Entries by Yahya

Food in the Qur’an and Traditions

SHAFAQNA- The Holy Qur’an: 1. “Eat and drink of that which Allah has provided and do not act corruptly, making mischief on the earth”‌ (2:60) 2. “Eat clean and Halal from what portion God allots to you”‌ (5:88) Traditions: 1. Natural Needs: Imam Baqir (PBUH): “the Almighty God created human beings as hollow in middle […]

It’s Better to Forgive

SHAFAQNA-We always ask Allah (swt) to forgive us yet we find it difficult to forgive others. This short clip explores this theme and sheds some light on the importance of forgiveness.

Are there laws in heaven? If so, what kind?

SHAFAQNA- question Are there laws in heaven? If so, what kind? Concise answer This question does not have a Brief Answer. Click “continue” to view Detailed Answer. Detailed Answer The point must be noted that information on issues regarding the hereafter, the conditions of Heaven and Hell, can only be obtained through revelation and the words […]

Book Review: The Heirs of the Prophet Muhammad

SHAFAQNA – The Heirs of the Prophet Muhammad by Barnaby Rogerson 415pp, Little,Brown On the morning of his death, the Prophet Muhammad unexpectedly appeared before his followers in the city of Medina as they gathered for prayers in the makeshift mosque that also served as his home. No one had seen him for some time. Rumours […]

Book Review: Encounters With Islam: On Religion, Politics and Modernity by Malise Ruthven

SHAFAQNA – Malise Ruthven is recognised as one of foremost commentators on the Islamic world and its relations with the predominantly secularized and Christian societies of the West. In Encounters With Islam he seeks to offers astute and topical insights across the whole spectrum of Middle East and Islamic studies. These essays will be widely appreciated by […]

‘The Sea and the Flying Fish’ to vie at Busan Filmfest

SHAFAQNA – Iranian filmmaker Mehrdad Ghaffarzadeh’s The Sea and the Flying Fish will go on screen in Busan International Film Festival’s Window on Asian Cinema section from September 30-October 10. The social drama is about a teenage boy Ehsan who is a young, innocent deaf and dumb inmate of a correctional camp who communicates through […]

A lesson in humility – Hagar’s role in Islam and the echo of Islam’s tenets in Hagar

SHAFAQNA – The modern relevance of the hajj is reflected in the symbolic actions of one woman: Hagar, the African servant slave of Abraham and Sarah, who historians estimate lived between 1930 BC and 1840 BC. But, how, exactly, can one black slave living in Biblical times transcend history and inspire social justice and gender equality today? The answer […]

Ahlul Bayt Foundation of South Africa – Press Release on the Mina Tragedy

SHAFAQNA – And whoever leaves his home migrating toward Allah and His Apostle, and is then overtaken by death, his reward shall certainly fall on Allah, and Allah is all – forgiving, all -merciful.100:4 The catastrophic disaster of Eid al-Adha in the holy land of Mina, which resulted in the death and injury of hundreds of guests of Allah, […]

14,000 Chinese Muslims performed Haj this year

SHAFAQNA – Chinese Ambassador Li Chengwen has said that about 14,000 Chinese Muslims came to Saudi Arabia to perform Haj this year, and more than 20 million Chinese Muslims celebrated Eid Al-Adha with their Muslim brothers and sisters all over the world. Chengwen made his observation prior to his country’s 66th anniversary of the founding of […]

Islam and the two aspects of death

SHAFAQNA – Although the phenomenon of life counts as the most precious of gifts and its loss is extremely grievous and terrifying, none can doubt that just as surely as man embarks on his life involuntarily to spend some time in this guesthouse we call the world, he must ultimately confront the painful and frowning face […]

On the reappearance of the Madhi

SHAFAQNA – The Signs of the Reappearance of the Twelfth Imam (ajtf) The Signs of the Reappearance (Qiyam) of the (Imam) who undertakes the Office (al-Qa’im), Peace be on him, the Period of Time of his Appearance, an Explanation of his Life and an Extract of what is revealed about his State. Traditions have been reported […]

Face off – Putin and Obama meet at UNGA

SHAFAQNA – President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin remained at odds about the role Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would play in his country’s future, according to a U.S. official. The two leaders met following highly contentious and conflicting speeches at the UN General Assembly earlier in the day. A senior administration official who briefed reporters about […]

Amnesty calls for protection of civilians in CAR

SHAFAQNA – Amnesty International on Monday called for civilians in the Central African Republic (CAR) to be protected and for the speedy disarmament of sectarian groups involved in a recent wave of violence that has left dozens dead. “The recent deadly violence in the capital illustrates that CAR remains in a very fragile state and that immediate […]

Why is Riyadh blaming Iran’s pilgrims for Mina tragedy?

SHAFAQNA – As outrage against Saudi Arabia’s mis-management of the Hajj has grown exponentially, the kingdom has been keen to deflect blame by offering media outlets an alternative scapegoat, hoping to manipulate the public opinion via a well-funded propaganda campaign. Over the past few days, Saudi Arabia’s media have gone to great length to blame […]

Britain Trade Union calls for audit on Bahrain – The new morality of war

SHAFAQNA –  British trade unions have launched a campaign calling for an independent audit of the UK government aid to Bahrain and an expose of “widespread and systematic” human rights abuses. The Universities and Colleges Union (UCU), with the support of the Bahrain institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) and MENA Solidarity, on Thursday (September […]

30th Quran and Etrat Students Festival to be held in Qom

SHAFAQNA –  The 30th edition of the national Quran and Etrat festival for university students will be organized in the holy city of Qom. This is according to Ali Asghar Shu’a’I, deputy of Quran and Etrat Office of the University of Quranic Teachings and Sciences, who said that the festival will be held from November […]

Repentance in Islam

SHAFAQNA – Feelings of remorse and guilt are natural reflections of sinning, if the person who has sinned has a conscious which is alive. After committing a sin, a person who fears Allah and give high respect to Him would feel a sense of despondency and despair thinking, “How will God forgive me for this sin?” […]

Repentance and Self-cleansing

SHAFAQNA – Prevention and refrainment from sins is the best way for attaining self-refinement. A person who has never been contaminated by Sins and possesses his original purity and righteousness certainly is far superior than a sinner who has repented after committing a sin. The person who has not yet tasted the pleasure of sin and […]

Does Heaven and Hell presently exist or not?

SHAFAQNA- question Does Heaven and Hell presently exist or not? Concise answer In accordance with Quranic verses and traditions, the promised Heaven and Hell are presently in existence and will be completely shown in the hereafter where man will be given his everlasting abode in relation to his beliefs, actions, and ethical traits. But, there […]

Imam Al-Qazwini plans new mosque to educate about Islam

SHAFAQNA- It was close to midnight inside a community center in Dearborn as the religious leader spoke to a crowd of hundreds, many sitting on the floor because of the overflow crowd. “We have to speak for Islam,” Imam Hassan Al-Qazwini implored the Muslim audience at the Bint Jbeil Cultural Center. “Because if you don’t […]

A little collection of quotes from Imam Al-Hadi (pbuh)

SHAFAQNA-Imam Ali Naqi Al-Hadi (A.S.), the tenth infallible descendant of holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), brightened the world with his appearance on Rajab 5. He inherited his knowledge, righteousness and piety from his forefathers. Imam (A.S.) was martyred by poisoning by the ruling Abbasid caliph Mu’taz in Samra on third day of the month of Rajab […]

Birthday of Imam Ali al-Hadi (AS)

SHAFAQNA- Name: Ali  Title: al-Hadi or and – Naqi  Agnomen: Abn’l-Hasan   Father’s name: Muhammad al-Jawed( at-Taqi)  Mother’s name:sumanah  Birth: In Suryah ( in the environs of Medina) ‘ on Friday’ 2nd Rajab’ 212 AH Death: Died at the age of 42 ‘ in Samarra’ , on Monday, 26th Jumada th-thaniyah 254 AH; poisoned by al-Mu’tazz, […]

Islam piety of actions and intentions

SHAFAQNA – Allah, The Most Exalted, says: Be quick in the race for forgiveness from your Lord, and for a Garden whose width is that (of the whole) of the heavens and of the earth, prepared for the righteous,- Those who spend (freely), whether in prosperity, or in adversity; who restrain anger, and pardon (all) men;- […]

Justice and Resistance: Tribute to Imam Ali (AS)

SHAFAQNA – Ali Shariati was an Iranian revolutionary and sociologist, who focused on the sociology of religion. He is held as one of the most influential Iranian intellectuals of the 20th century and has been called the ‘ideologue of the Iranian Revolution’. Following is a extract of a speech he wrote on Imam Ali, faith and resistance against oppression. In […]