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Lectures > 2007 Speeches >13/07/2007

The Religious Authority H.E. Sayyed M. H. Fadlullah delivered the two Friday prayer sermons at the Imamain Al-Hassanain Mosque, 13th July 2007 A.D, 28 Jamadi'II 1428 H, several prominent religious scholars, dignitaries and thousands of believers attended the Jumu’a prayer.

Building A Missionary
Society of Pride and Dignity


 

The First Sermon

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

 

The Belief of the Companions:

The Holy Quran tells us about the beginnings of the Islamic march that was led by the Prophet (p.) in war and peace, and in the call and all actions. It tells us about how Allah, The Most Exalted, has supported him with strong and dedicated companions who tolerated a lot of pressures from the unbelievers who wanted them to deny their belief and go back to worshipping their Idols. Most of these companions were among the poor people, like Sumiah and Yasir who were martyred as a result of torture, and their son Ammar, who could not bear the torture and had to say that he disbelieves. He went back to the Messenger feeling frustrated and panicked.

But the Prophet told him that Allah has revealed a verse in the Quran detailing his case Whoso disbelieves in Allah after his belief - save him who is forced thereto and whose heart is still content with the Faith - your were forced to do so, but you did not change heart, and therefore your remained a believer.

Bilal, the Messenger's caller for prayer, used to endure the rocks that were put on his chest, but he would only say: Ahad Ahad (The one and only) reflecting his firm belief in God.

The Muslims continued to face various pressures and torturing, until the Prophet ordered them to immigrate to Al-Habasha (Ethiopia today) whose king was a Christian. Quraish sent an envoy of two persons to ask the king not to receive them. But the leader of the immigrating group, Jaa'far bin Abi Talib, whom Allah has given wings in Paradise, and was well educated of Islam, told the king about what the Islam says about Christ and Mary (a.s.).

The king was so affected that he cried when he listened to the verses of Quran detailing the story of Virgin Mary and her son (a.s.) and he refused to oblige the Quraishite request.

But Quraish continued to hurt the Prophet and his followers. They were besieged and boycotted, until they had to immigrate to Yathrib, where they had to fight many wars including Badir, Uhud, and Al-Ahzab with Quraish as well as several other battles with the Jews who violated the pact they had made with the Prophet… Thus, things developed, and the Muslims were able to conquer Makkah, Hunaien… since Quraish by fighting the Messenger wanted to prevent Islam from spreading and even kill it in the cradle.

The Society of Mercy and firmness:

As the Prophet was continuing to call he was supported by the human being who represents the top in Jihad, knowledge, dedication to God and His Messenger and courage…

It is the great companion Ali bin Abi Talib, who was the hero of the battles of Badr Uhad, Al-Azhab and Hunain. It is even said the Gibril has described him as: There is no champion but Ali, and no sword but Zulfikar (Ali's sword). And he was described by the Prophet at the battle of Ahzab as the "entire faith “that was fighting the entire disbelief. He also said: "The strike of Ali at the battle of the Khandak is equivalent to the worshipping of all nations.

Although some of the companions deviated at sometimes, a lot did not and were either martyrs or among the wounded and immigrants, for the cause of Islam, and this is what the Holy Quran said: Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah, and those who are with him, the companions – are strong against the unbelievers – If the war erupts they will fight with all their strength , because they want to defeat the enemy and achieve, victory – but compassionate amongst each other, they treat each other with mercy and kindness and teach their children to be merciful – you will see them bow and prostrate themselves. In submission to Allah) seeking grace from Allah and (His) good pleasure, since Allah is the only holder of grace and the only doer of good text

Love and selflessness among Muslims

The second picture that Allah presents for Muslims is when he talks about the immigrants (Muhajireen) and the supporters (Ansar) when the immigrants came to Medina, leaving all their money and possessions behind, seeking grace from Allah, and His good pleasure and aiding Allah and His Messenger. Such are indeed the truthful, since truthfulness is not only in saying the truth, but also in the position one stands against the enemy.

And those who before them had houses (in Medina) and had adopted the faith, show their affection who came to them in refuge, the Ansar who felt that the Muhajireen are their brothers, for this is what Allah said when the described the relations among Muslims saying that they " entertain no desire in their hearts for things given to the latter" they do not feel the burden of having accommodated all the Muhajireen in their houses and gave them all what they need. "But give them preference over themselves, even though poverty was their own lot" They would give the Muhajireen the preference over themselves although they themselves are in need...

Then Allah talks about the second generation of Muslims: "And those who came after them say: Our Lord! Forgive us and our brethren who came before us into the faith, and leave not in our hearts rancour against those who have believed. Than are indeed full of kindness, Most Merciful". These are the traits of the companions and who came after them. And that is why they won and were able to achieve great accomplishments under the leadership of the Prophet. As for the Jews. "They will not fight you (even) together, except in fortified townships".

They do not have the courage to fight you head on, "or from behind walls… you would think that they are united (as they appear to be so, but in reality' they are of divided hearts. That is because they are a people devoid of wisdom.

his is the picture of Muslims and that of the Jews, How did it change? And how did we become as Muslims, a people that kill one another, accusing one another of disbelief? How did the Jews become strong against us while merciful among one another. Had it not been for the Mujahideen vanguard of the Islamic Resistance that confronted the Jews and were able to defeat them relying on their spiritual unity as well as the unity of faith?

Dear loved ones: Let us go back to the most basic Islamic trait. To be strong against Muslims, and merciful amongst them. Those who bow and prostrate seeking Allah's Grace and satisfaction… Those who love those who immigrate to them, as what happened last year when the southerners were forced to leave their homes.

Dear loved ones: Let us go back to love and unity, and follow the march of the Messenger who according to the Quran is There was indeed in them an excellent example for you to follow,- for those whose hope is in Allah and in the Last Day. But if any turn away, truly Allah is Free of all Wants, Worthy of all Praise.

 

The Second Sermon

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

The foreign ministers of Egypt and Jordan are planning to visit the Zionist state to try to convince the Israelis of accepting the Arab initiative which Israel still rejects most of its provisions, especially that of establishing a Palestinian state on the 1967 occupied lands, including Jerusalem in a way that they concern their affairs in a state that has no Israeli settlements. The Israelis consider such a state as a threat to their state that would imbalance their strategy and they are fully backed in this by the US.

Israel is still putting its stake on the history of the Arab regimes in providing major concessions, that has been the norm since the occupation of Palestine – under the influence of the need to be moderate and realistic as well as the American pressures.

This is what we have noticed in the behind closed doors debates during the last Arab summit, as well as in the Sharm Ash-Sheik meeting in which Israel did not give the Palestinians except a very small amount of money and the release of few prisoners. The meeting was staged to study how to pressurize Hamas on the one hand, and convince the Palestinian Authority on the other hand to offer additional concessions.

This is what the Shram As-Sheik meeting aimed at, with the two Arab states that had made peace with the enemy trying hard to make things easier for the enemy at a time all parties in the West and the Arab, and Muslim worlds know that Israel only gives the Palestinians the leftovers after implementing its strategy of dominating over most of Palestine and disintegrating the rest. Taking advantage of the Arab pressure and American support as well as the political military offensive on all resistance fronts in Lebanon and Palatine, in addition to confronting all the forces of rejection in the Arab and Muslim worlds, under the pretense of fighting terrorism.

We call on most of the Arab league states not to deceive their peoples, after they had deceived themselves, by considering that there is a realistic chance for a just peace with the enemy, for there is no chance even for face-saving. They have to be ashamed of the disgraceful was they their meetings or summits, as well as their worthless and empty strong worded speeches.

On another level, we are receiving the first anniversary of the Arab-Muslim victory against the Zionist enemy in which the Resistance was able to defeat the aggression against Lebanon that was planned by Israel and America, and aimed at destroying the Resistance, by destroying the infrastructure, and killing and displacing the civilians, relying on a group of Lebanese that did not rise to the level of victory, but focused in it "catastrophic" results, thus trying to undermine the high popular spirits that felt proud and dignified living the victory of the Resistance.

America and most of the arrogant world moved to stand with Israel aiming at turning its defeat into a victory through the conferences and resolutions that supported Israel and denounced the Resistance accusing it of terrorism and paying no attention to the Lebanese prisoners.

During the war Israel was crying for help asking the United States to help it by advanced bombs to reduce the impact of its defeat, and when the war was over, another war led by America and France started to pass resolutions that try to change the Israeli defeat into a victory.

That is why the Resolution 1701 was a vague resolution that was all in the interest of Israel. Nothing in it was in the Lebanese interest, except the cessation of hostilities that some considered to be in the Lebanese interest. Moreover, the resolution aimed at protecting Israel from the Resistance. That is why the UNIFIL was deployed in the Lebanese territories since Israel did not accept to deploy them on Palestinian lands.

The big surprise was that the free people of the South who are faithful to their land and country, hastened to get back to their villages and towns, despite all the destruction, thwarting the plot of certain politicians in the government to humiliate them by postponing their return.

In the first anniversary of the historic victory of the Resistance that restored the dignity of the Arab and Muslim worlds, and opened the door for future victories against the enemies of the nation, we call on the entire nation to stand with the Resistance in Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan. We want it not to return backward or listen to the defeatist voices of the regimes that are controlled by America and Israel. The nation should confront all those who are trying to incite sectarian strife, to preoccupy us and prevent us from continuing our struggle for freedom and independence, and from supporting the Iraqi people whose civilians are a victim of the occupation and the Takifiris, enemies of the Iraqi people, who kill ruthlessly and who prevent any political solution, and help the occupier to stay whether directly or indirectly.

We call on the nation to rise up to the level of this critical era, and stand against the policies of the US Administration, its western allies and its Arab against.

The American influence in the Middle East has been reduced. It was already damaged by the war in Iraq that indicated the growing feeling that the US will always back Israel whatever it does. We also notice that the US Secretary of State talked about the destruction of Lebanon as the labor that will give birth to a new democratic Middle East, adding that the Lebanese have gained a lot after this war. Does she consider the destruction of Lebanon a gain to the Lebanese or does she feel that the political anarchy in this country has given its political party in Lebanon some strength that they make use of to promote the US interests in the region? Yet, she has not realized that the US influence in the region is gradually decreasing and that its authority is being challenged due to the expected regional explosion that will not be contained, and that will further danger its hegemony.

In Lebanon, the crisis continues to mark time as a result of the political stubbornness of those in authority to find a realistic solution, influenced by the American pressures and the French dependency to the United States that seeks to maintain some influence in Lebanon.

We notice that trying to find a solution, the crisis in Lebanon is traveling to several countries in the region, trying to beg for a solution that will not come… because those who are talking about it are being stopped at the wall they were forced to erect… They are looking for a future that has no windows of opportunity whether to the elections of the new president or his agenda, and they are afraid that all parties will face the constitutional vacuum that will aggravate the political crisis…

Meanwhile, the Lebanese people remain in a state of panic and confusion, amid all that talk about the fears of the confessions, the ambition of leaders, the sensitivities of sects, and the abrupt eruptions of wars, strife, and assassinations… Moreover, the economic crisis continues to worsen, and the poor and the deprived cry. And the gravediggers continue to dig the grave of the country. Where to?