The First Sermon
the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
qualities are among the most prominent qualities that make man
uphold his responsibility whether with regard to truth or to people
and life. These qualities were represented by the actions and
sayings of God’s Messenger(p.), before and after he became a
prophet, to the extent that they became a part of his name. When the
tribe of Quraish wanted to talk about Muhammad(p.) it used to call
him the truthful and the trustworthy.
Dedication to truth
qualities are the pillars that societies are built on. Being
truthful is being committed to the truth in all your positions and
actions. You would be truthful with God by doing all that He
pleases. And you would be truthful towards yourself in that you
would not cheat it. As for being truthful with others it should
include all human beings. There is no difference in this regard
between a believer and a pagan, a just or other wise. Being truthful
does not have anything to do with others; it has to do with your
honesty. You either adhere to truth or you don’t.
is a responsibility
being trustworthy means being committed to preserve any money you
are entrusted with, but it also means being honest and idealistic in
performing any job you are paid to do, any political office you hold
or any religious duty Allah has entrusted you with:” Surely
We offered the trust to the heavens and the earth and the mountains,
but they refused to undertake it and
feared from it, and man .And man assumed it surely he is unjust,
trustworthiness is not restricted to the money someone might entrust
you with. It extends to all your responsibilities, including your
work. If truthfulness with Allah, others and yourself will lead to a
life that remains detached from falsehood, deceit and cheating,
trustworthiness means that you uphold all the responsibilities and
duties of life you are entrusted with.
traditions of the Prophet(p.) and the infallible Imams(a.s.) have
emphasized the call of the Quran to acquire these two qualities.
Imam Al-Sadiq(a.s.) asserts the fact that Allah, the most Exalted,
wants us to return the trusts to their rightful owners. He says:
“Allah did not send any prophet except with truthfulness and
returning the trusts…” These two moral traits constitute the
heading of all messages, for they build one’s relations with God
and fellow humans; they also build the community and give life an
extension, a power and openness.
traits of prophets
saying, the Imam(a.s.) talks about the criteria that distinguish the
Muslim. He refutes the idea that such a criteria could be the
prayers, the fast, the pilgrimage and the like, and asserts that a
Muslim is judged by his actions: He says: “Do not be deceived by
their praying or fasting… but test them when it comes to
truthfulness and returning the trusts”...Watch how they act at
home, at work or in the community at large…
emphasizing the importance of being truthful, the Imams used to ask
those who came to memorize their sayings to learn how to be truthful
before they learn them and narrate them to others . Imam Jaa’far
al-Sadiq(a.s.) advised one of his followers to learn what made Ali
(a.s.) attain that supreme position in the Prophet’s eyes and
adopt it. For “Ali did not reach the position he did, except by
being truthful and returning the trusts ” to their owners.
Muhammad (p.) loved Ali (a.s.) all that love and made him that close
to him because he was truthful and trustworthy. If you want me to
love you and make you as close to me as Ali (a.s.) was to Muhammad(p.)
you have to be truthful and trustworthy.
called his followers to stick to the truth regardless if the people
believed them or not. What is important is that Allah, the most
Exalted, believed them and they believed themselves.
Imam(a.s.) also explained that Allah called Prophet Ismail(a.s.) the
truthful, because he promised a man to meet him in a certain place
without setting a fixed time, and he remained for a whole year
waiting for him to come.
also emphasized that telling the truth is very important, because
Allah will see your actions, and because you yourself will know that
you are truthful when you tell the truth.
call through providing the role model
all religious men, preachers and all Muslims in general to call for
God not only by the tongue, but by acting as a role model. People
should see that you do your best to obey Allah and that you are
truthful in what you say and that you refrain from what Allah has
truthful in your sayings and promises represents the straight line
that if people follow they will feel tranquility and stability,
while if they lie they might act in a way that wrongs others as well
as life itself.
truthfulness and trustfulness... Truthfulness with God and
trustfulness in that you are worthy of what Allah entrusted you with
towards other people, which means that you ought not, to say the
least, betray them whether in their private affairs, or public
issues… This is the Islamic virtue that Allah, the most Exalted,
wants us to acquire so as to be close and faithful to Him, as well
as to life and fellow human beings. And this is what we have to
educate ourselves and the coming generations on.
the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
has condemned the military retaliation the Intifada carried out in
response to the Israeli assassinations, invasions and imprisonment
of Palestinians. In its view, this represents a “terrorist
activity” that should be punished by the Palestinian Authority. On
the other hand, America did not say a word regarding all the Israeli
Army violations of the truce and the various atrocities the Zionists
commit daily. It only utters a few meaningless words about the need
for both parties to be committed to the “Road Map”. Meaning that
the Intifada organizations should be dismantled, since, as they
claim, they are derailing the road for peace, the Zionist opposition
of the Road Map in principle notwithstanding.
understand by this biased policy that they want to stop the Intifada
in all its forms, without any commitment to withdrawal from the
occupied lands and without any support for the Palestinian Authority
in the face of Zionist aggression... They want this Authority to be
subjected to the Jewish extortion, and thus to enter the
negotiations without any cards to play, which will drive them to
offer concessions in the various critical issues, especially these
of Jerusalem, the refugees, the settlements…
not only will they have no card to play but they will be all alone
without any international support.
respect, we noticed that the European Union that is trying to renew
its relations with America and Israel has denounced the Intifada
operation, without comparing it with the Israeli crimes of killing
Palestinians and destroying their houses… We were also surprised
by their condemnation of the retaliation of the Islamic Resistance
in Lebanon for killing the Resistance Mujahid, Ali Saleh.
that this assassination is the beginning of new trend in the Israeli
aggression similar to that of killing the Intifada militants in
Palestine, thus returning Lebanon to the same whirlpool it has gone
out of, since the end of the war.
and Muslim peoples ought to remain watchful for everything that is
happening on the Palestinian front. They ought to try to exercise
pressure to stop all actions that aim at executing the American
-Israeli strategy of ending the cause of Palestine. It is an issue
of critical significance that determines the Arabs and Muslims’
is still an open wound
remains an open wound that is vulnerable to catch any symptoms. The
security there is not the security of the citizens, while basic
services are still missing despite all the promises that the
occupation authorities had given… Several civilian women, children
and man are being daily killed by the Americans who are applying the
Iron fist policy under the pretence of searching for the traces of
Saddam and company.
We say to
our people In Iraq: You are still in a state of danger. The
occupation has a plan that does not intersect with your interests
but with its own. Therefore, you ought not to be deceived by the
occupation’s sweet promises of freedom and prosperity... This does
not mean that you have to stand still and wait. You ought to employ
smart cautiousness and let those of the faithful who are not
manipulated by the occupation run your affairs, so as to maintain
law and order and preserve the comprehensive liberating slogan:
“No for occupation”
be free of any foreign forces, and all plans should be set up to
achieve this goal by all possible means.
role of homeland security in Lebanon
some have been talking about administrative reform, but who has the
power to hold those who politically protect corruption into account?
Administrative corruption is a product of political corruption.
Those who have influence should, if they are honest, put to trial
those who belong to them before those who belong to others. In any
case who is going to reform whom with the corruption reaching the
inner fabric of political life of the country?
As for the
power shortage, we have two choices either total blackout or
traditional question in this matter is: will the promised
investigation reach a decisive result or will this file will join
the other files in the drawers until another file is opened and a
comprise between the high officials is reached to protect criminals
who are considered of this party or that?
We do not
want to run away from the internal dangers by talking about external
threats, for it is the social and economic security that provides
the solid base to confront the external threats.
We have to
confront deprivation and neglect in the homeland just as we confront
the enemy. Any defeat in one front, will undoubtedly affect the