The First Sermon
the Name of God, the Compassionate the Merciful
says in His Glorious Book -And
Muhammad is no more than a messenger; the messengers have already
passed away before him; if then he dies or is killed will you turn
back upon your heels? And whoever turns back upon his heels!, he
will by no means do harm to Allah in the least and Allah will reward
the grateful. (3:1 4)
Holy verse, was revealed according to the interpreters in the
aftermath of the battle of Uhud, When the Messenger(p) was hurt and
a rumor was spread among the Muslims that he was killed.
of the weak hearted among them said: "Let us go and side with
the Abu Sufian (the head of the unbelievers)_ while others said: If
Muhammad is dead, his God is not. Let us fight for what he fought
for. Thus this verse came
to explain that Muhammad(p.), although a leader of Muslims, is not
role of the Messenger (p.) is to convey the message and this is what
Allah told us: O
Prophet! surely We have sent you as a witness, and as a bearer of
good news and as a warner, And as one inviting to Allah by His
permission, and as a light-giving torch.(33:45-46).
Allah has sent His Messenger to convey the Message in full and to
prepare the conditions and circumstances that ensure its existence
and continuous spread in the future.
Book and the Members of the Family.
achieve this aim, Muhammad was concerned towards the end of his
life, to ensure the success of someone who is able the carry the
burden of the Message.
had to be someone whose potentials were unique in all the aspects of
leadership and Imamate. This person was Ali bin Abitalib(a.s).
Messenger(p.) wanted the
believers to adhere after his death to two pillars: The Book and the
members of his household. He told his followers: "I am about to
be called and I will respond to this call. I am leaving among you
two pillars: the Book of Allah and the members of my household…
Who will remain bonded together until they come back to me in
the Messenger(p.) wanted
the Nation to adhere to the infallible line that includes two
pillars, the Holy Book which no falsehood draws near to, and the
Members of the House whom Allah, the most Exalted, has purified and gave them the knowledge of the Book. And
thus these two pillars cannot be separated.
Responsibility after the Messenger(p.)
the Messenger(p.) passed away after he had conveyed the Message and ensured its
continuity. Consequently we as Muslims whom Allah told us that if
the Messenger dies, the Message does not die, have the duty to
adhering to the Message and spreading it. We should consider it a
trust that we have to hand one generation to the next. We have to be
concerned of the religious beliefs of our children and family more
than we care about their material comfort and financial success.
Islam is the message of Allah, the most Exalted, that Muslims have to make every effort to convey. Those who
do so are described in the Quran as such: Those
who deliver the message of Allah and fear Him, and do not fear any
one but Allah; and Allah is sufficient to take account.(
Allah, the most Exalted, threatens
those who turn back, thinking that they will cause some damage to
God and to the Message. He says to those people
”And whoever turns back upon his heels, he will by no means do
harm to Allah in the least and Allah will reward the grateful .(
grateful are the ones who are ready to struggle for the cause of
God. We, as a general rule, should not be committed to the person in
himself, as long as he is alive we will adhere to the message and we
will leave him as soon as he dies. The leaders dies and his line
stays, the religious authority dies and his jurisprudence
achievements remain… etc. The person should be the embodiment of the message and the champion of the cause, and
our attachment to him should be an attachment to the message. Lest we would be practicing
personality cult which has spread largely in our community.
the end of his life, the Messenger(p.) wanted to underscore several basic Islamic concepts, one of
the most significant of them is that being close to God is attained
by actions, and not by money or any other advantage.
said: “There is nothing that lets Allah give you some of his grace
or draws evil away from you except what you do. Do not depend on
wishing and do not claim (any privileges ). The only thing that
saves you is your action coupled with Mercy. If I sin I would
fall" He also asked the people around him before he died to
feel free to came to him and tell him if he had, being a human
being, wronged any of them or taken some of his money to settle the
matter or to forgive him. Of course Muhammad(p.) would not to do that, but he was teaching us an important
Muhammad(p.) , the master of mankind and the one loved by Allah, the
most Exalted, wants to make sure that he is going to part knowing
that no one owes him any thing, then what should we do, especially
that we are of those who commit various kinds of sins, including
denying what we owe to others, cursing them and back biting them? We
ought either to give back the others their rights or to ask for
their forgiveness before it is too late.
Messenger: a role model in leading
the end of his life the Messenger(p.) wanted to make himself accountable before the nation,
although the latter was not the one that chose him. He was chosen by
God who knows him far much more than the others do. But the
Messenger(p.) wanted to
act as a role model, for The
leader should know what
the nation thinks of him and the nation has to hold the leader
said: "O people, you can have nothing against me, for I have
not made lawful except what Allah did, and have not prohibited
except what Allah did: " In another story he is said to have added: O Fatima daughter of God's Messenger of
Allah… seek to please God, for I cannot do you any good: He aims
at underscoring the fundamental Islamic theme that the people’s
relations with God-including God's messengers- is one based on
following the straight path of Allah. That is why God even
threatened him indirectly as he was aiming to teach the rest of
surely they had purposed to turn you away from that which We have
revealed to you, that you should forge against Us other than that,
and then they would certainly have taken you for a friend. And had
it not been that We had already established you, you would certainly
have been near to incline to them a little. In that case We would
certainly have made you to taste a double (punishment) in this life
and a double (punishment) after death, then you would not have found
any helper against Us. “(17:73-75).
In another Ayah, Allah, the most Exalted, used a similar method to talk about the prophet:”
And if he had fabricated against Us some of the sayings, We would
certainly have seized him by the right hand Then We would certainly
have cut off his aorta. And not one of you could have withheld Us
from him. (69:45-47)
messenger dies thinking about the Message only.
lesson the Messenger(p.) taught
us in his last days was when he was on his deathbed. He asked the
Muslims who had gathered around him to bring him some ink to write
some advise that he was sure that they will never be led astray if
they followed it. But some of the Muslims said that he was
hallucinating. They knew for sure that this was not the case, but
they also knew what he was going to write. The Messenger was very
upset and he quit the whole idea altogether.
lesson is the lesson we can learn from what happened when the
Prophet(p.) died. Most
Muslims were trying to chose a leader to succeed him while Ali was
busy burying the Prophet(p.) in a funereal that was attended by few
of his relatives. This is what happened when the people move away
from the messengers and their message and become preoccupied by
their personal interests.
is the Messenger of Allah. Our prophet, our Imam(a.s.), our beloved
and interceder on the Day of Judgment.
Allah and His angels shower blessings on the Prophet. O ye who
believe! Ask blessings on him and
salute him with a worthy salutation”. (33:56).
The Second Sermon
the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Road Map: A plan to liquidate the Palestinian cause
Palestinian issue is still in the forefront, with the international
and regional game trying to force the "Road Map" which
will not lead the Palestinian people to their legitimate rights of
freedom, independence and self-determination. All these pressures
are trying to make the Palestinians realize first the Israeli
objective of stopping the Intifada without even expecting the
Israelis to withdraw or end their massacres and assassinations.
massacres that kill scores of women, children and the
elderly have turned into a daily acts with Israelis killing
the civilians in cold blood, claiming that they are after an
activist or the like, while the Americans and the Quartet Committee,
justify such acts as self- defense against "terrorism".
all these developments they still talk about the Israeli peace… It
is a peace that will not give the Palestinians any of their demands.
It is only a maze of promises and rounds of negotiations, made by an
enemy who will never agree on a Palestinian state even if it is as
modest as that envisaged by the "Road Map" plan. To
further complicate things, it
invades the Palestinian territories in a barbaric manner, while at
the same time asking them to stop the Intifada without even trying
to prepare the atmosphere that is conductive to the international
solution, the fact that such a solution will not achieve anything
for the Palestinian militant and wronged people notwithstanding.
problem is that this American-Israeli solution aims at liquidating
the Palestinian cause with some cosmetic steps like the establishing
of what could hardly be called a state, since it will not be given
an sovereignty or independence, nor would they allow the Palestinian
refugees to return. Furthermore, Jerusalem will remain a Jewish city
and the settlements that turn the Palestinian territories into
isolated Islands will not be dismantled.
Question is : What is the plan of the new Palestinian government?
Why did the American and Israelis endorse it? What are the illegal
acts of violence it
wants to ban? What are the real guaranties for Israeli withdrawal
from the Palestinians territories? What are the controls that
prevent internal Palestinian strife through all this… a civil war
that might destroy everything and which only the Israelis will
is quite ironic that Israel demands Palestinian
actions and does not offer them even words although promises are all
what they have so far been offered. Meanwhile, the Israelis are
creating a new fait accompli on the ground.
of change not surrender
might say that they ought to be realistic and accept whatever is
being offered to them, for this is all what they are going to get...
But who said that Israel and America are going to give the
Palestinians, their right in freedom and independence… They tried
to be realistic when
they accepted " Oslo ", but it all but
we say to the Palestinians that they ought to follow up the
developments, very vigilantly…
warn them against the old/new ploy and against falling into a civil
war… We call on them to be realistic in changing the actual
situation with the available tools and not in the sense of
surrendering to the statuesque. Be sure that by your steadfastness,
resolve and will to continue your sacrifices, you will be able to
impose change, through a carefully studied and volatile plan that is
executed by consistency and patience. Be sure that victory in the
end is on your side…
Iraq : Occupation
in but occupation
In Iraq , the American killing of
demonstrating civilians under the pretense of self-defense is the
same method the Israelis resort to… The Iraqis should learn this
object lesson and learn that the Americans have come to exploit Iraq , when the role of their
agent "Saddam" has been done with and not to liberate
them… We are not calling upon them to an adventurist undertaking,
but to study how to confront the forces of occupation and
arrogance… To understand their plans and to be aware of their
objectives… Let us be united in demanding the American withdrawal
from Iraq and leaving the Iraqis to
rule themselves for they have all the resources and potentials when
the atmosphere of freedom is available.
for the talk about the need for an American spaceship even in the
meetings (that are held to decide their future), we
believe that it is quite
insulting and demeaning. It is also an attempt to exert pressure on
the participants whom we do not know if they really represent the
Lebanon : with Syria against
big question in Lebanon is: Is there a bold and carefully studied
plan that surpasses the personal and confessional loyalties to
embark on a political reform that constitutes the base of economic
and administrative reform; a reform that would end political tyranny
that is hidden backstage, but one that is very active in protecting
Is Lebanon going to remain a victim
of political games and policy statements? Isn't there a way to get
out of the tunnel?
ought to have mercy on this great country whose cultural
civilization and creative role is a source of pride through its
history… This country is facing pressing challenges on all
levels… especially with the new American –Israeli policies that
threaten the whole region, including Syria and Lebanon with various threats that
could even reach military ones… Everybody knows that there is a
common destiny between Syria and Lebanon necessitating the presence
of a solid base and a carefully studied plan to protect both
countries... especially that Israel is threatening us
everyday… While the international stance and the French is
particular have begun to pressurize Syria to end its presence in Lebanon , without studying the
objective conditions that govern the relations between the two
countries, or the dangers that threaten both of them.
know that there are some complications in the Lebanese political
life, but we call on freezing all differences that ought to be
postponed in view of the critical situation in the region.
At the Anniversary of the Death of the Most Honored Prophet (p.): We
follow His Path and continue His Message. The Book and the Members
of the Family. Our Responsibility after the Messenger(p.). Islamic
Concepts. The Messenger: a role model in leading. The messenger dies
thinking about the Message only.
The Road Map: A plan to liquidate the Palestinian cause. Realism of
change not surrender. Iraq : Occupation in but
occupation Lebanon : with Syria against pressures.