The First Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Unity and Justice
Allah wanted the Messengers to convey a message of
two broad dimensions.
The first is the unification of Allah in that He is
the only God and the only one to be worshipped and obeyed. Any
obedience of others stems from being part of His obedience.
The second is justice that has to be the norm is one's relations
with God, himself and others. It is in the just relation with God that
the issue of unification intersects with justice. To be just to Allah
is to unify Him and ascribe no partners to Him. And that's why Luqman
tells his son:
And (remember) when Luqman said unto his son, when he was exhorting
him: O my dear son! Ascribe no partners unto Allah. Lo! to ascribe
partners (unto Him) is a tremendous wrong
This is because there is a no bigger wronging than
not giving God what is his right, being your creator, and the one who
controls of all your being and fate.
Justice with people
Just as a believer should be just with Allah, he
has to be just with himself. He should not firstly push himself to
what could be the source of its corruption and punishment. Those who
do so are wronging themselves and will bring upon themselves the wrath
Yet Allah will not be wronging them for they - all
those who practice injustice and disobey Allah, The Most Exalted, will
be wronging themselves, since he who loves himself has to deal with
his being in a way that ensures salvation in both lives. He has to
create a state of balance between his instincts and desires and
between his duties to be good. In such a balance, he has to give
priority to reason at the expense of emotion and responsibility should
be given the precedence over instinct.
Man should also not wrong others, whether those close to him or the
rest of the people. He should not wrong his parents:
Thy Lord hath decreed, that ye worship none save
Him, and (that ye show) kindness to parents. If one of them or both of
them attain old age with thee, say not "Fie" unto them nor repulse
them, but speak unto them a gracious word.
You should also not wrong your wife, exploiting her
weakness and her need to you. The wife too should not wrong the
husband in the rights that Allah has given him. Parents should not
wrong their children in educating, and guiding them to what is good in
both worlds. A child is not one of the things you have in his house;
it is not one of your properties, it is true that he/she is your
child, but God did not give you the authority to wrong and abuse him.
It you do so people ought to save him from you. In short he is an
independent being, just like you.
You should also not wrong your employees or
subordinates or those whom you deal with. Moreover, you should not
wrong your society by opening a business that corrupts it like
gambling casinos, wine shops, pushing drugs and selling dead meat.
Many have of late have begun to sell dead meat
since it is cheaper, thus cheating people to make more money. We have
issued a fatwa prohibiting the dealing with anyone who sells frozen
meat or the restaurants that serve them, for they are wronging the
people when they sell them what Allah has prohibited.
This is also true with respect to opening clubs
that encourage dissoluteness, especially in summer under the pretence
of promoting tourism. They are actually destroying morals. A believer
should not wrong the morals of others just as he has not to wrong them
in their money, especially, if the money or property is that of an
orphan, a weakened or one that it is owner does not have a document to
prove that it is his. Some people might think that this is a clever
behaviour that increases one's gains, but Allah knows how to take that
money from you and leave you bankrupt.
On a bigger level, one has not wrong his nation, by
acting as a spy to the enemies, especially America and Israel.
Those people are wronging the nation because they
are empowering its enemies. It has been said in our traditions that on
the day of judgement, man will be brought a bottle of blood and he
will be told: this is your share of the blood of so and so.
The man will say: I did not spill any blood
throughout my life, and he will be told: True but you heard so and so
saying something and you conveyed it to the tyrant who killed him.
This tradition is addressed to all those who spy on innocent people
and provide the enemy with the information.
These are the kinds of wronging, which was illustrated by our
traditions. Imam Ali (a.s.) divides injustice into three categories:
One that is not forgiven which is ascribing partners to Allah, and one
that is forgiven, which the wronging of the servant to himself by
committing trivial sins. The third kind is the wronging that could not
be left unpunished, which is the wronging of others. The punishment of
this kind of wronging is severe. It is not, according to the Imam,
stubbing with knives or whipping with lashes, but it is something
these kinds of punishments would look minor compared to them.
The Messenger (p) says: "He who is afraid of punishment would not
wrong others" especially the weakened. Imam Al-Baqir says: When Ali
bin Al-Hashim was dying, he hugged me and said: I will advise you with
what my father advised me: Never wrong someone who does not find
anyone to support him but God. Imam Al-Sadiq explained that wronging
who has no other support than God is the most serve kind of wronging,
whether its your wife, your child, your neighbour your employee…
There is no difference in this respect, between the wronging of a
Muslim or a non Muslim, since wronging has no religion and justice too
has no religion.
One of our Imams (Sadiq) narrated the following story: Allah the
Great, the Almighty, enjoined one of His prophets living in a country
under the rule of a tyrant: 'Go to this tyrant and tell him that I did
not make use of you (grant authority) to shed the blood (of the
people) and gather wealth. I made use of you to soothe the cries of
the wronged, because you should not neglect their plight even if they
were disbelievers'. Allah does not want us to wrong the unbeliever,
just as he does not want us to wrong the Muslim. He wants us to give
every human his rights whether close or not and whether weak or
strong, and this is the meaning of justice.
On the positive side, traditions have said that those "who wakes up
and does not intend to wrong anybody, Allah forgives him what he will
sin on that day". This good will is rewarded by Allah's forgiveness of
sins unless you spill the blood of an innocent man or usurp the money
of an orphan. Moreover, there are those who do not wrong others, but
they might accept the wronging of others or help them do it. In this
respect, it was said: that the one who wrongs and the one helps and
the one who accepts the wrong are partners.
The Messenger(p.) has asked us to repent if we happen to wrong
someone with a word or an accusation and strive to ask him for his
forgiveness, but if we could not then we have to ask Allah to forgive
him for such an act is a Kaffarah, that helps us to earn Allah's
forgiveness. Our traditions narrate the following story:
Two parties of litigation filed their case before Imam as-Sadiq
(a). After he had listened to both of them, the Imam spoke: “It is
quite true that he who seizes something by wrong means is not seizing
goodness. Certainly, the oppressed party seizes from the religion of
the wronging party more than that which the wronging party seizes from
the oppressed party’s property. He who does evil to people should not
show loathing towards the evil that is done to him. As a matter of
fact, man will harvest nothing but that which he sowed. No one will
harvest sweetness from the bitter, and no one will harvest bitterness
from the sweet." When they heard this, they reconciled on the spot.
Allah wants us to oppose all kinds of wronging. Imam Ali says in
his will. Be a foe for the wrong doers, and a help for the wronged.
Let us build the society of justice that makes us close to Allah and
earn His blessings and nothing but His blessings.
The Second Sermon
In the name of Allah the Compassionate the Merciful
In Palestine, the Zionist Army broke into the city
of Nablis, claiming that they want to arrest some wanted man, but made
arbitrary unrests of scores of young men and stormed houses of
innocent civilians. They also besieged the city and prevented the
hospitals from performing their duties in treating patients.
Such actions are but a manifestation of the deep
hatred that the Zionists maintain for all Arabs and Muslims,
especially the Palestinians whose existence represents a challenge of
the Israeli existence being a living witness on the illegitimacy of
their occupation of Palestine.
That is why the rulers of this illegitimate entity
seek to confiscate additional lands to build settlements. They are
also building the racist wall and denying the Palestinians water
resources, and even electric power to besiege them, at a time they
release their army of monsters to torture them in a every possible
Nevertheless, we did not hear any protest from the
International Community, since the US is legitimising all Israeli
practices and aggressions as an expression of their close alliance
that has exerted pressure on the Quartet Committee that began to
impose impossible conditions on the Palestinian people and their
national government, and not on Israel turning it, the Committee, into
a tool in the hands of American arrogance.
In this respect, we have to view the meeting of the
seven Muslim countries, of which some have recognized Israel and was
subjected to its reconciliation process that did not make the Arabs
achieve any political or economic gains. The other countries either
practically recognized the Jewish state by establishing trade
transactions or by adopting the same strategic line that Americans
imposed in several Arab and Muslim countries…
These countries had to come up with that pale
communiqué about the Middle East talking in an indirect way about the
Iranian nuclear threats and touching upon other issues for consumption
Many political and Media analyses have started to
talk about what joins between these countries, saying that they form a
Sunni front in the face of Iran and the so-called "Shiite threat",
which America still considers the source of danger instead of Israel,
although Israel continues to confiscate the entire Palestinian people
and represent a nuclear threat to the region, which is obvious from
its threats to Syria and Iran, its aggressions on Lebanon and its
cooperation with the Americans in Iraq.
The problem is that America has employed several
Muslim and Arab countries to support Israel and consider it as a
friend to the moderate powers against "Islamic radicalism".
Undermining the Freedom of the region:
Describing these states an Islamic is false since
they hold no Islamic values in their means and aspirations. The only
Islamic thing about them is their name. And they are oblivious to the
fact that the American Administration seeks to destroy the freedoms of
the Muslim people and spread chaos in their land to the extent that
the American Administration has turned into an internal faction
creating intend strife, especially in Lebanon, by calling some of its
American party politician to Washington to receive instructions that
freeze the situation and prevent finding a solution, and create
further pressures on Syria, to serve Israel whom some have begun to
consider that it no longer represents a threat to Lebanon, despite the
previous aggressions and those it plans for it the future.
The international political devil has prepared its
plan to burn the region with new wars that will destroy its security
and economies and undermine its dignity. This is what the American
vise president has been doing in his tour in Arab and Islamic
countries propagating a war against Iran which everyone knows it
represents a major catastrophe for the region especially the Gulf
area. Yet no objection from the regional states has been heard.
Instead we heard Chenny scolding the Pakistani President for not doing
what he ought to in the war against what the so- called terrorism,
with this president trying to apologize for the American Master.
The Islamic world is living in a state of a war
that moves from one country to another: from Palestine, Iraq,
Afghanistan to Yemen and Somalia. There are also several other Muslim
countries that are about to enter the so-called constructive chaos,
which could be political – security or economic, whether by inciting
sectarianism between the Shiites and Sunnis or between moderation and
radicalism or Pan Arabism and Persianism …all this in an effort to
launch the instincts and curb any rational endeavor to put away the
element of strife and prevent any rational solution for the nation's
political security and political problems.
Takifiris Complementary role
Iraq remains the bleeding wound of the nation whose
people, universities, schools, mosques and markets are being exploded.
The occupation forces’ role is complementing with that of the
Takifiris in a way that leads to the perpetuation of the Iraqi tragedy
which the occupation is mainly responsible before.
This state of affairs has made the Iraqi people
resort to mass immigration to the neighboring countries and the West
running for their safety.
Thus all political parties should rise to the level
of the current challenges if they are convened with the safety of
their homeland. They should freeze their differences, which the only
beneficiary from is the occupation that tries to play one sect against
In the meantime, the six states that voted in the
Security Council to stipulate sanctions against Iran are now meeting
to intensify the sanctions in response to the American desire to
pressurize Iran to freeze its peaceful nuclear program although Iran
has offered to provide guarantees to its peaceful purposes.
Thus what the Western states actually want is to
prevent Iran form using the nuclear energy to securing its need of
electric power. For they want the Islamic region to continue to rely
on them to secure their needs.
Planning for a new Syrian – Lebanese war
Rumors have it in Lebanon that certain parties that
were involved in the civil war, in addition to those planning to
establish sectarian military forces, are making preparations to settle
certain internal accounts on the one hand and execute the American
plan to destabilize Lebanon on the other hand.
We are not sure that the demand for American
military support for a war against Syria does not fall within this
framework, but it suggests that there are those who are planning for a
war between Lebanon and Syria. In addition, exchanging accusations
regarding the responsibility for the assassinations, as well as fiery
words that create tensions in the political climate, helps in making
the military option the only way that certain parties would resort to
dominate over their entire sects.
The Lebanese situation is being run in accordance
with the American and Israel priorities, with the encouragement of
certain official Arab positions. Where are they taking Lebanon? And
where is Lebanon now? I pose this question to the downtrodden Lebanese
silent and hungry majority, which the politicians are trading with to
fortify their leadership and positions, and to invigorate the fire
that is ignited by the outside, while the fuel is the Lebanese inside.