The First Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the
God says in His Glorious Book: Allah only desires
to keep away the uncleanness from you, O people of the House! and to
purify you” (33:33)
In the beginning of this month (Sha'ban) there
are three occasions concerning Ahl Beit (a.s). On the third of
Sha'ban, Imam Hussein bin Ali (a.s.) was born, Al-Abbas, was born on
the fourth, while today (the fifth) is the birthday of Imam Zein Al-A'bideen,
Ali bin Al Hussein (a.s.).
Imam Hussein: :The Message in practice
In these occasions, we have to open up on those
Holy personalities that were faithful to God and sacrificed their
lives for His cause. They opened up on Islam as a whole, and were
faithful to it whether in the call or in practice.
We meet first with the anniversary of Imam
Hussein (a.s.) who was loved by the Messenger (p.) since the day he
was born. Muhammad(p.) wanted the Muslims to love Imam Al-Hussein
(a.s.) and Imam Al-Hassan (a.s.), for both reached the highest
levels in knowing God, being faithful to Him, and fighting for his
cause. All Muslim sects have cited the Prophet(p.) as saying: "Al-Hassan
and Al-Hussein are the masters of the youth in Heaven".
This spiritual position, emphasizes how close to
Allah (s.w.t) they have become.
About Imam Hussein, the Messenger(p.) says:
"Hussein is a part of me and I am a part of
Hussein, May Allah love those who love Hussein".
This kind of integration between Al-Hussein
(a.s.) and the Messenger (p.) is not a result of kinship, but of the
Message itself .
The Message was embodied in both creating a kind
of interaction and complementation between the Grandfather and the
The Imam was raised by the Prophet (p.) as well
as his brother , Imam Ali (a.s.) and his mother Fatima (a.s.).
He lived with his bother, Imam Hassan(a.s.) and
became the Imam after him and held the responsibility of Islam as a
whole, and faced the Islamic reality with awareness, strength,
dedication and sacrifice. This is what he meant when he said:"I rose
to seek reform in my grandfather's nation. I want to enjoin good and
forbid evil". Since the role of the Imam is to lead the nation in
all fields so that it will follow the right path whether in religion
The Nation should enjoin the good and forbid evil
, so that the reality of Muslims will turn into an embodiment of
The Imam revolted to reform the government and
the ruler, and to reform
the people so that they can confront evil.
The Revolution of truth and Reform
Imam Hussei(a.s.) faced those whom Yazid enslaved
by his money and Ibn Ziyad by his tyranny, asking him to humiliate
himself and pledge loyalty to Yazid . 'Verily the illegitimate
(person) (i.e. 'Ubaidullah bin Ziad), son of the illegitimate
(person) (i.e. Ziad bin Abih), has given me only two choices:
fighting or humiliation and subservience; humiliation and
subservience is certainly far from us!'''
He offered himself, His family and his companions
as a sacrifice for Allah, the most exalted, and Islam.
In the memory of Hussein (a.s. ) we should adhere
to his slogan and , confront evil as he did and support the right as
he did :
'I have not risen (against Yazid)
disrespectfully, or recklessly (without a reason), or to de
injustice, or to do corruption, but I have risen to seek to reform
the nation of my grandfather. I wish to enjoin what is right and
forbid what is wrong (evil)… So, whosoever accepts me in truth then
Allah is more worthy of the truth'.
The revolution of Imam Hussein (a.s. ) was not
that of a mere tragedy, although it had all the makings of a
It was the revolution of truth, reform, and if we
want to be faithful to his birth life and to martyrdom, we have to
carry his revolution in our hearts and minds. We ought not to hit
our heads with the swords, but to use all our weapons to hit the
heads of the enemy to prevent him from wronging and oppression and
depriving them from their power.
Al-Abass :Firmness of belief
Al-Abass was a great Islamic hero who gave all
his life to Islam and sacrificed it in the end for the sake of
Islam. He pledged to continue to fight for the cause of Islam as
well as the Imam of the nation even after his right hand was cut,
for he was fighting to defend the rightful Imam and not because
Al-Hussein was his brother.
Imam Al-Sadiq (a.s.) says: "our uncle Al-Abass
was insightful… " He had the profound awareness and thinking that
enabled him to reach the core of truth especially that of Islam,”and
a firm believer”. He was never afraid of any blame if his stand was
for the cause of God and truth. Where Shimr bin Al-Jawshan called
for him to offer to keep him alive, not only did he refused the
offer but he even refused to talk to him, had it not been for Imam
who wanted him to respect the blood relationship with Shimr.
Then when the Imam told his family and his
companions that they are no longer committed to their pledge of
loyalty, he refused to leave and insisted to fight to the end. He
then fought like a hero and became a martyr.
Thus, Al-Abass represents through his
faithfulness and awareness the heroism of Islam. In Ashoura, he
represented the leader of the army of Imam Hussein (a.s). Thus, when
we remember him, we should talk not only about his heroism on the
battlefield, but also in the fields of spirituality and Islamic
knowledge, so that Al-Abass would become a role model for our youth
in facing falsehood oppression and arrogance.
Imam Zien Al-Abidien (a.s.).
As for Imam Zein Al-Abidien (a.s.) he was the son
of the daughter of a Persian king. He lived with his father all what
happened in Karbala.
But his father did not allow him to fight because
he was sick and because Al-Hussein wanted the Imamate to continue
The Imam lived and was able to contribute to all
the fields of Islamic knowledge to the extent that many of the
teachers of Islamic culture of his age were among his students.
The Imam opened up on all the fields of knowledge
including theology, jurisprudence, philosophy and ethics. He left us
in his supplications a spiritual fortune, which opens up the Muslim
on many political, social and spiritual horizons.
Thus we have always said that the believers
should not stop reading Al-Sahifa Al -Saujadiah that provides us
with spiritual values as well as Islamic and social culture. We read
in one of his supplications that constitute the daily duties of a
bless Muhammad and his Household
and give us success in this day of ours,
this night of ours,
and in all our days,
to employ the good,
stay away from the evil,
give thanks for favours,
follow the Sunna's norms,
enjoin good behaviour,
forbid the disapproved,
diminish falsehood and abase it,
help the truth and exalt it,
guide the misguided, assist the weak,
and reach out to the troubled!
These principles elevate man's soul and enable
him to strive to uphold his responsibility in life on the basis of
These memories should increase and strengthen our
belief, awareness and our resolve to struggle for the cause of
Allah, for this is what we have to adhere to when we remember these
great Islamic leaders. This is what following Ahl el-Beit (a.s.)
means: To follow their lead in our actions and to adhere to their
line, for they are Allah's arguments to His creations, as well as
being entrusted by Him to safeguard man and ensure that he follows
the right path.
The First Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the
Arab and Islamic Yielding:
Israel plans to enlarge the settlements, yet some
of the Arab countries, prepare to welcome Israeli officials. And
Turkey acts as an intermediary to establish relations between Israel
and some of the Islamic countries, although those in charge know all
about the Israeli usurping and terrorist role in Palestine, which
draws a question mark about how Islamic is the party they belong to,
and suggests that the Turkish role is subjected to the American
role, as a result of intensive political pressure.
In addition, other Arab countries establish
secret and unofficial relations with the Jewish state, which proves
that they have forgone their Arab and Islamic identity, as a result
of the American pressure, as they have, according to the Israeli
media, received Israeli businessmen to promote Israeli High tech
In this respect, the Pakistani President made a
comic-tragic statement in which he claimed that his talks with
Israel comply with the Islamic teachings since it is a form of inter
-religious dialogue, as if it was a religious issue, and not one of
usurpation and occupation of Palestinian land. He said that Islam is
a religion of peace and that it has lived in peace with other
religions for centuries, but he forgot that the peace Islam lived
with the Jews, was not on the part of the Jews who allied with the
West, occupied the lands of Arabs and Muslims, and committed
unprecedented brutal massacres that even the Nazis did not commit
against the Jews, despite all the Jewish exaggeration.
The Arabs received the Jews and protected them at
a time there were persecuted in the West. But they responded by
driving Muslims, as well as Christians, out of their country, and
establishing one of the most brutal occupations in history.
And even when they had to withdraw, like their
withdrawal from Gaza, they did so in a manner that aimed at
maintaining their military authority over the entire strip,
especially the crossings, and continuing to practice all kinds of
violence against the Palestinians.
Americanism instead of Arabian
The problem the Arab and Muslim world faces is
that they have replaced Arabism by Americanism. To them, Zionism is
a friendly phenomenon instead of being the enemy. Yet Arabism did
not achieve any political or security gains, and Islam did not gain
any advanced positions. On the contrary, they have conceded vital
and strategic concessions without anything in return… Thus, those
who are in charge of Arabism and Islam do not respect their history,
future and their nation. They are dead and as such no additional
wound can pain them.
Most of them have been deployed by the CIA to
imprison their peoples under the law of emergency and the rule of
security and intelligence agencies, that would enable them to
execute the American plans in the great Middle East, turning the
entire region into one dominated by the American arrogance and
hindering any economic, academic or security development, so that it
will be dependable on the arrogant, even in its vital needs.
On another level, we notice that the security
situation in Palestine is becoming more and more unstable which
could turn into civil war, that could justify the enemy's talk about
disarming the resistance and forbidding the Mujahideen from
participating in the coming elections under the pretense of
protecting the Palestinian authority.
That is why we call on all Palestinians to
promote their national unity and forego the means of political and
security assassinations, for it enables the enemy to take in peace
what it could not in war.
Iraq: The Islamic spirit lives
Iraq that has overcome the tragic catastrophe of
the Imam's Bridge, is still dominated by the occupation who commits
daily massacres against innocent civilians and the debate regarding
the draft constitution and determining Iraq's unity and identity. We
would like the Iraqis to reach a national consensus, by means of a
realistic and objective dialogue that studies the future of Iraq and
its effective role in the region as a strong historical component
that opens up on the major Arab and Islamic cases especially the
Palestinian cause, and that confronts the pressures of international
arrogant who might resort to an official partition of Iraq whether
on the basis of religion or race.
We want the Iraqis to be aware of all what is
going on in this critical stage so that they will solidify their
Islamic unity that was demonstrated in the solidarity between
Shiites and Sunnis in the Bridge tragedy, to the extent that a Sunni
Muslim sacrificed himself to save six Shiites. It proves that the
Islamic national spirit is still alive in the conscience of the
Muslim Iraqi youth. And we hope that this will lead to their meeting
together to ensure the future unity of Iraq.
Lebanon: it is the regime
We look forward to a Lebanon whose sects are
united in facing the Israeli occupation and supporting the
Lebanon should enjoy openness to the civilized
Arabism to confront world tyranny and be free from any American or
This should be the case so that Lebanese people
will enjoy freedom and sovereignty far from international plots
cooked in the caves of embassies that are intervening in everything.
On the other hand, the school season has begun to
challenge the poor who wonder about where they could get the money
to teach their children. In addition, the deadly unemployment is
pushing the youth to immigrate to find a decent living outside their
What is the state doing to those who are
surrounded by corruption and squander? How can these politicians who
used to be the rulers talk about change and reform without being
held accountable for what they did?
We do not want to judge them. If suspicions have
pushed the judiciary to interrogate suspects, we wonder if the
problem only resides in the security regime, since it is responsible
for security crimes or in the political and administrative regime
where officials have presented their satanic image as that of an