Life of Sayyid Fadlullah(ra)

SHAFAQNA - Birth and Childhood Sayyid Fadlullah was born in the city of Al-Najaf al-Ashraf in 1354H/1935. His father was living there to study Theology, and by the time the Sayyid was born, had already established himself as an outstanding…

Social backlash over Hollywood Blockbuster: Black Panther

SHAFAQNA - Black Panther has taken the world by storm, experiencing box office success across North America, Europe, Africa and, to many in Hollywood’s surprise given a long history of rejecting films with Black leads, Asia. Furthermore,…

Muslim comedian answers vile taunt - Punish a Muslim Day

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Earlier in March, a horrifying letter spread through the United Kingdom in the form of a flier advocating “Punish a Muslim Day”. The anonymous letter, which was sent to multiple people throughout the country, suggested that April 3 be…

Shiites in Bahrain are barred from praying

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SHAFAQNA - Under international law freedom of religion remains a principle no nation can, in theory at least, violate without fear of serious repercussions. And yet, country such as Bahrain have defied and defiled such law more times than anyone…

Born in Ka’aba

SHAFAQNA - Fatimah Bintal Asad bin Hashim (SA) was due to deliver her baby. She stood near Ka’aba and prayed to God by saying: O’ God, I believe in God and Divine Prophets, I believe in what my ancestor Ibrahim Al-Khalil (AS) said, the one…

The Soul Cries - Imam Ali poem

SHAFAQNA - The soul cries over this world and yet acknowledges that the happiness within it is to abandon what is within it There is no house for the individual to live in after death, except for the one that he built before his death And…

Imam Ali - The City of Knowledge

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali was born on the 13th of Rajab of the 30th year of the Elephant (A.D. 600). His cousin, Muhammad, was now 30 years old. Ali's parents were Abu Talib ibn Abdul Muttalib, and Fatima, the daughter of Asad, both of the clan of…

Indian editor arrested for fake news on Muslims attacking a monk

SHAFAQNA - Indian police have arrested the editor of a website for publishing a fake report that Muslims had attacked a monk from the Jain faith, officials said Friday. Mahesh Vikram Hegde was arrested in southern Karnataka state on Thursday…

Australia - Muslims decide to attend mass this Easter to promote tolerance

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SHAFAQNA - This Sunday, Catholic churches across Sydney, Australia will bear the usual signs of Easter: incense, fresh flowers, a lit Paschal candle — and a few rows of churchgoers wearing kufi and headscarves. Every year for the past 13…

‘Punish a Muslim Day’ Fliers Spur Warnings, Police Investigations

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SHAFAQNA - Authorities in the UK say that anonymous mailings of fliers advocating violence against Muslims on 3 April 2018 have triggered a counter-terrorism investigation. Fliers calling for violence against Muslims on 3 April 2018 (dubbed…

Fifth Edition of Nahj-ul-Balagha in Russian Published in Moscow

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SHAFAQNA - According to the Russian Islamic Studies Foundation, Sadra-Moscow Publication Institute has published the book, translated by Abdul Karim Taras Chernienko. The first edition of the book was published in 2007 by the House of Oriental…

Reciting Quran Great Way for Purification of Heart

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SHAFAQNA - If you want a heart that yearns for its Creator and is attracted to all that is good, then these are some recommendations of things that we can do to purify our hearts. Recite the Quran When we seek to purify our heart and…

Prominent Pakistani Shia scholar escapes takfiri-led attack

SHAFAQNA - Reports from Pakistan confirmed that prominent Shia scholar barely escaped an attack on his life. Pakistani security guards foiled the attempted murder on Allama Mousavi - renowned Shia religious scholar and secretary general…

Bahrain's regime targets children

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SHAFAQNA - In yet another display of violence, and it needs to be noted, disregard for international law and human decency, Manama has proven willing to target children as part of its repression campaign against pro-democracy activists. The…

Munich University Archaeologists visit Imam Ali shrine

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SHAFAQNA - Historians and archeologists from the University of Munich visited the holy shrine of Imam Ali (PBUH). They commended the attendance of academic students along with the students of Hawza (religious seminary). This drags the attention…

Palestine's Land Day

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SHAFAQNA - The 1948 Nakba, or catastrophe when 700,000 Palestinians were expelled from their houses, towns, and cities is ongoing. Every March 30th since 1976 Palestinians commemorate Land Day to honor their struggle to hold on to…

What is the consequence of disobeying God?

SHAFAQNA - Explaining about the short eloquent saying number 25 of Imam Ali (AS) in Nahjul Balaghah, the Grand Ayatollah Javadi Amoli said: Sometimes you see a human being slips couple of times in life and God punishes him/her. Imam Ali (AS)…

What is absolute certainty?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Sadeq (AS) who said: Beware that few continuous deeds based on certainty are better than many deeds that are not based on certainty. And know that no righteousness is better than avoiding deeds which have…

Christian families return to Mosul - Religious pluralism returns after Daesh reign of Terror

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SHAFAQNA - More than 4,000 displaced Christian families have returned to Mosul since the city was fully liberated from Daesh militants, the governor of the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh said. Nawfal Hammadi stated that more than 4,000…

Saudis condemned on 3rd anniversary of war, Scores of Bahrainis detained

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SHAFAQNA - The third anniversary of the Saudi-led aggression on Yemen has been marked worldwide with indignation, revulsion and calls for an immediate halt of American and British arms supplies to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.…

What is Easter: Understanding the History and Symbols

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SHAFAQNA - Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb on the third day after his cruxifixion. Easter is the fulfilled prophecy of the Messiah who would be persecuted, die for our sins, and rise on the third day. (Isaiah…

Islamic Centre of England to host event to mark Imam Ali's birth anniversary

SHAFAQNA - The Islamic Centre of England will mark the birth of Imam Ali on Sunday - April 1st, 2018

Ayatollah Sistani's view on Nahjul Balaghah

SHAFAQNA - What has been recorded in this book from words and sayings of the Commander of the Faithful, Ali (A.S) is, without doubt, at the peak and pinnacle of eloquence after the words of Allah, the Exalted, and those of His Prophet (S).…

Canadian MP stands with Yemen - calls for a weapon ban on Saudi Arabia

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SHAFAQNA - Canadian-based NGO CD4HR (Canadian Defenders for Human Rights) and the Yemeni Community in Canada (@YemeniCanada) hosted MP Helene Laverdiere at their protest in Ottawa calling for an end to all weapon sales to Saudi Arabia on the…

Swiss researcher visits Imam Ali shrine: "I feel my dreams came true"

SHAFAQNA - The Swiss researcher, Alfera Karbooz, visited the holy shrine of Imam Ali (PBUH). She saw the archeological sites and the landmarks of the holy shrine. Moreover, she visited al-Rawdha al-Haidaryah library. Afterward, she met with…

Saudi Arabia set to brutally execute Shia Muslims - UN calls foul

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SHAFAQNA - In yet another display of complete disregard for human rights, Saudi Arabia is said to be ready to carry out the execution of 13 Shia Muslims on the basis they represent a threat to national security. Under Saudi Arabia’s strict…

OPED - Nigeria: The North Is An Orphan

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SHAFAQNA - Although Nigeria has been divided into six geo-political zones, as the name suggests, to suit the Nigeria’s politics, Northern Nigeria is made up of 19 out of all the 36 states in Nigeria. For religious, cultural and historical…

Jaw Prison and the policy of religious persecution

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SHAFAQNA - Bahrain’s most infamous incarceration center finds itself once again in the middle of controversy as reports pointed to systematic religious-based persecution have surfaced. Shia Muslims detainees - who account for the majority…