French Muslim student in media storm over headscarf

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SHAFAQNA - A Muslim student at one of France's top universities has found herself at the centre of a media storm after she appeared in a documentary wearing a headscarf. Maryam Pougetoux had appeared in the film to talk about student protests…

The Revolutionary Roots of America’s Religious Nationalism

SHAFAQNA - A decade ago, it would have been difficult to conceive of Donald Trump as a key figure in America’s Christian image of itself. Yet the Religious Right’s support of his candidacy, followed by continued loyalty since he took office…

In the US, Muslims are making slow inroads toward a greener Ramadan

SHAFAQNA - Neekta Hamidi usually gets a few strange looks when she sits down for an iftar, the evening meal that breaks the Ramadan fast, at her mosque in Boston. Her fellow worshippers are digging into disposable plates piled with rice…

Islamophobia - Danish minister blasts Muslims over Ramadan fast

SHAFAQNA - There are about 250,000 Muslims living in Denmark, and the Danish integration minister thinks that those fasting for Ramadan are better off staying at home until the month-long holiday is over. "I want to call on Muslims to take…

Comoros’s democracy under threat - country slip into political repression

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SHAFAQNA - A budding democracy Comoros stands to unravel under the weight of political repression, as freedom of speech is called into question following the return of Ahmed Abdallah Sambi, the island’s former president on account of his…

What are the effects of overeating and over-drinking?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: Do not kill your hearts with overeating and over-drinking, because the heart of (the one whose stomach is full of food and drink) dies like a farm which if it gets too much…

What to consider when fasting?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Sadeq (AS) said: Do not oppress each other, and do not be unwise, and do not get annoyed with each other, do not neglect remembering God, and be the companion of silence, forbearance, truth, and stay away from evil doers. And…

Is it necessary for a convert to Islam to change his/her name? The Grand Ayatollah Hakim’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Saeed Hakim answered questions about changing names for converts to Islam. Question: My name is Cruz, and my Islamic name is Mohammad. If I decide to change my name into Islamic name, must I also change…

The first convert(khadija,sa), the foremost Muslim(Imam Ali,as)

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SHAFAQNA- The Birth of Islam and the Proclamation by Muhammad of his Mission When Muhammad was 40 years old, he was commanded by God, through His angel, Gabriel, to declare His Oneness to the idolaters and polytheists of the whole world,…

HOLY RAMADHAN: THE MONTH OF ALLAH (SWT)

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SHAFAQNA- The month of Holy Ramadhan is known as Shahrullah meaning "the month of Allah". It is indeed the month of Barakah (Blessings), Rahmah (Mercy) and Maghfirah (Forgiveness). It is reported that at the advent of this great month, the…

The Nizaris, Musta'lis, Druzes and Muqanna'ah

SHAFAQNA- The Nizaris. Ubaydullah al-Mahdi, who rose in North Africa in 292/904 and as an Ismaili declared his Imamate and established Fatimid rule, is the founder of the dynasty whose descendants made Cairo the center of their caliphate.…

Which deeds affect fasting?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Sadeq (AS) said: Adopt humbleness for the sake of God whilst you are fearful and anxious of Divine Punishment, and hopeful and eager for Divine Mercy. And must cleanse your hearts from faults, and purify your souls from tricks.…

What are different forms of fasting?

SHAFAQNA - Regarding different forms of fasting, Khawjah Abdullah Ansari (RA) said: Fasting is in three forms: 1) fasting of the soul; which relates to shorten the worldly desires, 2) fasting of the wisdom; which is acting opposite the inappropriate…

What is the ruling on heated vinegar? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about heated vinegar. Question: Does vinegar become Najis (unclean) when heated and boiled in food industries? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei: It is not Najis. Source: khame…

Why is it bad to walk arrogantly?

SHAFAQNA - Basheer narrated: We were with Imam Baqir (AS) in the Mosque when we saw a man passed us. When he was walking, he used to raise his shoulders and move them side to side. Imam Baqir (AS) said: He is arrogant. I said: He is poor. Imam…
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What did the Prophet Muhammad recommend to Muslims to reflect and to associate with?

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SHAFAQNA - In his book Usul al-Kafi (Vol.2, p. 598), Sheikh al-Kulayni related the following hadeeth concerning the importance of Quran: Ali ibn Ibrahim has narrated from his father al-Nawfali from al-Sakuni from abu ‘Abd Allah, recipient…

The surprising halal delights of Ho Chi Minh

SHAFAQNA - Forever ‘Saigon’ to many, Ho Chi Minh City (HCM) — named after the revolutionary socialist leader who united North and South Vietnam — curiously ‘feels’ like Vietnam’s capital city, but it isn’t. That would be Hanoi…

"Lessons from Quran" held at Islamic Centre of England during holy Ramadan

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SHAFAQNA - Quranic sessions titled “Lessons from the Quran” are being held at the Islamic Centre of England during the holy month of Ramadan. The center hosts the program every day during the holy month starting from an hour before Iftar. Three…

Turkish Sunni ambassador to Iraq: We are proud of bravery, wisdom of Imam Ali

SHAFAQNA - Fatih Yaldir, the Turkish ambassador to Iraq, had the honor of visiting the holy shrine of Imam Ali (PBUH) in Najaf city. In a statement to the Media Center of the Holy Shrine, "It is my fourth time to be honored by visiting Imam…

Renowned Pakistani religious scholar calls for Muslim unity to help oppressed Palestinians

SHAFAQNA - Renowned religious scholar and president of Federation of Pakistan’s Shia seminaries Allama Syed Riaz Hussain Najafi has expressed concern on the disunity of the governments of the Muslim majority countries due to which enemies…

Advocating tolerance in South Africa following mosque attack

SHAFAQNA - Changing discourses and perspectives in communities is complex and tough. This is indeed the case with current day sectarian discourses among Muslims. But, discourse, or what and how we choose to talk, also kills. This has been…

What are the effects of entering the Month of God?

SHAFAQNA - You are all invited to God’s feast, you are all the guests of God and this is a party to leave behind (whatever improper). If there is a small amount of inappropriate desire in the human being, such a person has not entered this…

What is the ruling on those who join other religions from Islam? The Grand Ayatollah Hakim’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Mohammad Saeed Hakim answered questions about joining other religions from Islam. Question: What is your Fatwa regarding those who join other religions from Islam? In your opinion, do they deserve to…

Is Purification of the soul important in the Month of Ramadhan?

SHAFAQNA - We need to be reformed in the blessed Month of Ramadhan; we need to purify our souls. We are needy until the last breath, the prophets are also needy, great prophets are also needy, but they have understood their own needs, and followed…

What is the ruling on forgetting to place the animal towards Qiblah at the time of slaughtering it? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered questions about forgetting to place the animal towards Qiblah at the time of slaughtering it. Question: 1) Is the animal Haram if at the time of cutting its head, the person who is slaughtering…

LAYLATUL-QADR: THE NIGHT OF PREDESTINATION

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SHAFAQNA- "In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. Verily We sent it (the Quran) down in the night of Qadr (power). What shall make you know what the night of predestination is? The night of Qadr is better than a thousand months.…

Differences Between Twelve-Imam Shi'ism and Isma'ilism and Zaydism

SHAFAQNA- The majority of the Shi' rtes, from whom the previously mentioned groups have branched out, are Twelve-Imam Shi'ites, also called the Imamites. As has already been mentioned, the Shi ites came into being because of criticism and…

Summary of the History of Twelve-Imam Shi'ism

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SHAFAQNA- The majority of Shi'ites are Twelvers. They were originally the same group of friends and supporters of 'Ali who, after the death of the Prophet, in order to defend the right of the Household of the Prophet in the question of the…

Erdogan arrives for election rally in Bosnia

SHAFAQNA- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Bosnia on Sunday to hold his only election rally outside Turkey, while other EU countries have banned such events ahead of Ankara's presidential and parliamentary elections next…

Helping children understand the beauty of the Holy Qur’an

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SHAFAQNA- We as adults all know of the spiritual benefits of reciting the Holy Qur’an during the holy month of Ramadhan, but how do we instill this in our children? For many of us, Arabic is not a language we are fluent in, and thus this…