The First Sermon
the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Describing the believers, God says in His
Glorious Book: "And
those who keep their pledges and their covenant".
The believers are those
who are faithful to their trusts and their pledges.
When we study the
_Prophet's personality, we find that the two most prominent
characteristics his community used to know him with are his
truthfulness and trustworthiness. People knew him as a man who is
trustful in everything he says or stands .He also kept the trusts
the people used to leave with him, and he always committed himself
to what he had pledged. A man come once to Imam Ja'afar As-Sadiq
(a.s.) telling him that he wants to be closer to him, The Imam said:
Looks at what Imam Ali (a.s.) did to earn that elevated position in
the Prophet's eyes and do it.
Asked what that was,
the Imam said: It was truthfulness and trustworthiness".
Talking about the
criteria that we ought to judge people with the Messenger(p.) said:
"Do not look at how much they fast or pray… but look instead their
truthfulness and trustworthiness.
They might fast and
pray because they are used to and they might go to Mecca as a
tourist journey and not for the sake of performing pilgrimage. The
essence of a good person is his truthfulness that will always make
him tell the truth even when it hurts him, and to be trustworthy in
that people would trust him with their lives, honor and property.
Trustworthiness is the best of belief
Imam Ali (a.s.) says:
"The best of belief is trustworthiness, and the worst of manners is
betrayal". Imam Baqir says: "There are three things that God did not
exempt anyone from doing "Returning the trusts and keeping your
pledges to the good and the evil-doers alike, and being good and
merciful towards parents regardless of their being good of not".
Imam Al-Sadiq(a.s.) says that had the killer of Imam Ali kept a
trust with him he would have given it back.
Imam Ali (a.s.) says:
do not betray the one who trusts you even if he betrays you. He also
swore that the Messenger told him an hour before he died: Return the
trust, to the good and the evil-doers, and whether it is trivial or
Trustworthiness is a reasonability
In the light of these
traditions, we have to ask: what is the object of this
trustworthiness? It could be money, as when someone might entrust
you with his money, In this case, you are not permitted to put it in
a place where it might be stolen. The same thing goes to your work.
You have to be trustworthy in accomplishing what you are
Moreover, if you have a
construction contract, you are not permitted, for example, to save
money by cheating in the material you use.
Anyone who does not
honor the conditions he accepted in a contract betrays the trust. We
have a tradition that says: Muslims stand by the conditions they
agreed upon .You should abide by these conditions unless they
stipulate doing something unlawful.
Moreover, if you are an
employer in an institution, whether in the public service ,a teacher
or any other career, you have to keep the trust of those who
employed you. Getting a sick leave from a doctor without being sick
means that both you and the doctor have betrayed the trust. The same
thing goes for leaving your post during office hours, or for wasting
Some people might think
that the time we are wasting belongs to the unjust government that
pays us. It is the people’s money. The government pays you from the
money it collects from the tax-payers, meaning all of us. Some
religious clerics might say that it is the owner of the money is
unknown. It is not, and even if it were, you are not allowed to
steal it, even if you were in a non-Muslim country. God says:
(Allah does not forbid you respecting those who have not made war
against you on account of (your) religion, and have not driven you
forth from your homes, that you show them kindness and deal with
them justly; surely Allah loves the doers of justice)
.Thus, cheating banks and insurance companies in the West betrays
The same thing goes for
the relationship of marriage. Marriage is a covenant between man and
wife. The woman vows to be faithful to her husband, while the man
promises not to deny her rights and to treat her in a good way.
There are those who force the women to give them their monthly wage,
although they have not right to. This is a from of being unfaithful,
which husbands should not commit.
Being faithful in
marriage means you ought to honor all the other party's rights,
whether social, financial sexual or otherwise.
There are many other
situations, that require faithfulness, like when you cast your vote
in any elections regardless of the level.
You are entrusted with
your vote by Allah, the most Exalted, for it might leave a positive
or a negative impact. It could ,for example, lead to the winning of
a murderer or a good-doer. In voting there is not room for
friendship or patronage or the like; you will be held responsible
for your vote in the Hereafter.
We are responsible for
all what we do before God. He has entrusted us with this
reasonability, and we ought to keep our trust.
We also have to be
trustworthy as a nation. This is done by making every effort to
promote its interests and serve its causes, so that we will meet God
feeling confident that Allah is going to be satisfied with our
effort to draw closer to Him.
Surely Allah commands you to make over trusts to their owners and
that when you judge between people you judge with justice; surely
Allah admonishes you with what is excellent; surely Allah is Seeing,
The First Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the
Israel decided to
execute the biggest operation of demolishing Jerusalemite houses in
Eastern Jerusalem, thus dislocating around a thousand Palestinians.
It claims that it wants to build the "city of David" in that region,
since he used to bathe there, three thousand years ago. On the other
hand, the house owners can produce property documents that were
issued before the establishment of the Jewish state whose legitimacy
in based on certain religious legends that it turned into facts in
the eyes of the subjected Westerners.
Israel also continues
to build the isolating racial wall that threatens Palestinian
villages, confiscates their lands, cuts their trees and demolishes
But we do not hear any
objection or condemnation from either the Europeans or the
Americans, despite all the Israeli atrocities. In addition, the
Palestinians are concerned for the conflict between Fateh and Hamas
over the local elections: such a turmoil could benefit Israel on
various levels. Moreover, we do no know what the Palestinian
President returned with from his visit to the US. Is it some
additional empty threats, or new projects that promote the Israeli
interests at the expense of Palestinian ones.
The current stage is
characterized by the loss of the Palestinian rights as a result of
the continuous pressures, which means that the Palestinians ought to
be aware of their current and future priorities and goals, the most
important of which is protecting their liberation project through
their national unity, especially that the media is talking about
radical Jewish organizations that call for storming the Aqsa Mosque
on the anniversary of their occupation of the Holy city.
How are the Muslims
going to face this development? What are they going to do?
Fighting strife in Iraq
Iraq continues to
suffer from the occupation practices, as well as those groups that
accuse others of unbelief. Chaos and bloodshed are still the daily
feature of the Iraqi front, as a result of the blind hatred of the
fanatics and the occupations plans.
This Chaos has reached
a level where it no longer could be ignored and not condemned. Thus,
we call on all Muslim scholars - Shiites and Sunnis, to devise a
plan to condemn and voice objection to these crimes. They should be
unequivocal in their assertion that such actions are illegitimate,
in that who commits them deserves to be committed in this world and
will ultimately lose in the Hereafter.
Such a criminal
attitude has reached a new climax with his this new phenomenon, in
Iraq and Pakistan, of bombing mosques and killing worshippers. Those
who commit these acts have been brainwashed to believe that such
acts will lead them to Heaven,
The danger lies in the
fact that this culture is trying to present to the Muslim World, a
model of Islamic fanatics that does not have a balanced mercy in his
heart, but a blind hatred that further complicates the inter-Islamic
relations and undermines the movement of Islamic unity, to the
benefit of the arrogant occupation. This threat should be confronted
by a swift and counter movement led by the Muslim scholars of both
Shiite and Sunni sects, as well as the Islamic Conference
Organization, the International Federation of Muslim Clerics and all
religious authorities in Egypt Iraq and Iran, to besiege this
terrorist and criminal movement whose danger is virtually equivalent
to that of occupation itself.
Lebanon is facing a
situation of security upheaval that started with political
assassinations and explosions in economic sites and lately targeted
the Lebanese press. This causes a lot of concern and confusion.
In this atmosphere, we
call on every Lebanese to act as a security guard to discover all
local or foreign criminals, for Lebanon breathes through the lungs
of security and freedom, and we have to protect them both.
As for elections, we
want the Lebanese not to reproduce the sectarian Lebanon; their only
concern should be the Lebanese citizen who demands his rights and
performs his duties as a citizen and not as a member of a sect.
Thus, we ask the Lebanese to vote for the cause and the agenda and
not for the person. Each one of you is responsible before God.
Therefore you should
study how much the candidates you are going to vote for have fallen
under foreign hegemony, and how much they represent the power of
political money that buys consciences and stands.
Lebanese people should strive to maintain national unity and
coexistence, especially in the wake of the latest political and