The First Sermon
the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
One of the things Islam
has emphasized as a basic moral trait regarding the believer's
relations with others, especially those who are weaker than him, is
to be calm and tolerant towards the abuses and challenges one might
face. When faced by a surge of temper he is to face things in a
rational and calm manner that would return the problem to its actual
size and deal with it in a way that would eliminate all its negative
You should act
throughout your life in a way that naturalizes your instinctual
reactions. Let your mind study all the consequences of any act, and
plan your actions so that you will know where you begin from and
where you will end. This issue was discussed by Islam in several
Quranic verses and prophetic traditions.
We know that
Allah talked about the manners of the unbelievers and described
their attitude as characterized by the zealotry of the pre-Islamic
age of ignorance. “And hasten to forgiveness
from your Lord; and a Garden, the extensiveness of which is (as) the
heavens and the earth, it is prepared for those who guard (against
evil). : Those who spend (benevolently) in ease as well as in
straitness, and those who restrain (their) anger and pardon men; and
Allah loves the doers of good (to others)”(03:133-134). A
condition of blind anger that turns every action one takes into an
irrational and emotional reaction.
A believer in contrast
must be pious which means that he has to seek in every action he
takes Allah's satisfaction. He has to make sure that these actions
are based on justice and love for they are the norms Allah has
called on us to abide by.
Once, the Messenger was
asked by a man to advise him, he only said: “Don't be angry, since
anger puts the mind at rest and drives man to practice what could be
described as madness”.
The Prophet also said
that madness is “an ember from the devil”.
Imam Ali says: “You
should never be angry, since it starts with madness and ends with
remorse". People often say after they act in anger that they
are sorry because they lost their minds… This is also true in many
cases of divorce, where it is usually a result of an emotional
reaction of anger and loss of temper.
God when one is angry
Therefore, we are
commanded by the Islamic Shariah to remember Allah, since when we
do, we would remember His anger, for He would be angry with us if we
Then, we would calm
down and be more rational in our behavior to avoid His anger. Imam
Zein Al-Abideen says in one of His supplications: “O God, You have
ordered us to forgive those who have wronged us to ourselves. So,
forgive us, for we have wronged ourselves”.
Jesus Christ (a.s.) is
said to have answered his disciples about what the toughest thing
is: It is Allah's wrath. "And how could we avoid it? They
asked, and Christ said: "By not getting angry".
Regarding the issue of
strength and how people can attain it, the Prophet is said to have
passed by a group of people trying each in turn to lift a rock,
since they thought, as was prevalent among them and still is now,
that strength is a physical phenomenon.
The Prophet told them:
"Would you want me to tell you who the strongest among you
It is not physical
strength, for this could be acquired through training; it is the
ability to suppress one’s feelings and remain balanced: “The
strongest among you is he who if pleased, he would not let his
feelings lead to committing any sin or falsehood, and if angered, he
would not let his anger prevent him from saying the truth, and if
enabled (become strong enough to force his wishes, he would not act
in a way that violates rights".
This is the real
strength of human; those who would not act in a way that violate
This is the real
strength, of humans; those who would not take any step unless they
know it pleases God.
Man ought to be as
strong as a mountain when it comes to his willpower. He should not
take any action out of anger and he should be well aware of what
this action could lead to. I have related to you the story of that
young man who came to the Prophet seeking advice and the Prophet
told him: “If you decide on doing something you have to think
about its consequences. Then you will go on if they are good, but
you have to stop if they are bad."
This also was what the
Prophet ordered a man who lived in a region of tribal feuds,
something which we live today where tribes, sects and political
parties tend to resort to their sectarian and partisan instincts in
every electoral occasion or any other political difference. Going
back to the story the Prophet told the man: "Just do not get
angry", repeating it three times.
The man went and found
that his tribe and the other tribe were about to fight one another.
He first listened to his instincts and stood with his tribe but he
then remembered the Prophet's will and calmed down.
He then went to the
other tribe and told them that he will pay for any compensation they
want. They were moved by his gesture and told him that they no
longer want any compensation and that they are ready to make peace.
Thus, in the end, reason had the upper hand.
is for the pious
promised those who restrain their anger to dwell in Heaven. When
those who disbelieved harbored in their hearts (feelings of)
disdain, the zealotry of (the days of) ignorance, but Allah sent
down His tranquility on His Messenger and on the believers, and made
them keep the word of guarding (against evil), and they were
entitled to it and worthy of it; and Allah is Cognizant of all
What could be more
profitable than such an exchange?
As we live in a society
of tribal fanaticism and at a time when all local, regional and
international services are trying to exploit our religious,
sectarian and political differences to incite internal strife among
us, we have to resort to our minds as the only power in charge. We
have to let our minds rule our instincts and not the other way
round. Let us remember Allah when we are angry to ask for His
satisfaction when we are pleased and avoid His anger when we are
The Second Sermon
In the Name
of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Israel trains its
troops daily on killing Palestinian civilians especially children.
It trains its pilots on
bombing cars and houses, killing many martyrs every day… while its
bulldozers demolish additional houses and gardens.
The world looks at
these daily massacres in an almost indifferent way, and then they
would talk about freedom, democracy and human rights.
And Bush will tell you
about Sharon, being a “man of peace”. He understands peace as
being equivalent to occupation and killing people on the basis of
unfounded suspicions just as the CIA justified the war against Iraq.
As for the Quartet
Committee, it only provides advice for the Palestinians and demands
that they should engage in reform before giving them any financial
aid. The Committee has also supported the suspicious Israel's plan
to withdraw from Gaza.
They also have shyly
objected on Israeli refusal for any foreign interference in the
peace making process, unless it is American. This is means that the
members of this Committee do not represent any active role in
reaching a solution even through the "Road Map"…
In these circumstances,
it is ironic that the director of the Atomic energy International
Agency has declared during his visit to Israel that he came to
better understand Israeli security concerns although Israel did not
offer him anything and did not even let him visit its atomic reactor
Thus, Israel that
possesses the biggest nuclear biological and chemical weapons
arsenal in the region is trying, along with America, to pressurize
Iran to end its civilian atomic program. Although the Islamic
Republic has signed all the relevant international treaties and
declared many a time that it does not wish to make an atomic bomb,
despite all the challenges it faces.
It is interesting that
the European Union should join America and Israel in pressurizing
Iran. International politics in now more or less based on yielding
to America pressure to give Israel all the freedom it needs to
intimidate the region with all the advanced WMDs weapons it has,
without giving these countries even the right to defend themselves.
Faced by such
conditions, the peoples of the region, especially the Palestinians,
have to resort to remain steadfast, develop their own potentials,
and contrive to resist all attempts of international arrogance to
practice hegemony. We advise the EU, as well Russia and the UN, not
to yield to America pressures in adopting policies that run counter
to the interests of the peoples. For it will be counter productive
regarding their own political and economic interests.
As for the racial wall
that is considered one of the biggest racial crimes in contemporary
history, the enemy has decided to continue to build it despite all
objections even what will come out of the International Court of
Justice in this respect… The problem of the entire region lies in
that America has opposed the issuing of any stance that Israel
dislikes. For it considers itself and Israel above international
Iraqi National Unity
In Iraq, the security
instability the country lives in with daily massacres that target
civilians still imposes itself on the entire situation.
Meanwhile, the American
forces and their allies are doing nothing to protect the people,
while the Iraqi government does not have the power to pursue any
We believe that Iraqis
need a strong national reconciliation that does not include
criminals who killed innocent people. They have to have a consensus
on the need of getting the occupation out of the country and not to
utilize its support against fellow Iraqis. Iraq also needs to reach
an understanding with neighboring countries that wishes Iraq no
harm, instead of holding the American stick in their faces.
If the occupation hangs
on, many internal and external forces will opt to use all legitimate
and illegitimate means against it. Moreover, this inciting of
sectarian strife that has produced terrible and bloody incidents
will lead to a civil strife that serves the occupation only...
Iraqis need now, more
than ever, a coherent and strong internal unity, and those who are
inciting sectarian strife need to know that the temple will fall on
their heads too.
Lebanon that holds the
rank of 78 on the corruption list is in a desperate need for those
in charge to study things from the inside, so that they will get to
know the citizens’ vital needs and causes.
They should not listen
to any outside suggest that cares not about any Lebanese interests
in issues like importing food or medicine without abiding by the
necessary qualifications, thus threatening peoples lives poverty,
unemployment, or immigration…etc.
Public money is the
property of the entire people but there are some influential parties
who are putting their hands on it to make fortunes, without any
accountability. Meanwhile, they talk about the coming elections. In
this respect, we ask: is history going to repeat itself or are we
going to see a new dawn and a new future?.