the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
One of the
major sins in Islam, which drives those who commit it to hell, is
falsehood. This could take one of two forms either by accusing your
brother of doing or saying something he did not do or say, or by
dealing with him in an unjust end unlawful way. This act is much
worse than backbiting. For the letter is accusing your brother of
something you yourself know it is not true while backbiting is
revealing something in his absence that is mostly factual.
spreading falsehood is both backbiting and lying, as well as
violating the rights and honor of fellow Muslims.
Glorious Quran has talked about this sin in several Ayahs, sometimes
in general and sometimes in particular.
speech we will go over these Ayahs so as to avoid committing this
major sin in our private and public lives. For we live in a society
that has became so aggressive that it has grown increasingly
difficult not to be backbitten or accused falsely, even among the
inner societies of religious scholars. It is a byproduct of
fanaticism and it involves spreading lies against adversaries to
ensure that those who follow them will turn to your side.
Islamic scholars and reformers have faced this kind of fanaticism
that involved false accusation. I myself was one of the victims, and
several people whether religious men or others accused me of denying
the infallibility of the prophets the Imams and Fatima al-Zahra.
people who do not fear God (SWT) when they produce such lies are
still lying and spreading such false accusations.
Limits of Allah (SWT)
have to understand the limits of God (SWT). For in this world, if we
think that we can cheat one another and get away with it what are
going to do when we stand before God (SWT)?
Allah (SWT) says:
pursue not that of which you have every act of hearing, or of seeing
or of (feeling in) the heart will be enquired into (On the day of
pursue anything you have no knowledge of, and which you did not
think thoroughly of, for you will be responsible for all tour
Actions before God (SWT).
Now let us
move to specific kinds of falsehood, like trying not to pay the
money you promised your wife to give as a dowry. God (SWT) Says:
you decide to take one wife in place of another, even if you had
given the latter a whole treasure for dower, Take not the least bit
of it back: would you take it by slander and a manifest wrong? And
how could you take it when you have gone in unto each other, and
they have taken from you a solemn covenant?”
want to divorce your wife, and you think that by being rough and
cruel you can force her to forego her right in the dower the
contract you held with her makes he entitled to… In God (SWT)’s
eyes this is a great sin, for it involves being unfaithful to the
human side in you. For you have lived with this woman and shared
every thing in life with her. Moreover, such an action involves
breaching a solemn covenant.
Ayah about falsehood, God (SWT) talks about a person who commits a
crime, but his tribe or party try to accuse someone else and even
provide witnesses to ensure his “innocence”, so as an innocent
person will be accused. This is what happened when a Muslim in the
Medina stole some money, and his tribe falsified certain evidence to
convince the Prophet that the thief was one of the Jews.
the Prophet has to judge upon solid evidence God (SWT) revealed 14
Ayahs to prove the Jew innocent and the Muslim guilty. God (SWT)
” But if
any one earns a fault or a sin and throws it on to one that is
innocent, he carries (on himself) both a falsehood and a flagrant
quite a sensitive issue, and we tend, being the partisans we are, to
claim that the criminals from our tribe, sect or family are innocent
and blame others. This is unlawful, even if the one we accuse is one
of God (SWT)’s staunchest enemies.
it comes to justice, there is no such thing as a Muslim or a non
who believe! Stand out firmly for God, as witness to fair dealing,
and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and
depart from justice. Be just that is near to piety: and fear God for
God is well –acquainted with all that you do”.
Ayah that talks about falsehood came in the context of the Jews who
stood against Christ and his mother Virgin Mary accusing her of a
they rejected faith; that they affirmed against Mary a grave false
false charge is so much worse than lying and we should be careful
before accusing any honorable girl of adultery without any solid
proof. This is a great sin that Allah (SWT) will hold you
responsible for on the Day of Judgment, the day in which no one can
hide or deny anything that he has done.
The war of
rumors and fanaticism is undermining our religion and turning it
into one of fasting and praying with no piety and fear of Allah (SWT).
I am not
telling you this because I want to deliver a speech. I am reciting
the words Of Allah (SWT), so as they would be learnt and followed.
Ayah concerning the same issue was revealed when one of the wives of
Muhammad was hit with false accusations. Allah (SWT) sent the
following Ayahs to scold those who spread rumors and accusations
” And say
not of your mouths things of which you had no knowledge: and you
might presume it to be a light matter while it was most serious in
the sight of God. And why did you not when you heard it, say? “It
is not right of us to speak of this. Glory to God! This is a most
Ayah talks about how much sinful are those who tell lies or spread
false rumors accusing Muslims of doing wrongful acts
those who annoy believing men and women undeservedly, bear on
themselves a calumny and a glaring sin”.
God (SWT)’s limits that we ought to observe for the issue has to
do with social security.
And Allah (SWT)
wants the MuslimSociety to be one in which each Muslim can feel that
his honor and property is safe. It should be a society in which all
members join hands in all that secures the welfare and the good of
In the Name of Allah, The Compassionate, the Merciful
of Allah (SWT) be pious and righteous.
always aware that there are international intelligence agencies, and
certain local and regional agencies that are associated with them,
whose purpose is to stir internal strife in our community by
spreading certain false accusations, like accusing Islam by the
American, European and even some Arab agencies as the religion of
were able to win the international public opinion to their side and
fill it with apprehension regarding Islam and Muslims. Then they
tried to distort the Image of Muslim leaders who stood against
international arrogance, as they did with the late Imam Khumeini,
and as they are trying to do with all those who dare to stand
against the interests and policies of international arrogance.
respect, it is regretful that such intelligence ploys were able to
have ears even in certain religious schools (Hawza), for they are
unaware of the nature of the rumor and the people fabricating it.
as we engage in a fierce struggle against international arrogance
and Zionism, we need to safeguard our inner front and preserve our
leaders and reformers, so that we could stand against those who wish
to create an abyss between us and the Mujahideen.
Intifada continues, and as the Zionist enemy continues its daily
aggressions against the Palestinian both public and government, as
well as its political pressures like the occupatof the House of the
Orient and the communicate center in Abu Diss and the assassinations
of the Intifada activists… the Palestinian people have proved that
they are much more stronger than all of this. It is resolved and
determined to continue the war of Liberation, widening the enemies
security impasse and creating economic hardships for the Zionist
Palestinian people are working on destabilizing the political front
of the enemy and unveiling the true face of America whose president
has been calling for the end of violence meaning the end of the
Intifada. He still considers Israel as a “victim” of Palestinian
”aggression”. This makes Bush’s America more Zionist than the
All this to
do able to pass his bills in the Israeli dominated Congress. Bush is
waiting for the Intifada to fail to interfere and help save Israel
politically through the Mitchell project. But he is going to wait
for a long time for the Palestinians are not going to stop.
Is the Major Enemy
,Arabs and Palestinians in particular have to realize that
America’s policies are Israeli policies, and that America is their
major enemy, for it crushed all their causes by its feet… It is
now forbidding the UN Security Council from discussing the Zionist
aggression against the Palestinians on the pretense that it
“hinders the execution of the interim solution of the Palestinian
-Israeli conflict” which aims at stopping the Intifada rather than
condemning Israel… It is also threatening to boycott the UN
conference on racism in Durban, South Africa, if the document
includes equating between Zionism and Racism… At the same time, it
continues to bomb Iraq under the pretense of protecting the Iraqis,
although it is the one who created all their problems. It also
continues to besiege Iran because it stands with the Palestinians in
their struggle for independence.
given the green light to the enemy and promised to justify each
barbaric move it makes. But it paid some live service to the Arabs
so as not to lose face.
the current American administration is equally responsible for all
the brutal violence committed against the Palestinians, especially
as Israel uses American arms that the US did not find any violation
of American laws in using it to kill the Palestinians.
regard, I would like to express my appreciation for the Islamic
Republic in Iran, and especially the Iranian president, Sayyed
Khatami , for his international calls to secure support for the
Palestinians. I also ask the Arabs and Muslims to raise their
support to the level of actual participation on the ground to ease
the Pressure on the Palestinians.
I call on
the Arab and Muslim states to plan how to face the Zionists in
Durban in a way that ensures the condemnation of Zionist racism,
especially after what one of their major rabbis had said and
following the leader of Shas declaration that the Arabs in Jerusalem
multiply like ants, let them go to hell. He added that they are
“worse then snakes”.
A Dire need for Rationalism.
As for the
Lebanese internal front I would like the objective and rational
minds that have the interests of the country in heart, to interfere
to solve the existing and coming problems and rid the country of the
petty political differences More and more files and issues are being
raised everyday, while the Lebanese citizen is searching both for
his food and freedom.
began to loose faith in his country and future as a result of all
the tension that dominates the political dialogue, with some parties
saying that the state is dead or that the cabinet is about to fall,
and even that ghosts are running the country.
the citizen feel any stability with all the talk about militarizing
the regime and the collapse of the economy this is encouraging the
youth to leave the country, while the problems themselves are of the
kind Lebanon is used to throughout the history of its republic.
political discourse has become a source of threat on the stability
of the citizen in this country, which needs an objective and
realistic discourse to help it to overcome the difficulties. The
economic crisis is so grave that the solution should be very urgent,
lest we will wake up one day and find that the country has
needs mercy .Is there any body that would merciful and sympathize
with its hunger, anguish and insecurity?