Harmony between rhetoric and practice
We call for a new Lebanon in which the new generations choose their own leaders from among them on the basis of honesty, qualification and faithfulness
Asked in his
weekly seminar the following question:
What is Islamic view regarding one's commitment to what he says?
The Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein
There is a strange paradox that throughout manís
history, that of the contradiction and inconsistency between what he says
and what he does. Man, by his very nature, praises the values of good,
justice and fairness, but when it comes to real life he would act
differently. Imam Ali says that the right is very broad to describe, but
very narrow when it is applied.
Such a preachy extends to all fields of life, whatever
economic-social political or other vise.
The Holy Quran has deplored this duality of mind and
practice and maintained that it is part of belief to have your practice
in harmony with what you say: O you who believe! why do you say that
which you do not do? It is most hateful to Allah that you should say that
which you do not do
If such a harmony is supposed to be a trait that
everyone possesses, it is all the more so with respect to leaders and
responsible officials who should act as a role model to others: When a
parent commits a mistake of contradiction between his sayings and
actions, he will not only have committed a personal mistake but he would
have also taught his children to emulate him and commit the same mistake.
Preachers and religious scholars too will only be
effective if their talk does not contradict with their behavior. Imam Ali
says: Who make himself an Imam should start by teaching himself before
teaching others. His morals should be reflected by his actions before his
The same thing is true with respect to politicians,
whose responsibility is greater, since it involves not only themselves,
but also the nation which will be affected by their betrayal of the
confidence it had put in them.
Unfortunately, what characterizes politics in our
Muslim and Arab world is that it is not based on principles, but rather
on personal moods and interests. That is why we find the leader or the
official say something and its opposite, and do something and its
opposite, and we find that the nation will praise him in both cases which
are indicative of how low the nationís awareness and sense of criticism
We should always compare between the promises which
officials make and how much they are committed to them, so that we will
hold them accountable on election day. But the problem is that the
leaders in our society rely on the weak memory of the masses on the one
hand and the need of the people for the politicians to employ them in the
public sector on the other hand, for our political system has divided
civil service jobs into sectarian quotas, that no longer have anything to
do with qualification.
Sectarianism, especially in Lebanon, have appropriated
the state and its institutions, and undermined all the mechanics of
holding any official accountable, since the condemnation of any official
means the condemnation of the sect itself. Thus, each sect has grown to
protect its corrupt elements which led to the undermining of any reform
in the name of sectarian interest which now has became more defended by
politicians than those who are considered the official representatives of
We call for treating the national issue with an
objective mentality and not a sectarian one, since sectarian fanaticism
will lead the country to collapse and destruction. We also call for
holding any official accountable without any regard to his sect, so as
not to consider the condemnation of this official a condemnation of the
sect he belongs to. The members of his sect themselves should be the
first to criticize him since the damage he creates will be reflected on
them in the first place, although it will also hurt the country as a
When we deal with national issues, it has to be the
interest of national welfare that we have in mind, and not our petty
politicking and sectarian differences.
We believe that the basis of the Lebanese internal
problem is that many of its leaders do not have a political agenda that
people could hold him accountable on its basis. Thus they say some thing
and its opposite, and do another thing and its opposite, without being
confronted by anyone.
Therefore, we call for a new Lebanon in which the new
generations choose their own leaders from among them on the basis of
honesty, qualification and faithfulness because we claim that we need
change on the levels of both the leaders and the agendas.