Sayyed Fadlullah: We believe that
the time America used to commit aggressions without paying a
heavy cost has ended, And we believe that it will consider all
the consequences before creating new stage of anarchy in our
Asked in his weekly seminar the following question:
Does holding power contradict with the call for reform?
Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah, said
represents one of the goals of all heavenly messages. Islam in particular
has considered reform a sublime virtue since any nation that lacks reform
and renewal will be destined to collapse internally and fall at any
composed of several levels: first there is the ideological and religious
reform that aims at reforming the religious concepts that had been
deviated and distorted.
there is the social reform that aims at restoring national unity and
diffusing all detonators whether sectarian tribal or partisan.
reform is also of extreme importance, since political corruption
virtually paralyzes the nations ability to grow and develop as well as
its will and freedom.
attached a great importance to all these levels. Imam Al-Hussein says: I
am not campaigning for unwillingness to accept righteousness, or having
intent to do mischief and suppress people. Indeed, I have decided to
reform my grandfather's nation. I want to enjoin what is right and forbid
dishonor. People who accept my call for being right, and then God is the
Master of righteous people. Those who reject my call, and then I shall be
steadfast till God passes His Judgment.
look at the miserable conditions our nation is living in , both on the
internal level or the external level represented by the hegemony of the
arrogant powers over its affairs, we feel that we desperately need reform
on all levels, even if there is a need to offer martyrs on the road of
reform, just as Imam Hussein offered himself as one of the fundamental
symbols on the road of reform, when he saw a corrupt power and a
tyrannical ruler. He considered himself the most worthy of leading
Therefore, we do not believe that there is any contradiction in the
Muslim personality between seeking to establish reform and seeking to
contrary, we believe that government is one of the roads of reform and
change, evident in the conduct of the Prophet(p.), his companions, and
Imam Hussein afterwards.
Muslim seeks power it is not out of passion, and personal whim … it is to
serve people and present a new model in government that is void of
corruption. He seeks to present a bright picture of Islam and the
Muslims. When the Muslims reach power as result of their struggle, they
should remain committed to the Islamic values of justice and defending
the downtrodden. But this does not mean that they can't be flexible or
adopt graduality which does not abort their causes. But this means that
they have to define their priorities. It means that they should be
concerned with the most important things and not be occupied with
marginal issues and details.
emphasize that when the Muslims gain a position of power here and there,
they should not fall under pressure, we also call on them to show that
they open up on the other and that they can surpass certain dogmas that
might not be Islamic in the first place. They should engage in a dialogue
about present and future challenges. Then they should conduct a dialogue
with the whole world.
the Muslims who achieved victory, especially in Palestine, to understand
that their victory is just the beginning. And that their greatest victory
lies in their internal coherence and in their good management of the
political process and the relations with the world. They should also open
up on the other Palestinian and not be dragged into internal strife.
We say to
the world, especially the Americans who are hypocritical when it comes to
democracy, that it has to accept the results of this democracy, and not
to practice political terrorism for the benefit of Israel by putting the
Palestinians between two alternatives: either to forego their commitments
or to face a political and economic war.
ways of intimidation and terror will harm those who initiated it, because
they are facing the entire Palestinian people who gave Hamas their
confidence knowing before hand the challenges it is about to face and is
absolutely ready to confront them.
witnessing a Zionist- American war against Islam as a fundamental force
in the world and against all the Islamic positions from Palestine to
Iran. But we believe that the time America used to commit aggressions
without paying a heavy cost has ended, And we believe that it will
consider all the consequences before creating new stage of anarchy in our
region is in a race between what the arrogant powers and what the
liberation movements and forces want. We have to win this race in the
interest of the peace we strive for, and against the war the Americans
and Israel seek.