How to be a good believer
In one of the sayings of Imam Rida(a.s.) in the context
of portraying the vital traits of the Muslim's personality, he says:
The believer is not wise till ten qualities come together in him, since
wisdom drives man to live his humanness in his community and become a
productive and good man who opens up on the minds and hearts of the people
to lead them to understand the realities they live in.
The good believer
The good from him is hoped: If he lives in a community,
this community will feel confident to except good from him to every one
he lives with, whether his family who would expect that he would sustain
them and care for them, or the bigger community he is expected to care
for and provide every service he is capable of. "Evil from him is safe".
He is a man who does not treat anybody with evil, for he respects them
being his brothers and fellow citizens, whom he loves for what he loves
for himself and hates what he hates for himself.
"He regards little good from others much". If others do good to him he
will appreciate it because he does not feel that he has the right to expect
good from others.
"He regards his own good as little". When he is good to others he does
not feel it is more than what he ought to, this is because he believes
that the potentials Allah has given him are but a trust that he should
give back to its owners. He is not fed up with those who request favours
or needs, since he knows that needing him is one of the graces Allah has
bestowed on him. He is not tired of seeking knowledge throughout his life.
Poverty and humbleness in God
Poverty in Allah is more lovable for him than richness
with the enemy.
If he has to choose between being poor while keeping his faithfulness
towards God and between becoming rich through his relations with the enemies
of God he would choose poverty, because Allah is the one who enriches
him if he becomes poor, and He is the one who bestows on him His Mercy
and makes his abode in Heaven… Humbleness in God is more lovable for him
than high rank with His enemy…
When he sees someone he says he is better than him and more pious.
People are two men – one man is better than him and more pious, the other
is more evil and lower than him. If he sees the one that is more evil
and lower than him he would say: perhaps the good of this person is hidden,
which is good for him, while my good is apparent which is bad for me which
means that I might not be better than him. Then when he sees the one who
is better and more pious than him, he would be humble to him to reach
his state. If he does that, his glory becomes high, and he will become
the lord of the people of his time.
The Good Tidings
The true belief
In another tradition , Imam Al-Rida(a.s.) says: "My father quoted his
fathers who quoted the Messenger as saying: "You have become inflicted
by the disease of the nations before you: hatred and malice".
The Prophet used to monitor how people behaved in his community and noticed
that they were jealous of one another, with each wishing that Allah will
give him what the others have. The Messenger wanted to tell the people
that these two traits are not that of the Muslim who fears Allah. A believer
does not hate fellow Muslims or get jealous from them. Asked who are the
best worshippers Imam Al-Rida(a.s.) said :they are those when they do
good they are cheerful.
And when they misbehave they ask for Allah's forgiveness… When they are
given they are thankful, And when they are angered they forgive".
Imam Ali Al-Rida(a.s.) says: "No one will complete
the truth of his belief till he has three trails: to be well learnt of
his religion, to learn the culture the laws and the methodology of his
religion and convey it to the people, so that his call will be one of
good …to have a good sense in his decisions regarding his living, so as
to avoid spending lavishly and patient when facing catastrophes.
This is the line of Ahl el-Beit the line of Ali bin Musa Al-Rida(a.s.).
If you visit his shrine in Iran, you have to remember all these words,
and open up one on this truly Islamic line. This is what it means to be
followers of Ahl el-Beit, you have to follow their line in doing what
they did and not doing what they did not. We have to open up on all the
facts they wanted us to open up on.
The First Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Threatening to punish the Palestinians
The Palestinians are still suffering from daily killings
and detentions, as well as threatening to cut the power in Gaza, and to
prevent the Jerusalemites from participating in elections, and planning
to arrest the largest number of the Intifada activities, especially those
of Hamas, so as to weaken their participation in the elections.
On its part, America threatens to stop its aid to the Palestinian Authority
if it allows Hamas to take part in the elections. It is noteworthy that
the Coordinator of the EU foreign policy has also threatened to do the
same. They do not accept Hamas even through the ballot box, yet nobody
asks Sharon to stop his brutal violence against the Palestinians.
This behaviour amounts to the trying of the Palestinian people and punishing
them for choosing Hamas to represent them in the Legislative Council,
because by doing this they support the Mujahideen in their resistance
for freedom and independence. Is this the democracy they call for? Why
do not they conduct a dialogue with the Mujahideen to reach a political
settlement as they did in Vietnam and they are doing now in Iraq?
But on the other hand, we would like to voice our appreciation for France's
rejection of this logic. Talking about the participation of Hamas in the
elections a spokesperson for the French Foreign Ministry said: The Palestinians
have to decide, and the Europeans have to think about the prospect of
Hamas winning the coming elections. These elections should be held in
all Palestinians districts including East Jerusalem, so that all candidates
will have an equal chance.
The question is: if the Americans and Europeans make good on their threats
what will the Arabs do? Will they increase their aid to offset the loss,
or will they follow suit and punish the Palestinians?
Dialogue between the Gulf and Iran:
On anther level, we had hoped that the Gulf states
had conducted a dialogue with Iran about its peaceful nuclear program
since Iran has made it clear that it rejects producing nuclear weapons.
They should not have followed the West in expressing their concerns. Instead
they should have joined hands in voicing opposition of the Israeli nuclear
arsenal that threatens the region. We hope that the relations between
Iran and the Gulf states will be based on friendship, cooperation and
mutual trust for the sake of the region security and that of all its Muslim
Iraqi National Unity
As for Iraq, we hope that the Iraqis will meet within the framework of
a unity government that is based on their free will and not on the occupation
instructions that aims at promoting its own interests. The Iraqis should
prove that they are able to run their own affairs without needing others,
for they have become adults on all political economic and security levels.
They are able to march forward on the road of freedom and independence
and enhance their comprehensive national unity. If there are some differences
regarding the elections they should not use the language of threat or
seek outside help. Since the others, as proven by the experience, do not
wish good for the Iraqis. All Iraqis should forego the sectarian language
that has intensified in the aftermath of the elections, and resort to
the Islamic national and Arab discourse, so that Iraq will get off the
We notice that Lebanon is still living in a political
impasse and security complications. Things are run in an emotional way
that could further complicate the situation. And we hear things that should
have never been said from officials on various levels, which could in
turn create additional turmoil on the street level.
The Lebanese political club has the right to express freely its hopes
and concerns, but they have to choose the calm words and the right and
open way in dealing with the affairs of the country. No one should be
preoccupied with his personal or sectarian interests.
They should open up on the interests of the country whose economic problems
have put it on the verge of collapse and hunger. Moreover, the sectarian
concerns might drive the country to a security explosion, especially with
all the talk about training and arming which we hope that it is not correct.
The country cannot be ruled by political accusations or by exclusion ,
but by mutual understanding and reconciliation. Do not take the country
to the unknown, and do not kill it politically and economically by a knockout
punch. We, therefore, call on all parties in Lebanon, Syria and the Arab
world to deal wisely with the international projects that aim at reinforcing
the arrogant hegemony on the entire region.
Those who have eyes should see and those who have ears should hear :
let us be free in our decisions, our destiny and our general affairs.
Let us discuss what we differ on and let us seek truth in all our dialogues.