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Stands >2005 Stands >The Stand of  Zo Alkiada 26 1426H /December 28, 2005 A.D.
 

Positivism in politics

Sayyed Fadlullah: This world is practicing hypocrisy, even when it is talks about democracy They have failed in their effort to defeat us by security or political means, and they want now to defeat us by means of psychological means or media campaigns.

We have to prepare our selves on the cultural and media levels, so that we will not lose on one front what we have gained in the others.

Asked in his weekly seminar the following question: What is the Islamic view regarding positivism and negativism in the political process

The Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah, said:

Islam wanted the Muslim to open up on the other and on the entire society he lives in. Moreover he wanted him not to be pessimistic, but always be optimistic and never frustrated, despite all the difficulties and challenges he may face.

Such a call for opening up does not only want to get the Muslim out of social isolation. It also aims at driving him to be positive in his dealing with the others. Such positive interaction will serve the interests of man in general, as well as highlighting the practical side of Islam in particular. We, therefore, stand against the Islamist universal negative attitude , and call upon them to be positive, provided they are aware of the traps and political tricks that might be prepared for them. We cannot act in a na´ve way, towards the plans and projects of the others who aim at promoting their own interests. Imam Ali (a.s.) says: If corruption becomes a norm than if one man would think well of the intentions of the other, he would be deceived".

Another condition we should be aware of is that we have to ensure that leniency will not lead to political fluidity turning Islam into something that has no taste color or smell, and leading to relinquishing one's values and principles. On the contrary, we have to adopt an offensive attitude to present our thought to the other, and not to remain in a defensive position.

That is why we have always called on the Islamists whether in the Arab and Muslim world or in the states of migration to enter the political process and not to isolate themselves, even it this means that they will be accused of exploiting religion for political purposes.

This is because we know that the arrogant world seeks to tie us to our values, or leaves us to choose between the positivism that means yielding to its will and interests or the negativism that amounts to a form of exclusion on the basis of not belonging to the civilized world, since defending your country against occupation will make them portray you as a terrorist that is fought by this world, which respected the strong only.

America that had conducted a dialogue with the Vietnamese and is now doing the same with some of the Iraqi resistance organizations, it does want any dialogue with Hamas or any other Palestinian Intifada organizations . This means that America that has responded to the Israeli demands and that is afraid of the political results of such a dialogue is not serious about its calls for democracy and freedom, since its represents the Israelis.

This attitude is actually a new aggression against the Palestinians and the Intifada organizations that enjoy a big respect in the Arab and Islamic world, which means that America's problem with the Arab and Muslim peoples will persist if not aggravates . We also wonder about how could Europe that is aware of the American impasse in the region take the same stands, which could lead to the same consequences.

Faced by such an attitude and by the unprecedented Western condemnation of the Iranian President's talk about the Holocaust, and his call to investigate the real number of the Jews killed in it, we ask: Where is the freedom of expression the West boasts about? Where are the Western human rights organizations? Why do they oppose such a call, while they want all Muslims to remain silent in front of all these distorting campaigns of their religion and the insults of their Holy symbols especially those targeting their Holy Messenger (p).

This world is practicing hypocrisy, even when it is talking about the positive aspects of the electoral process or the role of the people in certain countries. We have not to withdraw or yield to its pressures. Those people have failed in their effort to defeat us by security or political means, and they want now to defeat us by means of psychological means or media campaigns.

We have to prepare our selves on the cultural and media levels, so that we will not lose on one front what we have gained in the others.