Summary of the History of Twelve-Imam Shi'ism

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SHAFAQNA- The majority of Shi'ites are Twelvers. They were originally the same group of friends and supporters of 'Ali who, after the death of the Prophet, in order to defend the right of the Household of the Prophet in the question of the…

Awaiting the Beloved

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SHAFAQNA-A person is indebted to the blessing of hope and anticipation in his social and personal life.  If it was not for this hope and anticipation there would be no purpose in looking forward to the future.  Life for such a person would…

Imam Al-Mahdi (A.S.)

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SHAFAQNA-Title:  Al-Mehdi, Saheb-ul-Asr and Al-Hujjat Kunyat:  Abul Qasim Born at Samarra, on Friday, the 15th Shaban 255 A.H. Father’s name:  Imam Hasan-al-Askari Mother’s name:  Nargis Khatoon He is still living…

HAZRAT ALI AKBAR (A.S)

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SHAFAQNA- After Abbas (pbuh), came the turn of Ali Akbar (pbuh), to go to the battlefield. The battle drums of the enemies were now getting louder and louder. It is reported that this eighteen (18) year old son was so very much loved by one…

Birthday of Hazrat Ali Akbar (AS)

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SHAFAQNA- Salaam and heartiest congratulations to you all on a very special day. It is the day that pertains to the youth and inspires in them the feeling of virtue, moral values, and pursuit of lofty goals, such as defending the honour and…

Fifth Infallible Sayings

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SHAFAQNA-*  O Allah what did he finds who lost you, and what did he loose who found you. * On his way to Karbala, Imam Hussain(A.S.) said: This world has changed, snubbed, and its good has turned tail. Nothing has remained from it except…

Aspects of the Life of Imam Hussein a.s

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SHAFAQNA- The third infallible Imam is Husayn ibn Ali (peace and blessings be with them), grandson of the Last Messenger of Allah, The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be with him and his progeny). His mother is The Holy Lady Fatima al-Zahra…

A Will Which Was Not Written

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SHAFAQNA- The last chapter of the life of the Prophet of Islam, when he was confined to bed, is one of the most delicate and subtle chapters of the history of Islam. In those days the Muslims were passing through very tragic moments. Open…

The Seventh Imam Musa Ibn Ja’far Al-Kazim (as)

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SHAFAQNA- Born in Madina on 7th Safar 128 Hijri (10.11.745AD). Died in Baghdad Iraq 25th Rajab 183 Hijri (4.9.799 AD) Period of Imamate was 35 years. Imam Musa Ibn Ja’far was born during the struggle between the Ummayads and the…

The Imams and Leaders of Islam

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SHAFAQNA- The previous discussions lead us to the conclusion that in Islam, after the death of the Holy Prophet, there has continuously existed and will continue to exist within the Islamic community (ummah) an Imam (a leader chosen by God).…

What Motivated Sheikh al-Sadûq to Compile the Invaluable Book "Man lâ yahduruhu Al-Faqîh"?

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SHAFAQNA - According to the report quoted by Shafaqna from the source WikShia, the book “Kitâb Man lâ yahduruhu Al-Faqîh” (in arabic: کتابُ مَن لایحْضُرُه الفَقیه which means “The book of one who does not have…

The Representative of Allah (SWT) in Imamat is Like His Representative in Nubuwwat

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SHAFAQNA-After the martyrdom of Imam Ali ibn Musa al-Reza (PBUH), Ma’moon moved his central power in Khurasan to Baghdad. He then sent a letter to Imam Muhammad Taghi al-Jawad (PBUH) and summoned him respectfully and honorably acknowledging…

The Ninth Imam, Muhammad ibn ‘Ali al Taqi al Jawad (as)

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SHAFAQNA- Born in Madina, 10th Rajab 195 Hijri (12.4.811 AD). Died in Baghdad Iraq 29th Zeeqad 220 Hijiri (27.11.835, aged 25 years, Period of Imamate 17 years. At the time of the death of Imam ‘Ali Al-Ridha’ (as) our 9th Imam was…

Imam Ali (A.S.) and the Holy Quran

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SHAFAQNA-We have seen so far traditions from the Sunni sources related to Imam Ali (a.s.), which prove the superiority of Ali (a.s.) over all other companions of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.). Now after proving this fact (superiority of Ali (a.s.))…

Start of the Universal Mission

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SHAFAQNA-"And we have not sent you but to all mankind as a bearer of good news and as a warner, but most people do not know." (Holy Qur'an 34:28) Like a shaft of light, divine revelation pierced the darkness of jahiliyya in the year 609 CE.…

Imam Hadi's (A.S.) Standing against Deviation

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SHAFAQNA- The social-political life of the Imams (A.S.) is exemplary in the way of feeling responsibility for protecting religion and increasing knowledge. Their stability in the fundamentals of religion in addition to their attention to…

Imam Baqir (a.s.) And Fruits Of Heaven

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SHAFAQNA-Once a Christian asked our 5th Imam, Imam Baqir (a.s.), how it could possibly be true what the Imam Baqir (a.s.) had said about the fruits of Heaven not reducing when they were eaten? Imam Baqir (a.s.) told him not only was it true…

The Birth Anniversary Of Imam Mohammad Baqir (AS)

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SHAFAQNA- Imam Mohammad Baqir (Pbuh) was born on 1st of Rajab or 3rd of Safar, 57 A.H. in Medina. Both from mother and father side of the family, he was descended from Hazart-e Ali (Pbuh) and Fatemeh Zahra (Sa). As Imam Sadiq (Pbuh) said, her…

Mistress of the Ladies of the Worlds

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SHAFAQNA-"Bi Ismillahy Ar-Rahman Ar-Rahim - In the name of God the Beneficent the Merciful Inna 'atai'nakal Kawthar - Verily We have given thee (O' Our Apostle Muhammad!) The Kawthar (Abundance) Fa sally li Rabbuka wa inhar - So pray thou…

Fountainhead of Divine Knowledge

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SHAFAQNA- The 3rd of Safar, which according to a narration is the birth anniversary of the Prophet’s 5th infallible successor, Imam Mohammad Baqer (AS). Although a blessed occasion we do not celebrate the 5th Imam’s birthday…

Imam Hassan (A.S.) - A Brief Look Into His Life

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SHAFAQNA-(This is) an account of the Imam after the Commander of the faithful, peace be on him, the date of his birth, the evidence for his Imamat (the period of his succession), the time of his death, and the place of his grave. (It also provides)…

Ar-Radhiah Al-Mardhiyah

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SHAFAQNA-Accepting what Allah ordains for one’s self, is considered an excellent degree of belief in Allah-Glory be to Him. Throughout her difficult life, Lady Fatima Zahra (A.S.) was delighted with whatever Allah Almighty ordained for…

Al-Batool

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SHAFAQNA- Allah, the Exalted, created His creatures and implemented in them certain laws and habits. He also subjected these creatures to laws and habits. For instance, a law that rules fire is incendiary; while plants require certain spans…

Imam al-Hadi (A.S.) reply on Fatalists

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SHAFAQNA- The following narrations are related to the Imam Abul-Hasan Ali bin Mohammed Al-Hadi (peace be upon him) From Ali bin Mohammed: Peace and God’s mercy and blessings be upon you and those who follow the right guidance. I have…

Imam Muhammed Al-Jawad (A.S.)

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SHAFAQNA-One day in Baghdad, some children were busy playing on a street. Among them was our 9th Imam (as).  Suddenly the children saw Mamoon ar-Rasheed, the Abbasid ruler passing by with his soldiers. The children quickly dispersed from…

Imam Musa ibn Jafar Al-Kadhim (A.S.)

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SHAFAQNA-Parents: Imam Ja’ffar al-Sadiq (a.s.) & Hameeda al-Barbariyyah Birth:     7th Safar 128 A.H. at Al-Abwa, between Mecca & Madina Titles:    Al-Kadhim (One who swallows anger), ‘Abdus-Saleh…

Imam Jafar Al-Sadiq (AS) Biography

SHAFAQNA-Name : Jaffer (a.s.) - the 6th Holy Imam Title : As-Sadiq, Sadiq-e-Aal-e-Mohammad(a.s.) Agnomen : Abu-Abdullah Father : Imam Mohammad Baqir(a.s.) - the 5th Holy Imam Mother : Umm-e-Farwa(a.s.) Birth : At Madina on 17th of…

Umm-al-Banin, the Mother of Hazrat Abbas (A.S.)

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SHAFAQNA-The woman, who bore and brought up a hero such as Hazrat Abbas (A.S.), the standard-bearer to Imam Hussain (A.S.), was Umm-al-Banin (A.S.). She was the daughter of Hazam ibn Khali and wife of Imam Ali (A.S.). She was from the courageous…