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Lectures > 2007 Speeches > 12/10/2007

The Religious Authority H.E. Sayyed M. H. Fadlullah delivered the two Friday prayer sermons at the Imamain Al-Hassanain Mosque, 12th October 2007, 1st Chawal 1428 H, several prominent religious scholars, dignitaries and thousands of believers attended the Jumu’a prayer.

Let us make this occasion an opportunity to reassert our unity


 

The First Sermon

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

A Day of Unity

Our Eid today is a blessed day, because it is a day in which Muslims meet. Allah, The Most Exalted, wanted the Muslims in the entire world to meet in this day and feel their unity, having felt this unity in the month of Ramadan by fasting its days and praying to Allah to be nearer to Him.

Allah, The Most Exalted, wants the Muslims in the entire world to meet in this day to exemplify their unity in observing the Eid, although it is unfortunate that they still differ on its date, in accordance to their juristic views.

Today too, Friday, is the weekly Eid of Muslims in which Allah wanted the Muslims to meet to know one another and communicate so that each area where the Friday prayer is performed becomes a unified area in which Muslims become united in their approach to their affairs.

Allah wanted the Muslims to establish and enhance their unity. He says: And hold fast by the covenant of Allah all together and be not disunited, and remember the favor of Allah on you when you were enemies, then He united your hearts so by His favor you became brethren; and you were on the brink of a pit of fire, then He saved you from it, thus does Allah make clear to you His communications that you may follow the right way. This covenant is the Quran… it is Islam. Therefore, every Muslim should consider that despite all differences, he should be committed to Islam which is the firmest handle and believes in Allah he indeed has laid hold on the firmest handle

Allah considers Islam as the firmest handle, if the Muslims cling to it they will not fall. He wants the Muslims to preserve their unity despite all sectarian or political differences and despite all their racial diversity. They have to be united by Islam, since all Muslims believe in one God, His Messenger(p.) and in all Messages, the angels and the Hereafter.

They all believe in the Quran which No falsehood can approach it from before or behind it, just as they believe in praying, fasting, pilgrimage, Jihad (struggle for Allah's cause) and enjoining good and forbidding evil.

And Allah says: And hold fast by the covenant of Allah all together and be not disunited, and remember the favor of Allah on you when you were enemies, and do not disperse or be divided, and remember Allah's favour, unto you, when you were enemies and divided into tribes that use to fight one another during the Jahilayah (age of ignorance before Islam). Yathrib, for example was the stage of a war between the Aus and Khazraig that went on for decades. Then He united your hearts so by His favor you became brethren; and you were on the brink of a pit of fire, then He saved you from it, thus does Allah make clear to you His communications that you may follow the right way.

Therefore, Allah, The Most Exalted, does not want us to be divided into enemies or foes… When Muslims disperse into parties or sects, they consider each other as enemies, while the traditions of Ahl-el-Beit say: If a Muslim says to his brother you are my enemy then one of them is accusing the other of disbelief. Allah, The Most Exalted, says in the Glorious Quran that all Muslims are brothers, and when a Muslim says to another Muslim something different than what Allah, The Most Exalted, says, he will be in the position of disbelief.

Unification Unites between all Messages

Allah has told His Messengers: O messengers – eat of good things and do good, sure I know what you do. And surely your religion is one religion. All Messengers were sent with the same religion to the same nation. They all call for unification, piety, and believing in the Hereafter. Thus, this religion you are calling the people for is but one religion, and I am your Lord. Therefore fear me.

He also says: And obey Allah and His Messenger and do not quarrel for then you will be weak in hearts- wind- and your power will depart, and be patient; surely Allah is with the patient, since when the wind comes from a single source it is strong, but when it is divided among the various directions it is obviously weak.

Dear loved ones.

We have to preserve our Islamic unity… We might differ in certain political or juristic ideas, but Allah tells us: If ye differ in anything among yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger, if ye do believe in Allah and the Last Day: That is best, and most suitable for final determination, since He wants us to meet on the basis of Islam, the Quran and the unification of Allah.

Spiritual Meeting

Allah also wants us to pray together in groups. This is recommended strongly in all weak days. One of our traditions says: If congregation prayers is held by more than ten people, than Allah, The Most Exalted, alone can count its rewards. Friday prayer should be held in congregation as a religious duty. He also told us to meet in Eid prayers, so that the Muslims would feel they are meeting in the name of Allah and before Him, meaning that we have not to meet in the name of the devil and all the devils who seek to incite strife among us.

Dear, loved ones:

We have to learn how to be united, to be a strong power against all arrogant and unbeliever Allah has held us responsible of being mighty and honourable But honors belongs to Allah and His Messenger, and to the Believers; (and held us responsible of being strong: and prepare for them what force you can.

This is what we benefit from in these spiritual meetings in every prayer and Eid and in every time and place Allah, The Most Exalted, wants us to meet in.

 

The Second Sermon

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

 

Iran: Western escalation, and Arab fears

The American vice president, Dick Cheney favors a decisive military strike against Iran that targets all its military and civilian infrastructures as well as the economic sectors, communication and transportation. This strike should be executed before next March at the latest. This man who hates Islam and Muslims and who leads the neocons, had made several tours in the region to convince several Arab states, especially in the Gulf, to confront Iran, as a dangerous enemy that ought to be faced.

This is because Iran represents the Muslim state that tries to attain strength in its ability to defend itself and create a strong economy. It is also determined to use nuclear power for peaceful purposes, despite all the international pressures.

Iran also supports the liberation movements in Lebanon and Palestine and confronts the American occupation in Iraq. It also refuses to recognize Israel being the state that usurped the Palestinian's right in their land.

But we believe that the planned aggression will not succeed. But it will bring destruction to the region where the United States has founded its military bases, as well as the oil resources.

It will also destabilize the Gulf States that still refuse the war against Iran being a destabilizing factor that threatens their security.

On another level, the debate about the American peace conference that talks about the two state solution continues, with some Arab officials, especially PA officials, thinking that it might bring a solution. But we notice that the meetings between Olmert and Abbass have not, and will not, produce any political document that might constitute the first step of the solution of the Arab Zionist or Palestinian Zionist struggle. This is what the Enemy Prime Minister has declared when he said that signing a peace agreement is far away.

He also assured some of his ministers that he would not discuss the issue of Jerusalem in the "peace talks" being a Jewish sacred taboo, as a political and religious capital of the Jewish state.

Meanwhile, assassinations, invasions and atrocities still hit the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, amidst an Arab and international silence, since they are afraid that their protest might affect the coming conference.

The American plan: A threat to the Arabs and Muslims

We call on the Arab and Muslim states and their peoples to be aware of the dangerousness of this current stage in which America is trying to force its hegemony over the entire region if not the entire world.

America coordinates in all that with Israel through a strategic alliance that Israel benefits from by trying to penetrate every country America enters to usurp the wealth and deploy its intelligence agents to subvert the entire political stability and institutions. This subversion and usurpation is especially evident in Iraq, Africa, and several Arab states of those who signed peace treaties with Israel or those who established other reactions with the Zionist entity. This is in the first place why Israel was planted in this region: to destabilize the Arab and Muslim countries on the political, military and economic levels. Israel, according to the American planning should remain the strongest state to the extent that the countries that are allied with the US do not feel safe, but rather threatened as they are intended to remain weak and insecure.

Lebanon: The role of political money

Israel is demanding that Lebanon, where some parties have gone back to demanding the implementation of UN resolutions that interfere in the Lebanese internal affairs, such as resolution 1559, to pressurize the Resistance. Some Lebanese parties also share these demands, although the Resistance did not resort to armed struggle except to protect the country against Israeli aggressions. The Resistance scored victories in the years 2000, and 2006, but those who used to applaud it, are now throwing stones at it , despite the fact that it only seeks to deter the aggression at a time the Lebanese state does not have a strong strategy to defend Lebanon and arm its army.

On another level, the beast of inflation and the price increase are forcing the people to use all their savings to buy their necessary needs or to pay for the government’s taxes that are imposed on vital services.

Some might say that such a level of poverty could tempt some people to accept some money to vote for political leaders or attend their rallies… Those leaders made their wealth by usurping the people's money and used it to gain political position.

It is the political money that has driven away the country's skills and talents, and left those who stand at the doors of both sides to receive a price for the positions they take.