Sayyed Fadlullah: We
should not rush to the conclusion that the counter projects, especially
the Israeli and American projects, in the region have failed. We should
continue to besiege these projects that have come to rely on committing
the largest number of massacres on the one hand and igniting civil strife
on the other hand. The nation, with all its potentials and resources,
religious men, thinkers political leaders and parties, youth …etc, have
to deploy all its forces to undermine this project before it burns what
is left of our causes wealth and potentials.
Asked in his weekly
seminar the following question:
How does Islam view the role of man in building civilizations
The Religious Authority,
Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah, said
There is no doubt that
for a nation to develop its civilization and reach a high position among
other nations, it needs to have a project that is based on a
comprehensive vision of life and the role of man in it. As evident from
historic experience, any nation that does not have such a project had
turned into a marginal one.
Because Islam is the last
message, it laid down the basis of a Divine civilization project, and
took significant steps to realize it, which came to complement the
efforts, of the previous Heavenly Messages. Islam, in our view, did not
come to challenge what other Prophets had built. It came to complete
their international civilization project. That is why, we do not find in
the Holy Quran any mentioning of different religions, but rather one
religion with different laws depending on the developments and the change
in time and place.
The Islamic project is
similar to any other project in that it should be built on certain
pillars. The Islamic civilization project is built on the following:
Firstly: Man is the maker
of change and civilization, as well the one as running this project. That
is why the Quran has concentrated on considering man the caliph of Allah
on earth, in the sense that he has a role in change and not merely
awarded an honorable medal. Being a caliph means that you have to build
the universe both morally and physically.
Secondly, the Islamic
project has relied on multiple sources of knowledge and civilized
creativity. There is firstly the revelation as a major source that links
man with God to acquire guidance and the force needed to carry on his
mission of building civilization on earth. The mind too is another
source, being an internal force Allah gave to man to think, judge and
balance his moves. Then there is experimentation as another element of
progress and knowledge. These elements of creativity are complementary,
and Islam does not see any conflict between any of them, and therefore it
refuses any unilateral dimension in building the civilizational project
of the nation.
In the light of this, the
major characteristics of the Islamic project are
1- Godliness: meaning
that Allah will continue to oversee man's movement in building life. The
Islamic project is not a materialistic one in which life on earth is its
goal and objective. It is a Divine project that wants life to inspire the
image of God, justice, mercy and love.
B. rationality: It is a
project, that depends on the mind as a tool of creativity, just as it is
a tool for knowing God and believing in the Prophets and the Hereafter.
The religious text itself
is subject to the mind's reading and judgment. The Islamist reliance on
the text does not mean the appropriation of the mind since the mind
identifies with the text and complements it.
C. Realism: The Islamic
project is neither rash nor adventurous. It does not reject the human
nature, which made man a mixture of the intellect and passions. It,
therefore, inches forward slowly and knowledgably. It does not ask man
what he cannot do nor overburden him. But it provides him with hope and
urges him to move forward on the road of knowledge and action in what
benefits the people.
This is, in our view,
what made the Islamic religious text characterized with a flexibility
that enables it to accompany the new developments and qualify Islam to be
the last prophecy.
It is natural that, in
addition to relying on these elements, the most important condition for
the success of this project is to resort to planning and objective study
as a fundamental means of achieving goals. In addition, it should
concentrate on being just and respect women and their role in the heart
of the society being an independent, social. political and cultural
entity. Moreover, builders of this project should open up on the
achievement of others, since Islam does not close the door in the way of
benefiting from others.
All this leads us, one
way or the other, to monitor the counter – project, especially the
American Israeli one that aims at subjecting the region and force it to
play the role of the costumer on all scientific economic and cultural
levels. This explains the mounting offensive on several fronts,
especially on the Islamic Republic of Iran to prevent it from turning
into a productive industrial power, which will enable it to become
politically and economically more independent.
The Israeli project has
reached a critical stage in its strive to put an end to the Palestinian
question to the benefit of its settling project. The American support we
witness nowadays for all escalating Israeli moves and for all the
atrocities committed against the Palestinians aims at executing plan of
emptying the Palestinian cause from its popular and political content and
turning it into a security issue. Therefore, we consider the European
decision of stopping the aid to the Palestinians as a direct war against
the Palestinians and their choices. Although this war seems economic, it
wants, in the final analysis to end the talk about a people that have
been dislocated and kicked out of their lands and that the least thing to
do is to stand by their side to establish their free and independent
We should not rush to the
conclusion that the counter projects, especially the Israeli and American
projects, in the region have failed. We should continue to besiege these
projects that have come to rely on committing the largest number of
massacres on the one hand and igniting civil strife on the other hand.
The nation, with all its potentials and resources, religious men,
thinkers political leaders and parties, youth …etc, have to deploy all
its forces to undermine this project before it burns what is left of our
causes wealth and potentials.