The First Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the
Allah says in His Glorious Book :
“Oh members of the family (the Prophet’s Family),
God only seeks to cleanse you of all impurities to make you pure and
immaculate.” (33 33).
One of these family members referred to in the
above verse is the Imam Moussa bin Ja’afar Al Kazim (a.s.), and the
anniversary of whose death and martyrdom is on the 25th of Rajab.
This great Imam was known by his scientific
knowledge as well as knowledge of Islamic law. When we study the
life of this Imam, we will find that he filled the Islamic world in
his age with knowledge, thought, movement and spirituality just like
his father, Imam Jaafar As-Sadiq (a.s), did before him. This made
him quite an authority that people referred to in everything they
need, whether in their religion, or the issues and problems they met
in their lives.
Such a position made Haroun Ar-Rashid, the
Abbasid caliph of that time, feel that the Imam was the actual
caliph, for even those who wanted to rebel against the state used to
consult him first. Ar-Rashid decided to imprison the Imam, and kept
transforming him from one jail to another, until he poisoned him in
the Sindy bin Shahiq jail in Baghdad.
The oppressive Abbasid caliphate was afraid from
the trust the Muslims showed in Imam Al-Kazim (a.s), just like many
other tyrants who fear any Islamic leader who is trusted by the
believers and follow his leadership without being motivated by fear
or personal interests.
When we embrace the line of Ahl el-Beit, this
is because we believe that they are God's arguments to His
creations, and that they are the trustees and the guides to Allah.
Thus, we stay with them although they have been elevated to Him
because they were in everything they did or said the guides to Allah
The Imam's name
Imam Al-Kazim (a.s) was called as such because
the meaning of the word in Arabic has to do with controlling one's
temper and restraining anger. This is what the Imam used to. He was
never provoked by those who hurt him. On the contrary, he used to
deal with them in the best and kindest manner hoping that he will
win them to the right path.
In this respect, his biography provides us with
the following story: There was a man in Medina who used to curse the
Imam, and distort his image, to the extent that the companions of
the Imam asked for permission to kill him, but the Imam used to
forbid them from hurting him. Then one day the Imam (a.s) went to
the man’s garden. When the man saw him, he said: Do not step on my
plants, for he was so hateful that he did not even have the courtesy
of welcoming him. The Imam continued to move towards him. And when
he reached the man the Imam asked him: How much did you pay for your
plants, and how much do you expect to gain? Adding the two sums
together the Imam gave him the money and said:
Take this money and you still can sell your
corps, and he started talking to him in a very pleasant and kind
manner. The man felt guilty and changed his attitude towards the
Imam. The next day the man went to the mosque. When he saw the Imam
(a.s) coming he said :“God knows where he puts His Message". Asked
what made him change his mind, he said that it was the way the Imam
dealt with him. The Imam then asked his companions: which is better
the way you wanted to deal with this man using violence or my way?
This is the way adopted by the Imam and Ahl el-Beit
(a.s), whose grandfather, Muhammad (p) was described in the Glorious
Quran as being of sublime morality. God also described the believers
who will dwell in Heaven as those who restrain (their) anger and
pardon men; and Allah loves the doers of good (to others). (3:132).
And this is what following Ahl el-Beit (a.s) means: to adopt their
manners; the manners of Islam.
The Imam's Teachings
In his anniversary, we would like to study some
of his teachings to be guided by them in all times, since he might
not be with us in person, but he certainly is in his teachings and
Imam Al-Kazim (a.s.) said to one of his sons: O
son, let not Allah see you committing acts of disobedience against
which He warned you, and let Him not miss you in an act of obedience
to Him of which He ordered you.
This is what it means when you say that you
worship Allah. To worship Allah is to be faithful to Him.
He added: keep serious and do not convince
yourself that you are worshipping and obeying Allah perfectly,
because no one can achieved perfection in the fields of worshipping
You have to believe that no matter what you do,
you will still be imperfect in worshipping Allah, for no one could
achieve such perfection. He is the one who created you, and He is
the One who gave you everything. You could not repay Him whatever
"Beware of joking because it extinguished the
illumination of your faith and disgraces your personality. Beware of
indolence and laziness because they both prevent you from receiving
your shares of the pleasure of this would and the world to come".
Joking might make others make fun of you, or they
might not take you seriously, while laziness will deprive you from
earning the benefits of your work: you should be energetic so that
you could renew yourself with the sunrise of every day. He then
added: “He who does not hold himself accountable everyday is not one
of us, so as to ask Allah for more it his deeds were good, and not
ask Him for forgiveness and repent if they wicked".
You should be aware of every emotion that you
experience and every act you do, so as to monitor the points of
strength and weakness in your self. If you do not the points of
weakness would become stronger and affect your personality which
might lead you to the spiritual and practical fall in all aspects of
In another saying, the Imam (a.s) says: "Do not
regard goal deeds as two many, nor regard sins as too few, for few
sins will accumulate to become many" this is what the Messenger (p)
said when he told his companions to find him some firewood, and
they begun to collect small branches for him. But when they put them
together, they become a big bundle. The Prophet told them. "This is
how small sins gather to become big". The Imam went on to say: "Fear
Allah in your privacy so that you will be just, and hasten to obey
Allah, and be truthful in what you say, Return the trusts…”
The Imam also indicated to the people what they
should learn, He said: I have found knowledge to be of four
domains: to know God - Knowing God's abilities, glories and grace
will make you open upon Him, The second is to know what He has made
in you, the third is to know what He wants from you, and the fourth
is know what gets you out of your religion". If you do not know your
responsibilities and you do not know what gets you out of your
religion, people will easily deceive you and lead you in believing
what is against your religion as part of Islam.
In another saying, he advises his sons: "Strive
to divide your time into four intervals, the first to pray to God,
the second to earn your living, the third is to communicate with
your brothers and trusted friends, and the fourth is for your
It is another saying the Imam tells one of his
companions who complained that some are calling him a heretic, as
some of the people nowadays call some respected and trustworthy
scholars, accusing them of deviation. He said: What harm could be
done to you if you have a pearl and people say it is a pebble, and
what good will it do to you, if people say you have a pearl while
you have a pebble, the Imam wanted to say to the people that man has
to study himself thoroughly so that he will not be affected by what
they say, failing if people call him a failure and becoming inflated
if people praise him, and lead him to trust himself in areas where
it should not be trusted.
The last saying we would like to talk about is
the one in which he asked his companions “to do good and say good
and not to be a member of the herd”, meaning that you should not say
I am with the people… Do not be as echo of others; your decision
should be based on your own judgment that is based on your thorough
These are some of the illuminating words of Imam
Al-Kazim (a.s), which we should enlighten our life with, for it is
the light of Allah, the light of Islam and that of the Messenger.
This is what the Messenger called on us to do when he was praying to
God and said: "If You are not angry with me, then I do not care".
Peace be on Imam al-Kazim (a.s) the day he was
born, the day he was martyred and the day he is brought back to
The First Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the
Palestine: Planning for a new Intifada
Israel continues to practice its brutal terrorism
whether by confiscating Palestinian lands to build a fence that
surrounds the Major West Bank settlements, and connects them with
the Jewish neighbourhood of East Jerusalem.
Such a plan aims at separating between the
northern part of the West Bank and the Southern parts, as well as
changing the demographic state of Jerusalem. Nevertheless, no
European or American protest was heard, for they do not respect the
Palestinians’ rights in their lands, instead they support the
Zionist "right” of usurping Palestinian lands. The West does not
believe in the Arab or Muslim rights; it supports the Zionist
usurpation and protects the occupation and the usurpation of Arab
and Muslim lands. In addition, Israel continues to control the
crossing to Gaza and impose restrictions on Gaza airport and port,
so as to keep the Palestinians besieged in their own country, and
deny them the right to travel. Thus, the Palestinian state that
President Bush promised is still a promise that Bush cannot fulfil
for Israel controls his will, as it raises the slogan of fighting
"Palestinian terrorism" as a condition to resume negotiations or to
execute the Road Map.
Thus, America is the problem, since the
Administration that is run by the fanatics, the neo-cons and the
Zionist lobby is planning to let Israel hold total control over all
of Palestine, leaving the Palestinians with few fragmented lands.
This is what the Palestinians should know to institute a new
Intifada to circumvent the Zionist Plan of settlement,
assassinations, detentions and official annexation of most of the
West Bank including Jerusalem, a plan that is fully backed by the
We should enter into a new phase of the Intifada,
because the new developments in Palestine and the region aim at
eliminating the Palestinian cause, and creating further differences
and conflicts among the Palestinians, so that they will all be
farther away from the major cause of liberating Palestine.
Iraq between two threats
Iraq is suffering from two threats. The first
threat is the daily bombings that haunt the civilians, which the
occupation cannot deny its responsibility, whether direct or
indirect, of, for we believe that it is inciting civil strife to
justify its presence.
The Iraqis have to be aware of the plans and
gaols of the occupation that promotes its own interests, while the
Iraqi people suffer from a state of chaos on the security level and
a lack of basic and vital services. Moreover the Iraqi people's
wealth is being usurped by the American monopolizing companies, and
the Mossad conspires with the CIA to undermine the unity of the
The second threat is that of internal political
divisions that in demonstrated in the differences regarding the
constitution, and especially the issue of federation, which is so
vaguely worded that it could turn into partition in favourable
The American Ambassador's interference in the
Iraqi affairs, even in writing the constitution is yet another crime
committed against the Iraqis. We want all Iraqis to focus on how to
struggle against the plots and schemes of the occupation by
strengthening their internal unity on the basis of the equality of
the Iraqis in their rights and duties, as well as working together
in strengthening their economy, political power, and internal
security. They should also preserve the Islamic identity of Iraq
that interacts with the Arab and Islamic environment, and cooperate
with the other fronts in the region so as all peoples will struggle
together to defeat both the visible and the hidden occupations that
plan to put their hands on the regions fortunes.
Finally, in addition to our rejection of all
sectarian differences, we also warn from the plots that aim at
inciting strife within the same sect and call on all parties to fail
Lebanon :Absence of reform plans
Lebanon was still drowning in the rumours
circulating among people and the analysis in the press regarding the
UN interim report of the investigation into the assassination of
former Premier Rafik Hariri.
These rumours are attempts to intimidate people,
especially after the recent bombings that have been targeting
economic sites and threatening tourism.
Disputes on the administrative, security and
judicial appointments resulting form the distribution of sectarian
and personal spoils, and the exchange of accusations between one
party and another made the public think that politics was still not
abiding by principles of change and reform.
In such circumstances, how could the officials
achieve change and reform if they are still obsessed with their
sectarian and personal interests?
Are there governance and a government that are
planning for a future that saves the country from bankruptcy, chaos
and security negligence?
How can we confront the Israeli occupation and
aggression? And some of us – by the help of an American and European
inspiration – call for protecting the enemy and disarming the
resistance before protecting Lebanon form the enemy's violations?
How can we liberate the country from the new
hegemony that is moving in the invisible back scenes, and how can
the country achieve national reconciliation without planning the
reconciliation of reform programs?
These are question with no answers. So, is there
someone who can respond?