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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Grand ayatullah H.E. Sayyed M. H. Fadlullah delivered the two Friday prayer sermons (at the Imamain Al-Hassanain Mosque, Shawwal 2 1423h - December 6, 2002 , several prominent religious scholars, dignitaries and thousands of believers attended the Jumu’a prayer.


The Islamic Conception of Joy

The First Sermon

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

On this happy and blessed occasion, the believers have to seek what pleases God in everything that is around them, for the satisfaction of Allah is greater than the bliss of Paradise .

Pleasure in the hearts of Believers

One of the things that pleases Allah, the most Exalted, and makes us earn His satisfaction and love is making believes and orphans hapy.

        Imam Ali (a.s.) says in his advise to Kumail (Who quoted the Imam’s supplication known by his name)…The Imam says: “O Kumail, tell your folks to be moral and spend their nights to fulfill the needs of those who are asleep”. For Allah, the most Exalted, will reward any body who enters happiness into the hearts of others by relieving them of any calamity that might face them.

Moreover, the Imams have reaffirmed the same meaning in their traditions. Imam Al-Baqir (a.s.) says: The Messenger of Allah(p.) said: Making a believer happy makes me happy too, and making me happy will make Allah happy”.

Thus by making a believer happy by helping him fulfill his need, defending him in his absence, or easing his pain, you will be making God, the most Exalted,  and His Prophet (p.) happy.

In another saying the Imam says: “smiling for your brother is a good deed… and no form of worship is better in the eyes of God that making a believer happy…”

Imam Zein Al-Ibideen (a.s.) was known that he starts his talk to others by smiling…

Imam Al-Sadiq (a.s.) said that Allah, the most Exalted,  has revealed to prophet Dawood (a.s) that he would let the believer enter Heaven if he fulfills another believer’s need even if it were by giving him a date (the least that could be offered). In response, Dawood  (a.s) concluded: “Those who know you, O God, ought never give up hope in you”.

Imam As-Sadiq (a.s.)  also says: Any believer who would help another in overcoming a difficulty, Allah would will make it easier for him to attain what he needs in this world and in the hereafter… He added: Allah helps the believer, as long as he helps his brother… Thus, one ought to learn this Divine guidance and seek to help other follow believers.  

The Believer is a source of Joy

        These Traditions, as well as several others, make it clear that man should be a source of joy and happiness to other believers, especially those around him, like his wife and children ( or the woman’s husband and children). We should find out what the lawful things that please them are and do our best to attain them so that we could introduce joy to our society… a joy that will earn us happiness in the Hereafter.

The Messenger (p.) said when he was talking about the orphans: “There is a place in Heaven called the House of Joy that will be dwelled only by those who make the believers’ orphans happy”. And this could be done only by taking care of them, providing them with shelter, food and education and relieving them from the need to ask for charity from others.

In another saying, the Messenger (p.)  said: “There is a place in Heaven called the house of Joy, that will only be entered by those who make the children happy”. Thus, we have to make our children as well as those of others, especially the deprived among them, happy. The Messenger(p.)  also said: “Whoever has a boy he should act like a boy with him”. We also know that the Messenger used to play with Al-Hassan and Al-Hussein (a.s.) and say, while they were on his back: “ What a good camel you are riding and what good riders you are”.

If Allah, the most Exalted, and His Messenger (p.)  are pleased if someone makes the believers happy, it follows that they would be extremely angry with those who make them suffer. Allah, the most Exalted, says that he who hurts the believers would indeed take upon himself the burden of calumny and a manifest sin. Thus is a clear indication that those who will cause suffering and sadness to the Muslims in any way, especially using force to coerce them and denying them their freedom will be severely punished.

In this occasion of Joy, we have to look for the needy and deprived around us, to enter joy to their hearts, so that everyone will celebrate this blessed Eid, and earn Allah’s satisfaction. 

The Second Sermon

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Worshippers of Allah, the most Exalted, be pious and try to bless the Muslims with joy… a joy that is the result of our unity and freedom for all Muslims, especially the downtrodden… We as Muslims have a great responsibility of keeping this nation unified, strong and dignified… a nation that unifies its ranks to confront all the challenges that we face…  

American support for Zionist terror

In Palestine , the Eid comes to witness the bloodshed of children, elderly and unarmed civilians while more land and houses are being taken from its rightful owners under the pretense of enlarging the settlements… Meanwhile, the American President understands the motives of such an aggression, being, as he claims, necessary steps to defeat terrorism. In his view, this so-called terrorism is the main cause of the deteriorating situation in the occupied lands, while occupation  and enlarging settlements have nothing to do with all the violence that is taking place. He does not believe that the Intifada is a liberation movement, although the Mujahideen, of all factions, have announced that the withdrawal from the occupied lands, coupled with the right of self-determination and dismantling the settlements, will stop the Intifada and secure peace…

The American President has even promised to help Israel with financial aid in billions of Dollars to help the enemy in confronting his economic and security problems that the Intifada had caused, and to help him in continuing to destroy the Palestinian infrastructure…

Meanwhile, the Quartet Committee is waiting for the result of the coming Israeli elections without even calling for the stopping the Zionist massacres.

Washington pays these price of its policies

We believe that the more the Zionist aggression becomes violent, the more the Intifada will grow stronger, making the whole world bow in respect of this strong resolve that continues to confront and resist despite all the American support the enemy is receiving…

In this respect, America’s problem is probably that it talks about the result and not about the cause…Its feeling of arrogance as a result of its huge powers, prevents it from realizing the cause of the Arab and Muslim peoples’ hate for the American Administration, which is probably the cause of many incidents of violence against the American soldiers in the region.

While America might possess all the mass destruction weapons it threatens the downtrodden nations with, those nations do have several means to thwart the American plans of aggression… I am not calling for violence as a means to fight a political struggle, but we  to have eliminate its cause to establish a balance in the relations between the weakened nations and the major powers.

Meanwhile, America is moving in every direction to increase the  flow in the Arab American relations. It has lately voted against the United Nation General Assembly resolution that calls for annulling Israeli law that considers Jerusalem as the capital of Israel although the European Union has considered it illegal.. suggesting that America is going ahead with alienating the Arab and Islamic world against it.

A Lebanese Citizenship

In Lebanon , we would like the general climate of joy that the Eid generates  to be reflected as a feeling of love and tolerance among the Lebanese.

They should treat one another as human beings and not as members of sects… the politicians and officials should believe that they have a message to realize: to care for the interests of the downtrodden, the needy and the deprived. They should uphold justice that gives each citizen his right without everybody having to turn to the leaders of his sect who might in turn exploit them for their personal interests.

A state of Institutions

In addition, Lebanon should turn into a state of institutions that is not subjected to any internal or external influences. Such institutions would be responsible of finding realistic solutions to the various economic, social, political and security problems and carry them out without any corruption that wastes the public’s wealth, or without anybody stopping them for any reason whatsoever.

We wish that the Eid would be an opportunity for spiritual, social and economic joy, and not one that adds a new sectarian or partisan difference that aggravates our grievances.