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Lectures > 2006 Speeches > 10/11/2006

The Religious Authority H.E. Sayyed M. H. Fadlullah delivered the two Friday prayer sermons at the Imamain Al-Hassanain Mosque, November 10, 2006, Several prominent religious scholars, dignitaries and thousands of believers attended the Jumu’a prayer.

To be a Muslim is to be concerned with Muslims' affairs

 

The First Sermon

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

 

Opening up on Muslims' affairs

God says in Glorious Book: Surely the (true) religion with Allah is Islam. And And whoever desires a religion other than Islam, it shall not be accepted from him, and in the hereafter he shall be one of the losers. Being a Muslim in the formal juristic sense means that you have to pronounce the two testimonies and believe in Allah's Books, Messengers and Angels, in addition to the Day of Judgment. But certain traditions of the Prophet suggest to the Imams of Ahl el-Beit that Islam is not a formal issue only. It is not enough to be a Muslim to believe in what you should believe, you have also to be committed in your relations to other Muslims, by opening up on all the in issues, and causes that are related to their living in freedom and dignity. You cannot ignore the Muslims' affairs when they, for example, are facing great challenges saying that: “I will mind my own business”.

To be a Muslim is to consider the Muslims' concerns as your personal concerns. And make every effort to improve their social economic and political conditions. It is to consider yourself part of a family, one of the organs in a body that is made of all Muslims.

Let us read what the Messenger(p.) says: Whoever gets up in the morning and is not concerned with the affairs of other Muslims is not a Muslim". When you wake up in the morning and listen to the news or read a newspaper, and find out that there is a Muslim people oppressed by the arrogant power, or another Muslim people being massacred by the Jews or the enemies of Allah and His Messenger, and you do not ask yourself what I can do to help, and you have no feeling for their misery, then according to this prophetic saying you are not a Muslim, even if you perform all the religious duties. The Messenger also said: "One who listens to the call of a Muslim (for help) and does not respond to it is not a Muslim".

If you hear a Muslim people crying for help because the arrogant powers are attacking it, killing the women, children and the elderly and occupying the land, and you do not help then you are not a Muslim. Of course, such help may not be an individual one, but rather through the authorities who possess the right means, but this do not change the content of the Prophet's saying that Islam is not a word or a feeling; it is an action. The prophet says: "The believers in their love, mercy and kindness to one another are like a body: If any part of it is ill, all the entire body shares its sleeplessness and fear".

The Prophet(p.) also explained in another tradition that the most pious believers and the closet among them to Allah is he who gives faithful and rise to Muslims and he who is whole heartedly with them.

The Prophet(p.) also says: that all people are God's children. The ones Allah loves the most are those who benefit His children and makes them happy. When you find someone who loves them and takes care of them how would you feel about them. It is evident that you will love those who benefit your children with their knowledge wealth and power.

On the other hand, those who are not inclined to help any of Allah's children will not earn Allah's love. If this is the case, then we can deduce Allah’s, the most Exalted, position of those who harm others or make them sad.

When the Messenger(p.) was asked about whom Allah, the most Exalted, loves the most he said: He who benefits people the most. Imam Al-Rida considered those living in the best way to be those "who share their life with others" by the efforts and services they offer for others that help them in living decently.

Imam As-Sadiq (a.s.) considered that the best deed to meet Allah, the most Exalted, with is advising His children. The Prophet (p.) also says: Who saves the people from a flood or a fire his reward with be Paradise. What reward is greater then this?

Imam As-Sadiq (a.s.) interprets the ayah that Jesus (p.) was blessed wherever he was to mean that Allah, the most Exalted, made him beneficial to people.

This is what Islam implies in the practical life of Muslims: To maintain an Islamic unity of practical consolidation. And this is what we need at a time arrogance and disbelief have launched an all-out aggression against Islam, killing their civilians and appropriating their lands and interests.

The Muslims have to stand unified to ensure the spread of Islam throughout the world. They are neither a minority nor weak, but they do not live this unity that joins between them and allows them to employ their potentials for the good of the entire nation, as well as the future.

The Second Sermon

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

 

The Palestinian wound continues to bleed daily: Children are being slaughtered in their schools and houses, and women and old people killed in their homes. The hatred that is embodied in the Jewish personality is being expressed barbarically through these atrocities ever since they occupied Palestine. Although the Arab and Muslim worlds have been good to the Jews protecting them and giving them their right at a time they were persecuted in the West and dispersed in the world, their racial personality that hates all humanity made then plan for massacres that kill others, the last of which was in Beit Hanoon which they turned into rubbles, killing its children and infants and destroying its house mosques and farms.

Yet, the murderous president, Bush, justifies all this as an act of self-defence, and celebrates, along with his administration, all the atrocities that are being committed. This is because he and Israel are waging the same war to dominate over the region. In the meantime, the international Quartet Committee watches from the sidelines as the Palestinians are being killed, and wait for the Palestinian Government to fall as a result of the international and Arab blockade. They want to punish Hamas because it refused to recognize Israel that everybody spoils, although they do not recognize the Palestinian rights. They even conspired to eradicate the Palestinians and disperse them without any humanitarian consideration. This is the line of the wild western civilization that appropriated sine the last century the entire political economic and security reality of the Arab world.

The American policies produce terrorism.

The United States, its allies and its agents talk about the spread of terrorism in the Islamic world, at a time they all know that the plans they had adopted to fight the so-called terrorism are the ones that encourage terrorism, and they are the ones that make all the downtrodden hate America and strive to thwart its strategic plans of hegemony, preventing it from achieving any political on military victory in Iraq, Afghanistan Pakistan Lebanon or Iran.

The Americans punish their Administration

The last American elections in which the Administration lost some of its positions indicate that the Americans have begun to punish their Administration that has made them fall in several defeats and increased the hatred of the downtrodden nations to them. In this respect, we want the Americans to continue to monitor the movements of all their officials on all levels to face the ulterior goals of the Jewish Lobby and the neo-conservatives of the Zionist Christians. We, as Arab and Muslim peoples, want to befriend the American people and cooperate with them on the basis of just peace and common interests.

The Arabs forgo the Palestinians Cause

We stay with the Palestinian cause, to notice that the Arabs have forgone the Palestinian people in abidance with the American orders. Many of them have renounced their pervious commitments in boycotting Israel, engaging in trade and other economic dealings with it. It is left on the Arab peoples to continue this boycott to thwart the Israeli plans of their rulers.

We call on the Palestinian people who proved their ability to persist in their steadfastness and confrontation…

We ask them to find every political and all other actions they take on the basis of promoting national unity. The current stage does not bear any postponement of decisive strategic stands.

We also call on the Arab peoples to stand up against this American – European Jewish oppression that is indirectly responsible for the enemies’ massacres.

Iraq: Resistance is the only means

Iraq too has had its share from the barbaric catastrophe as a result of the American plans that aim at inciting security anarchy, impoverishing the Iraqis inciting sectarian strife and encouraging Takfiri terrorism albeit indirectly. Therefore, we call on Iraqi groups to liberate themselves from all its political and sectarian differences, and move to comfort the occupation with the honest and active resistance since the only way to end the catastrophe is by the withdrawal of the occupation whose president is talking about victories being made. Thus, it is our duty not to let him achieve such victories, since it means a defeat of the vital interests of the Iraqi people.

Bush's mad policies

On the other level, America that controls the UN Security Council continues to plan with the EU to pass a resolution that unjustly sanctions Iran for trying to make the atomic bomb, although it has repeatedly declared that its nuclear program is peaceful. The American President has told his French counterpart that Israel might bomb the Iranian nuclear project and that the US understands this position.

But such threat is not militarily realistic, because Iran has the ability to defend itself and expand the scope of military operations, as it is evident from the latest Iranian maneuvers. If Iran retaliates that will give the US the opportunity to enter the war claiming that it is protecting Israel, and this will lead to an explosion in the entire region. The Gulf States should be concerned and strive not to let the developments lead to such an outcome especially after Iran has proposed to conclude joint defense treaties with them.

We are afraid that the loss of the American President in the elections might lead him to commit a mad action in the region represented by a new war, which the world has to comfort. The success of such plans might threaten the security of region and the entire world and spread violence all over.

Lebanon and foreign powers

Lebanon is preoccupied with the complicated debates that reflect the deep political rift that had entered the country into instability and the Lebanese people are living a state of intense pressures on their security and living. The Lebanese have lost their confidence in their leaders, and lost their feeling that their government still exist, especially that it did not set out plans to save the collapsed economy.

It is also doubtless that the political and sectarian divide is further complicating the situation.

We say to all parties that the country is still a battlefield for international and regional conflicting interests. The talk about an external interest to care about the country or help it is irrelevant, and rather deceitful, since we did not hear any promises to equip the Lebanese Army with the advanced weapons it needs to defend the country.

We say to all Lebanese: Save Lebanon from all this infertile debate that will make the people sink in the sectarian quagmire that will undermine their future.