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Human Civilisation & Religion

SHAFAQNA - If we study the means and factors which led to the development of human societies in the past, this truth becomes evident to us that in his life, man only demands and pursues his own prosperity and happiness. Of course, this happiness…

World-Famous Atheist Convinced by Science That God Exists

SHAFAQNA- This is the story of an eminent British philosopher—a key champion of atheism for more than fifty years— who he has come to believe that there really is a God, on account of the intelligent design of the universe and life forms. Antony…

What is the criterion of disobedience to parents?

SHAFAQNA- Question: It has been mentioned in Tafsir Tasnim that: "The obligatory right of father is where disobedience to him is considered to be disownment and which causes him distress and discomfort and the recommended right is…

"Love of God" by Br. Muhammad Jaffer

SHAFAQNA- Discussion with Br. Muhammad Jaffer on the Love of God Analyzing Rumi's poetry on his deep Love of God. Understanding the Quran's message of the total submission to love.  

How to Gain the Love of Allah

SHAFAQNA- It has been narrated from Abu Sa’id al-Khudri that he said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) say the following to a person whom he was advising: 'Actively seek that which is in the presence of Allah so that Allah will…

How An Austrian professor Discovers Islam?

SHAFAQNA- Born 1953 in the town Linz in Austria, I spent my childhood in Munich (Germany) until we moved to Salzburg (Austria) when I was 16 years old. I grew up in a conservative Christian way. My parents are strict Protestant Christians,…

Expectation of Solace

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SHAFAQNA-By: Ayatullah Murtadha Mutahhari Aspiring for the realization of this human ideal has, in the Islamic traditions, been termed as 'Expectation of Solace'. Its underlying idea is substantiated by the Islamic and Qur'anic principle of…

The Origin and the Return (1/12) - By Khalil Jaffer

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The Origin and the Return (1/12) -  By Khalil Jaffer

A Very Important Event

SHAFAQNA- Nasr ibn Muzahim, in his book of Waq'a Siffin (one of the oldest books that were written nearly in the age of the Holy Imams), has reported that Habbah al-Arani, a companion of Imam Ali (A.S), to say: When we landed in the region…

For the Western audience: DOES GOD EXIST?

SHAFAQNA - Yes God exists. The nature of God is not physical and therefore cannot be perceived using physical sense perceptions. How do we know that? When Moses asked God that he would like to see him directly, he meant using his physical…

Granting a Prayer

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SHAFAQNA- Does Allah (SWT) grant all our prayers? Is it possible that Allah (SWT) does not grant our prayers? How can we become confident that our prayer will be granted? May Allah (SWT) bless you. :Answer  As…

The Redeemer and the Savior

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SHAFAQNA- Introduction To those who have acquaintance (even though a little) with the invaluable treasure of Shiite traditions and the precious heritage of the immaculate Imams (A.S.), the importance of "Imamah" (leadership) and "Wilayah"…

The Goal of Creation

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SHAFAQNA-  Martyr Mortada Motahari One of the fundamental problems to investigate is the goal of life. Man always asks questions like what he lives for and what his objective in life should be. From the viewpoint of Islam, one would as…

Why does Allah test people?

SHAFAQNA- The topic of Divine trial is an issue of great debate and discussion. The first question that comes to mind is: Are trials not for understanding matters which are obscure, hence eliminating our ignorance? If so, why does Allah (s.w.t.),…

How can I improve my spirituality and maintain closeness to Allah?

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SHAFAQNA- Spiritual fluctuation is one of the characteristics of our hearts. Our soul is also called ‘Qalb’ (heart) because it changes from time to time, one day and on one occasion and under certain circumstances we may feel more spiritual,…

Allah Between Innate Knowledge and Evidence

SHAFAQNA - In the Name of Allah All Merciful, All Compassionate Thank is due to Allah, Lord of the Universe and prayers and peace be on our Master Mohammad and the immaculate members of his pure households. Since the early years of its…

Why Should I Fear Allah?

SHAFAQNA - Is loving God enough to earn a person a ticket to Paradise? A Christian may say “yes”, and a Muslim may also say “yes” and add that loving God is one of three elements necessary for entry to Paradise. The other two…

My journey back to Islam - At last I found God

SHAFAQNA - Born and raised as a Muslim in Iran until the age of 22, I finally had my unimaginable dream come true. I was about to travel to California to study and complete the process of family migration to the US that took us about 15 years…
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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?…
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Blaming God for the lunacy of Men

SHAFAQNA - There have been much hate and fear-tainted ignorance being thrown at Muslims, and of course by association Islam in the wake of Brussels’ attacks. Once more the mob came out calling for blood, demanding that something, someone…

Has Norway lost its way to God?

SHAFAQNA - As European countries are arguing nationalities and religions - in search of their own identity, researchers decided to investigate European's belief in God. The number of Norwegians who say they do not believe in God has reached…

In the name of God, the most Merciful and Compassionate - Divine love

SHAFAQNA - Back at the time of the Prophet Muhammad, a Bedouin found on his way home a couple of helpless little birds, abandoned without shelter under the heat of the desert. Feeling sorry for the animals, the man picked them both up in a…

Piety and Devotion

SHAFAQNA- "The strongest thing Allah imposes on his creation is that they should remember Allah many times. I do not mean that they should say, Allah akber, subhanallah, la-illaha illallah, though these are parts of it, I mean they should…

As a Shia Muslim we know that .....

SHAFAQNA- As a Shia Muslim we know that: -- The most complete gift of God is a life based on knowledge. --The innumerable fools have made the learned very scarce. --The learned man understands the ignorant for he was once ignorant…

Paul Galloway on religious semantic and the notion of God

SHAFAQNA - Paul Galloway is the executive director of the American Center for Outreach, an advocacy group for civic participation of Muslims in Tennessee. A tolerant man, a man of peace and reason, Mr Galloway offered an interesting position…

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…

Buddhism and the God-idea

SHAFAQNA - Quite contradictory views have been expressed in Western literature on the attitude of Buddhism toward the concept of God and gods. From a study of the discourses of the Buddha preserved in the Pali canon, it will be seen that the…

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…