the Name of God, The Compassionate the Merciful
Talking to His
Messenger (P), God (SWT) says in His Glorious Book:
“ Prophet, we have
sent you forth as a witness a bearer of good news and a warner, one
who shall call, men to God (SWT) by His leave and guide them like a
He also says:
”Allah has surely
been gracious to the faithful in sending them an apostle from among
themselves to declare to them his revelations, to purify them, and
to instruct them in the book and in wisdom; before that they were in
Tomorrow, the 17th
of Rabi’ al Awal, is the Prophet (SAWS)’s birthday, according to
the majority of Shiite religious scholars. It also coincides with
the anniversary of the birth of Imam Jaa’far Al Sadiq.
On these two
occasions, we should study how to hold our Islamic responsibilities
in the future. When we remember such a great person who was chosen
by God (SWT) to convey His message ...To act as a witness on how
people become attached to God (SWT) or how they deviate from the
right path. He promises heaven to the pious and warns those who do
not obey God (SWT) that their fate is God (SWT)’s hellfire. He
calls for God (SWT), for Islam is a call to God (SWT) (SWT), just as
all the messengers who came before him and called people to worship
God (SWT) alone, and fear Him in all they do or say.
to God (SWT)
This is what Jesus
Christ meant he felt his people’s disbelief. He asked:
“`Who will be my
supporters in the cause of God`
`We are the
supporters of God `_”3:52.
And this what Lot
meant when he said:
“I will emigrate to
my Lord” 29:26.
He wanted us to
emigrate to God (SWT), to leave disbelief for the oneness of Allah,
and leave deviation for righteousness. Our hearts should move from
hatred and enmity to love and mercy.
All our life should
change from being sinful to obeying God (SWT).
This change has to
be made by your heart and mind. For God (SWT) wanted the message to
cover all aspects of life. He sent Muhammad to all mankind. The
Messenger conveyed the message to the whole nation, so that each one
of them would, in his turn, carry the message to the whole universe
and become a missionary. He lived for a certain period to explain
the basis of Islam and convey the law. He came to tell you: Each one
of you should carry his Islam in his mind and heart, and hold the
responsibility of following Islam and calling people to it.
This is what the
Messenger lived in the beginning of the call. He called his family
and relatives to believe in God (SWT):
“Enjoin prayer on
your people and be diligent in its observance.” 20:132.
To call your family
is to call for prayers and obedience to God (SWT). For prayers
identify and the distinguish the Muslim. He who prays becomes
closely attached to God (SWT), and he who abandons it becomes
separated from God (SWT) as if he is no longer a Muslim.
The first command
God (SWT) gave to His Messenger was to warn his clan. Ali (A.S.) was
only eleven years old at that time. Yet he was the only one who
stood by him. The Messenger told him that he would be his successor,
for although Ali was young he had a great mind. His heart soul and
mind were filled with those of the prophet’s and he had the same
soul as the Prophet.
Therefore, to be a
Muslim is to call people to Islam. Even if you are a politician, you
have to call for Islam. For our project is to spread Islam in the
world; not by force, but by wisdom, dialogue and good words. Thus,
we have to understand those around us and learn what they like and
dislike. Then we will call them with love and understanding, and win
their minds, after winning their hearts.
Our fathers have
conveyed Islam to us, and we became Muslims and followers of Ahl Al-Beit
thanks to them. Thus, it is our duty to convey Islam to our children
and the coming generations... A pure strong and civilized Islam…
An Islam that radiates love, unity, strength and pride. We do not
want an Islam whose people live in humiliation. We have to become
strong and feel this strength in us.
One of the first
conditions of this strength, dear youth and believers, is unity. Do
not let anybody incite strife among you. Every one is entitled to
have his own views but we should not fight one another if we have
diverging views. When we differ about anything, God (SWT) tells us
to refer it to Him and to His Prophet, and not to out sectarian
When we celebrate
the anniversary of the birth of the prophet, we have to say to him:
We will celebrate your birth by uniting in the line of the Message
you conveyed, for you have conveyed to us that which God (SWT)
commands us to do:
“Cling, all of
you, to the faith of God (SWT) and let nothing divide you”.3:103.
Even if we are
divided into sects, we have to remain united in God (SWT) and Islam.
We have to resort to dialogue. If God (SWT) asks us to resort to
dialogue with the people of the Book except those who were
unjust...If this is the way we are supposed to treat the people of
the Book, then it is only natural that we should treat Muslims at
least in the same way. But our problems lie in the mentality that we
had inherited from the ages of backwardness; To search for and
underscore what divides us, so much so that one has even begun to
divide himself into two persons.
On the anniversary
of the birth of the Prophet, we ought to learn from his teachings
the true Islam, that of unity, broad mindedness and love, and follow
the principles that made his morals of an unprecedented greatness.
We also have to learn the teachings of Imam Jaa’far Al-Sadiq whose
various contributions helped in institutionalizing the line of Ahl
Al-Beit, as the authentic line of Islam. Did not the Prophet say:
“Members of my
family among you are like Noah’s arc, whoever boards it will be
safe and whoever does not will be drowned ”.
One of the
infallible Imams that God had purified is Imam Abu Muhammad, Al –Hassan
bin Ali Al-Askari, the 11th Imam of blessed chain of
Ahl-Beit, whose death anniversary was yesterday 8 Rabi-al-Awal. As
usual, we would like to take this opportunity to learn about their
life and teachings so as to maintain our relationship with them and
base it on what nourishes the mind, elevates the soul, and gives us
strength and the ability to keep following the right path. For the
relation between the Messenger (P), the Imams and us is not just a
case of acknowledging their prophet-hood or imamate and then keep
leading the life you chose. In this respect God says:
Allah and the Messenger”
have indeed in the Messenger of Allah an excellent example for him
who hopes in Allah and the final Day and who remembers Allah much”
Do not think that it is easy to follow their model you need
fight against yourself. Imam Ali the father of all the Imams, told
his followers that he knows they cannot live the same the way he
did, and asked them to, at least, help him to continue leading the
pious, ascetic and righteous type of life he led.
Muhammad Al-Baqir asked:
it enough to say you love Ali and believe in his Imamate without
following him? The Messenger is better than Ali and you cannot say
that you love the Messenger and not follow his commands?”.
To follow the Messenger and the Imams is to be committed to
their beliefs, sentiments, ideas and actions. That is why we have to
learn about their sayings, actions stands, beliefs and religious
Although Imam Al-Askari died young, for he was poisoned, he
had a great intellectual impact on his contemporaries. He taught
many religious scholars, who used to consider him as their religious
authority. He had such a great social and political position that no
one else matched, even some of the dignitaries of Bani Hashim. The
Abbasid Caliphs also respected him and feared him, for the people
used to believe in his imamate, and this made him the only
legitimate leader who was feared, like all the other Imams, by the
de-facto rulers, who persecuted them and kept close watch on their
One of the ministers of the Abbasid Caliphs of that time was
criticized by his son for showing a great respect for the Imam that
he did not see his father maintain for anybody else. The minister
told his son: ”Were the Abbasids to lose the caliphate none of the
Bani Hashim deserves to be a caliph other than him. He is so pious,
righteous, of good manners and of neglect to worldly gains…”
Having heard such a testimony from his father, the son began to
investigate the matter and found out that the Imam was the most
respected even among the leaders and dignitaries of Bani Hashim
including the Abbasids, and even among his enemies.
another story, Al-Mutawikil, one of the Abbasid caliphs, imprisoned
the Imam. And as if this was not enough some of the Abbasids, met
the jail warden and asked him to tighten the grip on him. The warden
said: I have asked two of the toughest and meanest men to take care
of him, but they soon began to dedicate their time to prayers.
warden called the jailers and asked them,” what is the matter with
you?” They said: “What could we do with a man who fasts all day
and stays up all night praying. He does not talk and does not engage
in anything other than worship. And if we look at him, we will start
On this anniversary, we ought to listen to some of the
ask you to fear God, be pious, truthful, as well as trustworthy. I
ask you to return what you are entrusted with to its owners be they
good or bad. I also ask you to be good neighbors…”
Imam Al-Askari, and the other Imams who came before him, used
to tell the Shiites to remain integrated and not separate themselves
from the other Muslims. He said:
among them. Take part in their funerals, visit their sick ones and
give them what is due to them. If any of you is known to be pious
truthful, trustworthy and of good manners, I will be glad when they
say he is a Shiite… You should make the people believe we are good
and not bring us humiliation. Because the good they say about us is
true while the bad is not. Anyone who claims a legitimacy that is
written in God’s Book, a relation to the Prophet, and purification
from God apart from us is a liar.
remembering God (SWT) and death and this will keep you pious and
These are some of the teachings the Imam used to repeat to
his followers, and we being among those followers have to abide by
them and follow the right path.
In the Name of God, The
Compassionate the Merciful
people are still offering one martyr after another. They continue to
suffer from the economic and political siege while the United
Nations is content to stand and watch. It does not provide any help
or assistance, since America prevents the Security Council from
issuing any decisions that condemn the enemy. At the same time it
provides the Zionists with advanced weapons to kill the children,
women and men of Palestine, as well as destroying their gardens and
But the Mujahideen
were able to make the occupation difficult for the occupier. They
proved the falseness of Sharon’s promise to establish security
within 100 days. The Israelis became obsessed with the fear that
their security might be shaken at any time or place. This situation
made America interfere in an effort to stop the Intifada under the
pretense of “Stopping Palestinian violence”. It called on
Israel, to practice self-restraint; as if it were the victim and the
Palestinians were the aggressors.
lies in the fact that it does not consider Israel as an occupying
state of another people’s land, rather it announces that the
problem is one of disputed lands. It calls on the Palestinians, to
accept what Israel dictates without any consideration for the needs
of this people for freedom and independence.
That is why it never
issued a statement calling Israel to get out of the occupied lands,
or to allow the refugees to return and implement UN resolutions.
The next stage will
be marked by an increase in the American, European and Arab
pressures calling on the Palestinians to stop the Intifada. They
will threaten them with political isolation, economic boycott, and
leaving them to face the Israeli brutal shelling until they
surrender… We call on the Palestinians to confront these
pressures, endure all the saand pains and carry on with the Intifada.
We also call for the unity of all Palestinian factions, for many
plots are being carried out to create dissension and strife among
people are about to gain their freedom. They cannot risk losing all
their sacrifices and endangering their cause.
The Arab and Muslim
peoples have to continue their economic, political and informational
if not military support of the Intifada. We have to wipe out the
humiliation of the fifth of June by a great victory in Palestine, as
we wiped out the humiliation of the Israeli invasion by the victory
of the Resistance in Lebanon.
On the internal
Lebanese level, the political differences between the higher
Lebanese officials have complicated the situation in Lebanon to a
great extent. Moreover, the mass media reporting on these
differences does not serve the country’s interests and might even
hurt them. Such disputes could have been solved behind closed doors
especially those related to the struggle against the Israeli enemy,
and the Sheba’a farms.
Such a country that
suffers from an economic catastrophe has a dire need for all the
leaders politicians, social and economic activists to meet in a
state of emergency and try to come up with a solution.
I call on all
parties to be realistic and have the future of their country at
heart, and refrain from raising an issue that might have negative
repercussions with no benefit whatsoever.
Dear Lebanese: Be
realistic without abandoning your principles …Be citizens and not
members of sects… Let each and every one of you be the
“child’s mother”. The country is in desperate need of a kind
mother who would look after its security and economy. Could the
state play this role? Or are some of the officials going to continue
to give priority to their own interest.?