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Lectures > 2006 Speeches > 22/09/2006

The Religious Authority H.E. Sayyed M. H. Fadlullah delivered the two Friday prayer sermons at the Imamain Al-Hassanain Mosque,22th September 2006, Several prominent religious scholars, dignitaries and thousands of believers attended the Jumu’a prayer.

The Advent of the Month of Ramadan the month of Piety and Honor


The First Sermon

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

This is the Last Friday of the month of Shaaban, since we are going to receive, Allah willing, the Month of Ramandan, next Sunday. The Messenger(p.) received this month in a famous speech in which he wanted the nation to know the value of this month and its role in building the man who is close to Allah and to the people and who upholds the responsibility towards himself and towards others.

The Month of blessings and forgiveness

According to Imam Ali (a.s.) the Prophet said in the beginning of his speech : O people the Month of Allah has approached you. This month in distinguished by the fact that Allah considered it His month something He did not do with respect to any other month although they are all created by Allah. Moreover, Ramadan is the Month of Allah in that he bestows on the believers His graces like He does in other months since it is full with blessings mercy and forgiveness. Allah, the Most Exalted, blesses in this month man's life, family and all his affairs, and bestows on man His Mercy in a way that exceeds God's Mercy that accompany him throughout life.

It is also the month of forgiveness, since Allah forgives in this month the believers’ sins, in an ascending way that grows as the month progresses, until it searches in its great aim at the end of the Month.

Allah also talks about the special status of this month saying that it is the best of months and its days are the best among days, its nights are the best of rights. Its hours are the best of hours.

There is also another aspect of this month: We in this month are the guests of Allah, whose hospitability is different than any other. Thus when Allah receives us, He will offers us from his generous Divine menu which is an increase in His blessings, mercies and forgiveness.

It is a month you have been invited by Allah and selected to be the recipients of the honours of Allah, which is different and higher than the honour Allah – bestowed on mankind.

When you breathe in this month it has the heavenly reward of Tasbeeh and when you sleep it will be rewarded as worships, since sleep gives you the strength to obey Allah in fasting and praying. Your good deeds are accepted. So are your invocations.

When the Messenger reached this point Imam Ali (a.s.) stood up and said: "What is the best deed in this month"?

The Messenger answered: It is not doing what Allah has prohibited. That is not telling a lie or supporting a tyrant or a deviator. And committing anything that Allah has prohibitted in what you eat, drink or trade in… The Messenger(p.) went on to say: Verily the person who may not receive the mercy of Allah in this month must be very very unfortunate. Who loses in this season, the season of fasting, may not gain in others, since it is the season of mercy and forgiveness.

The Month of Islam

Imam Zein AlAbidien in his supplication at the beginning of the month of Ramadan, a supplication I call on all my brothers and sisters to read, says: Praise belongs to God Who showed favour for us through His religion – Islam – singled us for His creed – that of Islam, and directed us onto the roads of His beneficence in order that through His kindness we might travel on them. A praise which He will accept from us-being the praise of the faithful, the pious and the obedient.

And praise belongs to God Who appointed among those roads His month… the month of Ramadan, the month of fasting and the month of Islam.

This the month that Allah wanted to be the month of Islam, so that the people will hold their responsibility as in other months towards Islam and confront anybody who wishes to weaken it, and to call for it wherever we are.

Islam the religion of reason and lenience

In the light of this, Muslims in the entire world should be aware of all the plans of the arrogant and unbelievers, who attack Islam, distort its image. And offend its Messenger (p.) Thus all Muslims in the Muslim world stood against the cartoons that offended the Prophet. They also stood up, when the Pope talked about Islam in a negative way claiming that Islam does not respect reason.

This is not true, for Islam, unlike all religion, is based on reason. We discover Means of reason and believe in His Messenger through reason etc… The Messenger and Ahl Al Beit have told us that reason is what makes Allah holds us accountable, since the mind is an interior messenger, just as the Messenger(p.) is an external mind.

The Pope also said in his lecture that Islam is the religion of violence although Islam is the religion of kindness. Allah says: Invite (all) to the Way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for thy Lord knoweth best, who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance. And the Messenger(p.) says: "Whenever lenience is added to anything it gives it extra weight. He also said: Allah is kind and gives, on lenience what He does not give on violence.

The Pope also talked about Jihad in Islam as a sword that threatens people, but Allah says: Allah forbids you not, with regard to those who fight you not for (your) Faith nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them: for Allah loves those who are just. (60:8). Thus Islam makes peace with all who are peaceful with it even if of a different religion, Islam also says: There is no compulsion in religion; truly the right way has become clearly distinct from error (02: 256) and Allah says to His Messenger(p.) Therefore do remind, for you are only a reminder. (88:21).

Call for an Islamic – Christian Dialogue

We also notice that the Pope cities a 14th century emperor who say in his dialogue with a Persian Muslim.

That Muhammad gave his followers evil ideas, because he instructed them to call by means of the sword. But when he was asked about this, he said that he only quoted him but he does not adopt him.

But you were giving an academic lecture, which means that when you quote someone, you either agree with it or reject it. And since he did not criticize it, it means, that he accepts it. That is why we asked him to apologize.

Although we are criticizing the Pope, whom we wanted to be as his predecessor who used to talk positively about Islam, we do not want to create any problem with the Christians because they are not responsible for what he said. Moreover, we called and we still call, for an objective Muslim Christian dialogue.

The month of Ramadan is the most of Islam, and we have to observe it in peace and in war; in thinking and in practice. On this basis we were with the Mujahideen who have achieved a dignifying victory against the last Jewish aggression and against all the previous aggressions.

And we believe that all Muslims should stand up to show the world that they are with this Resistance that defends Islam and Muslims, to achieve the victory that Allah has promised those who defend this religion and their nation and land

The Second Sermon

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

The emperor

Talking to the entire world from the podium of the UN General Assembly the American President gave no room for discussions – since they do not allow the Third Word especially the Arabs and Muslims to practice their freedom in refusing the dictates and the arrogant policies of the American Emperor. If they dare do so, they will be accused of terror, extremism and Islamic fascism.

This is also what we noticed in supporting Israeli brutality that is demonstrated in the ongoing process of eradicating the Palestinian people in the name of self-defence against the Resistance, although the latter aims at liberating the land and the people from occupation.

It is also indicative that this president called Israel the Jewish state, as if denying the Arabs in 1948 Palestine their citizenship. This could lead to displacing them, especially that the US has refused the UN 194 resolution giving the Palestinians the right to return, although it has given all Jews in the world the right to settle in Palestine.

It is true that this President has talked about a Palestinian state, but he has obstructed any mechanism aiming at establishing it… Having frozen the Road Map by freezing the International Quartet Committee, for he plans to enable Israel to dominate over most of the West Bank and Jerusalem, leaving the Palestinians with no land to establish their viable state.

This suggests that this President is more Israeli than the Israelis, and that to win the coming election in which the Jewish vote plays a significant role, he is willing to burn the Palestinians and the Arab world.

It is ironic that while he praises democracy and admits that the Palestinians’ election to be democratic and free, he refuses the results of the elections since he wants the government of Hamas to recognize Israel. Yet there are several other states that have established relations with the US and do not recognize Israel.

To pressurize Hamas, he resorted to economic pressure, employing even some Arab yielding states. It is a pity that the EU has also yielded and began a blockade that is inhumane and barbaric.

National unity

We call on the Palestinian people to be aware of this American Imperial game, and demand that the Palestinian President should not accept in his meeting with the American and Israeli foreign ministers the conditions of forming a national unity government, for they could lead to a dangerous civil strife.

The terror brand

Moreover, the American President accuses Iran and Syria with supporting terrorism because they support the Lebanese and Palestinian resistances that fight for the freedom of their countries. He also accuses Iran of aiming to possess the bomb. The fact that Iran denies this accusation is notwithstanding, since the American President is used to make false accusations against the countries that oppose his policies, especially in Iraq where he falsely accused it of having WMDs.

President Bush accused the Resistance in Lebanon of beginning the war, while it declared that it only wished to exchange prisoners, as in previous cases. But he was planning for this war with Israel, while the Resistance has to defend its country in the face of Israel that started the war. It is particularly ironic that he holds the Resistance responsible for what Israel had committed by destroying the Lebanese infrastructure and killing thousands of civilians who had no role in this brutal war.

A bright future

When this deceitful president talks about the Lebanese future he tries to draw a bright image .Yet we all know that what he and his administration are doing is to turn Lebanon to a plane where chaos rules, and use the country as a base to fight Syria and Iran by claiming that they are behind the war.

America is working with the Lebanese party that obeys its orders and does not work with all the Lebanese, which could lead to an opposing stand that could have a negative impact both internally and externally.

President Bush also continues to praise Iraqi democracy to restore his support among the American public opinion whose majority no longer have confidence in him.

The blood that spills out daily from the bodies of Iraqis of all sects does not represent a problem to American President.

He has ready–made answer: terrorism. We do not deny that the Takfiri terror plays a role in this daily bleeding of the Iraqi people, but the question is: Where are the American, British and the rest of the multi-national troops? What is their role in maintaining the security of Iraq? It is but a false witness who benefits from the Iraqi blood to prolong the occupation stay in Iraq.

Bush the terrorist

President Bush is the leader of terror in the world, whether by his political moves or through his personal arrogance that makes him imagine that he is sent by God to reform the world. On our part, we believe that he was sent by the Devil to destroy the world threatening the downtrodden nations’ security and economy. And we have noted in his speech in the UN how he talks to the leaders of the world intimidating some and threatening others, and saying that the way he is running things in the Middle East could be adopted in their part of the world if they do not follow the American guidelines. He also praises the countries that follow his orders, by claiming that they are moderate, although they are totalitarian regimes who give no freedoms to their people.

We ask the Lebanese to monitor and confront the Israeli game that steals their waters, violates their lands, and kills the citizens. All this without any preventing moves by the UNIFIL.

We want the government to be more resolute and decisive in preserving the integrity of the homeland, and to ask the UN and the UNIFIL to hold their responsibilities in deterring the aggression, so that the people will not think that they came to protect Israel not Lebanon.

To the officials in Lebanon, we say: You have to keep the country's stability and shy away from the nervous negative rows. You should respect your people whose steadfast has demonstrated their firm stand. You should stand with the Resistance that opened by its victory a new page in the history of Lebanon and the Arab world. You should also not use negative irresponsible expressions that despise the masses that support the Resistance in Lebanon and the Arabs and Muslim worlds, like accusing them of not having the ability to think but only to follow.

They should all know that the people are more conscious and intelligent than a lot of politicians who live in their personal cells and follow foreign suggestions.

Lastly: The Lebanese expect the officials to be trustworthy in reconstructing the country and not to trust it to those who robbed the country in the past and are still robbing it.