The First Sermon
the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Allah, the most
Exalted, says in His Glorious Book: :
Corruption has appeared in the land and the sea on account of what
the hands of men have wrought, that He may make them taste a part of
that which they have done, so that they may return.
In this Holy Ayah, God talks about the phenomenon of
corruption on earth and in human life. He asserts that corruption
will affect those who initialize it and that they will be punished
for what they did, and live the pains they have utilized.
When Allah talks about
corruption, it is divided into many categories. We have first, the
financial corruption that is represented by those who become rich
whether lawfully or unlawfully and try to gain more money by
corrupting the life of others. They use the fortunes they have to
exploit the poor. And this is what we notice when the rich in this
country plan for politically corrupting the people to ensure that
they win political positions.
This is also what is
happening in most parts of the world, even in the developed
countries, where we find that the multinational companies, of oil
and weapons… these companies are making use of their financial
political leeway to employ some persons to become presidents. Then
those presidents would execute the plans of these companies. We
know, for example, that the arms companies in their pursuit to sell
arms would incite wars.
Similarly, owners of
oil companies wish the various administrations to secure the flow of
oil, even if it means military presence in our region.
Even in the Arab
countries, like, for example, the Lebanese recent elections, where
talks about political and electoral money filled the air... They
exploited the extensive state of poverty to buy votes for a few
Dollars, thus enabling those who are not qualified with
responsibility to win.
We also notice
financial corruption in those who exploit the poor by lending them
money with interest.
The Quran talked also
out a rich personality that exploited it fortune to oppress people.
He is Qaron.
Whom we can see the
likes of him in our communities . God says: Qarun was doubtless, of the
people of Moses; but he acted insolently towards them: such were the
treasures We had bestowed on him that their very keys would have
been a burden to a body of strong men, behold, his people said to
him: "Exult not, for Allah loves not those who exult (in riches).
But seek, with the (wealth) which Allah has bestowed on thee, the
Home of the Hereafter, nor forget thy portion in this world: but do
thou good, as Allah has been good to thee, and seek not (occasions
for) mischief in the land: for Allah loves not those who do
He said: "This has been given to me because of a certain knowledge
which I have." Did he not know that Allah had destroyed, before him,
(whole) generations,- which were superior to him in strength and
greater in the amount (of riches) they had collected? but the wicked
are not called (immediately) to account for their sins. So he went
forth among his people in the (pride of his worldly) glitter. Said
those whose aim is the Life of this World: "Oh! that we had the like
of what Qarun has got! for he is truly a lord of mighty good
fortune!" … Then We caused the earth to swallow up him and his
house; and he had not (the least little) party to help him against
Allah, nor could he defend himself.
This is a kind of financial corruption committed by
a man who was one of Pharos's pillars.
Political and Economic corruption.
An example of political
corruption the Quran gives is Pharaoh, who was so arrogant that he
told his people, that was their supreme lord. We also have moral
corruption, like these bars , night clubs and the like that corrupt
the life of the people. There is also the economic corruption
committed by those who cheat, waste or sell unlawful items. This
could also be done by the rulers, and we in Lebanon have suffered
form such a kind of corruption which made the country carry a heavy
burden of debt that reached 40 billion Dollars.
Yet the people still
support such politicians. That is why we used to say that the
problem is not that of the politicians but of the voters, who have
become enslaved to the politicians.
In this respect the
Messenger(p.) says: How would Allah, the most Exalted, bless a
people, whose the poor people’s rights are not taken from the
strong. He adds: "Those who were before you perished, because when
the noble among them stole, they left him". This what we notice in
the Lebanese sectarian regime. The leaders of the sects have robbed
the country and the people. And nobody held them accountable . Then
the Messenger concludes: But if the weak steals this would punish
him. By God if Fatima bint Muhammad should
steal I would have cut her hand".
This is in spite of the
fact that Fatima is infallible and would not possibly commit any
sin, let alone stealing.
Allah wants us to
confront and change corruption, the Messenger(p.) says: "If the sin
is committed secretly it will only harm who commits it, but when it
is done in public it would harm all of them". This is because if
they do not condemn it will spread among them.
Allah wants us to
institutionalize reform among people. He has commanded us to "do
right and follow not the way of mischief makers".
He wants us to confront corruption on earth, wherever it occurs and
do that we spread goods and peace and good on earth.
The First Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Israel and the insurmountable solutions
The Palestinian cause
is still the core of the problem in the region despites all the
American-Israeli efforts to trap it in a web of political and
security details. The visit of the American Secretary of State can
only be understood as an attempt to diffuse the general state of
tension in the region by a series of cloudy statements, presenting
the Zionist with draw it from Gaza, as a major step towards reaching
a solution, but without mentioning the withdrawal from the West Bank
and Jerusalem, and without any talk about the racial wall and the
settlements. They are left for the find status, which Israel has
linked with the dismantling of the militant organizations. This is
an impossible condition, because it leads to a civil war among the
Palestinians, making the Israelis win the war without actually
having to fight it.
In the meantime, Israel
countries to build new settlements and assassinate the Intifada
activists without any American condemnation.
America only condemns
the Palestinians defensive retaliation, for all it is concerned
about is the death of an Israeli settler, it does not care if scores
of Palestinians are killed everyday.
Moreover, the American
Secretary of State has tried to pose the Israelis as seeking peace,
while the Palestinians are thwarting their efforts, although the
international public opinion has noticed that the head of the
Palestinian Authority got nothing from Sharon in their last meeting.
Rice's visit to the
region was to advocate for American reform that brings about
democracy, humans rights and freedom. Yet everybody knows that
America does not care about these values; it only cares about its
interests. That is why it threatens to incite anarchy in our region
and states. It concentrates on Syria because it did not yield to the
American demand to control the borders with Iraq _ although
Washington did not agree to give Syria the technology it needs to
monitor the vast border region.
As for Iran, America
slammed the Islamic regime; at a time Iran was practicing a model
experiment in democracy, by electing a new president.
still attacks the Iranian peaceful nuclear project, claming that it
endangers the world in general and Israel in particular, because
America does not want Iran to process nuclear power and experience.
America's policies in
Iraq and Afghanistan have failed and America is trying to cover up
by its talk about democracy and freedom.
Our people have to be
aware of these American plans and the policies it seeks to carry out
at the expense of our interests and vital causes s that we can avoid
the great dangers that are threatening our political and economic
Iraq: Withdrawal is the only solution
In Iraq, blood is still being spilled by the soldiers of the
occupation and the terrorism of the apostatizers, as well as the
political anarchy that is trying to incite sectarian .On the other hand, if the International conference
in Brussels claims to have convened to rebuild Iraq, we notice that
the donor countries are not sincere in fulfilling their promises.
The figures they came up with do not solve anything in a country
whose infrastructure ways devastated by the occupiers, who also have
created a state of chaos and disintegration that could not end
unless the occupier withdraws.
Lebanon in a new target for chaos
In Lebanon, we have
always warned against turning it into a new arena for American and
Israeli security chaos. It has begun to enter into the maze of this
chaos form the security window having entered it from the political
one. Therefore, we have to warn against the sectarian language that
has been used exclusively in the last elections that have poisoned
the political climate of Lebanon, in an effort to spread it in the
We also have to warn
against this de facto federalism, which we are afraid, might
Moreover, the American
and European talk about an international conference on Lebanon might
pave the way for the new tutelage. This series of political
assassinations, and this freedom of movement for the international
intelligence agencies, drive one to asking:
"Should we get rid of
one security regime to allow another one to enter under the cover of
investigations of serial crimes?"
Lebanon needs an open
and clear dialogue between national forces to discuss forging a
unified voice and a united program to solve the country's economic
Lebanese should unite
on the basis of humanizing politics, security, economy and culture
and pursue the country's fate freely.