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Lectures > 2007 Speeches >25/05/2007

The Religious Authority H.E. Sayyed M. H. Fadlullah delivered the two Friday prayer sermons at the Imamain Al-Hassanain Mosque, 25th May 2007, 8 Jamadi'I 1428 H, several prominent religious scholars, dignitaries and thousands of believers attended the Jumu’a prayer.
 

To win God's satisfaction:
Do not follow your lusts.


 

The First Sermon

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

 

Allah says in His Glorious Book. Have you then considered him who takes his low desire for his god, and Allah has made him err having knowledge and has set a seal upon his ear and his heart and put a covering upon his eye. Who can then guide him after Allah? Will you not then be mindful? And: and who is more erring than he who follows his low desires without any guidance from Allah.

A theme that is always repeated in the Holy Book and the Hadith: Warning from following one's desires and lusts, since it involves not being concerned with earning the satisfaction of Allah, but following one's desires in what he drinks or eats, or in the pleasures he seeks even if they were haram. It also involves earning money in an unlawful way.

Thus being overwhelmed in following one's lusts leads one not to base his deeds on piety. His only concern would be to satisfy his desires, while what Allah has ordained and what pleases Allah and earns the believer a place in Heaven is something he does not take into consideration. People are used to say that we will think about it when we come for it, oblivious of the fact that it would be too late fact.

The problem with desires is that they are not founded on a fixed basis. One might desire something one day and another the following day. He who follows his desires will not follow a straight line, but one that is drawn by his lusts, which is of course a deviated line.

Allah has told us about those who might profess that there is no God but Allah, but they would not put this testimony into practice. Saying that there is no god but Allah means that you acknowledge that – Allah is the only god, which means that you have to obey Him, fear His punishment, and seek His reward. He is only one who should fill your mind and heart, who should be present in all your actions and relationships which should seek the satisfaction of Allah, The Most Exalted, and nothing but the statistician of Allah. Traditions say that the man who enjoys the shadow of Allah, on the day when there is no shadow but His shadow, is the one that does not set a foot forward or backward until he knows that it pleases Allah. The fundamental question of a believer should be: Is this Halal or Haram? Does it please Allah or not?

Those who follow their lusts and instincts their God is desire. Allah wanted to point at these people when he talked about he who takes his desires as his god – And Allah has made err having knowledge Allah has let him continue in his deviation having showed him the straight path, and has set a seal upon his ear and his heart (meaning the mind), that is the mind does not think about God and about what his belief that Allah is the only God imposes on him. Who can then guide him after Allah? Will you not then be mindful? And leave this quagmire of lust that you have drawn yourself into.

Following lusts is choosing this world:

Allah has also told us about those who follow the desires of others like the wife, the husband, or the deviated political leadership who might lead you to killing people unlawfully. Thus there are those who follow their own desires and those who follow the desires of others, but both will be substituting the Hereafter by the pleasures of this world.

The Prophet too has told us about those who follow their desires and those who follow Allah's wishes. He says: Allah Almighty said: `By My Honor, My Glory, My Greatness, My Light, My Loftiness, and by the Highness of My Station! When My servant gives preference to his desire over My wish, I put his affairs into confusion, make his life baffling in this world and his heart preoccupied with the world(with both his heart and mind) , although I do not give him anything of it except what I have preordained for him. And by My Honor, My Glory, My Greatness, My Light, My Loftiness and by the Highness of My Station! If My servant prefers My wish to his desire, My angels protect him, the heavens and the earth guarantee his sustenance, and I look after his trade and bring the world to him though it should be reluctant and recalcitrant.'"

Imam Ali(a.s. )says: There are two things that I fear for you most: following one’s passions and forever hoping, because following one’s passions impedes truth ( for those who seek only to satisfy their desires will deviate from the straight path), and forever hoping causes one to forget the Hereafter. (Because he thinks that he will not die, but those who believe that they will die at any moment will remain fearful that he might meet God unprepared)

Imam As-Sadiq says: Be apprehensive of your desires (study them to learn if they are lawful or prohibited. Allah has created these desires, but he defined controls to restrain them ) in the same way as you are apprehensive of your enemies. For there is no greater enemy for human beings than their own desires and what their tongues reap.

 

The Garden is the abode of those who restrain desires:

Allah has talked to us about those who restrain their desires: Then as for him who is inordinate, And had preferred the life of this world, The Abode will be Hell-Fire;
Lo! Hell will be his home.
And for such as had entertained the fear of standing before their Lord's (tribunal) and had restrained (their) soul from lower desires,
Their abode will be the Garden
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Therefore the believer ought to be apprehensive of his desires; He should not make the aim of his life to fulfil then. Rather he should seek to please Allah and prepare for the Hereafter. 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 mischief. And: Say: Who hath forbidden the adornment of Allah which He hath brought forth for His bondmen, and the good things of His providing? Say: Such, on the Day of Resurrection, will be only for those who believed during the life of the world. The desires that you should fulfil are the lawful ones. You should enjoy these desires and stay away from the unlawful ones so that you will ensure that Allah will be pleased from you on the day of judgement.

 

The Second Sermon

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

The West's attitude towards the region

The Israeli Army continues its aggressions against the Palestinians, with its daily air and land raids, claiming that it is retaliating against the rockets that the Mujahideen are launching in the face of the raids, assassinations and detentions that target the Palestinian civilians, especially the women, children and elderly.

It is interesting that the Enemy's Foreign Minister is calling for an international action to pressurize whom it calls terrorists as well as the Palestinian Government, claiming that there is no compromise with terrorism and that it is our duty to hit the rocket launchers and Hamas.

The High Representative of the Common European Foreign and Security Policy was with the Israeli Minister when the rockets fell a few meters away from where the meeting took place. This made him denounce violence, but he, along with most EU states, does not denounce Israeli violence, which started with occupation, and is still continuing using the advanced weapons America sends to the Jewish state.

The Western states, headed by the US, have always supported the Jews against the Arabs and Muslims. They also supported occupation although they claim to be against it in principle, since it is against the freedom of nations… But the occupation of an Arab or Muslim land does not represent any breach of human rights, for they have a historical complex against the peoples of the region, whom they, and especially Britain, paved the way for the Jewish occupation of Palestine, had colonized.

Those who reconciled with the enemy…

On the another level, we find that the Arab and Muslim countries who have reconciled with the enemy, like Jordan and Egypt, and those who have established economic relations with it do not exert any pressure an Israel, at a time everyone knows that they have several political and economic direct and a indirect pressure tools. But they find it enough to stand by and watch while the enemy kills the Palestinians who defend the freedom of their land and children. They might make some denouncing empty statements… and they might talk about peace with Israel who rejected their initiative, and who speaks in a way that does not convey respect to the Arabs who have become a long time ago addicted to shame, and do not intend to put an end to this addiction by liberation. They have even allied with the enemy against the heroic Resistance that ended our shame both in the liberation of the year 2000, and in July 2006, because they are afraid that the movement of freedom will expand to their regimes that are controlled by the US and Israeli policies.

America is a terrorist state

The Bush Administration continues to play the role of the cop that protects its interests in the Middle East, and points its political, economic and security weapons against the region’s interests, claiming deceitfully that it is seeking to promote democracy and human rights, at a time it is planning to establish a political and security alliance of several Arab dictatorships which it claims to be moderate, to participate in its wars, and make them join the Jewish state that it believes to be the most civilized and moderate in the region. Some of the Arab officials have gone as far as saying that Israel is their friend, their ally and the protector of the Arabs against Iran. In this respect, it is interesting that one of Bush's advisors said: I believe that they decided (Bush's men) to play the role of good cop instead of the bad one they have been playing for six years". He added. “This good cop bad cop scenario works only if the bad cop can be believed".

We believe that this Administration, represented by the President and his vice, will not be able to play the role of the cop, good or bad, because it has become a terrorist state that flexes its military political and economic muscles to confiscate the freedom of any people seeking to become free, and refuse to be a slave to any arrogant power. That is why we have seen that the regional officials are trying to distance themselves from the Administration because the American envoys ask them to protect US interests at the expense of that of their countries.

America begs for help:

The impasse this terrorist state is living in its occupation of Iraq has led America to beg several Arab and Muslim countries to save it from the dilemma it finds itself in.

President Bush has even begun to appeal to the Iraqis saying: We need your help to end violence more than ever before", although he used to boost reminding the Iraqis that he has saved them from violence.

But we all know that his plan was to turn Iraq into a country that is dominated by violence. And now their plan is to preserve the security of the American soldiers and not that of the Iraqis, with the American public opinion, both democrats and republicans, is demanding the withdrawal from Iraq that has turned into a graveyard for American soldiers.

America has entered the region as a result of the policies of the Administration that is controlled by the neo-cons. This led to the undermining of its political security and economic interests and turned several Arabs and Muslim countries into a hell dominated by violence that kills innocent women, elderly and children. Muslims began to kill Muslims and citizens commit aggressions against other citizens, for this is the natural result constructive chaos creates… That is why we voice our call to all our downtrodden nation, to stand with the Resistance and all forces of opposition against the policies of this administration to widen its impasse, since this is the only way to weaken it and revitalize our peoples enabling them to determine their fate. If we leave America free to practice the policies of occupation and oppression it will burn the entire world by its arrogant policies and not its atomic bomb.

Lebanon: The role of foreign envoys:

Lebanon is plagued in this stage by bloody violence as a result of the political shock that prevented the citizens from conducting an objective rational dialogue to reach the plans that prevents the fall of the country under personal, political and sectarian ambitions that hide under a veil of political sectarian and personal hypocrisy, that supports the outlaws with money and political clout, to use them in the fight against its supposed internal enemies.

On another level, we have a sensitive problem; that of the religious authorities that have abandoned the unifying discourse that unites people on the basis of spiritual and moral values as well as national interests.

They have started to support one political party against the other, thus creating strife, while claiming that they are for all, although they want the entire people subjected to the privileges of their political leaders. This is what we suffer from whenever we face a crucial landmark, since the discourse will be manipulated, behind closed doors, by the instructions of international envoys, who nevertheless claim that they do not interfere in the internal affairs of Lebanon.

The deputies used to wait for the tip before every new presidential election or other major decision. Things have not changed much, and the suggestions are still being made both regionally and internationally, for the presidency is not decided upon by internal needs but by foreign ones…

Faced by this security troubles and vicious bombings, we call upon every Lebanese citizen to act as a guard, since civil peace and national security is the responsibility of all.

Liberation laid the ground for the enemy's defeat.

On the occasion of liberation, we have to be aware of the event in its current and new connotations, since it has been a continuing inspiration for the Arab and Muslim nations that want to get rid of Israeli occupation and American hegemony.

The liberation of most of the Lebanese territories, is an important landmark, which laid the foundation, to defeating the enemy in its last aggression. That is why the responsibility should be held by each and everyone of us, and not only to protect the Resistance and its achievements, but also to invest them at all political, security and cultural levels since they represent, a big asset to the homeland and the nation; an asset, we should not forego or undermine under any circumstances.