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Lectures > 2007 Speeches >03/08/2007

The Religious Authority H.E. Sayyed M. H. Fadlullah delivered the two Friday prayer sermons at the Imamain Al-Hassanain Mosque, 3rd August 2007 A.D, 19 Rajab 1428 H, several prominent religious scholars, dignitaries and thousands of believers attended the Jumu’a prayer.

To commemorate Ahl el-Beit is to revive their values


 

The First Sermon

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

 

Allah says in His Holy Book: Allah only wishes to remove all abomination from you, ye members of the Family, and to make you pure and spotless. Our love to Ahl el-Beit, is a love based on reason. We love them because they gave us a new Islamic mind in every thing they said. And we love them by our hearts because they made these hearts open on good.

We also love them the love of life, because they have drawn to us the straight path that Allah wanted us to follow.

In this month, the month of Rajab, we meet with two occasions concerning Ahl el-Beit. The first one is the commemoration of the death of the great hereon and religious scholar, the purified lady, Zeinb bint Ali, (a.s.) who lived with her mother Fatima Az-Zahra, father, Imam Ali, and her brothers Al-Hassan and Al-Hussein(a.s.), which made her reach a level in her knowledge, courage, dedication and struggle for the cause of God, that no one had reached before except her mother, Fatima Al-Zahra(a.s.).

Some might wonder why Imam Hussein (a.s.) chose her to be with him, and why she chose to be with him leaving her husband Abdullah bin Jaa'far (who is also her cousin) and her children.

The answer is that Imam Al-Hussein (a.s.) wanted to be accompanied in his grand march by Zeinab's heart and mind.

That is why she used to sit with him and ask him, while he used to listen to her views. They used to talk about the future of the movement. Off course the meetings were filled with emotion for her love of Imam Hussein was incomparable not only because of being her brother but also he embodied the Message.

She used to move from one tent to the other, and stay with her brother with every new tragedy he suffered from. Then when he was martyred, she led who were left, and showed how courageous she was when Ibn Ziad wanted to kill Imam Ali bin Al-Hussein(a.s.), and then when she stood before Yazid and scolded him.

Lady Zeinab (a.s.) was a role model of the spiritual and human struggle for the Muslim men and women. It is very painful that all we have for this courageous heroic lady is the tears.

What do we know about her heroism and boldness in Karbla? They only talk about the tragic side, but she was stronger than the tragedy. If you want to visit her, do not just circumambulate around her shrine, but think about her attitude, the attitude of the student of Ali, Al-Hassan and Al-Hussein (a.s.), the attitude of the courageous fighter for the cause of God and the scholar who knows everything about her religion. Let us learn about this role model for the Muslim women, and introduce her to the world who knows nothing about her, and to the Muslim world who knows only a little bit about her.

The Temple-prison

In this month too, we meet with the death anniversary of one of the Imams of Ahl el-Beit, Imam Musa bin Jaafar Al-Kazim (a.s.). This Imam who was recognized throughout the Islamic world, for people used to send him the money that was due on them, and who Haroun Ar-Rashid was afraid that he might overthrow him seeing how much people trust him, and that he represents the great virtues of Prophet Muhammad…

Ar-Rashid, thus, could not leave the Imam educating people freely, telling them what true Islam is… In addition, he was angered by the defiance the Imam showed when Ar-Rashid stood by the Prophet's grave to say "Assalumum Alaika my cousin", the Imam said: Assalum Alaika my father.

As if he was saying that if you are trying to say that you are privileged to be a cousin of the Prophet, I am his son.

Ar-Rashid decided to imprison the Imam and kept moving him from one prison to the other.

But the Imam was thankful to God and said: "O God, I have asked you to dedicate me to Thy worship, and You have done that… I praise Thee". He made his jail the mosque he prays in until he was killed by poison in his last jail, upon the orders of Haroun Ar-Rashid .

In commemorating his memory, we would like to go over some of the Imam's heritage, starting by some of his supplications to learn how to supplicate when we are being unjustly treated. Although the Imam did not wrong any body he asks God to give back the people's rights if he was not able to do it out of shortage in strength or in wealth. He even asks God to give them some of his own rewards. Then he associates this supplication by reaffirming his belief in God the Messenger, Islam and the Book, teaching the others, for he is an infallible, that Islam is associated with justice and good morals.

Human Values

In one of the stories one of the companions of the Imam says that he saw another companion praying in Arafa, who was extending opening his hands to the shy with his tears running over his check. When he finished the former asked him expressing his admiration to what he saw. The latter told him that he was praying for his brothers, because the Imam told him that whoever does so, will be rewarded by 100 thousand times more than if he was praying for himself.

The Imam was the best in reciting the Quran, making everybody listening to him cry. He used to cry himself while reading the Quran being fearful of God. He also used to encourage people to resort to the judgment of the mind when they want to decide about any issue in their lives. He says: Allah has two arguments to hold the people responsible: a visible one and an inner one. The visible one is the Messengers and the Imams, while the inner one is the mind". He also used to ask his companions to hold themselves accountable for everything they said or did: "He is not one of us that who does not hold himself accountable everyday. If he finds that he has done good he would ask Allah for more and thanks God for guiding him to do so and it that he did was evil, he would ask Allah to forgive him and repent.

He said to one of his friends who complained from the accusations of some of those he argued with about certain theological issues, because they accused him of being heretic, just as some have accused me of being misguided and one who misguides others. He told him to be lenient on them, even if they accuse him of such accusations. If you have a pearl in your hand and people keep saying it is a nut it will not harm you; just as it will not do you any good if you have a nut in your hand and people say it is a pearl.

Moreover, the Imam used to direct his companions to call for the good: Convey what is good and say what is good and do not be an Umaa, which is to say I am with the people and I am like any of them. He added: the Messenger said that there are two spheres that of Good and that of evil. Don't make the realm of evil be more to your likening than that of the good.

Thus, do not be like those Imam Ali Described as "mindless insects followers of every crier, they bend with every mind, they neither illuminated themselves with the light of knowledge nor did they return to a firm corner.

We end the talk about the Imam with the following story:

There was a man in Medina who used to curse Imam al-Kazim , and distort his image, to the extent that the companions of the Imam asked for permission to kill him, but the Imam used to forbid them from hurting him. Then one day the Imam (a.s) went to the man’s garden. When the man saw him, he said: Do not step on my plants, for he was so hateful that he did not even have the courtesy of welcoming him. The Imam continued to move towards him. And when he reached the man the Imam asked him: How much did you pay for your plants, and how much do you expect to gain? Adding the two sums together the Imam gave him the money and said:

Take this money and you still can sell your corps, and he started talking to him in a very pleasant and kind manner. The man felt guilty and changed his attitude towards the Imam. The next day the man went to the mosque. When he saw the Imam (a.s) coming he said: “God knows where he puts His Message". Allah has given you a mind, which you should not sell or rent to anybody. Let us learn to use our minds and not our fanaticism. Even parents should educate their children on the need to think and develop their minds as he takes care of their physical development. When you let others think for you, they will think of their own good.

These are our Imams whom Allah has ordered us to follow. May He accept their intercession on the day when neither money nor children will do any good.

May Allah bless Imam Musa bin Jafaar al-Kazim, the day he was born, the day he was martyred and the day will be brought back to life.

 

 

The Second Sermon

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

 

The American President, George Bush, has decided to increase the US aid by over 35% percent – standing at 70 billion US dollars over the next 10 years- to preserve Israel qualitative military superiority over all the Arab states put together. The US wishes to enable Israel to launch aggressions against the Arabs and Muslims who oppose its policies, ensuring that they remain weak while Israel remains strong.

At the same time, Washington decided to provide the Arab "moderate" states who are committed to their direct or indirect relations with Israel, with 20 billions worth of advanced weapons to confront the so-called "extremist" forces such as Iran, Syria, Hamas, and Hiszbullah, in a bid to protect the US interests in the region.

These weapons that America sold to the Arabs have been provided under the strict condition that they are to be used against the Arabs and Muslims only. They are not to be used against Israel even if the Arab relations with it witness drastic changes. On the other hand, everybody knows that the weapons the US gave to Israel have been used in the Zionist wars against the Arab including the July war on Lebanon which was an American – Israeli war against Lebanon and the Resistance.

On another level, the visit of the American State and defence secretaries to the region aimed at renewing America's commitment to the security of its main strategic partners in the region, especially in the face of the Iranian "threat"…

But we all know that the visit aimed at finding a serious security crisis in the region, although there are no real security threats there whether to Egypt Jordan or the Gulf states. On the contrary, Iran has been trying to assure the regional states that it is an element of peace that seeks security and cooperation that protect the Gulf States.

The Iranian nuclear power will not be used to make the bomb. It will be used in the peaceful fields, which is a right that the Arab states are also seeking to claim.

But America, whose occupation of Iraq was a failure, is trying to cover up this failure by creating chaos and political and military strife in the entire region. The US Administration is trying, for example, to turn Lebanon into a base for its New Middle East project, by benefiting of the Lebanese special features of multidimensional freedoms and the sectarian system that links all parties who wish to solidify their internal position to foreign powers.

Such American failing policies, whether in Iraq Afghanistan, Pakistan Lebanon and elsewhere, of killing innocent civilians as a result of a state of an arrogant hysteria has made the US a hated country in several states in the Middle East and in the entire world, and even in America itself where the public opinion has started to voice its demands for withdrawal from Iraq whose cost in lives and resources have become too grave to be tolerated.

On the Arab level, the foreign ministers conference that convened in Cairo, welcomed the positive elements about the Middle East in Bush's speech, and found an opportunity to build on them, especially on the two states solution and the call for a peace conference attended by all concerned parties and leading to direct negotiations on all tracks… etc.

But these are empty sugar-coated promises.

The American President has talked often about a Palestinian state, but he has never made one step forward in this direction whether through the international Quartet Committee, the Road Map or by pressurizing Israel to dismantle the settlements and the separating wall, or the return of the refugees, as well as other vital issues. Such as the Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and finding a political opportunity to discuss the final status solution, especially with the American – Israeli condition to stop the Intifada, thus, undermining any serious dialogue about a possible solution.

Furthermore, the American – Zionist Arab position that confronts Hamas to the benefit of Fateh undermines any possibility of creating a national unity the coming state could be founded on. This proves that this position aims at eliminating any Palestinian movement that wishes to continue the resistance, at a time the Palestinian President could not achieve anything even at the level of easing the Palestinian sufferings. He is only given empty promises and encouraged to stand against Hamas and make impossible conditions to resume the dialogue with it.

The question is: Are there any positive elements in Bush's speech? No, because the promises he has given are empty ones, since the American Administration can not put any pressure on Israel. It makes fun of the resolutions of the Arab summits, giving Israel concrete positions, and only words to the Arabs.

The Illusion of Peace:

As for the last Arab conference that called for a just and comprehensive peace, ending the Arab –Israeli struggle on the basis of the Arab peace imitative and the political framework defined by the ministerial Arab Imitative Committee... Are the Arab Foreign Ministers fooling their peoples when they make such decisions that have proved to be worthless, since it has been confronted by the American position that considers their initiative inapplicable, and the Israeli position that considered it worthless? It is interesting that the Arab delegation said that they came to Israel to explain the initiative and not to negotiate, as if Israel does not know it yet.

Israel on its part, wanted the Arab ministers to come and beg it for peace that is completely in the hands of Israel, especially after the Arabs have ruled out the option of military confrontation, and some of them have even stood against the Resistance victory in Lebanon being afraid even from a victory against Israel, having lived the culture of defeatism.

Lebanon: The crisis deepens

Lebanon has moved from a national crisis into a smaller one, but one that arouses hatred within the same sect, leads to the making of statements that incite strife, using methods that do not respect the mind, and that further a drives the citizens away from understanding themselves as such : citizens of equal rights and duties; thus, facing their pluralism by increasing sectarianism, and leading to international statements that warns the Lebanese of a civil war and adds to hunger and deprivation a new war of intimidation.

We say to them, that the Lebanese refuse any sectarian war. They want a national peace for the entire country and for all Lebanese citizens. They will kick out all those who plan for wars, and re-institute the state of love that Lebanon seeks to establish among all Lebanese citizens; Christians and Muslims.