The First Sermon
the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
outstanding man in science wisdom and morals.
says in His Glorious book “Allah only
desires to keep away the uncleanness from you, O people of the
House! And to purify you a (thorough) purifying. (33:33). On
of those members is Imam Muhammad bin Ali Al-Jawad (a.s.) whose
death anniversary we meet in this month. He was one of the youngest
Imams, but despite his age, which resembles the age of Yahia, the
prophet who was given “wisdom while yet a
child”, Al-Jawad lived under the rule of the Abbasids who
prosecuted the Imams because they were afraid of them for they used
to be trusted by all Muslims including those who did out subscribe
to their prophethood.
knowledge and wisdom of this Imam earned him the respect and
admiration of Al-Ma’moun, who used to be an intellectual and he
even gave him his daughter in marriage, in a gesture showing how
much he appropriated him.
family became worried that Al-Ma’moun would appoint him as his
successor as he did with his father, Imam Al-Rida. When they blamed
him, he said, I have seen how much knowledgeable this man is. They
replied that he was still very young and he needs to be more
educated before he could be given such a position but Al-Ma’moun
replied that he was one of the members of the House whom Allah has
They agreed to
let the chief justice of that time, Yahia bin Aktham, test his
knowledge… But when the judge began to ask, the Imam(a.s.) divided
the issue into various subdivisions which made the Judge himself
bewildered and unable to match the Imam (a.s.). Thus he became the
most knowledgeable religious scholar of his times a fact that was
recognized by all other scholars or scientists in various fields of
Be Loyal to God in private and in public
speech, we are going to choose some of his sayings that cover both
religious issues and social ones. He says: Do not be loyal to Allah
in public and his enemy in private, as those who harm their families
or their subordinates, or those who lie or incite strife regardless
of how pious they pretend to be in public.
saying, the Imam (a.s.) warmed about agreeing to what they are told
without thinking of the nature of the one saying it.
Is he honest?
Does he know the subject he is talking about…etc?
He says: “If
you listen to whoever says something then you are worshipping him.
If he is
talking on behalf of God then you are worshipping Allah, but if he
is calling for Satan then you are worshipping the devil.”
When the Imam
(a.s.) talks about the fundamental traits of believers he says: “A
believer need God’s Blessing that would lead him to God, truth and
piety - and a internal preacher, one who tells him what to do and
would blame him if he is wrong and the acceptance of advice of those
who are experienced and wise.
Asked by a man
for advice he said: Be patient when you face grievances and
challenges. But we know that patience does not mean total
submissiveness. On the contrary, it means that you should not feel
helpless but which means to bear all the effects of certain painful
incident so that you will be able to stand up again. If you are
patient, then you would study the problem, and plan how to face it
and overcome it by your strong willpower.
poverty: do not compromise your dignity-freedom and principles to
become rich. Reject desires: For desires come for the instinct which
we are told that it should be controlled by our minds. Allah did not
tell us not to fulfill our desires, but He ordered us not to be
slaves of our desires. We also have to know that Allah watches all
our moves, acts and thoughts. And he will punish you if you let your
desires control your actions instead of letting your mind guides you
to piety and worshipping Allah alone.
In the same
context, the Imam answered a question about swearing by saying Allah
sewers, by the night, the day and the star but we should not swear
except by Allah. Swearing by someone means that you glorify him, and
people should glorify Allah alone and swear by Him only to feel the
oneness of Allah, who alone is the one who watches your actions and
who would punish and reward you.
He is the only
one whom you should be afraid of, or care for his anger.
believer does not betray
On the social
and political level, the Imam said: “A believer does not
betray”. This was in the course of an answer to someone who came
to him saying that he wants to live in the houses of God in Mecca
and Medina. The Imam told him: “Go back to those who have lent
you, and be sure that you meet your God without any debt, for a
believer does not betray”. Thus, we learn that since the believer
ought to honor all his pledges including dept, you would be a
traitor if you fail to do this. There is no difference between
borrowing some money and keeping it for somebody as a trust. In both
cases if you do not give it back you would not be trustworthy.
says: O you who
believe! Be not unfaithful to Allah and the Messenger, nor be
unfaithful to your trusts while you know.
(8:27). Traditions also have it that: “No faith for he who is not
trustworthy”. Thus the Imam is trying to convey the idea that the
believer does not betray and he is never unfaithful.
basis, I like to point out to certain cases abroad where immigrants
might borrow some money benefiting from the laws that facilitate
lending. He would then go back to his country thinking that he does
not have to pay the money back, especially that there are certain
fatwas that permit such an act on the ground that the leaders are
not Muslims. But this is against Islam and Islamic law. Allah
says: Allah does not forbid you respecting those who have not made
war against you on account of (your) religion, and have not driven
you forth from your homes, that you show them kindness and deal with
them justly; surely Allah loves the doers of justice
(60:8). The same thing goes to those who falsely declare that they
have been bankrupt.
Other kinds of
betrayal include the betrayal of one’s job, where the employer
would exploit his job to favor some individuals in a way that
violates the law, especially if this job in the field of civil
The Imam also
says: “It is enough to be a traitor, if you are faithful to
traitors”. Meaning supporting traitors, defending their acts and
helping them execute their plots.
too to tyrants and political traitors, whom you would be helping
them by voting for them.
before we cast our vote or give our opinion, we have to make sure
that we are not voting for traitors, for we will be held accountable
for our vote on the Day of Judgment. Thus, our support or opposition
should be based on attaining Allah’s satisfaction. Giving our vote
to traitors will lead to severe punishment. Therefore, study where
you are going to cast your vote, or whom you are going to support.
For you will stand before Allah in the Hereafter with nothing to
defend you but your good deeds.
These are the
teachings of Ahl-el-Beit, the teachings of the Messenger and Islam
that we ought to follow so that Allah, His Messenger and the
believers “will see your work”.
The Second Sermon
the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
What kind of a
world, do we live in?
Those who have
the military strength, like the Major powers, especially America,
threaten those who are back trodden, and who do not any strength to
their campaign by spreading lies they can convince no one of. The
American Administration accuses Syria and Iran, as it did with Iraq,
of possessing weapons of mass destruction, or of planning to possess
them, as well as backing terrorism. They do not care even to provide
evidence. On the other hand, they do not allow anybody to discuss
what terrorism actually means, and they exploit the talk about
fighting terrorism as a cover for their preventive wars against any
country whose interests might not intersect with theirs… They call
for democratic regimes in the Middle East, as if the American
president is a messenger sent by God to reform the world by military
force… All this at a time he suggests to Israel that it should
follow the American example of not asking the permission of anyone,
even the UN, before it commits aggressions against the Palestinian
civilians and freedom fights, as well as the countries of the
had put his country in a state of war against the world, that, as he
imagines, constitutes a threat to America, but he was not able to
provide peace for his country.
This is what
we have noticed when he passed the new laws that constrain the civil
liberties of the American people, especially the Muslims .In the
meantime, and while he constantly talks about freedom and human
rights, he gives Israel the right to deprive the Palestinians of any
right, and justifies Israel’s possession of all kinds of nuclear,
chemical and biological weapons that constitute a threat on the
whole region. He also continues to support all its aggressions,
including its occupation of Palestinian, Syrian and Lebanese
territories and its building of the racial wall that made the
Palestinians’ life unbearable in the big prison they live in.
The latest of
these acts was the support the Americans provided for the Israeli
aggressions against the blue line that was drawn by the UN on the
Lebanese-Israeli borders. At the same time, America considered the
Lebanese practice of self-defense an act of terror, as if the
Lebanese do not have the right to defend themselves…
American President continues to give a rosy picture about the future
of Iraq as a democratic prosperous and free nation, while in actual
fact the Americans have their eyes on the oil resources and the big
investments in the region…
their schemes they declare that the American army will stay in the
region as long as it takes to accomplish their goals, which are, as
the Secretary of State declared in the beginning of the wars, to
change the region politically, economically, culturally and
militarily to be receptive of the American interests.
American President talks about fighting the anti-American campaigns
by boosting the Voice of America radio, we say that the Arab and
Muslim peoples do not judge on the basis of what is said, but rather
on what America is doing in region: defying peace by encouraging and
leaving the Palestinian issue to be solved by means of the Israeli
security and not by finding a just political situation, which made
Israel impose new facts on the ground and intimidate the Arabs to
accept its dictates.
wants is securing the security of the occupation… We call on this
president to be truthful with the back trodden nations even for
once, but the problem is that lying has become a political
profession that the arrogant uses to deceive the weakened.
We ask the
Palestinians to be aware of the rules of the game and the American
plan a way to benefit from the international public opinion, and
intensify their informational efforts, especially in Europe, so that
all Europeans will be aware of how dangerous Israel, and America
behind it, is on the human civilization and world peace.
We also want
the Iraqi people to study the real intentions of promises and
policies and not take them at their face value. They should also be
aware of the danger of the sectarian game that many players have
been lunching with their talk about the majority and the minority,
and about unity and federalism… They should also be conscious of
the plan that aims to thwart the call for a referendum about the
constitution, the government and self-determination with their talk
about security concerns and racial obstacles.
have acquired the freedom of speech and demonstration, but when well
they acquire the freedom of change and planning for security and
economic independence… We are very concerned and worried about the
future of this country that suffered a lot from all the devils which
gathered around it by means of the greater devil. When will this
country be liberated from all the devils which gathered around him
by means of the greater devil? When will this country be liberated
from all these devils to live in peace and freedom that come from
inside the country not from outside?
still living in a state of anarchy when it comes to its basic needs
or its political and social life that are dominated by personal
feuds, theft, corruption, unemployment that leads to immigration,
and intimidation and false dreams… It would have collapsed had it
not been held by an invisible miraculous hand.
ought to study the region around them that is hit by many political,
military and economic storms, which have a big negative impact on
To face this
critical situation, they should seek to be citizens whose only
concern is to protect their homeland, instead of being divided by
sectarian differences, which make each sect, live in its dark cell.
We call on them to worship Allah alone and do not to assume partners
to Him especially those human idols… They should think about their
future in a very serious manner and stop all this talk about which
is first the chicken or the egg.