We are not trying to underestimate American's abilities and cards, but we are sure that we have many resources and potentials that could enable us, if deployed in the best manner, to force American and Israeli plots to return to the starting point.
Asked in his
weekly seminar the following question:
What is Islam's position towards national wealth?
Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah, said
Islam considers that all national resources whether
physical or moral are parts of the national wealth that should be
utilized and benefited from. It should not be wasted in any way, for
Islam has prohibited any wasting of wealth even in trivial and simple
things, and all the more so if it has to do with vital and critical
Wealth in Islam is divided into two categories:
First the public wealth that is not owned by
individuals, but rather they are the property of the entire nation. Such
wealth includes oil, minerals, water depth… etc. Islam has instituted a
detailed program of running these resources by the legitimate religious
ruler or his deputies, who would carry on their task without any wronging
The second kind is the wealth owned by individuals or
groups, as a result of their work or inheritance. This kind of wealth is
also governed by a detailed program. For although Islam did not take a
negative stand regarding personal property, it hindered its accumulation
in the hands of few people. It was concerned through its tax system and
inheritance to ensure that the wealth is distributed among the biggest
number of people, Imam Ali says in this respect: "No poor man is hungry
except by what the wealthy man enjoys”. He also says: "I have never seen
an accumulated wealth, that there is not a usurped right beside it”.
As for the public wealth, which is a major source of
strength to the nation, we believe that a province or a tribe does not
own it, just because it lies in its region. It is the property of the
entire nation, which has the right to benefit from, not only financially,
but also politically and strategically, since it is an element that
strengthens the defense of the nation against its enemies.
The wealth of the nation is being plundered wasted,
and not distributed. A few people put their hands on it as if were
private property. This constitutes a big injustice, although many have
been treating it as an accomplished fact, especially after the nation has
been divided into parties and mini states.
We believe that the natural resources in the lands of
Muslims are the property of the successive generations of the nation.
Thus, the first generation does not have the right to waste these
resources, preventing the coming generations from benefiting from it.
Our real wealth as Muslims is the Islamic nation
itself. If it reforms and follows the straight path, feeling how strong
it is, its wealth will not continue to be plundered by others. That is
why the internal tyranny and the external colonialism have sought to make
the nation enter into a state of intellectual and political
unconsciousness, plunging it into the atmosphere of ignorance, myth and
divisions, so that this great giant will not wake up and revolt against
those who plunder this wealth.
The problem is that our wealth is being robbed twice.
The first time occurs when colonialism and arrogance put their hands on
it in a direct manner, while the second occurs when they benefit from the
way it is marketed, and the way they benefit from its returns. They even
determine the amount that should be produced (if we take oil as an
example) in accordance to all their market needs and interests.
We noticed that our plundered wealth has become a card
in the hands of the international thieves, with the US in their
forefront, Not only does the US companies employ some of the American
officials and put them on their pay-roll, but they also control the oil
reserves, such as in Iraq, to turn it into a political and economic
pressure card against the EU, China and Japan. Thus these resources
turned into a liability on its rightful owners, and an a asset to the
arrogant, in view of the state of fall of the Arab and Muslim states that
even reached the extent of putting our funds in the American banks… thus
enabling America to control our financial assets too.
The international resolutions that target the
countries this oppose America's political line is yet another step that
aims to appropriate the political decision having appropriated the
Therefore, all the Security Council resolutions that
have been passed and those that will be passed, and targeted Lebanon
Syria and Iran aim at spreading chaos in the region. Nevertheless a new
American adventure could well turn into a grave for the American project
that has to choose between retreating or interning into a new adventure
they know that it will be very costly.
Therefore, the only option we have in Lebanon is to
unite against this reality that finds no easy way to change the image of
the country and does not posses the potentials to change from within,
although it tries to intimidate from afar, by the resolutions that might
enlarge in number, but can not defeat the internal state of
We are not trying to underestimate American's abilities and cards, but
we are sure that we have many resources and potentials that could enable
us, if deployed in the best manner, to force American and Israeli plots
to return to the starting point, and then try to change our own realities
with our own visions and in what serves our own interests.