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Stands >2006 Stands >The Stand of  Zo Alkiada 24 1426H /January 24, 2006 A.D.
 

The Islamic discourse of unity

Sayyed Fadlullah: The Lebanese youth should initiate a counter pressure movement to hinder the confessionalization of issues and prevent those in charge from drawing the country in deeper troubles. They should stop the spread of partisan and sectarian discourse that tries to incite strife among the Lebanese by monopolizing the issues of Lebanese whether political or economic, and turning them into sectarian issues.

Asked in his weekly seminar the following question: what is the responsibility of those in charge especially in times of crisis? Is it confined to responding to accusations. How does Islam differentiate between the discourse of unity and that of persecution?

The Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah, said:

One of the most salient conditions that ought to be observed in the Islamic discourse is that it should be scientific and objective. These traits enables it to produce the desired results, since it sets it on firm grounds, providing arguments the others have to respect, although they might argue or try to prevent the promotion of an idea to reach the minds and souls of the public.

Allah has taught us that we should not argue with people except on the basis of science and irrefutable evidence. We should know the issue we are talking about ;being ignorant should make us keep our silence or ask about what we do not know. It should not drive us to argue. God says in His Glorious Book: Behold! you are they who disputed about that of which you had knowledge; why then do you dispute about that of which you have no knowledge? And Allah knows while you do not know .

On their part, those who possess knowledge have also to uphold several responsibilities including that they should not monopolize knowledge and forbid others from acquiring it; they should not become arrogant nor should they consider that their knowledge or the fact that they had certain opportunities to acquire knowledge that others did not, means that they could decide when it comes to vital issues as they please, or that they can build their discourse on the basis of their information, and not on the basis of the needs of the society and the nation.

Consequently, we used to say to those in charge that the people are not a part of your political heritage that you could move as you please and sacrifice them when you want to. On the other hand, we used to say to the people that you should not perceive your duty as putting your vote in the ballot box. You should also hold accountable those whom you made members of parliament or assumed other leading positions and ask them about their promises, and about what they have realized of their platform and what they have failed to achieve. Those in charge should feel that are being followed up and held accountable in their moves and sayings.

The problem is that people are not longer willing to punish those who have committed big political mistakes. The Lebanese confessional regime has provided the politicians with a security umbrella that allows them to temper with the fate of the country. If someone dares to criticize or demand their punishment, he would be accused of violating the honor of the confession or the dignity of the sect. That is how our sects have become castles that protect the corrupted and the losers. Our country has become several countries and people stopped holding the officials accountable, and even worshipped some of them instead of worshipping God.

There is a big responsibility that ought to be shouldered by the Lebanese youth regardless of their sects.

They should initiate a counter pressure movement to hinder the confessionalization of issues and prevent those in charge from drawing the country in more troubles. They should stop the spread of partisan and sectarian discourse that tries to incite strife among the Lebanese by monopolizing the issues of Lebanese whether political or economic and turning them into sectarian issues.

They danger of this mounting tension that some tries to keep alive at the expense of the country and the issues of the nation lies in that it has begun to destabilize what is left of the economic and political stability Lebanon enjoys. Lebanon is on the verge of collapse with no one caring except about his own interests. The biggest catastrophe in this turn of events is the low level the political discourse has been dragged to with no concern whatever for the issues and causes of the nation. They are left to fall because those who are making these speeches believe that their apprehensions justify such discourse, or because those abroad promise bigger prizes if tension increases.

We call on the Lebanese youth to uphold their responsibilities and start their movement so as not to act as an echo to the responsible political stands of those who exploit the existing tension. They should play a major role in giving Lebanon a new balance and in guiding the politicians and decreasing their extremism, before the country falls victim of the discourse of arbitration and improvisation.