The First Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Examining the minds and Hearts
In this Holy month, the blessed
month of Ramadan, Allah wants each one of us to examine his mind which in the
course of a year might have gathered some ideas of falsehood, as a result of
what he reads and hears or what he is affected by from other people.
We should also examine our
hearts for they might contains feelings of love to those have antagonised Allah
or feelings of hatred towards those who love Allah, since our feelings might be
influenced by certain psychological conditions that might make us hate or love
those who we should not. Therefore, we have to review our feelings in this month
to purify them of all the dirt and deviations that might have sneaked into them.
Moreover, we have also in this
Holy Month to study all our sayings and actions: We might say things that do not
please Allah like backbiting, lying, and cursing believers. We might also steal
or usurp the rights of others, or satisfy unlawful desires and the like.
Learning from the Quran
Allah wants us in this Holy
Month to act positively by benefiting from our fasting to strengthen our will
Thus, fasting is the means of
strengthening our will power in a way that will enable us to avoid doing in all
our life what Allah has prohibited. The training we do in this Month by
pressurizing our instincts and desires is meant to give us a psychological
immunity that would help us in leaving what Allah has prohibited in all the
We should also read the Quran in
a way that would allow us to understand its meanings and rulings.
The Quran is meant to enlighten
our hearts and minds and to educate us with its knowledge and values so that our
Islam will be an open and aware Islam that is enriched with culture and that is
a result of a very strong belief.
Insisting on reciting the Quran
in the Month of Ramadan or other months is meant to make every Muslim learn
Islam through the Quran, since it is, as Allah says, a "light" from Him that
illuminates the mind and the heart. The Messenger(p.) advised us in his speech
at the beginning of the month to ask Allah to bless us by observing fast in this
Month and reciting the Holy Quran, since if you do not acquire the spiritual
lessons that fasting and reciting the Quran provide you will be very unfortunate
in this life and in the Hereafter. Verily the person, who may not receive the
mercy and benevolence of Allah in this month must be very very unfortunate
having the end as bad (in the Hereafter).
Then, the Messenger(p.) talks
about the feeling of hunger and thirst. He asks the people not to indulge in
their subjective issues, but to think about the Day of Judgement; that long day
in which the people will feel hunger and thirst in a way they never expired.
While fasting, remember the hunger and thirst of tomorrow in Qiyamat.
Then the Prophet moves to social
issues: To feel that there are poor people who might not afford to eat the foods
you do and that there are some needy persons who can not afford the necessities
of decent living.. . Give alms to the
poor and the needy,
The Messenger(p.) deals with
another social problem: that of the relations between generations. God wants the
younger generation to respect the elderly. They should know that they have
preceded them to Islam and that they have more experience than the young. As for
the elderly they should have mercy on the young, understand that they still lack
experience and should therefore be advised
.Pay respects to your elders. Have pity on you
The Prophet wants the relatives
to be kind to one another regardless of the position of this other, i.e. whether
he visits you and cares about you or not,
“and be kind towards your relatives and kinsmen”.
This is an important Islamic
virtue which Allah has promised those who adopt to bestow on them His Mercy love
Guard your tongues:
your tongue should fast on all what is prohibited or ever, just as you fast on
Guard your tongues
against unworthy words, and your eyes from such scenes that are not worth
seeing (forbidden) and your ears from such sounds that should not be
heard by you.
As for the orphans, they are
God's trust in every society which should be responsible to provide for their
living and education .Fear Allah in
matters concerning orphans. Attend to their nutrition and do not forget their
interests in the middle of your own.
Imam Ali says in a tone that
resembles a call for help: Be kind to
orphans so that when your children become orphans they also be treated with
The Prophet asks us to remember
in this month all our past sins to repent from And He answers
those who believe and do good deeds, and gives them more out of His grace; and
(as for) the unbelievers, they shall have a severe punishment.
God also says: Surely Allah loves those
who turn much (to Him).Repentance
is the feeling of remorse towards past sins, accompanied by a will of not
repeating them in the future.
Do invoke that Allah may forgive
your sins. Do raise your hands at the
time of Prayers, as it is the best time
for asking His mercy.
When we invoke at such times, we
are answered by Him, when we call Him, He responds, and when we ask for anything
it is accepted by Him. Thus, these are the best hours that Allah will have in
Mercy on His servants and accept their repentance. Such a repentance will free
your soul and purify your heart. O' People! you have made your conscience
the slave of your desires, make it free by invoking Him for
forgiveness... Your back is breaking under the heavy load of your sins, so
prostrate before Him for long intervals and make it lighter.
The Prophet also asks us to
elongate our prostration since it will make us feel our deep feeling of being
Cod’s servants as well as being close to Him. And perform 'sajda'
(prostration) and will guard their bodies against the Fire of Hell, on the
Day of Judgment. Do understand it fully well that Allah has promised in the
name of His Majesty and Honor that He will not take to task such people who
offer Prayers in this month,
what prize is greater than this.
The Second Sermon
In the Name of God, the
Compassionate, the Merciful
Appropriating the Palestinian Cause.
The International game led by
the US is still appropriating the Palestinian cause to serve the Israeli
It is demonstrated in applying a
stalling plan that puts its stake on taking over the land by building
entitlements and the separating racial wall, as well as trying to incite
internal Palestinian strife by talking about a meeting with the head of the
Palestinian Authority which will lead no positive results, as if it is some kind
of charity, that the enemy's government is giving the Palestinian Authority.
Meanwhile, the Americans
continue their deceit by demanding impossible demands that will lead to no
solutions, since their demands are concerned with the security aspect that
incite internal strife and not the political level that might lead to solutions.
In the Meantime, the whole situation remains in the midst of the international
mazes through the Road Map that is frozen. The international Committee is
unwilling to find a solution since the American – Israeli pressure is forcing
the cause to remain within the circle of its strategic interests that does not
intersect with that of the Palestinians.
Arab lagging to support their Cause
Thus, we saw how the Arab states were isolated and forbidden
to acquire any demands that might solve Arab – Israeli struggle. This is why the
world has witnessed the Arab failure in discussing this issue in the Security
Council whose members did not care to look into Arab league demands, although
the League had announced the fall of its initiative by a knockout, hit by the
Israeli- American manoeuvres that deal with the Arab world as a defeated world,
until some in this world became to look at itself in the same way.
America and Iran
America has been able to
convince most Arab states that Israel is neither the problem nor the enemy and
that the Palestinians, especially the Intifada factions, represent a terror
state that endangers both Arabs and Israel.
That is why the American
Administration feels that its duty is to coordinate with the Israeli state
against them. This is demonstrated every now and then by the threats of some
Arab security officials of an Israeli invasion of Gaza if Hamas does not release
the Israeli prisoners instead of pressurizing Israel to release the Palestinian
prisoners, especially the deputies and the ministers.
America wants the Arabs to
forget the Israeli danger and ignore the Palestinian cause, and replace that
with getting ready to face what it calls the Iranian threat. Iran posses a
problem for America, since it opposes that American policies in the region,
especially its occupation to Iraq which turned into a courtyard for daily
massacres of Iraqi civilians, and its rejection of the Jewish occupation of
Palestine and supporting the Palestinian struggle against it as well as
supporting the Islamic Resistance in Lebanon.
America is trying to dominate
over the entire region whether economically or politically, which means that all
peoples of the region should oppose this hegemony with all available means to
maintain their freedom and interests. No matter how strong the arrogance power
may be the conscious peoples are able to thwart their strategy and undermine
their interests if they are able to unite their moves and future plans.
Lebanese Shiites and Nationalism
In Lebanon, we are faced by the
statements of the American secretary of State that try to incite sectarian
instincts, by suggesting that America supports one Lebanese party against the
others, and that there are internal divisions in the Shiite sects, with one
party standing with the Americans and Israelis against the Resistance and the
other is committed to continue the Resistance against the occupier.
Such statements aim at
destabilizing Lebanon by means of the constructive chaos that President Bush
talked about although everybody knows that the Shiite Muslims represent the
political unity that safeguards the entire country, and that what Rice is
talking about does not reach the level of an internal division.
It is a kind of a freedom of
expression even for those who adopt deviation. Yet, these statements were
welcomed by some of those who represent her party in Lebanon although they are
but fictions imaginations.
Rice continues to threaten Iran
Syria and Hamas by various sanctions and pressures, at a time the US has sunk in
the Iraqi quagmire to the extent that it is actually defeated by the Resistance.
The US wanted the Israeli
aggression to destroy Lebanon but failed to do so after the Resistance succeeded
in defeating it. Thus the US is now stumbling and its statements show a lot
contusion, since the results of the defeat have failed several American and
Israeli goals despite all the talk about tragedy that the aggression made. Such
talks try to undermine the Resistance victory which shocked some of the people
who do not appreciate such values as freedom and dignity and the need to
sacrifice to secure them.
We urge all Lebanese to face the
current difficult situation by believing in the future of Lebanon that is
capable of defending the country's land and people. The homeland possesses all
the elements of force to achieve this goal and does not need to beg for the
protection of others. Borrowed security cannot build the country's freedom and
dignity. It will, by definition, follow the interests of the country that lends
I call on the Lebanese people of
all sects not to surrender to any kind of sectarian strife that some resort to,
to promote their political interests, for religion is for all people, not for a
certain party or leader. We all have to rise to the level of citizenship that
unites all of us.