The First Sermon
In the Name of God,
the Compassionate, the Merciful
before knowing others
Allah, the most Exalted, says in
His Glorious Book: O
you who believe! be careful of (your duty to) Allah, and let every
soul consider what it has sent on for the morrow, and be careful of
(your duty to) Allah; surely Allah is Aware of what you do. (59:18).
One of the educational goals of
Islamic education is to know one's self before knowing others… You
have a mind and Allah has given you this mind to guide you and hold
you responsible for what you do… You have also a heart with
emotions that relate you to others… you have also a movement and a
will power in which you seek to accomplish your goals.
But you cannot guarantee the
soundness of your mind, the balance of your emotions, and the
righteousness of your acts and sayings, if you do not understand
your mind first. You have a mind by which you can think about God,
the universe, your relations… etc have you ever stopped to study
how was this mind formed?
It was formed by your parents,
your schools, your community, your playmates... You have taken from
all these elements the way that your mind works, which might be
superficial and emotional or it could be objective, studying the
pros and cons of every action….the prospect of its success and the
Studying the mind
Who sat down with his mind and
tried to understand it, in an effort to address some of the bad
influences that has penetrated its way of thinking by people who do
not want you to think. In all societies there have always been
people who would tell you that you should not think, ask or discuss.
This of course, is contrary to what Allah, the most Exalted, wants
from us. For he has created our minds free.
If you sit in your room and think
about any topic you feel like. Whether politics, faith, economy…
Could any body stop you or put any obstacles for you?
No the mind cannot be imprisoned
in a cell. Only when you do not use it in thinking you will be
imprisoning it… There are those who tell you to do just that. One
of our traditions has it: "Thinking for an hour is better than
worshipping for a whole year."
This is because when you think you
will know God, yourself and the people around you.
In the past, the societies used to call the new
generations to adopt the cultural choices of their fathers. The Holy
Quran has told us about those who told the prophets Surely we found
our fathers on a course, and surely we are followers of their
This puts an end for any
intellectual development, for people used to repeat the same ideas
and actions over and over again, for hundreds of years. But Allah
has put your fate in your own hands and wanted you to change and
free yourself of your points of weakness :Allah
does not change a people's lot unless they change what is in their
hearts (13:11). Allah, the most Exalted, has put your fate in
your own hands and wanted you to change and free yourself of your
points of weakness)… He wanted you to be free and strong free in
using your mind and strong on the road of change in what serves
Thus, each of us has to check his
mind to study what are the influences that began to have an impact
on it which he did not choose or accept. You have to recheck your
beliefs in politics, social change and even faith to make sure that
they are still sound and conform with your understanding of the
right. If you feel you can't do that alone, then go to someone you
trust and engage in a dialogue over these issues.
Even if it has to do with certain
religious ideas that could well be based on pure myths or
ignorance... beliefs that will make you deviate while you still
think that you are on the right path. Moreover, when you want to
speak against these backward beliefs and ideas people will tell you:
Why do you want to be different than others? Well you ought to have
the proof that what you are criticizing is false, you have to have
the knowledge that enables you to criticize a scholar… and when
confronting some thing new you have to ask those who have both e
knowledge and righteousness... For it is more dangerous to have our
mind not think in the proper manner than any other sickness or loss
of money or power… Consequently, we have to spare some of our time
to examine our mind and study the external factors that influence
it. If we do not do so we will not be able to think properly. And a
nation that does not think is a nation that cannot face challenges,
and will turn to be a worthless nation that nobody cares about. We
do not want such a fate, knowing that Allah says that we were the
"best" nation… This is true as long as we hold our
responsibility towards life and fellow humans, and not because we
The Freedom of
The same thing goes for emotions.
We, I am sorry to say, inherit our emotions… we love whom are
fathers loved and hate whom they hated without knowing the reasons
behind this love or hate… You do not choose whom you love or hate
… you are told to do so by the family, the party, the sect … You
love by decree while love is a matter of the heart… Who could tell
my heart whom to love and whom to feel captured by?
When you are convinced by the
agenda of a certain party… go ahead and belong to it, but this
does not mean that they have the right to control your feelings. In
the West, being a party member does not put any restrictions on your
feelings and even on your positions. In Britain there is an ongoing
debate about Blair's credibility… Who is raising the issue? It is
the Labor party ;the party Blair is supposed to head.
Thus when you belong to a party,
it means that you adopt its strategic goals only. But here in the
East you have to adhere even to minute details.
Members of parties, trade unions
and the like need to think and objectively criticize if their
institutions are to grow and develop…
People who lead these institutions
ought to be held accountable for their actions. In this respect, who
could be greater than Muhammad who was not chosen by the people to
be responsible before them? Did not he say: "You cannot hold
anything against me. For I only made lawful what Allah had made
lawful and prohibited what Allah had prohibited.
Since our actions are what
determine out place in the Hereafter, we ought to keep an eye over
every action or saying.
We have to ensure that we work for
our hereafter and hold ourselves accountable for what we do because
this, according to Muhammad(p.), indicates that we are the most
wise, while if we follow our passions and desires we will be the
most foolish. It is not a matter of wishes… It is a matter of
responsibility and accountability that drives as to working hard in
seeking all that pleases Allah, the most Exalted, and ensures that
we draw close to Him.
The First Sermon
In the Name of God,
the Compassionate, the Merciful
The only solution
is Israeli withdrawal
George W. Bush still uses every
opportunity to talk about dismantling and disarming the militant
Intifada organizations, as if he were the American international
spokesperson for Sharon… He has lately called on the European
Union to take decisive measures against Hamas and cut off funding.
He was almost issuing a threat against any European independent
stance towards the Palestinian issue.
To the American president who
always talks about liberation, we ask: Why does he put the carriage
in front of the horse? Why does he not focus on the Zionist
occupation which gave rise to the Intifada and which will end when
it ends? The martyr operations were a reaction to the enemy’s
daily atrocities, killing Palestinian civilians and destroying their
Why does not Bush save all this
bloodshed by pushing Israel to withdraw and this ending the problem?
The reason for not doing this
might be that America, along with Israel, wants to end any
opposition or protest against Israel, even if were against its
brutal and barbaric crimes within the framework of a plan that aims
at striking a deadly blow to the Arab and Muslim spirit in the
entire region, whether by war internal strife's economic blockades,
or by accusing them of making weapons of mass destruction, as in the
case of Iran and Syria, while America and Israel owns the most
powerful nuclear, chemical and biological arsenal. They even
threaten to use them every now and then as America did the beginning
of its war against Iraq.
source of strength
The paradox is that in the middle
of all this the U.S National security Advisor stated that the world
security is linked to Israel's security and the former has to make
every effort to protect the latter... Why does not president Bush
remember the American resistance against British occupation or the
French resistance of the Nazis… Does he consider this resistance
as being an act of terror.
How would he then explain the
Atomic bombs America killed about a quarter of a million Japanese
with during the Second World War.
Bush has refused the Palestinian
proposal of a cease-fire just because Sharon refused it. We
therefore doubt that the president is serious in his search for a
just solution, for what America cares for is the Israeli security on
all levels, whether political or economic or geographical, and even
at the expense of the security of all Arabs.
We have all confidence that the
Palestinian people, and all its militant symbols will hold steadfast
and insist on demanding his legitimate rights, we are also sure that
it will protect the Intifada and safeguard its national unity.
The Palestinians will not offer
any strategic concessions, and they will act in such a way that
their tactical moves will protect their Liberation strategy.
Divide and Rule
The Iraqi people are still
suffering a lot both politically and economically. The security too
is still shaky, as a result of the occupation after by the
humiliation it inflicted on the Iraqi people and the hurting of it
religious and social traditions have backfired…
The occupation does not trust the
Iraqi people and its various political leaders. It does not dare to
let the Iraqi people run their own affairs and practice their right
of self-determination, knowing that is a very civilized people who
possess all the potentials.
The situation now calls for a
close monitoring of r all the movements of the occupation especially
those intended to stir strife based on the principle of divide and
rule... Nevertheless, staring at the present does not relief us from
the necessity of planning for the future, since the question is:
What is after occupation? The international struggle over their
interests demands that all differences should be frozen and our
slogan should be: "No cause is more important than the cause of
Is Lebanon a
State or a farm for a band of individuals?
In Lebanon, there is an issue that
has to do with the future of our youth… The spread of drugs in the
Lebanese society in such a way that it is threatening the in
particular, among high school and university students, the rich and
the poor alike.
The entire society, especially the
government, should make every effort to solve this problem for its
danger cannot be overestimated.
There is another problem that of
the deterioration of the industrial sector. Certain factories
especially in the southern suburb, have started to close and layoff
its workers as a result of the heavy taxes and tariffs, in addition
to having to compete with foreign goods that enter the country
without any restrictions..
These are all signs of political
corruption, which governs not only the trade sector but also the
agricultural sector, that represent the only hope to develop the
Is there a plan to develop
industry and agriculture …a plan that would solve the problem of
the poor, the working classes and the deprived regions… a plan
that initiates economic development… The country can not grow or
develop by loans whose interests consume all its production, unless
the officials start to plan for a comprehensive solution that
secures the domestic production and protects the future of the
unique economic position of the country.