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Lectures > 2007 Speeches >08/06/2007

The Religious Authority H.E. Sayyed M. H. Fadlullah delivered the two Friday prayer sermons at the Imamain Al-Hassanain Mosque, 8st June  2007, 22 Jamadi'I 1428 H, several prominent religious scholars, dignitaries and thousands of believers attended the Jumu’a prayer.
 

Islam is to surrender to
God and His Messenger


 

The First Sermon

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

 

Allah says in the context of talking to His Prophet Ibrahim. When his Lord said to him, Be a Muslim, he said: I submit myself to the Lord of the worlds.

Allah also emphasized the same word Islam in several Ayahs to outline the reality of the religion when He said: "The Religion before Allah is Islam" and. And whoever desires a religion other than Islam, it shall not be accepted from him, and in the hereafter he shall be one of the losers

The Meaning of Islam:

What does the word Islam mean? It means to submit or surrender yourself to Allah, leaving nothing in you for yourself.

Thus, there will be no command expect Allah's command and no prohibition except what Allah prohibited.

If Allah orders anything, man should accept it without discussion or hesitation.

This is what the Holy Quran said (It is not fitting for a Believer, man or woman, when a matter has been decided by Allah and His Messenger to have any option about their decision: if any one disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he is indeed on a clearly wrong Path ).

People do not have the freedom to say that they accept or refuse or even hesitate. If Allah decides on something man has to bow and submit to what Allah has ordered.

Allah has told us that when people differ in any issue whether personals political economic or social, the indications of their belief is that they will submit to the rule of Allah and His Messenger: "But no by your Lord, they do not believe" even if they fast or pray, for this is not the essence and the truth of belief, "until they make you judge of what is in dispute between then" They will come to you, if you were alive and to your traditions after your death and then they do not find any straitens in their hearts as to what you have decided, and submit fully even if the ruling is not in their favour. This is the Islamic essence.

Love is commitment:

Allah tells us of what it means to love Allah, is it to write poetry of love to God as the Sufis do? or is it a commitment in practice to everything He ordained, ? He says to His Messenger: the Quran says: We believe in Allah and in the Messenger and we obey; then a party of them turn back after this, and these are not believers

For the believers are those who commit themselves. This is what saying believing in God and His Messenger means: to obey Allah and His Messenger.

But when they are summoned to Allah and His messenger, in order that He may judge between them, behold some of them decline (If there are some differences between the husband and his wife, an employer and his employee, a political party and another… etc.) and they are told to let Allah and His Messenger judge between them , they decline. Some will go to the courts to see if they rule in their favor. If it does they will leave Allah’s rule and follow the rule of the court. But if the rule of Allah is in their favor they will accept it.

Is it that there is a disease in their hearts? Or do they doubt, or are they in fear, that Allah and His Messenger will deal unjustly with them? Nay, it is they themselves who do wrong.

For Allah does not wrong any of His servants

Allah is the judge

To love Allah is to follow His Messenger for it is meaningless to love Allah and not to follow the Messenger(p.) who represented Allah's Message.

But do not follow me as a person but as a messenger who conveys Allah's Message and His commands. "Allah will love you" A love on your part that finds its expression in practice, and a love from Allah that is expressed by Mercy and forgiving , and forgive your sins.

Then He says: "Say: obey Allah and His Messenger", in all fields of life and creed "but if they turn back", and adopt the line of disbelief then surely Allah does not love the unbelievers.

Allah talks about a group of people who fast, pray and perform pilgrimage and pretend to be Muslims, but they do not submit to God. This is what many of us do and this is what some did at the time of the Prophet.

Then Allah explains how the believer should act

The answer of the Believers, when summoned to Allah and His Messenger, in order that He may judge between them, is no other than this: they say, "We hear and we obey": it is such as these that will attain felicity.

Who would be successful in both lives

It is such as obey Allah and His Messenger, and fear Allah and do right, that will win (in the end),

In the light of this, we emphasize what we said in the beginning about the meaning of being Muslim which is to abide by all of Allah's commands.

This is what Muslims should be aware of especially when they go to courts. Muslims should not go to courts to obtain something that is not their right in God's jurisprudence. Allah will punish them. Moreover, he would not be living Islam, which is to submit yourself totally to Allah. All our bothers and sisters should be aware of this and know that this world does not substitute the Hereafter and that they will stand before God, when neither money nor children are of any benefit, to be asked about why he violated Allah's command's and took what was not rightfully his.

Thus, when believers differ and go to court. They should study if the judgement is right on the basis of God's law not their personal interests and greed.

Winning anything in this world if unrightfully acquired means losing in the other world.

 

The Second Sermon

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

 

The fortieth anniversary of the June defeat has passed. This defeat was a result of certain Arab and political weakness, as well as the American planning, in alliance with the enemy, which targeted the Arab unity and liberation movements.

The defeat led to the occupation of all of Palestine as well as other territories in Syria and Egypt. The Security Council issued several resolutions including 242 and 338 to call for the withdrawal of the Zionist Army from the occupied lands, but with a deliberate playing on words between the occupied lands and occupied lands that allowed the occupier to say that it called for withdrawal from some of the lands.

Nevertheless, none of these resolutions was implemented, since America, and certain European states, did not exert any pressures on Israel. Instead they pressurized the Palestinian people who had to face with their bare flash all the advanced weapons the Zionists used to invade, arrest, destroy their infrastructure, bulldozer their agricultural lands and confiscate their water resources.

But the Arab and Muslims did not do anything to stop all this, instead their summits withdraw the “Nos” that were set against the Zionist state (No peace, No recognition and no negotiations) until they started to run after the enemy asking it, since Madrid and Oslo to accept peace with them.

Lebanon has suffered from served Israeli invasions that even reached its capital and destroyed its vital facilities and infrastructure. The defeat went in deep in the Arab conscience to the extent that the Arab League entered into the maze of the resolutions that were passed as a result of the American pressures and the international political game. Some Arab countries are still running after Israel to accept peace, but Israel refuses to accept unless its conditions that include the rejection of the right of return and dismantling the settlements, as well as refusing to consider Jerusalem the capital of Palestine, and the dismantling of the racial wall. It also coordinates with the American Administration that pressurizes the Arab states to accept political, economic and security normalization before establishing peace. It also refuses the return of the Palestinians to 1948 territories, and to return to the 1967 borderline.

The Arab official mentality has lived the spirit of defeat which they called a set back although it was a catastrophe, as Israel became the most powerful state in the region as a result of the American military political and economic support.

In the midst or this darkness, the Resistance was initiated to be the liberating light, whether the Palestinian resistance which was culminated by the Intifada or the Lebanese national and Islamic Resistance which was able to force the occupier to withdraw in 2000 without any conditions.

The Resistance makes the Future of Justice and Freedom:

Then the Resistance retaliated against the American and Israeli aggression in July 2006. It was a strong response which was able to defeat the enemy forcing it to target civilians in a brutal and unprecedented manner to cover up for its defeat that it did not witness in any part of its history. The military defeat was also a political defeat to its government and to the American Administration that wanted to give the enemy time to additional periods to disarm the Resistance. But when it failed as a result of the struggle of the Mujahideen, who not only defeated the enemy in a through manner unprecedented in its history, but also embarrassed the Arabs who were plotting against the Resistance since it became a problem to those who yielded to the American policy. But the Arab and Muslim peoples were liberated by the Divine victory, and they rejected the history of defeat and opened up on the future of strength.

The American as well as all western states – tried in their international conferences, and in the Security Council, to declare an international war against the Resistance which became a source of inspiration to all freedom loving nations of the world.

The anniversary comes at this time to emphasize that the Resistance in Palestine and Lebanon has instated a new era in which there is no place for weakness and defeat. That is why are we call the Arab people in Palestine and the Muslim peoples in the region to celebrate the victory on the confrontation line, and to change the reality of defeat with the movement towards victory. We also call them to refuse to take any step back and to make the future of justice and freedom. We also call upon all those who are afraid of the enemy to discover that their nation is strong and those who have yielded to the American dictates, to respect the human aspect in them and to think about how they would obtain real freedom and not an apparent one. We call on them to stand with the Palestinian people who face the most brutal acts of crime with Israel destroying not only their economy and security but their very existence, encouraged by the USA, while the International Quartet Committee remains silent and the Arab Quartet continue opening up on befriending the enemy politically and in the security and intelligence domains, which leaves the Palestinians with nothing but the Resistance to defend themselves.

America: A total failure

The American war minister talks about staying for a long time in Iraq, in the same manner it adopted in South Korea. The American Occupation did not enter Iraq to save the Iraqis from the dictator who was himself an American tool, but to promote its own strategic and political interests in the entire region. The political and humane slogans American used were meant to deceive the peoples who are ruled by autocratic leaders who serve the US interests and are used to protect occupation and coordinate with Israel under such false pretences as fighting terrorism or adopting moderation. But America will not succeed having lost the trust of the peoples of the Third World and even the European peoples who are demonstrating against the visit of the American President and to refuse his policies. One of the former American military leaders has declared that America will not has declared that American will not succeed in occupying Iraq because it does not have the adequate administration to establish its colonial presence.

We want the Iraqis who are suffering from the Chaos the occupation had created to reject occupation and to strive to achieve national unity. We want it to plan to abolish sectarianism and racism and build a future of unity and prosperity.

Lebanon: Contradicting Conditions:

In Lebanon, the problem still imposes itself in the north with the war that targets the army in a war of attrition that allows for international and regional interferences, and that creates rumours that spread fear among the Lebanese.

It also affects the living conditions of the people and the economy of the country especially with the Media talking about spreading in other camps such as Ain Al-Hilwah, where the wise were able to find a certain balance of differences.

Meanwhile, the political problem continues to stall, with the debates about the conditions of a national unity government still lingering on. This made several Arab and international powers interfere to further their own interests, exploiting the internal fears about the election of the next president which might not take place, thus further aggravating the political split, since we might have two cabinets, which would destroy the country and might lead to destabilizing the security that might affect all the unifying institutions.

We voice our concern towards all the threats that the country faces in its security and economy, especially that the debate between the opposition and the loyalists is still in the phase of raising conflicting conditions, which could complicate things, and leave no hope to any realistic solutions.