the Name of God, The Compassionate the Merciful
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
Worshippers of Allah, be pious and always stay on the right
side against any injustice or arrogance whatever you risk losing or
of Imam Khomeini`s death
the anniversary of the death of Imam Khomeini is in a few days, I
would like to say a few words about him:
Imam was able to stand firmly against the greatest power on earth
until the tyrant regime in Iran fell. He then founded the Islamic
republic that not only became the base for the Islamic international
movement but also the country from whom all liberation movements and
freedom fighters seek their support and inspiration.
Imam’s objective was not limited to the Islamic republic for he
used to be concerned with every Islamic and liberation movement that
was about to fight international arrogance. He was always concerned
with the unity of Muslims, for he believed that this is the only way
the Muslim and national movements could become victorious,
especially in their major struggle in Palestine.
since the Islamic Republic is providing all kinds of visible and
invisible support for the Palestinian people, we can see that they
are still adhering to the Imam’s strategic Islamic of enabling the
Palestinians to achieve their goals in the same way the Lebanese did
with the help of the Iranians too.
the Imam’s teachings were not limited to the Palestinian cause. In
fact, if we want to follow the line of the Imam we have to stand
with Islam as a whole and be concerned with the victory of Islam in
the whole world.
this Islamic viewpoint, we look at occupied Palestine where the
Intifada has astonished the world. It has entered its ninth month
without showing any sign of fatigue, despite all the causalities and
destruction it has endured.
incredible steadfastness of the Palestinians has made the enemy
resort to deception in talking about accepting a ceasefire, having
failed to stop the Intifada.
enemy is talking about a proposal put forward by Sharon to the
American envoy, to ask the Palestinian Authority to declare a three
month ceasefire as a period of ”testing and restoring calm” to
be followed by security coordination, and confidence building
we in Lebanon have already experienced the enemy’s false promises
whether from Rabin or Netanyahu.
This Israeli proposal proves one thing only: The enemy has
begun to get tired and the Intifada has begun to yield its fruits.
The people and Mujahideen’s pressures have began to shake the
ground the settlers stand on, especially after we heard them talking
about their suspicion of Sharon’s ability to contain the Intifada.
The Palestinians should reject all these Israeli offers (as the
Lebanese did) in order to achieve the final victory.
We are aware that the last American initiative does not aim
at containing the “violence” but rather at saving the Israelis
having felt that the turn of events is in the Palestinians` favor.
of the Palestinians or the Arabs should help the Israelis get out of
the state of panic that is overwhelming them, whether by accepting a
ceasefire, a return to the negotiations table or security
coordination. The Palestinian struggle is now focused on the major
issues of liberation and independence and they will not go back to
being preoccupied with such details. It is the final battle that
needs a lot sacrifice and dedication, and all the Arabs and Muslims
should provide all support at this critical stage.
In Lebanon, the government is being pressurized to deploy the
army in the South. These pressures are led by the US that aims to
close the Lebanese front in its effort to besiege the Intifada, for
the enemy realizes the grave threat that any coordination between
the Lebanese and the Palestinians could ultimately pose on it.
this occasion, I would like to express my belief that the statements
made by the Lebanese president during his visit to France conform to
the Lebanese aspirations of achieving complete sovereignty and to
the strategy of the struggle with the enemy in which the government
does not beg for certain trivial aids.
I would also like to emphasize that a row over the legitimacy
of the operations that aim to liberate the Sheba’a farms does not
serve the Lebanese interests. Especially when Lebanon is faced with
intensive American and Israeli pressures. Any doubting of the
Lebanese sovereignty over the Sheba’a farms helps these pressures
whether they were made with this propose in mind or not.
In these circumstances, any political rows between the
state’s officials that aim to score personal points or serve
factional interests are counterproductive. Lebanon that is being
looked up to as an example and inspirer of liberation does not need
such rows. It needs an atmosphere of unity that rallies behind the
strategic line of liberation.
Lastly, I would like to point out an issue that affect our
society, economy and health, that of smoking. The whole world is
fighting this habit after statistics have proved that millions of
people are dying as a result of smoking being a major cause of
few years ago I issued a fatwa making all kinds of smoking
(cigarettes ,pipe, hubbly -bubbly…. etc) unlawful because it is
unlawful for man to harm himself. Now, I would like to add an
additional point: It is also unlawful to harm others through passive
smoking that harms your wife, guests and especially your children.
whole world now is moving to ban smoking in public places as a step
to ban it completely, just as it banned drugs.
and save your life and do not destroy it.