The First Sermon
the Name of God, the Compassionate the Merciful
Raised by the
One of the Members of the
Prophet(p.) 's house whom Allah purified is Imam Hassan bin Ali bin
Abi Talib. He was the
firstborn for Ali (a.s.) and
Fatima (a.s.) and the
first grandchild of the Messenger(p.) .
Imam Al-Hassan 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
The Prophet used to say 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 saying
about both of them: "Oh God I love them, Oh God love those
who love them".
Imam Ali Bin Al-Hussein (a.s.)
is quoted to have described him as "most ascetic".
He was also the "best man" of his time, being the
Imam who was nearest to Allah, and whose knowledge and manners were
unique. The Messenger(p.) used
to say that the Imam was the one who looked most like him both
physically and morally.
He used to travel heading for Mecca
to perform pilgrimage on foot, and probably barefooted.
He would remember God in any
situation that he passes through... He was the most truthful and
the most eloquent..."
A man for difficult
After the death of his mother,
Imam Al-Hassan began to help his father who used to rely on him in
the difficult tasks he faced after he became a caliph. Al-Hassan
used to take tough and consistent stances indicating how resolved he
was in serving the Right. Yet, as his father and grandfather before
him, he proved after he succeeded his brother and Muawiah began to
unjustly challenge his rule, that he believed in dialogue.
But Muawiah who usurped the
caliphate from its rightful holders, began to buy the heads of
tribes, which resulted in destabilizing the Imam's army to the
extent that some of them threatened to kill him.
Thus, treason led to a truce
which Muawiah did not respect any of its articles. He then started
to think about killing the Imam(a.s.) , because one of the
conditions was that the Imam would become a caliph after Muawiah
while the latter wanted his son to succeed him, thus establish an
autocratic dynasty, and
the only way to realize this scheme was by killing the Imam(a.s.).
And he did so by driving one of the Imam's wives to poison him. 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 to his
grandfather's grave, for he knew that the Umayyads would not agree.
Thus, the Imam(a.s.) continued
to safeguard the Muslims interests’ even after his death.
The Imam emphasized the
importance of consultation (Shawra) in all the domains of life. A
Muslim has to rely on
consultation whether in his house, his work or in the wider sphere
of the community. He described once a pious believer, and told us
through the image of that man what the moral and spiritual values
Muslims should adhere to are. He said: He was one of the greatest
men, and what made him that great was ,among other things, that this
world meant little to him. He used not to complain or loose
his temper-always the patient man who accepted Allah's fate. He used to spend most of his time sitting silently
–because he was busy thinking whether about God to know Him
better, or about the people to serve them more…
If he sat with scholars he was
more concerned to listen than to talk. He used not to say what he
did not intend to do. And he used to do what he did not talk about. He
stayed away from bragging and showing off. If he had to choose
between two things he did not know which was nearer to God, he would
see which one his instincts and desires leads him to chose and
He did not blame anyone of
things that there might be an excuse for.
In one of his sermons about
how to be a pious faithful, he said: If you do not do what Allah
has prohibited you will a worshiper. And if you are content with
what Allah has given you will be rich… Be good to your neighbors you will be a Muslim… And treat
people as you would like them to treat you will be just.
This is also what Imam Ali
(a.s.) has told us in
his will asking use to love for ourselves what we love for others
and to hate for them what we hate for ourselves. Adding that those
who used to care about making money and were obsessed with material
possessions have perished leaving nothing for their Hereafter. He
concluded that one's life begins to end once it starts. We thus have
to benefit of everyday we live to provide for the Hereafter.
Those are the Members of the
house whom Allah, the most Exalted, has purified. And this is Imam
Al-Hassan who the Muslims have to study thoroughly to learn that he
led a spiritual and moral revolution against falsehood and
injustice. They will also learn that what happened to Imam AL-Hassan
was the prelude of Imam Hussein’s revolution.
The Second Sermon
In the Name of God,
the Compassionate, the Merciful
A heroic Iraqi
At long last, the Iraqi
Dictator and his regime have been toppled, although it has actually
fallen a long time age when the Iraqi people lost their trust in it.
Nevertheless, Iraq ,
the homeland and the people, did not fall. They remained steadfast
in front of this brutal war that killed the civilians and destroyed
much of the Iraqi infrastructure.
This wronged and wounded
people stood up to the occupation. They did not cheer for it, which
surprised the occupier having used all possible means of
intimidation and appeal.
If some and perhaps the
majority of the Iraqis have celebrated the fall of the autocratic
regime, they were not celebrating the occupation. The celebration
did not reflect that they are convinced with the role of occupation
that serves only the arrogant interests. It is true that they celebrated the removal of this tyrant,
but they reject substituting it by another nightmare; that of
occupation. They want freedom and human dignity.
One of the interesting and
indicative coincidences is that this autocratic regime has fallen on
the same day of the martyrdom of the religions authority, the great
Islamic thinker, Sayyed Muhammad Baqir Al-Sader, who has given the
Islamic thought in our age more than any other Islamic thinker
whether in the domains of philosophy, economics , or several
Al-Sader remains alive in us.
Sayyed Al-Sader confronted the
tyrant with all the resolve and faithfulness to Islam and Muslims,
until he was assassinated with his sister Bintulhuda... He will
always remain in the conscience of this nation, a torch, a spirit, a
movement and a message in the line of freedom for the Muslims and
the downtrodden, while the tyrants will be buried in the trash bin
The autocracy of the regime
have made history move backwards bringing colonialism back to Iraq
and leaving the people to choose between the humiliation of
autocracy and the humiliation of foreign occupation.
But as the Iraqi people were
able to oust the British colonialism, I am sure that these good
people whose struggle for the cause of freedom has been recorded in
history, will rise to the level of the current challenges… They
should study what the occupation aims at so that they will not be
deceived anew, and so that their pains and sufferings that very few
nations have suffered from will not be exploited.
Occupation benefits from
certain unstable conditions that the nation might experience to
impose an autocratic regime that guards its interests, but one which
would be presented in a democratic outlook. International arrogance
might talk about democracy but the regime it will impose is in
reality another dictatorship.
I call upon you-dear children,
brothers and sisters- with all love and s deep feeling of
responsibility to uphold your unity and to secure the safety and
property of the people around you… I also call upon you to
cooperate in doing good and to plan for the future in cold blood, to
prove to the world that the Iraqi people, with its great
civilization embedded in its history and religious values, will not
be exploited by the occupier to promote its own interests…They
might try to create internal strife to preoccupy you with, and thus
distract you from the main task of confronting it… Uphold
your unity, and be sure that the future is for freedom and dignity
that will allow you to take your place among civilized nations.
still holds on, and the Intifada is still facing the Jewish-American
coalition that wants to intimidate the Palestinians calling on them
to learn from what happened in Iraq .
Nevertheless, the Palestinians
will not yield, regardless of the sacrifices they continue to
present, for they ought to drag the Zionist –American coalition to
a security and political impasse as a response to the impasse the
arrogant powers have planned to put the Palestinians in.
continues to commit additional massacres, the last of which was the
bomb that killed Palestinian students in a school in Jenin, with no
condemnation from president Bush the EU or anyone else… It is
almost as if they have the right to kill civilians in cold blood,
just as the coalition which shells women and children in the name of
liberating them is doing in Iraq
Dear loved ones:
In this stage, in which many
developments and changes taking place in every aspect of our
political economic cultural and security life, let us freeze most of
our marginal differences. For President Bush has declared before the
war on Iraq
that they will spread
horror and death in every part of the world to protect the American nation.
To execute their schemes they sighted the illusion of weapons of
That is what we have noticed
in Washington 's
warning to Syria , Iran
and in asking Damascus
to learn the lesson of what happened to Iraq ,
as if they possess imperial authority on the whole world.
Military power could be
victorious in the battlefield, but it will not create political
power that will allow the arrogant to maintain their hegemony...
The nation has many sources of
power... Dictators will die and the nations will stay alive.