The issue of gradualism in politics and social
Fadlullah: We call on all parties to resort to objective
dialogue so that they could reach an understanding on the future
of the country, to ensure that we will not fall again a victim
of the imbalance in regional and international relations or
become yet again the fuel that burns to nourish the arrogant and
his weekly seminar the following question: How does Islam
view gradualism in propounding ideas, issues and stands?
The Religious Authority, Sayyed
Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah, said:
Islam, being a comprehensive system of
life based on the belief in God, the most high, and the Hereafter, has
constituted a revolution on the values of the pre-Islamic community. But
it introduced its corrective vision and its ethical concepts and laws in
a gradual way to avoid the shock of the people who are used to old
values, and consequently reject it, feeling it is inappropriate for them.
That is why graduation in the fields of
the call and social laws was the norm. If we take the prohibition of
drinking wine as an example, we will find out that it was prohibited
gradually with each stage more forceful than the one before it, until it
was totally banned when the Holy verse saying that it was "an abomination
of Satan's work" that ought to be "shunned" was revealed.
Our problem with a lot of those who are
hasty in their political or culture movement is that they were not
careful enough, which lead to counterproductive and destructive
consequences, since once they have acted there was no way they could undo
what they have already done. They have adopted a mentality of jumping
over the stages, and losing their balance in moving forward towards their
goal. Thus they were overwhelmed by details leaving the nation to pay the
price, since the arrogant powers claimed that Islam itself was
responsible for their mistakes.
I have been talking to all those who are
concerned with presenting Islam as a civilized model that we have not to
rush to attain results in the political and ideological fields so as the
zeal to achieve goals will not be at the expense of careful planning and
This kind of work resembles to a large
extent the human growth, where man starts as a fetus, then as a child, a
teen-ager, a young man and an adult. Any quick leap could lead to a fall
into the unknown. On the other hand, we believe that nobody can block the
way of your march towards the future if you do not close the door
yourself; similarly no body can cancel you in the political or cultural
process, if you do not cancel yourself.
Thus, as we respect the motives of many
of those working in the field of the Islamic call, we believe that there
are those who committed a crime against Islam, whether directly or
indirectly, when they believed that they can take shortcuts and achieve
great victories if they resort to violence. Such attitudes did not rely
on the authentic Islamic heritage; but rather they were influenced by
other experiments like that of Marxism.
Moreover, we admit that some of those who
resorted to violence were being led on to adopt such a stand as an
emotional reaction to the other's violence, but the result was that they
fell in the trap that was prepared by the Zionists and the arrogant
powers and that aims at proving that Islam is a terrorist ideology that
wants to cancel the other just because he has different opinions.
Therefore, we would like to warn all
Lebanese responsible officials, whether those in the government or those
outside it, that they have to learn from the past experiences, and to
take their time to addressing sensitive or complicated issues. Certain
words, which might express violence that is not called for in view of the
current circumstance, might lead us back to actual violence.
In this respect, we believe that the
Lebanese have learned the lesson of the past experiences and are no
longer ready to engage a new devastating civil war.
We call on all parties to resort to
objective dialogue so that they could reach an understanding on the
future of the country, to ensure that we will not fall again a victim of
the imbalance in regional and international relations or become yet again
the fuel that burns to nourish the arrogant and western projects, or
those who work for them whether directly of indirectly.