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Lectures > 2006 Speeches > 30/06/2006

In the Name of Allah, The Compassionate, the Merciful.

The Religious Authority H.E. Sayyed M. H. Fadlullah delivered the two Friday prayer sermons at the Imamain Al-Hassanain Mosque,30th June 2006, Several prominent religious scholars, dignitaries and thousands of believers attended the Jumu’a prayer.
 

Establishing Justice is the Responsibility of every Believer

 

The First Sermon

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Allah says in His Glorious Book:

Certainly We sent Our apostles with clear arguments, and sent down with them the Book and the balance that men may conduct themselves with equity.

He also says: and when you speak, then be just though it be against a relative.

Say: My Lord has enjoined justice.

Surely Allah enjoins the doing of justice and the doing of good to others.

O you who believe! Be maintainers of justice, bearers of witness of Allah's sake, though it may be against your own selves or your parents no near relatives; if he be rich or poor, Allah is nearer to them both in compassion; therefore do not follow your low desires, lest you deviate; and if you are aware or turn aside, then surely Allah is aware of what you do.

O you who believe! Be upright for Allah, bearers of witness with justice, and let not hatred of a people incite you not to act equitably; Allah; surely Allah is Aware of what you do.

In these Holy Ayahs and in several others, Allah explains that the Messengers and the Messages were sent to base life on the principle of justice… Justice in the relations of man with God, in believing in his oneness in worshiping and obedience. Justice with the Messengers in following and supporting them since supporting them is supporting one’s self in not wronging himself, leading to harm and suffering.

Just as Allah does not want us to wrong others, He does not want us to wrong ourselves. He tells us about those who rebelled and did not believe in Allah that it was not Allah who wronged them but they wronged themselves. They wronged themselves when they committed unlawful deeds that would bring about Allah's wrath. Anybody who disobeys Allah either by indulging or falling victim to his sensual desires, or by taking unlawful money or supporting unlawful stands, he will be wronging himself, even though he might tend to believe that he is being fair to himself since he is seeking worldly pleasures, because he will end up in hell.

Man has to be just as home, each spouse should be just with his partner. And parents should be just with their children by raising them and educating them. Children too should give their parents their rights. Allah did not give the husband or the wife the freedom of acting as they wish. He has drawn the limits of such freedom saying. And women shall have rights similar to the rights against them, according to what is equitable. Man also has to be just in dealing with others especially in business, or any transaction.

A politician or an official should also be just both in his stands and towards his subjects. He should not support the tyrant or the corrupt.

The nation too should not yield to the tyrants, as people tend to support influential politicians or those of a high social status, even when supporting them is equivalent to helping them to sin.

Man has to be just also when he is called to testify. Allah wants you to testify to God and not to promote your personal interests. If you have to say your word, let it be the word of justice even if it is against your close relatives.

If you have to testify with something that has to do with your enemy, you have to give him his right, and the enmity between you should not hinder your justice , since it is above friendship and enmity, for Allah says: O you who believe! Be upright for Allah, bearers of witness with justice, and let not hatred of a people incite you not to act equitably; Allah; surely Allah is Aware of what you do.

 

In explaining the meaning of Allah’s saying that He gives life to earth after its death, Imam Al-Kazim says that it is not done by rain, as some might think but by sending men to establish justice which will bring life back to earth, for establishing justice will let the nation live a life of fairness in which no man violates the right of others.

This explanation of Imam Al-Kazim suggests to us that he is talking about the mission of Imam Al-Mahdi who will bring back justice on earth having been filled with oppression and wronging.

How could man be just especially that being just is a condition for being the Imam in prayers, as well as being an accepted witness! Who is the just then? The Messenger says that it is he who does not wrong people if he deals with them and does not lie to people when he talks to them.

If he promises something he will fulfil it. He also said: "What you hate for yourself, hate for others: If you hate to be hurt do not hate others, you will be just in your role loved by those in heaven and on earth.

Imam Jaafar said when asked about How a man's justness is proved, so that his witness, in favour of or against the Muslim society, can be accepted: A just man must be recognized by these attributes or qualities: he should be modest and chaste, he must be avoiding prohibited eating or earning and should refrain from passion. He can be recognised by not dirtying his hand and tongue in sin and by keeping away from big sins. God has promised chastisements like drinking, adultery, usury or interest, disobeying and fleeing from Jihad.

Imam Sadiq (a.s.) also said: Anyone who lives in a society and does not commit oppression or injustice, and enlightens them and does not speak untruthfully when informing them, and after giving promise, does not break it, is from those whose backbiting is prohibited. His manliness has perfected, his justness become obvious and brotherhood with him has become compulsory.

Imam Ali says: If the subjects perform their duties towards the ruler and the ruler performs his duty towards his subjects, right will be established any justice will be maintained, but if the subjects overcome the ruler, or the ruler wrongs the subjects, oppression will appear.

This is the humanistic Islamic value of justice that Allah wants every Muslim to believe in and adhere to. Every one of us should fear Allah in all that and take it into consideration in his relations with God, himself, his family and all people. Allah wanted man to establish justice and this is what we should build our education on and this is that the society should aim at in all its moves.

 

The Second Sermon

 

War of eradication:

In occupied Palestine, the war of eradication continues. The Jewish racist army is trying to eliminate "The Palestinian address". The racist Jewish Army is still killing Palestinian youths, women, children and elderly for fear that they fight against occupation force.

The leaders and parties of the Zionist Entity are still frustrated as a result of the stand of this strong and courageous people who if a generation falls in the battle field another generation will continue the straggle to build a free future for the coming generation.

This is what we saw in the new operation which the Mujhideen executed. They have challenged the Zionist army in one of its military bases killing two soldiers and capturing a third, which made it feel that all its military power and killing machine cannot defeat this steadfast people despite all the killing, dislocation, detention and starving.

America finds justifications

The White Hose talks about the Zionist violence, as an act of self-defence while it does not recognize that the Palestinian people’s right to defend their freedom and independence. Bush does not feel that the Palestinians are a people that deserve to live. Britain too, considered, as its foreign minister stated, that the Palestinian operation is a terrorist act, adding that such violence further distances the prospects or peaceful solution. It is the racial mentality that has imposed itself on several EU states which did not say one word against the invasion of Gaza, as if the life of one Israeli soldier is worth the life of all Palestinians and all Arabs too.

The windows of freedom

In the Arab world, the arrogant powers have installed regimes that are afraid of the Zionist power, which made all Arab armies unable to defend the nation. These armies have turned into a force that oppresses its people if they dare to oppose the American arrogant policies, or protest against the internal oppression that prevents the people even from demonstrating freely.

The Palestinian people stand alone in the face of the Western racism that supports the Zionist one. I call upon all Arab and Islamic peoples to support the Palestinians with all possible means of liberation, because the Israeli plot challenges the entire Arab world and because if the Palestinians fall the Zionists will turn against their countries’ security and economy.

Palestine has opened up many a window of freedom for the nation, which has to widen it to retrieve its glory and dignity in the fight for freedom. The west does not want the Arab and Muslim world to become democratic to further its causes. It only accepts democracy when it promotes arrogant interests. That is why it has oppressed, though Israel – all those who were elected by the people, and went on to punish them for their free choice. The West has gone back to its colonialist mentality and we have to preserve man's humanity by fighting for our freedom and independence

Resistance in Iraq

In Iraq, the occupation still imposes itself up on the Iraqis without providing them with any of their necessary needs. The terrorists too are still killing children woman, the elderly and the youth workers and peasants, with a takfiri mentality that supports the occupation while claiming to fight it. We call for a popular resistance against the occupation, which is not of the kind practiced by those people who kill daily tens or even hundreds of Iraqis. These people distort the image of Islam when they kill innocent people in its name every day.

As we feel the dangerousness of what is going on in Iraq whether by the takifris through their daily killings, or the occupation forces that let chaos dominate Iraq, we wish success to all the initiatives that seek national reconciliation between all Iraqi sects, and call on everybody to support them to enter a new phase of seeking freedom and independence and building new future in which everybody fights to oust the occupier.

Lebanon youth

We are witnessing in Lebanon two kinds of speeches, one that calls on accepting advice and taking others' positions into consideration and one that tackles political issues in a sectarian way.

I call on Lebanese politicians and religious officials to be an example to be followed and to resist emotions, because they lead the country to the abyss.

The problem is that political or spiritual (religious) meetings in Lebanon remain formal while sectarianism dominates Lebanese politics, having been legitimized by the sectarian regime and encouraged by the sectarian leaders. Internal unity, national dialogue, state institutions and reform are all words used in political salons, but when it comes to practice, everybody will go back to their sectarian grounds.

It is for our Lebanese youth to work on creating the future of their country on the basis of their unity and away from sectarianism.

The future belongs to the makers of freedom for the coming generations and not for those who incite sectarian instincts in the darkness of the successive crisis