The First Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the
Imam Ali bin Al-Hussein (a.s.)
welcomes the month of Ramadan by a supplication that stresses the
spiritual significance of this month in which man can rise spiritually
to Allah, and upholds his responsibility towards Allah, and himself.
Islam should not be a superficial state that deals with words or acts
of worship that do not penetrate to his soul and become mere movements
of the body or readings that he does not understand. The Imam has
described this month as the month of Islam, meaning that man should
retrieve in this month what he had lost of his Islam, since the months
in which man has been preoccupied with his other errands might have
diminished the impact of the spirit of Islam in him. Thus, the month
of Ramadan comes to enable man to retrieve what he had lost of his
Islam, renew the spiritual virtues and straighten all deviations in
his relations with himself and others.
And because this month is the month
of Islam, we should review the position of Islam in the world because
this is what Allah wants us to do, since He sent His Messenger(p.) to
have Islam as our greatest concern in life, especially in the struggle
it leads with the unbelievers .
Love and Mercy
When man opens up on this Islamic
spirit especially in the month of Islam he has to study the affairs
and struggles of all Muslims, since they are a part of the nation
You are the best of the nations raised up for
(the benefit of) men; you enjoin what is right and forbid the wrong
and believe in Allah.Any Muslim is a part of this nation; his
feelings motives and concerns are not different than that of others
regardless of his race.
A white Muslim is the same as a black one. The
Muslim in the East is the same as the Muslim in the West. He does not
feel lonely in any Muslim country nor does he feel neutral in any
struggle the Muslims engage in against the arrogant.
The Prophetic tradition has emphasized this fact when he said:
Believers in their shared compassion, love and sympathy, are as one
body: when one organ complains the rest of the body suffers sleepless
He also said that who becomes uncaring about Muslim
affairs is not a Muslim.
Some people say: what concerns us in the problems
of Palestine, Afghanistan, India, Iraq or any other place? We are
Lebanese and we are supposed to care about Lebanese Muslims only.
Others say we are Shiites and we are not concerned with Sunni
problems, But this is not correct. It is true that we differ in our
sects but we are the one nation.
And hold fast by the covenant of Allah
all together and be not disunited, and remember the favor of Allah on
you when you were enemies, then He united your hearts so by His favor
you became brethren; and you were on the brink of a pit of fire, then
He saved you from it, thus does Allah make clear to you His
communications that you may follow the right way.
This kind of thinking is a kind of
fanaticism, and fanaticism is a trait of the age of ignorance
(pre-Islamic Jahiliya), as Allah has defined it in the Holy Quran “When
those who disbelieve had set up in their hearts zealotry, the zealotry
of the Age of Ignorance|. Thus every fanaticism whether
partisan, national, tribal or … is a form of pre-Islamic zoolatry even
if those who feel it fast, pray and perform pilgrimage.
When we enter the month of Ramadan
we should feel that we have entered into Islam and fill our hearts,
minds, feelings and life with Islam. We should read the Quran with the
aim of understanding and applying it. We should stand before God to
tell Him about our sufferings and needs, so that our fasting will be a
symbol of our will to obey God. When we add up all these elements, we
find that they educate us on the knowledge of God, to become near him
and be friends with Him, because, He knows all our secrets and He is
our only helper. We can tell Him what we cannot tell others, admit our
sins, and ask Him to liberate us from them. Revealing our secrets to
others might humiliate us and may not lead to forgiveness, God is the
only one capable of doing that He is the One
that accepts repentance from His Servants and forgives sins:
and He knows all that ye
Admit your sins to Allah and ask Him
for His forgiveness. He is the Most Merciful and He forgives His
servants. That is why Imam Zein Al-Abidien says in the opening
O Allah, indeed Your forgiveness
of my sins
and Your overlooking my faults
Your pardoning my oppression
and Your forbearing my many wrongs
done intentionally or
tempted me to ask from You
what I did not deserve from You
which You (still) gave me out of
provided me by Your Power
and made known to me from Your
So I became habituated to call You
and ask You familiarly
neither fearing nor scared
but with confidence in You for what
Then if there was a delay (in Your
I would blame You, due to my
and perhaps the delay was best for
for You know the outcome of all
I have not seen a more generous
patient with a wretched slave than
You are with me
I have always said that our relation
with God is not formal. It is that of a creator with his creations. We
do not need any body to act as an intermediary between Allah and us.
It is true that the Prophets and Imams can intercede , but He said: :
And your Lord says: Call upon Me, I will answer
you; and And when My servants ask you
concerning Me, then surely I am very near; I answer the prayer of the
suppliant when he calls on Me. Some might say that I am
illiterate how can I supplicate? Don't worry; use your own words to
express your needs. Say for example: I am hungry feed me, and Allah
will respond to you.
Love of Allah
The love of Allah is not equal to
any love. It is above all love, but the expression of this love is by
submitting to and obeying His orders. This is the way that renders
this love real and mutual And there are some
among men who take for themselves objects of worship besides Allah,
whom they love as they love Allah, and those who believe are stronger
in love for Allah and
If you love Allah, then follow me, Allah will love you
and forgive you your faults, and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
One of those who loved this love was the Commander
of the faithful, Imam Ali bin Abi Talib, whom the Prophet(p.)
described as a man who loves Allah and His Messenger and who is loved
by Allah and His Messenger.
Dear beloved, let us learn to love
Allah and obey Him… To befriend Allah and feel our responsibilities
towards Him in our house, markets and societies. Let us seek to be
near Allah, to let Him see that we have lived our days and nights in
Then when the month of Ramadan ends
we will have two Eids: The first is that our bodies that will be
relieved from the needs of fasting and the second is the Eid of God's
Imam Ali used to say: It is a Eid
for those whom Allah excepts their fasting and acknowledges their
praying. And everyday that in which Allah is not disobeyed is a Eid.
The Second Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
In the beginning, we meet with the
alarming statement of the French Foreign Minister, who expects the
worst scenario for the Iranian conflict! War. He said that France
wants the EU to impose sanctions on Iran other than those imposed by
the United Nations to force Iran to stop enriching uranium, adding
that Iran's possession of nuclear weapons represents a danger to the
He then tried to explain his
statement but in a way that did not change its goal.
Fist we wonder about this French
zeal: Is the new France that is a big friend to the US and Israel
trying to assert this friendship by outbidding these two countries,
since America is still staying- at least in public – that diplomacy is
its preferable option to resolve the Iranian nuclear program.
On the other hand, the French
Minister considers the Israeli nuclear weapon an element of peace,
despite the fact that the Zionist entity has been, since it was
established, a threat to the entire region, and probably a threat to
the entire world, especially through its strategic alliance with the
US that is imposing the mobile wars on the region and playing one
country against the other especially the Arabs and the Iranians,
although Iran was never engaged in any aggression against its
We had hoped that France's new
leadership would have adopted a policy that is different than that of
the US and one that is nearer to the logic of freedom and independence
that France had adopted in its history.
Such stands as the ones France is
taking will not make it a superpower or gain it the confidence of the
region's nations, since it is taking a deviation that is opposite to
the line of justice and true friendship to the Arabs and Muslims. It
also will not gain any influence except a marginal one that is left by
the United States.
Certain conservative hawks are
encouraging President Bush to blow a decisive strike against Iran, but
we believe that such a thinking is not realistic and will not be
realized, since it will be hindered by the big reduction in Bush's
popularity, and the fears of his European allies and the concern of
the regional states from the probable repercussions of any America
adventure against Iran. It is also hindered by the current deployment
of the America troops in Iraq and the inability to bring additional
troops, especially that the Congress is calling for its withdrawal or
at least for a big reduction.
We warn against any American
madness, in which the American President could end his tenure by a
show of force, even if it leads to the fall of the temple on the heads
of all parties, especially that of the American allies in the Gulf who
are practically helpless towards the American decrees.
Bush's Peace Conference
Some of the Arab states that have
been invited to Bush's conference have made some reservations about
its seriousness. The Enemy's Prime Minister also talked about the need
not to expect a lot, and pointed out that Israel on the PA are not
working for an agreement on principles but rather a joint declaration
We have said right from the
beginning that Israel is not ready to offer any concessions to the
Arabs except of a level of a fig leaf.
And this is what was confirmed by
the statements of the American Secretary of State who declared that
she is convinced with the Israeli point of view. America cannot but
agree on what Israel decides, even if it were at the expense of all
Arabs who continue to make additional concessions, since the Madrid
Conference until now, without gaining anything.
The Resistance is a strategic necessity.
Based on these facts, we believe
that the resistance in Palestine remains a strategic necessity to
liberate the land and to attain the legal rights whom many continue to
pay lip service for only.
Therefore, the Mujahideen ought to
deploy their combat capabilities to become an extension of the
liberation experiment of Lebanese Mujaideen, especially that certain
military officials are saying that Israel has regained its deterring
The Palestinian Resistance ought to
multiply its power so as to become a problem to the enemy and not the
other way round, especially at a time the enemy is saying that Gaza is
a "hostile territory", which means that it will witness a new phase of
Iraq's internal differences
As for Iraq, we believe that the
difference between the political parties and the subsequent
withdrawals form the government on the basis of unrealistic reasons
that undermine national unity and promote chaos, represent a threat to
Iraq as a whole, since it will deprive Iraq from any ability to exert
a pressure on the occupation powers. This will lead to empowering the
occupation, which asserts that it intends to stay long in Iraq.
We want the various political blocs
in Iraq to uphold its big responsibility of preventing the
fragmentation of the political sphere which could lead to the
fragmentation of the entire country.
Lebanon: Booby- trapped advice
Lebanon is still looking for a
President in Washington, Paris the EU, the Security Council and
several Arab countries, but by means of those who are managing the
crisis through a show of their political muscle, exchanging
accusations and curses, and receiving international and regional
envoys who offer booby-trapped advice, since many Lebanese have agreed
that their country should remain a front for an international race for
gaining influence and for implementing their projects and for talking
in a sacred manner about the international community, although the
international players seek only their own interests and may change
their alliances at any moment accordingly.
The problem is that many Lebanese
have become addicted to their political leaders and have grown afraid
of changing them; as a result of certain illusions and fears they had
created and become prisoners of. In the meantime, the sectarian regime
that is revered by all parties has prevented those who are qualified
from assuming the posts that will enable them to run the country.
Lebanon became a victim of corruption that became stronger than the
calls for reform, and lying and hypocrisy became an integral part of
politics that is no longer governed by any values.
Allah, has told us that He does not
change the condition of a people until they change their own. Faced by
the grave danger and the negative conditions the country is suffering
from, especially after the last assassination, we have to embark on a
serious and responsible political effort to move the country from
political and security chaos to reconciliation, in order to circumvent
all efforts of those who are trying to lead the country to chaos and