The First Sermon
the Name of God, The Compassionate the Merciful
of the main issues that determines man’s destiny in both worlds is
the issue of the relationship between the strong and the weak, or
the followers and the leaders.
As it is known, any
community is composed of many different components. There are first
divided between the followers and the leaders, but then the leaders
many base their strength on many sources of power like money,
political powers, party leadership...etc.
And since these
power centers try to exploit their position in the society to force
their thought, their attitude or their political line as the
dominant ideology in the society, for the strong is not strong by
himself but through his followers, we have to study the issue of who
should assume leadership or who is worthy of being followed.
Who should assume
The Glorious Quran
has dealt with this issue, and explained that those whom we should
follow and abide by their commands and teachings are of two kinds.
The first category is that of the infallibles ;the prophet and the
members of his family who do not sin nor take a wrong stand. Those
you have to obey. God (SWT) says:
“I swear by your
Lord they will not be true believers until they seek your
arbitration in their disputes. Then they will not doubt the justice
of your verdicts and will submit to you entirely”.
As for the rest( the
second category), those who make mistakes, they are also of two
kinds: There are the just jurists whom people ask for their
independent judgments (Fatwa) in their affairs, and those you could
follow their judgments and if they happen to be rulers you could be
loyal to their rule. And then there are those who have no religious
authority like the heads of parties, and tribes. etc… But in both
cases, you have to study their sayings and actions. For being not
infallible they could commit accidental mistakes that you ought to
point out to.
The issue becomes
even more astonishing when it comes to Muhammad (p)- the Messenger
of God (SWT) and the master of mankind.
In his last days,
the Prophet delivered a speech in which he said: “you can not hold
anything against me, for I only made lawful what the Quran made
lawful and only banned what the Quran made unlawful”.
This is what
Muhammad (p) said although he is not held accountable by Muslims but
by God (SWT) alone…
Imam Ali, the master
of the infallibles, second only to Muhammad, who has attained a high
degree of infallibility although some people who do not fear Allah (SWT)
claim that I deny his infallibility… Imam Ali asked the
Do not address me in
the way you address tyrants… Do not flatter me.. Do not think that
I would grumble at any rightful opinion or just suggestion for if
one cannot stand hearing a rightful opinion or a just advise, he
will surely not able to practice accordingly. Therefore do not stop
advising me for I am not above making mistakes unless God (SWT)
As for those who do
not have a religious legitimacy, they should not be obeyed in what
violates God (SWT)’s commands, nor should they be helped in any
unjust act… etc. For you will hold the responsibility of having
chosen someone to support or vote for and fight in his name, both in
this world and in the hereafter. God (SWT) has warned us against
doing this and reminded us that He has sent prophets to make sure
that we were duly warned.
So let us now move
forward in time to the day of the Judgment and watch the scenes the
Quran has provided us to describe this day:
“ Seeing the
punishment, the leaders will disown their followers, and the bonds
which now unite them will break asunder. Those who followed them
will say: “Could we but live again, we would disown them as they
have now disowned us. Then Allah will show them their own works as
source of regret to them, and they shall never out of the fire. It
is clear that on this day it would be too late.
In another scene:”
And on the day when
we assemble them all together, we shall say to the polytheists: Keep
to your places, you and your partners! We will separate them one
from another, and then their partners will say to them: “It was
not us that you worshipped. Allah (SWT) is our al-sufficient
witness: We were unaware of your worship.
Thereupon, each soul
will know what is has done they shall be sent back to Allah (SWT),
their true lord, and that which they invented will escape
In the third scene
the weak and arrogant will all stand together before God (SWT)
All shall appear
before Allah. The weak will say to those who were haughty: “We
were your followers. Can you protect us from Allah’s chastisement?
They will say:” Had Allah guided us we would have guided you. It
is now the same whether we panic or bear patiently. There is no way
In the fourth scene,
the wrong-doers try to shoulder the responsibility on Satan although
Allah (SWT) has warned them against listening to Satan.
” And when our
judgment has been passed, the devil will say to them: “True was
the promise which Allah made you. I too made you a promise, but did
not keep it, yet I had no power over you except that I called you,
and you answered me. Do not now blame me, but blame yourselves. I
cannot help you, nor can you help me, I deny your associating me
before with Allah .
The wrongdoers shall
be sternly punished. As for those that have faith and do good works,
they shall be admitted to gardens watered by running streams, in
which, by their lord’s leave, they shall abide forever. Their
greeting shall be peace” 47:40.
God (SWT) also warns
us against those who urge us to commit sins and crime like perjury
and murder and promise to hold the responsibility on our behalf.
The unbelievers say
to the faithful: “Follow us, and we will bear the burden of your
sins.” But they will bear none of their sins. They are surely
lying. They shall bear their own burdens, and other burdens besides.
On the day of Resurrection, they shall be questioned about their
Lastly, we should
keep in mind that in every stand and every movement we take part in,
we are going to face God (SWT) on the day of Judgment, where our
wealth and our children will do us no good, but only our good deeds.
the Name of God, The Compassionate the Merciful
Israeli enemy continues to wage its brutal war against the
Palestinians, using its entire war machine, shelling, destroying
houses, and assassinations, military and economic siege, forbidding
the sick from reaching hospitals and leaving them to die on the
road… empowered by an American green light that is dim sometimes
but often quite shining.
As for the Mitchell
plan that aims at returning things to the way they were before the
Intifada, it is still backpedaling as a result of the Israeli
refusal to deploy an international monitoring force to monitor the
ceasefire. The Zionists would not let anybody hinder their plan that
aims at destroying the Palestinian people and killing any chance for
achieving its goals of independence, creating an independent state
with Jerusalem as its capital, the return of refuges and dismantling
On the other hand,
there is no international force that could deter Israel. The G8
countries did not give Israel any ultimatum for failing to respond
to the demand of deploying an international monitoring force.
The Arabs follow-up
committee issued a political communiqué that does not contain any
decisive stand, and the financial aid they decided to provide does
not cover even the basis needs. The committee called for an Arab
summit that will almost certainly be like the previous ones. The
Arabs are incapable of taking a firm and decisive stand that makes
the US and EU feel that the situation has become critical. So far it
has been enough for the Americans to say a few worthless words that
deny American bias.
I like to draw the
attention of the Palestinians to the campaign the enemy is
conducting to undermine the Palestinian struggle in the eyes of
international public opinion, trying to pose itself as a victim of
“terror”. The Palestinians-whether in the Authority or the
militant leaders and the public -should know that the only way out
is to continue the Intifada until it reaches a level that makes the
international arrogance feel that their interests in the region are
promises of a ceasefire aim only at stopping the Intifada, an
outcome that could well waste all the sacrifices and the blood the
Palestinians were so generous in offering for their cause. The
Palestinians should know that standing firm and continuing the
Intifada no matter how great the sacrifices are, is the only way to
war against Iran
Israel is organizing
a political media war against Iran claiming it has sent 7 thousand
missiles to the Resistance in Lebanon that threaten its security. It
wants to suggest to the world that it is living in a state of fear
and danger to draw the attention away from its terrorist crimes. In
addition it wants to portray Iran as a state that supports terror.
We have to monitor
this war and follow its effects on the political and security
situation in Lebanon and the region. We also have to continue and
intensity our struggle in Palestine and Lebanon, for this road alone
is the road that could achieve freedom for the Arab and Muslim
forgetting the Real Dangers.
In Lebanon, the
Politicians are preoccupied with settling personal accounts,
regardless of the dangerousness of such maneuvers on the stability
and even the very existence of the country .Now , they have opened
the file of the power bills, and they will surely open another file
before the current row calms down.
region as a whole is boiling and we are about to witness major
developments that could dramatically change the political and
security situation of the whole region.
I would like to warn
all officials and politicians, that such an attitude could make the
temple fall on their heads, and the country will loose any
confidence that it still enjoys in the outside world.
What is going on in
Lebanon suggests that those politicians do not want the country to
stand on its feet. They even do not care about the future of the
country at a time it faces a very severe economic crisis.
They are playing
with the country’s fate. Do not listen to their fiery speeches ,
but try to figure out their real goals and support only whom you
believe that he will stabilize the situation and help solve the
economic crises, and let the country continue its struggle against
the Zionist enemy.