The office of the late Religious Authority, His Eminence, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra) and his family commemorated the passing of 40 days upon his demise. The gathering included reciting verses of the Holy Quran, the broadcasting of some videos displaying some of the Sayyed's visions and a speech by his son, His Eminence, Sayyed Ali Fadlullah.
A delegation headed by MP Ali Bazzi represented Speaker Nabih Berri in the gathering. The gathering was also attended by former speaker, Hussein Al-Husseini, Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General, Naim Qassim, the Ministers: Adnan As-Sayed Hussein, Muhammad Fniesh and Ghazi Al-Aridi, in addition to Sheikh Ziyad Al-Sahib, representing the Mufti of the Lebanese Republic, Muhammad Rashid Qabbani, MPs Ayoub Hmayid, Abbass Hashim, Abdilatif Az-Zein, Abdilmajid Saleh, Bilal Farhat, Hussein Al-Mousawi, Walid Sukariah and Ali Ammar. The gathering also included the Kuwaiti MP, Dr. Yousif Zalzalah, Iranian Ambassador, Ghadanfar Rukn Abadi, Iraqi Ambassador, Ahmad Al-Buraznji, the Cuban Ambassador, Head of the Popular Congress, Kamal Shatila, the political aide of the Secretary General of Hezbollah, Haj Hussein Khalil, Colonel Hussein Saleh, representing the Director General of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces, General Ashraf Reefi, Ali Baraka, representing Hamas, Shakib Al-Aina, representing the Islamic Jihad Movement, and Major-general Khalid Al-Arif representing PLO.
The memorial gathering was concluded by a speech by His Eminence, Sayyed Ali Fadlullah, in which he said:
To wherever you are my master, I hold my heart in my hands to present it to you and to your world that is full of spirituality.
I travel on the wings of yearning and love to kiss your pure hands and embrace your soul which has always flown high in the world of purity and sublimity. O ye who quenches the thirst of our hearts to good, right and justice.
You are the inspiration of great hopes in our minds and dreams.
You are the flow of the river of time that produces a plentiful harvest of every kind.
You are our days which have secured for us a place under the sun, despite oppression, fear and challenge.
You are our refuge in the nights of pain. We come to you and you fill us with determination and will.
You are the light of our mornings that provides us with spiritual enlightenment and gives us a lesson in how to cherish pride and dignity.
You are the justice of jurists and the Imam of the Quranists.
You are the smile of the orphan and the joy of the sad.
You are the piety of the worshippers and the eyes of the lovers.
You are our companion in the night prayer and the sound of angels' wings that guide the moves of the freedom fighters, callers and all those who seek justice, right and humanitarianism.
You are the flower of our days that never withers, for it is always watered by the water of paradise.
You are the purity of pureness and the one guided by Allah's grace.
I will not go on further, for I know that you do not like all this praise, but I beg your pardon, since this is only a little of what your soul emanates.
It is painful to stand among you, near his purified tomb, to talk about who filled my life and yours and that of the world with unlimited love, knowledge, vitality, innovation and opening up with his deep thought. He understood that life is the land he must plant his knowledge in. He, thus, implanted his life in it, so that its trees would yield its fruit in every season by the permission of its Lord… Thus, he produced numerous volumes in jurisprudence, thought and literature… He was also concerned with the pains of the poor and the downtrodden and building institutions to make sure that they relieve all orphans, handicapped, the needy and others.
He did not seek to live a life of rest and tranquility… He preferred to be a strong counter current when he saw that the other currents are not telling the truth or even hostile to it. He preferred that the water of this current would be of the kind that benefits the people and not foam that is washed away and does not reflect any truth.
He knew that this will consume him and that riding with the current is easier and more profitable… But he believed that one should be himself and not a shadow or an echo of someone else.
His secret was that he was faithful to Allah; the kind of faithfulness that was mixed with the highest degree of love; his love to Allah which encompassed the love of His Messenger and the purified Members of the House and all good and pure people.
He learned from the Messenger how to be kind and merciful to the people, and was humble to them as a prophet would be.
He took from Ali (a.s.) his courage and patience. He was peaceful when he found that this would be in the best interest of Islam, and challenging when these interests demanded such a stand. He took from Imam Al-Hassan (a.s.) his tolerance and prudence, and from Imam Al-Hussein (a.s.) his willingness to sacrifice… from Imam Zein Al-Abideen (a.s.) his worshipping and openness to Allah, from Imam Al-Baqir (a.s.) his knowledge, from Imam As-Sadiq (a.s.) his openness to others… from Imam Al-Kazim (a.s.) his patience in confronting arrogance, from Imam Ar-Rdia his wisdom, from Imams Al-Jawad, Al-Hadi and Al-Askari (a.s.) their careful planning to preserve the Islamic reality and from Imam Al-Mahdi (a.s.) his determination for establishing justice.
Thus, the Sayyed strived to present to the nation a pure thought that is far away from exaggeration, myth and extremism…. He stood with the causes of the nation in Palestine and Iraq, rejecting any form of occupation and arrogance. He also stood with the Resistance in Lebanon, supporting and guiding it, out of the belief that the dignity of this homeland could only be attained by preserving and supporting the Resistance; and any other option would be an act of betrayal to the homeland and the nation. He called on this nation to think in everything, asking the people always to think with him. He did not ever say that I will think for you and you have to agree, although you all know how illuminating and thorough his thinking was.
At the same time, he did not want us to think in a fanatic or emotional way, or even accept anything out of courtesy or succumbing to the realities on the ground.
He called for interaction and dialogue between the ideas and the communication of civilizations and not their clash. He also called for building bridges between sects and confessions.
And we remember, in these days of celebrating the anniversary of the victory, his affectionate appeals to the freedom fighters, his historic stand, and his support when the supporters were but few…We recall all that to assert that his presence and stands of that time contributed in making this landmark victory.
He held in all this the slogans of Imam Ali: "Let the truth be your only friend and falsehood be your only enemy," and: "For me the strong is weak till I force him to restore the right of others, and the weak is strong until I restore his right". Such stands in facing the small and big arrogant powers cost him a lot, including several assassination attempts and threats. But he was saved by the Grace of Allah, and showed no sign of weakness or compromise, for the upper hand is for those who carry a message.
This is the Sayyed, I will not be able to find the words that can do him justice or describe the depth of his personality, as a scholar, a thinker or a human being, but be never asked for praise.
He called on us to fear Allah in our orphans, the poor and the downtrodden, our homeland and our nation, as well as the welfare institutions he founded.
The Sayyed (ra) left us, as assured as he was in his lifetime, knowing that the responsibility for these institutions will be shouldered by all of us. He was sure of the faithfulness of the multitude of followers he had nurtured, and faithful they shall be, enabling the institutions to continue to play their role in the best way in all fields.
They will benefit from the fact of being institutions, whose depth is the thought of their founder, and not based on individuals that would end as they part. He has planted the spirit of continuity in those who run them, as well as those who supervise them.
The supervisors of these institutions will be from among the religious scholars whom the nation trusts, and who believe that they should shoulder the message of ensuring their continuity to perform their role in serving Allah and His servants. They will not, Allah willing, be a personal or family inheritance, or adopt any rationale which will distance them from their message. You should be certain that the Sayyed, who had never thought of such narrow circles, will not leave these institutions to be in the service of personal or family interests. Rather they will remain in the service of man and the wide horizons of life.
And since he left us a heritage full of vitality, dynamism and faithfulness to the cause of Islam, jurists will continue to study his jurisprudent thought, so as to demonstrate its universality and profoundness. This thought will play a major role in the coming years, taking jurisprudence out of the circle of emulation to the wide horizons of Ijitiahd (personal judgment) by presenting an advanced conception of the Quranic text and the authentic traditions.
We are also confident that the religious scholars and intellectualists who accompanied the Sayyed in displaying the ideological, doctrinal and cultural awareness of his thought during his life time, will continue the march and present his original Islamic thought that opens up on the issues of contemporary life and others. They will act as pioneers in presenting the manifest image of Islam to the world, and face all the challenges and accusations they will encounter. They will form an ideological, cultural and doctrinal reference, and there will be certain initiatives towards this goal in the near future.
Moreover, the freedom fighters (Mujahideen) will continue – Allah willing – the Sayyed's march towards freedom and justice, so that the Sayyed's mind and heart that will not rest before the occupation of Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan ends, could eventually rest.
Thus, the Sayyed (ra), along with his faith, sublime manners and humbleness, would remain a shining star in our lives, showing us the way as we struggle in life. His presence will remain strong inside us, since his life after death is part of the life of the Message he had loved and believed in until his last breath.
Dear loved ones.
We thank you from the deepest of our hearts, dear faithful ones. You are the ones whom the Sayyed, with a missionary joy and an overwhelming love, dedicated his life for.
He will remain present in your hearts, minds and conscience, in the jurisprudence of jurisprudents, the thought of scholars, the intellect of thinkers and the struggle of the freedom fighters.
He will be present in the joy of the orphans, the healing of the sick, the hopes of the blind, the handicapped and the poor, and the knowledge of every student seeking to learn.
Dear loved ones.
You are in the heart and conscience of the Sayyed and he is in your hearts and conscience. The march he set out its lines and future will remain, by the help of Allah, and will continue to thrive on good and giving… seeking to please Allah and serve man.
We would like also to extend our appreciation and gratitude to all those who have written about his religious, national, unifying and humanitarian role… They share with us this great loss as we share it with them.
We also thank all those who performed memorial gatherings inside Lebanese and outside it, as well as those who expressed their sentiments, whether in prose or poetry.
We would also like to extend our thanks to all those who phoned or sent messages of condolences, whether individuals or institutions, both in the private and public sectors, including dignitaries, religious, political and social workers, security officials… We also thank all those who are visiting his tomb, which will remain open to them as the Sayyed's heart, mind and house were.
Thank you all for attending this gathering, and together we shall continue to follow the path of our master.
We pledge before Allah, that we will continue what he had started, uniting together our hearts, minds and souls.
Wa Salamu Alaikum wa Rahmatu Allah wa Barakatuh.