British driver deliberately hits Muslim woman twice in Islamophobic attack

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SHAFAQNA- A muslim woman was the subject of a deliberate hit and run attack in London, reports said Wednesday. A driver identified as Paul Moore drove into a Somali woman named Zaynab Hussein, shortly before he tried to drive at a 12-year-old…

Parents, Muslim group welcome budget's $81 million for federal no-fly fixes

SHAFAQNA- Parents of young children and a national Muslim group are welcoming a federal budget commitment to address fairness and privacy concerns with Canada's no-fly list. The budget sets aside $81.4 million over five years, starting…

Who is Umm Al-Banin?

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…

The ruling on drawing faces of women with Hijab / The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s Fatwa

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SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about drawing faces of women with Hijab. Question: In some western countries, the drawing artist sits in public places and draws the faces of individuals in exchange for money. The…

Which three acts wise people should avoid?

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SHAFAQNA - Luqman the wise advised his son by saying: My dear son, I recommend to you to remember these three advice and act upon them: 1) Do not tell your secret to any one 2) Do not befriend the auditor and the government clerk 3) do not borrow…

Netherlands reduces sentences of mosque attack convicts

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SHAFAQNA- Netherlands (AA): A court in eastern Netherlands on Tuesday reduced the sentences of four convicts who were involved in a Molotov cocktail attack on a mosque in Enschede in 2016. Five convicts had been sentenced to four years…

Promoting Salaat, the best way to confront the cultural invasion

SHAFAQNA- Today at the meeting of promoting Salaat committee in Iranian city of Takestan, Iran which was attended by the city’s governor and authorities and head of promoting Salaat committee of Ghazvin province, Hujjat al-Islam Ali Islami…

Imam Musa ibn Jafar Al-Kadhim (A.S.)

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SHAFAQNA-Parents: Imam Ja’ffar al-Sadiq (a.s.) & Hameeda al-Barbariyyah Birth:     7th Safar 128 A.H. at Al-Abwa, between Mecca & Madina Titles:    Al-Kadhim (One who swallows anger), ‘Abdus-Saleh…

Canadian Judge Who Ordered Woman to Remove Hijab Loses Bid to Quash Investigation

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SHAFAQNA- That means more than three years after Judge Eliana Marengo told Rania El-Alloul to remove her hijab, an investigation by a special committee of the Quebec Council of the Magistrature can begin at last. Marengo tried to block…

From God-Awareness to Self-Awareness & Its Psychological Effects | Part 1

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SHAFAQNA- By Mas’ūd Nūr ‘Alīzādeh Edited by Saiyid Hasan Ali Rizvi The following is the 1st part of a series of translations of the book From God-Awareness to Self-Awareness & Its Psychological Effects By Mas’ūd…

Dealing with Seemingly Contradictory Ethical Verses & Traditions

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SHAFAQNA- The fact that many youth seem to see apparently contradictory ethical and moral admonitions in the Qur’ānic verses and traditions, often becomes the cause of confusion and a barrier to fulfill one’s moral duties correctly.…

Who is engaged in seditious activities within the Islamic Ummah?

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SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: Verily, among those who claim to be friends of Ahlul Bait (AS), there are individuals who engage in sedition (Fitnah) and they are worse than Dajjal. The narrator asked: For…

How to avoid Divine Torment?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Sadeq (AS) who said: Beware that the sinners will eventually be trapped in Divine Torment. But before they are inflicted with what God has destined for them, Allah (SWT) has given them respite. Therefore,…

Islamophobia – A tool to manage Britain's Muslims?

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SHAFAQNA- City Circle held a critical debate this week at Abrar House in London entitled 'Islamophobia: Define, Map, Tackle'.  Muslim terminology has increasingly been appropriated by those who hate it im the West. Neoconservatives, neoliberals,…

Islam, the Immortal Faith

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SHAFAQNA- It is a reality that, in the legislative system of Islam, human nature, which is the same at all times and in all places, has been taken into consideration and positive answers have been given to natural human wants and needs. A…

Israeli Navy kills Palestinian fisherman off Gaza coast

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SHAFAQNA- By Said Amouri   JERUSALEM (AA): At least one Palestinian fisherman was killed and two others injured when Israeli Navy opened fire at a fishing boat off Gaza’s coast, Israeli media reported. Two Israeli soldiers…

Imam Jafar Al-Sadiq (AS) Biography

SHAFAQNA-Name : Jaffer (a.s.) - the 6th Holy Imam Title : As-Sadiq, Sadiq-e-Aal-e-Mohammad(a.s.) Agnomen : Abu-Abdullah Father : Imam Mohammad Baqir(a.s.) - the 5th Holy Imam Mother : Umm-e-Farwa(a.s.) Birth : At Madina on 17th of…

Umm-al-Banin, the Mother of Hazrat Abbas (A.S.)

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SHAFAQNA-The woman, who bore and brought up a hero such as Hazrat Abbas (A.S.), the standard-bearer to Imam Hussain (A.S.), was Umm-al-Banin (A.S.). She was the daughter of Hazam ibn Khali and wife of Imam Ali (A.S.). She was from the courageous…

What is the best protection in this world?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Ali (AS) who said: The most destructive thing is doubt and anxiety; and the best protection comes from righteousness and avoiding (sins and forbidden acts as prescribed by Divine Commands) [1]. [1] Qorarul…

The ruling on pulling hair by women in tragedies / the Grand Ayatollah Hakim’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Mohammad Saeed Hakim answered a question about pulling hair by women in tragedies. Question: Is it allowed for a woman to pull her hair for tragedies of Imam Hussain (AS) because she says she is used…

Working Illegally in Foreign Countries and Lying to Obtain Asylum: Ayatullah Fayyad Answers

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SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Muhammad Ishaq Fayyad has answered two question about working illegally in foreign countries and lying to receive asylum.  Question: I live in Australia. The government does not allow us to work and my kids…

How did a Mormon get interested in Islam?

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SHAFAQNA- Alexander was born in Chicago in a Brazilian family with Mormon background. He used to go to the Mormon church every Sunday with his mother. But after entering the high school, he left all together and didn’t believe in any religion…

Sharif al-Murtaza

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SHAFAQNA- Abu al-Qāsim ‘Alī ibn Husayn al-Sharīf al-Murtadhā (Arabic: أبو القاسم علي بن الحسين الشريف المرتضى)[1] (commonly known as: Sharīf Murtadhā, Sayyid Murtadhā, (Murtazā instead of Murtadhā…

The best exercises to lower arthritis pain

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SHAFAQNA- Arthritis pain affects about 10 million people in the UK, according to the National Health Service (NHS). These are the best exercises to reduce and prevent joint pain and inflammation. Arthritis is a common condition that…

What are the special characteristics of pious human beings?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated that the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) told Imam Ali (AS): O’ Ali, a pious person has three characteristics: By righteous deeds reforms his/her relation with God; reforms his/her religion by knowledge; and likes/prefers…

Why religious ideas in the minds of believers need reforming?

SHAFAQNA - Our minds about religion must be reformed. Our thoughts about religion are wrong. I dare say: Apart from knowing about a few issues regarding prayers and dealings, we do not have the right ideas about religion. Apart from these, we…

The Purport of the Discourse on Ghadir

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SHAFAQNA- The available documents reveal that the words mawla (master) and vali (guardian) refer to the successor of the Holy Prophet of Islam and the Guardian of the Ummah of Islam, and that no other meaning can be applied to these two words.…