the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
God (SWT) says in
His Glorious Book:
“O you who
believe; avoid suspicions as much as possible, for some of them are
Do not spy on one
another, or backbite.
Would any of you
like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? No you would be
In the Holy Quran,
God (SWT) calls upon us in two ways: the first -‘Oh people’, the second : ‘Oh you who believe’. In
the latter case God (SWT) wants us to understand that he is talking
to us as believers, that is what he demands us to do when he uses
these words is part of our belief, part of what we ought to do if we
were true believers, for believing is more than just making
It is a way of
life and a commitment to the best code of ethics.
In the light of
this conception this verse sets the basic principles of the
relationship between believers by commanding each of them to refrain
from doing certain sins. God (SWT) wants the community to be based
on the respect of each individual towards the others.
If you respect
yourself and want the others to respect you you should respect them
too. You have to treat others in the manner you wish them to treat
you. In this way the community would be able to establish its
balance and security. But if it is not built on these foundations it
will turn into an arena for hatred and conflict.
the verse I read in the beginning and see what the things are that
God (SWT) wants us to refrain from doing in order to establish a
balanced and secure community.
Do not be over
“O you who
believe avoid being suspicious as much as possible for some of them
. This part talks
about the impression you might develop about someone from limited
negative aspects of his or her character. You would then generalize
your view and come to believe that he is mean, hypocritical or even
a spy. Forgetting that you had based your judgment on a certain
details and that you do not have all the elements of the picture.
This is neither
just nor fair. If we pass a judgment on someone we should learn
everything about him and not jump into conclusions out of our own
unfounded suspicions for some of them are sinful.
Imam Ali (A.S)
has advised us that we should always avoid misinterpreting any word
our brother says if it could be understood in a better way. Such a
view represents the principal that the world has now come to accept
i.e. the accused is innocent until proven guilty.
all members of the community adhere to this rule, a just and fair
community can be established... But if each one of us feels that he
has been judged on the basis of suspicion and hearsay without being
given the chance to defend himself, wrong doing and injustice will
spread in the society. In another verse, God (SWT) says:
“And do not
take a stand over that of which you have no knowledge, for surely
hearing, sight, heart, will all be held responsible.” (S17,36)
Think about what
you are going to say when God asks you, about the basis of your
judgment or when you accuse someone of a certain bad deed.
I always tell
myself what I am telling you now: Do not say anything you are not
able to defend before God (SWT). This is the mark of a true Muslim:
He only says or does what pleases God (SWT).
not try to learn all that the other hides whether in his relations
or his conditions and life. Each one of us has private things he
wants to keep concealed like letters, needs, relations…etc.
To please God (SWT)
you have to respect the freedom of others.
is essentially unlawful except when the national interests impel
that we spy on the enemy who spies on us.
We have lived and
are still living such a situation with America and Israel. We have a
duty to protect the nation from what is being plotted against it.
But there are strict conditions that ought to be observed. Yet
spying techniques have been developed nowadays that can record all
phone calls. These recordings are sometimes used for blackmailing or
extortion. But I say that there should be no bugging or recording
And that is what
we miss even in certain governmental and party agencies.
Do not backbite
not speak ill…”
backbiting has become the major concern of our religious men and
politicians… It is the food of the dogs of hell... It is worse
than adultery for if you commit adultery and ask God (SWT) for
forgiveness, He might forgive you, but He does not forgive
backbiting unless the person that is being spoken ill of forgives
has a negative impact on the community in at least three aspects.
First it offends the honor of the person that is spoken ill of. It
gives the impression that the community struck by backbiting is a
corrupt one. And thirdly it creates enmity between the backbiter and
To make us
understand how horrible this act is God (SWT) told us that it is
similar to eating the flesh of your dead brother.
Could there be a
more disgusting act.
are the elements of social safety. Let us apply the Islamic moral
system, to live peacefully in this world and to enjoy God (SWT)’s
heaven in the hereafter.
In the Name of Allah, The Compassionate, the Merciful
of Allah (SWT), be pious and uphold your responsibilities towards
other Muslims by respecting them and respecting their rights.
uphold your responsibilities towards your nation especially its
major cause in Palestine.
Intifada is still continuing in spite of all the Israeli deception
of the international public opinion claiming to adhere to the
ceasefire while continuing its aggressions and siege… As for the
Palestinian authority, it is currently in a very tough situation. On
the one hand it has to face, all the international and Arab pressure
that holds it responsible for the spread of “violence”. And on
the other, the continuing popular pressure that feels that the
continuation of the Intifada is the only way to achieve victory.
people know that America that holds all the cards and succumbs to
all the Israelis’ conditions continues to interfere in favor of
the Israelis whether through the Mitchell project, the CIA director
or the coming visit of the American secretary of state. It is trying
to create additional pressures on the Palestinian authority so that
it will accept the Israeli conditions of agreeing to a ceasefire
that the Israelis violate everyday and continue their aggressions
against the Palestinian territories.
problem is that the other international parties, including Europe
and Russia, play marginal and ineffective roles that cannot induce
any change in the American policies that have become dominated by
the Zionists, to the extent that America has lost its political
independence. . Moreover the Arab states are incompetent, with each
state acting separately according to its own priorities, which means
that they cannot create pressure that would affect the current
balance of force, which currently tilts towards Israel. Therefore,
unless the Arabs do something to change the current balance, Israel
will impose its notion of peace i.e. a total economic and political
hegemony on the region of the Middle East.
Palestinian Authority should reject any new agreements that include
Palestinian cause should stay alive as a rightful cause that enjoys
the recognition of the world. But the Israelis are trying to stifle
this cause and it seems that they need the recognition of the
Palestinians to accomplish this and give their actions the
legitimacy they seek. We should deny the Israeli enemy this
recognition that makes it feel that it had finally won what they
refer to as the 1948 “war of independence”.
one has the right to offer concessions that could put an end to the
Palestinian cause being a national Islamic and Arab cause. If the
current leadership cannot safeguard the legitimate rights of the
nation let the issue be left to the future generations to take its
we cannot achieve victory now, we will certainly do so in the
problem is not one of a state. It is the cause itself, the cause of
freedom and of independence. Such a cause will remain alive whatever
New Political Rows
Lebanon, political rows have degenerated to even greater depths. It
is becoming more and more a personal feud that aims at sharing the
posts in the civil service, with major posts, remaining vacant
because the politicians have not agreed on their relative shares.
Moreover, every now and then a new row erupts with the aim of
scoring points without solving any problems that are then solved by
way of certain compromises.
this respect, we are facing now the problem of recording private
phone calls, which do not aim at protecting the security of the
state or the people, but rather at learning their secrets and using
them to blackmail politicians and non politicians alike.
phone tapping is no longer restricted to the government’s security
agencies. There are even certain parties and politicians, who are
actually tapping the phone calls.
there is the problem of illegal phone calls that certain companies
are providing. It is actually a theft of public money by people who
cannot be brought to justice because they enjoy political
protection. And this is only one of the ways of using political
influence to become rich.
there is talk about political corruption as well as bribery and
the budget deficit is attributed to the war and its devastating
effect, and never to the grand thefts, that are practiced by all the
regional, sectarian and party protectorates.
people in the deprived regions are crying for help.
people in the South are asking about what happened to the promised
development of the liberated lands and no one answers while the
people in the Biqa,a are asking about the developmental projects
they have been promised and again no one answers. Instead they are
complaining about the return of prohibited agriculture. Why do not
you help them in planting what is legal?
we losing our state because nobody in this country cares about
strengthening and developing it?
these circumstances, what chance do we have of any of solving the