The First Sermon
the Name of God, the Compassionate the Merciful
of the Imams whom Allah has purified is the eighth Imam Ali bin Musa
Al-Rida, whose death anniversary is most probably tomorrow the 17th
Rida, the infallible Imam who represents the extension of the
Message through the call as well as through the response to all
their practical spiritual and cultural needs, gained the trust and
respect of the Islamic world of his time. He witnessed extraordinary
events that none of the other Imams encountered.
struggle between the two brothers Al-Amin and Al-Mamoun.
Al-Mamoun was victorious in his conflict with his brother Al-Amin,
he decided that the caliphate should be removed from Al-Abbasids who
stood against him and asked the Imam to be his heir apparent. The
Imam refused, because his legitimacy as an Imam was not derived from
the Abbasids, but rather by the Divine Will of God. But he then
decided to accept, having seen that he might be able to serve the
Muslims in a batter and more comprehensive way, and preserve the
followers of the Members of the House. He opted to accept but in
accordance to certain conditions.
is the Basis.
wanted him to come to Tous where he lived. On his way to Baghdad he was welcomed
in every town and village in an unprecedented manner, which made Al-Mamoun’s
supporters wary. In any case, he was asked wherever he stopped by
those who used to memorize the traditions to recite some of them. He
used to start by what was known as the "Golden Chain"
father Abu Musa bin Jaafar told me that his father, Jaafar bin
Muhammad told him that his father Abu Muhammad bin Ali told him that
his father Ali Bin Al –Hussein told him that his father al
–Hussein bin Ali (a.s.) told him that his father Ali bin Abitalib told him that the Messenger told him that
Jibrail said that Allah said:
no god save Allah is My fort, if you enter My fort you will be safe
from my punishment.
choosing this tradition the Imam wanted to underscore the fact that
the oneness of Allah is the basis of Islam. Meaning that Muslims
worship and obey Allah alone. If they want to be associated with any
sacred person it will be through Allah. One cannot be attached to
them separately, for they are God's creation like all other human
beings. If Allah loves them more it is because they were faithful
and dedicated to Him.
asking them directly and separately to fulfill your needs in an act
of ascribing partners to Allah. Nevertheless, we can ask them to
intercede for us, knowing that Allah is accepts the intercession of
whom He pleases. He is the Sustainer, the Creator, and the Divider.
He is everything and all those who drew near to Him did so as a
result of their obedience and piety… We should always remember
this point to remain free of the exaggerations that undermine our
Imam had a big reception when he arrived at Tous, which almost
threatened the caliphate. For they were not used to see an heir
apparent of this sublime morals devotion, piety and knowledge.
Once, Al- Mamoun asked him to perform the Eid prayer, he
went to the mosque barefooted and bareheaded as the Prophet (p.) used to, with people running behind him saying Allahu Akbar.
Mamoun was very afraid of the scene that he sent somebody to tell
him to return home with the excuse that it was a very tiresome task.
is the tragedy that the Members of the House have lived: They did
not assume a ruling role, as was their right, yet the actual rulers
were afraid from them as a result of the confidence the people had
commitment to the Members of the House to the Message.
is Imam Al-Rida who filled his era with knowledge and piety… good
and justice… When we remember this Imam as well as all the others,
we have to recall their recommendations and teachings… They are
the Imams of Islam in all times and not just the era they lived in:
is why Imam Al-Rida said: "". When asked how to do that he
said: Keep our cause alive. May God have mercy on those who keep it
alive "By learning our sciences, and spreading them among the
people if they know that we call for the good they will follow
us" Thus, all Muslims and especially the followers of Ahl Al-Beit
should study the scientific religious heritage of Ahl Al-Beit, and
their sayings that have to do with man's relation with himself, his
household, his community, and all the positions and actions he takes
in his life.
might feel that the important thing is to cry in the Ashoura
ceremonies, but they do not care about learning the lessons of what
happened. They also
think that what matters is the speaker’s beautiful voice, but if
he does not make us cry, we will consider him unsuccessful
regardless of the content of his address. What is important is to
make us cry even if he tends to be fictitious and mystical.
the Imams have time and again explained to us that to be lawful to
them and to follow their line of thought is to fear Allah and obey
Him. Imam Al-Baqir also added that they should be known by their
humbleness and trustworthiness.
is what we should understand as we prepare ourselves to visit Imam
Al-Hussein. Visiting the Imam does not mean kissing his shrine or
reciting some of the supplications that you might understand. It is
to remember his teachings and everything he stood for and consider
them as a role model to emulate.
Allah grant us His blessings?
The Second Sermon
the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Iraqi regime; that of the dictator who sacrificed his people and
nation in several internal and external wars, has fallen. He did not
even contemplate the idea of sacrificing himself to save his people.
He only cared about his power, and execution is his only response to
any one who dares to discuss his decrees.
is a new chapter in the history of the region which the
international intelligence agencies have imposed on its countries a
personality cults leaving the peoples with no say and turning the
countries into big jails with oppression and torture as the only way
to deal with human beings.
problem is that this kind of barbaric and devastating attitude has
made the peoples feel that they are unable of fighting these regimes
that are imposing an internal occupation that is even more barbaric
than the foreign occupation and leading many to think that the
latter is their savior and thus deceived by the ploy of the arrogant
who wants to plunder the nations’ resources and believed his claim
that it came to liberate them
unforgivable crime of the tyrant regimes is that they sought the
foreigner’s aid to pressurize their people and strived to guard
the foreigner’s interest instead of that of the people…
toppled Iraqi regime has concluded several deals with many foreign
countries, making concessions that involved the wealth of nations,
and bribing many international oil companies to secure his regime.
the arrogant would not let local tyrants stay when their role ends.
It substitutes them with new ones that are aided by shining slogans
and colorful promises... Those tyrants have even undermined the
resolve the people to confront the international arrogance
lesson for the Nation
these circumstances, we call upon the Nation to learn the lessons of
those political military and economic defeats:
should think about changing the prevailing political and cultural
mentality to adopt an attitude that enables as to be rational and
realistic and not emotional or reactive. We should learn how to
study our situation in an objective manner to learn our weaknesses
and our points of strength.
We should not be influenced by the enemy's propaganda that portrays
occupation and defeat as victory and liberation. We should always
think about who is spreading the news and what he aims at.
The nation should rise to the level of the critical situation and
challenges it is facing. It should look at things from a global
point of view... that is from the viewpoint of the Muslim and Arab
Nation as well as all the downtrodden, and thus hold to their unity.
We ought to understand that a defeat in one battle could lead to
other defeats, while a victory could trigger further victories.
the light of this we appeal to our wronged people in Iraq to face
this new stage by holding fast to their national and Islamic unity,
so as to prevent the birth of a new tyrant whether an internal or an
external one. They should open their eyes wide and keep monitoring
the schemes of the occupier, whose interests lie in spreading chaos
to prove that the Iraqis cannot rule themselves. Fourthly: Each
Iraqi citizen should act as a police, to prevent all this looting
and plundering which could lead to a bloody internal strife.
Iraq : The land of freedom and resistance
know that the wise and honorable people, who constitute the majority
of Iraqis, do not approve of assassinations, such as that of the
late Sayyed Abd-lumajied al –Khouie. Because people do not have
the right to issue judgments and execute them. Such actions might
further spread chaos. They might also lead to wronging innocent
that your country has always fought occupation. And do not let
anybody give occupation a certain direct or indirect legitimacy.
also that your society is that of Islam that is open to all
religious sects and ethnic minorities. Do not let any party claim
that it solely represents Islam, while it might tend to distort it
and change it in a way that is against the interests of people .We
believe in your nobility and sense of righteousness… especially
the top religious scholars and thinkers.
are sure that you are able to establish, without any foreign
supervision, a new Iraq that respects man and human rights… an
Iraq that will create the strength needed to join the nation in its
vital issues and causes especially that of Palestine.
Rood Map A Charade of Deception
are trying two suggest that they differ about the Road Map. But this
is not but a kind of deception to suggest to the Arabs that it is
the time of finding a solution. What kind of a solution is that? And
do they expect us to believe that the American administration is
about to oppose
with the elections due in less than two years?
has been said that the Road Map is a final solution that is going to
be implemented. But we have heard many voices saying that it is
going to be subjected to further negotiations, meaning a endless
maze of concessions knowing that as it is now, it does not address
the rights and aspirations of the Palestinians.
we emphasize once again that the Palestinians have to uphold their
national unity and continue their resistance until liberation.
the mentality in Lebanon
that lives in a very difficult situation has not risen to the level
of the current challenges. We ask ourselves is this cabinet change
the solution, or should we, instead of changing names, change the
way things in the country are run?
has been said that the world has changed after the invasion of
and that we ought to change accordingly. Are going to yield to what
they decide? Or should we make our own decisions that serve our own