The First Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the
Allah says in His Glorious Book
The month of Ramadan is that in which
the Quran was revealed, a guidance to men and clear proofs of the
guidance and the distinction. This Ayah links
the Month of Ramadan to the Quran.
In this respect, it could well be that the
significance of this month stems from the fact that Allah chose this
month in which the Quran started to descend, being the Book that plans
the lives of people in what they do and what they do not. God has made
the Quran a book of Guidance to learn that Allah is the Creator, the
Sustainer, and the Merciful who controls everything. If people wish to
be wealthy, He is the giver; if they want to be Healthy, He bestows
His Mercy to ensure that they are healthy.
That is why people ought to resort directly to Him
in all problems and complications they encounter, for there is no
intermediary between God and His creations. God does not need the good
offices of anyone regardless of how great he is.
And this is what the Glorious Quran emphasized.
And your Lord says: Call upon Me, I will answer
you; surely those who are too proud for My service shall soon enter
hell abased. Allah, The Most Exalted, wanted the people to pray
to Him directly in every situation they might be in. He wanted them to
be humble to Him as a slave before his master and as someone who is
created in front of his creator. For He is the secret behind their
existence and the Bestower of all their favours,
And whatever favor is (bestowed) on you it is from Allah. They
have also to prostate before Him as a token of worship and love.
The Prophet's speech welcoming this month said that
the believers should seek Allah's satisfaction in this month by
prostrate for a longer time, since it is the best position. And that
He has sworn not to punish the prostrating prayers.
The Month of the Quran
As a result of associating this Month to the Holy
Quran, Allah wants us to read His Book in this month. It is not merely
reciting its words but trying to understand them and learn the wisdom
lying in their concepts Do they
not then meditate on the Quran? And if it were from any other than
Allah, they would have found in it many a discrepancy,
so that it will guide us in all our affairs, whether in worship on in
social and business dealings. We should learn, guided by the Quran,
the difference between Right and falsehood, Good and evil, justice and
wronging, deviation and following the straight path.
Thus, Allah wanted this month to be a month of
calling, through asking the people to study the Quran, and the
scholars to educate the people on the Quran, since it is worthless to
read the Quran if one is not going to appreciate and comprehend it.
And we have seen how Imam Zein Al-Abidien (a.s.) has
described this month as the month of Allah, The Most Exalted, wants
man in to change himself in this month. He should study himself to
learn his weak points and strong ones, and then train himself on the
good, the right and justice, as opposed to evil, falsehood and
wronging. Allah, The Most Exalted, wants man to stand before Him in a
sound mind that embraces truth, a sound heart that beats with mercy
and love and a sound body that obeys Allah's commands in what to take
It is, according to Imam Zein Al-Abidien, the month
of purification from all the evil ideas Satan might suggest to man,
like making his relations with others based on harming them and
deviated from the straight path. Man should purify himself from the
inside; the outside cleanness of the body is not what purification
actually implies. The real purifications are that of the mind, heart
tongue, goals and relations, so as to stand before God - when nothing
does one any good except his good deeds - with a heart void of
disbelief and hatred.
Imam Zein Al-Abidien stresses too that the month of
Ramadan is the month of Islam. In the month of Ramadan, all Muslims
should uphold the responsibility of Islam by leaving all what Allah
has ordained, revealed or conveyed to His Messenger(p.) so that it
will be a month in which man lives a spiritual and humanistic life
O you who believe! answer
(the call of) Allah and His Messenger when he calls you to that which
gives you life; and know that Allah intervenes between man and his
heart, and that to Him you shall be gathered.
This month is also the month of peace, in which the
Muslim should prove that Islam is the religion of peace. Allah has
made the greeting which the Muslim says to others to be: "peace on
you". And the tradition has related that a greeting has 70 rewards, 69
of them are for the one who says it first. Allah wants our greeting to
others to be one of peace. They should train on this greeting in this
world to move to Paradise, having been accustomed to it, because peace
is the salutation of the people of Paradise. The angels also will
greet the believers in Paradise with the word of peace, the gardens of
perpetual abode which they will enter along with those who do good
from among their parents and their spouses and their offspring; and
the angels will enter in upon them from every gate: Peace unto you for
that ye persevered in patience! Now how excellent is the final home!
The Month of Piety and Unity
God wanted this month also to be the month of piety
in which man seeks to be closer to Allah and acquire the will of good,
right and justice, to stand before God and profess his belief out of
his free will and out of fear of God as well as following of His
Messenger(p.). It is not enough to have a will power. This will should
be one of good and justice so that you would be a source of good for
yourself, your family, those around you and all life.
In this month, we should be throw away a lot of our
hatred and differences, and seek to meet with all Muslims on the basis
of Islamic unity, since all Muslims profess that there is no god but
Allah and that Muhammad is His Messenger(p.). They also are united in
their belief in the Day of Judgement.
We have, even if we differ in our sects and some of
our Fatwas and positions, to unite in our belief in Islam to represent
the force of Islam in the entire world. The arrogant world of
disbelief has begun to plan and prepare itself with all the powers and
weapons it has to be ready to fight the Muslims in their religion,
politics, economics and security. We have to be prepared for this to
be as Allah has wanted us the best nation.
Muslims are not few in number. They are over a
million, but their sectarian differences, and accusing one another of
disbelief, enabled the international arrogance to incite strife among
us, to the extent that we saw Muslims boycotting other Muslims or
legitimize killing which is something that Allah does not accept. The
Messenger considered those who would kill other Muslims to be
disbelievers. He also said that the Muslim's blood, money and honour
are unlawful to take.
In this month been beloved you have to prepare to
meet God in away that your hearts and mind will be close to Him on the
Day of Judgment.
Unify God in all your life, and seek nothing but his
satisfaction that is the source of all happiness good and safe
destiny, we ask Allah to enable us to fast His month and read the
Quran and ask for His forgiveness in the days and nights of this
The Second Sermon
In the Name of God, the
Compassionate, the Merciful
Israel's operation against Syria
The Israeli violation of the Syrian
airspace, which was supported by the US indicates that Israel was
making a show of force in the region.
Such developments raise a big
question about the American – Israeli strategies which aim at making
Israel the striking force that threatens any Arab or Muslim opposition
to the US policies.
Some analysts might believe that
this operation had to do with preparing for the operation against
Iran, and testing the Syrian air defence systems in case the Israeli
planes follow the route of north Syria to go to Iraq and then to Iran.
Questions also might be raised about
the Turkish role in the coming stage, especially after the joint
Aerial manoeuvres conducted by the American, Israeli and Turkish
planes. Is the goal of all these preparations to lunch a strike
against Iran despite the assurances of certain Turkish officials that
Turkey can not accept any use of its territories to lunch an
aggression against Iran and Syria?
Thus, we appeal to Turkey in this
new stage of its leadership to preserve the Arab – Muslim relations,
and continue to oppose the American Israeli policies of aggression,
for this will have a negative impact on its position in the region, as
well as on its Muslim people who continue to be committed to the
Islamic critical issues.
It is worth noting in this respect,
the Arab silence towards the aggression against Syria to the extent
that many tend to believe that they welcome it, since the relations
with Israel have become stronger than those with Syria or Iran. This
trend was reflected by the Arabs move to reject any resistance as well
as in the running after Bush's peace conference.
The Arab weakness is represented in
the attitude towards the Palestinian resistance, which refuses any
confrontation of the enemy. They condemn the lunching of rockets on
Israel while they do not denounce Israeli shelling of the Palestinian
people in Gaza and the West Bank, and do not find in the occupation
with all its practices any justifications for confronting it.
The EU has also taken a similar
position, with some of its states saying that they understand the
Israeli reaction to the shelling of Israeli military base, meaning
that hey justify massacres against civilians, and do not justify
fighting the occupation.
It is tragicomic also that the PA
hastens to condemn any operation of the Resistance, while it does
nothing to retaliate against the Israeli aggressions against
Palestinian towns and villages.
They also keep silent towards
humiliating the Palestinians on the road blocks and the racial wall.
It is as if they are dead and such they no longer feel any pain.
In this atmosphere, we see that the
chances of the success of the American conference in realizing the
goal of a viable Palestinian state on the 1967 territories are slim.
The settlements, the racial wall, Jerusalem and the rejection of the
right of return will hinder reaching any solution, especially that the
US does not allow any pressure to be exerted on its Jewish ally. On
the contrary, it will move to convince the Arabs -including the PA –
to offer additional concessions to Israel which seeks to control all
of Palestine whether directly or indirectly.
As we commemorate, these days the
massacre of Sabra and Chatila, in which Israel was able to exploit
certain internal Lebanese complications, we warn from an Israeli
interference in the affairs or Arab and Muslim countries through their
internal divisions creating additional atrocities, as well as
political and security turmoil.
In the US, President Bush is still
trying to manoeuvre in the face of the Congress pressure to withdraw
from Iraq which might lead him to reduce his troops due to the massive
loss they suffered from and the political failure of his occupation,
although he continues to talk about a new war strategy, and a new plan
to liberate the US from the moving death episodes in Iraq.
On this occasion, we ask the Iraqis
not to believe in the grand lie that says that the withdrawal of the
American troops will lead to a catastrophe or to a sectarian strife,
because things can not be worse than they are now. And the Iraqi
people, whether Shiites or Sunnis, Arabs or Kurds… have to think about
the Iraqi national interests which can only be achieved through
With the advent of the blessed month
of Ramadan, some are saying that this month will witness more
massacres and explosions that will target the innocent in several Arab
and Muslim countries.
But we would like to ensure that the
month of Ramadan is the month of peace and good in which all Muslims
should open up on each other and unify to face the great challenges
the Muslim world is facing.
A new peace initiative in Lebanon
In Lebanon, some politicians,
especially those who only observe the international or regional
situations, are still engaged in a futile debate, with each party
accusing the other of hindering the reaching of a solution or seeking
Meanwhile, sectarianism is gaining
further ground to the extent that the country is moving without a
government. The division of the country has left the country with no
effective rule whatsoever, and with no decision being implemented. The
only thing left for the country is to debate over the international
resolutions, which, by definition, serve the interests of the major
powers. No body cares anymore about the interests and the needs of the
Could we launch a new reconciliation
initiative, on the basis of a strong country that the citizens feel in
that they are in a country that serves their own interests and not
that of the others?