Ali in the House of Allah
Allah says in His Glorious Book
And there is the
type of man who gives his life to earn the pleasure of Allah; and
Allah is full of kindness to (His) devotees}[2:207],
Allah is your Vali and His Messenger and those who believe, those who
keep up prayers and pay the poor-rate while they bow.
Tomorrow we will celebrate the birth anniversary of the Commander
of the Faithful, Ali bin Abi Talib, whom Allah has honoured by making
it take place in Kabaa' where one before him or after him was born.
This birth is very symbolic, since it indicates that the entire life
of this man will be in the House of Allah, and in every place Islam
Allah wanted him be in the establish Islam's dignity and power.
Ali (a.s.) was not of those who loved wars but his reasonability
towards Islam was so big that he responded to all calls whenever Islam
was in danger and needed support.
That is why Ali's (a.s.) struggle was a prayer to God, just as his
guiding and teaching people, as well as his incredible patience were,
since prayers is any action that one does with the intention of
nearing to Allah is a prayer.
We also know that Ali was raised by the Messenger, since Ali’s (a.s.)
father had a lot of children and could not afford to support all of
them. Thus he lived with the Messenger(p.) who used to take him to
Hira' where the Prophet(p.) used to contemplate and where Allah
assigned one of the greatest angels to educate him, Islamically and
spiritually which Ali also lived. He says: you knew how close I was
to the Prophet (p.), who used to hug me, make me sleep in his bed, and
even chew the food for me. He then adds that he used to follow the
Prophet(p.) like a baby camel following his mother. Thus the
character and personality of the Messenger(p.) were imprinted in Ali (a.s.),
for the Prophet(p.) used to teach him something new in knowledge and
morals everyday, and ask him to learn it and abide by it.
The Islam of the mind and heart
Such a bringing up made Ali (a.s.) think and act like an adult.
Thus when Allah sent the Messenger(p.) with the Message, he called on
Ali to embrace Islam, while Ali was ten years old.
And when Ali agreed, it was because he lived the meaning of Islam
in his heart and mind.
It was not the Islam of a child as some try to envisage. It was the
Islam of one of a big mind that was educated and raised by the
It is said that when Ali declared his Islam, he was told that
children ask their parents before taking such a decision and he told
them: “God did not consult my father before creating me". He
continued to live in the Messenger's house, and the Messenger (p.)
used to recite each Ayah that he received. He also used to hear Jibril
when he came to the Prophet(p.) who told him: You see what I see
and hear what I hear, but you are not a prophet.
The Imam also said: "Nobody performed prayers before me, except
the Messenger." He used to pray behind him with Khadija praying
behind them. Once his father saw him praying behind the Messenger and
he asked his son Jaafar to pray next to him.
This indicates that Abu Talib was a Muslim, but like the believer
of Al-Pharaoh, he concealed his belief to protect the Messenger.
Ali (a.s.) lived with the Messenger(p.) and learnt his knowledge.
The Prophet says: I am the city of knowledge and Ali is its gate", and
Ali says: The Messenger taught me one thousands fields of knowledge
of each a thousand doors are opened to me.
And the Messenger used to believe, having followed up all of Ali's
actions and sayings that Ali (a.s.) embodies the right in his
behaviour, relations, peace, war and in every thing he says. He has
sold himself to God, as the Ayah that was revealed when he slept in
the Messenger's bed to enable Muhammad to immigrate states: And
there is the type of man who gives his life to earn the pleasure of
Allah; and Allah is full of kindness to (His) devotees.
Ali and Islam:
Ali fought with Muhammad all the wars that the latter was forced to
fight. He was the hero of all these wars, although he did not learn
how to fight or took a training course.
It was his commitment to Islam and his dedication and courage that
enabled him to fight like the best of trained fighters. That is why
when he fought the war of Badr and killed half of the unbelievers on
his own that were killed in that battles. Jibril said: "There is no
hero but Ali and no sword except Zulfikar".
That is how we know why the Messenger talked about Ali (a.s.) like
no other companion, although they were older than Ali. He says: The
right is with Ali and Ali is with the Right". Ali and the Quran will
always be together until they come to Heaven". Aren't you satisfied to
be with respect to me like Haroon was to Moses", a partner in
everything with the exception of not being a prophet. The Prophet was
not being emotional, since all what he says in being revealed to him.
Ali (a.s.) was the person who has all knowledge, belief ,dedication
and Islam. In the battle of Ahzab, when Amr bin Abd wud was
challenging the Muslims to fight him the Prophet asked: Who will
fight Amr? And I guarantee that God will put him in heaven. He
repeated the question three times and each time only Ali (a.s.) said
“I will”. Deciding reluctantly to send him, the holy Prophet
then recited this verse from The Holy Koran out loud: My Lord, do
not leave me without an heir, and You are the best inheritor."
And then when Ali (a.s.) went out to fight Amr, the Messenger(p.)
“Faith in its entirety has gone to fight non-belief in its
And when Ali (a.s.) killed him, the Messenger(p.) said:
“The strike of Ali (a.s.) is equal to the worshiping of all humans
and jinn put together.”
It was he who preserved the worship and religion of Muslims,
because the unbelievers were seeking to end all Islam. And that is why
the words of Muhammad were the words of revelation.
And when Muhammad was about to die, he gathered the people who were
accompanying him in his farewell Pilgrimage and asked them: Do I
not have more right over the believers than that they have over
themselves? And God says: The Prophet has a greater claim on the
faithful than they have on themselves
The People cried and answered:
"Yes, O' Messenger of God”
He then held up the hand of 'Ali and said:
"For whomever I am his Leader (mawla), 'Ali is his Leader (mawla)."
O' God, love those who love him, and be hostile to those who are
hostile to him." This means that he appointed Ali as a ruler for
he wanted him to preserve Islam after his death, as he preserved it
under his leadership.
Ali's support of Islam
After the death of Prophets Ali was denied his right, but despite
of what he had to endure, he felt that he should support Islam whether
a caliph or not. He gave advice to those who came before him and said:
I would keep peaceful so long as the affairs of Muslims are secured
and the only injustice that has taken place has befallen on me only
This was Ali's agenda to assure that Muslims will not grow weak. He
said in his speech to the people of Egypt: I was shocked when I
heard the people pledging legality to Abi Bakr
… But when I heard that there were people who wish to destroy
Islam, I was afraid that if I do not support Islam even if I were
denied my rights, there will be a catastrophe that is far greater than
assuming the post of ruling, which is something very trivial that will
last for a few days and then disappear like clouds, I had to act until
the falsehood was defeated.
And we saw him continuing his march of supporting Islam. And then
when he became a caliph, they put barriers on his road. Describing
this stage he said:
When I took up the reins of government one party broke away and
another turned disobedient while the rest began acting wrongfully
as if they had not heard the word of Alláh saying:
That abode in the hereafter, We assign it for those who intend not
to exult themselves in the earth, nor (to make) mischief (therein);
and the end is (best) for the pious ones.
Yes, by Allah, they had heard it and understood it but the world
appeared glittering in their eyes and its embellishments seduced them.
Behold, by Him who split the grain (to grow) and created living
beings, if people had not come to me and supporters had not exhausted
the argument and if there had been no pledge of Allah with the learned
to the effect that they should not acquiesce in the gluttony of the
oppressor and the hunger of the oppressed I would have cast the rope
of Caliphate on its own shoulders, and would have given the last one
the same treatment as to the first one. Then you would have seen that
in my view this world of yours is no better than the sneezing of a
One of his companions, Darrar bin Hamza Ad-Dabbabi, describes him
to Muawiyah after he was martyred: By God, one night I saw him
standing in his place of worship when the dark night had engulfed
everything; tears were rolling down on his face and beard; he was
restless like a snake-bitten person and was weeping like a bereaved
"It seems as if even now I am hearing his voice as he was
addressing the world: 'O World, thou is coming towards me and want
to lure me? Go deceive someone else. Thy time is not come. I have
divorced thee thrice after when there is no return. Thy pleasure is
valueless and thy importance insignificant. las! The provision is too
little, the journey too long and there is no companion.
It is said that Muawiyah cried when he heard that.
Ali has lived with Allah, The Most Exalted, dedicating his life to
Him. Even when he was hit by Ibn Malgam he said:
“In the name of Allah, the most Exalted… and on the religion of the
Messenger of Allah, the most Exalt ed... I swear by the Lord of Al-Kaaba
that I have won”.
It was as if he was going over all his life and deciding that this
is the end Allah is pleased with.
Allah loved Ali like he loved no one after the Messenger. That is
why Muhammad describes him at Khaibar: "I will give the banner
tomorrow to a man who loves Allah and His Messenger and who is loved
by Allah and His Messenger. A man who attacks and never backs away…"
That is why we love Ali all that love and declare our support for
his Imamate and rule. We are still learning from him since he is still
among us in everything he said and did.
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
The Second Sermon
The Former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair,
continues his meetings with the Palestinians and the Israelis amidst
scepticism over his ability to achieve any political breakthrough, as
a result of the limitations, the US imposed on his mandate as a
representative of the International Quartet Committee, since Israel
comforted him by the call on the International Community to
differentiate between the moderates and the extremists, to take a firm
stand against Hamas and not to attribute any legitimacy to it as long
as it does not recognize Israel.
The enemy's Foreign Minister declared that the road
to the Palestinians’ state passes through their own war on terrorism,
meaning that they should end the resistance and preserve at the same
time the security political and economic freedoms of Israel in
continuing to execute its plan in assassinating and detaining
Palestinians activists, and storming Palestinian villages and towns.
This suggests that the task of the international Quartet Committee is
to waste time until Israel implements its strategy of controlling most
of the Palestinian lands.
Media sources have reported lately that Tel Aviv is
ready to discuss the main issues including the borders and the
political framework, but only in a general meaner. Because it is too
soon, as Olmet says, to talk about resuming final status negotiations.
The Israeli plan is to postpone, as long as it can, the talks about
any decisive solution, just as it did since the Jews occupied
Palestine armed with an American cover, a European silence and an Arab
letdown… When the Israeli Foreign Minister receives Arab officials she
would try to normalize political relations with them that would lead
to additional Arabian concessions without realizing the dream of a
viable Palestinian state.
The question is: If Blair is not authorized to meet
with Hamas officials, how can he get anything done whether in building
Palestinian institutions or improving the economic situation in the
Palestinian lands, while the international organisations continue to
exclude and ignore a large sector of the Palestinian people, which
makes such a policy a failure, and one that will not produce any
Ending the Resistance:
We say to the Palestinians: you will not reach any
realistic or effective result, if you do not resume the positive
dialogue between your factions, especially between Hamas and Fateh,
even if you go to early elections. The split among the Palestinians
will prevent any cooperation in building the state, you have to know
that the International Community, and the Arab regimes are planning to
deprive you of many of the sources of your strength, especially the
Intifada, to facilitate the solution of on-going concessions that will
tear the Palestinian state, which although might still be called a
state, into separate and scattered shreds.
There has been a lot of talk about an Israeli Plan
to storm Gaza, and assassinate the leaders of Hamas, that is
encouraged by same of PA officials, the American Administration and
the silent accepting Arabs.
If this plan is true, it will destroy the temple on
the heads of all parties, since they are not seeking to destroy Hamas
but rather the resistance that confronts the enemy's occupation. Then,
as we all know, the Authority will not get anything since Israel that
monopolizes the power will not give the Authority any power outside
the realm of the Jewish national state whom the Arabs will live only
on its political and economic margin.
Iranian American complications
The Americans and the Iranians continue to discuss
ways of reducing the security tensions in Iraq. But America wishes to
restrict the negotiations to the Iraqi issue only, especially to the
American accusation of supporting Shiite militias that resist
occupation. It wants Iran to stop this support to ease the security
tensions on the occupation army, whose commanders have said that it
will stay in Iraq for at least two years.
We believe that these meetings will not reach any
conclusive results since the complications in the American-Iranian
relations have exceeded the Iraqi security issue, especially that
America, and the European allies, are planning for new sanctions
against Iran, although some of the Western countries have asserted
that there is no evidence that Iran is planning to make nuclear
America rejects peaceful solutions
The American Administration is still tampering with
the security of the entire region to promote its strategic interest by
all means and in all countries.
An American intelligence officer has declared that
if America is attacked from the Pakistani tribe region, it will enter
the region and destroy it. This proves that America does not believe
in peaceful solutions to the problems it faces in this or that
country. It resorts to violence only, claiming that it is fighting
terrorism although this policy has failed in many parts of the world.
Turkish loyalty to Islam
The success of the Justice and Development Party in
Turkey proves that the Turkish people are still loyal to Islam against
those who are trying to make sectarianism a sacred taboo and which has
led them to fight such Muslim symbols as the veil and religious
We say to the secular forces is Turkey, especially
the military, that your regime imitates the Western secularism that
believes, for the most part, in freedom, therefore suffocating
religious freedom indicates a social and political backwardness which
is not recognized by Western secularism.
No indications for a solution
In Lebanon, the French initiative along with the
Arabs initiative, is still making no progress especially that the
Lebanese internal complications, such as the by-elections has opened
some new wounds.
Moreover, the American movement in Lebanon, as
practiced by its Ambassador, suggests to those in power that they
should reject any solution to the political crisis. This will have a
negative impact on the coming presidential elections, and we might
have a state of vacuum that might destabilize the whole situation.
The Authority punishes the people
The ruling Authority who controls the public
services, is spreading darkness in the Lebanese weakened regions, when
people are suffering from blackouts in the middle of this very hot
weather, while other regions including the capital enjoy round the
clock power. This made a large portion of the Lebanese, especially in
the suburb, feel that it is not a technical problem, but a political
decision to punish the people who stood with the Resistance especially
in the first anniversary of its victory against the Zionist enemy.
Is there any state in the world that would punish
its people in the most difficult times of economic hardship and lack
of planning to solve the complicated situation in Lebanon, leaving the
citizens as confessional entities that applaud the stands of their