The First Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the
Comforting sins and deviations
When we are faced with the sins and deviations
that are committed by the responsible sectors of the society, that
is those who hold social or political religious positions. These
people when they deviate, and wrong the weak, steal the nationís
money and corrupt the society both politically and ethically, would
the general public hold the responsibility of their wrong doing ?
The Messenger (p.), in a hadith narrated by Imam
As-Sadiq(a.s), says: "When the sin is committed publicly without
being confronted, it will hurt the public". When someone commits a
sin of stealing or wronging, people should confront him and deter
him. If they don't, and act indifferently, it will hurt them,
because it will be like a contagious disease.
Therefore, people should attack the person who
commits sins in public so that they will not be influenced by these
sins either psychologically or practically.
Imam Ali (a.s) says that Allah, the most exalted,
does not consider the public guilty of the sins of some of them as
long as it is done in secret but once it becomes public, both
parties will become responsible if the public do not try to stop the
guilt. Thus, God would punish those who committed the sin for
committing it, and He would punish the public for not trying to
The Nation's responsibility
The core theme in these Hadith is that when the
elite starts practicing oppression, corruption and stealing the
money of the people, nobody should be neutral or indifferent. The
entire nation should organize itself, on both the political and the
social levels, so that it could stop those people and prevent them
from going on with their wronging and deviation. If it does not, the
entire nation will also be punished. Thus, the nation's
confrontation of the oppressor and traitors is but a responsibility
on its part.
On another level, how do the people confront
individuals who commit sins? People might face an oppressor who
wrongs the weak or who creates corruption in the community. In this
case, there are two kinds of people: There are those who could
prevent the sinners by force and in this case they have a duty to do
so, or Allah will punish them if they donít. And there are those who
cannot stop the sinners because they are too strong, and in this
case they have to oppose them in their hearts so that the idea of
rejecting evil and corruption will remain inside them, so that they
will strive to acquire the force that will enable them to stop the
evil in the future. This is what the following Hadith means: "who
ever sees an evil must change it by his hands, if he cannot then he
should change it by his tongue. If he cannot then by his heart and
this the least he can do, as an act of faith".
An odd partnership
Imam Ali (a.s) has said: "He who accepts what
others do, would be taking part in it with them. When you belong to
a party or support a leader, and they kill or detain those who are
innocent, and accepts such actions, would be a partner to them in
guilt and punishment. He also said: what joins between people is
satisfaction and anger. Satisfaction unites the society, and in this
case if some members commit evil and others accept it then the
entire society will be held responsible .Thamoud's Camel was killed
by one man, but they were all punished because they all accepted
Another example would be when a tribe picks one
of its members to kill a young girl accused of committing adultery
even if it were only a rumour.
In this case, the entire tribe would have
committed the murder, although the one who actually killed is only
one of them.
Imam As-Sadiq (a.s.) explains Allah's saying
about what the Jews say regarding the prophets: (Say: Indeed, there
came to you messengers before me with clear arguments and with that
which you demand; why then did you kill them if you are truthful.
Thus, Allah has held the Jews the responsibility of killing the
prophets, although He knew that they did not kill them, but they
supported those who killed them so, Allah considered them to be
killers, for supporting that action, although the actual killing
happened 500 years ago.
If we are repeating these sayings it is because
we ought to learn how to become followers of the Prophet and the
Imams. We ought to adhere to their teachings and instructions,
because when they talk to the people of their time, they are
actually talking to all people in every time and place.
When Imam Ali (a.s.) was asked by one of his
companions, who wanted his brother to attend God's victory in the
battle of Camel, he asked the man: Is your brother's passions with
us? The man said yes and the Imam told him: We have seen among our
fighters who will shake the time and strengthen the faith.
When man faces the issues of right and falsehood,
he has to make his heart stand with the right: to be with the right
and reject and confront falsehood even if you are not present in the
scene of events.
Thus you a have to be a pious believer in what
you think of just as you obey Allah in what you do.
The First Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the
The Security Council and the Palestinian
As Israel states before the world that it will
continue its war of assassinations, detentions and invasions in the
name of self defense, it refuses to withdraw from the occupied
Palestinian lands, and insists on building the settlements and
racist wall to besiege the entire Palestinian people in moving
prisons in every town and village.
The question we want to ask to those who control
the Security Council namely the US and its allies is : Why did they
issue three resolutions concerning internal Lebanese affairs to put
pressure on it and on Syria, to the extent that it resorted to
threaten by sanctions and even to the use of force, but they did not
issue not even one resolution that asks Israel to stop its gradual
and daily eradication of the Palestinians, although all the
Palestinians are asking for, is to liberate their country from
occupation, establish their state and live in peace, on the basis of
holding political negotiations with Israel and the implementation of
UN resolutions, especially those of 194, 242, and 338.
America and its allies do not make any move in
this direction. They only keep stalling and stalling, to lead the
Palestinians to fall in despair and lose any hope of achieving their
political and human rights of freedom and independence. Israel to
them is above the law, and the US Administration prevents all
states, including permanent Security Council members, form
supporting any resolution that condemn Israel, then when the
militant Palestinian Mujahideen start defending themselves by their
martyr operations, the International Community will protest and
accuse them of terrorism and the like.
America and the Security Council
Arab and Muslims now have a complex regarding the
international legitimacy that only resorts to pressure when it has
to do with a vital Arab or Islamic cause, but it never pressurizes
Israel which has always represented a threat to the region and the
Thus, any study to the international resolutions
suggests that the Council is but a card that America plays to serve
its interests in the region that calls for pressurizing Syria,
supporting its occupation of Iraq and supporting Israel.
And this leads us to ask: What kind of
international legitimacy is this when measured by the political
justice of the downtrodden nations?
On the other hand, the Arab leaders have opted to
normalize the relations with the enemy being the policy that is
rewarded by American praise. They cooperate with the US in fighting
terrorism and claim to be working for peace in their public and
secret relations with Israeli enemy, believing that it gives them
additional time on their thrones. This is what the Palestinians and
the other Arab and Muslim people should well understand to know how
to deal with the developing situations.
On another level, the aggressive language America
adopts, along with Britain and France, when it comes to the Arab and
Muslim issues, is one of imposition that threatens with sanctions
and the use of force. They also refuse to engage in any political or
economic objective dialogue in a way that makes the Arabs and
Muslims feel humiliated, because the arrogant powers have decided to
engage in a political and economic war that could turn into a
military one: You either yield to our demands or the only option
that left to you is war.
Rejection and confrontation:
We know that the relations among states should be
based on mutual respect and common interests, but the arrogant
powers are acting on the basis that their strength enables them to
establish their hegemony in all fields.
Thus, we want our Muslim and Arab peoples, as
well as those of the Third world, to assert their stand of
rejection, and plan to confront this arrogant force that seeks to
destroy the nation to ensure the maintenance of its monopolizing
interests. We should not believe their talk about reform, democracy,
political freedoms and human rights, because they only use it as a
tool to serve their interests, as we have seen in the big lie of
America and Britain to justify their war on Iraq.
Condemning terrorist acts
On another level, we would like to note that as
we condemn the negative acts of arson in some of Paris suburbs, we
would like to note that the French government has neglected the poor
classes, which could lead to a popular revolution that could turn
into a state of general anarchy that nobody wants.
At the same time, we condemn the terrorist acts
in Jordan that killed and wounded hundreds of innocent civilians. We
believe that such actions distort the image of Islam and Muslims and
provide the nation's enemy with a chance to wage war against it.
Islam does not legalize these actions in any way, whether against
Muslims of other sects of different political stands, or against
non-Muslims who are not at war with the Muslims.
The American Occupation insists on staying
As we follow up the situation in Iraq, we notice
that the occupation relies on the official request to stay as long
as America feels strategically necessary to stay in the region.
Meanwhile, they are not giving the people in Iraq any chance to
become stronger and be able to run their own affairs. We do not know
how we can get out of this impasse in the next Arab Summit with all
the political complications that pose themselves as sectarian ones.
Which Lebanon do you want?
In Lebanon, everybody is busy with everything
except the economic crisis. They talk about international legitimacy
that some have been considering as a holy book without noticing that
the others who plan to dominate the region are using Lebanon as a
tool to pressurize others without any real concern for Lebanese
We say to the Lebanese that despite all the
problems in the relations between them and Syria, the unity of the
two tracks is a given fact in politics, security and economy. We
should accordingly draw plans on the basis of the common interests,
the historic relations, and the independence of each party in the
issues of freedom and sovereignty, so that we do not let others play
with us to serve their own interests.
We wonder along with all our people in Lebanon:
What Lebanon do we you want for the future? What freedom are you
dreaming of? What have you prepared for the coming generations to
restore Lebanon as a homeland and untie its people on the basis of
citizenship and national unity?