Volunteering with A World Without Barriers - Sayyid Mohammad

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SHAFAQNA - We asked Sayyid Mohammad, a dentist who dedicates a lot of his time to volunteer for the charity organisation A World Without Barriers a few questions about his experiences in Iraq and fundraising for the charity. Below are his beautiful,…

What is life of the human being?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Ali (AS) who said: The body has six conditions: Health, illness, death, life, sleep, wakefulness. The soul is also the same: The life of the soul is its knowledge; and ignorance is its death, doubt its illness,…

Khums on Profit

SHAFAQNA- Q: One started a business with a khums-paid capital which provides him with monthly earnings. He owes money to people and people also owe him money. He, also, helps others financially without compensation and has no independent…

Humanity in Nahjul Balagha - Dr Rebecca Masterton

SHAFAQNA-Islamic Thought Academic Nahjul Balagha Conference 2012 took place in Peterborough on 30th September 2012. This academic conference explored in depth the wide-ranging themes of faith, humanity and politics in the sermons, letters and…

Indian PM finally decries mob lynching against Muslims

SHAFAQNA- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday warned cow vigilantes against indulging in violence in the name of cow protection after large number of demonstrations against the violence.. This is the first time that Modi has condemned…

Entire families wiped out in London tower block fire

SHAFAQNA- Elham Asaad Buaras Thirty people have died and 12 are in critical condition, in a West London tower block fire that started just after 1 am in the early hours of June 14. With entire families from Grenfell Tower in North Kensington…

Muhammad ibn Ya'qub al-Kulayni

SHAFAQNA- Abu Ja'far Muhammad ibn Ya'qub ibn Ishaq al-Kulayni al-Razi (Persian: شیخ ابوجعفر محمّد بن یعقوب بن اسحاق رازی; c. 250 AH/864 CE - 329 AH/941 CE). was a Persian Shiahadith collector. Life Al-Kulayni…

US travel ban discriminates against Muslims: Former US diplomat

HAFAQNA-Several American and foreign organizations have criticized the US Supreme Court’s decision allowing parts of President Donald Trump’s travel ban to go into effect. They are urging institutions like the US Congress to take action…

Shift work may damage DNA, increase risk for chronic disease

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HAFAQNA- When people work the night shift, their bodies might have less capacity to repair everyday damage to cells' DNA, a new study found. The research found that people excreted lower levels of a chemical called 8-OH-dG when they worked…

China’s oldest mosque in Beijing

HAFAQNA- Mosque “Nyvjyh” in Beijing, one of the capital’s historic old mosques located in the area Muslims. Nyvjyh ancient mosque and the mosque Prshkvhtryn Beijing, one of China’s famous mosque was built in 996 AD.

To defeat Trumpism, American Jews need to stand with Muslims

SHAFAQNA - The following is a guest post by Jon Sussman, a researcher for UNITE HERE, the hospitality workers’ union. Sussman has lived in Baltimore since 2014. He graduated with a B.A. in English and the History of Ideas from Brandeis…

New York's Yemeni Muslims on Trump's unblocked travel ban: 'It's petrifying'

SHAFAQNA - As Donald Trump's oft-promised travel ban finally comes into effect after a number of legal battles, members of communities in the US set to be hit by the ban fear what it will mean for the futures of both their families and themselves. Portions…

Iraqi PM declares "end of ISIS state of falsehood" after capture of Mosul mosque

SHAFAQNA - ISIS' "state of falsehood" has come to an end, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Thursday, after Iraqi troops captured the wrecked historic mosque of Mosul in which the terrorists declared their self-styled caliphate three…

Summer Quranic Course for Women Planned in Karbala

SHAFAQNA - The 4th edition of a Quran memorization course will be organized for women in the holy city of Karbala, Iraq, this summer. According to the website of the Astan (custodianship) of Imam Hussein’s (AS) holy shrine, the Quran Teaching…

Lebanese Calligrapher Pens The Quran in Complex Diwani Font

SHAFAQNA -  Lebanese calligrapher Mahmoud Baayoun realized an achievement after penning 800 pages (front only) of the Quran in the Diwani font. This font is so complex that it cannot be computerized like the rest of the fonts which are Roukaï,…

When is Hajj in 2017 - and what is the Muslim pilgrimage?

SHAFAQNA - An annual Muslim pilgrimage - and one of the most eagerly-anticipated religious events of the calendar year - is coming. Hajj will take place later this summer and is more commonly known as the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. It…

Something old, something new: The courtship rituals of today’s young Muslims

SHAFAQNA - As young people attempt to align their religious and cultural values with Western culture, many are increasingly moving their search online. Growing up, Olivia Smith-Elnaggar was definitely a romantic. “We watch movies and we…

Not In My Name: Indians protest attacks on Muslims

SHAFAQNA - Demonstrators stage silent protests in at least 10 Indian cities against wave of attacks on Muslims by 'cow vigilantes'. Thousands of people have turned out in protests across India against a wave of attacks on Muslims by mobs…

#SAVEALBAQEE - World Religious Heritage

SHAFAQNA - Since its inception the Baqee Org. has campaigned for the protection of the World Religious Heritage with the understanding that religious freedom is unconditional. As long as religious communities will suffer under the weight…

Bahraini detainee not allowed to meet his family or lawyer since 8 months of arrest

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SHAFAQNA - Family of detainee Sayed Alawi Sayed Hussein expressed deep concerns over his health and wellbeing following 8 months of arrest, without being allowed to meet his family or lawyer. The family stressed in a statement on Monday (June…

Protest against Shia killings in Pakistan continues for 6th day

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SHAFAQNA - Members of the Shia community in Pakistan's northwestern city of Parachinar have continued their sit-in protest for the sixth consecutive day after twin terror attacks killed at least 75 people and injured over 300 there on Friday. Pakistani…

Rights activists call for Sheikh Zakzaky immediate release

SHAFAQNA - An advocacy group, Concerned Nigerians has requested that the leader of Nigeria’s Islamic Movement, Ibrahim Yaqoub El Zakzaky be released to them. The group further accused the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed,…

Fall of Daesh in Mosul - Iraq liberates Daesh stronghold

SHAFAQNA - The Iraqi army has recaptured the venue of the iconic Grand al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul, with the country’s state TV implying the liberation of the city, which has been under Daesh control since 2014. “Their fictitious state has…

Dua and submission to the will of Allah (SWT)

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated that a child of Imam Sadeq (AS) was very ill, and Imam (AS) was reciting Dua and begging God. Suddenly a noise was heard from the room, Imam (AS) went to see what happened, and some moments later he came out of the…

Could grapefruit juice protect against diabetes?

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SHAFAQNA- “Grapefruit juice 'could be the key to weight loss’,'' is the misleading headline in The Daily Telegraph. It reports on a study in which mice fed a combination of a high-fat diet and grapefruit juice still put on weight –…

The characteristics of the companions of Mahdi (PBUH)

SHAFAQNA- At the end of this section, we will name some of the characteristics of Imam Mahdi’s (PBUH) companions extracted from the Ahadith: In comparison with the 16th and 17th century, people tend to reach unity in today’s world…

The Significance of Arbaeen by Sheikh Bahmanpour

SHAFAQNA- The Significance of Arbaeen by Sheikh Bahmanpour

For Palestinians, gestures of religious unity between Muslims and Christians are not rare, nor are they new.

SHAFAQNA- A Christian Palestinian warmed many hearts when a video of him reciting the Muslim call to prayer at the time of breaking fasts began to circulate online. Palestinian Christian Nael Ghantous was filmed as he called for prayer at…