Islam and Modernism: Consolidation or Conflict?

SHAFAQNA - In the history of civilizations, Islam stands as a pinnacle between the Dark ages and the Renaissance period. Although ” Islamic civilization” cannot be treated a purely sociological implication; in spite of its pristine religious…

The First Covenant

SHAFAQNA - Allah says in the Qur'an:- “And when thy Lord drew forth their posterity from the loins of the sons of Adam, and took them to witness against themselves (saying), 'Am I not your Lord?' They answered, 'Yes, we do bear witness,'…

What is the Soul?

SHAFAQNA - There are two words in Arabic: 'Nafs' (soul) and 'Ruh' (spirit). Some scholars think that both are synonymous; others say that they represent two different things. But then they can not decide what those two things are. Every one…

Discussion in Australia on Muslim rights

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SHAFAQNA - Muslim community leaders gathered in Astoria, Queens, New York City, to address legal and social issues facing American Muslims in Trump era, discussing travel ban, immigrant rights and mosque operations. "It’s good to know…

Iran to Hold Quranic Course in Senegal

SHAFAQNA - The Iranian Cultural Center in Senegal will organize the second edition of an advanced course on Tajweed recitation of the Quran. According to the website of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO), to which the…

Iranian calligrapher donates rare Quran to Astan of Hazrat Abbas

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SHAFAQNA - Iranian artist and calligrapher Seyed Ali Asghar Mousavian donated a rare copy of the Quran that he has calligraphed to the Astan (custodianship) of Hazrat Abbas (AS) holy shrine in Karbala, Iraq. The copy includes calligraphy of…

English Pakistani Sunni scholars pilgrimage Imam Reza holy shrine

SHAFAQNA - Twenty Sunni scholars from Pakistan living in England went on pilgrimage of Razavi Holy Shrine in Razavi Karamat Ten Days Celebration. According to Astan News, head of this group said, “A 20-person group including prominent and…

What is the point of Tawaf-al-Nesa when Hajj is performed on behalf of someone else? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about Tawaf-al-Nesa. Question: What is the point of Tawaf-al-Nesa when Hajj is performed on behalf of someone else; and when the husband and wife are dead? The Grand Ayatollah…

Putin orders 755 US diplomatic staff to leave

SHAFAQNA- Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that 755 staff must leave US diplomatic missions, in retaliation for new US sanctions against Moscow. The decision to expel staff was made on Friday, but Putin has now confirmed…

Walnut staves off heart disease, cancer and dementia

SHAFAQNA- Eating a small bag of walnuts a day can reduce our risk of heart disease, cancer and dementia, according to new research. Just two ounces – about 28 walnut halves, or a small bag – improve digestive health by nourishing friendly…

Selection of the Imam is Done by God

SHAFAQNA- The Imam (A.S.) assured the person who inquired about these qualifications that the nation cannot be left to choose its imamwithout statements in this regard made by the Prophet (S.A.W.) who in turn conveys God's commandments related…

Can reading the Quran's translation be beneficial?‎

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SHAFAQNA- Question: I was reciting the translation of the Quran and someone saw me and said I was just reading and not reciting, except that I read the Arabic text, though I can't read the Arabic text and don't want to try its transliteration…

Mulla Sadra: Greatest Philosopher

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SHAFAQNA- Mulla Sadra was an Iranian Muslim philosopher who led the Iranian cultural renaissance in the 17th century. Iranians annually celebrate his birth anniversary as Mulla Sadra Day on May 22. Mulla Sadra is considered the greatest Iranian…

Help to a victim of domestic violence has led a UK policewoman to Islam

SHAFAQNA- The 28-year-old Briton came to know about Islam while helping a victim of domestic violence in Eccles, Salford. “It started when I had a woman approach me at work who was experiencing honor-based violence,”she said. I wasn’t…

Saudi Arabia Politicizing Hajj: Qatar

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SHAFAQNA- Qatar's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said on Saturday that Qatari citizens have been told they can only enter Saudi Arabia through two airports, and that they must travel via Doha to be allowed in. This would be challenging…

Iran’s Leader urges Saudi Arabia to ensure Hajj security

SHAFAQNA- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Sunday urged Saudi Arabia to ensure all Hajj pilgrims’ security. “Ensuring security, dignity, welfare and comfort of all Hajj pilgrims, Iranians’ in particular,…

Pakistan to elect new prime minister on Tuesday

SHAFAQNA- Pakistan's parliament will meet on Tuesday to elect a new prime minister after the Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz Sharif following an investigation into corruption allegations against his family. The ruling party named…

The Grand Ayatollah Makarem’s Fatwa about hunting and animal rights

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi answered questions about hunting and animal rights. Question: What is the point of view of the religion about animal rights? What is the ruling about harming animals which do not bother human…

A documentary: Al-Sadiq and Al-Zahra Schools in its 25th anniversary

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Shafaqna -  This Saturday Al Khoei Foundation marked the 25th anniversary of the foundation of Imam Sadiq School in London, an achievement the local community welcomed as proof that education remains an integral part of one’s religious achievement.…

Miracles Imam Ali Musa ar-Reza (A.S.)

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SHAFAQNA- Poem by: By: Ku Midhat Created him from light Allah And gave him power and might Allah Wrote his name on Laoh-e-Mahfooz As eighth Imam on Laohe-e Mahfooz Reza�s grandma was Hakeema Saw Prophet in dream Hakeema Said Prophet…

Western Aggression Backed by Western Media

SHAFAQNA- By Global Research News The Western allies never run dry of resources to support their global war of terror and aggression, ostensibly an integral part of their foreign policy. They dynamically legislate laws lest the people awaken.…

Islamic State Still Has 20,000 Fighters in Syria and Iraq

SHAFAQNA- By South Front The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies entered the Sukhna gas field located in less than 2km from the strategic ISIS-held town at the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor road. Heavy clashes are reportedly now ongoing in the gas…

Unpalatable hypocrisy - Media cry over alleged mistreatment of Terror militants in Iraq

SHAFAQNA - If I was to bring Iraq’s war against the terror of Daesh to one moment in time I must say that the desperate cry for help of a Yazidi MP before parliament remains etched in my mind. On her face I saw such despair, such bewilderment…

Imamat, Pinnacle Honor of Prophet Ibrahim: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:124, Part-I) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:124, Part-I) By: Mohammad Sobhanie Imamat, Pinnacle Honor of Prophet Ibrahim بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَإِذِ ابْتَلَىٰ إِبْرَاهِيمَ…

Saudi Arabia set to execute 14 death row prisoners - No turning back said Saudi official

SHAFAQNA - Unknown to many for few media outlets have dared speak against Saudi Arabia's murderous tendencies, the kingdom has systematically - and one must in all impunity, executed an average of one person per day over the past 4 weeks alone,…

Speaking Iraq out of Terrorism and Occupation - How Ayatollah Sistani inspired national resistance

SHAFAQNA - “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. Nelson Mandela In the case of Iraq and Iraq’s brilliant victory…

Waking up a person for Salaat despite knowing he gets upset / the Grand Ayatollah Shobairi’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi Zanjani answered a question about waking up a person for Salaat despite knowing that he/she may get upset. Question: A person is heavy sleeper, and gets upset when we wake him up for dawn Salaat. Is…

Saudi Shias told to leave Awamiyah or die

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SHAFAQNA- Local sources in the al-Awamiyah town in Saudi Arabia’s Shia-populated Eastern Province say the locals have been told to either leave their homes or face death at the hands of security forces. Since the early hours of Saturday,…