Islamic definition of political and social security
Sayyed Fadlullah: we call on all parties in Lebanon to try to create a
healthy atmosphere of dialogue, for those who do not try to cool
things down will be held responsible in the end for the negative
consequences that the country will suffer from.
Asked in his weekly seminar the following question:
Due to the increasing turmoil in Lebanon and the region, how does
Islam view security? And how do you see the general political
situation in Lebanon and the region?
The Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad
Hussein Fadlullah, said:
Islam has focused
on preserving the general security of the nation on the various
political, economic, psychological and other levels.
To ensure this
security, it has instituted regulations that ensure social justice,
reject monopoly, exploitations and all forms of economic corruption.
recognized that the nation does not need external security only, but
it also needs internal peace, which could only be reached only
through the respect of values of its members. Everyone needs to be
in peace with himself before he lives it with others.
To secure both external
and internal peace, Islam holds the ruler accountable if he fails to
secure the general security of the people. It even made the
legitimacy of any government based on sustaining the political
economic and other form of security of the nation.
It also stressed that
the utmost priority should be attributed to construction as compared
to collecting taxes, as Imam Ali told his Wali Malik Al-Ashtar
when he appointed him to rule Egypt.
But the general social
security of the nation can't be served unless it is accompanied by a
similar security, political and media discourse that ought to stay
away from anything that incites sectarianism or fanaticism.
Turning back to the
region, we notice that the American Administration has created tense
situations all around the region and integrated political,
psychological and social insecurity as a part of its general plan
for the region, and leading the sects and ethnic groups to believe
that there are roles waiting for them in accordance to the general
American project for the region. It led the entire region into an
unprecedented state of turmoil in its extension and severity.
This Administration has
come to represent a problem for the entire world, since it has made
it less safe despite it claims to the contrary. It turned Iraq into
a continuous massacre moving from one place into another. And if it
tried to calm down the situation in Palestine, it was not because it
was thinking about the rights of the Palestinians but about trying
to concentrate on getting out of the impasse it has put itself in,
We warn that this
Administration that has failed on the strategic level in Iraq has
started to think of making Lebanon its favorite station in the
region by using the political mistakes that were committed to
accelerate this pace.
In this respect, we
warn that the European powers that refused to see Americanís suffer
from a total defeat in Iraq against what they call fundamentalism,
have paved the way for America to exploit the Lebanese situations to
the extent that we have begun to see political tradeoffs in Lebanon
at the expense of political forces and entities.
We warn the Lebanese
against this insistence on letting the international and rejoined
players interfere in Lebanon, for it will make the country prey of
the international interests that seek to create sectarian tensions
and create further political and security turmoil that will in its
turn increase the state of fragmentation. That is why we call on all
parties in Lebanon, those who are with the government and those in
the opposition to try to create a healthy atmosphere of
reconciliation and to resort to a calm dialogue that does not mean
that they have to stop adhering to their principles, for those who
do not try to cool things down will be held responsible in the end
for the negative consequences that the country will suffer from.