In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
The Religious Authority H.E. Sayyed M. H. Fadlullah delivered the two Friday prayer sermons at the Imamain Al-Hassanain Mosque, 25th of April 2008, 19 Rabi'II 1429 H, several prominent religious scholars, dignitaries and thousands of believers attended the Jumu’a prayer.
The First Sermon
The Islamic Code
Allah, The Most Exalted, says in His Holy book: O you who believe! be careful of (your duty to) Allah with the care which is due to Him, and do not die unless you are Muslims.
And hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with gratitude Allah's favour on you; for ye were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His Grace, ye became brethren; and ye were on the brink of the pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus doth Allah make His Signs clear to you: That ye may be guided. Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong: They are the ones to attain felicity.
Be not like those who are divided amongst themselves and fall into disputations after receiving Clear Signs: For them is a dreadful penalty(3: 103-105)
In these Holy Ayahs Allah wants to show the Muslims what they should abide by, in order to adhere to Islam. They should stand with Muslim unity, and call for the good and forbid what is wrong. They should reject any dissent and fragmentation having been guided to what they should follow through Allah's Book and the Sunnah of His Prophet.
Allah tells us that we should be "careful of our duty" towards Allah? How do we do that? By feeling that Allah is watching us everywhere we go in our houses… the market, in the society at large, in peace and war, and in adhering to any political or social principles or platforms.
Some traditions have relayed to us that we ought to fear Allah as if we see him, and if we do not then He sees us. If you know that Allah sees you and you disobey Him, then you are making Allah the least significant of those who see you. Meaning that if you know that Allah is watching you in all what you do in private or in public and that he knowsof (the tricks) that deceive with the eyes, and all that the hearts (of men) conceal. (40:19), how can you disobey Him. It has been related in the traditions that piety is that Allah should not find you where he told you not to be and conversely He should find you where He ordered you to be.
God's will in the universe
We ought to know, that just as our existence in life was through God's will, who put the secret of life in the sperm, then of that the clot, then the bones which he clotted with flesh, thus, the continuity of our existence in life is a grace He bestowed on us. When it will end, there will be nothing but Allah and we all have to stand before Him on the Day of Judgment, the Day we will be held accountable. It is the day in which Allah will say (It will be said to him:) "Read thine (own) record: Sufficient is thy soul this day to make out an account against thee." (17:14)
And he will find that everything is written in it.
That is why Allah says that the person might start as a Muslim, but bad company might deviate him, as well as certain societal complications, or some political parties that deny the existence of God or the Islamic Shariah. Thus, he might be a Muslim in name, but he has joined an atheist party or he might have yielded to international intelligence. How could he be considered as a Muslim.
Islam is the rope of Allah
Thus, people should keep their faith, and not die, unless they are Muslims. It is as Prophet Yusuf has said when he wanted to thank God for His gracesO my Lord! Thou hast indeed bestowed on me some power, and taught me something of the interpretation of dreams and events,- O Thou Creator of the heavens and the earth! Thou art my Protector in this world and in the Hereafter. Take Thou my soul (at death) as one submitting to Thy will (as a Muslim), and unite me with the righteous." (12:101), and what Imam Ali bin Al-Hussein said in one of his supplications as he asked God to keep him alive as long as he obeys Him, buthe asked Him to end his life before Satan could control it.Thus,we have to keep our Islam until we die and meet Allah as Muslims.
The second point: Allah, the Most Exalted, wanted all Muslims in the entire world to hold fast to the rope of Allah, which is the Glorious Quran whichNo falsehood can approach it from before or behind it (41:42). Islam is the rope of Allah. And He commanded us to hold fast to it in times of earthquakes, being a strong rope that will save all of us. "And hold fast all together, by the rope which Allah (stretches out for you)and be not divided among yourselves as the Muslims are doing now, with the sects turning into religions, and Muslims are accusing each other of unbelief and even killing one another. The Prophet (p.)has told us that all of the Muslim is haram to other Muslims,whether his blood, money or honour.
That is why Allah has commanded us to hold fast to His rope to become the power that intimidates the arrogant enemies of Allah that seek to destroy any Islamic force. If any Muslim country tries to acquire certain means of strength, they will quickly hinder its attempts, since they do not want the Muslim world to gain power and technological know how"And remember with gratitude, Allah favour on you, for you were enemies and He joined your heats in love – you were tribes that fight one another and he united you through Islam, a task that even the Prophet could not have done,so that by His Grace, ye became brethren; and ye were on the brink of the pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus doth Allah make His Signs clear to you: That ye may be guided.
The responsibility of the call
Then Allah holds all believers responsible for calling to Islam. This call is not the responsibility of religious scholars, although many scholars, nowadays do not uphold this responsibility: Be not like those who are divided amongst themselves and fall into disputations after receiving Clear Signs: For them is a dreadful penalty
This is the Islamic course Allah wants us to follow: To be the Muslim nation that abides by all of Islam, and not believe in some of the Book and deny other parts. The nation should promote and strengthen Islamic unity, even if we differ in sects or policy, we should enjoin good and forbid evil, butwe should remain untied, since any disperse will make the enemy stronger. Are we going to answer the call of Allah, The Most Exalted?
The Second Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
America's Strategy in Iraq
The American Administration continues to increase its pressures on the so-called moderate countries to implement its strategy in the region in an attempt to compensate for its political and security failure in Iraq, after the occupation has suffered from the killing of more than a thousand troops and the wounding of more then 20 thousands, not to mention those who suffered from shocks and the like.
Thus, what America wants from others is to help it implement its strategy in Iraq and help it to stay long in Iraq, enabling it to dominate its natural wealth especially oil, and further implement its policy of creative anarchy that turned the life of the Iraqi people into a hell that burns all Iraqi people, especially the innocent, children, women, elderly and youth who are hit by American rockets, then it will be said that the planes mistook their targets. But everybody knows that the bombs and rockets only hit the innocent families in their houses, especially in the city of As-Sader whose people have lived the worst forms of deprivation, losing even the basic means of life.
In this context, we fear that the summit of Iraqi's neighbouring countries that was held in Kuwait aims at obtaining a supporting stand from the European and Arabs countries as well as the international organizations, to save the American occupation from the dilemma it has put itself in, and which left its impact on the American public opinion that lost its trust in its administration, as we started to hear American popular voices calling for a complete withdrawal from Iraq.
We would have hoped that the Kuwaiti summit could have been an occasion to demand the withdrawal from Iraq, and to call on certain Arab countries to prevent the entry of extremists and terrorists to Iraq where they would commit horrible massacres all in the name of Islam, as well as to retrain from inciting any historical debate that refuels the sectarian strife, and exploit certain religious issues for political purposes, especially thatthe American plan intended to weaken Iraq – regardless of our opinion of its previous tyrannical regime, so as not to keep any strong Arabic force that might counterbalance Israel, threatening by sectarian and ethic division that might turn, we are afraid, to constructional one, which was not opposed by any of the states of the so-called moderate Arabs countries.
At the same time the Americans seek to normalize the Arab Israeli relations in the name of the peace project that talks about the two state solution, in an attempt to continue along the lines of the Annapolis conference that did not yield any positive results, for the Arabs and the Palestinians. What America wants in only to present Israel as a state that is looking for peace.
Therefore, we believe that America is lying when it talks about a just peace for the Palestinians, or a viable Palestinian state, since it has been, throughout its history selling the Arabs some vague statements that are meaningless.
In the end, all America cares for is to preserve Israel's military and political supremacy on the basis of the Jewish state's rights while opposing the international resolutions that have observed the Palestinian people's right of return to their lands.
In this atmosphere ,the American Secretary of State’svisits tothe region aim at emphasizing the Israeli interests at the expense of that of the Arabs, since the American Administration is not ready to pressurize Israel even to reduce its barbaric killing of the Palestinian innocent civilians, as well as confiscating their lands, building the settlements and the separating wall, especially in this stage of the presidential elections when both parties, the Democratic and the Republican, compete ina hysterical manner to win the support of the Jewish Lobby without caring at all for the Arabs, since they were not able to transform their presence into an effective force that the American successive administrations would take into consideration.
The Manamah Declaration
The Manamah declaration has talked about concern towardsthe Iranian nuclear armament which Iran has denied without talking – not even briefly, about the Israeli barbaric massacres or its huge nuclear arsenal, knowing that Israel has not signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty that Iran has signed.
Incidentally, the American Secretary of state has recently declared that Hamas should renounce violence to prove that it is ready for peace. She is actually justifying any Israeli new massacre. But she did not ask Israel to stop its killings, even in the West Bank where no rockets were launched. She did not also ask Israel to stop the kind of violence represented by the medical and food blockage or the humiliation of the Palestinians at the checkpoints.
Saving the Palestinians
Faced by this tragic reality, we plead to the Arabs and Muslims to shoulder their reasonability of protecting the Palestinians against the American and Israeli threats. They have to fear Allah and not to refrain from aiding the Palestinian people who suffer from the occupation and from a war that moves from one place to another, so that they will not be in harmony with the Zionist's position. They have, therefore, to rebel against the American instructions that forbid its party from helping the Palestinian people leaving them alone to be burnt by the Zionist Nazi holocaust.
American visits to the region
The American officials' visits to the region aim at keeping the internal crises in the Arab countries a hostage to US strategically regional interests. It pressurizes by creating dissension among Lebanese of by complicating the relations with Syria and Iran, accusing them of being the party responsible for the problems in Lebanon and Iraq. The visit of the Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, David Welch, to Lebanon, was one of the American attempts to further the dissent and showed that there seems to be an organic relationship between some of the Lebanese Leaders and the American Administration, who promised them of making every possible effort to make them as strong as their political opponents. This made the Lebanese feel that this Administration has become a Lebanese party that involves itself in the tiniest details. And this was evident from his predication that Lebanon will face a hot summer due to the impasse it has reached and the failure of various initiatives including the Arab one, which America did not actually recognize. That is why it pressurized many Arab countries to boycott the Arab summit, or reduce the level of their representation, in addition to the Lebanese boycott to the summit that was supposed to study the Arab initiative, and try to reach an objective mechanism to implementation.
An Internal dissension
In Lebanon, the political division between the majority and the opposition has reached a stage it no longer, allows any meeting and discussion of the controversial issues, suggesting that Lebanon is no longer united on the basis of citizenry. Many of the political parties have surrendered to the mentality of Arab weakness and succumbed to the American policies which push them towards more dissension and opening up on the Arab trend to befriend Israel, especially with all these statements that escalate strife violence and sectarian hypocrisy.
Meanwhile, the people continue to suffer from hunger, deprivation and luck of basic services.
When will the sun shine again on this country? Is this long night doomed to persist? Is there no dawn in sight?