The First Sermon
In the Name of God,
the Compassionate, the Merciful
Building a healthy environment.
Islamic education calls on the
Muslim to build the environment that develops his mind, heart
behavior and relations with life as well as with other human beings,
for one cannot underestimate the effect of the environment on
thoughts and emotions.
The Islamic concern about the
human environment starts before one‘s birth. A future father has
to choose a mother for his children. He should strive to choose a
women known for her kind heart, purity and chastity as well as
courtesy and nobility.
The child will be affected by his
mother, when he is still in her womb. Then when it is born it will
carry through the milk the mother feeds it many of her personal
traits. That is why the traditions have advised us not to nurse our
children by hot tempered or unbalanced women.
Thus, the father has the right to
choose the mother of his child since it represents the environment
that the child will be raised in …
Similarly, the future mother has
the right to choose a father for her children for they will inherit
his traits, and even his grandfathers' traits.
Thus, when a man or a woman want
to get married they should not be concerned by their subjective
needs or moods but rather by their children. Their first priority
should be choosing a partner who would be good to their children.
This attitude will free the society of several problems the families
are currently suffering from.
The necessity of the choice of a
good partner is not limited to the effect on children, since it also
affects the community you live in. Thus one should be careful not to
let a harmful element interact with this community. We should
realize that social relations are quite different than trading.
Buying a house, for example, will not affect the community, while
negative conduct by a new member will have a devastating effect on
the family and on the community in general.
The basis of
Islam has emphasized the
importance of friendship and the need to choose friends and
companions on a solid basis of careful studying. On e should know
what are the beliefs of these potential friends and find out if they
are with the right or if they are kind and loving and not motivated
by envy or hatred…
Therefore, this is an extremely
sensitive issue, for having a fried means that you have developed a
bond of affection towards him and have become as a result quite
vulnerable to adopt his views and to identify with his feelings.
To avoid being led astray as a
result of a bad choice of one friends our honorable traditions have
focused on this issue. Imam al-Sadiq(a.s.) quotes the commander of
the faithful Imam Ali(a.s.) as saying in many of his sermons A
Muslim should avoid to befriend three kinds of people: the
dissolute, the foolish and the liar, the first will try to influence
you to imitate him. He will not help you in your religious affairs
and in preparing for the Day of Judgment...
Thus we have to be cautions
especially in the secondary schools and universities and never rush
to establish relations before knowing the others quite thoroughly.
As for the fools, they might
believe a good thing to be bad and vise -versa... while the liars
won’t let you enjoy a happy life. They would keep on lying until
they would not be believed when they say the truth and they would
create enmity between people… through what their lies mite
incite.. In this respect, the international intelligence agencies
are institutions of spreading lies on the world level. They do not
collect information, they make them….
This is what has been exposed in
America and Britain where there is a large debate going on about the
basis that made the two countries go to war. The intelligence
agencies provided their peoples with false and exaggerated
information to make the world believe that the Iraqi regime is about
to destroy the world…
We live in a society where lying
is abundant, and we have thus to follow the advice that Allah had
revealed in the Quran, for if you believe what an evil-doer has told
us you will end up in harming a people in
ignorance and be sorry for what you have done (49:6).
Thus, dear beloved, we have to
study all our friendship relations, and be all the while vigilant
not to tell our friend our very private secrets, because if he turns
into an enemy he is quite capable of hurting you.
The Prophet(p.) says: "The
nearest a man can be to unbelief is when takes someone as a brother
in religion, and starts recording his mistakes to use them one day
In the Glorious Quran Allah has told us about
one's friends .He says: His companion will
say: Our Lord! I did not lead him into inordinacy but he himself was
in a great error. He will say: Do not quarrel in My presence, and
indeed I gave you the threatening beforehand: My word shall not be
changed, nor am I in the least unjust to the servants. On the day
that We will say to hell: Are you filled up? And it will say: Are
there any more?( 50:25-27}
It is the same as when Satan leads
somebody to fall astray and when he does so he denounces his act and
claim that he fears God.
These are some of the things that
we have to think about in a responsible manner for they have a great
effect on our life and our destiny in the Hereafter.
The Second Sermon
In the Name of God,
the Compassionate, the Merciful
Palestine: Do not
give free concessions
The situation in Palestine
is still under various political and security pressures that aim to
force the Palestinians to yield to the Israeli plan of establishing
an proclaimed victory over the Intifada, so that Israel will assert
its position as the most powerful state in the region. This is what
explains the American supportive role that is based on one major
aim. "Security for Israel and Israel alone."
In this respect, the role of the
Palestinian Authority is to protect this security, while America and
Israel do not even agree to stop the daily brutal killings and
assassinations, let alone withdrawing from the occupied lands. In
short, they want the militant Palestinian factions to stop their
operations for nothing in return; and even the Palestinian state
that Bush talks about will not have any real sovereignty; its
economy security and political life will be run by the Israelis
which will leave it with no more than nominal independence.
Meanwhile the American envoys who
shuttle to and fro have virtually made the other Quartet Committee
members ineffective have been exerting continuous pressures on the
Palestinian Authority to force it to enter a struggle with the
Palestinian organizations that refused to surrender unconditionally
and that call for a dialogue on the basis of national unity to agree
upon what serves the national Palestinian right of
There is no light in the end of
the tunnel yet. For what America wants is according to its secretary
of state that Israel feels confident that the Palestinian Authority
would keep its commitments while no one asks Israel about its
commitment in withdrawing and releasing the prisoners.
All these developments indicate
that the Palestinian cause is passing through one of the most
difficult stages, and that all Arabs and Muslims, and the
Palestinians in Particular, should remain vigilant and monitor all
what its going on around them, making sure that no one and no party
should yield to the American pressures and offer vital concessions.
The occupation is
there to stay
In Iraq, the occupation forces is
still drawn in the Iraqi quick sands as a result of failing to keep
its promises to the Iraqi people. Instead of setting a fixed date
for the withdrawal, they began to talk about staying for many years
that are determined by the needs as they see them. They have not
devised any political plan to let the Iraqis run their own affairs.
And in the meantime they are pursing their security economic and
Our people in Iraq should be aware
of all these facts and they should cling to their national unity and
not let listen to those who try to incite sectarian strife, since it
will lead to the fall of the temple on the heads of all Iraqis...
Iranian unity was
enhanced by the American threat
As for Iran, America has initiated
a political media war against the Islamic Republic . But this time
it managed to win the support of many of its allies who are afraid
to engage in another trouble with U.S.A. after their split regarding
Iraq. America has also exerted pressure on the Nuclear Energy Agency
to impose harsh and humiliating demands on Iran and has started to
talk about the threat that the Iranian nuclear weapons will pose to
the whole world in the near future.
Meanwhile , America ignores the
Israeli nuclear weapons that threaten the region, and prevents the
UN from raising this issue. Nevertheless, Iran has faced the
situation with a firm stand that emphasizes its independence in
protecting its security and interests into consideration the changes
in the region and the entire world.
On another level, America has
tried to exploit the student and other sectarian demonstrations
which are within their rights and which the Islamic republic could
address by responding to the legitimate demands.
But president Bush and his
Administration, as well as his media, have tried to blow up the size
of these demonstrations to suggest that there is a revolution
against the regime… But their evil turned against them, since the
American intervention has lead to the enhancement of national
solidarity. For the Iranian people will not yield before the
American arrogance especially that they saw what happened in
Afghanistan and Iraq.
We call the Iranian people to be
aware of the Arrogance threat that plans to end the independence of
Iran and spread chaos in this country, and ultimately overthrow the
Islamic regime. We also call on the Iranian Authorities to study the
demands of the demonstrations, and reaffirm its commitment to the
public freedoms on the basis of protecting the Islamic regime and
not giving the chance to the enemies to exploit the situation. The
major challenge the Islamic regime in Iran faces lies in presenting
a civilized Islamic experiment that guarantees the legitimate
freedoms of the nation and finds realistic problems to its economic
and political problems on the basis of justice that represents the
principle of all heavenly messages .
Sectarianism has become the alternative.
In Lebanon, the rationale of the
institutions has become so shaky that people go back to their sects
to attain some of the privileges they offer, instead of acting as
citizens who demand their rights.
The political game in this country
is re-dividing the country over the shares of the leaders of sects.
And those who are talking here and there about the absence of
reconciliation are actually the ones who are preventing its
realization when they insist on their personal and sectarian gains.
That is what made the spirit of
dialogue disappear with everybody thinking of his own immediate
gains, while there is a dire need to listen to what reason says, and
put the long term interests of the country first. But when?