The First Sermon
the Name of God, The Compassionate the Merciful
God (SWT) says
in His glorious book:
believers do not betray God (SWT) or His Prophet (SAWS) nor
knowingly misappropriate that which is entrusted unto you"
(SWT) defends the believers; God (SWT) does not like unbelieving
not love those who are treacherous" (S8,v58)
(SWT) wants the Muslims to build their personality on the bases of
being committed to vows that you make either to God (SWT) or to
yourself. To be a Muslim means that you uphold your commitments
promises and responsibilities. If you betray a trust, you are not
the kind of Muslim that God (SWT) would be pleased with.
As Sadeq (AS) said:
believer can develop any bad habits but not lying or
you are a liar or a traitor you would no longer be a believer...)
of these four things enter any house it will be devastated:
betrayal, stealing, drinking alcohol or adultery"
He also says:
betrays trust is not one of us"
with money, religion, honour and the like. In another saying the
and betrayal lead to hell"
Imam Ali (AS)
is the same as lying"
is the worst form of hypocrisy"
"Betrayal is the worst sin"
although there are few people who listen him or follow his
away from betrayal because it is against Islam"
One of the
companions of the Imam Mohammad Al Baqer (AS) narrated the following
told the Imam that I wanted to leave Mecca but I owe debts to one of
the Morgia (a sect that deviated from the school of Ahl Al Beit) but
he told me that I have to go back and pay the debt because a
believer does not betray a trust."
Whether or not
a person is of a different sect, religion or political belief is not
the issue here. The issue is what you believe and the believer does
not betray either a believer or a non-believer.
back whatever you are entrusted with even to the killers of a
And Imam Ali
bin Hussein Zeinal Abdine (AS) said:
were entrusted by the assassin of Imam Ali (AS) with the sword he
used to kill him I would give it back to him."
With this in
mind I would like to mention an important issue. Some people go to
America and Europe and get loans from banks in one way or another
and then run away without paying it back. It is a pity that some
sheikhs issue fatawas endorsing this act on the grounds that they
are taking the money from non-believers and arrogant people while
this is not the point. The point is that a Muslim must be
trustworthy and keep his commitments therefore those who issue such
fatawas are encouraging betrayal. And this is what happened during
the war in our country when some of the Shiites began to steal money
from non-Muslims and then later from non-Shiites. In the end they
also stole from other Shiites on the grounds that they don't pay Al
Khoms - as if they were the ones responsible for collecting it.
In such cases
Islam wants to stay away from any kind of mistrust or dishonesty. It
wants the believer to be the model of trustworthiness so that people
will love Islam through him. The messenger (SAWS) was able to gain
all the non-believers hearts with his truthfulness and
trustworthiness. All the people entrusted him with everything they
had. But being trustworthy does not only mean that you keep people's
trust. If you are an employee you have to work all the time. You
cannot pretend that you are sick and it is not permissible for a
doctor to issue a sick leave for some one who is not sick or to
cheat the social security.
justify this kind of behavior by saying that 'if I don't take the
money someone else will' or they don't care about the state's money
-as if it were from out of the president or the prime minister's own
pocket. It certainly is not and it is the people's money so any
stealing of this money will affect the people themselves because the
government projects are funded by money from the people and not by
this or that official. Stealing money from the social security or
from the funds allocated to the dislocated is not religious and it
is a big sin.
But these are
not the only forms of betrayal. When Imam Jafa'ar As Sadeq (AS) was
asked by one of his companions about doing the same thing with
someone who has taken some money from him and does not want to give
it back. The Imam said:
betray the person who betrayed you and don't do that which you feel
others shouldn't do."
your brothers secret is a betrayal"
Al Jawad (AS) said:
faithful to traitors is also a kind of treason"
wants the believers to be trustworthy and to hold their
responsibilities and commitments as well as being faithful to their
homeland and the Islamic nation. The biggest form of treason is to
the nation or to the homeland by acting as a spy and enabling the
enemy to occupy land and every Muslim has to make sure that he isn't
committing such wrongs before he meets his God (SWT) when nothing
can save him but his good deeds.
the Name of God, The Compassionate, The Merciful
In these sad
moments we bid farewell to one of our great religious scholars who
was of multiple dimensions, flexible in his positions, very
understanding of the people and the age in which he lived and who
expressed this understanding in his ideas, style and methodology.
His life has been a landmark that has had impact on many things and
aroused debate on many issues.
In spite of
everything, I feel upon the passing away of Ayatollah Sheik Mohammad
Mehdi Shamseddine, that a chapter of my life has ended. We have
lived together both in Najaf and in Lebanon for a long time. We
agreed sometimes and we differed at others just as any two religious
scholars would. But this does not have anything to do with love and
friendship. I used to carry this love for him because my motive in
everything I do is to serve Islam and the people. There is no place
for animosity or hatred because they serve no cause and build no
There is an
emptiness left in the place where he used to be and on the fronts
where he used to serve the Arab and Lebanese causes. But we have to
accept God (SWT)'s decision and ask Him to have mercy on his soul,
send him to heaven and help the nation to endure this great loss. We
have to call for unity and solidarity among the Shiites and all
Lebanese. There are a lot of people who are waiting to exploit any
differences that may arise to incite strife.
We always have
to resort to dialogue, understanding and unity whenever we face a
tragic or catastrophic incident; people come and go but the message
and the nation stays and we are responsible before God (SWT) for
this nation. Therefore I appeal to everyone, those who share the
same opinions as me as well as those who don't, to co-operate for
the sake of Islam and the Muslims.
those who want to incite strife and I will not allow anyone to do
so. I will repeat what my Grandfather Imam Ali bin Abi Taleb (AS)
remain peaceful as long as the interests of the Muslims are
safeguarded and the only wrong done is to me."
painful occasion I encourage all brothers and sisters to attend his
funeral as a tribute to his memory and to safeguard our unity, love
When we look
at what the Zionist enemy is facing because of internal conflicts,
political chaos and the exchange of accusations. We can see the
impact that the resistance in Lebanon and the Intifada in Palestine
has had on the enemy, even to the exof inflicting political and
military defeats which impels me to encourage additional, decisive,
militant positions and careful political awareness that would dispel
the much held belief that Labor is different from Likud and bring us
nearer to peace. Events have proven that they are two sides of the
same coin as far as their political and strategic policies are
We have been
hearing more threats from the enemy recently who have recently
increased their actions against Lebanese territory. I therefore call
for an increased state of alertness in preparation for anything that
the enemy might do since they may use any relaxation on our part to
implement its political and military plans.
chief of staff has been talking about preparations for new military
operations by the Islamic resistance. We know that the enemy is
afraid of this resistance but what he is hoping to do through making
such statements is to find excuses for his possible future
aggression which means that we ought to be vigilant and cautious at
all times and increase our solidarity and political unity.
Palestinian front, the Americans in co-operation with the Zionist
enemy are still trying to contain the Intifada and pressurize the
Palestinian authority to the extent that we are worried that they
might achieve some results that have a negative impact on the
the Israeli interests at heart and wants the Palestinians and others
to take a stand that would favor its Zionist candidate. The
Palestinian people who have made the greatest sacrifices for the
cause of liberation should not yield to any pressure, regardless of
the hardships because the Intifada is the one and only chance they
have left of attaining their goals of freedom, pride and dignity.
context, we have great confidence in the Palestinian people who know
how to hold fast in spite of the wounds inflicted on them and how to
reject the American plan that aims at taking the enemy out of its
political and military crises.
Lebanese internal front there are some points that, I feel, should
be raised. Firstly, I appreciate the Lebanese government's efforts
to solve the problem of the mines that were implanted in our
Lebanese soil. I would also like to express my surprise that the UN
has failed to exert pressure on the Zionist entity who declare they
have no plans for these mines. Secondly, the Lebanese government
should act as if in a state of emergency in order to confront the
cases of Hepatitis in western Beka'a that has suffered from
deprivation and lack of interest on the part of the government.
Thirdly, I would also like to renew my call for the government to
take care of the other deprived regions especially Akkar, Beka'a and
the liberated territories in the south.
I call upon
every party to stop all these petty political games and inciting
political strife. Freedom should be respected but should not be used
against the country's interest especially when the international
arrogance is plotting against us.