The First Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the
Slander and Backbiting
Allah says in His Glorious Book:
And yield not to any mean swearer. A slanderer, going about with
calumnies, (Habitually) hindering (all) good, transgressing beyond
bounds, deep in sin,
These Ayahs guide the Muslim believers to refrain from blindly obeying
such people, who are ready with oath, at any time without being based
on truth, thus disrespecting Allah's position as a result of their
addiction to swear whether when there is a need or not. And tell them
that Allah's disgrace falls on these people. Then we have the defamer
who exposes the faults and flows of others and the slanderers that
hear from one-person bad things about someone, and relay it to the
Allah wants to show that such an attitude makes those who do it far
away from Him. That is why he says: Whoever
recommends and helps a good cause becomes a partner therein: And
whoever recommends and helps an evil cause, shares in its burden: And
Allah hath power over all things.
Imam Jafa’ar As-Sadiq (a.s.) says that the Prophet(p.) once asked
some of his companions: Shall I tell you about the most evil among
you. When they said yes, he told them that they are those who
"slander", and move among the people to incite strife, those – who
create dissention among friends and those who attribute flows and sins
to the innocent, as a result of a certain hatred complex or the like.
The consequences of slander
The Prophet is reported to have said that “a slanderer does not
enter Paradise", which means that if a man fulfils all his worshipping
duties, but he commits slander – tells others what has been said about
them in their absence will find the door of Paradise closed in his
Imam Al-Baqir has repeated the same saying when he said that
Paradise is prohibited to those who commit slander. Imam Ali (a.s.)
advised some of his companions to keep away from slander because it
incites hatred and distances one away from Allah and the people, since
Allah hates the slanderer and the people will become wary of him.
Imam as-Sadiq (a.s.) says: who helps against a believer even by
a part of word will meet Allah on the day of judgement with the
following written between his eyes: "There is no hope in My Mercy".
These are some of the sayings regarding this sin that is considered
a major one, since it prevents one from entering paradise. Yet this
habit is spread in our society, where we find people on the family
level telling the husband what his wife has said, about him leading to
divorce. We also find it in the atmosphere of intelligence spheres
whether among individuals in which they would convey something about a
person to another to create a problem for him, or even in local,
regional or international intelligence agencies which might threaten
the lives of believers and innocent people, when the slanderer conveys
to an unjust authority he deals with, one of the things an opposition
member or believer has said, so that he would be punished by jail or
Slander and belief
We know that the work of intelligence agencies whether local,
regional or international is to hear what has been said and covey it…
Some would convey it to the political authority they work for to
ensure the integrity of the nation and enable the state to face those
who incite strife. But others might convey some talk to an unjust
authority that would lead to punishing the innocent.
Others may be motivated by hatred or as a result of a complex to
distort the image of a believer, accusing him of false accusations and
altering what he has sad. A believer should refrain from doing such a
sin since it deprives him of Allah's satisfaction and paradise.
There is a tradition that illustrates slander in a very lively way;
it says that a bottle of blood will be brought to the slanderer, on
the Day of Judgement and he will be told. This is your share of the
other's blood. He would then answer, but I did not kill or wound any
body. It is true that you were peaceful but you heard him say a word
and you conveyed it to the tyrant and he killed him. Therefore you are
a partner in the victim’s blood.
Therefore, the meaning of being a believer is that people are safe
from your hand and tongue. The meaning of being pious is to fear Allah
towards yourself and others. This is what Allah wants you to
understand when you perform your prayers, which enjoins good and
forbids evil. Slander is one of the biggest evils that we have to
refrain from and educate our children and families, to abstain from in
response to Allah's saying: O ye who believe!
save yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is Men and
Stones, over which are (appointed) angels stern (and) severe, who
flinch not (from executing) the Commands they receive from Allah, but
do (precisely) what they are commanded.
The Second Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
In preparing for the coming Autumn Conference, it
seems that the Israelis are trying to overwhelm the Palestinians with
their security projects, as a mean of stalling, while they continue to
build the settlements that Palestinian Authority has asked them to
halt. In the meantime, the Israeli Keenest has sent a clear message to
the international community that it is impossible to give up East
Jerusalem in any possible settlement with the Palestinians. All these
elements affirm that the aim of the conference is only to create a
state of normalization between the Arabs and the Zionist entity, and
present Israel as a country that seeks peace and finding a situation
to the Arab Israeli struggle at the expense of the Palestinian cause
which is of central significance in this struggle.
The Enemy's Prime Minister insists on that the
Palestinian Authority should recognize Israel as a state for the
Jewish people as a precondition to reach a declaration of principles
that the two sides are studying before the conference convenes,
indicating that this would practically mean that the Palestinians
would abandon their demand of their right of return, since that would
change the demographic balance and tilt it towards the Palestinians.
Furthermore, there is a growing opposition on the political and
popular levels to the conference since they claim that it would have a
negative impact on the Israeli interests. Thus, the Israelis majority
will not accept any solution that will give the Palestinians their
legitimate rights that the Arabs are demanding having abandoned their
right in all of Palestine.
All this makes the talk about the conference being
a window of opportunity for the big solution somewhat naïve, for it is
more probable that it will be a big failure.
Would the Arabs be liberated from the Palestinian
The Arabs and Palestinians are wondering about the
ability of the Arab foreign ministers meeting to reach a decisive
agreement on a positive solution for the Arab – Israeli struggle since
they do not possess the necessary cards to play in this international
game, especially that the US, through its secretary of state, is
talking in a consummative unrealistic way, especially that the Enemy's
foreign minister has declared that she opposes any solution that is
not based on protecting the Israeli security from the so-called
Palestinian terrorism that is the Intifada, which might lead to many
complications in the Palestinian sphere including a civil war if the
Authority decides to confront the Intifada freedom fighters.
The problem is that the Jews are moving through the
entire West to hinder any just cause to the Palestinian issue
depending on that the Arab will not do anything to stand with this
sacred cause. They have grown tired and their only concern is how to
be liberated from Palestine at any price. And this is what we notice
in their compliance with the American demands to deny any aid to the
Condemning the barbaric massacre
In Palestine too, we feel that we have to condemn
the barbaric massacre that followed the big demonstration that
commemorated the anniversary of Arafat's death, as a show of force
that all parties are displaying.
We do not want to say who is responsible for such
shows of force, which are followed by major mistakes and bad practices
by several Palestinians whether those in charge or not, and that might
lead to self destruction at a time the Enemy's Prime Minister is
threatening to bomb Gaza strip and tighten the grip on it, while
continuing the assassinations and arrests in the West Bank.
We appeal to all Palestinian officials of all
factions to have mercy on the people and not point their stupid
arbitrary guns to this citizens especially women and children
civilians. They should shoulder the responsibility of their just
cause, which the enemy and the arrogant powers are trying to
Palestine is God’s trust not only to the
Palestinians but also to all Arabs and Muslims, and they have to
honour their responsibility.
On another level, some Arab officials are saying to
Iran that it should not interfere in Iraq, and think twice before
engaging into something that will lead to a confrontation with the
entire Arab world. They even told Iran that it is sacrificing its
entire future, for the sake of the nuclear bomb.
We are against any intervention in Iraq that might
destabilize its security and political reality, but we wonder why
these Arab officials do not talk about America and Britain’s
intervention. They have occupied the country and created a state of
chaos that destroys the Iraqi people and turns Iraq into a backyard
for terrorism that is said to be financed by some Arab countries.
We call for increasing cooperation between Iran and
the Arab countries especially the Gulf States, especially that they
have common political, security and economic interests.
As for the nuclear dossier, all parties should
engage in a dialogue about it, especially that Iran and the
International Atomic Agency have assured that it is a peaceful one.
Moreover, we do not know why the regional states don't talk about the
Israeli nuclear threat on the entire region.
On another level, the United States announced that
it would provide Lebanon with old training planes.
Why does not it provide for this country that has
been facing the threat of Israeli aggression, for scores of years, new
planes or new defensive weapons that would enable it to defend itself,
at a time it provides the enemy with the most sophisticated weapons
that America has not even used yet. The only reason for this is that
America is totally committed to the Israel security at the expense of
all the states of the region. It wants Israel to remain the strongest
state in the region so that it can defend the American strategy in the
Meanwhile, America continues its endeavour to
secure its political and security hegemony all over the world by
inciting chaos through local cards and destabilizing the various
states. In this respect, we notice the curbing of freedoms that some
of America's allies are practicing as in Pakistan where the state of
emergency was declared in the name of fighting terrorism. It also
tries in Lebanon to run the affairs by imposing its political tutelage
to further destabilize the situation. It has even imposed its
conditions on the agenda of the coming president and demanded that he
should publicly declare that he will implement UN Resolution 1559 that
calls for disarming the Resistance.
What kind of President is Lebanon waiting for?
The current stage the country is passing through is
one of the most critical stages because it falls between a
constitutional vacuum and the complicated problem of the quorum. The
Lebanese are still playing with the fate of their country influenced
by the major American player and the French who are trying to play a
part in finding a solution. Its citizens, meanwhile, are anxious,
especially that they hear talks, which suggests intimidation and fear.
They ask what kind of president the Lebanese are to
expect: A president of a front and not a state that is postponed to an
unknown time in the future, since such a front is a football field
where the players kick the ball of the Lebanese homeland to score
goals against the other players.