The First Sermon
the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
God says in His Glorious
Book: O you who believe! Seek assistance
through patience and prayer; surely Allah is with the
also says: And We will most certainly try you with somewhat of fear
and hunger and loss of property and lives and fruits; and give good
news to the patient. (2:155)
Quran and the Prophetic traditions have not concentrated on a virtue
as much as they did on patience, for patience is the secret of the
power of life in the human being’s movement. It we want to start
from the beginning of the human’s life, we find that Allah says: We
have created man into toil and struggle”. (90:40).Whether
inside his mother’s womb or when he is born both the newborn and
his mother suffer a lot. Then it is time for his father to suffer
and struggle to provide for him. Thus, right from the beginning,
man, either instinctively or willingly, has to confront his problems
and responsibilities by being patient.
this perspective means a sense of balance and stability. It means
not letting fear, huger, poverty or loss of beloved ones defeat man
and lead him to fall. Patience means the will to confront all
hardships with a sense of steadfastness and firmness. If man is able
to hold fast and remain composed and feeling that he is still in
change, them he would be able to study the problem, assess its size
and devise the solutions it needs with the necessary means and
timetable. In contrast, when you lose your patience you lose the
ability of thinking too, and this is the first reaction of those who
lose their temper or patience, for the first thing they will say: I
am unable to think.
patient is support of the right
needed mostly when it comes to the cost of supporting the right in
all domains. Such a stand costs a lot of effort and a lot of
sacrifices. The best expression of the cost of standing with the
right is Ali’s famous saying that the right left him “no
But this is
something that needs a very strong personality like that of Ali.
Such a personality in rare, for many people might weaken when they
lose a certain political economic or social privilege. Others might
not be able to withstand pressure and say that they want to
“live”, meaning that they are not able to confront all the
pressures and the loses the people of falsehood might inflict on
was asked to compromise and accept falsehood because as I was told
by many senior people: we know that you are right but why do you
have to speak out…your enemies will exploit this. But I believe
that the right is not a subjective issue; it is a message, and those
who carry a message do not have the luxury to compromise just
because they might be cursed or accused.
Thus, one has
to be patient in that he should remain objective
and stay with the right regardless of whether people like it or not.
we know that the Prophet (p.) used to be confronted with the idea
that says: Surely we found our fathers on a
course, and surely we are followers of their footsteps
(43:23). Such an attitude is dominant in our society which probably
waits until one dies to find some truth in what he was saying.
patience is to endure the hardships that one confronts when he
stands with the right, being Allah’s trust not only in doctrinal
and faith issues but in all fields of life, including politics,
social relations, peace and war …etc.
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arrogant powers in this world, along with the infidels who have a
certain complex towards Islam, are working on creating the
circumstances that besiege the Muslims politically, economically
culturally and militarily. Then they say to them this is the way you
have to follow having made sure that they had closed all the other
ways and that they had exploited to the greatest extent the weakness
of their rulers. They would then say: The cells of prisons are
behind you and the solution that the arrogant laid out is in front
of you.” People will accept because they see no alternative and
utter such sayings as: the eye does not resist the awl.
We have to
look for the alternative. The arrogant has made itself the only
available alternative. We do not have to accept it. We should study
the sources of strength we have to create this alternative and never
yield to what we hear in the arrogant media and the lies it spreads.
patience in order to face the siege that surrounds us, plan to solve
our problems and become aware of what is being plotted against us.
in obedience and refraining from committing sins.
Glorious Quran has stressed the need in many aspects to be patient
and endure all what will happen to you.
Allah urges the Muslims who
face hatred and enmity whether in politics or in the media or by
economic pressure to be patient and pious, to keep calm and
objective and study the matter to reach the solution that best
serves the Muslims: You shall certainly be
tried respecting your wealth and your souls, and you shall certainly
hear from those who have been given the Book before you and from
those who are polytheists much annoying talk; and if you are patient
and guard (against evil), surely this is one of the affairs (which
should be) determined upon. 3:186
most Exalted, asks in several verses His Messenger(p.) to be patient
until Allah, the most Exalted, grants the final victory. He also
tells us that those who enter heavens have earned their reward by
is the secret of man’s movement .
the secret of man’s movement in the universe… It is the weapon
man should be armed with in his march towards the right and in all
the stances he takes in this march and the hatred he is faced
with… especially that we are faced with all kinds of challenges
that start from the cultural level and does not end at the political
and economic levels… Most surely man is in
loss. Except those who believe and do good, and enjoin on each other
truth, and enjoin on each other patience(103:2-3)
what happened in the Battle of Khaibar when Allah, the most Exalted,
granted victory to the Muslims when Ali (a.s.) who was the
embodiment of patience and belief led the attack . We need the
belief of Ali(a.s.) the spirit of Ali (a.s.), the patience of Ali
(a.s.) and the steadfastness of Ali (a.s.) even if it a rate of 10%.
We ought to learn from the student of the Prophet(p.) and of the
Quran the virtue of patience.
We need to
stay with Ali(a.s.) and let Ali stay in us.
The Second Sermon
the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
execution of the American Israeli plot continues
execution of the American Israeli plot is still continuing. The
Palestinian cause is being reduced. And Israeli image is being
polished by such insignificant actions as releasing a small number
of pensioners or dismantling uninhabited settlements, while
detaining more Palestinian prisoners and building new settlements
and even as Sharon declared leaving the issue of settlements to the
Palestinian side, the Americans and Israelis continue to praise the
Palestinian prime minister but they do not forget to mention that
what he is doing is insufficient. They also blame the president of
the Palestinian Authority, Yaser Arafat, and the militant
Palestinian groups for complicating Abu Mazan’s task. This means
that he has to rebel against Arafat and dismantle the infrastructure
of these groups and disarm them, a goal that serves the Israeli
strategy of provoking a civil war among the Palestinians in which
the Zionist Army might interfere to support the Authority’s
tend to believe that the American President will not accept any of
Abu Mazen’s vital demands. He, that is Bush, will be waiting for
Sharon whom he needs his support to ensure that the Jews will back
him in the coming presidential election.
to America holding most of the political cards he needs to carry out
his historical project of taking over the whole of Palestine, and to
get a loan of 10 billion Dollars to support the Zionist economy that
was weakened by the Intifada. He will not therefore agree on any of
the promises that Bush might give to Abu Mazen except certain
trivial matters that do not have any actual significance .
that this visit to America will not solve any of the Palestinian
security economic or political problems. For America will not
pressurize Israel to implement anything of what is stipulated in the
contrary, it will pressurize the Palestinians to get on with what it
calls fighting terrorism.
developments the militant groups, which have become politically
mature, in addition to their maturity in the military sphere, should
keep an eye on the political and security developments in Palestine
and in the region, and start planning very carefully for the coming
stage which could be extremely difficult, which means that they have
to be very vigilant and resort to consultation cooperation and unity
to prevent any security gap that the enemy might use to create
internal strife among the Palestinians.
To the Arab
officials we say: You have to be at least once with the Palestinian
people and support their independence with the necessary
pressures… Do not remain with the Americans and the Israelis and
stop this intolerable indifference towards the Palestinian future…
This is what Arab nationalism is all about if you still believe in
it as your peoples do.
Iraqis hold the responsibility of liberating Iraq
has to be liberated from occupation. It should build its strength
and develop its potentials, cement its national unity, and found a
just state that ensures justice, peace and freedom for all Iraqis…
But could those who are now in charge achieve this, as long as the
last decision in is the hands of the occupation that decides when to
leave, or where to deploy its forces, or even in matters that have
to do with the constitution and the elections… Some might say that
the occupier has promised that he will give them the freedom of
deciding what they see fit, of course with a certain degree of
political and security supervision. But what are the guarantees and
what are the sources of strength they depend upon to support their
Britain are asking the United Nations to plays its role in Iraq, but
they do not want the international organization to play a leading
role. They want the UN to play a subordinate role to help the
occupier in getting out of the impasse it has put itself in…
what we noticed in the last session of the Security Council which
paved the way to deploy troops of the armies of American allies in
Iraq, despite the call of the UN Secretary General to set a date for
withdrawal from Iraq.
the Iraqi people hold their responsibility towards the issue of
liberation? Would those who ask: What is the alternative continue to
rely on this argument or the fear of chaos or the return of the old
regime, should the occupier withdraw?
are wiser might say that the UN in its multilateral composition is
the alternative, because it is not an occupying force although the
occupiers might have a say in its resolutions.
convinced that the Iraqi people if left to enjoy their freedom are
capable of building a state and make miracles…
It is a
civilized people that do not have to start all over again… We
would like also to use this occasion to emphasize to our people in
Iraq that they should confront the malicious plans to create a
division between the Sunnis and Shiites and we ask them to remember
God’s saying: And hold fast by the covenant
of Allah all together and be not disunited, and remember the favor
of Allah on you when you were enemies, then He united your hearts so
by His favor you became brethren (3:103).
Taxes in Lebanon
the state of chaos still dominates the administration and it has
been recently manifested by the controversial decisions that further
complicates the living conditions of the Lebanese… It is as if the
power rationing is not enough, the Lebanese were surprised with the
new tariffs that further decrease the income of the poor whom the
government has not provided them with new job opportunities and left
them employed. At the same time it did not try to solve the deficit
of the budget of the electricity company by trying to collect the
tariffs from those who are not paying or stealing the power, nor had
it paid what the official institutions owe to the power company.
We call on
a thorough investigation to provide a comprehensive report that
details the causes of such a rise in the debt of the state and its
institutions, for this the only way that enables the people to know
who is honest and works for the common interest and who are
exploiting the country to increase their personal wealth.