Entries by Yahya

Imam Ali (AS) in the eyes of Non-Muslims

SHAFAQNA-\Saying: “Ali was so popular even among the non-Muslims that when he died, all the Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians of Kufa, particularly their women and children who were personally looked after by Ali, lamented his death and wept as one does for ones father.  Mourning was observed even in Jerusalem and the Lord Bishop also […]

Hadhrat Abbas’s (AS) Holy Shrine Launches Khatm Al-Quran App

SHAFAQNA- The Android app has been designed and produced by the Astan’s Women’s Religious Affairs Section, Al-Kafeel website reported. Fatimah Al-Mousawi, head of the section, said the app, named Iqra and Araq (read and ascend), helps users perform Khatm Al-Quran. She said it also provides users with information on Fiqh, Quran interpretation and recitation skills. […]

Mosques, churches in Greece resume services after lockdown

SHAFAQNA- Most Mosques reopened Saturday night for prayers, performed during the Muslim holy Month of Ramadan. Mosques and churches in Greece have resumed services as part of the normalization process following the government’s decision to ease coronavirus restrictions with worshippers required to follow social distancing guidelines. Most Mosques reopened Saturday for prayers, performed during the […]

Yemen Could Face ‘Catastrophic’ Food Situation

SHAFAQNA- The Saudi-led coalition’s aggression on the country has caused what the United Nations describes as the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. Some 80% of Yemen’s population are reliant on aid and millions face hunger. “The health system was already under heavy stress and will now be overwhelmed if COVID-19 continues to spread and in addition […]

“I’m Not a Muslim, But I Will Fast For One Day”

SHAFAQNA- In Blackburn, it is common to find non-Muslims fasting with their fellow Muslims during Ramadan to show support and solidarity. This Ramadan, and despite the coronavirus pandemic, Blackburn community charity One Voice invited non-Muslims to fast for one day, for an annual challenge, themed “I’m not a Muslim but I will fast for one day”. The challenge […]

Bedford Muslims Keep Ramadan Spirit Alive With Virtual Iftar

SHAFAQNA- After long hours of fasting during the day, Ramadan iftar usually brings people together to share a meal and build bridges. Yet as coronavirus forced a shutdown of mosque and social distancing, the Muslim community in Bedford is using online iftars to keep Ramadan spirit alive and bring people together. “There’s no doubt that this year […]

COVID ‘harassment’ against Muslims in India unfortunate

SHAFAQNA- Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback, said this while briefing reporters during a conference call on the impact of COVID-19 on religious minorities throughout the world. A religious freedom speaker has said that they witnessed unfortunate reports of COVID-19 related “rhetoric and harassment” against the Muslim community in India. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious […]

Imam Ali (AS) a great role model for all Muslims

SHAFAQNA- The procession started from Nishtar Park and ended at the Imambargah Hussainian Iranian in Kharadar. Strict security measures had been taken to maintain law and order ahead of the procession. The central procession of Yaum-e-Ali on the 21st day of Ramazan to commemorate the martyrdom of Hazrat Ali (AS) culminated peacefully under tightened security […]

Imam Ali (AS) in the eyes of Non-Muslims

SHAFAQNA-Saying: “Imam Ali (AS) was so popular even among the non-Muslims that when he died, all the Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians of Kufa, particularly their women and children who were personally looked after by Ali (AS), lamented his death and wept as one does for one’s father. Mourning was observed even in Jerusalem and the […]

Laylatul Qadr, the Night of Power

SHAFAQNA- The Month of Ramadhan has been singled out for special worship (`Ibadat) and exclusive favours. It is a month unlike other months. One reason for this, as defined by the Quran, is because the Holy Quran was revealed in this month. Says Allah (SWT) in Sura Al-­Baqarah: The Month of Ramadhan, that in which […]

Nur Khayriyyah Ibrahim a revert to Islam from Singapore: So always put your trust in Allah (SWT), and have faith

SHAFAQNA- This 25 year-old sister is quite an inspiration. While she works hard as a financial planner and hospitality designer, she never fails to dedicate ample time towards her family and friends. This Ramadan, she’s taken a big step in deciding to put on the Hijab. She shares with us her insight on what Ramadan […]

Adhan To Be Broadcast At Vancouver’s Oldest Mosque

SHAFAQNA- For the first time in its history, the oldest Mosque in Vancouver will begin broadcasting its evening call to prayer over loudspeakers for the remainder of Ramadan, in order to provide a sense of community during the pandemic. The azan, or Adhan — which summons the faithful for prayers five times a day — […]

Most Americans say Trump’s policies hurt Muslims: survey

SHAFAQNA- The survey was conducted in February by the Washington based Pew Research Center and included “too few Muslims” as the researchers wanted to analyse their response separately. Americans are about seven times more likely to say that the Trump administration has hurt Muslims as they are to say it has helped them, says a […]

Blackburn mosque uses social media to help community pray

SHAFAQNA- While Muslim communities experience a Ramadan in lockdown, many local mosques are using technology to help their congregations stay connected online. A mosque is using social media to livestream and connect with the community. While Muslim communities experience a Ramadan in lockdown, many local mosques are using technology to help their congregations stay connected […]

Laylatul Qadr ~ The Night of Power

SHAFAQNA- Good actions in it (Laylatul Qadr), like prayer and charity and (other) types of goodness, are better than deeds of a thousands months in which there is no Laylatul Qadr.  If Allah (SWT) would not multiply the rewards of believers like this, they would not be able to reach (salvation), but Allah multiplies for […]

Michael David Shapiro, Ex-Jew, Russia

SHAFAQNA- Moreover, shouldn’t the name be given to us from God Almighty? YES, my point exactly. The names “Christianity” and “Judaism” were not written in the Holy Scriptures. Humans named them, not God. The notion that God would ordain a religion for mankind to follow without a name is impossible for my mind to accept. […]

Love For Poor People

SHAFAQNA- The books of traditions reported that once he chanced upon some poor men who put a few crumbs of bread on the ground in front of them and were eating them. They invited him to eat with them. He accepted the invitation and said: “Certainly Allah (SWT) does not like the arrogant. Having finished […]

Fearing Allah (SWT)

SHAFAQNA- Al-Sheikh Nasir Al-Din Al-Tusi defined fear as an emotional pain that occurs because of anticipating something bad or expecting something good to go away. The concept according to Islam Al-Sheikh Nasir Al-Din Al-Tusi defined fear as an emotional pain that occurs because of anticipating something bad or expecting something good to go away.1 Therefor […]

Teaching Your Child About Islam

SHAFAQNA- Then set your face upright for religion in the right state – the nature made by Allah (SWT) in which God has made men; there is no altering of Allah’s (SWT) creation; that is the right religion, but most people do not know” (Qur’an 30:30) Children are born in a state of Fitra (purity) […]

Turkish aid agency delivers food to Rohingya Muslims

SHAFAQNA- Turkey’s state-run aid agency distributed 5,000 food packages to needy Rohingya Muslims on Thursday during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) said that group personally distributed the packages. The agency has also delivered thousands of hygiene materials to Rohingya Muslims during the month-long fast that began […]

Women leaders condemn threat against Muslim congressional candidate

SHAFAQNA- Dozens of women activists, leaders and lawmakers have joined a petition denouncing a death threat against congressional candidate Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, the first Muslim woman to run for federal office from New Jersey. The 27-year-old is the founder of MuslimGirl.com, an online magazine with a global audience. After hosting a virtual town hall on Instagram, […]

New Jersey man accused of ramming Muslim woman’s car

SHAFAQNA- A New Jersey man is in custody after authorities say he rammed his SUV twice into a Muslim woman’s car and harassed her family with racist threats. Nutley police said local resident Michael Morrison, 55, began shouting statements, including “You’re a terrorist,” “I’m going to kill you” and “Go back to your country,” at […]