The First Sermon
the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
In one of his
sayings, the Commander of the Faithful Imam Ali (a.s.) asserts: O
people: Adam did not have any slave children, whether boys and
girls. And all people are free. In another saying he says: "Don't
be a slave of other to others while Allah has made you free, and
also "do not be enslaved by greed, while Allah has make you free”.
Through these sayings Ali (a.s.) wants to emphasize the element of
freedom in Man. Man should not enslave his thought, his life or
position to any other man or party. Being free means that your
positions should he led by what your mind accepts and rejects.
You will should
reflect your commitment to good in both lives, you should not fall
victim of your greed.
This is what
realizes man's humanity. When you submit to others, you are not
living life in the way Allah wanted you to: to be free.
In the light of
this, a man who respects himself and his freedom should study
everything from the point of view of worshipping God. When you say
there is no god but Allah you are talking about two things: First
that you are not free with respect to God. He is the master and you
are His servant. But you are free and equal and sovereign with
respect to all humans. You are free and you refuse to submit to any
one except Allah.
Thus, the issue of
freedom is associated with the issue of the oneness of Allah. It is
also linked with patience. When others want you to submit to them,
threatening you with many pains or problems if you don not yield,
your freedom tells you that you have to endure and tolerate these
pains to be free. This is what Imam Hussein said when he was asked
to yield. I will not give you with any hand the way a humiliated
person would, no would I submit like a slave does". I am free
and to refuse all what Yazid represents, I am free to stay with the
right and keep aloof from falsehood, and to uphold my
responsibilities in reform and changing the unjust reality and rule.
He also said: 'Verily the
illegitimate (person) (i.e. 'Ubaidullah bin Ziad), son of the
illegitimate (person) (i.e. Ziad bin Abih), has given me only two
choices: fighting or humiliation and subservience; humiliation and
subservience is certainly far from us!
When the enemy tried
to launch an offensive on his camps he told them: If you are not
afraid of the Hereafter, why don't you be free in this world. And do
not let your own greed enslave you.
Freedom is dignity
When you study the
meaning of dignity in the Holy Quran, you will find that it is
equivalent to freedom. To respect your dignity means not to submit
to those who want to humiliate you. Imam Ali (a.s.) says: "A free
man is free even when stricken by harm, and a slave remains a slave
even if circumstances help him". You are free even if you are
plagued with problems, pains and wrongdoing, and you are a slave
even if you have enormous resources, since you do not have you
says that: a free man will remain free, regardless of all changes in
his status, He would be free for example even in prison all as long
as he does not yield to the occupier. Prophet Joseph(a.s.) is a case
in point. He remained free he was thrown in the well, and when he
was imprisoned, for he clung to his will power, and he was armed by
springs from the inside especially in the modern conditions of life.
Imam Ali says: "Who does not pursue his desires will be free".
He also says: He who sells himself to liberate it is different then
the one who sells it to dirty it.
Islam wants us free
Islam wants us to be
free, especially in our thinking, which should strive to support the
right, based on our free choice. We should not sell our thought, nor
accept that others will think for us. Confer with others, but do not
yield to what they want. Do not accept that others will think for
Do not accept to
walk with your eyes closed not knowing where they are taking you to.
Allah will hold us responsible for the thought we adhere to and for
any stand we take. He will not accept the notion that others have
asked us to do this or that.
We have to be free
in our fight of the unjust, the tyrants and the deviators; Allah has
created the mind and gave us the will power. He made us responsible
for our choices, and asked us to confront all challenges and reject
any attempt to enslave us.,. Let us be free and let our freedom
emerge from the inside to face all the challenges that face us in
the outside world.
The Second Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the
An American – Zionist scheme
In the Muslim World,
with the Arab World in its heart, the vast majority of our people
live under the line of poverty, while most of the rulers and the
privileged live in an incredible state of luxury, with billions of
Dollars left in the banks of the superpowers that would then impose
the most severe and humiliating conditions on any loan they would
give to the downtrodden countries.
In this Muslim and
Arab Worlds the savage occupation dominates several countries,
including Palestine, which the Jews have officially taken over most
of its lands, while they are trying to tear up the lands that remain
to prevent the emergence of a viable and strong Palestinian state.
In this respect,
steps are being taken to Judaize Jerusalem, and dislocate its Muslim
and Christian population. Any attempt to question the legend of
Palestine as a national state for the Jews is being thwarted, by
accusing it of being an act of anti-Semitism
We are facing a
Zionist plot to end any Arab and Muslim existence in Palestine, and
to ensure the success of the Jewish plan to liquidate the
Palestinian liberation movement that is described as a terrorist
movement. This situation has became more and more dangerous with the
European and American West turning into a party that fights the
Palestinian aspirations for independence, considering any effort for
freedom and human rights to be a terrorist act.
If the West talks
about certain solutions as the Road Map, it's doing so in a
hypocritical and lingering way that allows for putting pressures on
the Palestinians to force them to yield to the Israeli demands,
based on the claim that the issue is not political but one of
Thus, the West did
not proceed one step forward towards forcing the enemy to withdraw.
On the other hand,
there are many internal Palestinian problems that destabilize the
Palestinian reality, as well as certain complications in the
relations between the authority and the militant organizations, with
several Arab and foreign parties trying to complicate things
Thus we feel that we
have to appeal to the Palestinian people that they have to be aware
of the seriousness of the situation, and seek to consolidate
national unity problems, to be able to face the international
conspiracies, that are being pursued with an insulting Arab silence,
and a fearful Islamic quietness.
Failure of Occupation
In Iraq, blood is
still being spilled by the soldiers of the occupation and the
terrorism of the apostatizers, as well as the political anarchy that
is trying to incite sectarian fanaticism when it talks about quotas
in formulating the constitution, and a plan for federalism that
could turn into a force of racial separation, as in the Kurdish
occupation in Iraq has begun to disturb the American public opinion.
Due to the increasing number of casualties and the state of chaos
that prevails in the country voices are calling - form within the
Congress as well – for a withdrawal. The Americans who claimed that
they are presenting a democratic model in Iraq have made a model of
anarchy and destabilization.
This is what we
would like the Iraqis to understand, so that they will enhance their
internal unity and demand the withdrawal of occupation. The Iraqis
should determine their own destiny, they are mature enough to run
their own affairs, and do not need any guardians…They should know
that their internal coherence constitutes a guarantee not only for
the Iraqis themselves but for the entire nation as well, since they
would be thwarting the occupation strategic plan to dominate the
Lebanon: Foreign Plans
In Lebanon the
foreign powers have began to plan for the Lebanese future after the
elections, imposing the new speaker and the new cabinet, as well as
implementing resolution 1559 that calls for disarming the resistance
and the Palestinian camps, thus sinking the country in a state of
political anarchy, under the pretence of what the American President
calls "constructive chaos".
We call on those
whose alliances are based a national or Arab foundations to bear
their responsibility in protecting their country and preventing any
foreign tutelage. We also ask them to turn their parliamentary
position into a center that studies the problem of the national dept
and that plans projects of development that would secure political
and economic stability.