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Believing in a savior is not exclusive to Shia

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SHAFAQNA- Rather, all Muslims—including Shias and Sunnis—believe in this notion. However, the Shias are privileged in that they know this Savior by name and features, and believes that he is always ready and prepared to receive the divine…

"The more I read about Islam the more I am falling in love with it"

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SHAFAQNA- Salam Islam | By Charlie Alcala : The current of life can drag you to a place you would never think of going.  Our fate is not in our hands, although it would seem to be; in its very veins are traces of handprint totally in contrast…

Is it Allowed to Convert to Islam And not Wear Hijab?

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SHAFAQNA- Salam Islam: In order to answer to this question about wearing Hijab, firstly we should  understand why God has sent down religion to man and why He orders man what to do and what to avoid. Imagine a person who invents an electronic…

Challenging the Tyranny of the Status Quo - Husayn Ibn Ali (as) /Exclusive for Shafaqna

SHAFAQNA- Challenging The Tyranny of the Status Quo - Husayn Ibn Ali (as) Open Discussions in association with Gulf Cultural Club hosted a seminar on the lessons on martyrdom and change from the Karbala epic entitled 'Challenging the tyranny…

Towards a bold discussion on the historicity of the religious text and how to develop the Islamic thought

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SHAFAQNA- By Sheikh Youssef Sbeity Translated by: Manal Samhat The Quran constitutes what Allah has revealed to His Messenger, (Al-Mustapha – “The Chosen”) (p.) with the aim of guiding people to the straight path. Such…

Isma'ilism and Its Branches

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SHAFAQNA- Imam Ja 'far al-Sadiq had a son named Ismail who was the oldest of his children. Isma'il died during the lifetime of his father who summoned witnesses to his death, including the governor of Medina. 1 Concerning this question,…

The Prophets and Revealed Religion

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SHAFAQNA- What the prophets of God received through revelation and as a message from God and conveyed to mankind was religion (Din), 1 that is, a way of life and human duties which guarantee the real happiness of man. Revealed religion…

INTERVIEW WITH ARCHBISHOP LEO BOCCARDI APOSTOLIC NUNCIO OF THE HOLY SEE (VATICAN AMBASSADOR) TO THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN

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SHAFAQNA- 1. Can you please introduce yourself and give your general background?   For  those  who  read  and  understand  their  life  with  faith  it  is  natural  to  discover  the plan of God for their life.…

US Muslims teach neighbors about their religion during Open Mosque Day

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SHAFAQNA - Among throngs of people touring the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center on Sunday were two lanky middle school girls who love to talk about religion. “What do you believe?” they often ask each other. Mary Matero,…

Religion, the essence of all cultures

SHAFAQNA- In an interview with Hawzah News, Head of Imam Sadiq (a.s) university discussed the concept of religion from different viewpoints. Hujjat al-Islam Mohammad Sa’eed Mahdavi-Kani explained that one's attitude to the world, or in other…

Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (a.s.) and Religion

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SHAFAQNA- The prime factor for the disappointment of the Shia was the lack of a uniform or coherent ideology; and this continued to be so till the time of the great Imam of the Shias, Jafer al-Sadiq. This is what the writer says. We do…

World will get more religious by 2050

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SHAFAQNA- The world is becoming more religious, according to a Pew study. The number of agnostics and others who don’t affiliate with a certain religion shrinks as a percentage of the global population. By 2050, just 13 percent of people…

Religion Might Be Answer to Depression

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SHAFAQNA- According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression, experiencing symptoms that include feelings of emptiness, restlessness, hopelessness, helplessness, anxiety and loss…

The Advantages of Religion

SHAFAQNA - It was revealed that religion has a profound effect in reforming the individual and the society. It is also the only means of obtaining bliss and prosperity. A society which does not abide by religion loses its realignment and…

Is It Necessary For Man To Follow A Religion?

SHAFAQNA - The foremost question that comes up here is "what is the relation of men's lives with religion and piety?" Is it not possible for a human society to continue its humanitarian existence without religion and faith in Allah? Is it not…

Beliefs

SHAFAQNA - If we use our commonsense and conscience, we realize that this world of existence with its wonderful order could not be created by itself and this astonishing order of the world of creation could not be achieved without an organizer. Undoubtedly,…

Seeking protection in Allah (S.w.T.)’s obedience

SHAFAQNA - The deity of the sinners and Allah (S.w.T.)’s disobedient persons is always Satan. Such persons might curse Satan a thousand times to make a hypocritical show to others. To put the matter in more precise words, such persons outwardly…

Temet Nosce (Know Thyself)

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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…

IS TRUTH SUBJECTIVE? ARE ALL RELIGIONS CORRECT AND TRUE?

SHAFAQNA - Question: I was listening to a speaker who claims: “Truth is a subjective thing, I have never personally believed that the Shi’a are the truth. The truth is a subjective thing that everyone arrives at in their own capacity…

Take a Knee for Freedom of Religion

SHAFAQNA - Freedom of religion depends on the willingness to stand up for (or take a knee for) the right not to be compelled to worship. What is freedom of religion? It is not actually or directly freedom to think or not think religious…

Can Islam be forced on others?

SHAFAQNA- Having accepted that from the Islamic point of view, faith in God is ingrained in human nature, and that it is only the parents and the society that corrupts the soul and divert it from the Right Path, the question comes: Can Islam…

Why Do I Consider Islam as the Most Perfect Religion?

SHAFAQNA- No other religion professed by a large community have I found so comprehensible and encouraging. There seems no better way towards tranquility and contentment in life, no greater promise for the future after death. The human…

The Ahl al-Bayt's (A.S.) Interpretation of the Religion

SHAFAQNA- It is related that al-Ma'mun sent Fadl ibn Sahl Dhu al-Riasatayn to al-Imam al-Reza (A.S.). He said to the Imam (A.S.): I would like you to compile for me(the precepts of) the lawful and the unlawful, obligatory rules, and traditions…

Motives for Responding to Supplications

SHAFAQNA- The following etiquettes that must be followed when supplicating can be grounds for having the prayers responded to: • A suppliant, upon supplicating, should raise the hands, turn them over, move them in a way indicating submission,…

Muslim Workers Forced to Choose Between Keeping Religion or Job

SHAFAQNA- They say their former employer forced them to choose between keeping their jobs and keeping important tenets of their faith. The men walked out of their jobs at Brose Jefferson in Warren over a dispute about meal break times…

The Charter of Freedom

SHAFAQNA- This is, for me, a pleasant day. Of course, I had visited your university frequently during the terms of my presidency. But the present occasion has certain aspects which will turn it into a sweet, lasting memory in my mind: A few…

Time Concepts in the Qur’an – a Historical Perspective by Dr. Ahmad Pakatchi

SHAFAQNA- Time plays an important and often times a complicated role in various different fields, and history is definitely not an exception to this rule. One specific discussion pertaining to time and its role in history is with regards…

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…