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Lectures > 2007 Speeches >15/06/2007

The Religious Authority H.E. Sayyed M. H. Fadlullah delivered the two Friday prayer sermons at the Imamain Al-Hassanain Mosque, 15st June  2007, 29 Jamadi'I 1428 H, several prominent religious scholars, dignitaries and thousands of believers attended the Jumu’a prayer.
 

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The First Sermon

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

 

When God talks to His Prophet

In the Holy Quran, God starts His talk with His Prophet (p.) several times by the word "say".

He is actually trying to draw the attention of the people to the importance of the issue being raised. Thus, He commands His Prophet(p.) to talk as if he is asking for a personal demand.

We read, for example His saying: O My Lord! Increase me in knowledge, Allah, The Most Exalted, asks His Prophet to pray and ask God to increase his knowledge so that it will be a constant operation that rises from one level to another.

This means that the believers in their search for knowledge should not stop any level, but they should always seek to increase their knowledge, since knowledge and science raise the level of man and enable him to understand the entire universe, thus cementing his relations with God.

Scenes from the Hereafter:

In the verses, we are going to review now, Allah, The Most Exalted, takes His Messenger to the Hereafter. He asks him to ask Allah, not to put him with the wrong-doers who will face Allah's wrath and end in hell, It is natural that the Prophet (p.) who is infallible and who represents justice and who is utterly against any form of wronging, could not in any way be with those who wrong others. It is rather a way by which Allah is telling the people through His Prophet, not to wrong others or support those who do.

Say: My Lord! If those should make me see what they threatened with, will you show me the fate of those who wronged themselves by wronging others and deviating from the Islamic line that would lead them to hell?

"My Lord"! Then place me not with the unjust" do not make me join them in their actions and let me be away from their community. "And verily, we are well able to make you see what we threaten them with. It is as if Allah wants to tell the people, that if you choose to be unjust, you will face the same fate the wrong-doers.

The callers and the People:

Then Allah, The Most Exalted, guides His Messenger (p.) to the way he should act with those who stood against the Message "Repel evil with that which is best".

He is telling him that you are but a caller who warns and brings glad tidings.

Thus you should open up your mind and heart to all. Do not be violent with those who do not accept your message. Try to open up their minds to truth and their hearts to good. Guide them to what ensures their success and their salvation. If they offend you with a word or act repel with what is best, whether a word or an act ….the best words the best means…

This is your task and this is your role. "We know what they describe". We know what they hide and what they show but your role is that of a messages.

"And say: O, My Lord I seek refuge in you from the suggestions of the Shitans”. The Devil cannot come to the Prophet (p.) or has access to him, for he is infallible. But when Allah talks to the Messenger, He is talking through Him, to all callers to the Right whom the Devil can try to deviate through certain points of weakness in their personality.

Thus the callers and those who work for the cause of God, have to ask for Allah's support to overcome Satan's attempts to be present near them. "And I seek refuge with You my Lord, lest they be present with me".

The fate of the oppressors

Then Allah, The Most Exalted, talks about the wrong doers, and the unbelievers who follow Satan instead of following Allah. Those who live long and do what they do, but then when they die and see how the believers go to Paradise and how the unbelievers will go to hell, they will see the truth before their very eyes and say: "send me back to life in order that I may do good in that which I have left".

O God, give me another chance, to do good and deserve your satisfaction and earn your Bliss.

“By no means! It is but a word he says. Before them is a Partition till the Day they are raised up. But these are only words they say that are baseless…
Then when the Trumpet is blown, there will be no more relationships between them that Day, nor will one ask after another. Such relations are insignificant on that day.

Then those whose balance (of good deeds) is heavy - they will attain salvation:

But those whose balance is light, (By bad deeds) will be those who have lost their souls, in Hell will they abide.
The fire will burn their faces, and they will therein grin, with their lips displaced. And Allah will say to them: Were not My Signs rehearsed to you, and ye did but treat them as falsehood.

They will say: "our Lord! Our misfortune overwhelmed us, and we became a people astray. We have chosen this deviated way.

Our Lord! Bring us out of this: if ever we return (to Evil), then shall we be wrong-doers indeed!"
He will say: "Be ye driven into it (with ignominy)! And speak ye not to Me!
It is too late. I will not speak to you, and you have to face the consequences of your deeds.

Then Allah talks about their relations with the believers: A part of My servants there was, who used to pray our Lord! We believe; then do Thou forgive us, and have mercy upon us: For Thou art the Best of those who show mercy!"
But ye treated them with ridicule, so much so that (ridicule of) them made you forget My Message while ye were laughing at them!

I have rewarded them this Day for their patience and constancy: they are indeed the ones that have achieved Bliss..." And you see what their fate is and what is yours.

Dear Beloved: This chapter of the Quran asks each and everyone of us to think about the time we will meet God in the Hereafter. The day we will be held accountable for our deeds: “Read your book; your own self is sufficient as a reckoner against you this day “. The day that no children or money will help, except our good deeds. Let us keep away from the oppressors and the wrong doers, so as to earn God’s satisfaction, and ensure our place in Heaven.

 

 

The Second Sermon

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

 

In Palestine, the internal Palestinian fighting between Hamas and Fatah is a political, security and humanitarian catastrophe, with a brother killing another brother, and with hospitals being bombed to revenge someone killed here or there. Despite the various appeals for a ceasefire the number of casualties reached a few hundreds. Moreover, there does not seem that there is any realistic solution to resolve the escalating crisis.

The question we pose to the leaders is: was this battle a result of a political or a security decision or was it the result of irresponsible acts on both sides? In both cases, all parties bear the responsibility of taking any decision that represents a betrayal to the cause of the entire people.

And if those responsible for these events are agents of the enemy, they should be exposed, and we should not be dragged to the strife they seek to incite.

The national and Islamic battle the Palestinians should fight is the one waged by the Resistance that retaliates for the enemy's aggression, without caring about all its threats and daily aggressions.

This should lead all those who are fighting the internal battle, including some of the Mujahideen, to rise to the level of the Palestinian cause which needs political and security planning to continue the struggle and to promote the unity of the Jihadi unity. They should also have mercy on their patient and steadfast people who live under severe conditions of shelling, deprivation and hunger.

We say to the combatants that it is a grand treason, to fight one another. They are destroying their internal front, while they should fear Allah in their homeland and in all their people.

America generates wars around the world

The American President continues to threaten the Islamic Republic of Iran, by war or by sanctions. The Group of Eight have also threatened to impose severe sanctions if Iran does not stop the enrichment, although the ongoing negotiations between Iran and the EU could lead to positive results. Furthermore, the American Administration knows that any war against Iran will devastate the world economy, and might burn the entire region.

The peoples of the Muslim and Arab worlds cannot tolerate any new war especially if it is a major war like the one that erupt between Iran and the US. It is suffering from the American wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Sudan that had devastating effects on the peoples and the infrastructure.

We call on the Arab and Muslim peoples to confront the military policy of the American Administration that is being planned by the Zionist – Christian neo-cons that are drowning the Muslim worlds with crisis and wars.

We should read the goals of the American – Israeli military manoeuvres, which was said to be in preparation for the joint aggression against Iran, even it is were a psychological and political war. We should also study the implications of providing Israel with advanced American weapons as well as exporting weapons to American allies in the region to be used in its wars in the region.

It is the American Administration that is waging several wars in the word to put its hands on its resources. It is pressurizing the EU states and even trying to create a new cold war. It is a movement against world peace that aims at destroying the entire humanity.

Lebanon: Political stupidly:

The magnitude of the catastrophe that threatens Lebanon has aggravated with the major battle the army is waging in the Al-Nahr Al-Barid. Such a war may leave a negative impact on national unity and on the state's very existence which is already shaking. In the meantime, we find some officials acting as if this complicated war is merely a limited clash with a certain terrorist groups.

The Lebanese crisis, meanwhile, continues to mark time, since those who are under American pressure to refuse any solution are still creating obstacles whenever a solution seems to be in sight. Such a solution may pave the way for a national unity government that is capable of solving the complicated problems the citizens are suffering from.

Lebanon was supposed to be the country of intellectual radiation, human freedom and religious coexistence, but the internal and external games have changed it into a country of instinctual darkness, in an environment of political stupidity, a moving anarchy and complicated sectarianism. Those in charge are no longer able to meet and talk which made foreign parties propose a meeting in their countries.

They are looking up to the foreign and regional powers to solve their political problem. But they do not seem to understand that the foreign support does not give the state strength if it is empty inside. It is the people's support and the political and economic planning that build the country's strength and promote the unity of the people. All sects should know that no sect, regardless of how big in number, will not be able to rule the country by itself. The unity and the welfare of the country cannot be established unless they are based on citizenry which would also protect each sect and preserve its particularities. The heads of the sects should rise to the level of this fact that returns Lebanon into a country for all and not a front that everybody wants to dominate.

Calling for unity:

Faced by this ugly crime that has been added to the series of crimes that target Lebanon as a whole, and further destabilize it, leaving it in the midst of the regional and international winds, we call all Lebanese, the loyalists, and the opposition, as well as those who are not in either group, to unite in confronting this killing so as to produce a political state of unity, whether by forming a national unity government, or other forums. Leaving the country in a state of political instability, will enable all those who which to further destabilize it to implement their plans and schemes.

Let us all act as guards to protect our political and security situation so as to avoid further catastrophes and preserve our unity and that of the country.