The First Sermon
the Name of God, The Compassionate the Merciful
Raised by the
One of the
Members of the Prophet’s house whom Allah purified is Imam Hassan
the firstborn of Ali and Fatima Al-Zahraa and the first grandchild
of the Messenger. The anniversary of his death was 3days ago on the
7th of Safar.
lived the early years of his childhood with the Prophet (p) who used
to kiss him, hug him and spend a lot of time playing with him.
It has been
narrated by Ahmad bin Hanbal quoting Abu Hurraira that the Prophet
(P) said when the Imam ran towards him and hugged him. “Oh God, I
love him. Oh God love those who love him”. He used to say the same
thing after the birth of Imam Hussein: “Oh God I love them, Oh God
love those who love them”.
Messenger (p.) wanted to emphasize the unique positions and the
responsibilities that the Imams Hassan and Hussein held, he told the
Muslims that “Al-Hassan and Al-Hussein are the Masters of
said:” Al-Hassan and Al-Hussien are Imams whether they decided to
fight or to make peace”. He wanted to ensure that the Muslims
understood that the Messenger in conveying what is revealed to him
concerning the Imams is not expressing his own feeling, but rather
what God has ordained.
well as the Imams who followed Al-Hassan have described him as the
“most pious worshipper of his time” as reported by Imam Jaafar
Al-Sadiq quoting his father Imam Mohammad Al Baqr who in turn quoted
his grandfather Imam Ali-bin Al-Hussien. He was also the ”least
materialist”, despite the fact that he had a lot of money. For
being materialist is not related to the amount of lawful money you
might have, but rather to whether or not you become a slave to this
money and lead of life of passions and pleasures to the detriment of
your principles. According to the Imam Ali (a.s) : “God said that
not being materialist means that: You do not regret what you have
missed and you are not too overjoyed with what you get”. He was
also the “best” man in his time, being the Imam who is nearest
to Allah, and whose Knowledge and manners were outstanding. The
Messenger used to say that the Imam was the one who resembled him
most both physically and morally.
love and the respect the people held for him was greater than that
of anyone else other than the Prophet (P). Whenever he sat outside
his house people wouldn’t pass by so as not to go in front of him.
When he learnt about this, he stopped sitting outside, because he
did not want to cause people any inconvenience. And when he went to
perform the pilgrimage, usually on foot, people used to dismount as
a token of respect.
He might have
been let down in his claim for the imamate, but he was nevertheless,
loved and respected by all the people. This is the difference
between the Imams and those who were in power: The people obeyed
them out of love and respect, while the rulers had resort to force.
When the Imam
concluded a truce with Mua’wiyah, he did so out of considerable
insight with the long-term interests of the Muslims in mind. He also
knew that the army that was fighting with him was not faithful and
would ultimately let him down.
Yet some of
his faithful companions who wanted to die for the sake of the cause
believing that this the only way could not understand his long-term
planning. They even went as far as greeting him with the words:
”Assalamu Alaikum, O humiliator of the faithful”.
The Imam knew
that they did not have any ill intentions, and that they did not
understand that the truce was needed to safeguard the Islamic
leadership that could lead the Muslims along the right path. But he
was proven right by the subsequent events, since those who supported
Imam Hussein did so as a result of the opposition Imam Al-Hassan and
his followers gave.
We know that
the Imam was poisoned by his wife, who was approached by Mua`wiyah
and promised that she would become the wife of his son Yazid.
Mua’wiyah had promised the Imam that he would become the caliph
after the former’s death, but he wanted to break his promise and
appoint Yazid even it meant killing the Imam.
When the Imam
was dying as a result of this conspiracy, he asked his brother not
to fight for the sake of burying him near his grandfather’s grave,
for he knew that the Umayyads would not agree. Thus, the Imam
continued to safeguard the Muslims` interests even after his death.
emphasized the importance of consultation (Shawra) in all the
domains of life, whether in his house, his work or the in the wider
sphere of the community. He maintained that consultation is the
means of reaching the right decision and called upon people not to
advised some of his children (and through them all mankind) that
when you want to befriend someone you ought to know about his
principles, his political and social relations and his righteousness
first. A man came to the Imam once and told him: I want to become
your companion”. The Imam agreed but had three conditions: “Do
not praise me, because I know myself better than you, do not lie to
me, and do not backbite anybody in my presence”.
the Imam used to remind the people that neither power nor money or
any other material possession would earn you respect or a superior
position. Obeying God is the only means to be proud and earn your
self-respect as well as that of others.
This is what
the Imam and all the Members of the Prophet (P)`s Household have
taught. They Guide us along the straight path that leads us to
Let us follow
them by following their lead in our actions, and not by being
emotionally attached to them. Their greatness emerges from their
love and obedience of God that set the example every believer should
follow. Imam Mohammad Al-Baqir says: ”To follow us is to follow
God and conversely any enemy of God is an enemy of ours.
Piety is the
only way to be one of our followers.”
the Name of God, The Compassionate the Merciful
Allah (S WT)! Be pious in everything you say or do, whether in your
homes, your work or your social and political positions. Do not
support any politician or organization, unless you are certain that
it works for the good of the people.
Real Solutions to the problems of the working class
Labor day is
an occasion in which the workers pause to think about their
conditions and problems and voice their rightful demands, being the
class that gives the nations their food, strength, viability and
workers face here in Lebanon are numerous including unemployment,
inflation, poverty and the lack of unity as a result of sectarian
and partisan influences.
severe conditions, which are getting worse as a result of the
on-going lay-offs that many companies and factories are resorting
to, I call for adequate and effective solutions to the problems of
work and workers in Lebanon.
Uprising :Incredible Sacrifices
We should not
forget on this occasion, the Palestinian workers who lost their jobs
and who continue to live in hunger as a result of the enemy’s
economic blockade, as well as the lack of Arab aid, despite all the
summits and resolutions.
The workers in
Palestine who have endured all these sacrifices and they are still
participating in the Uprising are the pride of this nation. And
their struggle aims at achieving freedom for the whole of the Arab
and Muslim nation. We call upon all to support these heroes and
provide them with the means to ensure their survival and
Distortion of the facts
policy that supports the brutal Israeli crimes and exerts pressure
on the Palestinians to ”end the violence”, in reality seeks to
end the Intifada because it knows that this is the only source of
strength the Palestinians have. And that they would have no
alternative in the end other than accepting the Israeli conditions
of living with no freedom or any other political, economic and
security rights whatsoever.
who oppose American Interests Are Terrorists
accused the Mujahideen in Lebanon and Palestine of being terrorists,
and Iran of being a sponsor of terrorism. In doing this, America has
considered all liberation movements that do not serve its interests
as being terrorist while considering “Israel” as a country that
is protecting its security. It even considered the Israeli Prisoners
in Lebanon as hostages and described the Lebanese detainees in
“Israel” as prisoners, although “Israel” itself has declared
that some of those detainees, such as Sheikh Ubeid and Hajj Dirani,
are held in order to be exchanged with the Israeli pilot Ron Arad.
is being more Israeli than the Israelis themselves.
level, the Israelis are trying to get out of the impasse they are
stuck in by sending their foreign minister to some of the Arab
countries as well as the US to pressurize the Palestinians.
regretful that the foreign minister of the Arab country that heads
the “Islamic Conference” met the Israeli foreign minister, which
suggests that their relations are still continuing despite all that
it going on.
The Arab and
Muslim peoples should exert pressure on their governments to exert a
counter pressure on the American economic interests, and reactivate
the political and economic boycott of the enemy for this is the only
language they understand.
debate and the recent political communiqués and meetings do not
provide any solution at the current stage, for they could be
interpreted as being sectarian.
those who have the best interests of the country at heart should
come up with new alternatives especially as the country is on the
verge of economic collapse, despite all the hard work of the