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Lectures >2005 Speeches > 14/10/2005 

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

The Religious Authority, Ayatullah Al Ozma Sayyed M. H. Fadlullah delivered the two Friday prayer sermons at the Imamain Al-Hassanain Mosque, Ramadan 10 1426 H,October 14 2005 A.D. Several prominent religious scholars, dignitaries and thousands of believers attended the Jumu’a prayer.
 

To build a loving nation:
 Let us holdfast to the line of Allah and call for the Good


The First Sermon 

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

To feel Allah's Supervision

Allah asks, the Muslims in His Glorious Book to fear Him: O ye who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared, and die not except in a state of Islam.

Allah, the most exalted, wants man to feel his belief in all aspects of life, a belief that is reflected in his inner self. The believers’ link with God is a true one, for God created and sustained them. He is the one who should be asked to fulfil all their needs. They should fear Him and obey all His instructions, knowing that He is the beginning and the end.

That is why Allah tells the believers that faith compels them to Fear Allah, the most exalted, and takes Him into consideration in all their ideas, feelings, stands, sayings, relations and actions. This should be the way you demonstrate your faith by fearing Allah, the most exalted, and obeying Him throughout your life, so that you will meet Him as Muslims… because one might begin as a Muslim, but he might face too many temptations or shocks, which could lead him away from his faith. This is why, we see Prophet Yusuf asking Allah when he met his father and the rest of the family: O Thou Creator of the heavens and the earth! Thou art my Protector in this world and in the Hereafter. Take Thou my soul (at death) as one submitting to Thy will (as a Muslim), and unite me with the righteous.”

Holding to Allah's rope:

Then the verses tell the Muslim that they should hold fast to Allah's rope… because when one feels weak as a result of the tragedies that shake him he has to holdfast to a rope.

This rope is the Quran whom Allah, the most exalted, has sent as a light that will take people out of darkness. We have to let Islam bind us, and let the Quran guide us. We should let them unify us, so as not to dispose into factions and parties each accusing the other of unbelief .We should be but one nation, one sect and one line especially when others wants to exploit your divisions.

And remember Allah's favour into you, since it is not restricted by the material aspect, it is also moral and social, since you were enemies; the Muslims in Medina were divided into two tribes with wars as the means of communication between them until Islam came and made friendship between their hearts.

This has a great meaning: Islam does not only unite Muslims physically but also spiritually making the hearts that are full of love to Allah, the most exalted, the Messenger (p.) and the believers be united with this love. And ye were on the brink of the pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus doth Allah make His Signs clear to you: That ye may be guided.

It is said that these verses were revealed when a Jew tried to incite strife among the Muslims of Medina to turn them once again into warring factions. The man was successful to the extent that some in both parties called for war. Then some Muslims went to the Messenger (p.) and told him that he has to hurry up and save the Muslims before they fall into war. The Messenger (p.)came to them and said: "Going back to unbelief…" hearing this they were ashamed and returned to their faith. Then this verse was revealed to stress their unity.

This is what we should learn from these Ayats. To preserve our Islamic unity and safeguard it, especially when Allah's enemies, whether Jews, arrogant powers or unbelievers, try to incite strife among us. A state that we are living now with Satan making some Muslims legitimizing spilling the blood of other Muslims. Thus, unity is the theme all Muslims should adopt so as to be able to face all arrogant or unbelief challenges, whether initiated by the Zionist Jews or the arrogant Americans.

Call for reform

Then Allah, the most exalted, calls Muslims to bear this, responsibility towards reform and the call for Allah, the most exalted, Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good enjoining what is right goodness in doctrine, Islamic law and in all actions and stands in life, and forbidding what is wrong which is everything that Allah, the most exalted, does not appreciate and that lowers the level of man They are the ones to attain felicity. because they do what Allah, the most exalted, has asked them to And Be not like those who are divided amongst themselves and fall into disputations after receiving Clear Signs: For them is a dreadful penalty. On the Day when some faces will be (lit up with) white, and some faces will be (in the gloom of) black: To those whose faces will be black, (will be said): "Did ye reject Faith after accepting it? Taste then the penalty for rejecting Faith the faces of those who lived piety and belief will be whitened while the faces of those who lived unbelief and deviation will be blackened. These are the Signs of Allah: We rehearse them to thee in Truth: And Allah means no injustice to any of His creatures. Allah, the most Exalted, does not want any injustice to man. He wants to bestow His Mercy on him.

This is the straight line that Allah wants us to follow and for that let the aspirers aspire.

The First Sermon

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Appropriating the Palestinian Rights:

How do the Leaders of the enemy express their attitude towards the Palestinian rights? The minister of war declares that the Palestinian will not be given the responsibility of the security in any Palestinian city, which means that these cities will stay under occupation. On his part, Sharon has declared that the participation of Hamas "will be impossible" as a result of the Israeli systematic campaign to detain its leaders and members without any American objection. Yet the Americans constantly object what they claim to be a Syrian invention in Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine against "peace" and "democracy", but they do not talk about Sharon's attempts to prevent the Palestinians from practicing their own democracy.

They contend that Sharon has a right to do that since Hamas is a "terrorist" organization: In the meantime, both the Israelis and The Americans, continue to demand the dismantling of the Intifada's infrastructure as a condition to resume the negotiations. They want the Palestinian Authority to do that, meaning that they want to incite a Palestinian civil war that makes the temple fall on the heads of all parties, leaving nothing in Palestine except what Israel appropriates to serve its strategy of cementing its political and economic dominance over the Palestinian land and people.

We noticed for that Sharon refuses to meet Abbas, although the meeting has been set, since he does not have anything to offer to the Palestinians, since in Sharon's view the Palestinians have no other option but to surrender.

On its part, the International Quartet Committee remains silent, since it does not have any freedom of movement being controlled by the American Israeli hegemony over its very slow moves, as part of the plans that aim to let Israel take advantage of time to turn its settling and occupation moves into hard realities.

The American "Democracy"

We ask the International Community that the Americans talk on its behalf; why is it enthusiastic about the Iraqis referendum while it does not show such eagerness, when it comes to the Palestinians, preventing them, especially the militant Factions that believe in liberation and independence, from taking part in determining their fate?

This is the American democracy that claims to advocate democracy albeit verbally when its suits its interests, as in Iraq, and stands against and prevents the Palestinians from choosing their representatives under the pretence of fighting terrorism.

They want the Palestinians to engage into internal fighting so that they will kill one another and relief Israel which America commits itself to safeguard its security at the expense of the security of all nations. This is the general goal of the American policy in the region and this is why America is hated in the region.

We say to the Palestinians. The current stage is dangerous in that it threatens to appropriate your national goals, since the American Israeli alliance is still pressurizing your political status. The visit of the PA president to America will not change the American policies that support the Israeli strategy.

And you will face additional pressures represented by impossible conditions that are based on the assumption that the Palestinian problem is one of security and not a political problem. Israel and America refuse to engage in any political negotiations concerning your national rights unless you destroy your security by an internal war whose course will not lead to a free and independent country.

Iraq and the continued silence

As Iraq waits for the result of the referendum which is causing a lot of debate that is taking a sectarian dimension, coupled with the American Ambassador rude interference in changing certain articles… All this is accompanied by the deadly and merciless blasts that target civilians and that replace the need to confront occupation by killing Muslims after accusing them of unbelief.

We are following up the Iraqi tragedy of this people who has been left regionally and internationally all alone to endure their daily sufferings without any help...

It is interesting that the religious official authorized to issue Fatwas in the Islamic countries, like Saudi Arabia and Egypt, have kept silent and did not issue any Fatwa against those who consider some Muslims of a certain sect as unbelievers and consequently legitimise killing them. We appeal to the religious scholars all over the world to rise to the level of the responsibility of saving Iraq and the entire Muslim world from this ignorant trend that will not remain restricted to Shiites but will extend to all Muslims. We are not calling for issuing a Fatwa for the sake of one Muslim sect. Such a Fatwa is in the interest all Islam against those who accuse Muslims of unbelief and consider killing as the way to settle differences of opinion.

We want the Iraqis to cling to their Islamic and national unity and reject any sectarianism division or fragmentation, for this is the way that ensures the deliverance of the entire nation.

Bush fails in running his occupation wars:

On another level, we are also following the statements and actions of the American officials, whether that of the President whose popularity is declining as a result of his failure in running his occupation wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, or his envoys who interfere in the affairs of the region, and especially Lebanon. They issue statements that attack the states that oppose them and that target the interests of the peoples in the name of rejecting Syrian interference in Lebanon and the region, and threaten Syria with political isolation and attack the Iranian peaceful nuclear program. At the same time the American Administration interferes in all the affairs of the region and demand that all its states should follow the orders it gives to them and that serve its strategic plans.

Lebanon in the maze of the Report.

Lebanon in still captured by the whirlpool of the Report that has swept all other issues and began to influence the ongoing debate and force it to be conducted along sectarian lines. The people are now waiting for the report to solve their problems and spending their period of waiting with fears, accusations and hopes.

Our problem in this country is that the officials cannot face all the problems when they come together. They would become preoccupied in one relatively small problem and forget about the other problems. Meanwhile the country remains in the maze receiving international and American envoys while the economy is in catastrophic condition.

Lastly, we sympathize with the victims of the earthquakes in India and Pakistan, and call on the Muslims to support them. We also ask Allah, the most exalted and the Merciful to have mercy on the dead and heal the wounded.