You’re Married...Now What?

SHAFAQNA- The merits of getting married, and especially getting married at an early age, are very great. There are numerous verses of the Holy Qur'an and sayings from the Holy Prophet and his Ahl-ul-Bayt (peace be upon them all) which extol…

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.…

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…

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

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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…

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…

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…

A new sense of social responsibility this Eid - report

SHAFAQNA - As the Muslim world continues to be rocked by a series of crises, its people faced with hardship and heartbreak over wars, rising Islamophobia and other by-products of mounting religious intolerance, `Eid Al-Adha has come to represent…

Shifting winds: How Assad is becoming Syria’s only viable option - OpEd

SHAFAQNA - In a press conference this month, German Chancellor Angela Merkel introduced the notion that Syrian President Bashar Assad could indeed be a useful partner in defeating terror. What could have spooked Europe so badly it wants to…

Saudi man paints deadly stampede at the Hajj - PHOTO

SHAFAQNA - Saudi Shiite artist, Ali Mahdi al-Jashi, portrayed a beautiful picture of death of hundreds of pilgrims in recent Hajj tragedy.

World Leaders come together to denounce Saudi Arabia's negligence

SHAFAQNA - As Muslims around the world are attempting to make sense of the tragedy which befall their community, at a time when all should be rejoicing in the festivities of Eid Al Adha, calls have risen against Saudi Arabia and what the public…

Permissible and Impermissible Foods in Qur’an and Traditions

SHAFAQNA- The Holy Qur’an: 1. We grow seeds and grape and grass and olive and date and gardens with many trees and fruits and grasslands so you may benefit from them (80:29-32) 2. God created the farm animals and you eat from them (16:5) 3.…

Key points of success

SHAFAQNA - A person asked to be advised by Imam Ali (AS) and Imam (AS) replied: Do not be of those who recommend taking heed but do not take heed themselves; do not be of those who give excessive advice to others but do not accept advice themselves;…

Way of dealing with tragic events

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS) said: Verily, there is an end to difficulties. Therefore, whenever a tragic event happens, you must put your head down in front of it (must accept the reality and be patient) until it is passed; as when difficulties…

World or hereafter?

SHAFAQNA - According to various narrations, when faced with the above question, one must decide whether he/she loves God, the Prophet (PBUH) and God's friends more, or inner desires? By answering this question one can understand what are his/her…

On Freedom of Expression and Conscience in Islam

SHAFAQNA - In light of events of the past few years, notably, the publication of the cartoons in Denmark caricaturing the Holy Prophet Muhammad(saw) and the recently dismissed criminal prosecution for apostasy in Afghanistan, I will discuss…

Finding opportunity to commit sins

SHAFAQNA - There are people who do not have the opportunity to commit sins, this group must be thank God that they do not anything which make them to commit sins. There are however people who when they find money, feel strong and the opportunity…