The First Sermon
the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
There are two occasions
that we celebrate today. The first is the beginning of the sacred
month of Rajab, and the second is the birth of Imam Al-Baqir (a.s.).
months: The spirit of peace
Rajab is one of the four
months which Allah ordained that they should be months of peace. In
addition to Rajab the other months are: Zilqua’da, Zilhujja and
prohibited in these months.
In normal circumstances,
they are months of peace so that people could meditate and study the
mistakes they have committed and the negative impact that war
produces such as hatred and enmity that might have a devastating
effect on the nation.
In addition, Allah has made
also a certain geographic location as an area of peace in which war
is prohibited. This the area that has the Sacred Mosque in Mecca as
its center and that includes Mecca and Mina and other locations
related to the Mosque.
Though these two peace
zones, one in time and one in place, Allah wanted the people to live
the spirit of peace… to think about how to avoid war and meet in
peace. The importance of peace can not be exaggerated, yet there is
one case in which we are allowed to fight in these months: when
there is an aggression Allah says: They ask
thee concerning fighting in the Prohibited Month. Say:
"Fighting therein is a grave (offence); but graver is it in the
sight of Allah to prevent access to the path of Allah, to deny Him,
to prevent access to the Sacred Mosque, and drive out its
members." Tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter.
(2:217). In the case of absolute necessity, and in the face of a
major aggression like that of the Zionists against the Palestinians,
or the American aggression against several Muslim countries… In
such circumstances Muslims are allowed to fight back, because the
Muslim’s sacredness is more important than that of times or places
As this month begins, we
should meditate and think about how we could live the spirit of
peace in our private and public lives… how could we act with love
and only love inside us... for hatred produces violence and war
while love produces solidarity and collaboration.
Thus with the beginning of
this month we have to fight ourselves so that we get rid of many of
our feelings of hatred and enmity. Several people fast in this month
and in the months of Sha’ban and Ramadan. But in addition to
fasting the ordinary fast on food we have to fast on evil and
hatred. If fasting was ordained in the month of Ramadan and
recommended in other times it was meant to be as a means of piety
that will make us more watchful of our feelings and actions towards
Allah and fellow human beings.
A Mobile school
The second occasion is the
birth of Imam Muhammad Al-Baqir(a.s.). When we study the life of
this great Imam, we notice that he and his son Imam Jaafar Al-Sadiq
were able to publish, the line of Islam, the only line of Ahl El-Biet.
Through their school most of the heritage that has reached us has
originated from the teaching of these two Imams, for the political
circumstances of their times allowed them to convey to others, the
knowledge they inherited from the Prophet(p.).
When Imam Al-Baqir used to
sit in the mosques, the Islamic school at that times, where Muslims
of various sects and tends used to attend, other scholars used to
feel that they were young students learning from their teacher.
Moreover, the Imam(a.s.) used to be opened up on all sects. He used
to teach them the sciences of Islam, and they did not feel any
embarrassment to learn from him being non-Shiites,
as a way of life
The Imam(a.s.) used to live
with the people like one of them with no barriers whatsoever. He
used to sit among them just the Messenger(p.) used to, “just like
any of them.
The high rank of the Imams
did not drive them to live in a different manner and separate
themselves from the population. If we study the heritage of Imam Al-Baqir,
we would find that he answered all questions, no matter how trivial
any question might be. He followed the example of the Messenger(p.)
and the previous Imams, for those who ask have something they do not
have an answer for and therefore you have to answer it.
Thus, the Muslim scholars
have to follow the example of Ahl El-beit in being humble and in
answering al questions.
The Imam(a.s.) had a farm
in whish he used to work in. Once, he went to his farm at high noon
and he was seem by one of the dignitaries of Medina who wanted to
advise him and said: “One of the nobleman of Quraish goes out in
such a time seeking matters of this world; what about if you die
now? The Imam(a.s.) said: If I die, I would die obeying God. I only
fear death if I were sinning”.
This is the true and
wonderful Islamic understanding for obeying Allah. It is not only
fasting and praying, but rather holding all your responsibilities
and trying your best not ask anything from others. If you this you
will be worshipping even when you are working.
The Imam(a.s.) used to go
all his way to change certain misconceptions of the Muslims in his
He talked, for example,
about those who would perform Hajj several times, but they were not
ready to help a poor family saying that providing for such a family
is more important than performing Hajj seventy times.
Thus Islam has attached
special importance for the social issues. It made helping those who
are in need better than performing recommended rites. This does not
mean that one should not perform pilgrimage more than once if he
can, but it means that this should not deter him from helping the
poor and the needy.
In another saying the Imam
asserts: If you want to know that you are good, look at your heart.
If you find that your heart loves those that obey Allah and hates
those when disobey him then you are good and Allah loves you. If you
love those who disobey Allah, the most Exalted, and hate those that
obey Him then Allah, the most Exalted, hates you.
On another level, the Imam
talks about how his followers ought to be. One of his followers once
told him that there are a lot of Shiites in his neighborhood, and
the Imam asked him: “Does the rich sympathize with the poor, and
does the charitable forgive those who hurt others… If they don’t
they are not Shiites. For Shiism is the Islamic line with all its
In a message carried by one
of his followers to his Shiites, the Imam says: “…And advise
them to fear Allah, the Magnificent, tell them that their rich
should sympathize with the poor, and the strong should sympathize
with the weak. They should attend the funerals of their dead and
visit one another, for their meeting keeps our cause alive… Tell
our Shiites that we could do nothing to them except by their own
deeds, And that they cannot become among our followers excepts by
The ones who will fear the
greatest remorse on the Day of Judgment are those who know what is
right yet they practice something else… Ali’s Shiites are
those… who strive for the cause of Justice, those who love one
another and visit each other. Those who if angered will not become
unjust and if pleased will not exceed the proper bounds…They are a
blessing for their neighbors and a peace for those they mix with.”
This is the cause of Ahl
El-Beit and these are their morals. This is the line they want us to
follow; the line of the straight path of Islam…
Let us be with them in our
practice and in our morals. Peace be on them the day they were born,
the day they were born, the day they die and the day we will meet
them in the Hereafter.
The Second Sermon
the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
call for Killing
The Bush-Sharon alliance
continues its war on the Palestinian people through mass punishment,
destroying the infrastructure of the cities and towns, that turns
occupied Palestine to ruins, and assassinating the Palestinian
militants in the name of protecting peace and establishing a
The American plan aims at
turning the Palestinian people, the authority the leadership the
factions and all sectors, into a tool that serves the Israeli
security, by taking large Palestinian lands to build the separating
fence and additional settlements.
Al what the Palestinians
are left with is the specter of a state that is made of several
disconnected localities. President Bush is making countless
statements to announce that the Palestinian state could not be
established unless, the “violence of the Palestinian factions”
stops, but what he really means is that the Palestinian concessions
to the Zionist entity could not be delivered except by a bloody war
between the Palestinian Authority that is “blessed” by the
Americans, and the Israelis, and the Palestinian factions that are
knitted in the fabric of the Palestinian people, as evident from
those huge angry demonstrations in the funeral of martyr Ismail
What Sharon and Bush hope
for is what the Palestinians, the Authority and the people, will
come out of this war so weakened that they will not have any
negotiation cards, and thus ready to sign any concessions regarding
the reservations that Sharon has on the “Road Map”, especially
that the Palestinians lack any Arab, Islamic and international
support. Israel will then become the only force in the region in
which all states and peoples in the region have to acknowledge.
Asked about the situation
in Palestine when he assumed office, President Bush said: “let the
blood flow and then we will see what to do”. He actually meant was
that the Palestinian Arab and Muslim blood which is very cheap,
while the Zionist blood, in contrast, is the blood of democracy,
civilization and human rights.
Now he is saying the same
thing but in a different way; when he supports the assassinations
and the collective punishments he is saying: “Have no mercy in
killing all of them. Let Israel’s security be secured even if all
lack of independent decision.
The American president
knows that the problem is one of occupation and not resistance, for
resistance is basically a reaction… If he claims that he is
independent, we ask him to try to ask the Israelis to withdraw, thus
putting the ball in the Palestinian court, for the Palestinians have
repeatedly declared that they will stop all violence if the Israelis
withdraw... If he claims that he does not trust the Palestinians, we
remind him that the Zionists could reoccupy the Palestinian
territories. Moreover the Palestinian people will not be ready to
accept any violence practiced by the militants after the withdrawal.
Bush’s problem lies in that he does not enjoy any independence in
his decision making especially with his bloodthirsty Zionist
administration that is starving to extend its domination all over
the world. That is why he is putting the carriage in front of the
Palestinians will not fall in the trap of internal strife.
Nevertheless, we are sure
that the Palestinian people will neither engage in a civil war, nor
will it forego its right of liberating its homeland. We ask the
Palestinian Authority-leadership and cabinet-
not to become the authority
that strikes at the militants and closes their charity organizations
that takes are of the poor, the orphans and the sick. This would be
equivalent to grand treason… The American pressures will not give
you anything. It has been the problem in the past and the present
and it will continue to be the problem in the future…
Iraq in the
America has opened Iraq for
Israeli trade, allowing the Zionists to take part in the projects of
reconstruction and exploiting the present political-economic chaotic
conditions in which the Iraqis have no say.
The situation in Iraq has
become so messy that the Americans who face daily attacks are
preoccupied with the security of their own soldiers, and no longer
pay any attention to the security of the Iraqis who have also to
endure the lack of basic services as well as social and economic
instability. The Americans are calling other governments to send
their troops to help the American forces in all this…
Yet it talks about letting
the Iraqis run their own affairs by establishing an Iraqi government
and founding a constitution but of course, under the Americans’
control who have the right to veto and impose their decrees.
Could such a chaotic
picture turn into a model democracy for the region? This is a bad
American joke especially that the US administration has become
intolerant with the liberties of the Americans themselves, and began
to borrow some third would laws to restrict public freedoms in the
name of fighting terrorism.
pressures on Iran
especially American pressure, are mounting on Iran, whether through
the International Atomic Agency, or by detaining some of its
ambassadors, the economic siege and media campaigns. It falsely
accuses Iran of producing mass destruction weapons, despite the fact
that America has started to experiment a small nuclear device that
could be used in traditional wars.
justification for the Bombay Explosion.
The explosion in Bombay in
which more than 50 innocent civilians were killed and more than 100
injured, makes us repeat our call to all parties, Muslims and
non-Indians alike, to resort to dialogue and cooperation.
We find no religious,
political or humanistic justification for such actions regardless of
who did it or who was targeted by it.
Indians should respect the
citizenship of other Indians… Hindus and Muslims should respect
the others’ sacred places and religions freedom... The Indian
government should not try to solve the problem in unrealistic
manner, by taking sides with one party against the other. It is not
in the interest of any party, since it only complicates things.
reform in Lebanon
A Lebanon moves in total
blackout as a result of the political “electricity” that burns
the stability of the country, and that only cares about settling
accounts and scoring personal points.
Where has the reform
gone... Did it go to Mars , or it still on earth, where do we look
for it among the officials or among our citizens..?