The First Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the
When dealing with the Muslim's relations with
God, people and religious and political leaders, Islamic ethics
emphasizes the need for providing advice: Man must make every effort
to present the advice that nears with God and prevents him from
deviating from the straight path.
All prophets emphasized that their mission is to
advise people by conveying Allah's Message, and urge them to adopt
it for it saves them and raises their level.
Prophets and Advice:
We read in the Glorious Quran some of what the
Prophets said in this regard I deliver to you the messages of my
Lord, and I offer you good advice and I know from Allah what you do
The Prophet's goal was not to exploit his status
and make a fortune or something of this sort. He came to convey the
message and to advice the nation and show it the path that would
ensure its welfare. We also read: I deliver to you the messages of
my Lord and I am a faithful adviser to you :(7:62) and O my people!
I delivered my Lord's message unto you and gave you good advice, but
ye love not good advisers (7:79) meaning that he had offered them
his advice but they chose not to take it because they do not know
what is in their own good.
The Messenger (p.) says: "Allah said: The most
appreciated of worship to me is to advise me". God, the most
exalted, does not need you to guide him, and what is meant by advise
in this case, is to uphold your responsibility towards God, the most
exalted, by unifying and obeying Him. The Messenger (p.) says who is
not concerned with the affairs of Muslims is not one of them. He
adds "And who dos not advise Allah, His Messenger (p.) -by following
him- His Book -by implementing it- his Imam (who represents the
legitimate leadership) and Muslims -all Muslims, and in all their
social political and economic affairs- is not one of them. He who
does not give advice to the Muslims in all these issues is not a
member of the nation and is not a good element in the community. He
also said to his companions: "Religion is advice” , meaning that it
could be summarized in the advice the pious Muslim holds in his
minds, thoughts and actions in life, asked to whom the Messenger
said: "to Allah, His Book, His Messenger (p.), the Imams of Muslims
(a.s.) and to all Muslims.” Imam Al-Sadiq, (a.s.) talking about
Imam's Ali (a.s.) concern for Muslims’ welfare, says: "Ali was a
servant who advised God and he was advised by Him, He loved Allah
and was loved by Him".
This is the significance of Ali (a.s.). He lived
for God leaving nothing for himself ,loving Allah with all his soul,
and He was loved by Allah, the most exalted, and His Messenger. This
is what the Messenger (p.) said in the battle of Khaibar: I will
give the banner to someone who loves God (s.w.t) and His Messenger
(p.) and who loves God(s.w.t) and His Messenger (p.) and who is
loved by God and His Messenger.
This is why Ali (a.s.) is unique, for there were
no other companion who was that faithful to God (s.w.t), His
Messenger (p.) and the believers.
Advice is the Road to Heaven
To emphasize the importance of advice, the
Prophet declared that he who advises the people the most is the
nearest to God on the Day of Judgement. Such a high ranking position
is awarded to those who have the welfare of Muslims deep in their
heart, and seek always to advise them in everything that ensures
that they reach the highest levels in their affairs pertaining to
both worlds. He also said: who guarantees that he does five things I
will guarantee heaven for him: To advise God, His Messenger, His
Book, His religion and the Muslims in general.
Imam Al-Sadiq (a.s.) considered a Muslim’s advice
to fellow Muslims an obligatory duty, for when you do so you will be
advising God who wants you to advise fellow Muslims to draw them
nearer to Him and ensure their safety in the end. He adds: You will
not meet God with any action better than this, thus putting advice
as one of the top actions that draws believers close to Allah, and
ensure that they will go to Heaven.
Talking about the rights of the Imam and the
rights of the nation in return, Imam Ali (a.s.) says: "O people, you
have a duty towards me and I have a duty towards you.
My duty is to advise you, while yours is to keep
faithful to the pledge of alliance you make, and to advise me in my
presence and absence. We also read in his description of his good
companions: "You are supporters in upholding the right…Therefore
help me with sincere advice that has no cheating”. He also says in
the context of calling the believers to obey the instructions of the
«… Follow Allah's guidance and accept His advice,
and know that this Quran is the advisor that does not cheat». He
adds that they should make the Quran their reference and authority
against their own whims and feelings.
These words in the Quran and the traditions want
our society to be responsible for every member of it… Each man
should study what the Muslims need and what ensures their safety,
strength and welfare, especially when they face the major arrogant
challenges that aim at subjecting them.
The issue is that every Muslim is responsible for
all Muslims. "Your are all guardians and each of you is responsible
for those he oversee".
The Islamic nation represents a unity of fate and
course. We have to rise to the level of this unity… to live the
concerns of Muslims and strengthen their solidarity.
The First Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the
Rewarding the Enemy
Israel is about to officially annex the
Palestinian lands that lie between the racial wall and the green
line, which will lead to dislocation of 55 thousand Palestinians.
Meanwhile, the Arab and Muslim leaders are destroying the economic
and political wall between them and the enemy. They are conducting
political and commercial meetings with Israel as a reward for
continuing to occupy the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem as well as
enlarging the settlements and the Judaization of Jerusalem.
In this respect, the Enemy's foreign minister is
using an insulting and disgracing method when he calls the Arab and
Muslim officials to take their relations with enemy into the public.
It is as if he is accusing them of being afraid from their peoples
who refused these relations. There is a deep gap between the regimes
and the peoples who refuse any relations with the enemy, and that is
why the peoples of the regimes that recognized Israel refrained from
normalizing with him.
The Arab and Muslim fall into political hypocrisy
represents a level of weakness, that is equivalent to total
collapse. They no longer have any strategic elements to protect
their independence since they have yielded to the American –Israeli
In addition, the international Quartet committee
has asked in its last meeting the Palestinian Authority to disarm
the resistance being a "terrorist organization", as a condition to
conduct any negotiations with the enemy. At the same time the enemy
talks frankly and rudely about the absence of a Palestinian
negotiation partner. The President of the Palestinian Authority did
well to refuse this condition, since the arms of the Resistance is
an internal Palestinian affair that neither Israel nor the Quartet
Committee has anything to do with.
The Israelis and the Americans have even refused
that the resistance should participate in parliamentary elections ,
which proves that the American Administration is being hypocritical
when it talks about the spread of democracy in the region.
The question is how the French Resistance took
part in the French government in the aftermath of World War
Moreover, the Quartet committee does not
recognize Israel's occupation of Palestine. It only sees a
complicated problem between the so called Israeli "legitimacy" and
the Palestinian "terrorists", which means that all Western and UN
values that deal with occupation and human rights, are irrelevant,
because in their view the Palestinians, are not humans who have
We call on the Arab and Muslim nation, to
emphasize that the struggle with the Zionism is fought in every
place in the world and that we have to confront the great challenges
they pose, via a unified and solid position and by an awareness,
that takes the future of the entire nation into consideration. If we
do not do that the nation will fall into disgrace and defeat.
Iraq and the Resistance
Iraq is still living in a stile of hunger,
deprivation, anarchy and daily massacres, as a result of the way the
occupation manages its moves and policies that prevents the interim
government for having any freedom in implementing its own program,
since it does not have a strong will power in matters of security
and providing vital services, especially with the ongoing daily
killings of civilians, at a level that is far greater than of
We have stated repeatedly that we are with
fighting the occupation with all peaceful and military means. But we
refuse to use the resistance as a cover to those who kill civilians,
bomb mosques crowded with worshippers, violate the sacredness of
Holy places, and plan for internal strife by provoking reactions
against their actions. We believe that these acts serve the
occupier's interests, for they help it to stay long in Iraq and
realize its interests that runs counter to the interests of Iraq and
We call on all Iraqis, especially the Muslims, to
rise the level of the current challenges by resorting to profound
awareness, which could be achieved by the Muslim religious scholars
and faithful politicians would should join hands to find a way out
of the impasse whose continently will destroy the entire country.
They should also be cautious towards booby-trapped statements made
by certain politicians in the region.
We appreciate Iran's political Maturity
As we follow the American European campaign
against Iran's peaceful nuclear program, especially after the
prohibition of the highest religious authorities of making nuclear
arms , we notice that the West does not want Iran to possess the
nuclear know-how that enables it to be independent in running its
development. It wants to keep it dependable on the West to be able
to pressurize it.
We appreciate the political maturity Iran has
exhibited. We also appreciate its strong stand and the way it runs
the struggle, and call on the Iranian people and the free peoples of
the world to stand with Iran to defend its legitimate right, which
will have a positive effect on the struggle of other nations with
Lebanon…The International Game
Lebanon is facing the dilemma of an international
game , for the economic and political promises made last week by the
UN and the US and several European countries and international
financial bodies lacked a realistic mechanism for their fulfilment.
The United States and France are working on the
basis that Lebanon is a pressure card against some countries of the
region, especially Syria, in facing the American occupation of Iraq
and the Israeli occupation of Palestine, in addition to false
occasions from any parties and countries in the region.
We welcomed the official initiatives to open the
country to improved international relations, but reject any U.S.
intervention in Lebanon's domestic affairs, that aims at finding a
state of political anarchy and incite sectarian strife.
The country's crushing national debt and an
ongoing reform movement were the main factors uniting the Lebanese,
while the near nonexistent security and a complicated political
dimension were having the opposite effect, not to mention the
complicated living conditions and deprivation.
The Lebanese have a very high cultural level
which they ought to deploy to achieve the humanitarian Lebanon and
not the sectarian one that could fall with a single knock out.