The First Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the
The Personality of Pharaoh
In the era of Prophet Musa, his people used to
suffer from two persons. The first is Pharaoh who turned them into
slaves, which made the Prophet include in his demand to take the
children of Israel with him freeing them of their slavery and all the
practices of Pharaoh who used to kill their children and enslave their
This is demonstrated by what Musa said to
Pharaoh when they started thief long debate.
And is it a favor of which you
remind me that you have enslaved the children of Israel.
And we know how Allah sent Musa to Pharaoh to
ask him to believe in God, while Pharaoh claimed that he himself was
God, encouraged by his rule over the whole of Egypt. But Pharaoh's end
was that Allah drowned him in the sea, having gathered his army to
chase Musa, But Allah enabled Musa to cross the sea, while he gave the
body of Pharaoh to his people to learn a lesson and to know that he is
no god. "This day,
shall we save thee in the body".
Karoon: The Arrogant:
Another personality of Musa's people is that of
Karoon, the very rich man who exploited the poor and the downtrodden.
He used to show off and act arrogantly. But some of the people whom he
wronged were wise; they were not influenced by his wealth, nor did
they see it as a privilege. Rather they believed that he exploited
this wealth to boost his position and act in arrogant manner, like
most of those who have enormous wealth, whether individuals groups or
Such people were afraid of the calls of the
prophets, since it might encourage the downtrodden to rebel against
them. The Quran who considered these as self indulgent have mentioned
this attitude in several ayahs. It quotes them as saying:
we do not see any have followed
you but those who are the meanest of us.
This is the mentality which governs the major powers who have huge
wealthes that they had usurped from the Third world during the
colonial period. The luxury the West enjoys now is a result of
depending on the wealth of the downtrodden.
This is also what we noticed in the meeting of
the G8, the states that own the war factories and all the consumer and
Those are the Karoons of our age. Karoon whom
the Quran talked about is not an ordinary man. He is a model of
arrogant people, whom we might find people like in our Muslim
community, who get rich as a result of exploiting workers peasants and
the people who have certain needs or rights.
Let us read what Allah says about this personality.
Surely Qaroun was of the people
but he acted insolently towards
them- he was able to make a fortune
by exploiting his people.
And We had given him
of the treasures, so much so that his hoards of wealth would certainly
weigh down a company of men possessed of great strength. When his
people said to him – who did not fall under
his influence and who were wise and wanted to advise him :
Do not exult, surely Allah does not
love the exultant; _ Do not be
arrogant , for Allah wants us to use our wealth in doing good.
And seek by means of what Allah has given you the future abode-
there is an end for all this ; a day when you will be held accountable
and do not neglect your
portion of this world – you are a man who
has certain needs which Allah wants you to attain , but by lawful
means - and do good (to
others) as Allah has done good to you- Allah
has given you the chance to make all that money , and you have to
return this favor by being good to the people . Your physical, mental
and materialistic potential are but Allah’s trust which you should use
in helping His servants.
Thus, just as man should use these potentials to
promote his personal interests, he should use it to reduce the pains
of others and help them reach a higher level:
and do not seek to make mischief in
the land, surely Allah does not love the mischief-makers.
Do not use your money in harming others and trade in prohibited goods.
As some do in the South Suburb, when they sell wine and drugs or other
goods that create ethical and social corruption.
Then there are those whom I always warn from;
who import frozen meat and sell it as fresh and lawful. Those people
you are not allowed, from the religious point of view, to buy from
them because they are selling the meat of dead animals.
I say to all my brothers and sisters. Any
restaurant that offers wine should by boycotted, and any shop that
sells frozen meat is prohibited to buy from him.
Any butcher who sells meat that Allah's name was
not mentioned when the animals were slaughtered; you should boycott
Boycott also all what has to do with political
corruption such as buying your votes or your conscience or any
attempts to fall under the influence of the rich who are used by the
foreigners in order to dominate people.
What was Karoon’s reaction to all that.
He said: I have been given this
only on account of the knowledge I have. I
am clever and know how to make money. But is this money going to last
forever? Did he not know that Allah had destroyed before him of the
generations of those who were mightier in strength than he and greater
in assemblage? And
the guilty shall not be asked about their faults.
So he went forth to
his people in his finery – to impress the
people. Those who desire
this world's life said: O would that we had the like of what Qaroun is
given; most surely he is possessed of mighty good fortune.
And those who were given the knowledge said: Woe to you! Allah's
reward is better for him who believes and does good.
Money perishes, and none is
made to receive this except the patient.
Who tolerates deprivation and hardship, and do not fall but continue
to obey Allah
Thus We made the earth to swallow up him and his abode;
so he had no body of helpers
to assist him against Allah nor was he of those who can defend
And those who wished to be like him realized how mistaken they were
and that it is Allah’s satisfaction that counts.
And those who yearned for his place only the day before began to
say: Ah! (know) that Allah amplifies and straitens the means of
subsistence for whom He pleases of His servants; had not Allah been
gracious to us, He would most surely have abased us; ah! (know) that
the ungrateful are never successful. : (As for) that future abode, We
assign it to those who have no desire to exalt themselves in the earth
nor to make mischief and the good end is for those who guard (against
These are supplies we ought to provide ourselves with and this
is what we should compete in.
The Second Sermon
In Palestine, it does not seem that there is a
realistic solution for the sharp division demonstrated by the two
governments that do not recognize one another, especially with the
Arab and international stand against the national unity government led
by Hamas and the welcoming of the emergency government that was
planned by the US, encouraged by Israel and facilitated by several
Arab states, especially those in the Arab Quartet Committee. All those
who wanted a Palestinian government that unconditionally recognizes
Israel and even without defining its borders or agree to remove the
settlements and the racial wall, and does not accept that Jerusalem is
an Arab city, did not want Hamas in the government.
The Arabs, Americans and Israelis wanted the
Palestinians to recognize the Jewish state as a de facto reality that
the Palestinian should yield to and respect. This means that the
Palestinians should surrender and accept all Israeli conditions and
demands, especially that the Arabs are running after Israel to
convince it of the Arabs initiative it refused right from the
beginning. Such an attitude encourages Israel to look down on the
Arabs, since it is stronger than the Arabs and since America that
controls most Arab officials, supports the Zionist Entity and prevents
any condemnation of it by the Security Council.
It also pushes the Arab "moderate" countries to
establish economic relations with Israel that would lead to diplomatic
If America has talked about a Palestinian state,
in addition to the Israeli one, it nevertheless, did not move any step
forward to establish it. On the contrary, it erected security barriers
to hinder it, by considering the Palestinian groups that defend
liberation and independence to be terrorist organizations, and by
demanding that the Palestinians should stop their resistance without
asking Israel to stop its destroying of the Palestinian
America also pressurized the International
Quartet Committee to adopt Israeli conditions which led to the
freezing of the negotiations and turning the Palestinian state into an
unfertile project that has no realistic chances of succeeding.
Thus, we noticed that the West and most of the
Arabs besieged the democratically elected Hamas government.
Then they besieged the national unity
government, which Hamas joined on the basis of the Makka's agreement
that was not positively viewed by the Americans and the Israelis.
Because they want the division to intensify and become more bloody
with one brother killing another, leading to political and security
anarchy and implementing a vicious scheme that some of the Palestinian
officials who are associated with the Americans and Israelis have
taken part in it to create the atmosphere and the events that led to
the dismissing of the national government and replacing it by an
emergency government. Then the economic sanctions on the emergency
government were lifted, while Hamas was isolated and accused of
committing crimes against the people.
This American, European, Arab and Israeli
support for the new government and the head of the authority arouses a
lot of suspicion about the motives and the goals of these
The resolutions of the Arab League do not, in
our view, resolve the problem. And the Israelis will be left to take
advantage of the division, intensify their besiege of Gaza and
destabilize the security in the West Bank that might lead to another
complicated strife that might be not be as big as the one in Gaza
though it will be close to it.
We also do not know what happened in the Bush –
Olmert meeting and the plan they are making to complete the execution
of the Israeli expansion plans, that aim at freezing the project of
the Palestinian state, for America would not pressurize Israel to
promote the interests of the Palestinians. Its only concern is the
interests of the Jewish people.
The Palestinian people should not be deceived by
an emergency government and a state of emergency that is dictated by
the American and the Israelis, for they will not achieve anything.
Instead, they have to search for the faithful
leaders that could save them from all the catastrophes they are
We have to look for a new experiment that is not
linked with the international and Israeli conditions, and that is not
governed by partisanship. The Resistance ought to stay and unite its
organizations in confronting the enemy.
The American Middle Eastern policies have proved
their failure one after the other: Washington has put into practice in
the last few years its worst regional polices. And as a result, it is
living a big crisis, with the deteriorating situation in the Middle
East beginning to have an impact on the American internal politics.
In the meantime, America continues to pressurize
Iran over its peaceful nuclear project. It also makes sure that the
Lebanese crisis continues to mark time or even becomes more
complicated, whether through the visits of its envoys, or the
movements of its ambassador who creates several problems through his
visits to the Pro-American Lebanese politicians. A case in point is
also the talk of some officials in the Turkish intelligence agencies
who said that Washington asked the military to stage a military coup
during the period of preparing to the presidential elections. Despite
all this, America continues to talk about democracy in the region,
which it only pressures in as much as it promotes its interests and
expands its imperial influence.
In Iraq, the American occupation is arming some
of the tribes, to further destabilize the country by creating militias
that will lead to an armed strife between the sects. In addition, the
British and American occupation forces continue to lunch offensives in
the South that lead to the killing of civilians, especially women
children and the elderly.
We renew our call for a liberation movement to
oust the occupier, especially that we hear from some of the occupation
leaders that the American Army plans to stay for at least ten years,
which would hinder any movement towards progress, development and
freedom of the Iraqi people who should seek to promote national and
America Thwarts Arab Efforts:
In Lebanon, there are those who are waiting for
the results of the Arab imitative to establish a national unity
government but we believe that the chances of this initiative are not
going to be better than the ones before it. The US wants to keep
Lebanon in mayhem. It does not want Lebanon to enjoy political
stability for it feels that this will achieve a political victory for
the Resistance to be added to its military victory. It wants Lebanon
to remain in a state of chaos to execute its political project, which
consists of pressuring more than one location in the region.
The problem of Lebanon is that those in power as
well as in the political realm do not think of the stability of the
Lebanese economy, politics and security. They only think about gaining
more power and money. They do not mind keeping the people hungry; for
they want to preoccupy it with the various crises and incite
sectarianism among the Lebanese at a time the country is suffering
from security instability in many places.
Some are trying to mark time until we arrive at
the presidential elections, where we will face constitutional vacuum,
or two governments, which would be a catastrophe.
The Lebanese should face their problems in a
realistic manner, to save their future which they are trying to
destroy and turn into ashes.