institute has translated and published the work in cooperation with the Islamic Culture and Relations…

UN rights council names team to probe Myanmar Rohingya abuses

SHAFAQNA - The UN rights council on Tuesday named a three-person team to probe atrocities against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, a key step in an investigation already rejected by the country's government. The Geneva-based human rights council…

UN launches app to mark Ramadan

SHAFAQNA - To mark the holy month of Ramadan, ShareTheMeal, the official app of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is launching two fundraising campaigns. One of these campaigns will help prevent famine in Yemen and another will support…