Entries by Yahya

Recent Graffiti And Vandalism Incidents at Masjid Toronto

SHAFAQNA- The Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) emphasizes the holistic message of Islam within the context of Canada’s diverse society. Over the course of the past 3 weeks, two incidents of vandalism have taken place at Masjid Toronto on Dundas Street. The first incident included offensive graffiti, partially in Arabic script. Last weekend the Mosque […]

Police Use Contact Tracing And Big Tech to Identify Protesters

SHAFAQNA- Countless warnings about how law enforcement could use contact-tracing apps to monitor people have gone unheeded.   As BGR.com revealed police are using contact tracing to identify protester’s affiliations. “According to Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harringon, officials there have been using what they describe, without going into much detail, as contact-tracing in order to build out a […]

Faith in God: A Natural Instinct

SHAFAQNA- Adapted from: “Apostasy in Islam” by: “Seyyed Muhammad Rizvi” According to Islam, every child is born with the innate ability to know and believe in his Creator; this cognition has been placed by God into his nature (Fitra). The Qurān describes the human soul in a very beautiful way. After swearing by the most […]

Indonesia Cancels Hajj Over COVID-19 Concerns

SHAFAQNA- Each year thousands of Indonesians go on the Hajj to Saudi Arabia, where Islam’s two holiest sites — Mecca and Medina — are located. For many Indonesians, the religious pilgrimage is a once-in-a-lifetime event, with the average wait time 20 years due to a quota system, according to the country’s cabinet secretariat. Saudi authorities […]

Warith Al-Anbiya Foundation gives Quranic and jurisprudential lectures in Burkina Faso

SHAFAQNA- Warith Al-Anbiya Foundation, affiliated with the African Activities Division at Imam Hussain’s (AS) Holy Shrine, continues its intensive lectures in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, on the provisions of intonation and recitation as well as lessons in jurisprudence and beliefs, twice a day for both genders during the holy month. Sheikh Ali Al-Qarawi, Head of the […]

Saudi Arabia In ‘Secret’ Talks With Israel Over Control of Al-Aqsa: Report

SHAFAQNA- The Islamic Waqf Council is a Jordanian-appointed body, which oversees Muslim sites in Al–Quds and has exclusive authority over the Al-Aqsa Compound. Israel and Saudi Arabia have engaged in secret meetings since last December to include Saudi’s representatives in the Islamic Waqf Council at the Al-Aqsa Compound in Al- Quds (Jerusalem). The Islamic Waqf […]

Systematic Racist Violence in America: Minnesota National Guard And State Police Deployed In Twin Cities Rebellion

SHAFAQNA- A cell phone videotaped deadly encounter between African American George Floyd and several Minneapolis law-enforcement officers resulting in a brutal strangulation has proven to be a turning point in the long saga of systematic racist violence in the United States. For four straight days and nights, militant demonstrations have occurred in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and […]

Black Alliance For Peace Calls on United Nations To Address Human Rights Crisis In the United States

SHAFAQNA- The extrajudicial murders of African/Black people, such as Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, by agents of the U.S. government and armed civilians have sparked urban rebellions in cities across the United States. Such murderous acts cannot be understood outside of the context of the U.S. state’s ongoing assault on the human rights […]

What about the Sunni Fiqh?

SHAFAQNA- Adapted from: “Apostasy in Islam” by: “Seyyed Muhammad Rizvi” The Sunni fiqh is also in agreement with the views mentioned above on the punishment for apostasy. Soon after the Prophet’s death, the Sunni caliphate started a widespread campaign of fighting some tribes in the interior of the Arabian Peninsula. The justification used by the […]

Salman Khan advocates for Hindu-Muslim brotherhood in new song

SHAFAQNA- For Salman Khan, Eid usually means a new movie for his fans. But with the global pandemic, that couldn’t happen this time around. However, the actor made sure to have a gift for his followers and it’s a new track sung by himself. Song ‘Bhai Bhai’ is all about the unity between Muslims and […]

Egyptian Qari Apologizes

SHAFAQNA- Jamal recently called himself the “number one” (Qari) and spoke rudely about such iconic Qaris as Abdul Basit Abdul Samad and Sehikh Mustafa Ismail leading to a backlash and revocation of his membership in Egypt’s Association of Quran Reciters and Memorizers. Later, in a telephone conversation with the association’s spokesman, Mohamed Al-Saati, Jamal said […]

Hazrat Zeynab’s (SA) Holy Shrine in Syria Reopens

SHAFAQNA- A large number of pilgrims visited the mausoleum after its reopening, Al-Alam TV reported. It had been closed in March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The committee running the shrine of Hazrat Zeynab (SA) had first said it would remain shut until April 2, but they later extended the closure. According to […]

Measures taken by the Imams regarding the means of their martyrdom

SHAFAQNA- Adapted from: “The Uprising of Ashura and Responses to Doubts” by: “‘Ali Asghar Ridwani” In a previous discussion, although we considered the topic of Imam Al-Hussain’s (AS) divine knowledge about his martyrdom, it is possible that this question has not been fully answered as regards the other Imams. The question which remains is: “Why […]

Iraq faces new political crisis

SHAFAQNA- Signs of a new political crisis have emerged in Iraq as the Saairun bloc, the largest in parliament with 54 seats and supported by Shia leader Muqtada Al-Sadr, has merged with other political parties to demand the dismissal of Parliament Speaker Muhammad Al-Halbousi. The Speaker has been accused of “bias towards specific parties and […]

EID AL-FITR SERMON

SHAFAQNA-Written by Mulla Mujaheedali Sheriff In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful  Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds May His blessings be upon the Holy Prophet (saw) and his pure progeny (as) ZAKAT AL-FITR: It is the duty of the Imam to remind his congregation on the day of […]

Al-Ayn Foundation distributes 115 thousand food baskets throughout Iraq

SHAFAQNA- Al-Ayn Foundation for Social Care, affiliated with the Office of Grand Ayatollah Sistani, launched a food basket distribution campaign with the aim of supporting the poor and those affected by the imposed curfew due to COVID-19, through distributing 115 thousand food baskets in 14 Iraqi provinces. Campaign director, Dr. Yas Muhammad Mossadak, said: “In […]