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Fabrication of Traditions against Ali a.s

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SHAFAQNA- Abu Ja'far al-Iskafi412 said that Mu'awiyah forced some of the Companions and the Followers to narrate obscene and indecent reports, with ascribing then to Ali, with the aim of defaming and disowning him. He dedicated for this act…

A Unique Leader in the History of Mankind

SHAFAQNA-Professor - Khorramabad University. The history of mankind has witnessed many leaders over the ages. Many of these leaders achieved leadership through might or inheritance and some were chosen as leaders because of certain outstanding…

Appointment of Imam Ali (A.S.): Explicit or Implicit?

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SHAFAQNA-1. Introduction We have gathered [1] here tonight in memory of the person who has given us our identity as "Shi'a Muslims". We take pride in calling ourselves "Shi'as of 'Ali" - the Partisans or Followers of 'Ali bin Abi Talib (a.s.). Tonight…

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.))…

Helping children understand the beauty of the Holy Qur’an

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SHAFAQNA- We as adults all know of the spiritual benefits of reciting the Holy Qur’an during the holy month of Ramadhan, but how do we instill this in our children? For many of us, Arabic is not a language we are fluent in, and thus this…

Nahj ul Balagha; Letter to Ziyad ibn Abih

SHAFAQNA-Ziyad was the son of a slave named Ubayd, his mother was Sumaiyya, a slave-girl of Haarith bin Kalda, a woman of flexible virtues and very elastic conscience. But Ziyad grew up to be an intelligent man and a very good orator. Everybody…

Ali in God’s words – The Life of Imam Ali – Sayed Moustafa Qazwini

SHAFAQNA- Sayed Moustafa Qazwini will take us on a journey through the life of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib   https://youtu.be/RnY2K0Bo0A0

The Last Will of Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (A.S.)

SHAFAQNA-Birth:  13th Rajab 600 AD in the Holy Ka’bah, Mecca Parents:     Abu Talib (a.s.) & Fatima bint Asad Titles: Ameer al-Momineen (Chief of Believers), Asadullah (Lion of Allah) Death:      …

urans attributed to Infallible Imams (AS) were Rewritten

SHAFAQNA-Pages of Qur'anic verses attributed to Imams (AS) that were put on display in the Qur'an Museum of Astan Quds Razavi were rewritten. According to the Astan News, Director of the Qur'an and the Exquisites Museum of Organization of Libraries,…

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.))…

The Purport of the Discourse on Ghadir

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SHAFAQNA- The available documents reveal that the words mawla (master) and vali (guardian) refer to the successor of the Holy Prophet of Islam and the Guardian of the Ummah of Islam, and that no other meaning can be applied to these two words.…

Imam Ali (a.s.) in the eyes of Non-Muslims

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SHAFAQNA-Saying: "Ali was so popular even among the non-Muslims that when he died, all the Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians of Kufa, particularly their women and children who were personally looked after by Ali, lamented his death and wept…

The Issue of occultation

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SHAFAQNA-The atrocities of Bani Abbas towards the progeny of Ali and the sons of Imam Jafer Sadiq had created unrest and confusion as well as the problem of succession to Imam Hasan Askari (260, 874 AD). At Samerra there rendered elements and…

Genealogy of Imam Ali bin Abi Taleb (as)

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SHAFAQNA- Amongst the descendants of Prophet Abraham / Ibrahim (as), Imam Ali (as) belonged to the line of Quraish. Imam Ali bin Abi Taleb (as) the Commander of the Faithful (Amir al-Muminin) was the first cousin of Holy Prophet Muhammad…

From Nahj ul Balaghah

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SHAFAQNA-  ومن خطبة له (عليه السلام) [وفيها مباحث لطيفة من العلم الالهي] [الْحَمْدُ للهِ] الَّذِي لَمْ تَسْبِقْ لَهُ حَالٌ حالاً، فَيَكُونَ…

From Nahj ul Balagha

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SHAFAQNA- ومن خطبة له (عليه السلام) في استنفار الناس إلى الشام [بعد فراغه من أمر الخوارج] [وفيها يتأفف بالناس، وينصح لهم بطريق السداد] أُفٍّ…

Fatimah (AS) in the Verse of Mubahala

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SHAFAQNA-Allah, the Exalted said: "If anyone disputes in this matter with thee, now after (full) knowledge hath come to thee, say: `Come! Let us gather together; our sons arid your sons, our women and your women, ourselves and yourselves.…

Imam Ali a.s, The Commander of Faithfuls

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SHAFAQNA-Twenty-three years before the Hijra, on the thirteenth of Rajab, a miraculous birth took place.  Fatima-bint-Asad, the wife of Abu Talib, was Divinely Guided with sudden labor pains to the Holy Kaaba.  As her immense labor pains…

Second Infallible Sayings

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SHAFAQNA-* One who develops the trait of greediness and avarice invites degradation; one who keeps on advertising his poverty and ill-luck will always be humiliated; one who has no control over his tongue will often have to face embarrassment…

Short Maxims of Imam Ali (A.S.) - Part 4

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SHAFAQNA- 32. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said: Do not care when you associate with the intelligent even if you are deprived of his generosity. You may benefit by his intelligence, but be cautions of his ill manners. Do not neglect associating…

Short Maxims of Imam Ali (A.S.) - Part 3

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SHAFAQNA- 21. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said: You should gather in your heart the need for people and the dispensing with them. You may have the need for people through showing good wording and good humor with them, and you may have the…

Short Maxims of Imam Ali (A.S.) - Part 2

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SHAFAQNA- Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said to Malik al-Ashtar: O Malik, retain and understand the following wording: O Malik, the owners of weak conviction are disregarding their personality. He whoever takes greed as his slogan is disgracing…

Short Maxims of Imam Ali (A.S.) - Part 1

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SHAFAQNA- 1. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said: Piety, concealment of the good actions, steadfastness against disasters, and suppression of the misfortunes are within the treasures of Paradise. 2. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said: The…

From Nahj ul Balagha

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SHAFAQNA- ومن خطبة له (عليه السلام) [وهو بعض خطبة طويلة خطبها يوم الفطر] [وفيها يحمد الله ويذم الدنيا] [حمد الله] الْحَمْدُ للهِ غَيْرَ…

The Ideal Leadership (Part 2)

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SHAFAQNA-Imam Ali bin Abi Talib (as)  is reported to have said: “The means of securing leadership is a generous heart” What it means is that a good leader needs to have a kind and munificent but discerning heart whereby he…

12 beautiful sayings by Imam Ali (as)

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SHAFAQNA- As 2016 draws to an end, here are 12 beautiful sayings by Imam Ali (as) that we can collectively reflect on, to help us feel motivated and empowered for 2017! 1. “How can one become intimate with Allah when he has not separated…

Prophetic Texts Relating to Imamate of Imam Ali (A.S)

SHAFAQNA- This article is prepared in three parts with these submenus as follows:   1. The Event of the Day of Warning   2. The Tradition of Ghadir and Its Continuity (Part 1)   3. The Tradition of Ghadir…

How to grow and develop, according to Imam Ali (a.s.)

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SHAFAQNA- Translated by: Manal Samhat By His Eminence, the Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra) Imam Ali (a.s.) has talked a lot about fanaticism and its destructive impacts on individuals and groups alike, and he…