The First Sermon
the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
The birth of Islam
On the 27th
of the month of Rajab, we meet with two occasions: the birth of
Islam and the second, which is part of the first, is the Prophet’s
night journey in which he ascended to Heaven. For when Allah chose
the Messenger (p.) to convey the Message, He wanted to arm him from
the beginning with all the spiritual, cultural, political,
educational and other elements that would enable him to sustain the
Message… being a message for all peoples, places and times.
Therefore, the Messenger (p.) ought
to integrate in his personality all the elements that would provide
man in all times and places all his needs of culture, virtues,
values, righteousness, soundness, awareness, and all that ensures
his balance in life. That is why Allah has charged one of His
greatest angels to take care of him and teach him on a daily basis
starting from his very early childhood.
Then when he became a mature adult he
sent the Quran to fill his mind with the book that constitutes the
constitution of life in all its aspects and fields.
The Quran was sent gradually to
accompany the Islamic movement of the Prophet (p.) to guide the
Muslims, provide them with legislations, to articulate the concepts
of Islam, to plan their war and peace… to guide them to the
straight path and warn them against any deviation… The Quran was
thus the book of the Islamic movement in which you can review the
Prophet’s personality and read his biography that is presented in
association with his capacity as a Messenger who has a message to
convey and who acts as a role model to be followed.
In this context, the experience of
the night journey is a step in teaching and educating Muhammad
“Glory be to
Him Who made His servant to go on a night from the Sacred Mosque to
the remote mosque of which We have blessed the precincts, so that We
may show to him some of Our signs; surely He is the Hearing, the
so that the Prophet (p.) through the
connection between Ibrahim’s base that has become in the process
of the movement of the call for the Message the base of Muhammad and
that of the other Prophets in Al-Quds, proves that all prophets are
related since they deliver the same Message from the same God.
All messages are but
Historical sources go on to say that
Allah, the most Exalted, made His Messenger (p.) meet all the other
prophets to show him some of “Our signs” that prove His
greatness and links the Prophet with all the other prophets and
messages, so that he will become the seal of the prophets carrying
the seal of Messages.
As for the ascension to Heaven, it
aimed at making the Prophet (p.) aware about what is in Heaven, too.
Allah, the most Exalted, wanted His Messenger (p.) to take a tour in
the cosmos, after his tour on earth by a vehicle whose nature is not
known, but that represents Allah’s absolute ability.
The Messenger (p.)’s
When the Messenger (p.) launched his
call, he did not resort to violence. On the contrary, he was kind
and lenient, telling the people, I am a human being like you, with
the difference that I am guided with Allah, the most Exalted’s,
revelation. He was of exemplary conduct and of the greatest morals
that used to tell the people I have come from you and I am no
stranger to your pains, ambitions, dreams and traditions… I came
by the Message to make you adopt the correct and sound thought, and
carry nothing in your hearts but love… I came to ensure that your
life is that of joining hands to do what is good and not what is
sinful or aggressive... I came to make life better in the way that
Allah wills. I do not carry a national message.
The Quran is a
It is true that the Quran is conveyed
in Arabic, but this is because it had to be conveyed in a certain
language. This does not mean that it is intended for a certain
people. The Quran is a universal message, for all nations, places
and times. When Islam launched its message to the world, it told man
that the first thing he should adopt is to respect the mind, which
Allah has given man to make him distinguish between right and wrong,
and which as such justifies the notion that man will be held
accountable for his deeds. By extension, respecting the mind is also
respecting science and knowledge, for they are the product of the
mind through experimentation.
The importance of the mind cannot be
over exaggerated since it is also the means to know Allah. Through
the mind you learn about the secrets of creation, which will make
you discover the greatness of Allah. You will also be able to
understand how much Allah, the most Exalted, has been kind to you
and the graces He bestowed on you
In social and in human relations,
Allah tells man that he has to be just.
For justice is the secret of
continuity of life and the secret of what is human in you.
Therefore, be just in your mind when you evaluate things and decide
if they are negative or positive. Be just in your sayings and
don’t praise who do not deserve or criticize what is not called
Do not do wrong in your dealings with
others. Wish for others what you wish for yourself and hate for them
what you hate for yourself.
Islam is the Religion
In the light of the above, we say
that Islam is the religion of all life, and the religion of humanity
in all times, for man will always need the mind, and science will
always be the means of progress and discovering the secrets of life
and the cosmos. And what better slogan for progress and development
than the Quranic slogan “Say: My Lord,
increase my knowledge”(20:114) Man in the Quranic
conception, seeks to constantly develop his mastering of science and
If such are the principles of Islam
could it be said that they only suite what was existing 14 or 15
centuries ago... Values like justice are not restricted to a certain
of time or place. What is the problem of the world now? What is the
word that summaries the solution of the economic political, social,
environmental, developmental, racist and other problem if not
justice... The same thing applies in the West and in the East and in
every time and society, even the primitive ones…
These universal issues, the mind,
knowledge and justice are what make Islam a universal religion. The
mind that is created by Allah, the most Exalted, guides man to Him,
while knowledge and science are the means of the mind to develop
life, and justice is the means to elevate us to Allah. That is why
Islam does not respect does who do not use their mind and does not
like those who are unjust. If you want Allah to love you, use your
mind to the greatest extent and adopt justice as the most basic
virtue in life.
towards the call.
On these occasions, the initiation of
the Message and the night journey, we have to understand that all of
us, young and old, women and men intellectuals and
non-intellectuals, are called upon to carry the Message of Islam and
teach our religion to the people… At the time of the Prophet, the
Muslims were able to support the Prophet (p.) emigrate with him,
provide him with a safe refuge and fight with him… Since then,
every generation passed the torch to the next generation.
And here we are now, our generation
too must uphold its responsibility, especially after unbelief has
entered our society whether through the media or through the
cultural and political centers.
Therefore we are responsible now, as
our fathers and grandfathers were, to firmly establish Islam in our
lives. We have to educate our children on Islam and not to leave
them in the hands of unbelief.
We, like the Prophet (p.), do not
want only to keep Islam alive in our societies, but to spread Islam
in all the world through our Muslim communities and our cultural
The Prophet has died, (Muhammad
is not the father of any of your men, but he is the Messenger of
Allah and the Last of the prophets (33:40))but the Message
remains with each generation passing it to the next. The is why we
have to work, even if after a hundred years, to Islamize the world,
for the arrogant and the infidels are working on dominating the
world… We have to engage in the struggle against the arrogant and
the Infidels, but we have to present Islam as it is; an element of
civilization that has noting to do with the backwardness and myths
the attach to it. There is no place for compliments and leniency. No
one, as the traditions has told us, can remain neutral, when one has
to choose between right and wrong or good and evil. May Allah, the
most Exalted, guide us to carry out our responsibilities in
spreading His Message and calling for the straight path.
The First Sermon
In the Name of
God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Undermining the world
The American President’s address to
the General Assembly was a failure not only with respect to the UN,
but even in the eyes of the Congress and the American media. He did
not come up with anything new.
He only asked the Congress for 87
Billion US Dollars and the world to help him in reconstructing Iraq,
which proves that he is in the midst of political and economic
impasse whose effects have begun to negatively impact the Iraqi
It is the season of speeches in the
UN General Assembly, which are made by the leaders of the major
powers, with the American president in the forefront. In his
address, President Bush praised the preemptive war as it was
practiced in Iraq that is by undermining the world order and
preventing the UN from carrying out its effective role in diffusing
tensions in the world.
He also talked about the weapons of
mass destruction threatening the states he claims to possess or plan
to produce such weapons without giving any evidence of his
accusations. Such an attitude was met by the condemnation of most of
the states of the world for he does not respect the international
public opinion. His speech was addressed not to that public opinion
as much as it targeted the Americans whom Bush is trying to deceive
and intimidate through constantly reminding them of terrorism. This
is but a political joke, especially when it is accompanied by
depriving the Americans, especially the Muslims and the Arabs among
them, from most of their civilian rights, and violating the basic
human rights of the detainees in Guantanamu, who are not even
charged, and who are not allowed to meet their relatives or lawyers.
In addition children under 13 years of age are also held there.
A secondary UN role
It is funny that Bush in his speech
that is addressed in fact to the Americans to gain their support in
the coming presidential elections gives a rosy picture of the
situation in Iraq that fails to mention any of the facts on the
ground. And even when he asks for the UN help to his occupation, he
fails to give it any leading role.
In all this, he does not consider the
occupation itself as a part of the problem the Iraqis are suffering
from. On the contrary, he and his secretaries of state and defense,
talk about a long stay in Iraq, refusing to hand over the power to
the Iraqis and want the UN to play a subordinate role.
It is appalling and astonishing that
a state like the US that occupied Iraq and like Israel that occupied
Palestine ask the world to help them in their occupation and protect
their soldiers who kill the civilians daily under the pretense of
haunting certain “terrorists” in the beginning of the third
millennium whose slogans are supposed to be freedom and human
As for the Israeli atrocities which
in addition to the killing of civilians and the house demolitions,
even prevent the children from going to their schools…these
violations or terrorist acts are not condemned by the Quartet
Committee or the European Union who decided to consider the
political organization of Hamas as a terrorist organization.
Meanwhile, we read in the Israeli
newspapers that 27 Israeli pilots announced that they are opposed to
carry out illegal and immoral orders to attack and added that they
refuse to continue to hit “innocent civilians”. Stating that
“the continued occupation is critically harming the country’s
security” and moral fiber.”
We ask the Quartet Committee and
especially the European Union:
Isn’t that opposition a proof that
the Israeli government is a terrorist organization? It is not enough
for the EU to condemn the American war against Iraq for violating
the UN laws?
It has, if it still believes in
freedom and human rights, to condemn the Israeli occupation and its
daily acts of terror against the Palestinian people.
Why doesn’t the Quartet Committee
call l for the Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories and
send an international force to separate between the Israelis and the
Palestinians who said that they would end the Intifada if the
Israelis withdraw? Are we to understand that there is a kind of
historical racism against the Muslims and the Arabs?
The states of the Arab world are not
playing any active role in the UN. There are merely some hypocrite
statements to save face and pay lip service, while some try to
memorize what the Americans say about terrorism and necessity of
change to go back and apply it in their countries... For the
Americans believe that their instructions alone could make the
change and not the nation’s will… The question is: Did these
regimes leave what we can call the Arab World? We stare at the
horizon but we do not see anything.
The banking secrecy
In Lebanon the “game” still
imposes itself on national politics as in the dispute going on
between the foreign Affairs Ministry, the Finance Ministry and the
Central Bank over manipulation of banking secrecy.
The US is behind the attempt to
freeze the accounts of the Islamic militant group Hamas, one of the
most sacred positions of the Jihad against the enemy. I believe that
this is because it wants to impose an economic siege on Lebanon,
because of its political principles. The US is working hard to
threaten Lebanon with an economic collapse, as had happened in
Argentina... But why is all this mutual lying and why do political
players use the national issues to promote their personal interests?
These twisted methods deepened the
gap between the public and statesmen, causing people to lose
confidence in politics. What is said in public is different than
what is said behind doors, while country has turned in to a ball
that is being kicked by the international players and their allies.
Is this the way to build the future of our country?