The First Sermon
the Name of God, The Compassionate the Merciful
only wishes to remove uncleanness from you members of the family and
to purify you” 33:33.
One of the
members of the family is Fatima Al-Zahraa, the infallible lady, the
first lady in Heaven and in the worlds, whose birth anniversary is
tomorrow, the 20th of Jamadii II.
is the human being who bore all the characteristics of her father,
the Messenger (P.). His mind used to educate hers, and his heart
used to communicate with hers. Thus her heart had room to love all
the people just as the heart of Muhammad. Her knowledge was part of
the Messenger’s knowledge, to the extent that she started teaching
at a very young age.
narrated that a man came to her and said: What has the Messenger (P)
left you that you could teach me.
her maid to look for certain papers. But the maid said that she had
lost them. Fatima (A.S) said: “Look for them, they are as
important to me as Hassan and Hussein”.
we know how much she loved her sons, we could understand how
important the teachings of her father were. The maid found the
papers in the trash bin, She brought them to Fatima (A.S.) Who read
Muhammad (p) said: He whose neighbor does not feel secure [that he
would not harm him] is not one of the believers [Even if he fasts and prays…] He
who believers in God (SWT) and the Day of Judgment should not harm
his neighbor, and he who believes in God (SWT) and the day of Judgment should say something good or remain
silent A believer should aim in what he says to promote the
well-being of his fellow Muslims… Filling their minds with truth,
their hearts with love and their life with justice but if he thinks
that what he says will be counter –productive he better remain
silent. Allah (SWT) loves the righteousness, who loves good and
educates himself on the good until it becomes a second nature to
him, the tolerant,
who does not lose his temper, the chaste and the virtuous who does
not take what is not his, nor what God (SWT) has deemed
what is said that lady Fatima (A.S) had written of what has father
had told her, and she kept it because she knew how important it was
for the good of both individuals and the Muslim community.
Now we will
try to read some of the testimonies of those who knew her. In his
book (AlMustadrak), Al-Hakim says that Aisha, the Prophet (SAWS)’s
wife, said: I did not see anybody whose talk and speech look like
that of Muhammad more than Fatima.
visits him, he would stand, take her hand and kiss her showing how
much he loves and respects his daughter. for he knew how great she
was, whether spiritually or academically –since it was unusual for
a father to treat his daughter in such a manner. And if he visits
her, she would stand, go to him and kiss his hand. Therefore, it was
a relationship of mutual love and respect.
way she used to walk was according to certain stories similar to
that of her father. This means that she used to follow his lead even
in the way he walks and talks. For she did not live with her mother,
as great as her mother was, except for few years. The Messenger (P)
was both her father and mother, while she, with the love and
affection she used to feel for him, was “her father’s”
mother” as the Prophet used to say .
,as quoted in Al-Istiarb a non-Shiite book: “I have not met
anybody who is more truthful than Fatima except her father”.
Aisha’s testimony in this context is very important for she used
to be jealous of Fatima’s mother, Khadija, even after the
latter’s death. The same book quotes Aisha as saying that Fatima
was the woman most loved by Muhammad, while her husband, Ali,(A.S.)
was the closest to his heart of all men.
Messenger (P.) talked about his daughter Fatima as if he knew what
was going to happen to her after his death. He said: Fatima is a
part of me, he who angers her angers me”. And since Muhammad (P.)
does not say anything out of a whim or personal benefit, since all
what he says is revealed from God (SWT), we can say that Muhammad is
not talking about his daughter because she was the daughter whom he
loved, but because he knew that she was infallible and that she was
pleased by what pleases God (SWT) and angered by what angers God (SWT).
(A.S) was the perfect human being that was infallible, according to
the verse of Al-Kissa (cover) which we recited at the beginning of
our speech, and which talks about the infallibility of the five
people who were under the cover in the house of Um-Selma. The
prophet (P.) used to remind the people of this Ayah nearly every
morning. Where he used to pass by Fatima’s house and say:
“Asslamu Alaikum. Members of the house, prayer is due. Allah (SWT)
only wishes to remove uncleanness from you Members of the Family and
to purify you.
we talk about Fatima (A.S) we are talking of an infallible human
being whose manners were superior to the extent that she could be
considered a role model not only for Muslim women, but also for all
Muslims being a perfect image of the prophet.
In the end,
we would like to recite a supplication that she used to call God (SWT)
“O God (SWT),
make me content with what you have given me… and keep me in good
health as long as you keep me alive.
and have mercy on me when I die. Oh God (SWT) don’t make me
exhaust myself in seeking what you did not mean to me, and let what
you have destined to me easy to get. Oh God (SWT), reward my parents
and everyone who did well to me. Oh God (SWT) dedicate me to what
you have created me for_ to worship you, and follow your commands_
Oh God (SWT) make me look humbly at myself and make me feel how
great you are...
Oh God (SWT)
guide me to obey you and to do what pleases you and avoid what
angers you .You are the Most Merciful.
Fatima’s supplication that guides us to ask Allah (SWT) to help us
follow the right path, seeking his pleasure and his pleasure only.
This is the line of the Members of the Family (a.s) who are always
patient and accept whatever happens to them because they know it is
a kind of trial. And certainly Allah (SWT) will reward them for
the Name of God, The Compassionate the Merciful
of Allah (SWT)
and follow the Prophet’s path and that of his family whom God (SWT)
has cleansed. Learn from Al-Zahraa how to care and be concerned with
the issues of Islam and Muslims and how to serve the Islamic causes.
Intifada in its Second year
Intifada continues, and the Martyr operations-especially in
Jerusalem-continue, and it has made the Israelis live in a state of
they continue their brutal aggressions and continue to destroy
houses, assassinate activists, and kill innocent civilians…
America on its part sees no violation in all these crimes of its
laws that define how American weapons should be used. In its view,
the Israelis have the right to eradicate the Palestinians claiming
that they are exercising the right of self-defense and fighting
terrorism. The charter of human rights does not include, according
to the US, The right of Palestinian in self-determination if the
occupier happens to be Israeli.
also withdrew from the Durban Conference in South Africa in Protest
against the attempt to condemn Israeli Brutal crimes against the
Palestinians. For America is a partner to Israel and condemning
Israel would mean condemning America itself. America- and Europe
too- have rejected the African call to apologize for the slavery
practices, and they also refused to pay any compensation. On the
other hand, America exerted every possible pressure on Germany to
compensate for the Jews. Therefore, they do not respect the black
peoples. They still view them as their slaves, and want to exploit
their resources and deprive them of their political independence and
plunder their resources. All this shows how great the lie America
trades with, when it claims to believing in human rights.
provides political and military support to Israel and to all its
other allies, even if such support is made use of against the cause
of freedom whether inside each country or outside it. I therefore
call for understanding America’s role in the world, and
consequently to punish it economically and isolate it politically.
continuity of this indifferent attitude towards the great cause of
the peoples and the plunder of their wealthes is against the
interests of all human beings, especially the weakened among them.
political parties and dignitaries are preparing to celebrate the
first anniversary of the Intifada, I feel that there is a dire need
for planning of the means to support the Intifada on the peoples
level, regardless of how limited their potentials are. I also call
for exerting pressure upon the decision makers in the Arab and
Muslim worlds to play their role in pressurizing the international
arrogance and the rest of the world public opinion to force Israel
to offer concessions.
context, I would like to express my astonishment and surprise by the
recent Russian stands, on the occasion of Sharon’s visit to
Russians have criticized the martyr operations as terrorist acts and
formed a joint committee with Israel to fight terrorism. They also
reaffirmed their commitment to ban arms and not to export military
technology. But Russia did not condemn the brutal Israeli
operations, against the Palestinians, and did not even mention the
Israeli nuclear arsenal that threatens the whole region. Such
Russian stands call for astonishment and drive us to ask: Are the
Russians giving a new present to America.
need for Calm and Objective Thinking in Lebanon
we have always called for the necessity of the politics based on
love and objective and calm thinking that aims to find solutions for
the various problems.
also called that no party –especially if it is of a sectarian
outlook, should claim to be talking in the name of all Lebanese.
we have always stood against talking about a total absence of
freedom and the fall of all the institutions and that they take
their orders from abroad. Furthermore, all Lebanese problems
including the Israeli occupation and its destroying of the Lebanese
infrastructure and the economic and political crisis could not be
all reduced to one factor alone - the Syrian presence.
that all these problems need a lot of time to explore their
magnitude and find their causes and their solutions, especially as
the region is in a very stormy atmosphere whose impact on Lebanon
will be enormous.
Lebanese have recently lived in a somewhat calm political
atmosphere, an atmosphere that should be established on a more firm
and permanent basis. All politicians, officials and religious
leaders should try to keep the people’s temper as cold as
possible, especially as communiqués could bring nothing new, for
the people have actually consumed and memorized them... The question
is: Are solutions made by yelling or by thinking and dialogue?
call on all my sons and brothers in the freed border zone, to choose
those who are experienced, trustworthy and feel the responsibility
they hold before God (SWT) and the people. For they will be held
accountable by God (SWT) for the basis of their choice.
is not related to family political or sectarian affiliations, rather
it has to do with the basic interests of the people.
I also call
upon them not to listen to anybody who wants to stir internal strife
among them, for we are facing a very critical stage, especially as
the enemy still occupies a part of our lands and its agents are
still trying to destabilize our internal front.
remember Imam Ali saying: “Fear Allah (SWT) in his servants and
lands, for you are responsible even for the trees and animals”.