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Lectures > 2006 Speeches > 07/07/2006

In the Name of Allah, The Compassionate, the Merciful.

The Religious Authority H.E. Sayyed M. H. Fadlullah delivered the two Friday prayer sermons at the Imamain Al-Hassanain Mosque,07th July 2006, Several prominent religious scholars, dignitaries and thousands of believers attended the Jumu’a prayer.
 

Retrieving the Islamic Identity is a Fundamental Condition to Regain Strength

 

The First Sermon

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Faith provides believers with Strength

Allah says in His Glorious Book: Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of Allah and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom Allah doth know. Whatever ye shall spend in the cause of Allah, shall be repaid unto you, and ye shall not be treated unjustly. He also said in the context of telling about some faithful believers who maintained high morale in the face of great challenge of the unbelievers.

Those to whom men said: A great army is gathering against you so fear them, but it only increased their faith. The unbelievers deployed a huge army to arouse fear before even the war started, but the believers were sure that all strength is for God, and that He promised to support them, since they were supporting Him. Thus faith gave them a spiritual power, and their reaction to the intimidation efforts was: For us Allah suffices and He is the best Guardian.

Thus, their morale was high and their spiritual strength complemented their physical strength. Then Allah bestowed on them His graces and struck the hearts of the unbelievers with pain. And No harm even turned them for they followed the good pleasure of Allah. They followed the straight path in their acts and sayings to ensure Allah's pleasure even if they wanted to set a foot backwards or forwards, and Allah is the Lord of bounties, especially towards those who are faithful to Him and seek His pleasure.

Then Allah emphasizes the fact that the believer who trusts God does not fear anyone, for he is always inspired by Allah's power that fills his heart and mind with strength. It is only Satan that suggests to you the fear of his votaries, for they are deprived from any feeling of trust. "Be ye not afraid of them, but fear Me, if you have faith", since the believer is the one whose heart is filled with Allah's love and the fear from Him.

Thus, Allah guides the believers that they should feel strong when they fight the unbelievers and the arrogant. He says: So lose no heart. Nor fall in despairs for you must gain mastery if you are true in faith. It is not only what happens to you in the battlefield but also what happens to them. If a wound has touched you, be sure a similar, wound has touched the others.

If you have had some wounds and defeats in the battle of Uhud they had the same in the battle of Badr. "Such days of varying fortunes we give to Men by turns". The balance of power and the movement of the struggle is not static; it constantly changes. We win in one day lose in another; That Allah may know those that believe, and that He may take to Himself from your ranks Martyr-witness (To Truth). And Allah loves not those that do wrong.

In another Ayah, He says: And slacken not in following up the enemy: If ye are suffering hardships, they are suffering similar hardships.

But you hope from Allah what they have not. They have no source of hope since they do not open up on Allah, while you do. And Allah is full of knowledge and wisdom.

Retrieving the Islamic Identity

In the light of this, we understand an Islamic truth: Allah wants the believers to acquire strength and to stay away form all that weakens them. They have to unite on their common goal and hold fast to Allah's rope. Unity is the basis of strength, and Islam unites as if we are committed to it, and so does the Messenger and the Imams, if we follow their path.

And if we encounter any differences in any field Allah has told us how to resolve them. We should refer them to Allah and His Messenger.

Allah also wants us to be strong politically, economically, socially and militarily… and to act as one, for Allah loves those who unite and act as one party for His cause. This means that we should stand against all those who try to incite strife among Muslims, those whose interests ambitions and even illusions might link them with the arrogant powers. And this is what we notice in the attitude of some people whose actions serve the international intelligence agencies that plot against Islam and Muslims.

We are facing in this stage of our history unbelief and arrogance in their entirety that wishes to liquidate Islam and Muslims and benefit from their fragmentation and differences to drive them to fight one another. We have to be aware of these plots, which if it were not the case the Jews in the entire who do not exceed twenty five million people would not have gained all this power, but they managed to play effective roles that turned them in a big force  that the major powers need.   

Therefore, we have to retrieve our Islamic identity that bounds us together, and be aware of the American, European and Zionist challenge that confront us. We bear the responsibility of returning to Islam its strength and to the Muslims their unity, and build all the elements of strength that are available especially our unity And hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with gratitude Allah's favor on you; for ye were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His Grace, ye became brethren; and ye were on the brink of the pit of Fire, and He saved you from it.  

The Second Sermon

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

  In occupied Palestine, the Israeli eradication war continues in an organized and systematic way. Every new day civilians are being killed and the population as a whole is being dislocated and starved.. Meanwhile the world talks about the brutal massacres in a timid way that calls for self control and equates between the murderer and victim. They use soft and timid words claiming that the issue of peace is complicated, and thus they do not dare to ask the Zionist Entity to recognize the Palestinian rights even in 1967 territories.. The US, under its current Bush administration, unconditionally supports Israel in all its barbarian atrocities and considers them a form of self-defence. On the other hand, it does not see any rights for the Palestinians even to defend themselves against cold-blooded murder, Let alone a viable independent state.

It is interesting that the EU talks about releasing the Israeli soldier, while it does not consider detaining Palestinian women and children to be inhumane, suggesting that the West does not respect human rights, since they fell under the influence of the American policy that is run by the Jewish Lobby and the new conservatives who represent the Christian Zionist line that is hostile to the Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims .

Arab Governments and Peoples

The Arab governments do not allow its peoples into demonstrate in support of the Palestinians. They are afraid from the anger of their peoples for their yielding to the American policies and Zionists strength. They, too, talk about the Israeli solider and not the Palestinian prisoners. They do not see a need for an Arab summit to take a decisive stand against the aggression, and they do not dare to call their Ambassadors, because they are afraid from the Zionist madness.

A different Swiss Position…

As we appreciate the Swiss position being the only Western country that tried to look at the issue in a more balanced way, when it said that the practices of the Israeli Army are not proportional and they are a kind of collective punishment that is prohibited by international law. As we appreciate this stand, we did not hear anybody talking about the issue itself.

They are only talking about military details and not the principle of the Palestinian right of independence since it is useless, as the Israeli Prime Minister claimed, "to provoke Israel that could behave as though the master of the house has gone mad".  It is the madness of the force in a mad world in which an Israeli soldier is equal to an entire nation and an Arab world whose regimes have fallen by the knockout punch.

We, in our religious capacity, call on the Arab and Muslim peoples and all free people in the world to stand with this oppressed people and raise the following slogan:

No for occupation, No for aggression. We also call on the Palestinians to uphold his unity despite all their internal differences for they cannot afford to lose it in this stage.

Crimes in Iraq

Innocents still fall in Iraq everyday, On the one hand there is the war waged by groups that claim to belong to Islam but they insist on targeting innocent Muslims; and use a sectarian language in their speeches and communiqués in the aftermath of the massacres like the ones in Sadr City and Kufa.

This Takfiri hatred intersects on the other hand, with the American hatred that was demonstrated by the raping of an Iraqi girl then killing her and her family. They both represent the most criminal aggression against Iraq's security committed by both the Takifiris and occupation.

The best way to change this reality should undoubtedly come through a process of Iraqi national reconciliation that does not leave out any of the Iraqi sects who should attain their rights in the Iraqi state and society. The Takfiri groups should be isolated and the Occupation should be forced to leave following all the tragedies it has inflicted on Iraq since it invaded it under the pretense of the lie concerning the weapons of mass destination.

Who protects Lebanese political security?

In Lebanon political rhetoric continues to deteriorate morally with several parties forgetting all about what is going in the region and thinking only about their internal positions.

What is particularly strange in this wonderland called Lebanon  is that those who make some how balanced  political statements in Lebanon, abandon this balance when they leave the country and present the outside powers with stands they know that they will not implement. They also know that the Lebanese are not against the arms of the resistance and not against a defence strategy that protects Lebanon from Israeli aggressions and ambitious.

They are talking about the need to protect the tourism season, but we ask: Who is going to protect the political security in Lebanon? Are these people concerned with the supreme national interests which demand that they should be concerned with the interests of all parties, and not to call for foreign stands that will neither be in their interest nor in the general Lebanese interests? America and the other powers do not care about the Lebanese interests especially its independence; their primary interest is consolidating their presence in the region, and we do not know if the visitors of the US are aware of this fact.