> 2007 Speeches > 09/02/2007
Authority H.E. Sayyed M. H. Fadlullah delivered the two Friday prayer
sermons at the Imamain Al-Hassanain Mosque, 09th February 2007, several prominent religious scholars, dignitaries and
thousands of believers attended the Jumu’a prayer.
The Importance of Telling the
Truth in Islamic Morals
The First Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
In all heavenly messages, the moral issues are among the most
important topics that they seek to emphasize. Allah sent the
Messengers with the Messages to ensure that man lives life on the
basis of righteousness and equilibrium. Religion is meant to be as
an organizer to man's mind so that it will not open up except on the
right and truth, and to organize his heart beat so that it will only
beat with love. As for man's life and practice it should seek only
good and justice.
Truthfulness and Trustworthiness
In this respect, there are two major issues the Messages thought to
emphasize in the field of moral education, since they are linked
with the most important issues in life and in people's relations
with one another and in their relations with truth. These are the
issues of truthfulness and trustworthiness. Imam As-Sadiq says:
"Allah has not sent any prophet that was not (bestowed) with
truthfulness and returning trusts to the good and the evil-doers”.
Allah wanted the prophets to educate people in this life and tell
them that they ought to be truthful in what they say. And that they
should not lie, because lying distorts facts and may drive one from
the line of safety. They should also be educated to be trustworthy
and return the trusts to the people because it shows that one
respects himself and does not go back on his word, or the commitment
he has taken when he accepted the trust. God has considered
returning the trust to be universal commitment that is not affected
by the person when he has given the trust. It does not differ if he
is a good person or an evil one, because when you accept the trust
you should respect your commitment if you respect yourself.
The Imams of Ahl el Beit have emphasized the significance of being
truthful in Allah’s eyes. Imam Al-Sadiq says: The first to believe
the truthful is Allah, who looks of the servant’s beliefs, positions
and speech and learns that he is truthful. Thus, Allah will be
pleased with him and love him. The servant will also be believed by
himself. If you learn that you are truthful, you would congratulate
yourself and be proud of yourself.
The Imam also says: God's servant will keep telling the truth until
Allah writes him as truthful, and lies until Allah writes him as a
liar. He also says: He whose tongue is truthful his work will be
Truth is the test of belief:
In the context of how to test the belief of a man, Imam Sadiq
refuted the ideas of seeing if the believer prays or fasts. He says:
Do not be deceived by their prayers and fasting. A man could be so
immersed in praying and fasting he would feel anxious if he leaves
them. Those people practice these religious duties as a habit that
is rather mechanical and inspirited. It even does not make them
pious in their behaviour in life. Thus the Imam calls on us to test
them if they are "truthful and return trusts" -if you find that they
only speak the truth and keep their promises as well as their trust.
They return the money you entrusted them with and keep the secrets
you asked them to keep ….In short, if they are truthful in their
tongue and righteous in their trusts then they are true believers,
for it has been said in the Hadith: whoever is not forbidden by his
prayers from committing evil he will only become further away from
Imam Ali bin Al-Hussein (a.s.) says to his son: "Avoid lying whether
small or big; a serous one or a joke – like the April fool which is
prohibited just like the serious lying.
Since if a man – or a woman – dares to lie a small lie he will dare
to lie a big one. Did you not know that the Messenger (p.) Has said
that the servant “will continue to tell the truth until Allah writes
him as truthful, and he will continue to lie until Allah writes him
a liar?” What could be worse than such a fate.
Imam Al-Baqir says: "Allah has made locks for evil and made drinking
the keys to these locks". Since drinking makes one loses his mind
and ultimately commits evil. But the Imam added: "But lying is more
evil than drinking".
The truthful are the pious
In this Glorious Book, Allah has talked about truthfulness in a way
that comprises all the practical parts of belief. Those are the ones
that represent truthfulness in their belief sides of life the Quran
describes the pious as those It is not righteousness that ye turn
your faces Towards east or West; but it is righteousness - to
believe in Allah and the Last Day, and the Angels, and the Book, and
the Messengers; to spend of your substance, out of love for Him, for
your kin, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for those
who ask, and for the ransom of slaves; to be steadfast in prayer,
and practice regular charity; to fulfill the contracts which ye have
made; and to be firm and patient, in pain (or suffering) and
adversity, and through And he who brings the truth and (he who)
accepts it as the truth, and he wants us to follow the truthful and
faithful leaders, and reject the leasers who lie in their talks and
commitments. This is what Allah meant when He ordered us:
O you who believe, be careful of your duty to Allah and be with the
This is the moral Islamic line that elevates the individual and
preserves the community's righteousness and safety.
It wants the people to be truthful and trustworthy in all their
affairs. This what we should adopt to be nearer to Allah. And this
what we should compete on.
The Second Sermon
Targeting the sacred shrines
In the Palestinian, front two phenomena have emerged. The first in
the Aqsa Mosque where the Zionist enemy is demolishing certain
constructions under false pretences. The real aim which these
demolitions are a part of is to completely destroy the Mosque and
build the temple of Sulaiman in its place. Israel has exploited the
Muslims preoccupation with their political and security affairs and
the Palestinians preoccupation in their disputes that turned into a
bloody conflict, to try, time and again, to execute its demolition
project under the pretence of enabling the Jews to pray in it.
Faced by such a dangerous turning point, we call on all Muslims in
the entire Muslim world to confront this devious plan that aims it
destroying their sacred shrine, for the Aqsa mosque is the first
Qibla and the third sacred Haram, in addition to being the
destination of Muhammad's night journey. They should all make every
effort to prevent the Jews from putting their hands on the Mosque.
Should the nation be humiliated, the world will no longer pay it any
attention, since the impression it gives when it does not defend its
sacred shrines suggests that it is a nation that has no dignity
In any case, talking about the Aqsa Mosque does not mean that we
should forget Jerusalem on Palestine that is blessed by Allah. The
Palestinian cause is the central cause of Muslims in this era. And
although the Palestinian man is more sacred then the shrines, the
Mosque represents a spiritual symbol to all Muslims. It also
provides the cause with moral momentum which is why we are focusing
We call on the Islamic peoples to take to the streets in protest and
defiance, to pressurize their governments and demand that they take
a pressurizing stand against Israel and its supporters in the world.
The Islamic peoples should take a position of dignity and power that
lets the others feel that their interests are endangered. The Arab
and Muslim countries that established diplomatic or trade ties with
the Zionist enemy are in particular asked to let the enemy feel that
these relations are threatened.
The Second phenomena
The Second phenomenon is the meeting of the two Palestinian
combating parties, Fateh and Hamas, in Makkah Al Mukkaramah to study
the means to stop their fighting that has reached catastrophic
stages that threaten with the breaking out of civil war.
We welcome the agreement that the two parties have reached
concerning the national unity government which could solve several
problems. We hope that all efforts would concentrate on a new plan
for resistance in which all guns are pointed towards the enemy, for
the Americans and Israelis do not want to see such a development
since they have adopted a strategy of putting off the spirit of
resistance and the dissolving of the Palestinian cause.
Rice and the PA
We are also wary of the expected meeting between the head of the
Palestinian Authority and the "Israeli" prime minister, under the
sponsorship of the American Department of State. We believe that
this meeting will not solve any thing which has to do with putting
an end to occupation and achieving independence. It will only sedate
the pain of the Palestinian people, just like the last International
Quadrate Committee meeting which achieved nothing.
America, which leads this committee, does not want to pressurize the
enemy to dismantle the settlements and the racist separating wall or
accept the right of return. On the contrary, it tries to implement
the Zionist strategy of dominating all of Palestine by means of
preoccupying the Palestinians by marginal things one after the
other, so as to forget the main issue. Thus, we have learned from
our past experience with this American Israeli alliance that we
should be fearful about the loss of the entire cause.
The Arrogant American President
Despite the opposition of the American public opinion and the
Democratic party, the American Administration and President are
still planning to be more involved in the war in Iraq, paying no
attention to the international calls of withdrawal within a certain
time table. This president is arrogant enough to imagine that he is
executing the will of God in occupying Iraq and in dominating the
entire world and the Middle East in particular… In the meantime, the
American vice president moves, every now and then to threaten,
through his neo-con staff, Iran by a military war claiming that its
nuclear project represents a threat to America and the civilized
world in a tragicomic discourse.
It is this administration with all its members that represents a
danger to the entire nation through its war that tries to establish
the American imperial hegemony over the entire world. Iraq and
Afghanistan, for example, are still suffering from the brutality of
their schemes, whether through the barbaric massacres that target
innocent civilians or through war waged by the Takifiri groups whom
the occupation provides a cover for, by adopting a deceiving
discourse that claims to oppose them while in fact it strengthens
them. The US aims through such schemes to prolong the security chaos
since it facilitates its long stay in Iraq and the region.
Resist the Occupation
Based on our religious jurisprudence capacity, we call upon all
parties to resist this ruthless aggression to force it to withdraw
before it carries out its project of dominating over and devastating
all their interests and institutions to promote its own interests
We also call on the Iraqis to be aware of the nature of the Satanic
game that America – and Britain- are running against the Iraqi
interests. The American politicians continue to talk about stealing
billions of Dollars from the Iraqi people. The robbery was made by
the official American envoys in Iraq as well as the American
companies under the guise of fallacious construction projects. The
American Administration has destroyed the security and economy of
Iraq, turning it into a poor country that asks for aid from others.
This is what we want the Iraqis to revolt against through the honest
resistance. Let all guns point towards the enemy. And down with all
aims that target the Iraqi people, for they serve the occupation in
their exploding behaviour that kills women children and the elderly,
and forces the people to leave their homes creating sectarian
The American Administration represents the absolute evil that
incites political and sectarian strives to shuffle all cards and
destabilize the entire situation, especially in Lebanon that it
wants to act as a base to execute all the American political and
security projects in the region that are evident from their talk
about the Iranian threat, as well as its organizing of the moderate
party that is meant to serve the American interests and confront
Iran, although the latter is working with the regional states to
establish a balanced policy that protects the security and
independence of the Gulf.
Foreign interference in Lebanon
The American blatant interference in Lebanon is preventing the
internal parties from reaching a solution, since America considers
the current phase of the crisis as a completion of the July
aggressive war against the Lebanese and their courageous resistance.
Moreover, the Lebanese are waiting for external initiatives,
especially the Arab one, since they are incapable of solving their
own problems by an objective dialogue, nor can they remove the
sectarian mines to realize the big project of a national unity
government in which all parties meet to serve Lebanon and empower it
with strength, freedom and independence.
We say to all Lebanese that those political and religious leaders
who incite strives will only create black hatred in your minds and
They will lead you to the edge of the Abyss as a result of their
fiery discourse and media and their aggressive agendas that will
destroy Lebanon over the heads of Lebanese.
We should all know that the support of external forces would not
achieve anything to internal parties.
The basis of the country's security lies in the meeting of all
Lebanese on the principle of citizenry that is founded on the
principle of equal rights and duties.
This will enable the state to serve the entire people and open up on
the region and the world on the basis of mutual respect and joint
interests, so that Lebanon will become a nation of dignity,
independence and freedom in reality and not in empty slogans.