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In the Name of Allah, The Compassionate, the Merciful.
The Religious Authority H.E. Sayyed
M. H. Fadlullah delivered the two Friday prayer sermons at the Imamain
Al-Hassanain Mosque,23th June 2006, Several
prominent religious scholars, dignitaries and thousands of believers
attended the Jumu’a prayer.
Let Following Ali (a.s.) be the
Following of the Right Path of Islam
The First Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Allah says in His Glorious Book:
And among men is he who sells himself to seek
the pleasure of Allah; and Allah is Affectionate to the servants.
Several interpreters say that this Ayah talks about Ali, for he was
for God in everything he had; his mind, his heart, his feelings … etc.
His message was to raise people to become closer to God by obeying and
When he talked about his caliphate,
he said: "You and I do not want the same goals. I want you for God and
you want me for yourself".
My role is a missionary one that
aims to open people’s minds on truth, their heart on good, and their
life on justice.
His goal as a caliph was to pursue
the missionary role that the Prophet assigned when he chose him to be
his successor. Muhammad(p.) knew that Imam Ali (a.s.) whom he raised
was in his entirety for God and the nation. Did not he say that the
right left him no friend, and that the caliphate was not wroth a shoe
had it not been to enjoin a right or to forbid a wrong.
That is why when Ali (a.s.) became a
caliph after 15 years of having been denied his right, he performed
his duty according to Allah's and His Messenger(p.)’s teachings. He
wanted the people to comprehend the whole message. He wanted the
nation to know all the principles and rules of Islam, and seek to
increase their knowledge: He used to stand up every now and then to
address the people and teach them the principles of Islam and how to
become pious and good Muslims.
We have to read and understand his
words, because Ali (a.s.) is not the Imam of the period he was a
caliph and he is still with us by the thought he produced and the
advices he gave.
He used to address the people and
say: Action! Action! Then (look at) the end; the end, and the end is
meeting God who will hold you accountable for all and (remain)
steadfast; steadfast. Therefore (exercise) endurance, so that the end
will be in harmony with the beginning endurance, and piety, piety
because commitment to Islam implies many responsibilities that need a
lot of patience and include many prohibitions that require patience
You have an objective. To elevate
main to become nearer to Allah.
Proceed towards your objective, you
have a singe. Take guidance from your sign.
. Proceed towards
Allah's by fulfilling His rights which He has enjoined upon you. He
has clearly stated His demands for you. I am a witness for you and
shall plead excuses on your behalf on the Day of Judgement.
If you accompany me, on this
straight line I will stand on the Day of Judgment and say: O God those
people have obeyed you.
I am calling you to what Allah
commanded Allah the Sublime, has said:
Verily, those who say: Our Lord is
Allah! And persevere aright; the angels descend upon them (saying):
"Fear ye not, nor be grieved, and receive the glad tidings of the
Garden which ye were promised." (Qur'an, 41:30).
You have said. "Our Lord is Allah".
And we all say our lord is Allah
when we pronounce the testimonies. Then keep steadfast to His Book, to
the way of His command and to the virtuous course of His worship.
Thereafter do not go out of it, do not introduce innovations in it.
Do not say anything Allah did not
permit, and do not turn away from it, because those who go away from
this course will be cut off from (the mercy of) Allah on the Day of
Beware from destroying your manners
and changing them, and then the Imam holds the people responsible for
what they say since it expresses their feelings and needs. Maintain
one tongue and not two. A man should control his tongue because the
tongue is obstinate with its master. By Allah, I do not find that fear
of Allah benefits a man who practises it unless he controls his
tongue. Some people pray and fast but they let their tongue lie and
curse, All this practiced piety will not benefit them unless they
holds their tongue.
Certainly the tongue of a believer
is at the back of his heart while the heart of a hypocrite is at the
back of his tongue; because, when a believer intends to say anything,
he thinks it over in his mind. If it is good he discloses it, but if
it is bat lest it remain concealed. While a hypocrite speaks whatever
comes to his tongue, without knowing what is in his favour and what
goes against him.
The Prophet of Allah – peace and
blessing of Allah be upon him and his descendants-said: "The belief of
a person cannot be firm unless his heart is firm, and his heart cannot
be firm unless his tongue is firm.”So whoever of you can manage to
meet Allah, the Sublime, in such a position that his hands are
unsmeared with the blood of Muslims and their property and his tongue
is safe from exposing them, he should do so.
Rulings do not change
The Imam then discussed a thought that many of us
tend to believe in: our time is different than that of our
grandfathers. What was prohibited then has become lawful with the
passage of time.
This is what the people believe in regarding the
issues of the veil and interest for example. Although they argue that
time has changed this is but a deviation form the straight path. The
Know, O' creatures of Allah, that a believer should
regard lawful this year what he regarded lawful in the previous year,
for what Muhammad made lawful is lawful to the day of judgement, and
what he prohibited is prohibited to the day of judgement, and should
consider lawful this year what he considered unlawful in the previous
Certainly people's innovation cannot make lawful
for you what has been declared unlawful; rather, lawful is that which
Allah has made lawful and unlawful is that which Allah has made
You have already tested the matters and tried them;
you have been preached by those before you. Illustrations have been
drawn for you and you have been called to clear fact. Only a deaf man
can remain deaf to all this, and only a blind man can remain blind to
He whom Allah does not allow benefit trials and
experience cannot benefit from preaching. He will be faced with losses
form in front, so that he will approve what is bad and disapprove what
is good. People are of two categories – the follower of the Shari’a
(religious laws), and the follower of the innovations to whom Allah
has not given any testimony by way of Sunnah or the light of any plea.
Allah the Glorified, has not counselled anyone on
the lines of this Qur'an, for it is the strong rope of Allah and His
trustworthy means. It contains the blossoming of the heart and springs
of knowledge. For the heart there is no other gloss than the Qur'an
although those who remembered it have passed away while those who
forgot to pretend to have forgotten it have remained. If you see any
good give your support to it, but if you see evil evade it, because
the Messenger of Allah used to say: "O son of Adam, do good and evade
evil; by doing so you will be treading correctly.
Unity on the basis of
Then the Imam says:
Know that injustice is of three kinds – one, the
injustice that will not be forgiven, another, that will not be left
unquestioned, and another that will be forgiven without being
questioned. The injustice that will not be forgiven is duality of
Allah. Allah has said: Verily Allah forgives not
that (anything) be associated with Him…. The injustice that
will be forgiven is the injustice a man does to himself by committing
small sins; and the injustice that will not be left unquestioned is
the injustice of men against other men. The retribution in such a case
is severe. It is not wounding with knives, nor striking with whips,
but it is so severe that all these things are small against it.
You should therefore avoid change in the matter of
Allah's religion for your unity in respect of a right which you
dislike is better than your scattering away in respect of a wrong that
you like. Let the principle of unity be the basis of your like the
Imam ends his sermon by saying.
O' people, blessed is the man whose own
shortcomings keep him away from (looking into) the shortcomings of
others, do not preoccupy yourself with the flows of others, because
you are responsible for you own mistakes and not theirs, and also
blessed is the man who is confined to his house, eats his meat, buries
himself in obeying his Allah, and weeps over his sins, so that is
engaged in himself and people are in safety from him.
Do you love Ali? Do you follow Ali! Ali is these
words and this path the path of Islam that he followed all his life,
and which he struggled for and ended all difficulties to ensure its
success. When Allah called him to Him he said:
In the name of Allah and following the religion of
His Messenger. I have won by the Lord of Kaaba..
Let us follow the path of Ali, the path of love of
Allah and His messenger the path of the straight line.
The Second Sermon
Death of human
In occupied Palestine, civilians are
shelled daily. Poor families are pounded in their houses, with children, pregnant
mothers and the elderly falling as a result of the "courageous"
actions of the Jewish army that are praised by the Western world.
America and EU states no longer have any human
conscience. Children's blood in this world is worthless, Dead children
are merely a scene to be watched, in a game the Zionist leaders are
playing to score military goals.
In the meantime, President Bush and his European
Allies are encouraging the enemy's government to commit more crimes at
a time the Zionists are not only killing children but also starving
the Palestinians for electing Hamas.
Aid as an attempt to
If these people are talking about providing some
negligible humane aid, they are following the instructions of Israel
which asked the EU not to give the Palestinians any aid except after
the Palestinians sign a document that renounces what they call
terrorism, which is the Resistance. As for the Arab world, it also,
yielded as a result of its weakness to the EU resolutions on
distributing aid. The Arab leaders are divided between those who have
surrendered to the occupation and rule on its behalf, and those who
are trying to negotiate with Israel although it has no desire for
peace, and continues to condemn the Resistance and consider its
fighting occupation a kind of war crimes.
Bush legitimises the
In Iraq, those who are going to be killed tomorrow
are burying those who are killed today. Hundreds fall everyday, and
the rest wait for the massacres that occur, under American
sponsorship, round the clock.
The American President who has defended the Israeli
massacres against Palestinian children continues to talk about a
Palestinian state but in a vague way, and whose borders are what is
left of the land which all international and Arab pressures are
forcing the Palestinians to accept.
The American President continues his threats to
Iran, telling her that her refusal of the international incentives
will lead to imposing serve political and economic sanctions. He
claims that its nuclear weapon constitutes a danger to the world,
while disregarding the threat of Israel to all nations.
At the same time, he pressurises the EU to be very
strict in their negotiations with Iran so that they will fail. America
wants to impose conditions that promote its interests on Iran
including concessions that would strengthen the American occupation in
They want the security there to remain unstable,
and Iraq to remain an American base against the neighbouring
As for Lebanon, the American President announced
that he will not rest until he secures "full Lebanese independence".
It seems that the indications of this independence
is according to the Americans that Lebanon should be a theatre of
Israeli intelligence networks that execute assassinations and incites
That is why neither the American President nor his
Secretary of State or even his ambassador in Lebanon condemned the
existence of the Mosad network in Lebanon; they deal with it as if it
was an ordinary event that compliments the American plans in Lebanon.
They only want the Lebanese to talk about the necessity of the
withdrawal of the Syrian intelligence, while the Israeli intelligence
has the right to undermine Lebanese security. American allies and
followers in Lebanon have to accept this in the name of freedom and
independence, for what the American President wants is to confront
Syria and forget about Israel.
We want the Lebanese to know that America is not
truthful in its talk about the Lebanese independence. Its strategy
demands that Lebanon should remain a theatre of Israeli plots and a
card that could be used against Syria in the regional game of
political and security pressures and counter pressures.
We also want the Lebanese – regardless of their
sects- not be too enthusiastic in defending the leaders of other
countries at the expense of their country's dignity. They should be
balanced in their statements and stands. The main goal should be to
reach a mutual understanding and the respect of dialogue that is based
on solidifying the national unity in which every party does not think
about its sectarian or electoral interests.
The problem in this respect is that Lebanon has not reached the
level of having a state of citizenry in which every Lebanese feels
that his interests surpasses sectarian quotas, and the only quota one
should think about is that of the homeland and all its citizens.