The Awaited Imam, The Living Hujjah

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SHAFAQNA-The Holy Prophet [s] said: "The person who dies and has not known the Imam of his time (Imam Mahdi [a] is that of the present time) has died the same as one who died during the Age of Ignorance." Musnad-i-Ahmad-ibn-Hanbal, vol. 2,…

Imam Al-Mahdi (A.S.)

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SHAFAQNA-Title:  Al-Mehdi, Saheb-ul-Asr and Al-Hujjat Kunyat:  Abul Qasim Born at Samarra, on Friday, the 15th Shaban 255 A.H. Father’s name:  Imam Hasan-al-Askari Mother’s name:  Nargis Khatoon He is still living…

INTERVIEW WITH ARCHBISHOP LEO BOCCARDI APOSTOLIC NUNCIO OF THE HOLY SEE (VATICAN AMBASSADOR) TO THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN

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SHAFAQNA- 1. Can you please introduce yourself and give your general background?   For  those  who  read  and  understand  their  life  with  faith  it  is  natural  to  discover  the plan of God for their life.…

Fears of Muslim domination unwarranted

SHAFAQNA - ‘Every Continental (European) under the age of 40 — make that 60, if not 75 — is all but guaranteed to end his days living in an Islamified Europe," polemicist Mark Steyn wrote in 2006. "Native populations on the continent…

Ramadan worth £200m to UK economy

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SHAFAQNA - Muslims observing Ramadan were reported to be worth at least £200m to the UK economy in 2017, as food and gift expenditure rose during the month-long religious observation. According to the report published by Islamic brand…

What are the three important signs of belief?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: There are three signs which if they exist in anyone will complete the characteristics of his/her belief. 1) That when he/she is happy does not join the falsehood/untruth, 2)…

Why world loving scholars must be avoided?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Sadeq (AS) who said: Whenever you see a scholar who loves the world, then accuse him in your own religion (for not being committed to the religion), because any one who loves something, goes round (spin) the…

At Least 4 Killed in Twin Blasts in Kabul

SHAFAQNA - The attacks came just a week after a blast at a voter registration center killed 60 people, in the wake of warnings by security officials against the risk of increasing attacks ahead of parliamentary elections planned in October. Monday’s…

Religious scholar: "Dignity of holy Quran should be depicted across globe"

SHAFAQNA - Head of the endowment and charity organization of Iran, Sheikh Ali Mohammadi placed stress on the leading role of holy Quran in peoples' lives noting, "Dignity of the Holy Quran should be introduced to people across the globe,". "Through…

Egyptian Footballer Mohamed Salah Celebrated As A Lantern This Ramadan

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SHAFAQNA- As Egyptians we have the tendency to show appreciation for what we love in a symbolic way: as Ramadan lanterns, with the infamous Detective Corombo lantern being an example of that. As we get closer to Ramadan this year, the object…

Senior Bahraini Qari Passes Away

SHAFAQNA- According to al-Ayyam daily, Seyed Muhammad Saeed al-Husseini died earlier this week. The country’s Society for Serving the Quran in a statement expressed condolences over the demise of the prominent Qari. It noted that…

The Day of Judgment—Resurrection

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SHAFAQNA- Among sacred texts the Qur'an is the only one to have spoken in detail about the Day of Judgment. Although the Torah has not mentioned this Day and the Gospels have only alluded to it, the Qur'an has mentioned the Day of Judgment…

Issue of Badaa

SHAFAQNA- In another session, al-Mamoon invited him to debate Sulayman al-Maroozi, Khurasan's scientist in kalam(theology), and the debate between them dealt with some significant topics which were being debated then by scholars of the science…

Bahraini Shiite clerics threatened with ‘legal action’ over appeal for commutation of death sentences

SHAFAQNA - Bahrain’s leading Shiite clerics provoked a furious reaction from the regime in Manama for merely appealing for the commutation of death sentences in the Gulf kingdom. The country’s interior ministry threatened the religious…

Free Zakzaky processions sweep across northern Nigeria

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SHAFAQNA - From Adamawa to Zamfara, thousands of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and their sympathizers held massive Free Zakzaky processions on Saturday 28/04/18, to further call for the immediate release of Sheikh Zakzaky. This…

American professor converts to Shia Islam, visits Imam Ali holy shrine

SHAFAQNA - The coordinator between Muslims and Christians in Senegal, the American professor Maria Lifini, had the honor of visiting the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali (PBUH). The employees of the Public Relations Department welcomed and accompanied…

What is the best strategy to adopt to succeed in this world?

SHAFAQNA - In a letter to his eldest son, Imam Hassan Mojtaba (AS), Imam Ali (AS) wrote: Know that, you have a long and very difficult way ahead of you, and you will not be successful on this route without proper effort and vigorous and determined…

How to recognize the arrogant person?

SHAFAQNA - One of the ways which the scholars of ethics use to test if a human being is arrogant or not, for the sake of curing such a person, is to see if he/she greets others (says Salaam to others). Those who are obliged to these aspects…

The Fourth International Conference on Shi’i Studies

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SHAFAQNA -RESEARCH & PUBLICATIONS » CONFERENCE ON SHI‘I STUDIES » THE FOURTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SHI’I STUDIES

Life on Seoul’s ‘Muslim Street’

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SHAFAQNA - “Koreans who have visited Turkey visit my shop for these sweets,” says Ebru Uzun, the Turkish proprietor of a Turkish bakeshop in Itaewon, the Muslim district of Seoul. “This street is the home of halal food in Seoul, it’s…

Jews and Muslims united against hate

SHAFAQNA - Muslims joined Germans of all faiths in a march against anti-Semitism this week, with a few Muslim women photographed donning kippahs over their hijabs in solidarity with their Jewish neighbors. The demonstrations took place…

Renowned Pak Shia scholar 'Allama Jafari' warns GB govt. against occupation of Baltistan land

SHAFAQNA -  Renowned Shia Muslim religious scholar Allama Shaikh Mohammad Jafari has warned the Gilgit-Baltistan government of stiff resistance and public reaction if it occupies Baltistan land in the name of Khalsa Sarkar anymore. Speaking…

Sayyed al-Safi: Ayatollah Sistani’s ‘jihad fatwa’ was unique

SHAFAQNA - Speaking at the fourteenth international “Spring of Martyrdom” cultural conference held on behalf of the holy shrines of Imam al-Hussain and Hadrat Abbas in the Iraqi city of Karbala, Sayyed Ahmad al-Safi said, “Ayatollah al-Sistani’s…

Imam Hussain as a model of sacrifice for entire world without discrimination

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SHAFAQNA - Convert to Shia Islam Ann Sackat noted during her visit to Iraq: "I am so happy to visit the city of Karbala and the Holy shrine of Imam al- Hussein (pbuh). When I read about this great personality, I find him a model of sacrifice…

Grand Ayat. Hakim receives African students

SHAFAQNA - Senior Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Muhammad Saeed al-Hakim received a group of African Muslim students in his office in the holy city of Najaf on Friday, April 27 during which he advised them to make better efforts in order…

Why Monajat-e-Sha’abaniyeh is so important?

SHAFAQNA - If there was no other Dua except Monajat-e-Sha’abaniyeh, it should suffice (would be enough), because our Imams (AS) are just and rightful Imams; those who (our Imams) recited and dictated this Dua (Monajat-e-Sha’abaniyeh). All…

What is the ruling on picking fruits from orchards belonging to someone else? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered questions about picking fruits from orchards belonging to others. Question: Can fruits from someone else’s orchard which have fallen on the ground be used? Or pick a few from trees? The…

What are the effects and benefits of enjoining good and prohibiting bad?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: Indeed, enjoining good and prohibiting bad is like Salaat [1]. Imam Ali (AS) said: Verily, enjoining good and prohibiting bad does not bring close the death and does not decrease…