The First Sermon
the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
virtue of Patience
Today also, we explore
the other side of Imam Hussein (a.s.) that of the caller and the
guide to the right path. This side is little known, since we tend,
especially in Ashoura, to see only the tragedy that accompanied his
In his role as a guide,
the Imam (a.s.) stressed on the importance of patience; he says:
"Have patience towards the right even if it was bitter".
He also says: "Have patience on what you hate in what the
rights impose on you, and have patience on what you love towards
what passion might lead you to”.
In these two sayings,
the Imam (a.s.) points out to how men should act in their lives,
whether in their relation with themselves, with others or with God.
Such an attitude is not simply a matter of either seeking pleasure
or avoiding pain, for one should always take the position that
ensures his stability and success in the end. Things that seem
pleasurable in the beginning might turn out to be painful in the
Thus, man should
examine all what he does, because the negative elements might be
invisible and he would not feel them. This is what Imam Hussein
(a.s.) meant when he drew a simile between seeking pleasures at the
expense of principles and eating honey.
Since, when you finish eating, the effect of sweetness of honey
The Imam (a.s.) calls on us, to be both wise and principled. He asks
us to stick to adhering to the right regardless of the worldly
losses such an act might generate, for the results would be in our
favor, since they bestow on us God's satisfaction. On the other
hand, going along with one's passions in disobedience of God, which
although might yield temporary pleasure, will turn out to be painful
and saddening in the end.
Based on this, the Imam's message was that man should always side
with the right even if it was bitter. Moreover, the right is
something that covers all aspects: In doctrine, it is the Book and
the prophetic traditions. In politics, it is what promotes justice,
while in society it lies in love and unity…
when it comes to sin.
A man came to the
master of martyrs, Imam Hussein (a.s) and said: "I am a man who
can't resist committing sin, nor do I have the power to control it,
so enlighten me".
Imam Hussein (a.s.) said:
"Do five things and commit any sin you wish to commit.
First, do not eat the sustenance that is from Allah, and commit any
sin you wish to commit.
Escape the dominion of Allah, and commit any sin you like. Seek a
place where Allah does not see you at and do any sin you please.
When the angel of death comes to take your soul, repel him from
yourself and do any sin you desire.
Lastly, when Malik (the angel that directs Hell) makes you enter the
fire, do not enter the fire (Hell) and do any sin you like.
It is as if he is saying that when you eat, you eat the sustenance
that is from Allah, and that Allah watches you all the time. He has
given you birth and he decides your death. He then rewards you or
punishes you. How could you possibly sin then?
He told another man who
he heard him say: "Donning good to those who do not deserve it
would be a waste”, that this is no so. He added doing good is like
rain, that falls on all; the good and the bad. When you act in
accordance to your value you do not think about gain and loss, you
just do what you believe in. This is the real meaning of
humanitarianism that Islam stresses on in educating man.
The Imam describes also
an attitude that is common among many people and that is
demonstrated by their willingness to apologize, he said:
Beware of your
apologies; for a true believer does not sin, does not have to
apologize, where the hypocrite commits sin, and apologizes everyday.
Having to apologize is
an act of humiliation, while Allah, the most Exalted, according to
Imam Al-Sadiq (a.s.) did not give the believer the authority to
humiliate himself'. This is a very important teaching, since to
avoid any apology you have to study thoroughly anything you do or
Then the Imam (a.s.)
explains to us how a rational man should deal with others. He says
that such a man would not talk to those whom he is afraid of not
believing him. He would not ask for a favor from someone who might
deny him. Lastly, he would not trust someone whom he is afraid that
he would betray him.
In this respect, our
Imams have asked us not be overconfident in general. Imam Ali (a.s.)
warns us against loving someone too much for he might one day turn
to an enemy. Conversely, he advises us not to hate our enemy too
much for one day he might turn into a friend. Therefore, be rational
and balanced when you love and when you hate, in friendship and in
Dear beloved: Imam
Al-Hussein is the Imam of Islam whom we ought to open up on all the
fields of his imamate. Do not be overwhelmed by the tragic and the
revolutionary aspects. Like his father, his brother and his sons,
Imam Hussein carried the message of Muhammad (p.) and the Message of
Islam. This is the meaning of Imamate and this is the meaning of
being an adherent to Ahl el-Beit.
We have to follow their teachings in all fields, for they are the
teachings of Islam.
The Second Sermon
the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
occupation is responsible for the massacres
The new Ashoura in
Karbala and Kazimiya is an extension of the historic one, whether in
the brutality of the crimes, in the goal of inciting strife, or in
abandoning spiritual values or support of the unjust.
As for the true and dedicated believers who follow Islam in the line
of Ahl el-Beit whom Allah has purified, hundreds of them have fallen
dead or injured without committing any wrong, just like what has
happened in the original Karbala .
The Occupation has tried to acquit himself of the responsibility of
these barbaric massacres, by accusing fanatical terrorist groups.
However, no matter how much he tries, he would still be fully
It is the climate of occupation that made Iraq an open arena to all
those who want to foul play.
Moreover, if the occupation troops did not commit this crime, then
what about the CIA or Mosad agents, especially that the Israeli
entity wishes to make sure that Iraq will remain constantly weak and
divided, thus ensuring that what the Americans had done when they
ended the status of Iraq as a potential formidable enemy will not be
appreciate the awareness of the Iraqis
In the midst of the
tragedy and in the heart of their sorrows, the Iraqis were able to
surpass the calamity and cling to their Islamic and national unity.
They were victorious over the attempts to incite strife, and they
thwarted the vicious attempts of occupation, its allies and all
those who want to incite civil war.
We call upon all
parties that in the face of these critical circumstances, they
should be more vigilant and cautious. They should study the American
plans to dominate the region and plunder its wealth. We ask all the
Muslim religious authorities and all scholars in Iraq and the region
not to resort to condemnation only. They should also seek to educate
Muslims on the importance of Islamic unity as a major element that
safeguards the destiny of Islam and the Islamic nation. They should
also try to find the practical means to pursue this goal and
continue to monitor and oppose all those whose blind fanaticism and
ignorance would actually make their actions serve the plots of
The need for more awareness
In addition to the
massacres of Iraq, we should also talk about the massacres of the
tenth of Muharram in Quetta and in the Punjab where more than 50
Muslims were killed and over 100 were wounded.
As we condemn this outrageous filthy crime, we hold the Pakistani
authorities fully responsible, having not provided their Shiite
citizens, the security they need to perform their religious
celebrations, despite the fact that the last ten years have
witnessed many bloody incidents in which thousands were either
killed or injured.
Reliable sources have
confirmed to us that they are letting dangerous criminals off the
book while detaining those who work for unity like the religious
scholar Sayyed Sajad Ali An-Naqqawi who has been in jail for over
We call upon Muslim scholars in Pakistan to confront the bloody
situation that paves the way for America to dominate over this good
Muslim country. They should educate the Pakistanis on the importance
of Muslim unity and convey to them that fanaticism does not benefit
either the Shiites or the Sunnis.
It is the following of
the instructions of the Quran regarding the referring of all
differences to God and His Messenger that makes Islam and Muslims
strong in facing arrogance and disbelief. We also call on the
Pakistani government to uphold its responsibility in preserving the
security of its people, and striking the criminals with an iron
fist, for internal terrorism could be deadlier than the external
Tribute to the steadfast people
Palestine is still
moving from one massacre into another, from one detention into
another and from plot or deception scheme like promising to withdraw
from Gaza into another… Meanwhile, the settlements are expanding
and the Americans continue to exert additional pressures.
And all this is topped by the international political indifference
and the pressures of the Arab regimes that heed to the American
pressures and withhold funds for the Palestinian orphans and martyr
sons. The rich people who wish to contribute money to the
Palestinian needy have become afraid that their assets will be
confiscated, just as the Israelis did in the Palestinian banks.
We would like to salute
the Palestinian steadfastness what was able to create several
political, economic and security problems to the Zionist enemy and
the Arrogant American power. And we are confident that the people
will be victorious in the end.
As for the Arabs, they are neither able to reform their own
conditions nor reach a unified position towards the project of
American reform that wants to disrupt all the people's interests to
the benefit of the American interests.
Some even call for
accepting the American demands so as not to run after them tomorrow
to accept what we refused today... It is blind slavery that is void
of any will… It is the Arab league, which we are afraid that it
might turn into a league of differences and conflicts.
When will spring come?
As Lebanon continues to
sink into endless debates, while compromises between officials are
reached that usually come at the people's expense, the country's
economy is on the verge of collapse and the dept is constantly
increasing. The poor are getting hungry and the contacts for
services are divided between the influential parties, which means
that instead of being executed they turn into a cake that is shared
by the corrupt.
When will all this cold winds end? And when will this beautiful
country receive the spring?