The First Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
between doctrine and Practice
In Ashoura, we were with Imam Al-Hussein
. We remembered him and followed up his mind, soul, heart,
spirituality and practice.
We were with the Imam when, at noon, on
the day of Ashoura, he stood to pray with the deadly arrows falling on
him and killing one of his companions who was martyred while defending
him. This is the spirituality of Imam Hussein who lived with God even
in the most dangerous and painful movements. The Imam, like his
brother, father, mother and grandfather has sold himself to God.
Adherence is not merely an emotion, and belonging is not a
psychological state. Islam is an integration of doctrine and practice.
Those who said that they were Muslims and followed the line of Ahl el-Beit
did not live Islam when their hearts were with Imam Hussein and their
swords were against him. The Muslim is the one whose sword is in the
service of his principles, and does not live any duality between the
Message and the practice.
Thus, dear beloved, when we meet the Imam
we meet this small community of his companions and his family that
spent the night before Ashoura praying and reciting the Quran. They
were living with God and making Him their witness that they have taken
this stand out of their faithfulness and loyalty to Him. They did not
differentiate between their prayer and reciting Quran, and their Jihad
against those who lived with the Devil and left the obedience of God.
The Movement of
Al-Hussein: A Movement of justice.
Thus, dear beloved, the Imam was
emphasizing to the entire world that his Islamic movement is a
movement of Justice. He wanted to spread justice in the world so that
the people would uphold justice. Imam Hussein wanted to tell them that
Allah has called for justice in all religions We sent aforetime our
messengers with Clear Signs and sent down with them the Book and the
Balance (of Right and Wrong), that men may stand forth in justice.If
the Muslim wants to prove that he is a true believer, he has to be
just… whether with his wife and children, with his brothers and
sisters, with his presents or with all whom he deals with. He should
also be just towards his responsibility if he holds any post.
The difference between the community of
Al-Hussein and that of Yazid is that Yazid was not just in his
practice, whether in his rule or towards his responsibility, while the
community of Imam Hussein was just towards their God and towards
themselves and other people.
Among those who were with Yazid a
relative of Imam Hussein called Omar bin Saad who found that he had to
choose between a ministerial post Yazid had offered and between
committing the grave sin of killing Imam Hussein.He decided to kill
the Imam to win the post, since he can always ask God for forgiveness.
In contrast, we find among the followers,
of Al- Hussein, Al-Hur bin Yazid Al-Riyahi who was the first person in
the army of Ibn Ziad to obstruct the army of Hussein.
But the man reviewed his position in the
light of thinking about God the Hereafter. In the beginning , he hoped
things would lead to a truce and thus he would avoid fighting the
Imam. But when he found that the fight was inevitable he began to
shiver, but not out of fear of death, but because he was choosing
between hell and heaven. He made up his mind and said "I would not
prefer anything to Heaven even If I were going to burnt and cut to
Thus he went to the Imam and repented to
God. The Imam gave him the biggest medal: Your are "free" as your
mother had called you, free in this world and happy in the Hereafter".
From the words of Hussein(a.s.) we deduce that one should uphold the
freedom of will and choice and not to be enslaved to desires.
Are will following
the line of the Imam.
Dear beloved, we have spent with the Imam
several days, and we might spend more days as many of the followers of
Ahl el- beit do. But the issue is what are we going to say to the Imam
now that the season has finished.
Let every one go back to himself and
review how he is living his Islam:
Is he trying to preserve his dignity and
honour in accordance with Allah’s saying: and to Allah belongs the
honor and to His Messenger and to the believers, but the hypocrites do
Dear beloved: After Ashoura, we have to
start thinking: Are we of the fowlers of Imam Hussein, whom do we
support and whom do we oppose.
Are we with the line of Islam or the line
of falsehood: You should hold yourself accountable before you are held
accountable: : O you who believe! be careful of (your duty to) Allah,
and let every soul consider what it has sent on for the morrow, and be
careful of (your duty to) Allah; surely Allah is Aware of what you do.
And be ye not like those who forgot
Allah; and He made them forget their own souls! Such are the
The Second Sermon
Not equal are the Companions of the Fire and the Companions of the
Garden: it is the Companions of the Garden that will achieve Felicity.
Israel and the Impasse of Resistance
Israeli planes kill Palestinian activists
everyday, with many civilians passers -by killed or injured. The
Zionist Army explosion storms houses in the West Bank to kill or
arrest the youth. Meanwhile, the Enemy's war minister threatens to
resume the liquidation of Palestinians based on mere suspicions, which
made the UN Secretary General ,Kofi Anan, protest since it is an
assassination without trail. Nevertheless ,the American and European
officials who call Hamas to renounce terror and violence practically
encourage Israel to continue its brutal and barbaric terrorism.
Moreover, the Israeli acting prime
minister, arrogantly announces that he will keep Jerusalem and the
three major settlements in the West Bank, in addition to Jordan's Rift
Valley and building the separating wall ,which means keeping more than
60% of the West Bank . All this at a time the so-called free World is
demanding that Hamas should recognize Israel and denounce resistance,
but they don't demand that Israel should recognize the Palestinian
rights in the 67 occupied territories in the least. This suggests that
this world is not honest when it talks about the rights of peoples in
self, determination, or even human rights.
Therefore, we would like to emphasize the
need of Palestinian firmness in defending these rights, since no right
is lost as long as it is being demanded. Furthermore, If the
Palestinians are suffering from occupation, Israel, and America, is
suffering from the impasse of the resistance.
The Arab league and the Organization of
Islamic Conference should be in harmony with their Arab and Muslim
masses and stand with the Palestinians who have chosen to support the
militant mujahidden of Hamas.
All over the Islamic world protests
against the cartoons that insult the Prophet are rising… Muslims have
unified their ranks to protest against this in various means
especially the boycott. The Arrogant World has experienced a political
shock that made it divided between those who support the insulting
papers and those who call for calming down to contain the Muslims
America has accused Tehran and Damascus
of aggravating the issue in the Islamic world. It wants to turn it
into a political lobbying card to play against these two countries
although the popular Islamic rage preceded the standing of the two
As we emphasize the need to oppose in a
peaceful and civilized away, we call on Muslims to continue their
movement with all the pressure they could deploy to make the world
understand that nobody is allowed to offend the Prophet or Islam in
the name of freedom of expression, for freedom has to be checked by
It is regrettable that the hatred of some
apostaters has hit the Ashoura celebrations in Pakistan and
Afghanistan. Those people are, whether directly or indirectly, serving
the arrogant powers who wish to incite strife between the Shiites and
the Sunnis, at a time the nation needs to strengthen its unity against
those who are insulting Islam and Muslims.
Corruption in Iraq
Criminal acts against civilians are
continuing in Iraq, and the American occupation continues to rob the
Iraqi wealth through its companies, including that of the American
vice-president… At the same time, the American defence minister
expresses his concern over the corruption in Iraq, the same corruption
which the occupation and its monopolizing companies created.
We call on the Iraqi people to strengthen
their unity and plan to end occupation and build its security forces
and its army and choose the faithful and experienced elements in its
As for the Iran peaceful nuclear project
which the arrogant are trying to submit to the Security Council to
intensify the political and economic pressures against Iran, we
believe that they will not be successful because Iran possesses both
the political maturity and the power that enable it to be in control
despite the American – European alliance.
Internal Strife in
Lebanon is still under a state of
political destabilization in which the political language has fallen
into the mud of the differences that create a lot of tensions and make
the Lebanese more concerned and anxious when they see how incompetent
the government is when it comes to protecting the lives of citizens
and solve its economic problems, and politicise the security and
political situation in the name of the majority and minority.
We call for facing all parties that
incite strife and punish those who destabilized the national
situation. We also appreciate the role of the wise men in curbing the
sectarian and political strife from developing any further.