The First Sermon
the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Elements of success
What according to
Islam, as evident in the Book and the Traditions, are the elements
of success in this life and the Hereafter? The world success is one
of the Islamic slogans that is urged upon in calling for prayers. In
this sense, its association with prayer is due to the fact that
prayer is the believer's means to ascend through his soul to God and
ensure success in both worlds.
Purifying the Soul
This is what man should
seek in all his spiritual and social activities. To ensure success,
Allah wants us to start by purifying ourselves: He
indeed shall be successful who purifies himself, and glorifies the
name of his Lord and prays (87:14-15).
Thus, man has to purify
himself from all kinds of ideological, spiritual and moral dirt. In
doing so, he will head towards God, for if man feels the pureness of
God in his life, he will feel that Allah is watching him. Thus, both
his love to Allah and his fear from Him will impel him to obey God,
and keep away from sin.
We also need to purify
our souls: And the soul and Him Who made it perfect, Then He
inspired it to understand what is right and wrong for it; He will
indeed be successful who purifies it, and he will indeed fail who
corrupts it. (91:9-12). Allah wants man to study this soul that He
had given him to organize and manage his life, giving it the ability
of being creative and asking it to choose between the line of piety
and the line of sin. To choose the line of piety, we are asked to
purify our souls for they will lead us to success and keep us away
from failure as what will happen to those who corrupt their souls.
Belief and humbleness
Continuing to list the
elements of success, we read that belief in God, His Messenger and
the Hereafter, is an essential element in securing success, and
unbelief is a major element in failure.
Successful indeed are
the believers Who are humble in their prayers
Thus, performing this religious duties in the proper way especially
charity, giving the poor their due that it is usually coupled in the
Quran with performing prayers will secure some of the elements of
And who keep aloof from
what is vain, and who are givers of poor-rate, and who guard their
private parts. Except before their mates or those whom their right
hands possess, for they surely are not blamed, But whoever seeks to
go beyond that, these are they that exceed the limits.
Those who are committed to avoid doing any sexual act that Allah
prohibited, would also be securing
another element of success, in contrast to those who transgress the
limits of Allah who would be lead astray. Believers should also keep
their pledges and return the trusts if they wish to ensure success.
And those who keep a
guard on their prayers; they
should also perform prayers without any uncalled for delay or
ignoring any of its parts or conditions
These are they who are
the heirs, who shall inherit the Paradise; they shall abide therein.
Then, Allah tells us
about the necessity of those who might deviate and commit sins that
Allah deemed unlawful to repent. He calls on them to come to Him,
and tells them not to despair.
For Allah is Merciful
and Forgiving. Meaning that there is no sin that Allah does not
accept repentance for. Most Muslims who entered Islam with the
exception of Imam Ali used to pray for the idols, and then they
repented. Repentance does not need a confession before a religious
man. Just you open your heart to God and say that I repent, and
Allah, the most Exalted, will accept your repentance, and have Mercy
on you. Thus, repenting too is one of the roads that lead to
Believing in God and
Allah wants man to
witness His Greatness in every thing He has created. He says to the
attendants of the Friday prayers: But
when the prayer is ended, then disperse abroad in the land and seek
of Allah's grace, and remember Allah much, that you may be
Thus, Allah wants us to
seek success in all aspects of life. God also tells us that seeking
success is also sought in not opening up on those who are hostile to
Allah and His Messenger.
He says: “You
shall not find a people who believe in Allah and the latter day
befriending those who act in opposition to Allah and His Messenger,
even though they were their (own) fathers, or their sons, or their
brothers, or their kinsfolk; these are they into whose hearts He has
impressed faith, and whom He has strengthened with an inspiration
from Him: and He will cause them to enter gardens beneath which
rivers flow, abiding therein; Allah is well-pleased with them and
they are well-pleased with Him these are Allah's party: now surely
the party of Allah are the successful ones” (58:22).
As for those who will
not be successful, they are those who lie: See
how they lie against their own souls, and that which they forged has
passed away from them… (6:24) And those who
resort to crime to promote their personal and ideological interests.
Moreover, those who assume partners to Allah will not be successful. And
whoever invokes with Allah another god-- he has no proof of this--
his reckoning is only with his Lord; surely the unbelievers shall
not be successful. (23:117).
Dear loved ones:
We have to seek to
aspire what draws us nearer to Allah, the most Exalted, and what
provides us with the elements of success in both worlds. Allah's
satisfaction is the ultimate goal we should all compete to earn.
The Second Sermon
the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
The meeting of the
Islamic countries’ foreign ministers ended up in a generous
resolution calling on effectively helping Iraq in the transitional
period, asking the UN to deploy peace keeping forces in the occupied
Palestinian lands, renewing support for the establishment of a
Palestinian state, supporting Lebanon in its confrontation of
Israeli occupation and condemning threats and American sanctions
All this is beautiful,
but what will each country do to implement these decisions. What
elements of political and economic pressures do these countries
Are they even able to
counter the American pressures that force them to quit any attempt
to pursue their vital interests that demand a confrontation of the
Israeli aggressions and plots? They all feel that they can do
nothing to implement the resolutions on the ground, could they then
threaten Israel and America by economic sanctions, as we should in
response to their military economic and military threats?
We find that this
organization that calls itself Islamic does not represent the
aspirations of the Islamic peoples nor does it seriously follow up
its resolutions. It rather acts, following the suggestions of the
American Arrogant Administration, in a way that reflects its
Administration: Double standards
As for the Bush
Administration, we cannot find a better description for it than what
the former American diplomats and military officers said about its
arrogant foreign policy that relies on excessive and immoral use of
military force that led to an unprecedented international isolation.
They also accused the
Administration of being motivated by ideology and not rational
analyses. Thus, the Administration manipulates the information it
gets from unreliable intelligence sources and prevents a just
solution for the Arab-Israeli struggle.
This arrogant policy
towards the Palestinians is evident in all the positions it has
taken, whether by encouraging Israel to destroy the Palestinian
infrastructure, considering the resistance against occupation as
terrorism, or by legalizing the settlements and the separating wall.
All this made the Road Map that is supposed to lead to a Palestinian
state a silly political joke. America has jeopardized any progress
the Quartet Committee could make and turned it to an incompetent
group, for those who control the Administration seek to promote the
Zionist interests more than they are interested in promoting the
Thus, faced by the
tragic situation in Palestine, we have to take a negative stand
against the American policies that are responsible for the tragedies
in Palestine, Iraq and the entire region. As a result of the
American bias that is demonstrated in blind support for Israel, the
people of the region no longer differentiate between the two states
in all major issues, especially when it comes to the issue of
The Americans have
dropped this issue from their agenda in Palestine as they chose to
back Israeli occupation; while in Iraq, the American occupation
forces will stay in Iraq and turn into a de facto one, since the
Iraqi authorities will not have any authority over them under the
pretense of protecting their own security. Moreover, their stay will
be legitimized by a treaty that no Iraqi government can have the
option to reject. However, the question is: if America could not
guarantee the security of its own soldiers as well as the Iraqis,
how could it keep the peace in Iraq in the absence of an Iraqi army
or Iraqi security forces?
Iraq has turned into a
front where all players meet, and where criminals, both Iraqis and
foreigners, kill civilians in a merciless and meaningless way…
American-appointed government officials ask the Iraqis every now and
then to expect new massacres and that they have to be patient…
However, could the Iraqis get out of this dark tunnel if the
Americans refuse to open any outlet for light in it?
Iran: A decisive stand
On another level,
America has been pressuring the European countries to continue to
hold a political confrontation with Iran over its peaceful use of
nuclear power, despite the fact that Iran has declared that it has
signed the non-proliferation treaty, and declared that it is against
producing nuclear weapons.
It is as if they are
telling the Iranians to sort everything with America and all their
problems will be solved.
We appreciate Iran's
firm stand in this confrontation with the US. In addition, we
believe that the Islamic Republic has the strength and the willpower
that will enable it to withstand all American pressures.
In Lebanon, instead of
discussing the deep-rooted causes of its economic problems, the
political movement turns to superficial and temporary solutions.
In the electricity
crisis, there was a lot of talk about corruption, waste and the
responsibility of those who have succeeded one another in being in
charge of providing power. But, as customary, instead of holding
those responsible accountable, they turned their attention to
providing power in summer to save the tourist season, by allocating
billions of Lebanese pounds, that will further increase the public
debt, which lead in turn to an increase in taxes on the poor.
The poor and the hungry
in Lebanon are asking: How can we live, and how can we confront
these living crises? Meanwhile, political crises concerning the
government or the presidential elections continue to emerge, and the
Israeli warplanes continue to flow over Lebanon in a way that has
become almost natural…
In the meantime, more
political drugs are prescribed, and the whole thing looks like a
comic tragedy… and nothing but more bad news is in the horizon.