The First Sermon
the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
One of the moral values
Allah wanted man to adopt both in his private and social lives is to
be faithful and honest towards himself as well as others. He should
advise and not cheat both of them. And this is what the Prophet(p.)
, the Imams and the previous messengers have emphasized:
“I deliver to you the messages of my Lord
and I am a faithful adviser to you 7: 69 . “Then
he turned away from them and said: O my people I did certainly
deliver to you the message of my Lord, and I gave you good advice,
but you do not love those who give good advice.” 7: 79.
Allah, the most Exalted,
wanted the entire nation to adopt advice as the method of dealing in
human relations whether in matters of opinion or in social dealing,
like marriage, business partnership …etc.
The same thing goes in
political affairs, especially when it concerns adhering to a
political line, or believing in a political leader; for Allah, the
most Exalted, wanted the society to be stable and maintain its
But unity in Islam is not a
formal matter. It is the full integration of the nation in a way
that makes every member feels that he is responsible for all others
in the same way he is responsible for himself, meaning that he has
to advise the nation just as he advises himself. He also should not
cleat the nation just as he does not cheat himself when asked about
what religion is and he answered that religion is advice, The
Messenger (p.), had summarized the entire religion in one word .
Then when asked to whom, he added: To Allah, the most Exalted, , His
messenger, the Muslims’ leaders and the Muslim public.
emphasized the same meaning in many of his sayings including: “He
who does not care about the affairs of Muslim is not one of them”;
and “ he who does not give advice to Allah, His messengers are,
His book, He Imam and the Muslim Public is not a Muslim. Meaning
that to be a part of the Muslim society you have to advise Muslims.
Those who cheat Muslims can not be Muslims for they would be
undermining the nation and disrupting its social fabric.
Importance of Advice
The Messenger(p.) said:
“Those who hold the greatest position on the Day of Judgment
-meaning the closest to Allah, the most Exalted,- are those who walk
around providing advise to His creations, meaning that they should
seek in all their actions and positions to advise fellow human
beings to develop their life and strengthen their unity.
Imam Jaa’far Al-Sadiq(a.s.)
says: “Provide advise for Allah’s creations, for there is
nothing you could meet God with that is better than this action”.
This means that caring for
the social aspects of Muslim life especially the welfare of the
nation is considered among the most benevolent actions you could
meet God with
Regarding cheating, we read
in our traditions: “He who cheats his Muslim brother will be…
punished and left on his own”. If you sell something knowing that
there is something wrong with it that you do not uncover, you will
be hated by Allah and cursed by his angels”. Imam Ali (a.s.) says:
The most evil among you is he cheats others” furthermore: “A
believer does not cheat, betray accuse or let down his brother”.
Imam Al-Sadiq(a.s.) was
asked about mixing a poor quality of a certain item with one of a
better quality to sell them at a higher price by showing the one of
a better quality and biding the other and he affirmed that this is a
kind of unlawful cheating.
Imam Al-Baqir narrates one
of the experiences of the Prophet who happened to be inspecting the
marketplace. He found n man selling some food which seemed delicious
and praised it. But he was inspired by God to put his hand deep
inside the food and found out that the food inside was bad. The
Messenger(p.) said: “What you have collected here is nothing but a
cheat and a betrayal to Muslims”.
He also said: “He who
cheats us in not one of us”.
Therefore, in the face of
all this political, economic, social and even religious chaos that
might will lead to anarchy and strife, as people are motivated by
their desires and interests, we have to make every effort to deter
this trend . This could be done only if we adhere to the principle
of honesty: Just as we are supposed to tell people the truth about
the commodity we are selling them, we have to provide objective
advice toward all the social, religious, economic and political
affairs of the nation. Our own personal preferences and prejudices
should not be allowed to interfere.
Thus, backbiting is
unlawful, “Would one of you love to eat the
flesh of his dead brother? Ye abhor that (so abhor the other”(49:
12). yet there are some instances when it becomes lawful, as in the
case of advice in matters concerning business partnership or
marriage. Backbiting in this sense is disclosing a certain hidden
flaw in a man, yet it becomes lawful when hiding it leads to a
bigger problem than revealing it.
Dear loved ones:
The Holy Quran constantly
reminds us of the Hereafter. It constantly asserts that this life is
temporary and that we are all going to die and that each of us will
have to face God in the Hereafter to be held accountable for what we
have done. Therefore, we have to be pious and fear God in everything
we do or say for all the money we gather, and all the hatreds that
motivate us to act in wrongful ways, are but perishable. The only
thing that will be left is our meeting with God on the Day of
Judgment. On that day nothing and no one will help us accept our
Therefore, let us fight
against ourselves. If Satan tries to convince us of resorting to
dubious means to get rid of a certain stock so that we will not lose
our money, we have to know that unlawful money will be undermined by
Allah, the most Exalted, and only our lawful earnings will be
blessed by Him. Money goes away and only good deeds remain: “Wealth
and children are an ornament of the life of the world. But the good
deeds which endure are better in thy Lord's sight for reward, and
better in respect of hope” (18:46).
All those who have cheated have died along with their cheating, but
they still have to bear the responsibility for it, while those who
gave true advice are also dead, but they will be undoubtedly
The Second Sermon
the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
sets an example in violating human rights
The war the American
President is waging against the Palestinians, along with his Zionist
alliance, has entered a new stage, with the President demanding that
the whole world should play a role in the so-called fight against
“terrorism” and not giving anybody a chance to refuse or even
discuss the issue.
The US administration did
not object at all on the Israel assassinations and daily invasions.
It even did not express its regret for the loss of Palestinian
civilians or for the collective punishments they are subjected to,
which are so brutal and savage that they represent the most severe
violation of Human rights ever. It did not argue with Sharon when he
declared that assassinating the Intifada activists would be
conducted at a faster pace even as the truce began, since the truce
is a Palestinian internal affair that does not concern him. Then
when the Palestinians could not withstand this bloody massacre and
attacked the Israeli security to defend their own, the Americans
condemned their action with the most vehement expressions and called
on the Palestinian Authority to dismantle the network of the
militant organizations. President Bush has given The Palestinian
Authority a green light and it began to prepare itself for such
actions with some security officials announcing that they will carry
out this task until the end… But then the assassination of Martyr
Ismail Abushanab reshuffled the cards and freed the Mujahideen from
being committed to the truce.
Despite these developments,
the US Administration continued to call upon Israel to carry out
additional assassinations and to go on with their oppressive
measures such as the suffocating closures and the separating fence
and the daily assassinations .It offered a prize of loan guaranties
and some special aid to encourage the Israeli government.
President Bush does not
believe in the freedom for the Palestinian people. He only believes
in freedom for the Jewish people, and the Palestinians have to
accept the Zionist solution that turns their country into a prison
and scattered pieces of land called a state. He talks bout Israeli
security, but never about their politics or about occupation...In
his view occupation it self-defense, while resistance is terror.
We want the Arab and
Islamic world that is sound asleep when it comes to these critical
issues, especially that of the Palestinians… We want it to wake up
from this political “coma”, because if Israel defeats the
Intifada, there will be no Arab and Islamic dignity, not even for
As for the Palestinian
people whose body is full of injuries, they know how to stay
steadfast, and plan for the confrontation, studying all the
objective circumstances in the region in particular and the world in
general, and keeping an eye on all changes.
places are under threat
On another level, we are
afraid that the permission given by the Zionist occupation that for
non-Muslims tourists and Jews to enter the Aqsa Mosque is a prelude
for letting them practice their rites alongside the Muslims, turning
the Aqsa into a religious temple for both religions. All Muslims
have to make every possible pressure, as remaining silent will lead
to catastrophic results, at least with respect to the Muslims’
On the security level, Iraq
is still in a state of turmoil that is turning more and more into
chaos. The Iraqis are still lacking the basic conditions of life.
The occupation forces have failed to manage the basic services and
utilities and their only concern it is to protect its soldiers.
Moreover, it could not also
provide protection for the international organization whose
headquarters was devastated by the tragic explosion.
How could we then believe
the occupation that failed in initiating any political movement ,
when it promises the Iraq is by security, democracy and freedom?
This is the biggest lie which their media is trying to promote.
In Lebanon, the campaign to
end the illegitimate stealing of power could have had a partial
success, but we all know that some of those who run the electricity
company have received commissions and bribes. It is also said that
they were well known and protected by high ranking politicians. Does
the government have the power to get the money back from them?
Could anybody hold those
high officials accountable? And could we hope that this reforming
Intifada extend to the other dossiers of corruption?
Our experience with all the
pervious cabinets makes us tend to believe that these questions will
remain unanswered. Compromises and appeasement will remain the only
way to “fix” these problems.