The First Sermon
the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Allah says in His Glorious
Book: And it behooves not a believing man
and a believing woman that they should have any choice in their
matter when Allah and His Messenger (p) have decided a matter; and
whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger (p), he surely strays off a
In this the Holy Ayah, God
emphasizes that the belief of all believers (men and women) impels
them to obey the commands of God and his Messenger (p). This is
actually what belief is since when we say that there is no God but
Allah, the most Exalted, we mean that He is the only God we believe
in, worship and obey. It also means that God’s commands take
priority over all other commands and that we ought to obey them.
And when we say that Mohammad
is God’s Messenger (p), it follows that we are committed to the
message he came with and that the message he came with was really
from God. One has to abide by its commands
Whatever Allah has restored to His Messenger (p) from the people of
the towns, it is for Allah and for the Messenger (p), and for the
near of kin and the orphans and the needy and the wayfarer, so that
it may not be a thing taken by turns among the rich of you, and
whatever the Messenger (p) gives you, accept it, and from whatever
he forbids you, keep back, and be careful of (your duty to) Allah,
the most Exalted,. You have no say or choice .This is the
line of piety and righteousness . But if you disobey Allah, the most
Exalted, and His Messenger (p) you would surely be lead astray
Then we read Allah’s, the
most Exalted saying to His Messenger (p): (
But no! by your Lord! they do not believe (in reality) until they
make you a judge of that which has become a matter of disagreement
among them, and then do not find any righteousness in their hearts
as to what you have decided and submit to it with entire submission.
Thus belief would not be deepened unless the Messenger (p) is the
reference and the judge in all they differ about in their personal
and social life When they differ they should say let us go back to
the Messenger (p) and see how he dealt with this issue. He is the
one whom Allah, the most Exalted, sent to tell us what pleases Him
and what does not. So if the Messenger (p) has made a social or
cultural judgment, we have to conform to it even if is against our
interests or desires. Islam means submission, so we must submit
ourselves to the will of Allah, the most Exalted, and everything He
tells us to do. Moreover, we also have to obey the Messenger (p)
because obeying the Messenger (p) is obeying God.
“Whoever obeys the Messenger (p.), is obeying God” (4:80)
you love God, then follow me and God will love you” (3:31)
Therefore the sign of a love
for God is following the Prophet (p.) and this what we must learn to
do in our houses, in the market and in our private and public life.
Therefore the issue at hand is what Allah, the most Exalted, and his
messenger want. Thus when you want to deal with your children you
should not act in accordance with your personal feelings but,
rather, according to what God and the Messenger (p.) command. The
same thing goes for dealings with your wife, which should be based
on justice and righteousness. No personal mood or psychological
state should influence the actions of a husband or wife. Marital
relations should be governed by Islamic guidelines. Both men and
women have to reflect on how to deal with any situation before
taking action. Even those who want to reconcile marriage partners
have to base this reconciliation on God’s commands.
The above rule applies to all
other social and political situations. A true Muslim is someone who
would not take a step forward or backwards unless he knew it was
God’s will. When we support or oppose someone, we should not think
about what people would say but about what God would say, because He
is the one to whom they will be accountable in the end. People
should know that Allah, the most Exalted, will hold them accountable
for every word they say and every actions they do. They will be
ready to answer God’s questions on the Day of Judgment…
Then Allah, the most
Exalted, gives us an example of those who do not follow His
commands . He tells us about who say: We believe in
Allah and in the messenger and we obey But then a party of them turn
back after this, and these are not believers.
For belief means that you have to be committed
to what you say
And when they are called to
Allah and His Messenger that he may judge between them, lo! a party
of them turn aside.
would prefer to go to the state courts ,but And
if the truth be on their side, they come to him quickly, obedient.
Is there in their hearts a disease,
Are they hypocrites?
or are they in doubt, or do
they fear that Allah and His Messenger will act wrongfully towards
them? Nay! they themselves are the unjust (to
God and to themselves )
The response of the
believers, when they are invited to Allah and His Messenger that he
may judge between them, is only to say: We hear and we obey; and
these it is that are the successful.
This is the Islamic attitude
that all who are committed to Islam should adopt. To be a Muslim is
to say like Prophet Ibrahim When his Lord
said to him, Be a Muslim, he said: I submit myself to the Lord of
Say. Surely my prayer and my
sacrifice and my life and my death are (all) for Allah, the Lord of
the worlds .No associate has He; and this am I commanded, and I am
the first of those who submit.
…To live Islam in our hearts
and minds so that it will govern all aspects of our personal and
social life, thus earning God’s pleasure and entering His Heaven .
the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Tightening the grip on Palestine
Palestine, the Palestinian people are facing a series of rapid
dangerous acts that aim at enhancing the Israeli control over the
There is first the efforts that Sharon claims they
aim to withdraw from the Gaza settlements, while in fact it is but a
fake image designed to present Israel to the international public
opinion as "civilized democracy". If such a withdrawal would give
the Palestinians a certain degree of freedom in determining their
future, it actually besieges Gaza with an outside ring, coupled by
control of both the air space and the borders on the seaside and
thus turning Gaza into a big prison. Meanwhile, the bigger Israeli
settlements in the West Bank are being expanded, and the racial wall
that aims at Judaizing Jerusalem continues to be built.
In addition, Israel continues its assassinations and
imprisonment of the Palestinian civilians, as well as its other
barbaric practices on the road bloods which hinder, the movement of
Palestinian civilians, especially the sick whom many have died while
waiting at these berries. Meanwhile the international community does
not exert any pressure to implement the "Road Map for peace" as it
promised. In fact the International Community still provides
political protection for Israel and denies it for the Palestinians.
Meanwhile America is pouring financial aid to enable
Israel to enhance it military and economic potentials while denying
the Palestinian people and authority any aid.
In the meantime, the Palestinian internal debate is
still unfolding. It is threatening to become counterproductive,
through weakening the resistance and destabilizing the Palestinian
Authority, especially now that the discussions have concentrated on
the security issues and ignored the political aspects. Adding to
this, the Americans have asked some Arab states to interfere in the
Faced with all these developments, the Palestinians
should be aware of what is going on. They should not be preoccupied
with their own disputes, while the Israelis are busy changing the
reality on the ground.
On their part, the Arabs and Muslims should reaffirm
their commitment to the cause whose safely determines all their
future, and make sure that it reaches the safe shore, especially
that Israel was able to get the blessings of the new pope who
expressed his great concern and love for Israel, without any
objection to its occupation and brutal practices…
All this drives the believers to ask: Does the
Israeli "values" intersect with the spiritual values of Jesus Christ
who drove the thieves out of the temple? Would those who stole the
country remain in the heart of Jerusalem?
Islamic Conference Refuses accusations of unbelief
On another level, we welcome the decision of the
Islamic conference that was held in Jordan to reject all accusations
of unbelief that Muslims throw at one another. We also welcome the
call to consider objective and academic dialogue in which
differences are referred to God and His Messenger as the only means
to reach decisive results that affirm Islamic brotherhood.
In this atmosphere, Muslims should voice their
condemnation to the practices of killing fellow Muslims in the name
of Islam. We should differentiate between fighting occupation and
killing Muslims in their mosques, homes and working places, under
the influence of backward mentalities that have a distorted
understanding of Islam. This is what is happening in Iraq where they
are seeking to incite strife among Muslims. We warn all Iraqis from
this plot, which only the occupation benefits form, since the civil
war will enable him to prolong his stay, under the pretense of
protecting the Iraqis.
In the meantime, America continues to haunt Syria and
Iran with false accusations, for they refused to succumb to the
American conditions of accepting the occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan
and Palestine, and because Iran does not offer any concessions
regarding its peaceful nuclear program.
As for the G8 conference in Scotland, America does
not agree to help the African states unless they accept the
American political terms.
In the meantime, the African peoples suffer from
hunger, diseases, deprivation and a state of chaos as a result of
the struggle of the major powers to plunder their wealth.
Sovereignty and Disarming the Resistance
In Lebanon, we notice in the sectarian federation the
elections produced that forming the government has become a process
of spoils-sharing, Every sect asks for a ministry that is in
proportion with its size, as if it were some of the spoils that
ought to be divided. As for the development of deprived areas, the
liberation of the country from international foreign tutelage and
the nature of the reform program, it dos not concern the
The major concern of some of those who support UN
Security Council Resolution 1559 is to disarm the Resistance .For
them, Israel does not represent a danger to Lebanon. Their concern
is for Lebanon not to threaten Israel.
The question is the following: Is this Lebanon, the
free sovereign and independent country that should disarm the
resistance but not Israel?