The First Sermon
the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
In the Holy month of Shaaban, we come across many happy occasions that touch our souls: The third of this month marks the birth anniversary of Imam Al-Hussein (a.s.), the fourth marks the birth anniversary of Abul-Fadhl Al-Abbass and the fifth marks the birth anniversary of Imam Ali Bin Al-Hussein (a.s.). When we recall these occasions, we remember these spiritual sacred models who gave Islam all their lives, aiming at elevating the Muslims to the level that draws them nearer to Allah so that they aqcuire spiritual and ethical values and enrich humanity with the civilization of Islam that came to guide people from darkness into light, from backwardness into progress and from myth into reality.
Imams Al-Hussein and Al-Hassan
Having lost his only son Ibrahim, the Prophet raised Imams Al-Hassan and Al-Hussein with all the love, tenderness and care in the world that he had given to their father Imam Ali Bin Abi Talib. As young as they were, they used to learn from the Messenger (p.) and even memorize his speeches. Thus, they had the best education and care in history; for what could be better spiritually, ethically and emotionally than the school of their grandfather and that of their parents…
The education of Imam Hussein (a.s.)
Imam Al-Hussein (a.s.) grew up dedicating his life for Islam just as his father did, who, at the night of the Prophet's departure to Al-Medina, slept in his place to thwart the infidel's conspiracy to kill Muhammad (p.) and was described in the Quran as: “And among men is he who sells himself to seek the pleasure of Allah; and Allah is Affectionate to the servants” (2:207). Similarly, Imam Al-Hussein, when he saw his baby dying in his hands, said: "It has made it easier for me to tolerate this fact that Allah, the Most Exalted, is seeing what is happening to me”. Even when he was dying, after he lost his sons, relatives and companions, and as he was anticipating the tragic events that were to befall the women and children who were left to be imprisoned, his only concern was that he has performed his duty against the unjust and in support of the Right: “I rose to seek reform in my grandfather's nation. I want to enjoin good and forbid evil”. All alone in the battlefield, with the arrows sinking in his body and the stones hurling at him, he was only thinking about the future of the nation: How would it rid itself of the unjust, the arrogant and the deviators. He was not thinking of himself; his only concern was the nation.
Dear loved ones, this is what we learn from Imam Al-Hussein (a.s.). This is what remains of him: To be concerned about Islam and Muslims and to ignore one's personal interests and come out into the broad horizons of the Message. Thus, even in Karbala, we live the same spiritual joy we experience when we celebrate his birth. The Imam was bigger than the pains, tears and all wounds. He lived for God, and those who live for God will not feel their egos, although theirs would be of the greatest rank that holds all virtues.
Al-Abbass: Drinking from the same source
Al-Abbass was raised by Imam Ali (a.s.) and Imam Al-Hussein (a.s.) and grew up to carry their dedication and piety. Although the people remember Al-Abbass as a handsome and courageous man, whom they talk about his heroism and sacrifices, they should also remember his spiritual side as a man whose heart was full of Allah's love and whose mind was full of the knowledge of Islam. He was so spiritual that he dedicated all his life to Islam. He used to accompany the Imam (a.s.), learning from his knowledge, adopting his morals and living in the world of values and dedication to worshipping God…
This is what made Imam Al-Hussein (a.s.) respect him. It was not only because of their blood ties as brothers, but also because of all the virtues and spirituality of his brother. We might come to appreciate this spirituality of Al-Abbass, when we relive what had happened when he lost his right hand in Karbala. He did not cry or panic, although he lost the hand he fought with. On the contrary, he wanted all the enemy’s soldiers to know that he was still fighting for the cause just as his father did in Badr, Uhud and all the other wars the Prophet fought. What did he do? He recited some verses in which he made it clear that if they cut his hand, nothing will change, for he was fighting to protect his religion and his Imam. He did not say I am defending my brother, for this was not the case. He was supporting the leadership; the Islamic rightful leadership of Imam Al-Hussein. Thus, when we remember Al-Abbass, we remember this hero who dedicated his life to Islam and fought for the cause of justice, sacrificing his life for the sake of the right.
Imam Zein Al-Abideen (a.s.)
When we remember this Imam (a.s.), we remember a great man who lived with his father in Karbala and demonstrated the utmost level of tolerance and patience towards the tragic events. He was, then, taken to Koufa, where he faced Ibn Ziad, and he later faced Yazid in Damascus. Thus, we would like to remind all those who read the chronicles of the ten days of Karbala not to portray Imam Zein Al-Abideen as a weak person, for that is what he most certainly was not. He was a strong person who inspired strength from his belief in God, and he was strong in confronting the unjust. It is true that he was taken as a prisoner from Karbala to Damascus, but he maintained his strength. His strength was from God and he lived his strength, for he was free from the inside…
Moreover, when we look at his supplications, we find out that they were the most educative source of explaining Islam in its values, morals and philosophy. It is also a demonstration of how Islam reads the social and human relations in the world of reality, as well as in the world of virtues and spirituality... His supplications elevated man and made him reach the highest ranks of spirituality. The Imam was also the teacher who taught the most religious scholars of his time... He was the worshipper who lived with God, day and night. He was the living embodiment of forgiveness and tolerance, owing to the great manners he used to apply in dealing with his friends and enemies. The Imam's personality was a combination of that of his father and uncle, Imams Al-Hassan and Al-Hussein. His personality was reminiscent of that of his grandfather, the Messenger (p.), whether in his morals or in his struggle for the cause of Islam and belief in values.
We remember him when he said to the man who saw him crying in his prayer, and asked him: “How could you cry in apprehension as your grandfathers are the Messenger (p.) and Ali (a.s.), and your grandmother is Fatima Az-Zahraa, your father is Al-Hussein (a.s.) and your uncle is Imam Al-Hussein… He answered: “Do not mention any of them, for God created paradise for those who obey Him even if they were blacks, and He created hell for those who disobey him even if they were of the masters of Quraish”. Thus, it is evident from this saying and from other sayings, including the one by the Messenger that clarifies that one’s deeds are the fundamental factor in determining his fate and that one cannot rely on his social status or his blood relations… it is evident that it is only good deeds that would save one at the end of the day.
Dear loved ones, those are our Imams, leaders and heroes whom we have to follow their lead. Being a Shiite (follower) of Ahl El-Beit is not merely crying over them. It is to follow their line and struggle for the cause of the straight path of Islam as they did. On this basis we celebrate their birth and on this basis we love them and respect them, for they loved Allah, the Most Exalted, obeyed Him and dedicated their lives to this love.
The First Sermon
In the Name of God,
the Compassionate, the Merciful
Palestine: A mobile act of genocide
In Palestine, the world follows
every day the news about the killing and injury of scores of
Palestinian civilians, including children, the demolition of houses,
attacks on camps, and arbitrary arrests… that consists a plan for
dislocation and collective killing reminiscent of the Nazis…
In addition, the Zionists are using
the media to blow up the plan to withdraw from Gaza, as well as its
negative consequences so as to avoid any withdrawal from the West
Bank and Jerusalem, and confirm their backing out from the Road Map.
Yet the White House, in an effort to
save face, declares that Sharon is still committed to this plan. The
Americans are trying to convince the Quartet Committee that they are
still trying to implement the Road Map although they are able to lie
on the Arab officials who need any deceiving announcement to feel
reassured, or able to save face when they subdue to the American
A complete failure in Iraq
Iraq too is witnessing the fall of
hundreds of mostly civilian victims everyday, as a result of the
American way of running Iraqi security. The occupation forces are
actually picking on civilians while claiming to target the so-called
They depend on the information of
the American intelligence agencies which is usually not accurate and
similar to the lies they used to justify the war on Iraq.
America has totally failed in Iraq,
and even the American Secretary of State has recognized this when he
said that the armed rebellion is growing in Iraq … and that it is
a very tough stage. But the Americans did not study the reasons.
Rather they insisted on considering the matter as a matter of
fighting terrorism despite the fact that the occupation of Iraq had
made America lose this war. In this respect, the UN secretary
General has declared that American's occupation of Iraq is
illegitimate and violates international law. He also expressed his
hope that the world will not witness a new war, and said that it is
improbable for Iraqi elections to be held on time.
But America and its allies have
insisted on their mistake. Furthermore, they continue to talk about
international legitimacy in their political and media war against
several Islamic states and Jihadi organizations while opposing at
the same time any talk about their own violation or that of Israel
to international law.
They give themselves the permission
to violate all international laws while leaving the international
resolutions as a sword drawn on the heads of downtrodden nations.
This is what we see in the Security
Council resolution concerning Syria and Lebanon, which was a result
of American pressure to make certain arrangements that benefit their
occupation of Iraq as well as the Israelis but that does not take
the situations in Syria and Lebanon into consideration.
On another level: As we have certain
reservations regarding the French position that supports America in
the Lebanese-Syrian resolution, we would like to express our
appreciation of the French President announcement that America has
opened the gates of hell in Iraq and that she is unable to close
it… We hope that the European Union would support the French
position; a development that might prevent further Future adventures
Warning against fanatic language.
Another critical issue is the
communiqués of sectarian nature and that accuses others of
Such communiqués might lead to
organized killings in certain places in Iraq on the basis that the
members of a certain sect are all enemies of the members of another.
We warn against this fanatic
language that aims to incite sectarian strife to the benefit of the
occupation especially that the CIA has begun to talk about the
possibility of a civil war in Iraq that needs to be prevented by the
continuing presence of the occupation forces.
Muslim clerics should condemn these
communiqués regardless of who is issuing them.
They should promote the Muslim unity
in Iraq against the hostile occupation forces.
We also notice another American led
interference in Sudan whose problem should be solved by finding a
humanistic Islamic solution that preserves Sudan's unity, integrity
and strength, while preserving the life and human conditions of the
downtrodden in the unified Sudan.
Europeans and the American Pressures
We also call on the Europeans not to
subdue to the American pressures regarding Iran which has announced
that it using its nuclear power for peaceful purposes only.
Despite that, the Americans are
trying to impose sanctions, on Iran while they support the nuclear
Lebanon and foreign Interference
Lebanon is still in the midst of a
debate that includes political issues of an internal and external
nature. But the American Ambassador is trying to raise the Issue as
a sectarian one, as if the matter is an Islamic -Christian one. In
talking about the role of the Maronite church and the situation the
Christian community finds itself in, in a way that implies that the
Christians are in danger.
We say to the Lebanese that the
problems in Lebanon, even the security destabilization, are the
result of foreign interference, especially the American, and we call
on them not to listen to these incites and live their freedom in
deciding on crucial issues that determine their fate.