The First Sermon
the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Advice and Belief
One of the moral values
Islam has laid emphasis on is to advise people and never to cheat
them. Living in a society, whether on a small scale like the family
or the tribe, or in a bigger one, makes every member in need of
those who have more experience in a certain field. There are those
who might have experience in trade, others in politics, and others
in real estate and so on. One might have a good experience in one
field but lacks any in others, and thus, he needs the advice of
others in the fields he is not well acquainted with, while he can
give advice in the field he knows all about.
In Islam, a believer
ought to give advice to all people and especially fellow believers.
A believer has to be
concerned with the affairs of all Muslims and he has to advise them.
For Allah wants him to be a blessing to all people. Thus, if you
have an experience in any field or an opinion that might help others
or illuminate their way, you have to offer it to anyone who needs it
without asking about his or her national or religious affiliations.
You should consider all people as God's children and the ones Allah
loves most are the ones who benefit His children the most.
A Muslim is an
international citizen who considers that it is his duty to give
advice to the entire world. The Messenger (p.) says in this respect:
“The most pious of you is the one who gives the most sincere
advice to all Muslims”. In another saying, the Prophet (p.)
equates between being a believer and giving advice. He says:
"Religion is advice". If you do not advise others, then
you are not a believer even if you pray and fast.
When asked to whom, he
said "To Allah" -meaning that you would be doing what
Allah has asked you to do- “the Quran, the Messenger, and to the
Muslim leaders and public”.
In another saying, the
Messenger talks about the quality of the advice saying: "Let
each of you advise his brother as he advises himself": Imam As-Sadiq
(a.s.) says that one should advise his brother in his presence and
absence. He also urges believers to advise God’s Children saying
that there is no better thing to meet Him with.
Cheating is a mean act
But what happens, if
you do not offer your advice when asked. Traditions tell us that you
would be denied your “opinion” (ability of making sound
judgment). This ability is given to us as a trust to offer advice
when people need it, if you do not use it to serve this goal, you
will be denied it, just as Allah would deny you His Blessings.
Imam Ali (a.s.) says:
"The most evil of you is he who cheats people”.
There is also a kind of
cheating that has to do with dealing and trade. In this respect,
Imam as-Sadiq (a.s.) considered mixing two different qualities of
the same commodity so as to sell them at the price of the better
one, to be unlawful, for a Muslim should not sell anything before
explaining all its defects. The Messenger (p.) told us in several
sayings that no one is allowed to sell anything before making sure
that the buyer knows all about it. He used to go to the markets to
check. And he once found a man selling some food. He plunged his
hand deep down in the bag and found that the food in the bottom
layer was wet. He said: "What you are doing is treason and
cheat for Muslims. In another saying, he said: Who cheats Muslims is
not one of them", and he would not be put with the Muslims on
the Day of Judgment.
We should understand
this issue quite well, because we suffer from a lot of deception in
our community, both on the private and public levels, and even when
we are asked to give an advice. When someone comes to you asking for
your advice, you should know that he has put all his future and
interests in your hands, especially when he comes to you asking
about a girl to marry, a school to put his children in or a business
to start. Here, you ought to forget about if this action serves you,
or how could it suit you, and give your advice as if it were your
interests at stake.
This is what preserves
the society and establishes peace in it. And this is what makes
people know where they stand and where they are going. Cheating has
become a prevalent phenomenon in our society in all fields of life.
For example, there are a lot of people who import items which are no
longer valid and sell them to the people, and these might even
include food or medicine, thus endangering the lives of those who
consume them. Others might add water to oil or petrol and sell them
as a pure and safe product.
You have to know that
what you gain is what Allah has given you and not a result of your
own cleverness. There is a story I have told you about before. It is
the story of a man who became rich as a result of selling his milk
after adding water to it. Once all his cows were killed by a flood.
He was crying when his pious son saw him. The son remarked: This is
the water you used to put in the milk. It has turned into a flood
that swept away your cows.
Thus, you have to be
honest in offering advice to others, because this will raise your
rank on the Day of Judgment, the day when nothing would be of any
good to you except your piety and good deeds.
The Second Sermon
the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
The need for a stronger
As Israel continues to
commit its daily massacres and is systemic demolishing of the
Palestinian infrastructure, we do not hear any international,
whether American or European, protests.
The American president
sends his envoy to study building plans in the West Bank, which
could have an impact on the borders of the future Palestinian state,
having declared that all settlements will be excluded, and the
Palestinians will be deprived of the right of return.
Thus, the pressure is
increasing on the Palestinian people who have no means to defend
themselves against the Israeli aggression that uses the most
advanced American weapons except their light arms.
In the meantime, it is
ironic and even cynical that the special UN envoy to the Middle East
should talk about the Palestinian anarchy and that the Palestinian
Authority is about to collapse, without any remarks about the
Israeli massacres and other aggressions which hinder any reform
attempt, especially that the Americans and the Israelis have
transformed the political issue of occupation to a security problem.
The UN employee should
have conformed with the ruling of the International Court of Justice
concerning the racial wall, the settlements and the occupation
itself, but Israel, backed by America, has planted agents in all
centers of decision to defend its interests.
This is what the Arabs
should monitor and what the Palestinians should confront, whether
politically or through armed struggle… We would like them also to
monitor the Israeli attempt to form a government of both the right
and left wings in the Israeli political spectrum so as to besiege
the Palestinians’ cause internally as well as in the region and in
the entire world.
This means that all
Palestinian trends have to engage in a dialogue to form a coalition
in which all parties take part so as to enhance their unity and be
able to face the great challenges ahead.
On another level, the
American and British intelligence services have admitted that Iraq
had no weapons of mass destruction, and that they did not report
this to their administrations, because the plan was to find a
pretense for the war to justify the occupation of Iraq.
intelligence agencies’ lies
The question is: who
would protect the people from such lies made by international
intelligence agencies to serve as a reason to declare wars and
occupy countries? Who would prevent the arrogant forces from
suppressing nations to serve their interests? Moreover, if there are
some inquiry dynamics in America and Britain that can expose such
lies, how can we find in our Third World who would dare to
investigate what the security and intelligence agencies are
committing against their people, especially that they run all the
affairs of the citizens, and are linked in one way or another with
the international intelligence agencies?
And this is what we
heard of late when a high ranked CIA official said: "We have
enough agents in Iraq even at the highest levels”.
In Iraq, the same
things happen everyday, with bombs killing civilians more that it
targets occupying forces, kidnapping and killing foreigners in an
unhumanitarian way and a security movement of the occupation forces
that indicates that the only thing that changed is the label.
We wonder: when will
the Iraqis be in control of their fate and who would get the
occupation forces out of the country? We hope that this injured and
oppressed people would promote its unity and monitor all these
criminals who serve the occupation by terrorizing innocent
And we want them to
plan for the future in an objective way that distances itself away
from emotional reactions and political and security anarchy.
never takes a vacation
The government, in
Lebanon, has taken its summer leave, while corruption, waste,
hunger, power shortages and the infertile debate that produces no
result in promoting freedom and enhancing national unity, are not
taking any vacations...
Yet, they talk about
the coming presidential elections, but not on in the basis of saving
the country and dealing with Lebanese as citizens and not members of
The big challenge we
have to be concerned with is how to secure a future of sunshine and
clean air, where people join hands to fight evil, injustice and
corruption that led the country to the verge of collapse that could
make the temple fall on the heads of everybody.