the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
One of the
obstacles that faced the prophets at various times and places, and
which still faces the reformers, is emulating fathers and
grandfathers, or those who hold a social and political positions. If
the prophet came up with idea that is deferent than that of the
fathers of his people they will confront him with the fact that they
follow the doctrines, habits and traditions of their forefathers and
reject all that does not conform with them. But why? If they are
asked to explain why they don’t have any argument to support their
attitude. It is a matter of emotion only.
In this age
too, you are destined to confront with those who find any new idea
or religious edict different than what they are used to, whether in
the domain of tribal traditions or in the general political and
social life. If you come up with any thing different then what the
people are used to they will condemn your act and say that you like
the idea of “walking tall” and this in their belief is wrong and
leads to isolation.
religious scholars and their followers might also be used to a
certain religious fatwa. When other religious authorities think that
this fatwa needs to be changed they will be told that what you came
up with, and I am not talking about my own experience only, does not
conform with what the previous scholars said, forgetting that both
old and new scholars are religious authorities with the same
religious knowledge and the same ability to issue fatwas.
Muhsin Al-Alhakim, the famous religious authority, concluded for the
first time that the People of the Book are not najis- impure-
although he used to say for 50 years that they were najis, he was
told by those around him that this fatwa will get him into trouble
because it is unfamiliar. But the Sayyed was of a strong character
and Told them: I have emulators and they have a problem which I
found solution for.
the Fatwa concerning the unbelievers, my own fatwa is more developed
than that of Sayyed Al-Hakim.
that all humans are tahir, Jews, Christians, Buddhists and atheists,
Their impunity is one of the mind and not a physical one. And I
would like say to those who denounced this fatwa, that when you
reject a certain fatwa you should be a scholar to provide the
argument and proof, or in the case of not being a scholar it is none
of your business.
is divided into two categories. The first category is in the things
you have no knowledge of, like when we emulate medical doctors or
engineers. And then there is the issue of emulating in things you
have, or you can acquire, experience in. In this case, you should
we believe, as Allah (SWT) tells us, that every person will stand
before God (SWT) to defend all his actions and sayings. If you stand
before God (SWT) and He asks you why did you take this stand or
followed that road, and you answer that this is what my fathers
believed in and that these are our traditions or this is what the
general belief in this age is. Do you think that your fathers were
prophets or religious scholars that ought to be followed.
Allah (SWT) wants man , before taking any practical action, to study
any stand or political line he wants to adhere in a way that will
enable him to explain his reasons before God (SWT) on the Day of
God (SWT) wants us to think, investigate and weigh all issues. We
should not follow anything in a blind manner. Even if we trust
somebody, we should keep our eyes wide open. And if we hear anything
we should go back and discuss it with those we trust, There is
nobody who is above discussion, even the prophet himself used to be
asked and he used to answer those who asked him. Imam Muhammad
Al-Baker, who was also infallible, used to say to his companions:”
If I tell you something you should ask me about its proof in the
wants the Muslims to be an enlightened community that fully
understands the culture of the thought it adheres to.
That is why
the Glorious Quran had pointed out in several Ayahs that one should
not follow blindly what his fathers used to believe in, an attitude
that is still prevalent in our times. The Quran says:
When it is
said to them. “Follow what Allah has revealed. “they reply:”
We will follow that where we found our fathers”, even though their
fathers, were senseless men lacking in guidance”2:170?
witnessed this kind of behavior in our villages when the political
leaders used to inherit the support of the people from their
fathers. Such an act is irresponsible When you follow someone it
should be because of his thought stand his adoption of the line of
guidance. Being a good son does not mean that you ought to follow
the ideas and commitments of your father, for each of you will be
judged alone, and each if you will have to defend himself alone and
explain why he believed in something or why he did the deeds he had
your father wants you to adopt an idea, discuss it with him and if
you are convinced go ahead and adopt it , but do not adopt it
because this is the will of your father.
Ayah the Quran says:
they commit an indecent act, they say:” This is what our father
used to do before us. Allah Himself enjoined it”.
“Allah does not enjoin what is indecent. Would you tell of Allah
what you do not know?.” They replied:” It is the same whether
you preach or not. That with which you threaten us is but a legend
of the ancients. Surely we shall never be punished”.
” When it
is said to them: ”Follow what Allah has reveled, they reply: we
will follow nothing but what we found our fathers following.” Yes,
even though Satan is inviting them to the scourge of Hell.”
father was a follower of Satan and he calls upon you to follow this
line would you accept.
This is the
true Islamic and Quranic line: It calls for each community to hold
its responsibility in a separate and independent manner:
That was a
nation which has passed away. There is shall not be questioned about
what they did”.
wants us to liberate minds and never decide on anything accept after
we discuss it thoroughly first.
what we should educate our children on following, so that no one
will be able to cheat or deceive us, and so that we will not be
dominated by those who want us to obey and not to think.
In the Name of Allah, The Compassionate, the Merciful
of Allah; (SWT) be pious, and do not be like herds of animals that
don’t have a say in where they are driven. For God (SWT) wants you
to be aware of everything in the political field, just as you are
aware of all your religious obligations. And He holds you
responsible for every political stand you take.
continues to face the Intifada in Palestine with bombing,
assassinations, destroying gardens and ruining houses, while on the
international level, it tries to portray the Palestinian liberation
movement as a terrorist movement that kills innocent Jews. The
Zionist media in the West does not subscribe to the fact that
Palestine is an occupied country.
it talks about the Mujahideen, who perform martyr operations as
people who believe in certain myths that are alien to the Western
Peres are playing complementary roles that make Peres talk about
peace while Sharon talks about war, all in an effort to deceive the
international public opinion.
part, the US continues to back Israel in all international forums,
refusing to discuss the Israeli: aggression or the need for
international protection in the security Council and threatening to
veto any resolution that condemns Israel. It also threatens to
boycott the conference on racial discrimination in Durban, South
Africa, if it intends to discuss the racism of Zionism, and
pressuring some of Arab and African states to be less critical of
the Israeli practices. And although, it has been somewhat successful
in this effort, with the help of several Arab states, certain
Muslim, Arab and African states still insist on the need to discuss
the Zionist racial practices.
also exerted pressure on the Arab official stands in the last Arab
foreign ministers conference, that was held in Cairo, to the extent
that the conference rejected the political economic boycott. It
resorted to the familiar hollow rhetoric, promised certain financial
aid and postponed the discussion of critical issues.
suggests that those officials are unaware of how grave the current
situation in Palestine, where a whole nation is being systematically
wiped out, is.
Palestinians are looking forward for Arab and Muslim states to exert
pressure on America and Israel to end the Zionist occupation and
return the refuges to their homes and Jerusalem to its rightful
owners, but to no avail.
that the Mujahideen in Palestine will continue their struggle until
liberation, regardless of how great the scarifies are. For this is
the only choice they have despite the psychological war that Sharon
is waging in his media to convince them that they are destined to
lose. This, the psychological war, is in itself an indication that
he feels that the situation has become dangerous, especially as the
element of time does not play in his favor. He has started to
flounder, talking at times about a truce and at other times about
security negotiations. But this playing with words will not get him
out of his impasse.
and Muslim Support
and Muslim peoples have to stand with the Palestinian freedom
fighters, by means of an informational and political uprising that
pressurizes the regimes and threatens the American interests.
should know that its support to the enemy is not a kind of picnic,
and that it will stand to loose both politically and economically.
of reward and punishment is the only policy that works in changing
the regional and international position. Protests and speeches will
do no good and will yield no change.
solidarity in Lebanon
The political dialogue is taking the shape of inciting feelings and
provoking reactions, which makes the whole situation quite unstable.
It is the
responsibility of all parties who in adopting such methods are
pushing the country to the verge of collapse, at a time the Israelis
are once again trying to set foot in the country… The country is
full of parties who are trying to engage in a political show-off
with out any prior objective study.
upon all parries in Lebanon to review their political performance,
in an effort to learn if their stands, whether political or security
wise, helps to stabilize the state or stirs contusion and chaos,
especially as Lebanon stands on the verge of economic and political
collapse and that any political turmoil will affect the already
aching economic situation.
people’s grievances are enormous, yet the officials are the ones
who are complaining. O politicians, stop yelling at one another and
listen to the cries of the poor and needy. These are the real cries
that ought to be heard before the temple falls on the heads of all