The First Sermon
the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
O God, make him the caller for your
Book. Make him your Caliph in this earth as you made those before
him. Consolidate for him Your religion, the one You chose for him.
Change his concern into tranquility … O God, support him… and
support others by him… Give him a remarkable victory.
Yesterday was the anniversary of the
birth of Imam Al-Mahdi the achiever of truth, who was prepared by
Allah, the most Exalted, to be the savior and the renewer of Islam
in its movement and concepts… He would lay the foundation for
universal justice on the entire earth. He is the twelfth Imam whom
Allah has occulted in a miracle that Allah alone knows its secret...
For he was prepared to fill the earth with fairness and justice
having been filled with tyranny and oppression.
In this respect, it is obvious that
the Imam will not come up with a new religion or a new book; he will
only renovate the movement, and let the people gain a feeling of the
originality and spirituality of this religion. As for the Quran, it
is a Book which no falsehood can approach it from before or behind.
Hence the Imam will only explain to the people how to understand the
Quran in a way that suits their needs at all levels.
Therefore, when Allah establishes
justice, it is the justice of Islam being the only justice of Allah
which was contained in all previous messages. And this is also
demonstrated by what the traditions tell as of Jesus Christ
descending with the Imam. Since the Message of Muhammad is his
In the light of all this, we ask
ourselves: are we loyal to him? Are we honest when we ask God to be
of his supporters and soldiers?
His supporters are the supporters of
Islam, for his message is the message of Islam; that of the oneness
of God, the belief in the Allah's Message that was carried by all
Messengers. It is also the belief in the Quran as the Book that we
ought to follow and the light that illuminates our minds and hearts.
Thus, we ought to educate ourselves on Islam, for it is meaningless
to claim that we are among his supporters while we keep a distance
from his line and religion.
Celebrating the birth of Imam Al-Mahdi
is not a matter of sentiments or wishes. It is adopting the straight
path that Allah, the most Exalted, has called on us to follow.
This means that we ought to educate
ourselves to become of his followers and practice what he called
for. The best expression for this is probably what we recite in the
supplication known as the opening: O God, we ask you for an
honorable state, that gives Islam and Muslims the upper hand and
disgraces hypocrisy and its supporters… And make us of those who
call for obeying you, and those who lead to your path….
We should bear the responsibility of
this call for obeying Allah, by calling our household and the people
around us to obey Allah, and by becoming each and every one of us a
potential leader… For Allah, the most Exalted, wants each Muslim
and believer to educate his mind and heart to become a leading mind
and a leading heart, so that if one leader falls on the battleground
others will follow… We have to create Islamic leaders on every
level be it jurisprudent, political, ideological or economical.
This is a trust and a responsibility
Allah has held us responsible for, so that we could assume the
position of leading the world. Why do we let others in the East and
the West assume leadership, and accept to be followers of unjust or
infidel leadership? If Imam Al-Mahdi is prepared to fill the earth
with justice, we too have to be just to ourselves, to our families
and to our society. We should all be just persons with Muslims and
non-Muslims alike and with the weak and strong alike.
The anniversary we are celebrating
holds us responsible of looking forward to the appearance of the
Imam, so as to know what our role is when he comes.
Will we be among his enemies or
among his supporters? It is not enough to love him to become one of
his followers. Imam Al-Hussein (a.s.) asked the Arab poet Al-Farazdak
about the people in Koufa.
He replied: “Their hearts are with
you but their swords are against you" since their swords do not
serve their cause but their ambitions and interests.
Therefore, we have to be ready and
become positive waiters... by sitting and asking ourselves: Are we
with the Message of the Imam or not? Are we with justice or against
If we find any weakness in our
commitment to the message or to justice we should work on
strengthening it, so that when he comes, we will find ourselves
among his supporters.
The anniversary of the Imam's birth
is an occasion to contemplate and to practice self-accountability:
"Judge yourselves, before you are judged… ". O God! Let
us become among his supporters and those who will be martyred for
The Second Sermon
the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Intifada: The will of freedom
As the Intifada begins its fifth
year, it has offered thousands of martyrs and tens of thousands of
injured and detainees, as well as the demolition of thousands of
houses and the bulldozing of countless farms
All these aggressions were carried
out with the use of the most advanced American weapons. They also
benefited from the American political support that has even accepted
the on-going eradication of the Palestinian people… as well as
denouncing the elected Palestinian Authority while talking about
democracy and human rights.
The American Secretary of State has
called for ending the Intifada on the basis that it has failed to
accomplish anything for the Palestinian people. But we would like to
ask him: What has America and the International Quartet Committee
done for the Palestinians? Did it support them as it has supported
Israel? Why did it not give the negotiations a chance enabling the
Palestinians to gain their legitimate rights? Why did it consider
the problem as one of security, although every one knows that it is
a political problem and that the Intifada was a reaction to
occupation, and although the Mujahideen have announced they will not
fire a single shot if the occupiers withdraw?
President Bush is lying when he
talks about the Palestinian state. He did not put any pressure on
Israel to stop building the racial wall or enlarge the existing
settlements and found new ones.
The Intifada might have not been
able to defeat Israel and establish a Palestinian state, but it has
asserted the Palestinian quest for freedom and their incredible
steadfastness. It has driven Israel, along with America, into
several political impasses and created several political and
economic crises for the enemy, just as all the nations that fight
for their freedom have done…
The Intifada has unveiled the ugly
face of America and the falsehood of American calls for freedom and
human rights, leading to the decisive answer for their question of
why they hate us: We hate your administration and its allies, for
killing freedom like the kidnappers kill their victims.
In this atmosphere, we notice that
the Americans are attacking Iran on its nuclear peaceful project
without hearing any protest against the Israeli threat regarding the
bombing of the Iranian nuclear reactor. If Israel has the right to
possess the bomb, why does not Iran?
The problem is that the major powers
provide immunity for Israel regardless of its crimes. Therefore, we
do not believe Britain’s Prime Minister when he says that he
intends to interfere to solve the Palestinian problem, for both
America and Israel will not allow him.
The only course is to consolidate
the steadfastness of the Palestinian people that face an Israeli
American war of eradication. And we call on all free nations to
support it, before facing a similar fate.
future in Iraq
The future in Iraq is still vague in
the midst of all these moving massacres in which civilians are
killed whether in the capital or in all parts of the country. The
American Army in the name of fighting terrorism is killing those
civilians, although everybody knows that it is the civilians that
are being killed and their houses are being destroyed due to the
lies of its army intelligence.
Moreover, the vicious and dubious
assassinations that target innocent civilians are inciting sectarian
strife as a result of the probable reactions they might lead to.
As to the talk about a conference on
Iraq called for by the US and supported by Europe and some of the
Arabs, the only agenda to this conference is ridding America of its
But since the problem in this
country is that of occupation that turned Iraq into a political and
security mess what is needed is an international conference
supported by the UN to withdraw occupation forces, and conduct free
elections so that the Iraqis will feel that they are in full command
of their future to create a free and unified Iraq, and one that has
a big future.
need for a salvation Government
In Lebanon, there are many
unrealistic accusations whose raising serves the Americans and
provide them with free cards. There is also some talk about a
quartet committee to monitor Syria withdrawal and disarm the
Resistance which of course runs against the Lebanese interests since
the occupation has not fully withdrawn. Moreover, the Lebanese are
suffering from the severity of the economic crisis with all the
corruption and theft that have been talking place. Then, there is
the debate between the opposition and the ruling parties concerning
the formation of a new government, and the budget which some say
that it was meant a shock to punish the political club that has gone
too far in oppressing the people and stealing public money.
On another level, we warn against
the night bats who strive through their tough talk to create a state
of instability that might be exploited by the enemies to incite
Each Lebanese should guard the
security of the country for as it sinks in its economic crisis and
as its people begin to live under the poverty line, Lebanon cannot
withstand these political and security crises that are being
Lebanon needs a salvation
government; it needs officials that do not fight over the spoils of
the country. It has timed into a ship in the midst of roaring storm,
and it needs the efforts of all to make it reach the safe shore
before it is sunk by fanaticism, sectarianism and the growing
polarization that leaves no room for a dialogue on the basis of
establishing a free, sovereign and independent Lebanon, that
protects its citizens and that is protected by them… a country
that builds the security and prosperity of all its citizens.