The First Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Anger corrupts belief
Allah says in His Glorious Book:
When those who disbelieve had set up in their
hearts zealotry, the zealotry of the Age of Ignorance, then Allah sent
down His peace of reassurance upon His messenger and upon the
believers and imposed on them the word of self-restraint, for they
were worthy of it and meet for it. And Allah is Aware of all things.
In this Holy Ayah, Allah asserts the
moral differences between the believers and the unbelievers. The
latter live a state of instinctual anger that makes them lose their
minds, and do not study issue from the point of view of being good or
bad, beneficial or harmful. This is the state that controlled the
ignorant people before Islam who used to be driven by fanaticism.
As for the believers, Allah has sent down
his tranquillity on them, and gave them the mind that does not behave
in an emotional manner but studies all things carefully to determine
if they are good or bad, beneficial or harmful. He has bestowed on
their hearts the tranquillity that fills them with love and good, and
the movement that knows from where it starts and to where it is going.
That is why all their actions are marked with piety, since they think
about God in all their actions and feelings, making sure that all of
them please Allah, the most Exalted.
The Prophet and the Imams have talked
about the harmful effects of anger in several domains. We know that
people get angry when they face problems and when others hurt them.
They might be angry at home, in workplaces or in the society at large
where fanaticism is dominant. This anger might drive them to behave
wrongly. It is said in the traditions.: "Who does not control his
anger, does not have a mind". The Messenger(p.) says: "Anger spoils
belief, just like vinegar spoils honey.
Imam Al-Baqir says: "When a man gets
angry, he will never be content until he enters hell". Anger might
drive him to kill or destroy anther human being, and he will end up in
Hell. That is why the Imam provides us with a way to calm down our
anger –saying- that if a man gets angry while he is standing, he
should sit down, and when he is angry with one of his close
relatives-son, daughter, wife, brother, husband, father …etc; he
should draw near him and touch him, for this calms down the anger.
Imam As-Sadiq says: "Anger is the key of
evil". An angry man could kill himself, kill another person, destroy
his house furniture … etc. he might also unveil his secrets or that of
Controlling anger defeats Satan
Imam As-Sadiq related that he heard his father saying that a Bedouin
came to the Messenger(p.) and asked him to teach him the most
The Messenger(p.) told him that he should not get angry. Imam Sadiq
added: My father used to say that there is nothing more severe than
person might get angry and kill someone unlawfully or slander chaste
women. Imam Al-Baqir says that it is written in the Bible that Allah
told Musa, that if he does not get angry on those whom Allah made him
their ruler, Allah will not be angry on him. Imam As-Sadiq said that
Allah told some of his Prophets that they should remember Him when
they get angry if they want Him to remember them in His anger.
Imam Hussein narrated that a man came to the Messenger asking him for
advice. The Messenger told him. Go and do not get angry. The man then
went to his people and found them getting ready to go to war. He put
on his armour, but then he remembered the Messenger's advice and
decided to go to the enemies of his people offering them blood money.
The people said that they have forgiven and that they no longer want
anything. Thus the people reconciled and the anger disappeared. Imam
Al-Baqir says: that Anger is a satanic fire that is ignited in the
heart of man.
He adds that when man gets angry Satan will enter him. So if you do
not want Satan to control you, you should not become angry.
We have to think and act calmly, so as to know where we are going. The
Messenger said: "He who holds his anger on people, Allah will hold
torture on him on the Day of Judgment ".
We live in a stage of political trouble, poverty and deprivation,
which makes us always in an emotional mood. Therefore, we have to
educate ourselves on being calm and rational, so that we could turn
our society to a society of good and tranquillity that is based on
love and piety.
The Second Sermon
A new May 17 accord
Israel, as well as America, is still planning
and pressurizing to bring Lebanon to conclude a settlement with it,
whether under insulting conditions as in the 17th of May accord, which
was signed under occupation, said which aimed at ending the country's
In this respect, had it not been for the
popular movement and the internal opposition represented by the stand
of the Muslim scholars and the Resistance, the accord of humiliation
would have been established on firm ground, especially after the
parliament majority voted in its favour.
Now, and on the anniversary of this accord,
we have to face the latest American pressures for a new agreement that
promotes the enemy's interests. We have to prepare ourselves to
confront the new American Israeli plan that aims at disarming the
Resistance and considering Syria as the new enemy instead of Israel,
and concentrating on Iran as the axis of evil, because it supports the
causes of freedom and independence against the enemy.
We ought to understand that although
resolution 1559 may be different in from than the May 17 accord, but
it meets with it in that it aims at safeguarding the Israeli interests
by weakening Lebanon and turning it into a pressure card against Syria
and returning Lebanon to the historic theory that claims that
Lebanon's strength lies in its weakness, since it is not in the
interest of the Israeli US that Lebanon should rely on its strength in
its confrontation with the Zionist enemy.
Using resolutions as a pressure card
Moreover, America, along
with Britain and France, are still using the Security Council as a
pressure card in an issue of national sovereignty of states, that of
demarking the border, and Establishing diplomatic reactions between
Syria and Lebanon, an issue that has nothing to do with the
jurisdiction of the Security Council.
It is a matter of
bilateral agreement . Nevertheless, we believe that such an agreement
will evolve at the end, but not in this way of international pressure
and political defamation.
We ask the Security
Council and the states that imposed Resolution 1680: What about the
implementation of Resolution 194 that gives the Palestinians the right
to return, and Resolutions 242, and 338 that demand the Israeli
withdrawal to the 1967 borders. Why haven't these resolutions been
implemented, and why did not the Security Council leave the issue to
be discussed between the two countries without pressuring one of them
and standing with the other?
We emphasize the need for
distinguished relations at all levels between the two countries, on
the basis of the freedom of each country and mutual respect and common
interests, so that the strong ties between the two countries would not
violate the independence of any of them.
The problem lies in the
American – Israeli alliance, that Europe has yielded to, and that
subjected most downtrodden nations as a result of various economic,
political and military pressures.
On another level, peoples
should not be a victim of the international plots that appropriates
its vital interests, as in the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq to
safeguard the American interests and as in the pressures against Iran
regarding its peaceful nuclear project, since the US does not want
Iran to possess the scientific knowledge that turns it into a force to
be reckoned with.
In Palestine, Israel did
not want the anniversary of the Palestinian disaster (Nakba) to pass
in peace. It once again marked it with Palestinian blood, killing 7
martyr's and wounding 18 by its raids on Jinien and Kabatieh.
But despite all these
daily killings the world is merely watching, and the UN is issuing
resolutions that serve the interests of Israel and that target
Lebanon, Syria and Iran. Statistics show that the number of
Palestinians outside Palestine has reached in the end of 2005 about 5
millions, yet the world does not ask why they do not return to their
land, because it only thinks about Israel's interest. The enemy's
prime minister will travel soon to meet the American President to
receive his blessings for all his atrocities and dislocation against
the Palestinians to build the settlements and the separating wall.
As for the Arabs, they
will not hear from the Bush Administration except the talk about the
Palestinian terrorism and the disarming the Intifada, just like they
want to disarm the Resistance in Lebanon. Meanwhile, the Arab
officials have shamefully yielded to the American policies against the
Palestinian people and their democratically elected government.
Iraq, this bleeding
Arabian Islamic wound with the Takfirrri butchers killing and
abducting Iraqi civilians under the nose of the American occupying
army, since its prolongs its stay. In the meantime, the Iraqi
political club continues to fail the attempts of forming a national
unity government due to the sectarian demands that conform with the
plan of the American Embassy in Baghdad.
A coup attempt
In Lebanon, the debate
over reform plans continues in party and sectarian meetings, but it
has not yet evolved in a comprehensive plan that turns the country
into a homeland and not a farm. The dialogue too did not achieve any
results in the vital and national issues that empower the country with
the elements of strength and devise a strategic plan to defend itself
And despite all the
poverty and deprivation of the people the government wants to impose
new taxes. And some of the members of the political club are busy
honouring those who have no relations with the Arabs and Arabism ,
because they have always been promoting Israeli interests. Some of the
Lebanese political leaders went as far as honouring the American
representative in the Security Council and taking part in Jewish
conferences that aim at establishing a new alliance between the
minorities and against the Arab Lebanon, for they have a historical
complex against the Arabs in the entire region.