The First Sermon
the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
"Whoever I am
leader (Mawla), Ali is his Leader (Mawla). O' God, love those who
love him, and be hostile to those who are hostile to him."
“Whoever believes that I am his leader then Ali is his leader”.
O' God (SWT), side with
those who side with him and be the enemy of those who are hostile to
"I am the city of
Knowledge and Ali is its gate". "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.
This is Imam Ali as
presented in Allah's Book and in the sayings of His Messenger… On
the 13th of this month
Rajab, we meet with the anniversary of his distinguished birth when
his mother, Fatima bint Assad, found herself in labor; she went
inside the Ka’ba, as she was near the Beit Al-Haram. There, she
gave birth to Ali to be the only person to be born in this most
sacred place, suggesting that the child who was born there has
dedicated his life starting right from the moment he was born to
worship Allah and guide man to His right path standing always with
the right and defending it with all the strength he had.
This is Ali, whose
early childhood tells us that he was virtually the son of the
Prophet not only in blood but also in educating him. The Prophet
took him from his father when he was barely two years old. And he
used in make him sleep with him in the same bed, playing the role of
a mother too. Recalling this stage the Imam says:
You know how close I
was to the Messenger… He put me in his lap and hugged me, and made
me sleep in his bed, touch his body and smell his beautiful smell.
He used to chew the food and give it me to eat. He never found me
tell any lie or do any wrong deed. I was always with him, following
him as a baby camel following its mother.
Then, as kid, Imam Ali
lived with the Messenger the spirit of loving God. On this stage,
the Imam recalls: “He used to teach me everyday one of his goods
norms of ethics and ask me to abide by it. He used to go each year
to the cave of Hiraa where I was the only one who could see him”.
Then, after the Message
was initiated, he used to defend the Messenger in Mecca diving away
the other kids who used to harass the Messenger.
And he continued to
live with the Prophet until the latter died.
The student and the
The Messenger used to
go to the Al-Massged Al-Haram to pray, accompanied by Khadija and
Ali only. That is why the Imam said: "Nobody has preceded me to
pray except the Messenger…
He lived with the
Messenger the meaning of praying as a spiritual assention to the
Later on and when
people began to enter the religion of Allah in companies, Ali was
their teacher and guide. He was also the knight who fought for Islam
as no one else did since the battle of Badr. It has been said that
Ali alone has killed half the infidels and all the rest of Muslims
killed the other half. It is also said that Gabriel declared that
there was no champion of war other than Ali and no sword other than
his sword. The Messenger said when Ali fought Amr bin Abid Wid:
"Belief in its entirety has challenged unbelief as a
The Imam of Islamic
Although Ali has, as
the Messenger said, more authority on believers than they had on
themselves, he did not, when he was denied his right, fight to
retain it but said:" I will remain peaceful as long as the
Muslims' affairs are being taken care of and the only injustice
committed in against me"
Thus, he was the open
minded man who advised the caliphs who preceded him, and protected
them thus acting as the champion of the cause of Islamic unity.
Therefore, to all
Muslims who try to undermine this unity in the name of Ali, We say
that you are taking a position against Ali who was the champion of
the cause of Islamic unity. If you support Ali, you ought to uphold
this unity which unbelief and arrogance are trying to disrupt.
As a caliph, the Imam
has always emphasized the general principles people should adopt in
life. He taught them how they ought to deal with their ruler asking
them not to be afraid of him or try to pay him lip service and fear
him. He asked them to be frank and straight forward in criticizing
him and saying what they believe to be right. For if he cannot
tolerate such an advice that calls him to the right, how would he be
expected to uphold the right in every action he takes.
Therefore, he wanted to
teach the people to criticize and oppose any ruler who deviates.
Equality between the
He used to give people
equal sums of money, for those who preceded him used to favor the
dignitaries. He told those who were advising him to use money as a
means of buying support: “You are asking me to seek victory by
being unjust in what I am entrusted with… The money is not mine,
it is Allah's money".
Moreover, when the
so-called opposition revolted against him, what did he do?
He did not kill them or
even cut their allocations, but he sought to talk to them. He only
fought them when they began to threaten the well being of the
He also tried to
conduct a dialogue with the Prophet's companions, Talha and Zubair,
and when they were killed, he attended their funeral and asked Allah
to have Mercy on them.
The Imam of thought
One of the major
concerns of the Imam in all his life was to educate people not only
in his age but in all ages.
When we read Ali now,
we feel that he is talking about our own problems, for he used to
touch on the social problems talking about the sulfurings and the
causes of the people. He says, for example: “O' creatures of
Allah! You and whatever you desire from this world are like guests
with fixed period of stay, and like debtors called upon to pay. Life
is getting sort while (the records of) actions are being preserves.
Many strivers are
wasting (their efforts) and many of those who exert are heading
towards harm. You are in a period when steps of virtue are moving
backwards, steps of evil are moving forward and Satan is increasing
his eagerness to ruin people. This is the time that his equipment is
strong, his traps have been spread and his prey has become easy (to
Cast your glance over
people wherever you like, you will see either a poor man suffering
from poverty, or a rich man ignoring Allah despite His bounty over
him, or a miser increasing his wealth by trampling on Allah's
obligations, or an unruly person closing his ears to all counsel.
Where are your good people; where are your virtuous people? Where
are your high spirited men and generous men? Where are those of you
who avoid deceit in their business and remain pure in their
behavior? Have they not all departed from this ignoble, transitory
and troublesome world? Have you not been left among people who are
just like rubbish and so low that lips avoid mention of them and do
not move even to condemn their low position.
…"Verily we are
Allah's and verily unto him shall we return." (2:156)
Mischief has appeared
and there is no one to oppose and change it, nor anyone to dissuade
from it or desist from it. Do you, with these qualities, hope to
secure abode in the purified neighborhoods of Allah and to be
regarded His staunch lovers? Alas! Allah cannot be deceived about
His paradise and His will cannot be secured save by His obedience.
Allah may curse those who advise good but they themselves avoid it,
and those who desist others from evil but they themselves act upon
This is Imam Ali, the
Imam of Knowledge, thought, piety, Islam and Jihad, for his time and
for all times. Let us learn from him and consider him as our role
model. Ali, the man who was born in Allah’s house, and who
dedicated all his life for Allah's causes, was happy when he was
killed in the mosque, because he knew that he has won the martyrdom
that culminated a life of devotion and piety: “I swear by the Lord
of Ka’ba that I have won”.
We cannot but love Ali
with all hearts, minds and all our being.
The Second Sermon
In the Name
of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
The Palestinian Cause
In Palestine, we meet
with the anniversary of the crime of burning with Al-Aqsa Mosque.
This mosque is still subject to vicious attempts to demolish it in
order to build Solomon's temple in its place.
Thus, the Muslim World
should stand firmly against these plots that target one of the most
sacred Islamic places; one lies in the heart of the Islamic and
human dimension of the Islamic cause.
In the meantime, the
hunger strike declared by the Palestinian prisoners in protest
against all the Israeli brutal and savage practices goes on, and
although there is some support for their cause outside Palestine, it
is not up to the level of the seriousness of this issue.
Israel and America:
Violation of human rights.
As the Arab league has
been talking about the need for UN interference in the prisoners’
sufferings, we call upon the league to take this issue, as well as
other Palestinian issues, more seriously. The Palestinians are
living in one big prison of occupation and suffering from all kinds
of siege, repression and starvation.
All Arabs, Muslims and
Free people in the world have reinvigorate the Palestinian cause, so
as not to become a cause that has been worn out by the passage of
time. Freedom and independence causes do not die as time passes
The brutal torture in
Israeli prisons leads us to the new information that has been
disclosed about the torture in American prisons whether in Iraq,
Guantanamu or Afghanistan. The man who is responsible for these
tortures is the American Secretary of defense who should resign.
Moreover, what is happening in the Israeli and American prisons
proves that American and Israel have the attitude towards violating
human rights and disrespecting the human value of man.
On another level, we
call on the Palestinians, who suffer also from internal problems
that have to do with reform and security, not to be preoccupied with
this problem in a way that makes them ignore their major cause of
confronting occupation, especially the building of new settlements,
which has gained American approval due to electoral considerations.
Such a prospect even undermines any attempt to establish Palestinian
Iraq: Occupation must
In Iraq, we are still
monitoring the security events that are destroying Al-Najaf.
The American forces
there continue to bomb the sacred city, benefiting from an Iraqi
cover provided by the interim government.
In this respect, we
have always called for establishing Al-Najaf as a city of peace that
provides security for every citizen and visitor so that they can all
learn the principles of Islam and piety as well as the lessons of
freedom provided by its past, present and future aspirations.
Therefore, we welcome
the initiative that calls for the withdrawal of American forces from
the cities of Najaf and Koufa, as well as disarming them so that
they can all live in peace and security. To establish this, the
government should uphold its responsibilities in providing the
security and the various services for the people without resorting
to violent means.
And we hope that all
parties would reach an agreement that serves the people’s best
We continue to call for
the withdrawal of occupation forces from Iraq, being the source of
all evils. We also call on the Iraqi people to uphold their national
and Islamic unity, and we call upon every citizen to act as a guard
for the security of the country, and prepare themselves to choose
the right and faithful politicians to run the country; those who do
not take orders from the government but have the country's national
interests in heart.
The ongoing debate in
Lebanon has made the country ignore the Israeli threats to Lebanon
and Syria. Israel might benefit from the American elections to make
a major aggression that would destabilize the entire situation
including the presidential elections.
It is also making the
people turn their attention away from the economic crisis,
especially with the academic year about to begin, as many families
cannot afford the school feels.
The entire region is
shaking as a result of the American aggressions and pressures that
affect the peoples of the region, the Lebanese included.
Nevertheless, many politicians are arguing about an American
statement and an Arab or even an Israeli one. They are thinking
about what others want from Lebanon and not what the Lebanese want.
They want to adapt with the developments in a way that serves their
interests even if it means siding with this axis or that. In the
meantime, the Lebanese interests will have to pay the price.