The First Sermon
In the Name of God,
the Compassionate, the Merciful
The Importance of
We have talked last week about the
role of morals in Islamic jurisdiction, and we said that Islam in
its entirety is Morals, since it bonds people together and ensures
the stability of the community, especially when everyone knows his
rights and duties and acts accordingly.
The traditions of our prophet and
the infallible Imams are full of sayings that underscore the fact
that morals are linked to man's status when he meets God and that
they represent the highest degree of belief, since belief is not a
state of the mind or the heart; it is how you deal with fellow human
Imam Al-Baqir (a.s.) says: The
most sincere believers are the ones with the best morals, for they
have become the living embodiment of Islam.
Imam Ali bin Al -Hussein (a.s. )
is said to have quoted the Messenger(p.) of Allah, the most Exalted,
as saying: "Nothing will be put in your (credit) on the Day of
Judgment that is better than good morals". Because when you
fast, pray or perform pilgrimage it is something that remains in the
private sphere but when you have good morals it will benefit all
people. That is why Allah considered it better than the other
Imam Al-Sadiq(a.s.) says:
Four qualities, if some one
possesses, he would be a good believer, even if he is full of sins:
Honesty, trustworthiness shyness and good morals. He also said that
the best thing that one can present to Allah, the most Exalted, with
the exception of the religious duties, is tolerance that enables you
to live with the people and contain their negative attitude without
loosing one's temper or make the emotional reactions define one's
Muhammad(p.) says: the one with
good morals is rewarded with the same reward of the one who fasts
and prays. He also said ,according to Imam Al-Sadiq(a.s.) :
"Two attributes are among the
most that let my nation enter heaven: Fear of God and good morals.
The Prophet(p.) also said: Good
morals melt sins as the sun melts the ice".
Imam Al-Sadiq(a.s.) says: Morals
are gifts that Allah bestows on man. They are of two kinds; one
innate and one intentional which is acquired by training and
education. The one whose morals are innate could not act otherwise
while the one with the good intentions has to be patient and educate
himself ,therefore, he is better than the first kind.
A Reward equal to
that of Jihad.
We are reading these traditions to
purify our souls and draw nearer to God, especially that our
community, whether at home, at work or in the society at large, have
become plagued with bad manners, and people no longer meet one
another with open minds and hearts.
Imam Al-Sadiq(a.s.) says:
"Allah, the most Exalted,
rewards His servant for good manners just as he rewards those who
fight for his cause". Just as the fighter continues to struggle
against the enemy and kills the bad guys, the one with good morals
would be fighting himself and trying to get rid of any weak point
that might drive him to be bad.
He also considered that it is
necessary for a believer to be of good morals "since if he
might be deficient in worshiping but one of good manners, Allah will
let him reach the level of those who pray and fast”.
Good Morals is
There is a story that shows how
modest and moral the Prophet(p.) was: Imam Al-Hussein (a.s. ) said
in the context of giving an example that indicate that good morals
are leniency and kindness: Once, the Messenger(p.) of Allah, the
most Exalted, was sitting in the mosque.A women who was a slave to a
man from the Ansar came and pulled the Prophet(p.)’s dress three
times, with each time the Messenger(p.) looking at her but she did
not say anything. In the 4th time she
took a small piece of his clothes and went away.
Asked by the astonished crowd why
she did so, she said, I was asked to bring a piece of the
Messenger's dress to help in healing a sick relative, but I was too
shy to ask him.
This story proves how humble,
tolerant and modest, Muhammad(p.) was, for he did not even ask her
what she had wanted.
The Traditions that ask the
believers to be modest are so many in number; suffice to say that
modesty was considered by the Prophet(p.) as an embodiment of good
He says: "The best of you are
the ones with the most gracious manners.. those who are humble…
He also explained that Allah does
not accept the repentance of those who have bad manners.
Asked why was that so, he
explained it is because if they repent from a certain sin, they will
soon commit a bigger one.
A Message of love
This message that equates between
belief and good manners and that makes good manners an essential
perquisite to draw nearer to Allah, the most Exalted, seeks to make
the believer an individual who loves his fellow brothers in the
community and who would rush to help them in their times of need. In
return they will open their minds and hearts to him, and he will be
loved and respected by all around him. But the problem is that there
those who live with closed minds and hearts and they will be a
problem to themselves, before becoming a problem to others.
Good morals are a message of love,
compassion and active social relations. We have to educate ourselves
and our children on the necessity of adopting good manners, for this
is what provides tranquility, happiness and forgiveness in this
world, as well as in the Hereafter.
The First Sermon
In the Name of God,
the Compassionate, the Merciful
helplessness in dealing with Sharon.
The American President is
asking the world to help him in stopping the killing in Palestine
following the martyr operation in Jerusalem, because he cannot stop
the massacres of Sharon whom he considered a man of peace.
Moreover, he was disturbed and
even panicked by the objections made by the pro-Jewish members of
Congress, following his statement that he was troubled by the
assassination attempt that targeted Dr. Abdelaziz el-Rantissi.
That is why the American President
issued his threat to the leaders of the Intifada with Hamas in its
forefront, and condemned the Martyr operation in Jerusalem
considering it an act of outrageous terror. He was followed by his
secretary of state and the UN Secretary General although none of
them mentioned the Zionist atrocities against Palestinian civilians,
which are being executing by American gun ships.
It is the American -Israeli
strategic alliance which wants to exploit the force of the Iraqi
military victory-along with other political means of pressure to
force the Arab to deal with them from the view-point of the defeated
party who has to yield to the emperor’s decrees.
The American Administration has
sent some observers, but their task is not to monitor the Israelis
but rather the Palestinian political and economic activities as if
they were still minors in need of an American guardian who would
lead them to guarantee the Israel strategic security in Palestine.
The problem of Bush lies in that
he is too weak to face Sharon and the Jewish Lobby; he has to
apologize whenever he criticizes Israel, even if it were in a very
mild way. In contrast, he flexes the American muscles in the face of
the Arabs and Palestinians, demanding that they should fully adapt
to the political and security changes in the aftermath of the war on
Iraq. He threatens them with the need to disarm their countries of
weapons of mass destruction, while nobody is allowed to talk about
Israel's nuclear arsenal. This is because he believes that Israel
has the right to be stronger while Arabs and Muslims do not have the
right to defend themselves.
We do not want to sound or act as
if we have a subjective complex towards America, but we cannot help
but notice that it is destroying us in the name of peace and war
against terrorism and occupying us in the name of liberation.
It seeks to destroy the
Palestinian force, and put an end to all the region’s causes to
ensure the enhancement of its strategic interests.
The Palestinian people should hold
out in this very difficult stage in which the Zionst Enemy and its
American ally are shaking the ground under their feet. They have to
solidify their unity on the basis of objective dialogue that seeks
not to offer concessions as a point of departure. They also have to
protect the Intifada’s political and military existence by
rethinking its means and by studying the internal and external
circumstances, for the latest developments have made us reach a very
critical situation especially with Bush's repeated call to the Arab
world to besiege the Intifada economically until it starves, and
asked the entire world, the Arabs included, to wage an international
war against the freedom fighters in Palestine…
We have absolute confidence in
this great Palestinian people that has proven that it did not yield
under pressure, although it was all done without any Arab support,
that is form the regimes which might have even turned to providing
some support to the Israelis as a result of the American pressure.
America in Iraq:
The real aims of the American
policies in Iraq are beginning to unfold: They want to take full
control of all the century's politics and economy.
And this is something the current
American rulers in Iraq did not hide, for the maximum it offered the
Iraqis was to appoint advisers to the occupation authorities; all
the taking about a national conference and a provisional government
have evaporated…Moreover, the Iraqi opposition leaders no longer
have any legitimacy, for the only legitimacy is that of the
Such a stance should invoke the
Iraqi opposition leaders who put their stakes on the American to
review their position. They are not, as we have always said, going
to bring democracy and prosperity to Iraq... For the Iraqi
aspirations are not on their agenda, which contains one thing only:
The oil wealth of Iraq.
If the American continue to
neglect the Iraqi national demands, things will end up in cutting
all forms of dialogue, and the relations will become even tenser
with suspicion and apprehension from the American intention,
growing. And this will ultimately lead to negative developments,
whose impact will affect all parties
perpetual political and economic crisis
In Lebanon, the economic an
political crisis persists, with the continuing rows that take into
consideration each party's personal interests. Meanwhile, the region
is faced with great political challenges which will undoubtedly
affect the country’s security, economy and political stability.
The American green line given to
Sharon to destroy the Intifada could extend to Syria and Lebanon,
let us be cautious and alert, and let us ,most importantly, freeze
our differences, and rise to the level of the challenges.