Then there is the wronging of others especially if
the wronged was among the downtrodden, like wronging man's wife,
especially in the East, when the man feels that the woman has no right
while he has every right. Then the man might wrong his children by
interfering in their affairs in what is against their interest.
Allah has warned us against all kinds of injustice.
Imam Ali (a.s.) divides injustice into three categories. One that is
not forgiven which is ascribing partners to Allah, and one that is
forgiven, which the wronging of the servant to himself by committing
trivial sins. The third kind is the wronging that could not be left
unpunished, which is the wronging of others. The punishment of this
kind of wronging is severe. It is not, according to the Imam, stubbing
with knives or whipping with lashes, but it is something these kinds
of punishments would look minor compared to them, because the wronged
will stand in front of Allah and say: O God take my right from this
person, for he has wronged me.
The Messenger asks us to refrain from wronging
since it is the darkness of the Day of Judgement. Imam Ali explains to
us the negative consequences of wronging when he says that it hastens
Allah's avengement, for Allah answers the call of the wronged and lies
in wait for the unjust. Some narrations tell us that Allah told one of
the Prophets to go to a tyrant and tell him. "I have appointed you to
respond to the cries of the wronged, for I will no ignore their
wronging even if they were pagans.
In this respect Imam Ali deals with the issue in the following way:
‘by Allah if i am given the seven continents and what there is
under their horizons to disobey Allah just by extorting a shell of a
barleycorn from an ant, i will never do.’
He also said : By Allah, I would rather pass a
night in wakefulness on the thorns of as-sa`dan (a plant having sharp
prickles) or be driven in chains as a prisoner than meet Allah and His
Messenger on the Day of Judgment as an oppressor over any person or a
usurper of anything out of worldly wealth. And how can I oppress any
one for (the sake of a life) that is fast moving towards destruction
and is to remain under the earth for a long time.
Imam Ali (a.s.) singles one kind of injustice as
the most serve which is the wronging of the weak. Muhammad (p) says:
Allah's wrath is severe against those who wrong these who do not find
anybody to support them except God.
Then there is this thought that Allah wants man to
think about when he finds himself strong and others weak and when he
is tempted to wrong the weak.
The sacred tradition says: "If you are tempted to
wrong others when you are able to, remember that Allah is capable of
punishing you, and that your punishments will go while what you have
brought on yourself will stay".
The fate of the unjust
On supporting the oppressors and the unjust,
whether a state, a party, a tribe … etc, the Messenger(p.) Says: "The
oppressors and their supporters are in hell". He also says: "Avoid the
prayer of the wronged, for he would be asking Allah for his rights",
and Allah always gives everyone his right. Imam Al-Sadiq (a.s.) says:
that those who know about injustice and those who accept it and those
who support it are partners with those who commit it .
Therefore, when we are tempted to wrong others, we
have to remember that Allah does not leave the wronging of anyone.
One tradition: talks about a man who would come on
the Day of Judgment with his good deeds as big as mountains. Then
those who have rights would come and claim them. Allah will tell the
angels to take from his good deeds and give them to the wronged.
When they finish Allah will say take from the sins
of the wronged and add them to the unjust.
When we are tempted to wrong others, we are
thinking about this world, but we have to base our calculations on the
Hereafter, for the slogan of the Day of Judgment is "No wronging
today". How can we avoid such a tough situation when everyone will
only have his deeds to defend him?
The Second Sermon
An American Project for Israeli Security
The Russian President Putin has described America
as the "Fox that eats and does not listen to anybody, and does not
wish to listen to anybody. How does all this talk about democracy and
human rights disappear when it has to do with its own interests?
Everything in this case becomes possible, and there are no
On another level, the American Administration
continues to talk about the diplomatic option to deal with the Iranian
nuclear project, but it continues to threaten to resort to the
military option at the end, in coordination within the EU whose
states, especially Britain and France, lie under the American
influence, in their policies concerning the region… In addition to
pressurizing Syria and Lebanon and interfering in their internal
affairs and relations, through a new resolution of the Security
Council that has turned into a tool for America and its allies to wage
a political and military war against the peoples of the region to
promote the arrogant interests.
The world might wonder about why America
pressurizes Iran and wages a psychological economic political and
military war on Iran, while it does not pressurize North Korea that
has announced that it possesses the bomb? Is America fighting its war
against Iran on behalf of Israel that is afraid of the Islamic power
in Iran and the region, since America is under the influence of the
Jewish Lobby in addition to the neo-conservatives? This puts America
in the position of the strategic enemy of Arab and Muslim interests.
At the same time America is developing the nuclear weapons and the
weapons of mass destruction to intimidate the free world and the Third
World in particular.
We warn the downtrodden peoples from this American
imminent threats on their security and independence, which means that
they should devise plan to protect their vital interests, since
America does not instigate confidence even among its allies who live
in fear of its plan and pressures.
In the light of this, Iran has to consolidate its
strategic defence positions and insist on its plan of strategic
scientific and peaceful challenge. It should prepare to defend itself
against the American and Israeli war threats. We also warn the Iranian
Muslim people of all the intelligence attempts to create internal
strife so that it would win in peace what it cannot win in war.
Internal Palestinian Fighting is a Major crime
In Palestine we meet with the 58th anniversary of
the Jewish occupation to the country supported by the West that gave
them all what they needed to establish their state that was founded on
dislocating the Palestinians and preventing then from coming back. It
also relied on using the most powerful American weapons to commit
daily massacres, staging an economic blockade detaining tens and
In all this, the Jews relied on the American and
European support who played a game of stalling and foot-dragging, as
well as practicing hypocrisy with all that empty sweet talk about the
The Quartet committee that always talks about this
state is doing nothing to implement its decisions. And if it decided
in its last meeting to commission the EU to create a provisional
mechanism to send the aid directly to the Palestinians, we believe
that it will be postponed until after the Palestinians yield to the
pressures of starvation.
In such circumstances there could be nothing more
dangerous then the fighting between Hamas and Fatah. Such a
development might give the Israelis a chance to exploit the struggle
on power between the Palestinian Authority and the Hamas cabinet and
consolidate its control over the entire Palestinian reality.
We believe that such an internal fighting
represents a major crime and a grand treason. And we call on all
parties to try to break this deadly impasse and return to the line of
unity that preserves the resistance.
As for Iraq, it continues to live in the spectre of
daily massacres that are planned and executed by the Israeli Mosad and
supported by the American British occupation. Moreover, they are still
destabilizing the political sphere by the partisan differences that
hinder the formation of a national unity government, thus elongating
the occupation and undermining national liberation.
The Lebanese Maze
The majority of Lebanese still live under the line
of poverty, while at the political level they are living a tragicomedy
of the struggle between the majority and the minority with both
parties accusing each other or treason and loyalty to a foreign power
whether Syria or America and Israel. Their dialogue is becoming more
and more like the row regarding the sex of the angels. Although, they
all know that the economic situation is the major problem that is
suffocating the people.
The dialogue participants should start discussing
the economic conditions and find solutions that do not raise
additional taxes that target the poor only. They do not touch the
privileges of the wealthy or the officials who used to steel public
money claiming loyalty to the former tutelage power, yet they now talk
about reform, but they do not accept accountability for the national
debt that put the country on the brink of collapse.
Moreover, what about the national defence strategy?
Is Israel the problem of the Resistance?
These are the problems and the questions that ought
to be addressed before the temple falls on the head of all Lebanese.