Entries by Yahya


Mukhtar al-Thaqafy

SHAAFQNA- Mukhtar bin Abu Ubaid bin Masoud al-Thaqafy was born in Taif City, 1 A.H. Mukhtar ‘s father loyally believed in Islam. He led the Muslim army to conquer Persia. An elephant killed him at the Battle of al-Jisr. So, his son Jubair led the Muslim army. He became a martyr, too. Mukhtar ‘s house […]

Supreme Religious Authority warns of social obloquy and its consequences

SHAFAQNA- In Friday’s sermon held at the Imam Hussain Shrine on January 1, 2019, the representative of the Shia Muslim Supreme Religious Authority, sheikh Abdul-Mehdi ElKerbela’i, talked about a societal phenomenon known as “social obloquy,” which, as he described, is threatening the ethical system and moral coexistence of people. ElKerbela’i said that social obloquy means […]

Palestinian Teen sentenced to 11 years in Prison

SHAFAQNA- The Commission added that the court also sentenced Manasrah to a fine of 10,000 shekels ($3,000). Manasrah was detained by Israeli occupation forces in mid-2015, after he allegedly attacked and injured an Israeli troop at Beit Enoun junction, to the east of Hebron City, in the West Bank. The Commission, which is the official Palestinian […]

Palestine: 312 Palestinians killed, 31,500 injured by Israel in 2018

SHAFAQNA- Israeli forces killed 312 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip last year, according to a Palestinian NGO on Wednesday. A total of 53 children and three women were among those killed by the Israeli army in 2018, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)’s Abdullah Hourani Center for Studies and Documentation said in […]

Malmö mosque hit by bullet on New Year’s Eve

SHAFAQNA- Rizwan Afzal, imam at the Mahmood mosque, told The Local that those praying inside had heard the shot shortly after 12am. “Some people were carrying out these extra prayers for the beginning of the New Year, but because of the fireworks, they didn’t notice that something had happened to our own mosque,” he said. […]


Reliability of the Companions

SHAFAQNA- The issue of reliability of the Companions is quite critical, about which much talk was there, beside lengthy dispute throughout all ages. Hence this subject deserves good attention and much care so as to have moderate opinion about it, and any dispute be eliminated. There was much dispute and controversy among Muslims regarding this […]

New astronomical observatory near Imam Ali Holy Shrine

SHAFAQNA- The Holy Shrine of Imam Ali, represented by members of the Board of Directors, and in attendance of the President of the Shia Endowment Sayyid Alaa al-Mousawi unveiled the new astronomical observatory at the Safi Safa Shrine. The observatory is considered the first of its kind and will be used to observe the crescent […]

UK Muslim helps homeless people one wash at a time

SHAFAQNA- “It was very cold last week – the temperatures dropped massively- so I thought let’s go and get some waterproof duvets and hand them out,” Qamar Aziz, who owns The Laundry Room in High Wycombe, told Metro.co.uk. “So we went out on Saturday and gave out 40 to 50 blankets in different areas of […]

The US is Planning a Major War with Russia and China. Reports

SHAFAQNA- Two recent reports from the United States strongly suggest the United States is planning a major war with Russia and China, but are far from certain that they could in fact succeed in such a war. The reports also provide insights into how the United States will meet the budgetary demands of such war […]


Islam Is Not What We Get Taught About in the Wes

SHAFAQNA-I would like to take the opportunity to share with you my journey to Islam and I feel that by sharing this experience with you I can help you on your journey through life.  We are all born into different cultures, countries and religions in what often seems a confusing and troubled world.  Actually, when […]

Sayyid Ahmed EsSafi: Our children are responsibility of parents and those in power

SHAFAQNA- “Education profession is sacred,” Sayyid Ahmed EsSafi, representative of the Shia Muslim Supreme Religious Authority, said in Friday’s sermon, he delivered, at the Imam Hussain Shrine on December 28, 2018. EsSafi shed light upon education and its crucial role in the society. He described education profession as “sacred,” for it is the process to […]


Rebecca Masterton, a Philosopher Of The Shia Islam

SHAFAQNA- Dr. Rebecca Masterton is a British Islamic scholar, educator, public speaker, academic, author, television presenter, and philosopher of the Shia Islam. She has written short stories and a collection of those stories has published entitled Passing Through the Dream-To the Other Side. Masterton was born to a Christian family, being daughter of famous writer Graham Masterton; […]



SHAFAQNA-According to Shia’h school of thought, Sajdah ‘prostration during prayers’ must be performed on Turbah ‘earth’. Ayatollah Seyyid ‘Ali al-Husayni al-Seestani states: Sajdah should be performed on earth and on those things which are not edible or worn, and on things which grow from earth (e.g. wood and leaves of trees). It is not permissible […]

Over half of million patients treated, cost over million dollars

SHAFAQNA- Recent statistics issued by Imam Zainul-Abedeen Hospital, affiliated with the Imam Hussain Shrine, in 2018, showed that the hospital has treated over half of a million patients. Mustafa ElMoseawei, director of the department’s media, said, “The hospital has treated over half of a million patients, 1106 patients only during the last 8 months, which cost over a […]

500 Muslims celebrate Christmas with Christians in Kaduna

SHAFAQNA- The Muslim faithful, including youths, imams, women, NGOs and traditional title holders, were drawn from various states in the North and neighbouring countries. Their coming together was aimed at strengthening peace, unity and religious tolerance in Kaduna State and the country at large. Buru, the General Overseer of Christ Evangelical and Life Intervention Ministry, […]

Germany mulls introducing ‘mosque tax’ for Muslims

SHAFAQNA- Lawmakers from Germany’s grand coalition government said on Wednesday that they were considering introducing a “mosque tax” for German Muslims, similar to the church taxes that German Christians pay. Thorsten Frei, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) told Die Welt daily that a mosque tax was “an important step” that would […]


Mosques in Canada’s British Columbia to Hold Open Mosque Day in February

SHAFAQNA- In Canada’s British Colombia, many Mosques have regularly welcomed people of the wider community. For the first time, major mosques across British Colombia will host a province-wide “Open Mosque Day” on: Saturday, February 16th, 2019, from 10 am to 3 pm. Besides delicious snacks, friendly faces and wonderful conversations, volunteers will help visitors with […]