The First Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the
The Commander of the Faithful, Imam
Ali bin Abitalib, says in his will: I advise you, all my children my
relatives, and whosoever receives this message, to be conscious of
Allah, The Most Exalted ’s message to be conscious of Allah, remove
your differences and strengthen your ties. I heard your grandfather
(The Messenger(p.) ) saying : Reconciliation of your differences is
more worthy than all prayers and all fasting, and that hatred shaves
(wipe out) religion and there is no power except with Allah.
In this will, the Imam talks about a
very crucial issue and perhaps a critical one in our Muslim society.
Although it is natural that people would differ in personal, religious
or political matters, it is the responsibility of the society as a
whole to reconcile between those who differ by all possible human
means. Differences between people could lead to devastating
consequences on the entire society. Difference between a married
couple could lead to divorce, not to mention its effects on the lives
of both the husband and the wife. Differences between the parents and
the children might lead either to abandoning them or to rough
treatment to the parents, which Allah, The Most Exalted, has
prohibited. On the other hand, we have seen many parents abandoning
their responsibility towards their children.
There are also the economic
differences, whether on the level of individuals or having to do with
the economy of the society, as well as political and sectarian
differences which could lead to civil war. And this is what we are
facing in Iraq where there are those who are working on inciting
strife, especially through the use of certain sectarian leaders who
seek to further strengthen their leadership by resorting to sectarian
rhetoric. They are creating strife between Shiites and Sunnis and even
within the same sect, thus opening the door for non-Muslims to exploit
this rhetoric and create an armed conflict which the local leaders do
not oppose even if it kills all Muslims. Then there are the
differences between two Muslim states which might get complicated and
lead to the boycott of the leaders of one state to that of the other
with its devastating effects, on the citizens of the two countries
including the non-Muslims.
Effect on Religion
Such critical consequences make us
clearly understand why the Messenger said that reconciliation is more
worthy than all prayers and all fasting. Both praying and fasting are
individual issues of somewhat individual consequences, while strife
affects the entire society and the entire nation. Thus, the danger it
inflicts is much more greater than that of some Muslims not abiding by
prayer or fasting.
And we know that the current
differences between Muslim whether sectarian (Shiites and Sunnis) or
racial (Arabs, Persians and Kurds) have enabled the arrogant countries
– with America leading them- to dominate over the Muslim presence in
the entire world. When we compare between the number of Americans who
are only 200 millions and the number of Muslims who are about one and
a half billion, we know that they have been able to impose their
hegemony over all our strategic resources and political decision, only
because they are united while we are divided both on the sectarian and
racial levels… Such differences do- in the words of our Prophet -shave
our religion, just as a blade shaves a man's hear.
When two persons engage in a feud
they might curse one another or try to damage the other's interests.
We have heard some people saying when they engage in a fight with
others that all prohibitions are lifted- that they can now kill and
destroy as they wish. All these things have negative consequences.
They shave the religion. Some people fast, pray and perform all
religious duties but they deem it lawful to kill another Muslim.
This is devastating and amounts to
shaving the Religion, since it destroys Muslim unity and divides the
The Reward of reconciliation
Since reconciliation is vital and necessary, Allah
has emphasized its necessity in the Glorious Quran encouraging people
to intervene and reconcile those who differ and reminding those who
incite strife that they will be punished
Whoso intervenes in a good cause will have the reward
thereof, and whoso intervenes in an evil cause will bear the
consequence thereof. Allah oversees all things.
And in another Ayah, Allah considers settling
differences as an act of obedience to Allah and His Messenger
They ask you about the windfalls. Say: The
windfalls are for Allah and the Messenger. So be careful of (your duty
to) Allah and set aright matters of your difference, and obey Allah
and His Messenger if you are believers). He also says:
The believers are but brethren,
therefore make peace between your brethren and be careful of (your
duty to) Allah that mercy may be had on you.
If the relationship among Muslims is built on the basis
of brotherhood which Allah has fastened by the rope of belief, than
this brotherhood renders all Muslims responsible of solving any
differences among Muslims for this is the line or piety and the means
of attaining Allah's mercy.
In another Ayah, Allah explains that there is no
good in much of our talk if it does not contain a call for performing
good acts which include the reconciliation between people, and
explains that the rewards of who those who do such acts of good will
be great There is no good
in most of their secret counsels except (in his) who enjoins charity
or goodness or reconciliation between people; and whoever does this
seeking Allah's pleasure, We will give him a mighty reward.
In one of his saying the Messenger(p.)
considers reconciliation between those who differ as an act of charity
"that Allah and His Messenger love". Imam As-Sadiq (a.s.) used to
leave some money among some of his companions to be used in solving
the differences among his Shiites in case solving the differences
depended on paying some money.
Allah also says in his Glorious Book
And make not Allah because of your swearing (by
Him) an obstacle to your doing good and guarding (against evil) and
making peace between men, and Allah is Hearing, Knowing. Imam
As-Sadiq (a.s.) says in explaining the meaning of this Ayah that if
you are called to solve a difference between two people, do not say I
have sworn not to intervene. More importantly, Imam As-Sadiq (a.s.)
explains that we are allowed to lie in order to reconcile among those
who differ. He says: "The one who reconciles is not a lier". He also
says: talking is of three kinds: Truth, lies and reconciliation among
people". He explains that when you tell someone that the man he had
differed with said good things about him you would be lying , but you
will be rewarded for this lie .In such cases, lying is not only
permissible. It is a duty.
Dear loves ones:
The differences in our Islamic
society, whether personal or between sects or even states have led to
disastrous consequences that weakened Islam and Muslims. Therefore, we
have to abide by the command of Allah and His Messenger, and the
Imam's will when he was on his way to meet his Lord: To seek, each
according to his ability, to reconcile Muslim differences.
The Second Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
A British newspaper published a
story about US training of the air forces of several Arab allies in
preparation for a possible war with Iran. The same paper reported that
the Arab leaders justified this plan by saying that Iran is trying to
establish itself as a regional superpower, which deems necessary to
cooperate with the USA, both on the military and political levels.
What interest do these Arab states
have in engaging in this declared American war at a time everyone
knows that the security and the stability of the Arab region cannot be
based on foreign projects that could only serve the American strategy
of imposing the arrogant hegemony on our region, and prevent it from
gaining any strength? Moreover, if this war erupts it will destroy and
burn the entire region. Thus any alliance with the foreign powers,
especially the Americans, will only distort the relations of the
regional states, and will serve the American project only.
We hope that these states will act
prudently and rationally, in that they will not go along with the
American scheme. Instead, they should further increase the elements of
trust between Iran and the Arabs, especially that Iran has
continuously asserted that it seeks to establish good and friendly
relations with the Arab states, and that the power of Iran is not
against its neighbourhood, but rather a defensive force against US
American Terrorist Policies
We also notice that the American
Administration has started to concentrate on the need to attack the
Iranian Revolutionary Guards instead of the nuclear locations, since
this Administration was not able to convince the American public
opinion that Iran poses an eminent nuclear threat. This was
accompanied by Bush's threat to Iran that it will be punished if it
does not stop its intervention in Iraq. But we all know that the
Revolutionary Guards is an official military institution of Iran.
The question is why do the
Americans, Europeans and some of the Arabs talk only about the Iranian
intervention in Iraq! Why don’t they talk about the issue of
occupation that turned Iraq into a place of terror and chaos, as well
as economic collapse and vast immigration? This could have an effect
on the entire region, especially after the American Congress decision
of dividing Iraq, which could develop to include other Muslim and Arab
America's failure in Iraq, its
mismanagement of its occupation and the resistance of the Iraqi
people, have made it accuse all others. But the truth of the matter is
that terrorism applies to its army and policies.
We believe that America will not
achieve big results if it bombs Iran. It could be the opposite, since
violence will call for more violence, but in the opposite direction.
If the US wants a solution to its
impasse in the region Iran has said that it is ready to help in one
way: To withdraw from Iraq.
On another level, the Enemy's
Foreign Minister asked the Arab and Muslim worlds not to impose their
conditions on Israel, and on the international Conference that Bush
had called for, whether regarding peace, the viable Palestinian state,
or the right of return and all the other vital issues such as
She wants the Arab and Muslims to
support the so-called peace process without providing their strategic
views regarding a solution that can prevent the enemy from turning
into a force that continues to force its hegemony over the Palestinian
people, even after the Palestinian state is founded, since this state
will be a limb one, that has no army and no independence.
This is what the Arabs who are
running after the Israeli peace should be aware of. Since such an
effort will only make them more tired and will lead them to fall more
deeply in their political and economic failures.
Jerusalem International Day
In this occasion, the Arabs and
Muslims should draw the liberation plan of Jerusalem, whether
regarding the Aqsa Mosque which the Israelies are trying either to
turn into a Jewish worshipping place or destroy it and build Salomon's
temple in its place, or at the level of the city which the Israelis we
trying to juidize and turn into an eternal capital of the Jewish
The Muslim peoples should remain in
a permanent state of alert to defend Jerusalem and all of Palestine,
both, the people and the sanctuaries.
The Jerusalem Day is a day of
action. It is a day in which the Muslims express their commitment for
liberation to secure the strength of Arabs and Muslims as well as
their civilizational future.
What is being set up for Lebanon?
Lebanon is facing critical
challenges that have to do with its very existence and aim at proving
that it did not succeed in peaceful coexistence and lead it to the
Iraqi state of racial and sectarian partition and sectarian strife. To
help reaching such a gaol, there are many rumours being spread about
the political parties being armed, while sectarian mobilisation is
taking advantage of the good heartedness of the people to fill them
with hatred and enmity, in a way that the Lebanese is no longer
Lebanese in his loyalty, but a slave of the sectarian leader who
follows his instructions in whom to fight and how to yield to the
external instructions that wants Lebanon a playground for its imperial
They want Lebanon to move from a
regional tutelage into an international one, thus making freedom and
independence empty slogans that are used in the political rows with
The problem with the Lebanese
parties and leaders lies in that they do not take into consideration
that the Lebanese are hungry and devastated in their feelings and
fears, especially that the people have been addicted to those human
idols whom they obey blindly.
In the meantime, Lebanon continues
to remain an open land for those who want to conquer it by means of
politics and a playground for criminals, while people are being
influenced by the media, which confuses the minds and the commotions.
The question is where do the people in charge of Lebanon, both inside
the country and outside it, want to take Lebanon and which Lebanon do