Entries by Yahya

Hijab gave me the feeling of security and respect.

SHAFAQNA- An Exclusive Interview of a Revert to Islam, Alya, from the Philippines, by Bentolhoda Mofakhami.   Alya is 32 years old and currently residing in Dubai, UAE (United Arab Emirates) but born and raised in the Philippines . She worked for a Mobile and Telecom company. She has an eight-year-old son and divorced from […]


Are morals real without God?

SHAFAQNA- Socrates on the topic of morality is quoted as saying “we are not talking about something little but how we ought to live”. As morally conscious individuals, we are concerned with the qualities required for living a moral life, to be ‘good people’ and with our actions being deemed morally praiseworthy. However, this concern […]

On the Occasion of the Holy Month of Ramadan; Holding 20,000 Cultural Competitions in Different Languages at the Razavi Holy Shrine “A

SHAFAQNA- “At the same time as the holy month of Ramadan, 20,000 cultural competitions were held on a daily basis, especially for non-Iranian pilgrims at Razavi Holy Shrine,” the director of Non-Iranian Pilgrims Affairs of Astan Quds Razavi said. According to Astan News, Seyyed Mohammad Javad Hasheminihad said, “Due to the large presence of non-Iranian […]


Islam in View of Imam Ali (AS)

SHAFAQNA- Have you realized what Islam is? it is indeed a religion founded on truth. It is such a fountain-head of learning that several streams of wisdom and knowledge flow from it. It is such a lamp that several lamps will be lit from it. It is a lofty beacon of light Illuminating the path […]

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Kristin, New Muslim Girl from USA

SHAFAQNA- An Exclusive Interview of a Revert to Islam, Kristin( Abedah), from the United States, by Bentolhoda Mofakhami – Rahyafteha   Would you please give us a biography of yourself! My born name was Kristin but after reverting to Islam, I now go by the name of Abedah. I come from a Republican Christian family. […]


The Muslim Ummah at the End of Time

SHAFAQNA- The following are narrations of the Holy Prophet (saww) in which the state of the Muslim Ummah (nation) has been predicted during the end of the time. HADEETH NO.1 “There will come a time upon people (Muslims) when: They will not respect their scholars except for their good clothing; they will not listen to […]


Prominent Egyptian Quran Teacher Dies of Heart Attack

SHAFAQNA- Sheikh Mustafa Raghib was a memorizer of the entire Quran and taught Quran memorization in the city of Banha in the Arab country’s Qalyubia Governorate. According to akhbarelyom.com, his funeral will be held after noon prayers in his home village near Banha. Mustafa Raghib started learning the Quran by heart at an early age […]


Sorcery Hadith is of Ahad

SHAFAQNA- The hadith on sorcery – supposing it to be correct, is a singly narrated one (hadith ahad), and the ahad traditions are not approved in the bab of doctrines (aqa’id). And the Prophet’s infallibility against impact of sorcery being one of the aqa’id, that cannot be refuted and discarded off him but only by […]


Pope calls for ending bloodshed in Yemen

SHAFAQNA- In public remarks Sunday, Francis said he was following ‘with worry the dramatic fate of the people of Yemen, already so exhausted from years of conflict,’ AP reported. He appealed to the international community so that ‘no effort be spared to urgently bring to the negotiating table the sides in conflict and to avoid a […]


Are You Dead?

SHAFAQNA- Many a times we come across individuals who take religion and religious activity lightly. They often mock at people who try to practise religious tenets. Similarly they treat the religion. The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) in one of his saying stopped people from four things, as these things cause the heart to die, he said […]

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SHAFAQNA- وَ عِباَدُ الرَّحْمٌنِ الَّذِيْنَ يَمْشُوْنَ عَلى الأَرْضِ هَوْناً “And the servants of the Beneficent Allah are they who walk on the earth in humbleness.” By watching the style of walking, talking and behavior of a person one can notice his level of humbleness and arrogance. That is why Imam Ali AS while describing the […]

Publication of 110 Works on Hadith by the Islamic Research Foundation

SHAFAQNA- Since the beginning of the establishment, Astan Quds Razavi’s Islamic Research Foundation has published 110 works on the subject of Tradition (hadith). According to Astan News, “The Customs Of Socialization from The Viewpoint of the Infallible Imams (A.S.)”, “The Pathology of Hadith,” “Enjoining the Good and Forbidding the Evil in Razavi Conduct,” “Sincerity of […]


Eid Al-Fitr, A Day For Thanksgiving

SHAFAQNA- The day immediately following the end of the holy month of Ramadan is called Eid-e-Fitr. In other words, it falls on the first day of Shawwal. It is one of the greatest Islamic festivals. Â Eid-e-fitr is the Day of Thanksgiving to Allah, forgiving His servants the opportunity to fast and to worship Him […]


Eid Al-Fitr

SHAFAQNA-  The introduction of fasting in the month of Ramadan began from 2 A.H.  Eid in Islam is not only celebration but that Muslims should devote this day to worship and plead Allah to accept their deeds and forgive their sins.  On this day, the doors of Allah’s pardon are kept open with his bountiful […]


Eid Al-Fitr / In Retrospect

SHAFAQNA- Allah says in the Qur’an-e-Majid that one who gives “Zakat” and remembers Him will get salvation. Here, Zakat means “Fitra” and remembrance of God means the recitation of the following Takbir on the night and morning of Eid-ul-Fitr. Â “Allaaho Akbar, Allaaho Akbar, Laa ilaaha illallaah wallaaho Akbar, Allaaho Akbar, Wa lillaahil hamd. Alhamdulillah […]


Ramadan Remembrance of Imam Ali Ibn-e-Abu Talib (as)

SHAFAQNA- The annual Imam Ali Seminar at the Rudolf Steiner Center in London focused this year on the wasiya of Hazrat Ali ibn Ali (as) and also Islamic psychotherapy. Professor Sajjad Rizvi, Associate Professor of Islamic Intellectual History at the University of Exeter, spoke about the ethics and spirituality of the Imam whilst  Ghulamabbas Lakha, […]

Al Quds Rally – A British Zionist and Far Right Defeat

SHAFAQNA- Ten thousand people or more converged on London this weekend to mark this year’s Al-Quds Day demonstration in support of the beleaguered Palestinians. The demonstration went ahead despite an unprecedented demonization campaign by far right and pro-Zionist groups determined to undermine and disrupt the event. An international array of speakers and protesters assembled outside the […]


The Philosophy of Fasting in Ramadan

SHAFAQNA- Fasting is a fundamental worship in Islam that provides a great platform to gain self-control, piety, humbleness, sympathy to poor, sincerity to Allah and success in Hereafter. Fasting enable us to fight evil traits such as passion, lust, greed, arrogance and jealousy. The month of Ramadan is specifically mentioned in authentic Islamic traditions to […]


Fabrication of Traditions against Ali a.s

SHAFAQNA- Abu Ja’far al-Iskafi412 said that Mu’awiyah forced some of the Companions and the Followers to narrate obscene and indecent reports, with ascribing then to Ali, with the aim of defaming and disowning him. He dedicated for this act a certain stipend, that made them compose and falsify traditions which pleased him, among whom being […]


SABA Islamic center in USA

SHAFAQNA- Shia Association of Bay Area (SABA) is one of the most active Shia Islamic centers in North America. Let’s learn more about the history and current activities of this center. Background In the 1970’s, organized Shia Religious activities were almost non-existent in the Bay Area. Even though quite a few Shia families resided here […]

A Unique Leader in the History of Mankind

SHAFAQNA-Professor – Khorramabad University. The history of mankind has witnessed many leaders over the ages. Many of these leaders achieved leadership through might or inheritance and some were chosen as leaders because of certain outstanding qualities that they possessed. Among the latter group there have also emerged some leaders whose works and contribution to humanity […]


Spanish translation of Quran was received by Islamic centers in Latin America

SHAFAQNA- Turkey’s Religious Waqf (endowment) Institute provided the books as part of a plan titled “Quran, My Gift”. Mosques and Islamic centers in Colombia, Guatemala, and El Salvador have so far received the translations. The institute plans to donate more copies of the translation to Islamic centers in several other countries in the region, including […]


Imam Ali (A.S.) and the Holy Quran

SHAFAQNA-We have seen so far traditions from the Sunni sources related to Imam Ali (a.s.), which prove the superiority of Ali (a.s.) over all other companions of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.). Now after proving this fact (superiority of Ali (a.s.)) from the traditions of Holy Prophet (s.a.w.), we now take a look at the Holy […]