The relation between the leadership and the public
Sayyed Fadlullah: we call on the Lebanese to study their stands and political discourse carefully to enhance their unity and internal dialogue, and not to become a liability on the future of the country.
Asked in his weekly seminar the following question: As a result of many historical accumulations, the relationship between the leadership and the public is quite problematic, especially in the East. How do you view the issue from an Islamic point of view?
Asked in his weekly seminar the following question: What is the Islamic view of development?
The Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad
Hussein Fadlullah, said:
Islam wants the
relation between the leadership and the public to be founded on
array of sound and clear pillars, the most important of which is
frankness and honesty. The leadership should keep the public
aware of its political and economic strategies and movements. It
should also try to involve the public in its efforts to take the
country to the safe shore as well as telling the truth even if
it disturbs them.
In general, Islam has
encouraged the public to express their views and feelings. But it
did not consider this as something sacred that should be followed.
When the public is mistaken, the leadership should not say that this
is what the people have chosen, and I have no alternative but to
obey. Rather the leadership should guide the people to the right
path that best promotes their interests.
Government in Islam is
based on power sharing through this interactive relation between the
leadership and the public.
But this does not mean
that the leadership is bound to conform to all the feelings of the
people that may not see the entire picture. The great responsibility
the leadership should hold is to ensure that the nation is on the
right path. Therefore, It should not resort to compromise or deceit
the public to promote sectarian, political or electoral interests.
The problem we suffer
from, even in our religious circles, is that some in the leadership
might tend to hide their actual position so as to continue to win
the masses although Islam in this respect has been very decisive in
that ultimate judge is rightness and justice and not the majority or
A leadership, any
leadership, should seek to elevate the awareness of the people, and
create new leaders to prevent any vacuum.
On the other hand, the
tyrants in every age and country try to make the people more
ignorant so as they could drive them to accept their own agenda,
since they follow the rule that was adopted by pharaoh (Thus
he made fool of his people and they obeyed him). They knew
that intellectual and political superficiality and ignorance will
enhance their power.
The same thing is true,
when it comes to the international level. That is why, we have in
this stage not to be the victim of the grand operation of
misinformation and blinding America is leading in the region,
whether by advocating reform or democracy that makes use of certain
developments or the mistakes of others, or even by planning to
create new forces and perhaps new regimes to push forward its plans
for the region. It is trying to exploit those who might be
momentarily on the rise and support them both politically and
Thus, we warn against
this in our Arab and Islamic area. We should understand that America
is not searching for new popular alternatives but for what sustains
its projects and what could act as a solid foundation for the state
of general instability. Consequently, this paves the way for America
to choose any of the alternatives it is currently trying to define.
conservative administration cannot be the Mecca of reform in the
Arab worlds. It has constituted the biggest barrier that prevents
this reform. This is what the report on Arab development has
recently asserted, since development and reform need a state of
reconciliation and consensus to draw the relevant plans, while
America has always tried to blow up all forms of internal reform,
and sought to substitute it by political, economic and even social
The American strategy
in our region is one of chaos that America wants to spread into the
entire region. In this respect, America could not be ruled out as an
inciter of this tampering with security that is spreading in the
America throws a
fireball towards certain areas and then waits to see the
consequences, and how they could serve the needs of its project. It
spreads anguish and anxiety, in another area, to create political
demands that will put its project in the forefront. That is why we
warn the Lebanese in particular, but also all the Arabs, against
making their movement an echo for what America wants.
We call on them to
study their stands and political discourse carefully to ensure that
they serve to enhance their unity and internal dialogue, and not to
become a liability on the future of the country.