The First Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the
Wednesday is the beginning of the Holy
Today is the last Friday in the month of Sha’ban
, for next Wednesday is according to the astronomers is the first
day of the month of Ramadan since no one in the world can see the
moon on Monday night . We ask Allah, the most Exalted, to make us
succeed in obeying Him in this blessed month.
The Month of Mercy and forgiveness
Imam Al-Rida (a.s.) quotes his fathers in that
The Messenger (p.) delivered the following speech on the last Friday
of the Month of Sha’ban "O’ People! The Month of Allah (Ramadan) has
approached you with His mercy and blessings. It is the month of
forgiveness, because Allah wanted the Muslims to dedicate themselves
in this month for worshipping and obeying Him.
This is the month that is the best of all months
in the estimation of Allah. Its days are the best among the days;
its nights are the best among the nights. Its hours are the best
among the hours. It is the month that gave time its spirituality,
and thus made its days the best days and its hours the best hours.
This is a month in which you have been invited by
Him. To sit down at the table of mercy and be blessed by Allah’s
forgiveness and satisfaction. and You have been, in this month,
selected as the recipients of the honors of Allah, the Merciful.
In this holy month, when you breathe, it has the
thawab (heavenly reward) of ‘Tasbeeh since your breath is that of
belief reflecting that you feel within yourself . and your sleep has
the thawab of worship. Because it enables you to rest in
anticipation for a new day of worshipping
Your good deeds are accepted in this month. Even
if something might happen that would effect some of its features. So
are your invocations. Therefore, you must invoke your Lord, in right
earnest, with hearts that are free from sins and evils, that Allah
may bless you, observe fast, in this month, and recite the Holy
Quran. For this month is the month of forgiveness and mercy. It is
the month in which believers compete to attain Allah’s blessings.
Verily! The person who may not receive the mercy
and benevolence of Allah in this month must be very unfortunate
having an end as bad (in the Hereafter). Whoever is denied this
forgiveness because he has turned this month to a month of material
pleasure and sin, he would be a big loser.
A course of action
While fasting, remember the hunger and thirst of
tomorrow on the Day of Judgment . People are of two kinds : those
who obeyed Allah, the most Exalted, and worshipped Him , and they
will not have to stand long on that day , while those who sinned
will have to wait long and thus become thirsty and hungry. Give alms
to the poor and the needy. Pay respects to your elders. Have pity on
those younger than you. When the young generation meets the elder
one they have to show respect for those who are wiser than them and
became Muslims before them, while the elder generation should be
merciful towards the inexperience of the younger one and be kind
towards your relatives and kinsmen even if they have boycotted you .
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.
Be kind to orphans for they are Allah’s, the most
Exalted’ trust to the community so that if your children become
orphans they also may be treated with kindness. Do invoke that Allah
may forgive your sins for this is the month of repent. 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
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.
Do understand 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 prayer in this month and perform ‘sajda’
(prostration), and will guard their bodies against the Fire of Hell
on the Day of Judgment.
O’ People! If anybody amongst you arranges for
the ‘Iftar’ (food for the ending of the fast) of any believer, then
Allah will give him a reward as if he has set free a slave. He will
forgive his minor sins.
Then the companions of the Prophet (p.)
"But everybody amongst us does not have the means
to do so."
The Prophet told them:
"Keep yourself away from the Fire of Hell, by
inviting for Iftar, though it may consist of only half a date or
simply with water if you have nothing else. O’ People! Anybody who
may cultivate good manners in this month by not making fasting an
excuse for bad temper and wronging others will walk over the ‘Sirat’
(Bridge) on the Day of Judgment , though his feet may be shaking.
Anybody who makes his servants (employees ) take
light work, in this month, Allah will make easy his accounting on
the Day of Judgment.
Anybody who does not tease others in this month,
Allah will keep him safe from His wrath in Qiyamat. Anybody, who
respects and treats an orphan with kindness in this month, Allah
shall look at him with dignity in Qiyamat. Anybody who treats well
his kinsmen, in this month, Allah will bestow His mercy on him in
Qiyamat, while anybody who maltreats his kinsmen in this month,
Allah will keep him away from His mercy, in Qiyamat.
Whoever offers Sunnat (Recommended) prayers in
this month, Allah will give him freedom from Hell. Whosoever offers
one ‘Wajib’ prayers in this month, for him the Angels will write the
rewards of 70 such prayers, that were offered by him in any other
Whosoever recites repeatedly ’Salaat-wa-salaam’
on me, Allah will keep the scales of his deeds heavy, when in
Qiyamat the scales of others will be tending towards lightness.
Whosoever recites in this month only one ‘ayat’ (verse of the Holy
Quran), he will be rewarded in a manner as if he had recited the
full Quran in the other months.
O’ People! The Gates of Paradise remain opened in
this month. Do invoke that the gates may not be closed on you, while
the Gates of Hell be closed. Do invoke that these gates may never be
The Commander of the Faithful [Ali (A.S.)] said
that he got up and said, "O’ the Prophet of Allah, the most Exalted,
What is the best deed in this month?" He (p.) replied, "O’ Abul
Hasan! Abstaining from the matters forbidden by Allah, the Majestic,
the Glorified, is the best deed in this month. To abstain from all
what Allah, the most Exalted, has forbidden and be the worshipper
who obeys God and His Messenger(p.) and who seeks to become closer
to Allah and who spreads good on his family and his community.
This is how he will attain Allah, the most
Exalted,’s blessings and this is how he becomes pious and earn
Allah, the most Exalted,’s satisfaction on The Day whereon neither
wealth nor sons will avail, But only he (will prosper) that brings
to Allah a sound heart.
The Second Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the
American Support of Israeli practices
In Palestine, Israel has withdrawn from Gaza, but
it deployed its planes and tanks to bomb the neighbourhoods that are
crowded with civilians and school children. It also took to
assassinating leaders of Palestinian Intifada organizations, and
killing and detaining the Mujahideen. Furthermore, Sharon announced
that he will not withdraw from any occupied lands and gave the
Zionist army a free hand to destroy the Palestinian infrastructure.
All this was supported by the US whose President stated that he
"understands" what the enemy does in "self-defence" without any
reservation on the Israeli atrocities!
Therefore, what the Americans and Israelis want
is to eradicate the people of the Intifada which means that the
dream of a Palestinian state will not turn into a reality, even on a
small part of Palestine, despite all what the American president's
attempts to deceive the world by talking about a Palestinian state,
since he does not recognize the Palestinians’ legal or legitimate
right in their land which he considers a disputed land.
Thus, he gives the enemy the right to invade it
and build settlements or even the separating wall, thus violating
international law that considered it occupied land. Nevertheless
America does not mind Israel's occupation of Palestine and even
Lebanese and Syrian lands, as long as the Israeli strategy has not
More loyalty to the US
The Arab regimes announced more loyalty to
America as they agree on normalizing relations with Israel despite
all its atrocities and violations of the Palestinian rights.
The Palestinians look around them whether to
their left or to their right and do not see the so- called Arab
world except when it comes to the American demands to some of its
rulers that aim at implementing what is left of the Israeli scheme
and further weaken the Palestinians. That is why we urge the
Palestinians to confront this great challenge that takes them from
one maze to another and from one massacre to another.
We remind the Palestinians, as they notice that
the world does not have any human culture, that what was taken by
force can not be retrieved except by force and that no right is lost
as long as there are those who demand it.
"The ugly American"
In these circumstances it is quite ironic for the
US to send the Assistant Secretary of State to the region to boost
American image in the eyes of the region's peoples who do not trust
anything this Administration represent, Since this Administration
supports Israeli occupation of Palestine, and the atrocities it
practices. It also continues to occupy Iraq that has been turned it
to a county of anarchy in the name of democracy and human rights. It
also supports all tyrant rulers who serve its interests in usurping
the resources of the nations, paying no alteration whatsoever to
Thus, we say to this envoy to go back to her
country and present to her boss a single report stating that
improving America’s image can’t be done unless America changes all
its arrogant policies of supporting occupation and Israel and
oppressing the freedom and rights of nations. All people are saying
with one voice. We do not trust America no matter how much make- up
The apostators and Occupation
The injured Iraq is still suffering from the
American occupation, as well as the British one…
Massacres are committed daily by the apostators
who continue to execute their dubious schemes of killing civilians,
under the false pretence of resistance. On its part, the occupation
forces do not try to protect the Iraqi people whose security is
their duty, since this negative and abnormal situation gives the
occupation a chance to stay longer in Iraq, and prevent the Iraqi
government from trying occupation soldiers, who violate Iraqi
security as in the case of the two British soldiers in Basra.
Occupation is the basic cause of the Iraqis'
tragedy, while the apostators are a complementary element that
aggravates the biggest problem of security, anarchy and economic
deprivations on the other hand.
We would like to express our appreciation of the
large demonstrations in the American and British cities that
denounced the deceit the American and British officials practice
towards their people.
We call on our Muslim and Arab peoples to follow
their lead in rejecting the occupation of Iraq and force the regimes
to stand with the Iraqi people against the occupation forces. We
call the religious leaders, Muslims and Christians, to take a
similar stand to that of the Anglican Church whose bishops asked
their government to apologize to Muslims.
Supporting Iran's nuclear project
We also call on the Muslim world to support Iran
in its legitimate pursuance of producing nuclear energy, for
peaceful purposes, at a time the International Atomic Energy Agency
has, under American and European pressure, referred the issue to the
Security Council to impose sanctions on Iran. But the UN does not
say anything to Israel that possesses enough nuclear bombs to
destroy the entire regions, because they cannot pressurize this
Meanwhile, they pressurize the Arabs, Muslims and
the downtrodden nations to remain weak and yield to the nuclear
force of the super powers and their allies.
Lebanon and foreign tutelage
In Lebanon, whose government had admitted its
impotence to confront the mobile explosions, endangering the lives
of Lebanon's citizens and journalists, the government suffers from
administrative impotence, as it has failed in appointing security
chiefs in the country.
Instead of making these appointments, the
government asked the world's superpowers for assistance in
conducting "accurate" investigations into the dangerous security
situation in Lebanon. Hence, Lebanese security is borrowed, as the
government has revealed that it does not possess adequate expertise
to conduct its own probe, what previous governments has spent
billions of dollars on if not establishing a competent security
apparatus. How there can be a free and independent Lebanon if its
government did not have the means to protect its own citizens, who
are becoming impoverished every day, while politicians who were in
office in the past and at present are getting richer.
The question is : Is Lebanon going to be subject
to further foreign tutelage that is covered up among other excuses,
by the need to support a reform plan.
The officials are denying that this tutelage is
being imposed on the country, but the fact is that others are posing
it on the country and the officials are unable to free the country
from this tutelage .
The new security plan in the current situation is
for the Lebanese to take the issue of preserving their security in
their own hands since the government cannot provide such security.
Faced by this the only thing the Lebanese could say: may God have
mercy on the Lebanese and save them from the "ghosts" who move in