Reform in the Islamic view
Sayyed Fadlullah: We are with the internal reform that enhances the truly independent Lebanon, and with the political reform that stands in the way of all the regional and international powers that want to put the country's future at stake in order to serve their own plots and schemes.
Asked in his weekly seminar the following question : How does Islam view reform?
The Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad
Hussein Fadlullah, said:
Reform has always
been a fundamental issue in the Heavenly messages that the
Prophets were sent to establish.
It was also a major
goal of the Imams and the reformers throughout the history of the
nation. Imam Hussein (a.s. ) adopted reform as the major goal of his
movement, associating it with "enjoining the good and forbidding
We deduce from the
above that the religions scholars have to, being the inheritors of
the prophet, and the Imams, to be greatly concerned and lay a lot of
emphasis on the issue of reform.
While we know that
seeking reform is a form of worship and a religious duty, it
represents in most cases, a heavy burden, since it contradicts with
what people believe to be a part of the faith while in actual fact
it is but traditions and habits that have distorted the image of
scholars have to firm and clear. They ought to stand with the truth
without any favoritism, although such stands might be costly, and
could sometimes lead to the loss of their lives.
Islam has emphasized
the universality of the reform process. Any partial approach would
be unproductive, and would lead the freezing of the entire process,
.that is why we did not accept the rulers’ pretenses to hinder
reform , such as the imperatives of the struggle with the enemy. On
the other hand, we saw in the American calls for reform as using the
right aims to achieve goals of falsehood. It wants a reform that
serves its interests in the region at the expense of the interests
of the region's peoples.
Moreover, reform should
be reflected in the practice and behavior of those who call for it.
It should not be confined to words and slogans. Most tyrants in
history used the fly the banner of reform while actually besieging
it along with those who work for it, by declaring a state of
emergency that would control the entire political process.
The problem in our
reality lies not only in the fact that we have corrupt leaders who
claim to be reformers, and whom the nation must be able to discover
their reality. It has become more critical now that they have
succeeded in introducing corruption as a de facto reality that one
has to cope with, if not make use of. The problem in our political
reality does not lie only in the corrupt leaders. Those corrupt
leaders were able to corrupt the reality as well as the public
mentality in order to establish the social basis that accepts them.
Therefore, we believe that the first step towards reform should be
the reform of the human being.
Thus, the reform
process is basically a cultural endeavor that reforms the mentality,
produces reformers and reform as an educational agenda.
Our problem in Lebanon
has been that we lack those who are politically and ethically pure,
and are at the same time, faithful and dedicated that they no longer
care about their private interests. Moreover, we have lacked those
whose belief in reform has turned into a daily concern as well as a
strategic goal, and not one that is limited to the political
discourse. In addition, reform should be transformed into projects
and plans, so that people could evaluate them and hold their
proponents responsible for carrying them out.
We, in the Arab and
Muslim reality, were not aware of the fact the corrupt not matter
how much he talks of reform cannot purge the institutions or reform
But, as we feel that
there is a dire need for internal reform at all levels, we warn that
there are regional and international powers that have been trying to
conclude bargains, saying they would facilitate reform only if it
serves their international agenda and curbs the resistance trends.
We are with the
internal reform that enhances the truly independent Lebanon, and
with the political reform that stands in the way of all the regional
and international powers that want to put the country's future at
stake in order to serve their own plots and schemes.