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Safa and Marwah – Divine Appointed Sign: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:158) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:158) By: Mohammad Sobhanie   Safa and Marwah – Divine Appointed Sign بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ إِنَّ الصَّفَا وَالْمَرْوَةَ مِن شَعَائِرِ اللَّـهِ ۖ فَمَنْ حَجَّ الْبَيْتَ أَوِ اعْتَمَرَ فَلَا جُنَاحَ عَلَيْهِ أَن يَطَّوَّفَ بِهِمَا ۚ وَمَن تَطَوَّعَ خَيْرًا فَإِنَّ اللَّـهَ شَاكِرٌ عَلِيمٌ ﴿١٥٨﴾ Translation: 2:158 Indeed, (the hills of) Safa and Marwah […]

Ultimate Sacrifice: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:153-157, Part-4) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:153-157, Part-4) By: Mohammad Sobhanie Ultimate Sacrifice بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اسْتَعِينُوا بِالصَّبْرِ وَالصَّلَاةِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ مَعَ الصَّابِرِينَ ﴿١٥٣﴾ وَلَا تَقُولُوا لِمَن يُقْتَلُ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّـهِ أَمْوَاتٌ ۚ بَلْ أَحْيَاءٌ وَلَـٰكِن لَّا تَشْعُرُونَ ﴿١٥٤﴾ وَلَنَبْلُوَنَّكُم بِشَيْءٍ مِّنَ الْخَوْفِ وَالْجُوعِ وَنَقْصٍ مِّنَ الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَنفُسِ وَالثَّمَرَاتِ ۗ وَبَشِّرِ الصَّابِرِينَ ﴿١٥٥﴾ […]

The Blessings after Calamities: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:153-157, Part-3) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:153-157, Part-3) By: Mohammad Sobhanie The Blessings after Calamities بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اسْتَعِينُوا بِالصَّبْرِ وَالصَّلَاةِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ مَعَ الصَّابِرِينَ ﴿١٥٣﴾ وَلَا تَقُولُوا لِمَن يُقْتَلُ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّـهِ أَمْوَاتٌ ۚ بَلْ أَحْيَاءٌ وَلَـٰكِن لَّا تَشْعُرُونَ ﴿١٥٤﴾ وَلَنَبْلُوَنَّكُم بِشَيْءٍ مِّنَ الْخَوْفِ وَالْجُوعِ وَنَقْصٍ مِّنَ الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَنفُسِ وَالثَّمَرَاتِ ۗ وَبَشِّرِ […]

Losses and Gains in Life: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:153-157, Part-2) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:153-157, Part-2) By: Mohammad Sobhanie Losses and Gains in Life بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اسْتَعِينُوا بِالصَّبْرِ وَالصَّلَاةِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ مَعَ الصَّابِرِينَ ﴿١٥٣﴾ وَلَا تَقُولُوا لِمَن يُقْتَلُ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّـهِ أَمْوَاتٌ ۚ بَلْ أَحْيَاءٌ وَلَـٰكِن لَّا تَشْعُرُونَ ﴿١٥٤﴾ وَلَنَبْلُوَنَّكُم بِشَيْءٍ مِّنَ الْخَوْفِ وَالْجُوعِ وَنَقْصٍ مِّنَ الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَنفُسِ وَالثَّمَرَاتِ ۗ […]

Prayer and Patience in Times of Adversity: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:153-157, Part-I) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:153-157, Part-I) By: Mohammad Sobhanie Prayer and Patience in Times of Adversity بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اسْتَعِينُوا بِالصَّبْرِ وَالصَّلَاةِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ مَعَ الصَّابِرِينَ ﴿١٥٣﴾ وَلَا تَقُولُوا لِمَن يُقْتَلُ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّـهِ أَمْوَاتٌ ۚ بَلْ أَحْيَاءٌ وَلَـٰكِن لَّا تَشْعُرُونَ ﴿١٥٤﴾ وَلَنَبْلُوَنَّكُم بِشَيْءٍ مِّنَ الْخَوْفِ وَالْجُوعِ وَنَقْصٍ مِّنَ الْأَمْوَالِ […]

Fulfillment of Prayers of Prophet Ibrahim (AS): Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:151-152) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:151-152) By: Mohammad Sobhanie   Fulfillment of Prayers of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَمِنْ حَيْثُ خَرَجْتَ فَوَلِّ وَجْهَكَ شَطْرَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ ……وَلِأُتِمَّ نِعْمَتِي عَلَيْكُمْ وَلَعَلَّكُمْ تَهْتَدُونَ ﴿١٥٠﴾ كَمَا أَرْسَلْنَا فِيكُمْ رَسُولًا مِّنكُمْ يَتْلُو عَلَيْكُمْ آيَاتِنَا وَيُزَكِّيكُمْ وَيُعَلِّمُكُمُ الْكِتَابَ وَالْحِكْمَةَ وَيُعَلِّمُكُم مَّا لَمْ تَكُونُوا تَعْلَمُونَ ﴿١٥١﴾ فَاذْكُرُونِي أَذْكُرْكُمْ وَاشْكُرُوا […]

Praying towards Kaaba – Sign of Divine Blessing: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:149-150) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:149-150) By: Mohammad Sobhanie   Praying towards Kaaba – Sign of Divine Blessing بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَمِنْ حَيْثُ خَرَجْتَ فَوَلِّ وَجْهَكَ شَطْرَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ ۖ وَإِنَّهُ لَلْحَقُّ مِن رَّبِّكَ ۗ وَمَا اللَّـهُ بِغَافِلٍ عَمَّا تَعْمَلُونَ ﴿١٤٩﴾ وَمِنْ حَيْثُ خَرَجْتَ فَوَلِّ وَجْهَكَ شَطْرَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ ۚ وَحَيْثُ مَا كُنتُمْ فَوَلُّوا وُجُوهَكُمْ شَطْرَهُ لِئَلَّا […]

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Race to All That Is Good: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:146-148) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:146-148) By: Mohammad Sobhanie Race to All That Is Good بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ الَّذِينَ آتَيْنَاهُمُ الْكِتَابَ يَعْرِفُونَهُ كَمَا يَعْرِفُونَ أَبْنَاءَهُمْ ۖ وَإِنَّ فَرِيقًا مِّنْهُمْ لَيَكْتُمُونَ الْحَقَّ وَهُمْ يَعْلَمُونَ ﴿١٤٦﴾ الْحَقُّ مِن رَّبِّكَ ۖ فَلَا تَكُونَنَّ مِنَ الْمُمْتَرِينَ ﴿١٤٧﴾ وَلِكُلٍّ وِجْهَةٌ هُوَ مُوَلِّيهَا ۖ فَاسْتَبِقُوا الْخَيْرَاتِ ۚ أَيْنَ مَا تَكُونُوا يَأْتِ بِكُمُ اللَّـهُ جَمِيعًا ۚ […]

Photos: The Fatimiya – 3 Nights programme at Alulbayt Foundation

Shafaqna – Honouring the inspirational role of Lady Fatima Zahra (as), a 3 Nights programme held at Alulbayt Foundation  in London. According to Shafaqna, the majlis held from Thursday 15th February to Saturday 17th February 2018, included an English lecture by guest speaker Shaykh Hamam Nasseredine and eulogy recitations by Mulla Mustafa Naeb and brother Zaigham Ali […]

History of Changing Qiblah: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:144-145) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:144-145) By: Mohammad Sobhanie   History of Changing Qiblah بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ قَدْ نَرَىٰ تَقَلُّبَ وَجْهِكَ فِي السَّمَاءِ ۖ فَلَنُوَلِّيَنَّكَ قِبْلَةً تَرْضَاهَا ۚ فَوَلِّ وَجْهَكَ شَطْرَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ ۚ وَحَيْثُ مَا كُنتُمْ فَوَلُّوا وُجُوهَكُمْ شَطْرَهُ ۗ وَإِنَّ الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ لَيَعْلَمُونَ أَنَّهُ الْحَقُّ مِن رَّبِّهِمْ ۗ وَمَا اللَّـهُ بِغَافِلٍ عَمَّا يَعْمَلُونَ ﴿١٤٤﴾ 2:144: Verily, […]

Al-Mizan’s View about Ummatan Wasatan – Part 31: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:143) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:143) By: Mohammad Sobhanie   Al-Mizan’s View about Ummatan Wasatan – Part 3 بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَكَذَلِكَ جَعَلْنَاكُمْ أُمَّةً وَسَطًا لِّتَكُونُوا شُهَدَاءَ عَلَى النَّاسِ وَيَكُونَ الرَّسُولُ عَلَيْكُمْ شَهِيدًا …. ﴿١٤٣﴾ 2:143 Thus We have made you Ummatan Wasatan, that you be witnesses over mankind and the Messenger be a […]

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Fāṭima, daughter of the Prophet

Fāṭima, daughter of the Prophet Fāṭima may not be an Imam but she is the mother of eleven infallible Imams and, without a doubt, the Imams owe their infallible characteristics to their mother. Her distinctions are numerous, one of the most outstanding of which are her parents – the Prophet and Khadīja. Parents have a […]

Ummatan Wasatan – Part 2: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:143) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:143) By: Mohammad Sobhanie   Ummatan Wasatan – Part 2 بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَكَذَلِكَ جَعَلْنَاكُمْ أُمَّةً وَسَطًا لِّتَكُونُوا شُهَدَاءَ عَلَى النَّاسِ وَيَكُونَ الرَّسُولُ عَلَيْكُمْ شَهِيدًا….. ﴿١٤٣﴾ 2:143 Thus We have made you Ummatan Wasatan, that you be witnesses over mankind and the Messenger be a witness over you. ….. […]

Shia Islam: The Human Geography of Shi’ism / 34

Shafqna: Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī The Human Geography of Shi’ism The Shīʿa constitute a major group within the Muslim community. They have settled in different parts of the world. Due to their contribution to the establishment of Islamic civilization, they have closely cooperated with their Muslim brethren of other sects. The […]

Ummatan Wasatan [أُمَّةً وَسَطًا] – Part 1: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:143) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:143) By: Mohammad Sobhanie   Ummatan Wasatan [أُمَّةً وَسَطًا] – Part 1 بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ سَيَقُولُ السُّفَهَاءُ مِنَ النَّاسِ مَا وَلَّاهُمْ عَن قِبْلَتِهِمُ الَّتِي كَانُوا عَلَيْهَا قُل لِّلَّـهِ الْمَشْرِقُ وَالْمَغْرِبُ يَهْدِي مَن يَشَاءُ إِلَى صِرَاطٍ مُّسْتَقِيمٍ ﴿١٤٢﴾ 2:142: The foolish among the people will say: “What has turned them […]

History of Changing Qiblah: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:142-143) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:142-143) By: Mohammad Sobhanie History of Changing Qiblah بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ سَيَقُولُ السُّفَهَاءُ مِنَ النَّاسِ مَا وَلَّاهُمْ عَن قِبْلَتِهِمُ الَّتِي كَانُوا عَلَيْهَا قُل لِّلَّـهِ الْمَشْرِقُ وَالْمَغْرِبُ يَهْدِي مَن يَشَاءُ إِلَى صِرَاطٍ مُّسْتَقِيمٍ ﴿١٤٢﴾ 2:142: The foolish among the people will say: “What has turned them (Muslims) from their Qiblah […]

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Taking Allah’s Color: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:138-141) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:138-141) By: Mohammad Sobhanie Taking Allah’s Color بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ   صِبْغَةَ اللَّـهِ وَمَنْ أَحْسَنُ مِنَ اللَّـهِ صِبْغَةً وَنَحْنُ لَهُ عَابِدُونَ ﴿١٣٨﴾ قُلْ أَتُحَاجُّونَنَا فِي اللَّـهِ وَهُوَ رَبُّنَا وَرَبُّكُمْ وَلَنَا أَعْمَالُنَا وَلَكُمْ أَعْمَالُكُمْ وَنَحْنُ لَهُ مُخْلِصُونَ ﴿١٣٩﴾ أَمْ تَقُولُونَ إِنَّ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَإِسْمَاعِيلَ وَإِسْحَاقَ وَيَعْقُوبَ وَالْأَسْبَاطَ كَانُوا هُودًا أَوْ نَصَارَى […]

Dar al-Ilm seminary opens + Photos

Shafaqna – Dar al Ilm seminary, which is dedicated to religious studies opened in the holy city if Najaf, today. According to its website: 1. THE DAR AL-ILM PROJECT WAS ORIGINALLY A RELIGIOUS SEMINARY FOUNDED BY THE LATE IMAM AL-KHOEI IN 1973 IN NAJAF. THE FORMER REGIME DEMOLISHED THE SEMINARY IN 1990 WHICH IS THE […]

Islam, the Religion of all Divine Prophets– Part II: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:132-134) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:132-134) By: Mohammad Sobhanie   Islam, the Religion of all Divine Prophets– Part II بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَمَن يَرْغَبُ عَن مِّلَّةِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ إِلَّا مَن سَفِهَ نَفْسَهُ وَلَقَدِ اصْطَفَيْنَاهُ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَإِنَّهُ فِي الْآخِرَةِ لَمِنَ الصَّالِحِينَ ﴿١٣٠﴾ إِذْ قَالَ لَهُ رَبُّهُ أَسْلِمْ قَالَ أَسْلَمْتُ لِرَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ ﴿١٣١﴾ وَوَصَّى بِهَا إِبْرَاهِيمُ […]

Religion of All Prophets: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:135-137) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:135-137) By: Mohammad Sobhanie Religion of All Prophets بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَقَالُوا كُونُوا هُودًا أَوْ نَصَارَى تَهْتَدُوا قُلْ بَلْ مِلَّةَ إِبْرَاهِيمَ حَنِيفًا وَمَا كَانَ مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ ﴿١٣٥﴾ قُولُوا آمَنَّا بِاللَّـهِ وَمَا أُنزِلَ إِلَيْنَا وَمَا أُنزِلَ إِلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَإِسْمَاعِيلَ وَإِسْحَاقَ وَيَعْقُوبَ وَالْأَسْبَاطِ وَمَا أُوتِيَ مُوسَى وَعِيسَى وَمَا أُوتِيَ النَّبِيُّونَ مِن […]

Al-Khoei Foundation offers heartfelt condolences to the Egyptian people

Shafaqna – Al-Khoei Foundation issued a statement denouncing  terrorist attack on worshippers in Egypt. The statement reads: attack on worshippers on Friday prayers today in Sinai, Egypt which resulted in the death of nearly 200 people and rising and the injury of many is an abhorrent act beyond human comprehension. To target people who are peacefully […]

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Mini-city for pilgrims in Karbala: the largest one

Shafaqna – Sayyid El-Ewssya pilgrim mini-city is a new modern edifice built for pilgrims who come to make a pilgrimage to Imam Hussein (Peace Be Upon Him). This mini-city is 30 acres This project is 30 acres. It consists of a 1200-square-meter mosque, a two-floor clinic, a 400-square-meter building for reception and management.  A 500-square […]

Prophet Ibrahim Religion: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:130-131) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:130-131) By: Mohammad Sobhanie Prophet Ibrahim Religion بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَمَن يَرْغَبُ عَن مِّلَّةِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ إِلَّا مَن سَفِهَ نَفْسَهُ وَلَقَدِ اصْطَفَيْنَاهُ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَإِنَّهُ فِي الْآخِرَةِ لَمِنَ الصَّالِحِينَ ﴿١٣٠﴾ إِذْ قَالَ لَهُ رَبُّهُ أَسْلِمْ قَالَ أَسْلَمْتُ لِرَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ ﴿١٣١﴾ Translation: 2:130 And who turns away from the religion of […]

Shia Islam: Shīʿa contributions to Islamic civilization / 33 – d

Shafqna: Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī Study of narrators (ʿIlm al-Rijāl) ʿIlm al-rijāl is a branch of learning that deals with the biographies of the narrators of ḥadīth, particularly with regards to their reliability as sources. A working knowledge of rijāl is generally expected from every jurist as if he wants to […]

Shia Islam: Shīʿa contributions to Islamic civilization / 33 – c

Shafqna: Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī Principles of Jurisprudence (Uṣūl al-Fiqh) It is quite obvious that deriving laws from the Qur’an, traditions, the Prophet’s biography, consensus and reason depends on establishing general principles to serve as the basis for inferring laws, and practical laws in particular. This need is even more pronounced […]

Shia Islam: Shīʿa contributions to Islamic civilization / 33 – b

Shafqna: Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī Qur’anic exegesis The Qur’an is simultaneously the primary source for Islamic beliefs and practices and the miracle of the Final Prophet. Muslim scholars from the very early days of Islam devoted themselves to understanding this scripture with a dedication that had no equal in previous religions. […]