The First Sermon
the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Year: A turning point
Two occasions have passed in this
week: the first is the new year which is associated with the birth
of Jesus Christ(p.) while the second is the birth of Imam Al-Rida
As for the first occasion, we
believe that the beginning of a new year is a moment for
contemplation, and not for fun and disturbing others by fireworks
and live bullets, or by doing certain nonsense acts and even
drinking alcoholic drinks and taking drugs so as to give their mind
a day off as if they want to start their year in an irrational
manner. If they say that it is their right to be happy, we have to
give this happiness a doze of rationalization and awareness, madness
masked by joy is still madness.
The meaning of a year passing by is
that we have lived all through this year, and we are responsible for
everything we did in it. Allah will hold us accountable for
everything we have done in this year. Moreover, what we did this
year will have an impact on our present and future. Thus we have to
sit down and think about what we have done, and find out if we can
diminish their negative aspects and increase their positive ones.
When you start a new year, you
should ask yourself about your plans for the coming year… What you
intend to do to please Allah, the most Exalted… How to take care
of your family… How to get on with your work and social life. The
end of a year and the beginning of another is a very important
turning point, in which one should hold himself accountable and
decide on how to continue. All business firms do the same… They
live in a state of emergency towards the end of the year, to find
out how much they gained or lost and prepare their budget for the
Yet money is not everything… It is
more important if you lose your future and your mind. And the
greatest loss is that of your relationship with your god, and your
place in the Hereafter.
Let us celebrate the new
year whether the Christian new year or the Hijra, for we believe in
Jesus Christ (p.) as we believe in all prophets of Allah. But let us
celebrate by thinking and contemplation. For thinking
for one hour is better than a year of worship.
A summit in Knowledge and Morals.
The second occasion is the birth of
the eighth Imam, Ali bin Musa Al-Rida… This Imam whose age was an
Islamic one, opened up on his age and developed all its fields of
knowledge and took part in all its activities… He also lived in an
age of political instability especially with the struggle for power
between brothers, but this did not prevent him from enriching all
the fields of life in that age.
He succeeded his father Imam Musa
bin Jaafar, who gathered all his children and told them: “This is
your brother, Ali bin Musa, the religious scholar of the House of
Muhammad(p.). Ask him about your religion and learn what he is going
to tell you”. For he represents the summit in his knowledge as
well as in his other virtues.
All his contemporaries of the
greatest intellectuals of that time, whether of those who believed
in his imamate or those who did not, unanimously considered him as
their teacher and reference.
Abdulsalam Al-Hirami says: “I have
never seen anyone more knowledgeable than Ali bin Musa Al-Rida…
Every scholar that met him has given the same testimony, without any
exception. Al-mamoun made him confront all scholars of his time,
whether those who used to be interested in Knowledge science and
culture or religious scholars of various religions, as well as the
most prominent Muslim theologians of that time, and he was able to
gain the upper hand over all of them. I have heard him say: “I
used to sit near the Prophet’s grave with the religious scholars
all around. And they used to send those whom they could not answer
their questions to me, and I would answer them”. The Medina at
that time was the center of all religious scholars of various seats.
One of his contemporaries, Ibrahim
bin Al-Abbass says: “Al-Rida was never asked about anything he did
not know, and I have never seen anyone who knows more about what
happened in history than him”.
Furthermore, he would use in all his
answers quotations from the Holy Quran: This is the position he held
and the status that those who lived in his age acknowledged. That is
why the Mamoun chose him as his heir apparent. The Imam declined at
first, but then various pressures led him to agree. Al-Mamoun told
his relatives who criticized his decision: “He possesses knowledge
I have never seen anyone matching it”.
As for his morals, Bin Al-Abbas
adds: I have never seen him use harsh words, or even interrupt
anyone until he finishes what he had to say... And he has never
turned down someone who asked him for something if he was able to
fulfill it… I have never seen him curse any of his slaves… I
have never seen him laugh loudly, he would merely smile” He used
to eat with his slaves and servants at the same table and say to
those who protested: “We have the same god,
the same father, the same mother and we are rewarded according to
our actions”. He also used to say: I
have sworn not to consider myself better than any body else simply
because I descend from the Messenger unless my deeds are better.
He believed that no one is better as
a result of his social status and the only thing that could
differentiate between people is their work.
He used to follow up the affairs of
his followers and provide them with adequate advice.
He sent a letter to Sayyed Abdulazim
Al-Hasni, a descendent of Imam Al-Hassan, and a very well-know
regards to my followers and tell them not to let Satan find a way to
their souls …Order them to be truthful in what they say, and to
return the trusts.
tell them to keep silent and not to interfere in what is none of
their business and tell them to visit one another.. This is how they
become close to me”.. He went
on to explain that they should not be occupied in “ripping
apart” one another. He also explained that he considered those who
do such acts are not to be considered among his followers. What
would we say to Imam Al-Rida as we incite persecution here and there
as a result of our sectarian and partisan fanaticism?
This is Imam Al-Rida’s will to his
followers, the man who lived for Islam as a whole and for justice in
its entirety. As we live with the Imam Al-Rida with his advice and
guidance… with all his the scientific and spiritual wealth, we ask
all Muslims to read the Imam’s heritage in a open minded manner,
and try to benefit from what they read … Our relation with the
Imams is a relation with the pure Islam and a relation with all that
raises the level of the heart, the mind and life as a whole… May
God bless Al-Rida the day he was born and the day he was martyred
and the day he will be brought back to life.
May Allah bless his fathers and his
children, especially Imam Al-Mahdi whom we await to fill the land
with justice having been filled with oppression and injustice.
The Second Sermon
the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
As we take a look in the beginning
of the new year at the Muslim and Arab World, we notice that
international arrogance, especially the Americans, in imposing its
dominance on its politics, security and economy, and trying to
extend it even to its Islamic religion, while on the other hand,
there is no active or strong movement to confront this trend if not
by force, then by awareness and planning which means that the
problems of the back trodden will not be solved this year, since the
counter movement is still in a state of deep-freeze.
Iraq: A bridge to the region
If we want to turn to details, we
find that the occupation of Iraq represents a strategic move towards
the change of the face of the Middle East and international
relations for many years to come… As for the claim about Iraq’s
regaining it sovereignty in accordance with the set schedule, it
will not lead to riddling the region from the American hegemony…
for the American imperialism did not abandon its project to change
the region in the way that serves best the American interests even
if it has to undermine the interests of all other powers including
the European and the Russian Unions.
In this grand plan, Iraq with the
American military force in its backyard, constitutes the bridge the
Americans will cross over to tamper with the entire region,
including their allies who began to feel that they are the next
This is why we want the Iraqis, the
Arabs and the Muslims to be aware of… We do not want them to burry
their heads in the sands, as certain states began to offer
concessions in the name of realism that saves their face in front of
their peoples… For the issue is the issue of independent
decision… We would like to emphasize that the mistakes of the
Americans will isolate them from the peoples of the region in an act
of rejection to their polices. This the countdown will start sooner
or later, but we have to be prepared for it.
In the meantime, Iraq continues to
suffer of a miserable state with its political and security
instability, the threats to its national unity, and the innocent
civilians who fall every day…
But we have a great confidence in
the Iraqi people that it is able to build its independent and
prosperous future, based on its unity, awareness, and civilized
the Struggle continues
Looking at occupied Palestine we see
the Nazi Zionist government committing acts which the international
stances take a distance from… We also see internal confusion with
some Israelis criticizing the immoral war and the brutal violence
against the Palestinians and in finding no way out since they
consider the problem one of security and not a political problem.
All this will make the problem extend into a great part of this
century, unless unexpected circumstances occur that would pave the
way to a solution. For the Palestinians will not forego their rights
and the Zionists will not be healed from their anti-human complex.
We believe that this struggle will
continue as it is a struggle between justice and injustice…
occupation and independence, and we have a great confidence in the
Palestinian people and the coming Arab and Muslim generations.
In this context, we notice that
Sharon, the butcher, has benefited from the American green light to
get on with building the racist wall, and confiscating additional
territories… He is exerting pressure on the American president and
his Administration especially in an election year…
We believe that in the long run,
this struggle constitutes an impasse for Israel and America and not
for the Palestinians and Syria… Time is on our side, the side of
justice and not on the side of injustice and hegemony.
back Israeli Nukes
Syria submitted a draft resolution
to the Security Council that calls for making the Middle East a zone
free from mass destruction weapons, but America refused as usual
claiming that both its timing and stipulations are wrong. For the
Israeli nuclear weapons are part of the Zionist.
Thus, America would not let any
resolution that calls for a nuclear free zone in the Middle East
pass to ensure that Israel will keep its weapons.
At the same time, it haunts all the
states of the world threatening them with sanctions if they do not
give up their weapons… For America and Israel are strategic allies
who talk behind closed doors things they do not say in public.
and the veil
We were stunned by the statement
Sheik Al-Azhar made, when he received the French Interior Minister.
He gave the French the legitimate right to prevent the Muslim women
from wearing the veil, although he did not forget to mention that
wearing it is a religious duty. Nevertheless, he called on the
Muslim women to adhere to the proposed law on the basis of being
It is as if he saying to all
non-Muslim or even the Muslim countries that are not committed to
Islam, to establish conditions that compel Muslims not to adhere to
their religious duties. He is also saying to the Muslims in France
and in the world: You have not the right to object even in a
civilized and lawful way: You just have to adhere even if you were
prevented from praying in mosques or fasting the Month of Ramadan.
France is historically the country
of freedom and the Muslims have the right to practice their freedom
in engaging in objective discussions and in peaceful objections.
The Sheikh has offended Islam and
Muslims when he gave the French authorities an Islamic basis to pass
such a law. He should apologize to the Muslims, and seek in his
stances to protect Islam from every internal and external pressure.
The unity of Heavenly Messages.
Muslims and Christians in Lebanon
are united by the values of justice, good and love that all message
Let these messages unite us so that
we would kick out of the temple all those who crucify the country on
the cross of their greed and corruption… When they seem to be
united in the face of tragedies... We would like to ask them: who is
responsible for these tragedies any way.