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Lectures > 2007 Speeches >11/05/2007

The Religious Authority H.E. Sayyed M. H. Fadlullah delivered the two Friday prayer sermons at the Imamain Al-Hassanain Mosque, 11th May 2007, 23 Rabi'II 1428 H, several prominent religious scholars, dignitaries and thousands of believers attended the Jumu’a prayer.
 

Hold fast to the rope of Allah, The Most Exalted, and do not disperse


 

The First Sermon

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

 

Opening upon the Right, Good and Justice

Allah, the Most Exalted, says in His Glorious Book: And surely this your religion is one religion and I am your Lord, therefore be careful (of your duty) to Me.

Lo! This, your religion, is one religion, and I am your Lord, so worship Me.

He says that all Messages and all Messengers are one, even if their rank or degrees varies. The content of these messages is to worship Allah alone and open up on right good and justice And hold fast by the covenant of Allah all together and be not disunited.

The nation which believes in the Message should be a nation that calls for the good, whether on the personal level, that of the family or that of the society at large. A believer should not harbour any evil whether in his intentions towards others, or in his saying and actions.

God wants this nation to monitor all its affairs at all levels. Its leadership and intellectual elites should study the movement of the nation, recording any prospects of strife and calling for unity, they should plan to establish justice and call people to abide by it, concentrating on the right and calling people to defend it in the face of falsehood. They should call for peace and not war, humanity and not barbarism. They should call for a unity in which people are bounded by spiritual and humanitarian brotherhood. Since the people believe in God, they should meet on Him and be unified in Him. And since they believe in the Messenger (p.) they should abide by it and follow his traditions.

That is why; we find that Allah, The Most Exalted, wants from every Muslim to enhance the unity of the nation: And hold fast by the rope of Allah all together and be not disunited. This rope is the Quran, which will unite you in the brotherhood of obeying it. You should hold fast to this infallible Book that falsehood cannot even draw near it, and that no one, not even the Prophet can add to it or delete anything from it, being infallible and being the book which takes people from darkness to light.

This holding fast should be strengthened by your unity which the book itself, being the symbol of believing in Allah and His Messenger is its base. You might differ in your tribes, nationalities, geographical locations… but you meet on your belief in Allah, The Most Exalted, and His Messenger (p.), and you hold fast to His rope. Therefore, you are not free to turn your differences into a basis for division on what Allah has united you on. He wanted the Muslims to be brothers. You might not be blood brothers, but you are brothers in being the children and servants of Allah. Allah, The Most Exalted, has joined us and what Allah joins nothing can separate for He is greater and higher than anything.

Humanitarian Brotherhood:

Allah wanted the Muslim to feel this brotherhood of belief in their actual life. The Believers are but a single Brotherhood: So make peace and reconciliation between your two (contending) brothers; and fear Allah, that ye may receive Mercy. He even talks about the differences between two groups of Muslims calling for making peace between them. He wanted the Muslims to live their unity in their movement in life and in their emotions by living the sufferings of fellow Muslims.

No Muslim in any place on earth should be indifferent towards the sufferings and challenges of Muslims in a faraway country. This is what the Messenger (p.) has asserted-saying that anyone who does care about the affairs of Muslims is not a Muslim; One, who gets up in the morning and is not concerned about the affairs of other Muslims, is NOT a Muslim, although he might pray fast and perform other religious duties.

And if one of the two Muslim groups that quarrel is with the right, you cannot feel indifferent and not support it.

That is why the Quran says: And if two parties of the believers quarrel, make peace between them; but if one of them acts wrongfully towards the other, fight that which acts wrongfully until it returns to Allah's command. The Messenger (p.) says: One who listens to the call of a Muslim, and does not respond to it, is NOT a Muslim.

Islam is to feel that you are a part of the Muslim body, represented by the Muslim nation.

Living the spirit of Islam:

There are several sayings that reaffirm this meaning. The Messenger (p.) says: believers are like a living body; if any member complains, all
others will share and relieve his pain.

He also said that the most pious of Muslims is the one who provides good advice to Muslims and the one whose heart is full of the love of Muslims. Imam As-Sadiq (a.s.) in one of his sayings considers advice to be the good that "you will not meet God with any better deed". To be a Muslim you should live the spirit of Islam embodied in the feeling of brotherhood and responsibility towards fellow Muslims.

This is what our Imam, the Commander of the Faithful, did when they denied him his right of being a caliph the right that the Prophet assorted. Did not he say: I would hold up my peace, as long as the affairs of Muslims are secured and the only injustice has befallen on me?

What is important to me in the safety and well being of Muslims and Islam? What happens to me is not important even if it includes injustice. Do we have anyone like him? How could we not love and honour one whose spirit extends to all Muslims? We cannot but bow for him and consider him our role model.

Islam wants us to be active in the Islamic realm and in the human realm as well. It wants us to be pure good and beneficial, with each of us making his fellow human beings happy. The Messenger (p.) says: All creatures are Allah’s family (dependents) and those are dearest to Allah who treat His family men with kindness.. He was asked: "Whom does Allah love most", and he answered "The most beneficial to others". He also promised heaven to anyone who saves the Muslims from a fire or a flood of water. Imam As-Sadiq says in the context of explaining God's description of Christ as being blessed, he says blessed means beneficial.

This is the sprit of Islam, the sprit of unity, justice and calling for good, so that each one of us will be the man of right, good and justice.

 

 

The Second Sermon

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

 

The security plan aims at ending the Resistance

The American Administration has recently presented a security plan to Israel and the Palestinian Authority. It details the measures the two parties should implement in a given timetable, which include the removing of roadblocks and establishing, not later than 1 July 2007, a bus convoy service operating 5 times a week to facilitate the movement of passengers and goods from the West Bank to Gaza, while Palestinians should devise a plan to stop launching missiles.

There are some general reservations and some specific ones regarding this plan. The US Administration, considers the problem to be one of security resulting from the violence of the Intifada against the occupation and considers this violence as terrorist acts, while it views the Zionist acts of terror against the Palestinians as self-defence, although everybody knows that the problem is generally a political one resulting form the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories that is still continuing through the confiscating of lands to build settlements and through the racial separating wall. And this is what has frozen all solutions including the unacceptable ones such as the road map, since the fundamental condition is to stop the Resistance.

Secondly: The plan did not ask Israel to stop shelling the Palestinian homes and camps, nor did it call for stopping arbitrary detention. On the contrary, it gave it the liberty to do so in the name of self-defence… This is what preventing any agreement on pacification, since what the Resistance is doing is but a reaction to the killings and invasions that impel them to deter the enemy, by shelling the settlements.

Thirdly: The removal of roadblocks could give the Palestinians some freedom of transportation, but this is not the core of the problem, it is the withdrawal from the West Bank. But America does not want that, because it does not want, neither now nor in the foreseeable future, any radical solution of the Palestinian – Israeli struggle; at least t not before Israel implements it settlement occupational strategy.

The security plans and Bush's impasse

Fourthly: On the other hand, the Arab side is looking for a comprehensive solution for the struggle with Israel through the Arab initiative. But Washington proposes only partial plans to deal with this complicated struggle, which means that it is not ready to be involved with a real settlement of the Palestinian problem, the reasons being the impasse the Administration is now facing both internally and externally. On the internal level, it is involved in a big struggle with the Congress democratic majority which ties the financing of occupation in Iraq with a timetable for withdrawal of the troops. Externally it is becoming more and more stuck in. The Iraqi quagmire, as well the Iranian increasing defiance concerning the nuclear issue.

Therefore, the real motives that lie behind presenting such a plan is creating a media campaign promoting that America is furthering the peace process to win the Arabs support in Iraq, while it is as actually postponing any settlement, probably till after the end of Bush's term. Then the negotiations will have to start all over again, with no guarantees for its success.

Therefore, the Palestinians are compelled to refuse this plan so that it will not act us a sedation that freezes the resistance against occupation. Thus, we welcome the rejection of the Resistance and that of the government, and we find that the Authority has taken a hesitant attitude towards it.

The American strategy and the alleged Iranian enemy

The Arabs, with the Palestinians in the forefront, have offered concessions regarding Palestine, to the extent that they even accepted the 1967 territories but Israel and America were not satisfied and they are expanding in most of the West Bank, as well as Jerusalem, and then when the final state negotiations are due there will be nothing to negotiate on.

Thus, in such an atmosphere, the Arab states, the American vice president is visiting , should take a self-respecting stand towards this issue, and avoid being tricked by the American Administration or being pressurized by it, so as to move away form the mother cause (Palestine) and turn towards confronting the alleged Iranian aggression that America wants to preoccupy the Arabs with, although Iran had showed every intention to cooperate with them politically and economically. It has also ensured them, that its nuclear project is not a military one that threatens the region, but a peaceful one that other countries like Egypt and Gulf States intend also to use nuclear power to generate electricity.

Some Arabs are trying, in their own way, to strengthen the position of the Zionist prime minister, who was about to fall. They have received the enemy's Foreign Minister, and engaged in dialogues that will not yield any results, for the Zionists will not accept any Arab initiative or any road map except after they realize their strategy, the Arab officials' attempts to say otherwise notwithstanding.

 

Unprecedented American interference in the Lebanese affairs

On another level, the American Secretary of State has gone into the details of the Lebanese crisis in a way professionals Lebanese politicians cannot. She condemned the sit-in in downtown Beirut, and attacked those who want the government to fall even by democratic means, considering them a problem to the national economy. She even went as for as counting the closed shops and the unemployed Lebanese, forcing in her view, the immigration of the youth… just like any member of the majority.

She also demanded the passing of the tribunal in the Parliament, discarding the constitutional barriers, and said that the Lebanese judges are not capable to try the murderers of the late premier, Rafic Hariri, which means that it should be passed in the Security Council that has turned into a council to issue international resolutions concerning Lebanon, as if Lebanon has become a threat to world peace. In this respect, it is funny that the Secretary considers Lebanon's sovereignty and democracy as being important to the United States, as if this democracy is threatened by an internal conflict.

She did not notice that the Lebanese democracy is a consensual one, which has been violated by the majority or the government that takes its decisions in the absence of a major Lebanese sect, thus lacking a constitutional basis.

Moreover, the Secretary of State assertion that Lebanese democracy and sovereignty represent a vital interest to the US means that American wants to turn Lebanon into base for its interests and political project, benefiting from the complicated situation and some of the parties who have fallen under its tutelage to execute its political plans.

The UN adopts Israeli claims

It is a pity that the UN Secretary General relied in his report on the Israeli claims to ensure that arms are being smuggled from Syria to the Resistance, although Syria, Lebanon and the Lebanese Army have denied it. He also did not accept the reports about smuggled arms form Israel to certain Lebanese parties, ignoring that some of the reasons for this is that the international powers have put their hand on Lebanon taking so many resolutions that it has not passed concerning the Arab-Israel struggle which has been going on for 60 years, especially resolution 1559 which was passed upon Israeli demand and which has created many complicated problems as a result of international intervention.

The On-going political row in Lebanon:

After a period of relative calm that created a superficial impression of reconciliation, the political row was continued.

We have noticed that the money spent for reconstruction has become an issue for exchanging accusations between the government and opposition. Also the so-called seven points are once again a subject of debate, after the opposition has denied agreeing on them. Moreover, the national unity government is totally rejected by the party that has yielded to American pressure practiced by the American Ambassador. As for the international Tribunal it is still being debated under Chapter seven, as if the Security Council has become a substitute for the Lebanese Parliament which the Lebanese Authority refuses to provide the constitutional conditions to implement it.

The Lebanese people are still living in successive crises, and are concerned about the new problems and threats the future hides, in addition to the economic hardships and lack of vital services. The rift between the government and the people has become so great. And they have all reached a dead end, which nobody can find a breakthro