the Name of God, The Compassionate the Merciful
we are going to talk about two great Islamic occasions.
First is the anniversary of the battle of Badr, the first between
and the pagans.
Muslims who were in Madina having left Mecca after suffering from
all kinds of torture and persecution,
were eager to fight the pagans. And this was the battle, which they
were able to win despite that they were few in number and very ill
(s.w.t) bestowed the blessings of victory on the Muslims, by the
panic He filled the hearts of the pagans with, and by the Angels
that were sent to help the Muslims.
Quran has dedicated many verses to talk about this battle focusing
on the points of weakness the Muslims exhibited.
He, the Most Exalted, wants us to know that is not unnatural to feel
weak while confronting a major threat, but the nation ought to
change its weak points to strong ones.
second occasion is the birth of Imam Hassan bin Ali Bin Abi
Talib(A.S.) the Firstborn to
Ali and Fatima(A.S).
battle started when the pagans deployed their troops after the
Muslims attacked a
Qarashi trade convoy, that was on route from Syria to Mecca, to show
that the Muslims were controlling the strategic road of Quraish’s
trade, and that they have become a force to reckon with.
convoy was able to flee into another road. Yet the pagans decided to
attack Medina. And marched until they reached a place called Badr.
the messenger was trying to encourage the Muslims to fight. But
fighting Quraish was no simple matter, so some of the Muslims were
afraid and told him that this is a very strong army. But others from
the Ansar (Muslims of Madina) said: We will not tell you as Musa’s
people told him: you go and fight along with your Lord, we are
waiting for you. We say: you go with your Lord to fight and we will
go with you …
the Messenger went to fight with but a few men who were neither well
equipped now well armed.
best and most truthful way to tell you what happened is to recite
the Quranic account: “Just as your Lord ordered you out of your
house in truth”. For God wanted you to gain strength and to
start to struggle “even though a party among the believes
disliked it” being afraid of Quraish, the economic and
military superpower, of that age.
with you concerning the truth after it was made manifest,
if they should fight or not –behold, Allah promised you one of
the two parties, that it should be yours-either the
war or the booty, the Quraishi caravan coming from Syria with
all the resources of Quraish, and that is what you have chosen:
To get the booty without having to fight” but Allah willed
to establish the truth according to His words”. Here you have
chosen a way other than Allah’s, thinking about your safety and
greedy interests while Allah wants the Muslims to fight the pagans
and become the dominant force, that will create a favorable
atmosphere for the people to embrace Islam: that He might
establish Truth and prove falsehood false, distasteful though it be
to those in guilt”.
you sought help from your God and he answered you: I will help you
with a thousand of the angels. rank on rank. Allah appointed it only
as good tidings” since they did not fight with you but to help
you boast your moral and feel ease at heart, and that your hearts
might be at rest. Victory only by the help of Allah (who provided
all its causes, lo Allah is mighty-wise.
made you psychologically stable to the extent that you were able to
sleep and get rid of all the worries and anguish you had had .Remember
He covered you with drowsiness, to give you calm as from himself,
and he caused rain to descend on you from Heaven, to clean you
therewith, to remove from you the stain of Satan, to strengthen your
hearts, and to plant your feel firmly therewith.
your Lord inspired the angels(with the message):”I am with you:
give firmness to the Believers: I will instill terror into the
hearts of the Unbelievers Smite ye above their necks and smite all
their finger-tips off them.
because they contented against Allah and His Messenger: If any
contend against Allah and His Messenger. Allah is strict in
punishment. Thus (will it be said): “Taste ye then of the (Punishment):”For
those who reject is the chastisement of the fire”}.
is the lesson that the Muslims should learn, to have faith in God
and in themselves, and be always sure that Allah will let victory be
on the side of the believes. ”Allah had already given you
victory at Badr when you were helpless,” “How oft by Allah’s
will has a small force vanquished a big one”.
is what we have noticed and witnessed in Badr, as well as in the
victory of the Mujahideen in Lebanon, although they were a small
force compared with the Zionist occupiers, but they were able to
make a new Badr
is the lesson of Badr: Muslims should have confidence in Allah and
in Islam, and that they should fight for the cause of Allah and the
right without taking their own interests into account.
we face several Arrogant forces in our age, we should keep
the lessons of Badr in mind”Allah will certainly aid those who
did His(cause); for verily Allah is full of Strength, exalted in
Might, (able) to able to enforce His Will”.
second occasion is the birth of Imam Al-Hassan on the 15th
of Ramadan. He is one of the two grandsons of the Prophet whom the
Messenger (P.) told God that he loved them and asked Him to love
those who love them.
were also described by the Prophet as the masters of the Heaven’s
youth. The Messenger used to play and chat with them teaching us
through them how we should deal with children with love and kindness
acting, as if we were of their age. Try to talk to your child in his
language without imposing your age or thought. Talk to him at the
level he understands and then gradually lift him up to your level.
Imam was raised first by his grandfather and then with his mother
Fatima and his father Imam Ali- But he lost both his grandfather and
mother very early in his life. He then lived his father’s
experience whether before or after the latter became
a caliph learning how they put mines in his road. Imam Ali used to
send his son to solve the difficult problems, and he also used to
refer those who has jurisprudent questions to his son. This shows
how much he was qualified to be a leader after his father.
when Imam Ali died Muawiyah conspired and used all means including
money to topple the rule of Al-Hassan, who had to stop the war, not
because he believed in the legitimacy of Mauiyah’s rule, but
because he wanted to spare the Muslims more blood shedding and
because he knew that continuing the battle will lead to the killing
of the Muslim vanguard opposition. Thus the Imam made a truce
without having to recognize the Umayyad rule.
then went back to Al-Madina, and lived there as a great and
respectable personality. Then, when he was dying of poison, he
learned that they might not agree to burry him near his grandfather,
He asked his brother not to enter in a war over the issue because
he wanted to spare the Muslims any blood shedding , after his death,
just as he did in his life.
this occasion we would like to learn some of his teachings and be
guided by them.
of all the Imam was a firm believer in the necessity of consult,
believing that every man should consult those who have experience
and Knowledge before making up his mind.
also called to learn all about someone before befriending him,
because friends are bound to know your secrets and interfere in your
one of his speeches, the Imam says what could be considered as an
outline for being a good and pious Muslim. He says: ”The Good that
is not mixed with any evil is to be thankful when something good is
bestowed on you” For every good is from Allah. ”And to be
patient and tolerant in times of hardship” so as to be able to plan to change. He also adds “Disgrace is
easier than hellfire”, meaning those who kill their wives or
daughters without going back to the proper authorities.
will be in hell whose torture is far more disgraceful than the
feeling of disgrace you feel in this life.
Imam concludes by saying: If you want to be a worshipper keep away
from what Allah has forbidden” Because it means that you will have
to fight your instincts to earn Allah’s satisfaction.
then adds: “Be content with what Allah has given you, you become
rich, and he good to your neighbor you become a Muslim”.
equating between becoming a Muslim and being good to your neighbor
shows how much Islam wants the Muslims to hold their social
Imam goes on to say “Treat people in the way you like them to
treat you, you become just… You begin to die from the moment you
are born”. Therefore take with you what might help you in the
hereafter, just as a traveler takes with him all he needs in his
journey. This is the lesson the Imam as well as all the other Imams
wanted us to learn: to be pious and to think about the hereafter and
what each of us has done to meet his God with on the Day of
the Name of God, The Compassionate the Merciful
New American Imitative
has once again sent it envoys to the region to freeze the Intifada,
in an effort to find an Israeli solution to the Palestinian problem
by providing some cosmetic moves that might attract the Arabs and
drug the Palestinians, but which in reality tries to secure the
Israeli economy and security, especially as all the Arab regimes are
impotent and cannot oppose any arrogant pressures.
a few days America will receive its strategic ally, Sharon, in a
process that aims to pressurize the Palestinians.
will start by the uttering of this butcher of
some vague words that are meant to polish his image so that the
Americans could conduct the political negotiations under the slogan
of the necessity of providing painful concessions. Then the
Americans will once again be able to say just as they said when
Barak was the prime minister that the Palestinians are the ones to
blame because they refuse to offer concessions regarding Jerusalem,
the return of the refugees, the settlements, and a viable and real
Palestinian state. Since these demands are not compatible with real
politics, in view of the fact that Israel holds all the cards: The
land, the weapons and the American support.
means that the Palestinians should be thankful for what Israel is
giving them regardless of how much trivial it is.
We do not trust America, or its president who refused to
receive to president of the Palestinian Authority (P.A.), as he
should have, being an honest broker… Thus we hope that the
Palestinians would consolidate there internal unity, as it was
demonstrated in the martyrdom operation of Afoula...
should be fully aware of the importance of this unity as the major
source of force they possess. The P.A. should study the concessions
which are more fatal than painful in a way responsible way so as not
to lose its people. In their turn, the Arabs and Muslims should hold their national and Islamic
responsibilities and rise to the level of challenge, for this stage
that could have a considerable impact on the future and on the
nation as a whole.
Unknown fate of the Afghani people
Afghanistan, the international powers are trying to install an
interim government without a popular referendum to find out the
opinion of the Afghani Muslim people who had experienced
the rule of unpopular governments that were imposed on them as a
result of the interference of America and some of its allies in the
once again America is imposing its will on the this devastated
country which it took part in aggravating its tragedy and killing
its poor people under
the pretense of fighting terrorism which America itself helped in
creating the conditions for its emergence and spreading.
for the United Nation, it has turned into a tool in the hands of the
US, as well as an exchange center, in which the major power make
their deals at the expense of the Third World.
addition to all the atrocities of the war, the Afghani people was a
victim of a new massacre in which hundreds of chained prisoners were
killed because they were said to have “rebelled”.
truth of the matter is that all Quaida fighters
regardless of their nationality (Arabs, Palestinian, Chechens… and
others) should be liquidated…
prisoners, should have been presented to court if they had committed
any crimes, but they were executed in old blood because the U.S.
administration wants to appear victorious in the eyes of the
American people even if it meant violating all human values and
feel worried about the future of the Afghanis which seems very dim,
for the war is not over, and America intends to stay for several
years, under the cover of a multi-national force… We are afraid
that Afghanistan will turn to an American military and political
base to besiege several countries in the region, especially Iraq
which was threatened recently by the American president.
ask all the oppressed nations to learn the Afghanis lesson and be
prepared to face these new threats.
in the Dark
Lebanon watches the dark screen in the region, it was to live in the
dark itself as a result of a power blackout… We hope that this
power problem which is really a minor detail of the economic and
political crisis is not a prelude for much bigger problems. We also
hope that these smaller problems, will not make us shift our
attention from the bigger issues of the region. Because by doing so
, we would have lost the first battle in the war of freedom and