We are still living the atmosphere of Ashoura, and
inspiring the principles of this movement, as explained and practiced
by Imam Hussein, who represents Islam in its purity.
The traits of Muslim ruler
On the political level, Imam Hussein talked about
the Muslim ruler who should exemplify the Islamic just and dedicated
ruler that should lead the Muslims in every Muslim country.
He also talked about the responsibility of all
Muslims to confront the ruler if he deviates from the straight Islamic
path, considering the movement of change as the duty that Allah wants
the Muslims to perform. This is what we aspire from his speech in
Makkah, before he left for Karbala. He explained to the people what it
takes to be a ruler in Islam so that they could judge for themselves
if the ruler at that time, Yazid, was a just Islamic ruler or not. He
also said, in response for the call of the governor of Medina asking
him to pledge loyalty for Yazid: we are the family of prophethood whom
the Quran was revealed to, while Yazid was a dissolute man who drinks
wine and kills innocent people despite Allah's prohibition. And ended
by saying: A man like me does not pledge loyalty to a man like him.
Revolution on Tyranny
The speech of Imam Hussein was based on the
Prophet's tradition (Sunna) because he was carrying the Messenger (p.)’s.
Message and seeking to reform his grandfather's nation. He started by
saying "O people, the Messenger of Allah has said: whoever sees an
oppressive ruler one that has no legitimacy-whether in his
qualifications or in his behaviour- Who, permits what Allah has
forbidden- This was Yazid who killed in the first year of his
reign Imam Hussein, his family and his companions. And then in the
second year attacked Medina , and for three days he allowed his
soldiers to kill men, rape women and steal properties. Then, on the
third year he bombed Makkah – reneging on his oath-since ruling
is a covenant between the ruler and the ruled to be just and guide
people to their rights and duties, as the Commander of the Faithful
Ali bin Abi Talib focused on when he became a caliph, violating the
Sunna of the Messenger(p.) of Allah and dealing with the servants of
Allah oppressively and does not try to stop him by word or deed, it
will be incumbent on Allah to treat him as he treats the first,
since the one who is satisfied with the deeds of others is similar to
the one who participates in their deed. He would be committing two
sins, that of satisfaction and that of participation.
The Imam went back to the Prophet to lay out the
justifications of his movement against tyranny, as well as its
supporters. He said that those people who believe in and act under the
legitimacy of Yazid's ruler have adhered to the obedience of Satan
and abandoned that of the Most Merciful one. They have manifested
corruption, transgressed the limits, dealt with the "nation’s
revenuers" as their own property, permitting what Allah has forbidden
and forbidding what He has permitted.
Those people are the unjust rulers whom the Prophet
wanted the nation to change. And who is more worthy of leading this
change than Imam Hussein? The Imam, thus, upheld the responsibility of
affecting change, a responsibility that should be held by all Muslims
in all ages when they see deviation and injustice, especially… these
days where the international Arrogance is imposing unjust rulers, who
violated the Sunna of the Prophet (p) turning each Muslim country into
a jail for all people.
As we aspire the lessons of Ashoura, we have to
refuse the unjust rulers whom the Messenger(p.) has talked of and
initiate change since whoever among us sees an evil he has change
it with his hands. And if he can't, then by his tongue. If he cannot,
then by his heart, and this is least possible. We have to refuse
the unjust rulers by our minds and our tongues. We also have to refuse
all the leaders in the Muslim countries that support the unjust
rulers, especially that certain Muslim leaders are attacking those who
call for practicing Islam in our nation, claiming that many countries
of the world will cut the relations with their countries if they
institute Islamic law. It is as if they are saying, we have to base
the political systems in our countries, on what the International
Arrogance wants, and leave Islam for the Eids or religious occasions.
Thus, the main lesson of Ashoura is that we have to
refuse all rulers and leaders who deviate from the straight path of
Allah and His Messenger. This is why we celebrate the occasion. We
ought not cry here and laugh to the unjust there, or hit our heads
with swords, while we have our reservations on hitting the heads of
our enemies who occupy our land…
Hussein: The Martyr of Islam
If Imam Hussein were present now, he would have
stood up as he did in the year 60H, and talked to us saying the same
things he said to these people.
Imam Hussein is not for a certain stage only; he is
for Islam in all ages. Therefore, the Imam is not the martyr of
Karbala. He is the martyr of Islam while Karbala is the place he was
He lived Islam throughout his life. He lived it
with all people and not only his family and companions, but also with
those who came to kill him saying: “If you do not have a religion
and if you have no fear of the Hereafter, then be free in this world".
He wanted even the deviators to be free and not to be slaves of the
unjust. This is what we ought to aspire in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq,
Afghanistan, Iran and all Muslim countries to be the makers of our
decision and future.
To be with Hussein (a.s.) is not to go back to
history to the time of Yazid, but to live that history in the present;
initiate change and stand against wronging and deviation. Yazid was
only one individual but now we have the international arrogance and
the international unbelief and all those who work with them and who
want to act as slaves to America, Israel and their supporters.
Let us rise to the level of Hussein (a.s.) and
Ashoura, and leave these choking corners that make us cry with cold
tears instead of warm ones, and which make us spill our blood
meaninglessly. Imam Hussein is the rescue ship. He is the Imam of the
Message. He is for all people and for all life. Let us walk to him and
bring him to us to follow his path when he said. The swindler son of
swindler had left me to choose between death and humiliation, but
there is no way humiliation could find route to us. God, His
Messenger(p.) and our pride would neither wish us nor let us obey
those vicious mean people .This is the call of Imam Hussein; let us
rise to the level of responding to it.
The Second Sermon
In the name of Allah the
Compassionate the Merciful
America intends to stay in the region:
The Americans are planning to stay for a long time
in the region. They are consolidating their bases to control the
unstable security conditions under the pretence of fighting terrorism,
while their actual goals are unfolding. They include facing the
downtrodden nations, as in Somalia, benefiting from Yemen’s strategic
position to besiege the Gulf region and further stabilize the
relations between the regional states. They also use Iran as a
scarecrow and try to incite Arab countries against a presumed Iranian
It is interesting too that the NATO leadership has
certain difficulties in financing its operations, especially in
Afghanistan, and had tried to make the Gulf states finance the
American plan in Iraq in anticipation that the Congress will refuse to
earmark the necessary funds.
President Bush continues, every now and then, to
threaten Iran, and accuse it of hostile activities against American
troops. He talks suspiciously about - and implicitly refusing -Iran's
attempts to strengthen its economic and military relations with Iraq.
America also has some reservations concerning the normalization of
relations between Syria and Iraq and establishing economic and
security cooperation between the two countries. In short, America does
not encourage any good relations between Iraq and its neighbouring
The Lebanese Role in the US Plan
It is interesting that the same statement of
President Bush, who plans to kills the Youth Fighters of the Islamic
Resistance in Lebanon and threatens the Iranians in Iraq, talks about
the problems in Lebanon between the opposition and the government. But
he does not study what is happening in our country. He rather hastens
to become one of the internal parties in that he accuses the others of
causing the problems. Because America uses Lebanon as a front that
enables it to further its influence in the region and implement its
political and security projects that aim at protecting Israel and its
occupation of Iraq on the one hand and continuing its war on terrorism
on the other hand. This is what we notice in the way the Americans
pressurize the Palestinians and instigate civil strife there to topple
the legitimate government and circumvent the attempts to form a
national unity government that could solve a lot of problems in the
The Lebanese Crisis is made in the US and Israel
Although the Americans have shown some reservations
against the Israeli use of cluster bombs in Lebanon that killed
several Lebanese and prevented them from working in their farms, it
did not talk about the use of depleted uranium. It even intends to
sell its Israeli ally smart bombs that Israelis will use in their next
war on Lebanon that they are planning for to kill more Lebanese
civilians of children, women and the elderly, and destroy their
cities, villages and bridges.
We want the Lebanese to remember the Israeli (July)
war that America took part in the planning of, so that they will
understand that the tragedy that fell on their country was an American
Israeli one, and that America who promises financial aid to Lebanon is
the one who destroyed the Lebanese economy although the war was
executed with Israeli hands.
That is why there is no chance to improve the
Lebanese political and security conditions. Instead America intends to
prolong the crisis and prevent any solution that might come from an
Arab or local initiative. What the Americans want is to prevent the
Lebanese from achieving any victory by establishing a national balance
in the aftermath of the military victory the Resistance achieved
against the Israeli enemy.
This will put an end to the optimism waves that
appear every once in a while… The plan is to destroy Lebanon
politically without opening the way for destroying it by means of war.
Palestine: A new Intifada:
We would like, firstly, to salute the Martyr
Mujahid on his operation in Ilat that constitutes a forceful cry
against those who are fighting internally in Gaza. We would like to
say to them that all arms should target the enemy, and not any of the
Palestinians’ parties, especially that the Palestinian reality does
not have an authority for the occupation country is the actual ruler,
whether by his aggressions, blockade or detention.
We say to everybody: The top priority should be
given to the battle with the Zionist enemy and that there should be no
gun except that of the Resistance. Everybody should focus on
reproducing the Intifada.
Crime hits all Iraqis
Iraq continues to bleed daily as a result of the
brutal bombing, and missiles that is landed on civilians and visitors,
especially in Ashoura which was a revolution of right, freedom, pride
and dignity all people and not one of the parties or the other…
And we say to some officials including some
religious scholars who talk about the crimes in one place and not
another in a way that incites sectarianism… They have to know that the
tragedy hits all Iraqis; Shiites and Sunnis alike. They have not to
look at things through one eye, but rather keep both eyes open and
adopt a national and Islamic mentality that views the entire people
with the same just approach.
Lebanon: be ware of strife
Lebanon has lived the experience of a limited
strife that some wanted to extend and cover all of Beirut and then
reach the Christian area…
We appeal to all parties to have mercy on Lebanon
that represents in its culture and pluralism, and the atmosphere of
freedom the jewel of the crown in the region. Don't let the
international or regional players turn it into a tool for implementing
the agenda of others, especially on the regional level, Beware of an
internal Islamic strife, an internal Christian strife or even one that
will entail all of Lebanon who is already living an economic crisis.
We call on the security and judicial authorities to
punish the killers and trouble-makers that ignited strife, so as to
prevent the resorting of some to personally avenge the death of their
The safety of this country depends on the position
the security forces take in defending the country and not this or that
party. The independent judicial authorities that are neither intimated
nor allured should also play their role.
Justice is the basis of rule, and all Lebanese
should fear Allah and uphold their responsibilities towards themselves
and their country. They have to be aware of the nature of the current
crisis which is not sectarian, but it has to do with the political
differences in the ruling of the country viewing the government and
the constitution, which should be dealt with as citizens and not in
the field of sectarianism.
I urge all Lebanese to rebel against all those who
incite strife, and fear Allah and stop being moved emotionally by
sectarian accusations. That is if you want this small country in size
but big in its meaning and civilizational pluralism.
Do not let backwardness destroy the value and
meaning of the country.
To avoid such a fate, do check the sources of
information, and use an open and calm discourse.