> 2006 Speeches > 08/09/2006
Religious Authority H.E. Sayyed M. H. Fadlullah delivered the two
Friday prayer sermons at the Imamain Al-Hassanain Mosque,8th September
2006, Several prominent religious scholars, dignitaries and thousands
of believers attended the Jumu’a prayer.
the Religion of Justice
The First Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Justice for all
God has sent all Messengers and
Messages to achieve one goal to establish Justice:We
sent aforetime our messengers with Clear Signs and sent down with them
the Book and the Balance (of Right and Wrong), that men may stand
forth in justice).
Therefore, justice is the basis of
all messages. It unifies their concepts and laws. Even believing in
the oneness of Allah is an act of justice, because we are honouring
Allah’s right in being the only god who has no partners, and whom none
other, should be worshipped or obeyed.
Our relation as Muslims with the
Messenger(p.) is also one of justice, since it is the right of the
Messenger(p.)- whom Allah sent as a Mercy to mankind and who fought
and was hurt for the cause of Allah like no other prophet- to be
followed and to let His Message be their guide and the law and the
principle they follow. They should adhere to the essence of this
Message through the meaning of the two testimonies that declare that
there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is His Messenger.
Moreover, Allah has associated between the people's love to Allah and
their following of the Prophet, when He told His Messenger to say: "If
you love Allah then follow me".
Justice also is basis of relations
among humans whether Muslims or not, for justice is for all; it is the
basis of religion.
One of our Imams narrated the
following story Allah the Great, the Almighty, enjoined one of His
prophets living in a country under the rule of a tyrant: 'Go to this
tyrant and tell him that I did not make use of you (grant authority)
to shed the blood (of the people) and gather wealth. I made use of you
to soothe the cries of the wronged, because you should not neglect
their plight even if they were disbelievers'. Allah does not want us
to wrong the unbeliever, just as he does not want us to wrong the
Muslim. He wants us to give every human his rights whether close or
not and whether weak or strong, and this is meaning of justice.
The Messenger(p.) says: There is no
wronging more severe than that in which the wronged finds no one to
help him but God.
This wronging of the weak… This kind
of wronging is the most severe and cruel wronging. The Messenger(p.)
also says that wronging will lead to the darkness of the Hereafter.
Allah wants to uproot wronging from within us and avoid it in our
behaviour and speech. Imam Jaa'far As-Sadiq says: "Those who wronged
and who support or accept the wronging are partners". For those who
accept the wronging might end up in practicing it themselves. And
those who find excuses for any wronging are supporting the wronging.
Imam Ali (a.s.) says: Know that injustice is of
three kinds - one, the injustice that will not be forgiven, another,
that will not be left unquestioned, and another that will be forgiven
without being questioned. The injustice that will not be forgiven is
duality of Allah. Allah has said:
Verily Allah forgives not that (anything) be associated with Him ... (Qur'an,
injustice that will be forgiven is the injustice a man does to himself
by committing small sins; and the injustice that will not be left
unquestioned is the injustice of men against other men. The
retribution in such a case is severe. It is not wounding with knives,
nor striking with whips, but it is so severe that all these things are
small against it. You should therefore avoid change in the matter of
Allah's religion for your unity in respect of a right which you
dislike is better than your scattering away in respect of a wrong that
Education on Justice
In the light of all this, we have to
educate ourselves and our children on justice, since Allah founded
Islam on the basis of justice. We have to make every effort to unite
in facing the unjust and the arrogant, and be just with the weak. We
should not wrong our spouses, children employees or anybody we might
have certain power on. Allah wanted the Muslims, to establish the
society of justice, being the society of Islam.
To establish justice, we have to
enhance Muslim unity, although we might have our differences which we
should solve through dialogue, we should be united against the
arrogant, for Allah
loves those who fight in His way in ranks as if they were a firm and
The Second Sermon
In the Name
of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
What is New?
As for the American President, he is
holding the Lebanese government accountable for letting the Islamic
Resistance be present on the Lebanese borders which has led to take
war of July 12, as a result of kidnapping the two Israeli soldiers and
crossing the blue line. But he does not hold the Zionist enemy
accountable for violating the Lebanese borders for all the past years,
several hundred times, and kidnapping scores of Lebanese whether from
their homes or even in the sea. He does not also talk about the
advanced American weapons that Israel possesses and that threaten
Lebanon leading the Resistance to shoulder the responsibility of
protecting its land and people and putting the issue of a national
defence strategy on the table of the national dialogue. The problem of
the American President is that he uses only one eye which sees the
Israeli security and does not see the security of the others.
Moreover, the American President
raises the level of his threats to Iran and its president whom he
calls a tyrant, and considers that the Shiite extremism represents a
danger to America is equivalent to the Sunni extremism… The White
House also published the new strategy for fighting terrorism, that no
longer focus of al-Qaida alone , but also Iran and the "small groups
like Hizbollah and Hamas”. The new strategy considers Syria a state
that supports terrorism and accuses Iran of planning to posses the
bomb giving it a "chance to extort the world and pose a greater threat
to the American people".
Faced by this, we wonder who the
tyrant is. Is not he who sends all his military power, including the
NATO to occupy Afghanistan under the pretext of fighting terrorism to
commit daily massacres against the civilians? In Iraq too, security
chaos demonstrated by the daily massacres is overwhelming the
political atmosphere. The occupation is indirectly supporting those
who commit these massacres to prolong its stay so that it could carry
out its strategy of using Iraq as a base to pressurize the neighboring
countries. We should not also forget its domination over the Iraqi oil
resources that consists a step in its goal to put its hands on all oil
resources in the world.
Once again the question poses
itself: Who is the tyrant?. Is not he the American president and his
Administration that planned with Israel the war on Lebanon that
destroyed its infrastructure and killed children women and the elderly
under the slogan of fighting Hizbollah.
Is not tyrant who builds an air
bridge to provide the Israelis with bombs to kill more civilians?
The war on Lebanon was an American –
Israeli war. As America continues to try to compensate Israel for its
defeat by using the Security Council to pass more resolutions that are
vague enough to be exploited by the enemy as it did to impose its
blockade. The Security Council has not even decided to call for a
America, and Israel, still impose a
political blockade on Lebanon as part of vicious plan to turn it into
a front to continue its war of axis that serves its strategic
interests. This means that this country will not enjoy any stability,
as long as the Americans continue to play their game that is
spearheaded by their ambassadors, their envoys and the internal party
that serves the American political goals.
The Hypocrisy of the Western States
We are also following the statements
and moves of the Western leaders that ally with the US and are under
its pressure. Those leaders pay lib service to democracy and human
rights, while some of them are guilty of spilling Iraq blood, while
many of them turn a blind eye towards Palestine so as not to see the
open daily killings of Palestinian civilians.
As for Lebanon, these states have
urged Israel to continue its war to destroy the country and praised
its efforts to eradicate the so called Islamic terrorism, even as they
watched the picture of the massacres of Lebanese children in Qana and
in other villages of the South and Biaq and the southern suburbs and
the pictures of systematic destruction of life in Lebanon.
This war was an international war on
Lebanon led by the US, which aimed at ending the Resistance and
intimidating the Arab and Muslim worlds. But Israel was flatly
defeated… and if the International Community has deployed its forces
to come to Lebanon and put it under international surveillance, it
does not want to protect Lebanon, rather it aims at protecting Israel
which made them yield to the Israeli conditions regarding its
deployment and its armor.
We say to President Bush: You were
able to become the supreme model in tyranny, since you continue, with
your extremist and hateful administration, to threaten the Middle East
and accuse any party who dares to oppose your policies with multiple
accusations. In this respect, it is sarcastic that you should talk
about the danger Iran represents on the Americans, while everyone
knows that the dangers is that of the Arrogant America that plans for
additional primitive wars in the aftermath of nine eleven.
America waged the war on what it
calls terrorism, under the influence of nine eleven but it did not
define what terrorism is. Thus, it considered the resistance against
the occupier in Palestine, Lebanon and Afghanistan as terrorism.
But we know that the most brutal
form of terrorism is that of state terrorism practiced by Israel and
the US, which the world should unite to save humanity from its evils.
As for Bush's talk about Sunni and Shiite terrorism, it is not
balanced, since what he calls extremism, is but a reaction of American
extremism against Muslim and Islam including the American Muslims.
No Neutrality in Lebanon
In Lebanon, we call for enhancing
national unity and returning the dialogue to the political objectivity
that could open up Lebanon on freedom, independence and sovereignty,
away form any American or European tutelage.
We call on everybody to join in
building the state that is capable of deterring aggression, and not
the state that resigns claiming it is neutral in the struggle between
the enemy and the Resistance…
Moreover, We have to legally and
practically plan for an administration that punishes the corrupt in
the past and the present.
The people want the officials to
practice their responsibility on the basis of justice and integrity
with no one above the law. Thus people will not fall under the
influence of sectarianism or partisanship and Lebanon will be a
homeland for all its citizens without discrimination. Can we dream of
such a state?