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Reception of an Algerian delegation

Fadlullah: The real accomplishments are not in the meetings of leaderships, but in approaching the crucial issues united

His Eminence, the Religious Authority Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah, received an Algerian delegation of twenty persons, which included Imams, Shari'ah students and university professors. They discussed the matters of proximity and unity steps in the Islamic reality, besides the intellectual and cultural challenges, facing the Muslims in this difficult stage of their history.

His Eminence welcomed the delegation, remembering the Algerian revolution led by the religious scholars and pointing out to the movement of Ibn Badees and the spirit of giving and thought of Malik Bin Nabi. He also emphasized that, nowadays, the Arab and Islamic world needs the thought of creative people, the jihad of freedom fighters, a cultural revolution at the level of setting the concepts straight and stepping out of the circle of Takfir and exaggeration, as much as it needs the vitality of resistance fighters who seek forcing the occupier out of their countries…for the matter lies in prevailing over the intellectual occupation first, then the chance of conquering the occupation on the ground becomes more realistic.

He added: we feel that the phase the Arabs and Muslims are going through is one of the hardest and most complicated, regardless of the idea of dialogue that many people are talking about, rendering it the most important political task. This stage is very difficult, because the arrogants' goal is that we, Arabs and Muslims, remain on the margin of this world unable to decide our own fate but through what others decide for us, according to what complies with their interests and the future of their economy.

Therefore, we notice that whenever a new American president is elected, numerous analyses are made, concerning how he is going to solve our problems and approach our issues with nobody talking about how we are going to solve our problems by ourselves, decide our fate, and prevent others from meddling in our affairs and drawing our future at the margin of their future and strategic plans.

He continued: For more than sixty years, the Arabs have been blindly following Israel and presenting it with an initiative after the other, fearing to withdraw any of them. However, Israel responds by more threats, Judaization, and colonization, to which the Arabs respond by releasing more statements issued from summits that consider accomplishment to be the reconciliations in which this Arab leader sits beside that leader…without accomplishing anything at the level of internal unity, setting strategic programs, or approaching crucial issues with a spirit of unity.

He said that the new generation should take action within two aspects: the first aspect is approaching political and cultural issues by an Islamic spirituality that is open on contemporary times in a way that does not form a divergence from the fixed elements of the Islamic personality or cause drowning in the circle of self-suffocation. The second aspect is facing sectarianism with a united Islamic spirit that deems intellectual sectarianism as a wealth and tribal sectarianism as poverty, death, and alienation, for it sets the ground for Takfir, fanaticism, and disunity.

He emphasized the necessity of keeping Algeria on the civilized Islamic line that embraces all Algerians away from arousing the national issue in Barbarism or Arabism. Islam respects national particularities, which it wanted them to turn into interactive particularities in the line of seeking good and promoting mercy and not into bases for disputes, struggle, and conflicts. He also pointed out to the fact that there is a vicious conspiracy aimed at diverting Islam away from the light. Therefore, those who fear for Islam should seek clarifying it and deepening it in the souls of Muslims, and explaining to others its concepts in being a civilized religion that joins between civil rulings, and spiritual and worshipping matters.