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Lectures > 2005 Speeches > 15/04/2005

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, Rabi' I 6 1426 H, April 15 2005 A.D. Several prominent religious scholars, dignitaries and thousands of believers attended the Jumu’a prayer.
 

Human freedom: rejecting all forms of slavery

 

The First Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful  

When Allah created man, He commanded him to "be free" whether in his mind and ideas, his heart and emotions, or his choices and stands. But when you practice this freedom, you have to uphold the responsibility of this freedom, for God will ask you about why you made this choice or that or why you had this feeling or that.

God created man free and made him his vice on earth to emphasize his role in building the earth in accordance to his live. Thus, Allah wanted man to assume his role on the basis of the free, rational and responsible will.

Elements of human freedom

Human freedom is sustained by several elements. One of which is that man should not be driven by his greed of what others have, whether in their money, their position or the lusts they can provide you.

Man will remain a slave as long as he is driven by greed. And he will remain free as long as he is content. Content strengthens your freedom and gives you the strength that makes you resist the temptation to acquire what others have. Allah loves not man who has been given the potential of being strong to weaken himself in pursuit of confront.

Submission to the oppressor

The Holy Quran tells us about those who die, having living their lives in submission of the arrogant and the unjust.

God says to those: "Lo! As for those whom the angels take (in death) while the wrong themselves, (the angels) will ask: In what were ye engaged? They will say: We were oppressed in the land (The angels) will say: Was not Allah’s earth spacious that ye could have migrated therein context situation." (Quran IV, 97)

You should leave the place where weakness is imposed on you to another you can be strong in, so that you will be able to retrieve your strength and freedom, a place where you could associate with truth and justice. A place where you could say no to those who want to force you to say yes and where you can say yes to those who want you to say no.

Your position should spring from your free world, you have to say yes or no not because there are those who are forcing you to say this or that, but because your principles and freedom compel you to do so.

To be liberated from greed Imam Ali (a.s.), the Imam of freedom says: Don't let greed enslave you, while God has made you free. The more pious and religious you become, the freer you get, for you will resist your instincts and become a slave for them. Those who commit sins are not free; they cannot resist them. Imam Ali's problem in all his movements and activity was that he wants to save the people from all those who enslave them and from their instinctual desires. He says: Do not be a slave of others, while God has made you free.

Rejecting desires

In other narration, Imam Ali (a.s.) is reported to have said: A free man remains free even when he is hurt, while a slave remains a slave, even if fate helps him.

He also said: "A free man leaves worldly affairs to its people, for there is no price for your souls except Heaven. Do not sell them for anything else".

In the same context, Jesus Christ (p.) says: "What good does it do if one sells himself in exchange for everything in this world, and than left them to be inherited by others. But blessed is he who saves himself. Those who sell themselves to the biggest bidder despise themselves and the entire humanity neither.

The next saying by Imam As-Sadiq (a.s.) lets us understand that freedom is not something that is alien, but an integrated part of Islam. He says: "A free man is free in all situations whether he is in an open land or in a prison cell, because freedom originates from his inner self. If a tragedy hits him he would tolerate it, and if he is imprisoned or oppressed, like prophet Yusuf, he would still remain free even if he is enslaved or tempted by Pharaoh’s wife.

In sum, freedom is an issue of strong will power, pride, and enhancing one's strength especially as we face in this world several arrogant powers along with their agents who want to enslave us. We have to be free through our humanity and our worshipping of Allah, who is our only God and lord, and the one Who freed us from all who want to enslave us.

The Second Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

America interference in the Lebanese War

The thirtieth anniversary of the Lebanese war has passed… It is the war that the Lebanese of all sects constituted the fuel… The war that the Americans ignited to liquid the Palestinians cause and take out its resistance from Lebanon, by exploiting all kinds of internal fanaticism and even in the same sect or confession. Moreover, the Arab World was inciting several problems in Lebanon to wage its war against certain countries.

When the American objective was realized, the Ta'if agreement was initiated as a result of an American plan executed by Arab hands and net by Lebanese submission. The War ended but national reconciliation did not take place. Anyway, Lebanon was able to withstand all pressures and invasions including that of 1982, and the Resistance began representing the first Arab-Islamic vanguard to defeat Israel.

Then the Americans began to incite troubles in Lebanon, and they were met with a European and especially French interests to remove the source of strength Lebanon possesses. America aims at creating a state of chaos that will later be spread in the entire regions, all under the pretext of democracy and freedom.

These are true words that have falsehood aims, for the American Administration used cultural and political hypocrisy, especially when the American President talks about the security of the free world, when he only presents to the world wars and destruction.
Where is the freedom of the Palestinians?

Thus the American President talks about "Waves of freedom that cove the large Middle East" from Afghanistan to Palestine and Lebanon".

He added that the success of democracy in Iraq has sent a message to Tehran and Beirut stating that "freedom can be the future of every state".

The question is: "What freedom is he talking about in Palestine while he supports settling in the West Bank, and calls for annexing them to Israel?"

He also prevents the refugees from returning to their country. Moreover, when he talks about a difference with Sharon on enlarging the settlements, he does not pressurize him. He only gives the Palestinians and some of the Arab leaders some words, while he gives the Israelis financial and political supports.

The American Administration, with its Neocons and Zionists, despises the Arab and Muslim world, and tries to end all their major and vital issues to serve Israel.
It is interesting that this American support had made the enemy's foreign Minister talk about a Road Map for the Arab Israeli struggle, to secure the Arab recognition, despite the fact that Israel refuses to recognize the Palestinian people.

The Americans in Iraq

If we go back to Iraq that has got out of elections to compose its controversial government with its sectarian and racial consideration, we notice that America sent its defense secretary to impose his terms on the Iraqis He warned the Iraqi government from any purging even for the corrupt elements the security services and the army. When he left, he was followed by another envoy, because the Americans want to keep the Iraqis under American instructions to ensure that American political, security and economic interests are served and to incite several problems in Iraqi nation with its neighboring.

Saving Lebanon

The American Administration continues to implement its plan in Lebanon to corrupt the country. It wants to keep the political parties in Lebanon to stay away of political objectivity and engage in direct dialogue in this very stage and not wait until the coming stages. We remind those who are waiting for a more suitable stage that they were responsible in the past for all the corruption, and for employing unqualified supporters, that led to the hegemony of the security agencies on the positions of power both inside and outside the country.

And we warn them, at the same time, not to believe in those who corrupted the country.

As Lebanon enters what could be described as political vacuum that is accompanied by economic hardship and financial bankruptcy, we believe that everyone must take responsibility for saving the country by overcoming all obstacles and setting up a reform program.

Flying the Lebanese flag or chanting for national unity is not enough… We need a loyalty for the future of Lebanon by those who carry spiritual and moral values, so that Lebanon will remain for the Lebanese, and not a passage or a base for colonialism…