The First Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the
Allah, The Most Exalted, tells His Messenger (p.) in the context of
guiding him to the way that makes people close to him and open their
hearts and minds on his mind and heart :And say
to My servants (that) they speak that which is best.
When a man starts his social life, it is the tongue that
acts as the means to open up on others whether in his emotions needs
or dialogue and the call to what he believes in.
It is also the means to pray to God and remember Him.
It is the way to ask God for forgiveness, and the way that raises
man to Allah: To Him do ascend the good words;
and the good deeds, lift them up
In the light of this, Allah wants the people when they talk to one
another to study what they are about to say, and to know that people
too have their own feelings, and that they respect themselves as he
respects his, and that they want no one to hurt them, Allah says:
you shall speak to men good words That
is: tell them the best of things you would like them to say to you.
That is why the Messenger's (p.) trait that the Quran highlighted was
that the Messenger was that he was of a lenient tongue and a kind
heart. Thus it is due to mercy from Allah that
you deal with them gently, and had you been rough, hard hearted, they
would certainly have dispersed from around you. It is this kind
of good talk that gathers people around you and makes them listen to
what you have to say.
Allah, The Most Exalted, says: And say to My
servants (that) they speak that which is best.
If you want to say something, try to study the words you want to
express, what you mean with. Some words have a negative connotation.
Therefore choose the best words when you talk to others, just as you
choose the best food and the best house, for words might have a
negative effect on your life.
Do not abuse:
Thus, Islam was concerned with using polite and good words. Imam
Zein Al-Bideen says: "The rights or the tongue is to consider it too
noble for obscenity, accustom it to good, refrain from any meddling in
which there is nothing to benefit from and speak well concerning them.
Islam has rejected abuse and saying what makes people shy. Let us
listen to our Imams telling us about the negative results of such an
attitude in this world and in the Hereafter.
The Commander of the Faithful (a.s.) quotes the Messenger (p.) of
Allah as saying that Allah has made paradise prohibited to anyone who
curses or abuses, who is impolite and does not care about what he says
or what people say to him.
He would even curse his wife and children in a way that will make
them feel shy or ashamed. One of our Imams was asked if there was
among people a person who does not worry about what people say to him
and he said: it is he who abuses others knowing that they will not
leave it at that. That is: they will retaliate by doing the same.
Imam Al-Baqir says: Allah hates the one who uses obscene language.
It was narrated that there was a friend of Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq (a.s.).
He always remained with the Imam (a.s.) wherever he went. He had a
slave who was from Sind. One day, the person was passing through the
market of shoe-makers with Imam (a.s.) while his slave walked behind.
The master wanted to send the slave on an errand, but when he looked
back the slave had disappeared. He looked back three times but could
not see the slave. After some time, when he looked for the fourth
time, he saw the slave. He was angry with him and said, "O' son of the
adulteress! Where were you?"
The narrator says that Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq (a.s.) slapped his
forehead and said,
"Glory be to Allah! You are accusing his mother of adultery. And I was
seeing some piety in you, but now I find that there is no sign of
piety or religiousness left."
The companion protested,"May I be sacrificed upon you, his mother
is an inhabitant of Sind (India) and she is a Mushrik (polytheist)."
Imam (a.s.) replied,
"Don't you know that all people have their own type of marriage? Be
away from me!"
The narrator says, "In the Imam's life-time, I never saw him
walking with Imam (a.s.), again." Islam has accepted the marriage
contracts of all nations and it does not consider the marriage of a
non-Muslim as invalid.
The negative results:
Imam Al-Baqir quotes the Messenger (p.) as saying : "If obscenity
is a model it would have been a model of evil. Imam As-Sadiq says:
"The Messenger says: Of the most evil of God's servants are those whom
you hate to sit with because of their obscenity". He also says: "A Jew
once asked God for three years to give him a son. When he saw that
Allah was not responding to him he said: Am I too far from you to hear
me… Then when he was asleep he heard someone saying: "You have been
calling Allah for three years with an obscene tongue, an impure heart
and a dishonest intention. Stop being obscene and purify your heart
and will. The man did this and he invoked Allah and a son was born to
him… This means that obscenity, cruelty and a dishonest intention
might lead to denying the mercy of Allah's response to your prayers.
It is also said that those who use obscene language will be denied
Allah, The Most Exalted, blessings in the sustenance.
One of Imam Sadiq friends narrates the following story:
I came to Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq who began the conversation, "O Sama!"
what is it that I have heard between you and your camel driver? See
that you do not become an abuser and curser."
Sama replied, "Yes! What you have heard is correct. He had been
unjust on me."
Imam (a.s.) said, "If he has oppressed you, you have also become
his equal and you oppressed more. Indeed this action is not from my
behaviour and neither do I advise my Shias to do like that. Ask your
Lord for forgiveness and do not repeat this act."
It is regretted that there are those who are used to curse the
sacred symbols of others. You might not accept them which is
understandable, but to curse them is something that will undermine the
unity of the nation and might incite strife which is unacceptable.
Some people curse some of the Messenger's wives who might have
committed some mistakes, but this does not mean that we should curse
them, for we should, as one of our old scholar, Sayyed Mohammed Baqir
Hujatulislam, says , treat them well, in honour of the one they are
We have to be polite with our families at home, with our brothers
in the community and even with our enemies for Allah says:
And say to My servants (that) they speak that
which is best.
These are the Islamic morals that make the Islamic nation hold a
sublime position as a result of saying and discussing what is best.
This is what draws us close to each other and to Allah.
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
The Second Sermon
The new report on terrorism by the American Department of State
talks about a significant rise in the terrorist attacks in 2006. It
added that Iraq was the bloodiest front in which the terrorists and
the extremists used all means and weapons including chemical weapons.
The report stated also that most terrorist attacks take place in the
Middle East and South Asia meaning Iraq, Afghanistan and Sudan.
Moreover, the report pointed out that Iran is still the most active
sponsor of terrorism in the world, it accused the Revolutionary Guard
and the Ministry of Intelligence and Security of being directly
involved in planning and supporting terrorists attacks as Iran
encourages Palestinian factions and Hizbullah in Lebanon to resort to
terrorism to achieves its goals.
This report makes us wonder about what has led to what the US
Department of State calls terrorism. And we notice that the Policies
of the American Administration could be responsible for this violence
in the region, as a result of the war it waged on Afghanistan to
avenge for 9/11 victims without studying the circumstances of the
people in this country and the political trends of the rulers. It was
the American intelligence that deployed the people against the Soviet
occupation, thus creating a state of internal anarchy and political
Then came the invasion, which was so brutal that it had killed
mercilessly thousands of Afghani civilians. Thus, the Administration
was not able to create stability for the people. On the country it
increased its anarchy and violence. The Catastrophe of the Afghanis
will not end unless the occupation withdraws leaving the Afghanis to
determine their own destiny.
Occupation is the problem:
If we move to the war on Iraq, we will find that the Administration
was unable to find pretence to invade Iraq, so it relied on the big
lie of weapons of mass destruction. Then it tried to deceive the
Iraqis by pretending that it wanted to liberate them from the tyrant
ruler, the same tyrant whom America had used to execute its politics
and discarded when he was no longer needed. Iraq sank in various kinds
or occupation and Takfiris violence, in addition to the resistance
factions that are associated with foreign and local powers.
The Occupation has fallen as a result of the blows it was hit by.
It was also a failure in running the occupation of Iraq with all the
security chaos as well as that of the vital services.
Occupation even became a problem to the American public opinion,
with the Americans and the political circles unconvinced that this
Administration is fighting terrorism in Iraq; it is really reinforcing
it which affects the neighbouring countries that America accuses
without any proof of spreading chaos in Iraq.
That is why calls for withdrawing have intensified, as a result of
the increasing losses as well as the demonstrations in Iraq, the world
and the US where the occupation has become a problem to the Americans
as it is a problem to the Iraqis.
This Administration is also interfering in Sudan to usurp its
natural resources using Darfour as pretence. It also wants to avenge
its defeat in Somalia, promote anarchy in Lebanon as well as
supporting the Israeli aggression. It besieges Syria and Iran claiming
that the latter is seeking to make nuclear weapons. Moreover, the US
considers liberation movements in Palestine and Lebanon to be
terrorist movements and considers those who support them as supporting
At the same time, it encourages Israel to besiege the Palestinians,
killing them and confiscating their lands, destroying their
infrastructure and threatening their internal security by means of
their intelligence agencies, while at the same time Israel talks about
the peace that will never come except after most of Palestine
including Jerusalem and the West Bank have been Judaized.
America leaves the Palestinian people under the mercy of the
Israeli barbaric acts of the enemy's army, and pressurizes the Arabs
who have yielded to its policies to defend Israeli aggression instead
of the Palestinians. It also pushed the Arab states to run after
Israel seeking a humiliating peace, that it will not give to them
unless they accept certain conditions that will not leave anything to
save face with.
America who declared a war against terrorism, in the aftermath of
September 2001, did not aim at fighting terrorism but at ending any
opposition for its arrogant policies and monopolizing interests in the
world and especially in the Middle East. But America does not talk
about the internal terrorism it suffers form, that represents a unique
condition unmatched in any other place in the world.
The Resistance Victory.
In "Israel", the Zionist government threatens the Palestinians by a
major military operation in Gaza, in retaliation to the Resistance
operations which are meant to avenge the terrorist acts that the
Israeli Army performed in Nablus, Janin Gaza and other cities, at a
time the Israeli state is living in an earthquake as a result of the
judicial report that held the Zionist government responsible for the
failure in the war on Lebanon. It considered it an unjustified war,
because the imprisoning of the two soldiers was not a declaration of
war, but a means to free the Lebanese prisoners.
In addition, the report confirmed the defeat of Israeli army, and
the weakness of the Israeli military and political authorities in
running the war on Lebanon, which made the Arab states that supported
this aggression by calling Israel to continue it until it defeats the
Resistance feel that their plans were defeated. It also shocked some
of the Lebanese official parties who put their stakes on this war,
hoping that it will disarm the Resistance.
We call on all parties to study this report and its impact in
destabilizing the military and political situation in Israel, and
consequently learn the value of the Resistance in protecting Muslim
dignity. They should, therefore, consider it, as a basis for victory
and not an internal or Arab problem especially that certain Arab
states continue to view the Resistance in a negative way for they are
afraid that the spirit of resistance will overwhelm their peoples.
Lebanon reaches a critical stage:
Lebanon has lived a difficult time following the painful incident
that shocked the entire country, and threatened to turn into sectarian
strife. But we noticed that the leaderships, the parties and the sects
have adopted a responsible position by refusing to go along with those
who tried in instigate strife, for they all know that such a sectarian
strife will make the temple fall on the heads of all parties with no
exception, whether a leadership a party or a sect.
Thus the Lebanese lived, at least on the surface, a state of
emotional national unity that overcame the crisis.
But the question is: why do we need a tragic incident or a security
problem to make everybody feel that there is a need for a positive
dialogue on the higher levels, and for the kind of positive feelings
that emerged as well as the talk to transfer positive intentions into
plans for national reconciliation.
The problem in Lebanon has reached a critical stage that it can no
longer bear a new tragic incident or one that will inflame the
The country is divided into two parties that do not trust one
another or try to positively interpret what the other party says. They
are accusing each other of falling in the hands of either
international or regional tutelage, while both parties deny such
charges claiming that their motives are but the country's interest.
Going back to dialogue
The Lebanese citizens' economic conditions have become so bad that
no copasetic operations of economic reform could do any good.
Immigration of the experienced and qualified youth is increasing
rapidly, whole the labourers who celebrated their international day
find no jobs, with some of them even suffering from a day off, even if
it were their national day, because it will mean that they will not
find food for their children.
Moreover, the citizens are concerned for their future and
businessman do not dare to develop their businesses in fear of
security instability. Therefore, we believe that those in charge of
the country's political affairs should study this difficult stage and
resort to dialogue to establish a plan that leads to the formation of
a national unity government that does not contain any internal mines
and an a non-political international tribunal to establish a national
unity that seeks to promote its internal national interests and not
those of outside forces, whether far or near, for they seek to promote
their interests which might run counter to those of the Lebanese.