City of Qom Hosts Inaugural Islamic Values Education Conference

SHAFAQNA-As Ramadan embraced us in its spiritual embrace, the Holy City of Qum ushered away delegates from a unique Moral Character Conference organized by Imam Khomeini (RA) International University, Islamic College (London), and the Institute…

The Mihna, the Inquisition and Religious Persecution Today

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SHAFAQNA- With Muslims in the West  being subjected to scrutiny under polices such as Prevent and other counter terrorism initiatives the parallels to previous historical  persecutions and inquisitions of religious communities are frighteningly…

How can believers strengthen their belief in the holy Month of Ramadhan and get ready for Lailatul Qadr?

SHAFAQNA - In this blessed month strengthen yourselves (your belief) with Divine Strengths. It is mentioned in a Hadith (narration) that the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) said: The Month of Ramadhan came and is welcomed. God’s feast is different…

Fasting and using eye drops / the Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about using eye drops when fasting. Question: Is fasting void (Batel) when eye drops are squeezed in the eye and through tear ducts enter the mouth? Sometimes the taste reaches the…

Al-Hassan Al-Mujtaba (A.S.)

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SHAFAQNA-Birth and Childhood In the mid of the month of Ramadan, the 3rd year of Hijrah, a son was born in the small mud house of Hazrat Ali (A.S.). The Prophet (P.B.U.H), on behalf of Almighty God, named him Hassan (A.S.). Imam Hassan (A.S.)…

The Life of Imam Hassan AlMujtaba (A.S.)

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SHAFAQNA-On the 15th day of the Holy month of Ramazan, 3rd A.H, the first son of Ali (A.S) and Hazrat Zahra (A.S) was born. kafi: vol=1; pg.461 The Kunyat of Imam Hasan (A.S) was Abu Mohammad. Al - Irshad : vol = 2; pg 5 His laqab (title)…

Imam Hasan (a-s): In his teachings are the solutions to today’s problems.

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SHAFAQNA-INTRODUCTION: One of the great social problems that our society is conflicted with is the understanding of freedom. In my own personal case this was both an inner and outer battle that lasted some 30 years until I embraced Islam.…

What is the connection between Dua and strength?

SHAFAQNA - The language of the Quran is one kind, and the language of Dua is another kind, and the language of scholars and Gnostic is another kind. The thing which makes the human being relieved, and pulls the human being out of this dark place,…

What happens to my fasting if I arrive after Dhuhr Adhan to my destination intending to stay there for 10 days? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about traveling and fasting. Question: Is my fasting correct for the same day, if I arrive after Dhuhr Adhan to my destination intending to stay there for 10 days? The Grand Ayatollah…

Words of Wisdom of Imam al-Hassan AlMujtaba (A.S.)

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SHAFAQNA- Imam Al-Hasan (peace be upon him) said: O people, he who advises for God’s sake and betakes His sayings as guidance will surely be led to the most upright way and God will grant him success to the right guidance…

Over 1,000 Saudi Forces Killed in War on Yemen: Reports

SHAFAQNA- This is a rare admission of the Saudi military casualties. The kingdom has a policy of withholding information on the casualties it has suffered during the war. Meanwhile, figures released by the Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights…

Isma'ilism and Its Branches

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SHAFAQNA- Imam Ja 'far al-Sadiq had a son named Ismail who was the oldest of his children. Isma'il died during the lifetime of his father who summoned witnesses to his death, including the governor of Medina. 1 Concerning this question,…

Most popular vitamin and mineral supplements provide no health benefit

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SHAFAQNA- The most commonly consumed vitamin and mineral supplements provide no consistent health benefit or harm, suggested a new study led by researchers at St. Michael's Hospital and the University of Toronto. Published in the…

Ayat. Sobhani: Avoiding sins, the best deed to do in Ramadan

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SHAFAQNA- On a TV program that was aired Friday night on channel 2 of Iran’s state-run television, Grand Ayatollah Sobhani made some remarks on how to thank God. His Eminence said, "One has to pay attention to the fact that the human being…

Muslim students help design travel itineraries in Taipei

SHAFAQNA-Taipei, May 29 (CNA) A Muslim student association at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology is working with Taipei's tourism authority to come up with Muslim-friendly travel itineraries in the capital city, the first…

Quran as Described by the Amir of Believers, Imam Ali (a.s.)

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SHAFAQNA - In different sections of the Nahj al-Balaghah, the eternal book of the words of Imam Ali (a.s.), there are hints at the incomparable importance and inimitable elegance of the Holy Quran.   We read in the first discourse…

Over 30 Questions Answered by Imam Hassan (A.S.)

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SHAFAQNA- The following sayings, maxims, and words of wisdom are related to the pious grandson of the Prophet (peace be upon him and his family) Abu Muhammed Al-Hassan bin Ali (peace be upon them). The following are his answers about…

The first order : Recite

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SHAFAQNA- Muhammad (S), though endeared and respected by Makkans for his wisdom and virtues, preferred solitude and kept his distance from the polytheist society. Disgusted with the corruption all around, he used to retire to the Cave of…

What are the effects of teachings by Divine Prophets?

SHAFAQNA - The teachings of Divine Prophets have given us the peace of mind, and in fact at the bottom of our hearts we believe and rely on unseen (invisible) assistance (help). If we are told that a big star is moving in the space and will…

What is the ruling if the husband is against his wife’s fasting? The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi Zanjani answered a question about the husband prohibiting his wife from fasting. Question: My husband is against my fasting and says: If your husband is not satisfied, your fasting is not accepted!…

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

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.…

Is fasting difficult?

SHAFAQNA - The Prophet of Islam (PBUH) told Jaber ibn Ansari (RA): O’ Jaber, this is the Month of Ramadhan; whoever fasts its days and spends its nights reciting Zikr (praise of God), and keeps protecting dignity of the stomach and body, and…

Asking permission to use other’s belongings / the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about asking permission to use other’s belongings. Question: Is it a condition to obtain permission verbally to use other’s belongings, or merely by considering probable that…

How to ward off Satan?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated that Imam Ali (AS) asked the Prophet of Islam (PBUH): What can we do to ward off Satan? The Prophet (PBUH) replied: Fasting makes black the face of Satan, and spending money and being generous in the way of God, breaks…

The Sermon Given By The Prophet (s) On The Last Friday Of Sha’ban On The Reception Of The Month of Ramadhan

SHAFAQNA- “O, People! “Indeed ahead of you is the blessed month of Allah. A month of blessing, mercy, and forgiveness. A month which with Allah is the best of months. It’s days, the best of days, its nights, the best of nights,…

Quran Competition Held in Kenya

SHAFAQNA- According to the Iranian Cultural Center in Kenya, the Grand Mosque of the capital city hosted the Quranic event from the beginning of the holy month. A total of 67 girls and 109 boys from 27 elementary schools competed on memorization…

The Batinis

SHAFAQNA- In the year 278/891, a few years before the appearance of Ubaydullah al-Mandi in North Africa, there appeared in Küfah an unknown person from Khuzestan (in southern Persia) who never revealed his name and identity. He would fast…

Laylatul Qadr ~ The Night of Power

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SHAFAQNA-  Good actions in it (Laylatul Qadr), like prayer and charity and (other) types of goodness, are better than deeds of a thousands months in which there is no Laylatul Qadr.  If Allah would not multiply the rewards of believers…