The First Sermon
the Name of God, The Compassionate the Merciful
of the things a Muslim should learn in order to secure a place in
Heaven is how to fear God. He should think about how great God is,
for the more he is aware of His greatness the more he will fear Him.
But Allah is not only a powerful force. He is the aboslute
power, Who has given us any power we might have or think that we
have. Do we not say when we feel weak: “There is no power other
than God`s” and that “To God we will return” meaning that we
submit to God’s will in all what happens to us.
man reflects on the greatness of God and the secrets he has embodied
in the universe, everything else will look minute and unimportant.
We might sin and disobey God’s command to please our wife or
husband or to please
the rich and powerful.
But this only happens when we forget how great God is.
Therefore we should always keep in mind that Allah is great and fear
Him. He has told us that the reward is Heaven: ”And for those who
feared standing before their lord’s (tribunal) and restrained
(their) soul from lower desires, There abode will be the Garden”.
In Imam Ali Bin Abi Taleb`s (AS) will for his son Imam Hassan,
trust you to fear God in what you do in public as well as in
Ja`afar As Sadeq (AS) says:
Allah, as if you can see Him. Since if you don’t see Him He sees
you. And if you say that He doesn’t, then you have become an
Talking about the fear of Allah (SWT), the Prophet (SAWS)
believer lives between two fears: Fear of the time that has passed,
which he does not know how Allah is going to judge, and the time
that is still remaining.”
Prophet (SAWS) then says that we should make sure that we take
charge of what is left since we still have a chance to redeem
ourselves. He added that we should do that today and not wait until
tomorrow since after this world you will go either to hell or to
heaven. It is your choice.
Imam Ja`afar As
Sadeq (AS) quotes his father Imam Al-Baqir (AS) as saying:
believer has two lights in his heart one of fear and one of hope,
and if you weigh them you will find them exactly equal”.
Light of fear makes you fear God and refrain from disobeying him,
and the light of hope in God’s Mercy will prevent from feeling
Imam then explains to us how both feelings work.
for God’s blessings and reward should lead you to make every
effort to earn it, while fearing something should make you avoid it
and run away from it. And since there is no fear greater than the
fear from hell fire, one should run away from any unlawful desire.
On the other hand, one should endure all the hardships he
meets in life since he has hope in God (SWT) . Did not he say:
Be sure We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some
loss in goods, lives and the fruits (of your toil) but give glad
tidings to those who patiently persevere. Who say, when afflicted
with calamity: “To Allah we belong, and to Him is our return”. (S2,v155,156)
Quran explains in several verses the reward for obeying God- Who
does not want such a reward? God says:
Behold! Verily on the friends of Allah there is no fear nor shall
they grieve”. ”Those who believe and (Constantly) guard against
those who say.”Our lord is Allah”, and remain firm (on that
path),-on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve”. (S46,v13)
would like to refer in particular to a verse that reminds us that if
we fear God, we ought to fear no one else, because God is the only
source of strength:
to whom men said;”A great army is gathering against you so fear
whole world is against you. The kind of intimidation and progaganda
that tries to defeat the fighters of the cause of Allah before they
even begin to fight. But we, in a war, have proved them wrong, and
that a small group of believers can fight and defeat even the most
powerful army :
it only increased their faith. They said: “for us Allah is
sufficient and He is the best Guardian.”(S3,v173)
And they returned with Grace and bounty from God. No harm ever
touched them for they followed the path that assures God’s
satisfaction… It is only Satan that suggests to you the fear of
his henchmen: Do not be afraid of him but fear me if you have
We ought to educate ourselves about the greatness of Allah (SWT).
If we realize how great he is, we will fear him more and refrain
from disobeying Him and keep to the right path that He ordained for
our benefit in this world and in the Here after.
the Name of God, The Compassionate, the Merciful
Palestinian people are proving every day that they can undertake
their grave responsibilities.
are holding fast against the brutal Zionist attack that has used
every means of killing and destruction possible, while the rest of
the Muslims and Arabs remain silent. America in contrast, is
providing every means of political and military support to the
extent that one gets the impression that it has entered the war with
the Zionists against the Arabs and Muslims. Europe that the Jews
have denied the chance to play any role in the settlement process,
is still searching for a role that serves its interests and
strengthens its position. Believing that this could be done by
statements that are very favorable to the Israelis. The UN for its
part has become an American instrument that does not any longer,
respond to the pleas of the nations especially the Palestinians who
are calling it to provide international protection but to no avail.
The Zionists and the Americans are betting on the Israeli
military pressure forcing the Palestinians to accept the political
conditions of stopping “the violence”, that is to surrender and
become a dependent people who has forgone any ambition for freedom
But the Palestinians have decided to continue their struggle
until liberation. They are guided by the Holy Quranic verse that
reminds Muslims that a war is made up of many battles some of which
we might lose, but in the end, victory is guaranteed because we rely
on God and have full trust in him. The Palestinians people have
already covered the major part of the road, and the final victory of
liberation is already in sight.
Meanwhile, the Arab and Muslim peoples should rebel against
this political seige on the part of their regimes.
They are preventing the people from taking to the streets to
protest against the Zionist brutal massacres, because they are
afraid that it will turn into a condemnation of their policies of
surrender… The current stage is the toughest in the history of the
nation, and the nation should rise to the level of the challenge to confront and defeat the enemy for we are fighting for a
free and dignified future.
the same time, the Israeli war minister has been making threats
against Lebanon and Syria that coincided with the American pressures
in the form of the
House of Representatives deciding to cancel the insignificant US aid
to Lebanon. These threats have also concided with UN moves to
decrease the number of UNIFIL soldiers in the south no doubt to
force Lebanon to safeguard the Israeli border.
Lebanon and Syria are not intimidated by these threats.
Lebanon has acquired the necessary force: its heroic
Resistance, that has deprived the enemy from imposing its own rules
of the game.
It has continued its operations, in the occupied territories
to prove that it is still committed to the cause of Liberation, and
to support the Palestinian Intifada with all possible means. This
underscores the unity of the nation in its struggle against the
enemy despite all the pressures.
Thus, the enemy will not be able to force its will on us no
matter how big the necessary sacrifices.
The future is definitely with the people that are fighting to
gain their freedom and independence.
On the internal level, our basic goal is to solidify the
national unity being the solid foundation of our struggle against
the occupier. It also prevents any political instability that would
further worsen our economic crisis. We are at a stage that needs
action not speeches, especially after the recent conferences
meetings and comunique’s which have not offered the country even a
glimpse of hope.
Lastly, there is a problem we have to talk about, the lay-off
of a number of workers in the both the public and private sectors.
Although I am in support of radical and comprehensive civil service
reforms, such a task should be executed as being a part of a general
economic plan that provides new job opportunities.
We do not want to solve the problem of the public sector in a
way that creates a bigger social problem. Such a general approach,
that relies on planning should be adopted with respect to all issues
that affect a large sector of the population. We should always try
to find the proper balance between the needs of the state and the
needs of the people, and never take decisions like the one that
permitted the certain type of fuel for automobilies and then
resversed the decision a year or two later for the sake of the
I call for a comprehensive political and economic plan that
leaves no room for haphazard decisions that have destroyed a lot of
potentials in the past and that I am afraid might destroy what is