the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
(SWT) says in His Glorious Book:
only wishes to remove uncleanness from you Members of the family,
and to purify you”(33:33).
month is a sacred month of Rajab which Allah (SWT) proclaimed one of
the four months of peace in which fighting is unlawful except in
the beginning of this month, we have two occasions, the births of 2
Imams: Imam Muhammad bin Ali Al-Baqir and Imam Ali Al-Hadi(A.S).
Also today is the death anniversary of Imam Al-Hadi.
this speech, I would like to reflect as much as possible on the role
of these two Imams and learn some of their saying that we need as a
guide in our life.
Al-Baqir (A.s) was one of the Imams whom the circumstances enabled
to work in the broad daylight.
he was able to make the whole Muslim community benefit from his
knowledge in the fields of Sharia, Philosophy, Islamic doctrine and
history. To give but one example, Al-Tabari’s history account is
filled with citations from Imam Al-Baqir (A.S.).
Al-Baqir (A.S.) used to demand from his followers to ask him about
everything that has to do with Islamic culture and he used to insist
that if he told them anything they should ask for his proof or
evidence. He wanted the Shiites and all Muslims in general, to go
back to the Quran, as well as the Sunna which details the Quran and
explains what might have been problematic in it, in everything they
need to learn about. The Imam was quite patient and tolerant with
all those who disagreed with him adhering to what the Quran called
for in the norms of dialogue: If you differ with someone, whether in
religious, political or any other Subject, you will not be able to
convince him by pressure, intimidation or even accusations and
cursing but rather with sound arguments.
is what we should learn from the Quran, the Messenger (P) and the
Members of his family (A.S.): Not to be disturbed by intellectual
differences to the extent that we start to throw accusations at one
another, and resort to evidence and sound arguments, We should also
be guided by the Quranic rule of:
and evil deeds are not alike. Requite evil with good and he between
whom and you is enmity, will become your dearest friend”.
Al-Baqir was concerned with the political issues of the nation, and
he used to keep an eye on the external
threats facing the state, the fact that it was Umayyad
notwithstanding. For the Imam, like his grandfather, the Commander
of the Faithful, Imam Ali bin Abi-Talib(A.S.), used to care of the
interests of the Muslims in general and not his own personal
interests. In this regard, he gave his advice to the Umayyad rulers
when it came to the Roman threats, but when the opposition to the
Umayyads grew the Imam supported it, because he saw that the fall of
the Umayyad state was in the interest of Islam.
Imam Al-Baqir had a chance to make the nation benefit from his
academic and political insight as long as it was in a peaceful
manner, Imam Muhammad Al-Hadi’s circumstances were quite
different. He was haunted by the rulers and faced various pressures.
Yet he resisted and did not yield.
Imam was also concerned with any doctrinal, ideological or even
philosophical deviation. He stood against those who tried to give certain words in the Holy Quran some
meanings that they could not possibly have, he also refused any
exaggeration regarding the issue of Imamate, and always insisted
that Islam considers the mind the basis of thinking and believing.
contribution in Islamic culture and education was so vast that he
was admired by his contemporaries, as well as those who followed
the adheres of their Imamate of the Imams being the infallible
successors of the Messenger (P), ought to review their sayings to be
guided by them.
Al-Baqir was told by a man called Abu Ismail:
have a lot of Shiites . The Imam asked him: Do the rich give the
poor, and does the offended forgives the offender and do they visit
one another to offer condolences”.
the man said that they do not the Imam said: “Those are not
Shiites” since being a believer is in accordance to the Messenger
(P)’s saying like any part of the body that looks after the part
that gets sick.
another saying, the Imam began by calling the Muslims to take care
and be kind to one another, and then he went on to say: ”Tell
those who follow us that it is their work and not us, who can do
nothing, that makes Allah (SWT) forgive them. And tell them that
piety is the way to be among our followers And tell them also that
the most regretful among you on the day of judgment are those who
knew what the right is but chose not to abide by it”.
Imam underscored this theme in several sayings always maintaining
that one’s work; and
piety is the only road to Allah (SWT)’s satisfaction and not
simply claiming to be a Shiite, which in itself means nothing but
piety and obeying Allah (SWT) and His Messenger (P). He said once to
the Shiite: “Be the middle pillow (that makes man’s sleep and
rest comfortable) the fanatic will come back to you and the
suspicious will believe in you, I swear by Allah (SWT) that we are
not related to Him nor does He owes us any favor. We only draw close to Him by abeyance. If
you obey God (SWT) you will benefit from being our followers, but if
you disobey Him it will do you no good. Do not be deceived. Don’t
says also: “Ali’s Shiites are those who help, love and visit one
another. Those, who if they get angry, do not become unjust, and
those who when pleased, will not over spend.
who would be a blessing to their neighbors and peaceful to those
whom they deal with".
Al-Hadi (A.S.) explains what is true belief by saying: It is what is
in the heart and shown in the deeds”.
another story, a man had many bad coincidences in one day. He hurt
his finger and his clothes were torn, so it happened that he was
cursing that day as he was going in to see the Imam. The Imam told
him that the day has nothing to do with it since it is “Allah (SWT)
who rewards and punishes.”
man knew that he was wrong, and asked Allah for His forgiveness.
These are some of the Sayings of Ahl el-Beit that we ought to abide
by. being the line of the right, truth and Islam.
In the Name of Allah, The Compassionate, the Merciful
of Allah (SWT)…
pious in all you do and say.And Remember always that we have to
fight any wrong doing and take The Messenger (p.) and the Imams (a.s.) as our role models in
fighting against oppression. Thus we ought to know who these
oppressors are and what are their plans and schemes.
Intifada in its Second Year
The Intifada which is
about to enter its second year, has proven that it is still going on
in spite of all the pressures that followed the American event that
preoccupied the whole world, and gave Israel a golden opportunity to
launch several attacks on Palestinian cities.
Israel, in addition to the brutal killings that were executed in
these attacks, is trying to portray the Martyr operations as similar
to the suicide operations in the U.S., to suggest that this the
Islamic way of confronting the civilized world, and thus trying to
hold the Arabs- the Palestinians too- responsible for the American
there was the American attempt to force the Palestinians to accept a
ceasefire under the influence of the atmosphere of the panic the
American Administration created in the region. But the Mujahideen
were able to violate the rules of the American game and prove that
the Intifada will continue, because there is no other alternative
but to go on with the
for the American Plan
I would like to warn the Arab and Muslim countries against accepting
the American plan which aims at finding a solution to the
Palestinian cause by accepting the Israeli conditions, by trying to
suggest that America will pressurize Israel in return for the Arab
alliance with the U.S. against what it calls terrorism…Despite the
fact that it would not give the Palestinians much, especially that
has to do with the Palestinian national aspirations…
as they did in the aftermath of the Second Gulf war when they took
the Arabs to the Madrid Conference that produced the Oslo
agreement, which packed the Palestinians in the Israeli corner.
warn our faithful Mujahideen brothers in Palestine against falling
in this new-old game, which aims at the fall of their liberation
movement into a maze of political negotiations…
ask the Arab and Muslim peoples to continue their support to the
Palestinian people in this critical stage. We also ask them to
pressurize their rulers so as not to give political concessions…
This Intifada–Liberation movement is the highest virtue that
resembles the pride of the nation in the present as well as the
future. It is a big crime for anyone to try to put it off by any
Exploiting what it is now calling the war against terrorism for the
sake of all humanity, America is actually trying to restore its
pride and ability to intimidate the world. It is threatening the
small countries that they will be isolated both politically and
economically if they do not join the coalition.. As for the big
Powers that are already in the alliance it is trying to intimidate
them by saying that they will be subjected to the same kind of
“terror” if they do not get along with the American plan.
is waging a psychological war against the Arab and Muslim nations
flexing its military muscles in several regions and threatening to
strike Afghanistam and
other countries, as well as an economic blockade to the countries
that do not wish to join the coalition. As we appreciate the
position of the Western contries that tried to distance themselves
from the atmosphere of hatred against Islam, we believe that this
atmosphere has been initiated right after the fall of the Soviet
Union, when the NATO considered Islam as the new enemy of the West.
Therefore, the hatred we now see against Muslims and Arabs is a
natural result of the sociopolitical education in the West.
should not fall under the influence of this psychological war.
America is not a fate that cannot be eluded. The nations too have
their points of strength. America might start the war, but this does
not mean that it will win in the end. A storm might devastates many
places ,will destroy itself in the end.
Lebanon was a victim of terror
in Lebanon, were the victims of a mad war that America had planned
for.We also suffered from several terrorist operations like the one in Beir Al Abd where
many victims fell as a result of American terrorism. These
operations were topped by the Israeli invasion that produced several
massacres especially that of Sabra and Shatila. We should not also
forget the massacre of Kana.
these Israeli massacres were committed with America supporting
Israel and hindering any condemnation for it in the UN. It still
supports its terrorism against the Palestinian people, who is only asking for his freedom.
America want the Arab and Muslim countries to support Israeli terror
against the Palestinians? Do they want the regimes to oppress the
peoples in the name of Combating terrorism. For America considers
any one who opposes it policies a terrorist, as we saw when the new
American Ambassador in Lebanon described the Mujahidean in the Islamic Resistance as terrorists.
should adhere to our principles that enable us to differentiae
between terrorism and resistance. And we should know that America is
practicing political economic and military terror against the Arab
and Muslim worlds.
should say to America that it could not achieve a victory over what
it calls terrorism unless it stops its policy of oppressing the
these policies are a fertile ground for producing violence that may
eventually turn to terrorist acts.