The First Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Islam is a commitment to being ethical
Being a Muslim means that you have to abide by the
rules of Islamic morals that Allah wants you to follow, whether in
relation to yourself, your family or all people. Islam is not
restricted to ideology or worship. It also means that a Muslim has to
be ethical. That is why it is said in the Quran
surely prayer keeps (one) away from indecency and evil. The
goal of prayers in life is to abide by being good and enjoining it,
and by staying away from evil and forbidding it.
We have also seen how Allah linked in the issue of
fasting between fasting and piety: O you who
believe! fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those
before you, so that you may guard (against evil. Piety, as
explained by the Quran, is to control your temper, to forgive people
and be charitable to them. It is to counter evil acts with good ones…
to say what is best and to do what is best. As for the pilgrimage, it
has been said in the traditions. "Allah does not care about he who
comes to this House if he does not possess three characteristics:
manners to practice with those who he deals with, prudence to control
one's anger, and piety that prevents him from committing sins".
The morals of disbelief
To counter the morals of Islam, there are the
morals of disbelief. A man might not be an unbeliever, yet might adopt
the behaviour of the morals of unbelief, as what in stated in the
Glorious Quran: Have you considered him who
calls the judgment a lie?
Then such is the (man) who repulses the orphan
And encourages not the feeding of the indigent.
These are the morals of unbelief that a Muslim
might adopt although he practices the worshipping duties of Islam.
In this respect, there are several sayings that
explain the morals of unbelief, for example, Imam As-Sadiq relates
that a man came to the Prophet and asked him: What are the most
detested acts in Allah's view? The Messenger said: "ascribing partners
Then what? the man said and the Prophet answered:
boycotting relatives "Then what?" the man went on and the Messenger
said: enjoining evil (like those who command their daughters or wives
not to put on the head scarf or those who encourage their children to
commit sins) and forbidding good.
Al-Baqir (p.) relates that the Messenger said in
one of his speeches: "Shall I tell who is the most evil among you… He
is the one who does not give in charity and hits his slaves (who no
longer exist today, but we can substitute them by those who work for
him) and those who eat alone. They thought there could be nothing more
evil than this, but the Prophet said: Shall I tell of who is more
evil? They said yes, please do and the Messenger said: "he whom people
do not expect him to do good, and suspect that he will commit evil.
Again they thought that there could not be anything
more evil than that. And again the Prophet told them that there is who
is even more evil than that. It is he who uses an abusive language and
curses others. "He who when he mentions the believers he curses them
and when they mention him they would curse him". Since he does not
respect people and hurts them.
Imam As-Sadiq says: The Messenger says: "Three
traits, who possesses them would be a hypocrite, even if he fasts and
prays and claims that he is a Muslim: he who betrays when trusted; who
lies when he talks and does not keep his promises.
Allah says in the Glorious Book:
surely Allah does not love the treacherous.
He also says: And the fifth (time) that the
curse of Allah be on him if he is one of the liars. And
And mention Ismail in the Book; surely he was
truthful in (his) promise, and he was a messenger, a prophet.
If you are a Muslim you should adhere by Islam's
morals. You should be the man that when he lives with other, his life
will be a life full of good that gives others and seeks the good
itself. If you deviate from that path, you will be adopting the morals
of unbelief. But a Muslim should be a Muslim in both the worshipping
duties and rituals as well as adhering to the morals of Islam.
Islam cannot be divided into separable parts. It
includes all what the Prophets and the Messenger (p.) came up with. It
is natural in this case that the Muslim should be just with all human
beings, for any injustice is a deviation from Islam, whether it is
towards Allah, himself or all human beings.
The Second Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
America claims that it protects the Arabs
The American President, Bush, is still launching
one failing experiment after the other, threatening the eight regional
countries that they will face additional security threats if they do
not take part in sustaining the American strategy in Iraq, as well as
in Iran, Syria, and ultimately the Resistance in Lebanon and
Palestine. He has warned of the grave consequences of the failure of
the American plan that is been propagated and led by the neo- cons and
Cheney who had incited in some of his secret visits the Sunnis against
the Shiites in an attempt to redistribute the positions of political
power in Iraq, accusing Iran of being responsible for the complicated
state of affairs in the country. President Bush has sent his Secretary
of State to the region to make several Arab countries declare their
support to the American strategy and created a military and political
atmosphere of muscle flexing that deployed aircraft carriers and
patriot Missiles, to serve its won interests. Then it will dictate its
decisions to the Arab states concerned claiming that they aim at
protecting the security and stability of these countries.
It is as if it is suggesting that it aims at
protecting the Arabs and Islam, benefiting from the political naivety
of those who still believe that America is the protector of Arab and
Muslim security, at a time everyone knows that it is the United States
that is threatening the region's security, by its direct and indirect
occupation, and by creating constructive chaos that incites sectarian
strife and preventing realistic solutions of difficult crisis as in
Lebanon that it wants to use a tool to pressurize Syria and Iran, and
planning for protecting and strengthening Israeli security as well as
besieging the Resistance in Lebanon and Palestine.
It creates dangers, as in its occupation of Iraq,
and then it threatens the neighbouring countries inciting forgotten
sensitivities by enticing them to acquire a bigger share of power.
This is probably what it seeks by inflating the
Iranian threat. It is as if Iran is the one that has a dangerous
project and not the American Administration, to the extent that some
of these regimes consider America the saver of Arab nationalism.
We have even noticed in the media mobilization in
the region that incites Sunni sensitivities, vis-à-vis the Shiite
question that the American interference, through its occupation and
devastating policies, is trying to show that it is not the problem but
rather the Iranian interference.
Rice prepares for A Palestinian Civil War
There were those in Palestine and the Arab world
who thought that the American Secretary of State could make a
breakthrough in the Arab Israeli conflict and in solving the
Palestinian problem or at least relief them of some of their
sufferings at the Israeli checkpoints, or release the frozen
Palestinian funds and cease to build new settlements and the racist
wall. But she came here with some nice talk and colourful dreams and a
promise to hold a making between the Palestinian President and the
Enemy's prime minister. But what she really did was to create an
atmosphere that will further complicate the internal Palestinian
relations in preparation for a civil war that will destroy what is
left of the dream of liberation. The Arabs whom the Secretary gathered
in Kuwait or these she met in Egypt and Jordan will not gain any
realistic step to a possible solution, even on the level of the Road
Map since, she is used to give empty promises.
America is selling the Arabs words and they are
applauding, while it gives Israel the most advanced weapons including
the nuclear weapons, to facilitate its hegemony over the region, since
Israel acts as an ally for the American Arrogance.
Iraq and occupation
We are saying all this to our Arab and Muslim
peoples, especially the Palestinians, so that they will be aware of
the plots against them and prepare to face them with a responsible
national plan and a realistic Palestinian unity.
We have also to stop at the barbaric atrocities the
takfiris are committing in Iraq especially in the Muslims
Mustansiriyya University where about one hundred mostly students were
martyred. They are also targeting the brilliant scientists in the
Iraqi universities. We do not know how these people think and what
their goal is, since their crimes are not unprecedented in the history
of Iraq or any other country. Even the beasts do not go on killing
people in this way for no reason whatsoever.
We still consider the American occupation
responsible for what is going on in Iraq, because it is the cause of
all this horrible situation the Iraqis are suffering from as a result
of the American polices against the Iraqis and Iraq.
The Mentality of the ruling party
In Lebanon, the crisis is marking time, as a result
of the closed mentality of the government's party, and that of the
group of politicians that are addicted to political chaos that serves
the American project of creating chaos in the region, especially in
Lebanon. That is why we do not see any chance for realistic solutions
the Lebanese can meet on. We also notice that there are several Arab
parties talking about the Arab initiative, but they do not pressurize
the local parties that are either under their control or in alliance
with to facilitate the solution. Thus, we believe that those who have
created the mazes for the Lebanese and the nation will continue
prescribing unrealistic solutions. They are talking about a reform
plan in Paris III, but they are not thinking of a plan to confront the
economic and social devastation of the people.
The Lebanese have grown accustomed to eat the
uncooked food of freedom sovereignty and independence, and face
poverty despair and deprivation in the name of the democratic regime
that did not, and will not, solve anything, as long as there is no
political coexistence. The question is: where are the Lebanese heading
to in this political desert in a land that only produces thrones and
only plants mines and cluster bombs?. This is not a pessimistic view;
it is unfortunately the reality.