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Lectures > 2007 Speeches > 26/10/2007

The Religious Authority H.E. Sayyed M. H. Fadlullah delivered the two Friday prayer sermons at the Imamain Al-Hassanain Mosque, 26th October 2007 A.D, 15 Chawal 1428 H. several prominent religious scholars, dignitaries and thousands of believers attended the Jumu’a prayer.

Islam the religion of Messages


 

The First Sermon

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

 

The Unifying meaning of Islam

Allah say in His Glorious Book: The Religion before Allah is Islam (submission to His Will): Nor did the People of the Book dissent there from except through envy of each other, after knowledge had come to them. But if any deny the Signs of Allah, Allah is swift in calling to account. And

If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to Allah), never will it be accepted of him; and in the Hereafter He will be in the ranks of those who have lost All spiritual good.

Islam in its broad meaning is the single religion that comprises all messages. Islam in its unifying meaning is to submit one's force, heart mind and life to Allah, thus having nothing present in him but Allah, The Most Exalted,: Whoever submits his whole self to Allah, and is a doer of good, has grasped indeed the most trustworthy hand-hold: and with Allah rests the End and Decision of (all) affairs.

Thus every religion God sent His messengers with contains the meaning of Islam. Allah wanted the Messengers to teach the people to submit themselves to Allah, and have nothing personal in their lives. This is what the Imam of the Pious, the Commander of the Faithful, Imam Ali (a.s.) has expressed when he was talking to his companions as a caliph, telling them, we do not see things in the same say: "I want you to God while you want me to yourselves". I want you to unify Allah and obey him in everything you do, feel or say.

The word of Islam started with Ibrahim when his God told to submit (Aslim) and he said that he submits to the Lord of the worlds. That is I submit with all my existence which no one shares Allah in and I do not mind anyone other than Allah. The following Ayah might elaborate this: Say. Surely my prayer and my sacrifice and my life and my death are (all) for Allah, the Lord of the worlds;

No partner hath He: this am I commanded, and I am the first of those who bow to His will. All my life is for Allah and when I die it is for the cause of Allah, who has no partners.

This Islamic belief was not confined to Ibrahim, but he also enjoined his sons to believe in: And the same did Ibrahim enjoin on his sons and (so did) Yaqoub. O my sons! surely Allah has chosen for you (this) faith, therefore die not unless you are Muslims... So that all your lives in all its details and actions will be solely for God, until you die.

And this was the wish of Prophet Yusuf - O Thou Creator of the heavens and the earth! Thou art my Protector in this world and in the Hereafter. Take Thou my soul (at death) as one submitting to Thy will (as a Muslim), and unite me with the righteous." Meaning that ask your God that when death comes, I will be a faithful Muslim so that I will stand before Him on the Day of Judgement as a Muslim. Jacob too wanted to make sure that his sons will follow the religion of Islam and that they will not be led astray and worship idols. Were ye witnesses when death appeared before Jacob? Behold, he said to his sons: "What will ye worship after me?" They said: "We shall worship Thy god and the god of thy fathers, of Abraham, Isma'il and Isaac,- the one (True) Allah: To Him we bow (in Islam)."

And this is what Allah commanded this Prophet and the Muslims with:

Then set your face upright for religion in the right state-- the nature made by Allah in which He has made men; there is no altering of Allah's creation; that is the right religion, but most people do not know-- which is Islam that Allah has made innate in our souls: Our religion is the Baptism of Allah: And who can baptize better than Allah? And it is He Whom we worship.

The Traits of Muslim

And this is what Imam Ali described Islam with: This Islam is the religion which Allah has chosen for Himself, developed it before His eyes, and when he described the Prophet saying: Allah sent him with a sufficing plea, a convincing discourse and a rectifying announcement. Through him Allah disclosed the ways that had been forsaken, and destroyed the innovations that had been introduced. Through him He explained the detailed commands. Now, whoever adopts a religion other than Islam, his misery is definite, his stick (of support) will be cracked, his fate will be serious, his end will be long grief and distressing punishment.

There are also some sayings that determine who the Muslim is through his relations with other Muslims. They explain that in Islam it is not sufficient to say the two testimonies and perform the religious duties.

A Muslim should also be a brother of fellow Muslims. The Prophet says: The Muslim is he whom other Muslims are safe from his tongue and hand.

He also says: The Muslim is a brother of a Muslim. He does not wrong him or curse him. He does not betray him or lie at him. A Muslim is the mirror of a fellow Muslim in which he sees his faults and wrongs.

The Messenger has also told us that Muslims are united in one hand against those who challenge them and their bloods are equal with no blood higher or dearer than the other.

That is why Allah has ordained punishment to a Muslim who kills another Muslim unjustly, be he a mean person or a great one. Such a great attitude is demonstrated by the Imam's position when he was stuck by Ibn Maljam.: Children of Abdul Mattaleb! Do not shed the blood of Muslims under the banner: The Imam has been assassinated! Only the assassin should be condemned to death.

If I die of this stab of his, kill him with one similar stroke. Do not mutilate him! I have heard the Prophet, peace be upon him, say: "Mutilate not even a rabid dog."

Who is this Ibn Maljam when compared by Ali. Yet the punishment is the same regardless of how mean the murderer is and how great the murdered is. This is also emphasized by the Prophet's saying that the Muslims are brothers whom do not have any advantage over other Muslim except through piety.

The Commander of the Faithful says: Islam is surrender, and surrender is certitude; certitude is authentication, and authentication is assurance; assurance is realization, and realization is work

On the negative side, the Prophet says in the context of solidarity among Muslims. Surely he is not a Muslim who does not take interest in the affairs of Muslims. And surely he is not a Muslim who hears a Muslim calling for help and does not respond to his call."

He also says: "Muslims should treat one another as a human body which if any of its organs is in pain the other organs will look after it".

The Islam of dignity:

The pervious Hadiths explain that if a Muslim individual or a Muslim people are subjected to an aggression and they call for help then those who do not answer are not Muslims.

In the light of this, Islam orders every Muslim to support Muslims with all his capacities and whoever does not do that, will no longer be a Muslim.

However, some people not only do not support their Muslim brothers; they even, especially those in authority, support non-Muslims over Muslims. This is what we see when some Muslim officials support Jews against Muslims. Some of the Arab states that consider themselves Muslims have stood with the Jews against the Resistance in July 2006. Moreover, many Muslim rulers stand with America and Israel and with all countries that fight and persecute Muslims.

These are not Muslims in the broader sense of Islam… the Islam of strength and unity. They are only Muslims in the first layer of Islam which the Prophet described as that belonging to those whose Islam is to profess the two testimonies, and not in the upper layers of being committed to the Islam of freedom, justice, strength and dignity.

 

 

 

The Second Sermon

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

The Twentieth century miracle

In an indication of how much the international logic has deteriorated, the French President has stated lately that the establishment of the state of Israel is a miracle and that it is the most important event in the twentieth century. We used to think that France is still committed to the principles of its revolution, most notably the freedom of nations, and rejection of any brutal massacres practiced by an oppressive nation against an oppressed me. And we used to think that this European country no longer believes in colonialism and confiscating the freedom of nations, having refused the American occupation in Iraq, especially that Israel has been founded on the basis of dislocating a people as a result of the massacres the Jews committed under the supervision of the British occupation.

We ask this President: Is destroying people and dislocating them the most important event in the twentieth century? And are the miracles these destroying conditions to human rights that no reason or conscience can accept?

In this respect, we ask: why does not Europe – France included- give the Jews a state on its territories, since it holds itself responsible for their tragedies? And why are the Palestinians, the Arabs and the Muslims held responsible for Europe's barbarianism against the Jews?

Palestine: stop the internal strife:

On the other hand, everybody knows that the Israeli nuclear bomb was aided by France, as well as other European countries and the United States. If they claim that this bomb does not pose a danger on the region and the world, they know that this usurping entity has deployed all its military power to threaten all the countries in the region especially Lebanon, and that General Charles de Gaulle boycotted Israel when he found out that it initiated the 1967 aggression.

The Western Administrations have empowered Israel to enable it to become the strongest power in the region. And this is what the world witnessed in the repeated Israeli aggressions against Lebanon, starting in 1982 when the capital was occupied and ending the 2006 aggression in which hundreds of civilians were killed and the infrastructure was destroyed. This aggression was supported by France, along with Britain and the US, by means of supporting the unjust resolutions in the Security Council.

It could be a miracle, though, and one of the most significant events in the twentieth century that such an entity would be founded on killing, plunder and dislocation, and the international community would fall to such a deterioration issuing resolutions that Israel rejects daily and accepting that the human rights charter is merely ink on paper, and resorting to total silence when faced by the sufferings of women, children and the elderly on the Israeli checkpoints, as well as the massacres committed against civilians.

On another level, and while the Arabs and the Palestinian Authority await the conference that Bush has called for, and which will not yield to any agreement on breakthrough, as the enemy's Prime Minister has declared, Israel continues its daily aggressions in the West Bank and Gaza, and prepares for confiscation of lands in Jerusalem to surround the Arabs in the Holy City. Moreover, some of the Enemy's generals are threatening of a new round in Lebanon to regain the army's morale which suffered a serious blow in the aftermath of the 2006 defeat. This is what some of the Lebanese who put their stakes on the international Community and Resolution 1701 should understand. The UN did not even establish a ceasefire on the Lebanon borders yet.

The Arabs should understand that there is no realistic chance for peace with the enemy and they should appreciate the importance of the Resistance in confronting the Israeli aggression.

We also appeal to the Palestinians especially the Islamic factions, to fear Allah and thwart any attempt for strife that could serve none but the enemy, and would end all resistance, for the factions will be preoccupied with their internal differences.

America and Just Peace

The American vice-president is threatening Iran in case it does not change its nuclear and regional policies. We say to this man who hates Arabs and Muslims, why does not he talk about the policies of his administration that stands against just peace, human rights and freedom and cares only about its strategic interests?

We advise the American Administration to respect nations to befriend them, since these nations do not accept death and humiliation, and have proven that they can undermine its plans as in Iraq Afghanistan and even in Lebanon.

The Political crisis in Lebanon

Lebanon is still living a state of political debating with some cautions hope appearing, but those who do not want to see a consensual solution are making some complications, and appointing themselves as judges who throw baseless accusations, concerning the bloody past which none is innocent of.

The problem is that Lebanon is covered by black clouds that cover the sun and prevent a clear view. It has also sunk its economic problems and sectarian fears that are being incited by those who are planning for strife.

There are those who do not want this small country to be anything except a place where they can fulfill their personal ambitions and accumulate additional wealth by mobilizing people on the basis of sectarianism.

We call on everybody to look at the bigger regional picture instead of sectarian and personal interests. This could enable us to reach a more practical and realistic solution.