The First Sermon
the Name of God, The Compassionate the Merciful
of the main issues the Glorious Quran is the true meaning of being a
Muslim and a believer. Does it mean that you could testify that
there is no God (SWT) but Allah (SWT), and that Muhammad is His
Messenger (P), and perform all your religious duties, but when it
comes to social and financial relations, you act according to what
serves your interests or reflects your mood or fanaticism?
Belief implies that all your life should be subjected to your
belief, meaning that you would not embark on any action unless you
are sure it pleases God. To support or oppose any party, you should
learn what the judgment of Allah (SWT) regarding this issue is.
Moreover love hate, friendship, or rivalry should also be based on
what God (SWT) has revealed. Islam means obeying God (SWT) in
everything. It is not a word, it is a commitment. The Glorious Quran
has given us several examples of those who say that they obey God (SWT)
and His Messenger (P), but when they differ about anything whether a
business, an opinion or any other thing, they will not accept God (SWT)’s
ruling if it is not in agreement with their own way of thinking.
an attitude is common in our communities where fanaticism whether to
the family, sect or party is the major determining force of the
stands people take. Let us read these verses and use them as a
mirror that reflects where we stand: Are we true believers? Or do we
obey God (SWT) and His commands only when they are in our favor? God
They declare: We believe in Allah and His Apostle and obey them
both”. But a party of them would turn away afterwards.
those are not believers, and when they are called to Allah and His Apostle to judge between them, a party of them turn
will not accept the rule of God (SWT), and they will chose the rule
of another party like the civil law or the laws of their tribe or
Had justice been on their side they would come to it in all
do not follow Islam; they follow their own interests. Were they true
believers they would have followed God (SWT)’s commands in all
cases in compliance with God (SWT)’s saying:
is not for true believers, Men and women, to take their choice in
their affair if God and His Apostle decree otherwise” (S33,v36).
God (SWT) considers those who follow their own interests and
not the right path of justice that he had shown them not only to be
sick in their hearts, but also wrong doers.
there a sickness in their hearts, or are they in doubt? Do they fear
that Allah and his Apostle may deny them justice? Surely these are
wrongdoers. But when true believers are called to Allah and His
apostle so that he can pass judgment upon them, their only reply is:
“We hear and obey” such men shall surely prosper. Those who obey
Allah and His apostle, those that revere Allah and fear Him, shall
Then God (SWT) tells about those who had lived with the
Prophet and did not keep their promises. Needless to say, there are
many like them in our time. He says:
They solemnly swear by Allah (SWT) that if you order them, they
would certainly go forth. Say: “Do not swear: true obedience (will
count). Allah knows of all your actions. Say: “Obey Allah and obey
His Apostle, if you turn away, he is still bound to fulfill his
duty, and you yourselves are bound to fulfill yours. If you obey
him, you shall be guided. The duty of an apostle is only to give a
clear message”. (S24,v53-54).
these verses talk about abiding by the judgment of God and His
Messenger (P) after having been called upon to solve a dispute, the
issue is not restricted to such judgments. No father could run the
affairs of his family except by the rules and commands of the
Islamic law. The wife and children too ought to abide by God (SWT)’s
commands, and seek always to please God (SWT).
since this attitude extends by its very nature, to all our actions
in life, it also extends to our political and party life. A party
might ask you to boycott certain believers because of their
political opinions that might be different from that of the party.
It is unlawful to boycott them, since God (SWT), the Prophet and the
Imams have commanded us to preserve our relations with them.
the party may ban praying behind a just Imam, or you might be asked
to inflame others against a believer, or distort his image and
accuse him with false accusations. In such cases, it is unlawful to
do so, because being a Muslim means that all your actions and
sayings should be judged by Islam in accordance with God (SWT)’s
will not be true believers until they seek your arbitration in their
disputes... Then they will not doubt the justice of your verdicts
and will submit to you entirely” (S4,v55).
believer cannot follow God and something else at the same time.
Being a Muslim means that you abide by all the rulings of Islam,
even in minute details.
are returning to God (SWT), and we have to make sure that we have
done our best to prepare for this meeting. We have to hold ourselves
accountable before God (SWT) judges us. For then, nothing will save
us except our good deeds.
the Name of God, The Compassionate the Merciful
of God (SWT):
pious and fear God (SWT) in all you do, observe all His commands and
do not be like those who forgot God (SWT) and who He made forget
God (SWT) in confronting all the oppressors and unjust.
We also have to be pious and obey God (SWT) in standing with
Muslims against oppressors. There can be no neutrality between right
and wrong or between the oppressed and the oppressors.
Great Intifada of Palestine
spite of all Sharon’s terrorist activities towards the Palestinian
people, the Intifada is still haunting Sharon and deepening his
enemy has started to make many tours in Europe to convince the
Europeans that the Intifada is not a liberation and independence
movement, but one of violence lead by the Palestinians who are
waging an open and racial war against the Israelis, in the hope that
the Europeans will exert pressure on the Palestinian Authority to
stop the Intifada.
Sharon’s mission has failed, for the world is watching daily the
crimes he is committing… Destroying houses and leaving its
dwellers homeless, building more settlements… economic siege,
the Americans have began to protest the Israeli actions every now
and then, either because they feel embarrassed or because”
Israel” violates the provisions of the Mitchell plan...
am sure that the Palestinian people will maintain their steadfast
and firm uprising despite all the difficult conditions that surround
them and all the pressures they have to repel. The Palestinians have
crossed the barrier of fear, and they have now to learn how to come
up with tactics that do not play against their strategy. They also
have to know that nobody is going to remove the mines and obstacles
for them, if they themselves do not remove them.
the fireball in Palestine gets bigger and bigger by the day, the
ball of humiliation continues to run in the Arab and Muslim worlds.
The regimes have succumbed to the American hegemony that does not
allow them to take any firm stand.
am very concerned about the recent developments in the Israeli
–Turkish alliance. The Zionist minister of war has announced that
is directed in the first place against Iran because of its potential
nuclear capabilities. Israel is trying to intimidate Turkey, so as
to become a major market of its weapon industry, and an air space
from which it could launch its attacks on Iran and Iraq. It wants
Turkey to become a military base for Israel in addition to being a
military base for NATO.
Arab and Muslim states should take this turn of events into
consideration We should not forget that Turkey was the first Muslim
country to recognize Israel as a result, of course, of American
Resistance the obstacle that prevents the donor foreign countries
from giving aid to help solve the economic crisis? Or is it the
nature of the government in Lebanon?
know that the donors have had certain conditions to provide aid:
all forms of corruption and commission, administrative reform,
privatization of certain public companies…etc. Is the government
ready to take these steps?
No it is not, because of political and sectarian interests
and because the political and sectarian leaders continue to view the
government as a milky cow and not a state that should care about the
welfare of all its citizens. Why then should we hold the Resistance
responsible? Moreover, the economic situation is affected by the
fact that Lebanon is part of the Arab-Israeli struggle, and thus its
economy cannot improve unless the whole economic freeze in the
Yet, I call for a plan to stop the collapse that could fix
the things that could be fixed; things that are entirely in our
control like ending corruption to prevent our homeland from dying.