The First Sermon
the Name of God, The Compassionate the Merciful
doctors have tried to warn me of the dangers of kneeling and
prostrating, I wanted to be with you at least for the two Juma'a
ruka't… I ask God to grant you all success, and I would like to
thank all of you for your concern. I will always remain ,God
willing, with you ,and I will always be faithful to the line of
Islam as detailed by Ahl el-Beit, Members of the Prophet’s
One of the
Imams of Ahl Al-Beit whom God purified, is Imam Zein al-Abidien, Ali
bin Al-Hussein (A.S.) anniversary of whose death was yesterday( the
25Th of Muharram).
this Imam is multi-dimensional, for the Imam had lived through along
with his father, Imam Hussein, all the events of Karbala.
and endured all its tragedies. He was also aware of all its aims and
slogans and instituted its commemoration for future generations.
The Imam was
the first to remind the people from time to time of what had
happened in Karbala in an effort to incite anger and revolt against
those who caused it and all these who might think about committing a
similar crime in the future.
The Imam, as
well as the Imams who followed him, used to emphasize the fact that
Imam Hussein’s revolution was not restricted to its time, but that
its themes, aims and values should act as an inspiration for Muslims
for all times. Thus, when he used to cry in public whenever he
mentioned Karbala, he was not acting out of personal emotion,
although emotions play a role in everybody’s life. Even the
prophet (p.) cried when his son Abraham died and said:” The eyes
cry and the heart saddens but we say nothing except what pleases
God). He wanted to spread the values of Islam so as to make those
who were to follow in reliving the memories of Ashora use the
Hussieni stand as a stand to call for Islam in all its concepts,
doctrines and values.
The Imam was
the first to talk and write about human rights, whether to himself,
to God or to the people around him. In the book of rights he
dictated- or wrote- he details all the Islamic rights of man in all
his relations and acts, long before the charter of human rights was
a Cultural and Educational Tool.
When we study
the invocations of Imam Ali bin Al-Hussein, whether in the Sahifa
Sajadiah or the rest, we find that he used them as a tool to educate
others about the oneness of Allah, the angels and all Islamic
concepts in the various fields of life. It is a pity that these
supplications have not been studied thoroughly even among the
followers of Ahl al-Beit (A.S.), or in the academic institutions
that study the spiritual side of Islam.
Imam dedicated a lot of time to worshipand living with God, to the
extent that he was called the prostrator, it did not prevent him
from staying in touch with the Muslim community, giving them the
guidance and the knowledge they needed in all aspects of their
religion, and teaching them how to be moral and pious in everything
they say or do, especially in matters relating to the controversial
political issues of that time.
It is a pity
that the predominant image of the Imam is one of a worshipper and a
mourner. Such an image ignores the other side of the Imam as a guide
,a teacher and a leader, for this is his responsibility as an Imam.
The Freer of
The Imam used
to go to all lengths to free slaves. Although Islam did not legalize
slavery, it was one of the phenomena that existed in his age. He
tried to cut it down by buying hundreds of slaves, raising them and
teaching them. He then made use of them during the pilgrimage season
in serving the pilgrims, and finally freed them, giving them enough
money to live on their own.
In addition to
his capacities as a teacher and a guide, he was such a humanitarian
that humanity has never known anyone who was more tolerant and
forgiving than him. To site but one example to demonstrate his
noble-mindedness, we refer to the time when he gave refuge to the
children of Marwan bin Al-Hakam, following the revolt of Al-Madina
against the Umnayads.The Imam gave refuge to those children after
being denied by all the dignitaries of Al-Madina. To understand the
significance of the Imam’s action, we have to bear in mind that it
was Marwan who asked the governor of al-Madina to kill him if he did
not pledge his loyalty to Yazid.The Importance of Islamic
ValuesThese are but a few glimpses of the life of the Imam. And now
I would like to read some of his words to benefit fromthem and
enrich our knowledge of the values of Islam. He says: A man’s
Islam would be perfected, his sins will by forgiven and God will be
pleased with him when He meets him, if four attributes are to be
found in him: Keeping promises, being truthful, feeling ashamed of
everything that displeases God as well as other people and being
kind to his family.”
The Imam (a.s.)
also tells us about praying for a fellow believer while he is
absent:” when the angels hear the believer praying for an absent
brother, or praising him, they will say: You are a good brother…
God has given you twice as much as you had asked for ,and He has
praised you just as you had praised your brother. But if they hear
him say something bad about a brother or asking God to harm him,
they will say: What a bad brother you are. Stop revealing his sins
and praise God Who has veiled your (Shortcomings). And know that God
knows all about His servants”.
These are the
recommendations of Al-Beit and this is their path. If we want to
follow them, we have to follow their teachings and follow their
path. Imam Zein Al-Abidien said:”Love us the love of Islam”.
Meaning that the relation between them and us should be an Islamic
one, based on what the Islam calls for. We ask God to make us among
their followers in thought and action. He is the Most Merciful.
the Name of God, The Compassionate the Merciful
God: Be pious and fear God:
As we remember
the Qana massacre that demonstrated the ugliest form of the
Nazi-Zionist brutality that enjoyed the US political support , we
are witnessing now the daily massacres against the Palestinians,
their homes, and their animal and plant resources .Faced by these
on-going Nazi crimes, as well as the recent aggression against the
Syrian army radar in the Beqa’, I would like to make the following
Palestinian steadfastness has been able to turn Sharon’s promise
of “security” into an impasse for the enemy, with none of the
settlements enjoying any real security.
project has begun to collapse despite all the American made weapons
he makes use of in his aggression on the Palestinian territories.
aggression against a Syrian Army position in Lebanon under the
pretense of Syria’s support of the Resistance in its successful
operations, in the Sheba’a farms, represents a widening of its
political and military impasse.
enemy is suggesting through those acts that he has regained the
power of deterrence, it knows fully well that there is a new
deterring force that will be used at the right time and place.
The Arab world
and the Islamic worlds have become aware of the ugly American face,
having seen how it gave Israel the permission to kill Palestinian
children, women, elderly and youth, as well as to destroy its trees,
houses and infrastructure under the pretense of “giving Sharon a
chance”… The chance he needs to put an end to the Intifada and
deprive the Palestinian state of all the basis of a viable state.
context, If America had claimed that it did not give Israel the
green light to reoccupy Gaza and to hit the Syrian radar, the
enemy’s foreign minister proved that it is lying by announcing
that he called secretary Powel during the Israeli military
though America has asked Israel to withdraw ,it did not have the
protection of the Palestinians in mind, but rather, it wanted to
save Israel from the consequences of Sharon’s madness and weaken
of the Arabs and Muslims anger.
talk about stopping the Intifada is deceiving.
between an unarmed people and an American backed government could
yield no results except what Israel seeks-imposing its will on the
Palestinian people. In these circumstances, the Palestinians feel
that they have no option but to continue their Intifada, being the
only means to liberate their lands. We therefore, believe that the
Palestinians will not get tired or despaired despite all their pains
and grievances, since they have nothing to lose except their chains.
the statements of support for the Intifada, Syria Lebanon and the
Resistance, the Arabs’ position has not yet demonstrated any
political pressure that makes America and Israel feel that there is
a threat to its vital interests in the region through adopting a
unified and effective stand. The problem is that some of the Arabs
are dependent on American economic aid, while others are subjected
to either military or political pressures, which makes them pay lip
service support only.
should know that the struggle with the enemy is not merely one of a
single conflict, but a struggle that will determine the future of
the region as a whole.
Islamic Resistance operation has nothing to do in its timing with
scoring points against any party, nor was it demanded by any
regional power. The timing of operations is determined exclusively
by the military circumstances. Thus the rules of the game have not
changed, and the enemy cannot change them.
ought to remember its political and military failure in the “the
Grapes of wrath “operation whose anniversary has just passed. It
should expect other similar failures, because the cause of
liberation is not an issue that could be subject to any blackmail,
threats or intimidation. Furthermore the Zionist challenge
constitutes a threat to the future of the region and the fate of the
nation. And the future does not ask permission from anybody.
In the light
of this, we should all know that the rules of the game did not
undergo any change: The enemy is still flexing its muscles with all
the American support it can get to the extent that the American
political deference supports the Israeli military one… while the
nation on the other hand is still standing up to the enemy and
faced by these new developments I repeat my call to the Lebanese
people to end these internal political rows.
circumstances has shown that there is a great need for a strategic
coordination against the Zionist enemy between Syria and Lebanon.
There is also
a dire need for the resistance both as an element of pressure and a
means of liberation.
there is a need to unify to face the Israeli enemy that threatens
the whole region, and resort to an objective and calm dialogue that
discusses the issues within the framework of the proper