the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
was a very special day. It was the anniversary of the birth of Imam
Al-Mahdi; the day of light that illuminated all times and the man
who would fill the earth with justice having been filled with
oppression and wrong-doing. In these blessed days, where the light
of guidance penetrates into our hearts reminding us of our great
responsibilities towards Islam, the Muslims and the whole world,
following the example of the Prophet(p.) who opened up on the whole
Al-Mahdi’s message is none but that of the Prophet(p.), and his
role is a part of the Messenger(p.)’s role. To associate with the
Imam is to believe in Islam and adhere to its teachings and rules.
For there could be no relationship between any of us and the Imam if
it was not through Islam. The Imams of the House of the Prophet(p.)
do not want us to establish a personal relationship with them but
rather a relationship that is based on the message of Islam. That is
why Allah tells us in the Glorious Quran:
is not the father of any of your men, but he is the Apostle of Allah
and the last of the Prophets}.
Ali (a.s.)told those who wanted to be a raised to a higher level
because they were relatives of the Message: Muhammad’s followers
and friends are those who obey God regardless of their kinship and
Muhammad’s enemies are those who disobey God even if they were of close relation.
Imam Madi’s role is the role of the Imam that represents the role
of the Messenger(p.) but without being a prophet(p.), and that is
why being a follower to him is to believe in Islam. Thus we say in
our opening supplication: O God, make him the caller for your Book
and the upholder of your religion. God let him be the supporter and
the champion of your religion and the supporter of your Prophet(p.)”.
this is the task of the Imam to support religion and champion its
cause, then our task should be to ensure that Islam is our guide in
our homes, clubs and communities as well as all our lives. Islam
should be our first and most important concern.
for believing in the Imams, we were told by the truthful Messenger(p.)
who does not say any thing out of his own feelings or desires, but
rather what has been revealed to him by God. The Messenger(p.) said
according to both Shiite and Sunnah sources: I am leaving among you
two things- The book of God and my progeny- that if you follow them
you will no be led astray, Furthermore They will not separate until
they come back to me [On the Day of Judgment].
We deduce from this saying, that is a long as the Book of Allah
exists an Imam from the Prophet(p.)’s progeny will also be
both the Sunnahs and Shiites agree that the Messenger(p.) said: The
caliphs are 12 and they all belong to Quraish” Such a number
cannot be found in the Rachides or Umayyads or Abbasids rules, but
only in the Twelve Imams of the Shiites.
for the Imam’s absence and long age. All what has been said about
it is not based on solid foundations, since his absence and age are
matters of Allah’s knowledge. He is the One Who absented him and
He is the One Who will bring him back, and He is capable of everything. If Allah has told us that Naoh
lived for 950 years
,could not this number be multiplied? We have to believe that there
are things we do not know , like what will happen in the future, for
both Shiites and Sunnahs agree on the existence of the Mahdi. They
only differ about whether he has already been born. Thus, Imam
Al-Mahdi is an Islamic truth agreed on by both Shiites and Sunnahs. The Messenger(p.) said: The
World will not end
until the Arabs will be ruled by one of the members of my house
whose name is the same as mine”. In another saying, the
Prophet(p.) says: If there
would be just one day in the life of this world, Allah will send a
man whose name is the same the same as mine and
whose looks and manners are like mine”. Abn Saiid Al-Khoudari
quotes the Messenger(p.) as saying: The end of the world will not
come until a man from my house will come to full it with justice as
it had been filled with oppression”. Therefore, justice is not for
one region, but rather in the whole world, and Islam will spread in
the whole world. Allah only knows that, and that is what we have been told by the
truthful Messenger(p.) who considered this belief as one of the
basis of the Islamic doctrine.
is what we want to underline today. That the Imam’s message is to
fill the world with justice, a task he shares with all the
Prophet(p.)s. Allah says in His Book:
have sent our apostles with clear signs and brought down with them
scriptures and the scales of justice, so that men might deal with
has sent all books and Messenger(p.)s to establish justice on earth.
And the Imam is going to perform his task-towards the end of time,
the task of establishing justice.
if we want to be of his followers, we have to be just in everything:
We have to be just with Allah by worshipping Him only and by obeying
Him. Then we have to be just with fellow human beings even with our
enemies regardless if they were Muslims or non-Muslims or even
the personal and social levels, we cannot be just towards our
political issues, if we are not just with our families, neighbors
and those whom we trade with. If you are not just in this circle you
cannot be just in matters relating to the whole nation. A wrongdoing
no matter how trivial it is, will make you get used to bigger ones.
Those who dominate the world had learnt how to be unjust in their
to be a follower and a Shiite of the Imam is to be just .Imam Ali
says: ”The strong among you is weak in my eyes until I take from
him the rights of
others. And the weak among you is strong in my eyes until I return
to him his right”. Muhammad, the seal of the Prophet(p.)s and the
man with the exemplary morals says in a saying that tells us that the reason for the fall of civilizations
is the class differentiation between the rich and the poor.
who were before you were ruined because if one of their nobles stole
they would leave him be, but if the weak stole they would punish
law is against the weakened only. Suppose a poor man did not pay his
taxes, the whole government will come to him and sell what he has to
obtain their money, but the major companies and top officials do not
pay any taxes. And if they were asked to pay, a political crisis
today the Imam’s day. It is the day of justice. And you cannot be
with him and await him while you wrong do one another. Our hearts
cannot be with him while our swords are against him. If you want to
be with him you ought to know where justice is and stand with it.
justice in your homes clubs, communities parties, markets and
homelands, and then you can ask God to make you one of the Followers of Imam Mahdi, and his message, the
message of Islam and Justice.
In the Name of Allah, The Compassionate, the Merciful
of Allah…. Be pious and seek to be always just. But to be just
includes fighting arrogance whether represented by a individual, a group, a community, a country, or an
American –Israeli Alliance
American and Israelis are playing complementary parts in the same
play. Israel kills the Palestinian activists, occupies the
territories of the
Palestinian authorities, and continues to blockade them and destroy
the Palestinian infrastructure as well as killing Palestinian,
children, woman and the elderly.
US secretary of state
protests against some of the Israeli practices in the “A” areas,
but Israel refuses. What does America do? It succumbs to the Israeli
position and calls Sharon to visit the United States, and he even
flirts with the idea. On another level, the UN Security Council
meets to discuss the Palestinian complain dealing with the refusal
of the Israelis to withdraw, what does America do? If prevents the
Council from issuing a resolution but only a communiqué which does
not have even a moral power, let alone the power of implementation.
heads of state and foreign ministers visit the region (Italy, Spain,
and Britain) to talk about peace,
rejecting violence, the need of for a Palestinian state and that
they “understand the Israeli government’s need to protect its
citizens”. But none of them dares to demand that Israel should
withdraw, end its blockade and stop killing the Palestinian
European delegations, therefore do not have anything to give to the
Arabs except some consolatory statements… For they can not offer
except what America has already decided on, and the Americans are
not preparing any new initiative in this respect. It only cares
about the Israeli interests and claims that Israel is a victim of
is the old American- Israeli deception which was joined lately by
Sharon who is now talking about peace and negotiations, provided the
Palestinians end the Intifada… and lose the only card they have.
would like to warn the Palestinians not to fall in this trap
again… All this aimsonly at taking Israel out of the impasse it
finds itself in, as well as finding an excuse for some of the Arab
and Muslim countries to join the international alliance against the
Palestinians should keep their pressure, to broaden the Israeli
impasse. Their salvation depends on the continuity of to Intifada
that has grown up and became an adult.
not kill the Intifada with these political and security schemes that
might endanger your national unity.
War on Afghanistan
Afghanistan, America is following the Israeli example in its
operations of destruction, killing civilians and burning food
warehouses. It is even bombing hospitals, all under the pretense of
fighting terrorism… In both places what is being practiced is
nothing but state-terror with none of the Arabs and Muslims
objecting. Millions of Muslims are dying or threatened to die out of
hunger. for these people are not considered humans, America sees
them as insects that ought to be crushed so that they will not
disturb the arrogant.
now and then, we hear that some Muslim countries, such as Turkey and
Pakistan, as well as some Afghanis are fighting with America that
kills Muslims without any differentiation between civilians and
non-civilian, yet we hear no Islamic party that voices its
opposition to this crazy war, that has begun to drag America into an
impasse. It is a war that might not end, and a war that America will
find very difficult to achieve a victory in unless it considers killing the hungry Afghani people a victory.
this respect, any attempt to consider this conflict as a struggle
between Islam and Christianity, or between Muslims and Christians is
a vicious scheme. Thus, we denounce the attack on a church in
Pakistan, just as we denounce the American bombing of Mosques in
does not repesent the Christians for there are some Christians who
oppose this aggression, while some Muslims try to find
justifications for it. It is the war of the arrogant, against the
weakened .A war that aims at promoting the political and economic
interest of the arrogants.
the petty politics of sharing
Lebanon, the appointment of the high officials in the civil service has turned into a game of
political sharing of the benefits of the state. especially with
respect to the appointment of the deans of colleges of the Lebanese
University. It is a game that aims to promote the interests of
politicians without taking
the country’s need of efficient and qualified civil servants away
from any fanaticism, sectarianism or backwardness into consideration.
is a beautiful country, why do you (officials) want to impose on it
all this ugliness and distortion? It is the country of illumination,
why do want it to become dark? It is the country of human rights why
do you want to deprive its citizens of its freedom.
dream of fresh air, crystal clear water and innovating space, and we
have to make every effort to turn our dreams into reality.