The First Sermon
the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
On the third of Shaaban,
Imam Al-Hussein was born, Abu Al-Fadl Al-Abass was born on the
fourth and Imam Ali Bin Al-Hussein was born on the fifth.
These great names, these
high summits of Imamate, heroism, faith and dedication to God and
His Messenger(p.) ought to be remembered and recalled, for they are
a source of enrichment to us in all our causes and issues.
:an extension of the Message.
Thus, when we remember Imam
Hussein (a.s. ) we remember him in what enriches our life, for his
movement was not merely one of tragedy, but one that is interrelated
with the right path of Islam which the Imam(a.s.) carried , being an
extension of the Message that protects the Islamic march from any
deviation on the ground and in theory and principles.
When the Umayyads wanted to
deviate Islam away from the right path and change the caliphate
institution into a monarchy , and ruling to a confiscation of
man’s freedom and resources, the Imam(a.s.) stood against them
saying that they have usurped the wealth that belongs to Allah, the
most Exalted, .
When Allah, the most
Exalted, describes the wealth and the resources as being His
property, it means that they belong to the nation and that no one is
allowed to spend hem on his relatives or his personal errands and
Thus, Imam Hussein (a.s. )
considered the aggression against the public resources as well as
the freedoms and wills of the believers to be an aggression against
the nation, and consequently against Islam. For Islam wants man to
live in freedom and be a slave of God alone.
to stand up and fight deviation.
In his first speech, Imam
Al-Hussein (a.s. ) , explained to the believers the reasons that led
him to revolt. He emphasized that this is what Islam expects the
believers to do when they see that the rulers are no longer
following the line of justice
Quoting the Messenger(p.) ,
the Imam(a.s.) said:
“O people: The Messenger
of Allah has said: “Whoever sees an oppressive ruler who permits
what Allah has forbidden, reneging on his oath, violating the Sunnah
of the Messenger of Allah, treating the servants of Allah
oppressively, and does not try to stop him by deed or by word, it
will be incumbent upon Allah to treat him as He treats the first.
These people have rubbed shoulders with Satan and abandoned their
obedience to the Most Merciful One. They have manifested corruption,
transgressed the limits, felt comfortable with their ease,
permitting what Allah has forbidden, and forbidding what Allah has
I am the best to effect a
Thus ,from the beginning
the Imam made it clear that his “revolt” is legitimate, since it
is a continuation of the Messenger’s and the Islamic call for
standing against injustice.
Objective of Hussein’s Movement
Thus, Hussein’s movement
is a movement that has to do with the political, social and legal
aspects of Islam. It is unjust to reduce it to a movement that calls
foe weeping instead of a movement of change. Certainly emotions are
important, and we do not want the celebration of the events of
Karbala to do away with emotions. But what is really fundamental is
to follow the Imam(a.s.)’s example in revolting in any time or
place when injustice gains the upper hand, to support the right,
justice and freedom of man.
In this context, we
understand what the Imam ended his speech with, when he said he did
not revolt seeking power, or corruption but : To demand reform in
the community of my grandfather. I want to enjoin the good and
forbid the evil and to travel on the path established by my
grandfather and my father Ali Ibin Abi Talib. Those who accept me
accept the truth and Allah is most deserving of the truth. As for
those who reject me, I will wait until Allah judges with truth
between me and the community, for He is the best of Judges.” Imam
Hussein (a.s.) wanted to arouse the people’s awareness and
re-establish the rule of Islam, and he was prepared to die to
Therefore, we have to be
reborn in the anniversary of the Imam(a.s.) … We ought to renew
our commitment to revolutionary change, to uphold justice, just as
the birth of the Imam in the environment of piety and dedication
represented by Fatima, and Ali, under the leadership of Muhammad
indicated that he was destined to fight injustice and tyranny.
This is what the
Messenger(p.) meant when he said: “Hussein is part of me and I am
a part of Hussein”. They both had the same message and the same
goal: upholding justice.
An enlightened mind and a firm belief
As for Al- Abbas (a.s.), we
remember in his birthday what Imam Al-Sadiq said about him. He had
an enlightened mind that could analyze any development and put it in
perspective in order to take the right stand. He also was a man of
“firm belief” who did not care about his own life when it came
to standing with Right. And this is what he demonstrated when he
refused the offer to spare his life made by Shimr bin Zi al -Jawshan
in Karbala for the life of Imam Al-Hussein was threatened. His
belief was stronger than his desire to live. He was ready to die for
his principles, and this is what he did when he fought for the cause
of God in Karbala and was martyred fighting to protect ”his
religion” and not “his brother”.. The issue in this case was
not that of blood relationship as great as it was, but one of a
common cause and a great message.
Supplication as a guide in life
In Imam Zein Al-Ibien, we
meet this great Imam(a.s.) who enriched the Islamic life in all his
intellectual and moral heritage, especially by this new method of
supplication which incorporates all the moral, spiritual and social
principles of Islam.
In one of his supplications
we are provided with a guide of how to make all our day, from the
movement we wake up until the moment we go to bed, an Islamic day in
that we spend it, in what pleases God, enjoins good and denounces
O God, give us success in
this day of ours, this night
of ours, and in all our days, to employ the good, stay away from the
evil, give thanks for favors, follow the Sunna's norms, avoid
innovations, enjoin good behavior, forbid the disapproved, defend
Islam, diminish falsehood and abase it, help the truth and exalt it,
guide the misguided, assist the weak, and reach out to the troubled!
Those are the Members of
the House, those who carried the Message of Islam and were ready to
sacrifice everything they had to ensure its victory. If we want to
be of their followers we have to follow their example at all levels.
They have preserved the Islamic unity and did not authorize any
internal strife, we too, at a time are attacked by arrogance and
unbelief in their ensured alliance, have to follow their example and
adhere to the right path that preserves the unity of Muslims.
The Second Sermon
the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
admission of their bad image
How does America’s image
in the Arab and Muslim world look like?
A report by a Congress
advisory committee that was sponsored by the state department
confirms the negative reputation of America in the Arab and Muslim
world where the hatred to America has reached extraordinary levels
that left the Americans, according to the report, vulnerable to
lethal threats to their interests and security.
We welcome this admission
but we do not agree with the Committee’s recommendation of
increasing the funds allocated to public diplomacy. The problem lies
in the American stance of full support to Israel in all its plans.
The US even encourages, if secretly, Israel to carry on with its
strategic plan of continuing the closures, assassinating Palestinian
leadership, killing civilians, destroying the Palestinian
infrastructure… In public, it might criticize certain Israeli
practices, and shyly advise them to lessen the Palestinian
suffering, but without talking about ending the occupation.
the European position
Moreover, the American
Administration was able of confiscating the European position which
drew nearer to the American stance in considering collective
punishment of innocent civilians as self-defense and in considering
the Palestinian national struggle for liberation as a form of
terrorism, although the Europeans practice a kind of political
hypocrisy by continuing to talk with the Palestinian Authority in a
way that does not provide any solution.
Thus, we could confirm that
the American Administration, the European union, along with the
Russian federation and the United Nations support the Israeli
occupation when the going gets tough with some meaningless word, to
the Palestinians... We ask the Quartet committee: What is the
meaning of the Israeli Road Map with all the reservations that the
Americans endorsed and that the Quartet Committee did not object on?
What is the meaning of this American gradual approach of decreasing
its opposition to the separating wall: First it was considered a
problem then it was accepted with reservations, then the
reservations were lifted.
We do not want to talk from
the viewpoint of some one who is infuriated by this international
political hypocrisy, but from the standpoint of the downtrodden who
are affected by arrogant plans. We, as Arabs and Muslims, wish to be
friends of the entire world. We do not have any complex towards the
Western nations on any other nation for that matter… But our
problem lies with some of the Western administrations is the same
problem those who are governed by these administrations suffer
from… We call for a dialogue between the West and the East, and
between Islam and other religions… for dialogue draws nations
closer and creates mutual understanding.
This is why we told the
Quartet Committee that your support of Israel, will not be able to
reach a solution to the Arab Israeli struggle. It is the dialogue
which ought to be conducted with all parties that will find this
solution. And this is what they did not do with regard to the
American Administration: An addiction to deception.
On another level, the
American Secretary of State talks to the Arabs about the “amazing
progress” the American Administration has accomplished in Iraq and
ask them to help him” In building a new prosperous peaceful and
free Middle East”… But what about the American political and
economic interests that see only the interests of their capital and
vast companies. Would the American Administration accept that a
democratic and free Middle East practice its right in opposing the
American policies that cares only about its own interests? Would it
accept any decisions taken democratically by the nations of the
Middle Eat even if they run counter to the perceived American
interests? What about the Palestinian people’s stand with their
political and militant leadership.
This administration and the
previous ones have become addicted to lying, deceiving and
pressurizing the nations in the name of false pretenses the last of
which was “combating terror” and possessing weapons of mass
destruction which it accuses Syria and Iran by, while it keeps
silent when it comes to Israel and forgets about the most brutal
massacres of Sharon and the like, especially those of Sabra and
Shatila, Kana and the daily on- going massacres in Palestine.
American policies produce hostility
The Problem is that the
American policies which reflect the interests of the companies its
members are a part of, will produce in every stage a new hostile
feeling towards the Americans that will be transmitted from one
generation to the other, with “terrorism” prospering since its
root causes are not addressed.
We love peace based on
justice but the international arrogance wants war in the name of
peace and dictatorship in the name of democracy.
…The struggle between
freedom and colonialism, between the nations and arrogance will go
on… In addition to Palestine Afghanistan and Iraq more and more
wounds will be added and more resistances will be initiated.
In Lebanon, the reform will
continue to mark time as a result of the personal and sectarian
feuds. We do not need a new law or to amend the constitution. We
need to apply the existing laws and do away with the corrupted and
those who constitute obstacles …
The people are demanding
that they want to live as citizens and not as members of a sect
while the region is shaking as a result of the international
tempests and the state is shaking due to its cliental and corrupt
policies. Could Lebanon ever turn into the state of human beings and
not a farm the thieves? O God; save us and guide us to see the good
and adhere to it, You are the most Merciful