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What is the Difference between Islam and Iman?

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SHAFAQNA - via 180 Questions Enquiries About Islam | par Ayatullah  Nasir Makarim Shirazi: In verse 14 of Suratul Hujurat, we read: قَالَتِ الأََعْرَابُ آمَنَّا قُلْ لَمْ تُؤْمِنُوا وَ لٌكِنْ…

Faith in God: a Natural Instinct

SHAFAQNA- According to Islam, every child is born with the innate ability to know and believe in his Creator; this cognition has been placed by God into his nature (fitra). The Qur'ān describes the human soul in a very beautiful way. After…

Apostasy is Equal to Treason

SHAFAQNA- Why does Islam not allow apostasy? Apostasy or irtidād in Islam is equal to treason. The Western world limits treason to political and military terms. In the USA, treason consists "only in levying war against Americans, and…

Temet Nosce (Know Thyself)

SHAFAQNA - Despite Satan’s deliberate disobedience and efforts to lead man astray, the scope of his influence is certainly limited. There are some who ‘rise above the influence’.  “…God has treasures there which are neither gold…

I’tekaf – the gem of worship that you may not know about

SHAFAQNA - “…And We imposed a duty upon Abraham and Ismael, (saying): Purify My house for those who perform Tawaf (Ta’ifeen) and those who are staying [there] (A’kifeen) for worship and those who bow and prostrate [in prayer].” (The…

Martin Scorsese's new faith-based film is out: "Silence"

SHAFAQNA - Martin Scorsese, a Roman Catholic, has had a deep and involving relationship with his faith which has been beautifully illustrated in his film career spanning for more than 50 years. At one point, Scorsese contemplated joining the…

Breaking religious stereotypes & the US presidential elections

SHAFAQNA - Muslims are up against quite a few Republican contenders who are competing on how stringent they will be on Islamic Terrorism if elected. Not only that, they are also demanding proper management as it relates to the issue of immigration.…
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The Case for God in a World Suffused with Evil

SHAFAQNA - Is God omnibenevolent? Then how come He doesn’t stop all the evil in this world? How come God didn’t prevent Hitler from carrying out his genocide against the Jews? How come He doesn’t cure all those with terminal diseases?…

The Meaning of Faith in Islam

SHAFAQNA - Westerners often assume that the Moslem faith rests only on the obedience of strict rules and regulations but has no place for 'a living faith of the heart'. How do the Koran and the Islamic teachers define 'faith in God'? Does the…

Course on “Monotheism in View of AhlulBayt (A.S.)” Begins in Senegal

SHAFAQNA - An educational course on “Monotheism in View of AhlulBayt (A.S.)” has been orgaized by Iranian Cultural Center in Senegal. According to the website of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization, this is the third edition…

A holiday letter from Muslim leaders in Minnesota Two faiths, one hope — for peace

SHAFAQNA - To our Christian brothers and sisters: Out of our shared love for the Messiah, Jesus, Son of Mary, Peace Be Upon Him, we greet you with peace and joy during your celebration of his life. The Bible refers to him as the Messiah…

Effect of Religion on Social Life

SHAFAQNA - The human being possesses the two faculties of desire and anger. If the faculty of desire of wealth overcomes him, then the treasures of the earth will not satisfy him. Even more, if the desire of status and power overtakes him, then…

Professor Suspended For Saying Christians And Muslims Worship The ‘Same God’

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SHAFAQNA - A major evangelical Christian university has suspended a tenured professor after she argued that Christians and Muslims “worship the same God” and donned a hijab to express solidarity with Muslims. On December 10, Dr. Larycia…

‘From the roots of Abraham’: A unifying moral vision from the Abrahamic faiths

SHAFAQNA - All major civilisations have evolved  under the overarching direction of  one religion or another. Western  civilisation is largely a synthesis of the  Judeo-Christian tradition, albeit with a  noteworthy influence of Islam.…

“I Am Your Protector” Promotes Unity in the US

SHAFAQNA - Sending a message of unity and understanding, an international campaign has been launched in the US to acknowledge those who stand up for each other across religious, racial and gender lines. “We’re overexposed to narratives…

BOOK REVIEW: Inner Dimensions of Islamic Worship

SHAFAQNA - In this book readers are led on a powerful and inspiring journey through the inner dimensions of a range of Islamic acts, including prayer, almsgiving, fasting, and pilgrimage.Consisting of a selection of writings by a great figure…

LOVE within and without

Courtesy of The Islamic Centre of England for SHAFAQNA - Harun Yahya discusses the uplifting effects of true love and the problems that arise when human beings are devoid of such central emotion. Grief, anger and hatred: All these negativities…

Why should a born Muslim practice Islam?

SHAFAQNA - I have come across many Muslim youth and even some adults I met in the U.S. who do not practice Islam. When I asked them why, their reply was, “we just inherited the title, but we are not interested in Islam.” I was not…

Why should I have a need for God? OpEd

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SHAFAQNA - In a world where secularism has taken the place of God, it is no wonder why people have lost their appetite for a Creator. Most western countries follow the Darwinist philosophy which states all things were created on their own…

Two Views Concerning the Pleasures of This World - Islam teaching

SHAFAQNA - Man can construct a solid barrier against the danger of the dissolution of his inward personality only when he attains religious belief and certainty, the conviction that our sorrows and joys do not go to waste, that we are not advancing…

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…

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…