In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
The Religious Authority H.E. Sayyed M. H. Fadlullah delivered the two Friday prayer sermons at the Imamain Al-Hassanain Mosque,28th March 2008 A.D, 20 Rabi'I 1429 H, several prominent religious scholars, dignitaries and thousands of believers attended the Jumu’a prayer.
The First Sermon
Allah says in His Glorious Book O Prophet! surely We have sent you as a witness, and as a bearer of good news and as a warner, And as one inviting to Allah by His permission, and as a light-giving torch. And give to the believers the good news that they shall have a great grace from Allah. : And be not compliant to the unbelievers and the hypocrites, and leave unregarded their annoying talk, and rely on Allah; and Allah is sufficient as a Protector. (33:45-48).
When we live the anniversary of the Prophet's birth, we live the anniversary of the birth of Islam, since the Prophet is the moving Islam. He used to read the Quran to the people, and they would see the Quran embodied in his actions and sayings. One of his wives was asked to describe his morals, she said when asked to be brief about it: His morals were the Quran.
The Messenger used to deal with Quraish with a lot of tolerance. When he heard the infidels curse him, he used to say: "O God forgive my people for the are ignorant". Don't torture them and give them time to open up on the truth.
Thus. Allah revealed to His Messenger But Allah was not going to chastise them while you were among them (8:33) because you represent Mercy And We have not sent you but as a mercy to the worlds.(21:107) You are a mercy in your message, in your dealing with your society companions family and all mankind. Thus, it is due to mercy from Allah that you deal with them gently, and had you been rough, hard hearted, they would certainly have dispersed from around you (3:159).
It is as if Allah wanted to say to the believers: The Messenger(p.) should be a role model for you. Each and every one of you should have a heart that is full of love and good, whether in his house, his community or all people. Every one of you should adopt a discourse like that of the Messenger who does not say except words that unite and do not disperse… The Messenger(p.) should be a role model for you in his morals who were so sublime that Allah said And most surely you conform (yourself) to sublime morality. (68:4).
And when Allah tells us that one of His servants possesses sublime manners, it means that these manners extend to all aspects of his life and conduct. It is as if Allah, The Most Exalted, is telling every one of us to strive to be of sublime morals.
The Messenger (p.) was a witness on his nation, watching all its views, actions projects and programs. He held the nation his heart and mind… in all his projects end programs to take it to the straight path.
"We have sent you as a witness" to testify for or against them on the Day of judgement. A bringer of glad tidings promising the pious heaven, and a warner of hell for those who chose not to obey or believe, inviting to Allah by His permission to elevate people to where they could be nearer to Allah, so that Allah is the one and only one Who will live in their hearts and minds and a call for mercy, love and good to all people and a light giving torch. You are the light that lights the people's minds and lives, since the role of the Prophet(p.) is to take people from darkness to light, the light of the truth and nearness to Allah.
And give the believers the good news that those who follow him and his straight path, believing in Allah as the one and only god… That they should have a great grace form Allah, both in this world and in Hereafter, and be not complaint to the unbelievers, and the hypocrites will who hide their unbelief and pretend to have faith… Both of them will hurt you and wage a war against you and against your message. But you should not fall or back off …
The human characteristics of the Messengers
Allah has presented the humanistic messenger in His saying: certainly, a Messenger has come to you from among yourselves. He is not an angel or a jinn… he is a human like all human beings. But one that Allah chose for His Message – grievous to him is your falling into distress. When assuming the role of political military and spiritual leadership he is concerned about the entire nation and when he sees that they are fatigued and overwhelmed he is concerned that you should not be grievous and asks Allah to help you and ease your pains, ardently anxious is he over you. He is afraid that you will weaken and fall and he is concerned that you would follow the straight path, which ensures your good in both lives. To the believers he is compassionate. He is merciful and kind when dealing with them, to the extent that he lived with the Muslims "like" one of them", not having any privileges, if even in what he wears or where he sits.
When people came to ask about him they used to ask: Which one of you is Muhammad (p.)? So they brought a stone for him to sit on, so that the people who come to ask about him will recognize him.
Once a woman saw him and trembled from his solemnity: He told her: I am the son of a woman like you who ate dried meat.
And he never removed his hand first when he shook the hands of the others.
Thus, Muhammad (p.) lived with his people enduring all their torture to the extent that he said: "No Prophet was harmed as I was". His sole concern was to elevate the Muslims to become the civilized nation that follows the straight path in all aspects of life.
Now, when we celebrate the birth of Allah's Messenger, we have, as a Muslim society, to plan for our affairs be they economic, political social or cultural, since Allah did not talk about anything in the Quran as much as the talked about mind and reason. He has made the mind an argument against His servants. He also wants us to be rational and not to follow our emotions in any of our affairs, even when we adhere to the leadership, any leadership, we should not be driven by our emotions and excitement. We should study what this leader think about what his plans, and actions are … We have to be a rational nation and not the emotional one that cheers or applauds when others applaud or cheer. We should know what we are applauding or cheering for. We should always let our minds be our guides that show the way ahead.
Allah, The Most Exalted, wanted this nation to be the nation of logic reason and knowledge .Are those who know equal with those who know not; O my Lord ! Increase me in knowledge
He wanted it to be the nation that leads the world through science. It is true that Allah wants us to be empowered with arms, but it is the power of science that makes the nation lead the world. Allah, The Most Exalted, also wants us to adopt spiritual and moral values. He wanted us to be an honourable nation. But honor belongs to Allah and His Messenger, and to the Believers (63:8).
Dear loved ones. The anniversary of the birth of the Prophet is a responsibility we should shoulder. Islam is a responsibility we should uphold. Such an occasion is not only an occasion to sing or have fun. It is to bring the Messenger to live in our minds hearts and lives, since if Muhammad (p.) has departed, his message is still present among us. And Muhammad is no more than a messenger; the messengers have already passed away before him; if then he dies or is killed will you turn back upon your heels? And whoever turns back upon his heels!s, he will by no means do harm to Allah in the least and Allah will reward the grateful. (13:177).
In the anniversary of the birth of the Messenger of Allah, we have to live the joy of civilization, the joy of the mind and the joy of righteousness to be as Allah wanted "the best nation that has been raised to mankind" (3:110).
The Second Sermon
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
The fifth anniversary of the American Occupation
The region and the world meet in these days with the anniversary of occupation of Iraq. The occupation that was based on a big lie about the Iraqi possession of mass destruction weapons. A lie that America was able to spread in the entire world, and even intimidate the American public opinion with all that talk about the threat these weapons pose on them. America also allied with Britain, the country that is a political satellite to the US, whereby Blair, then the British Prime Minister, shared the American president in lying at his people and at the entire world.
This American occupation has become a huge catastrophe to the Iraqi people and a major problem to the neighbouring countries and the entire region, under the influence of the American President's planning for victory and his strategy of finding a political base in the region to carry out his political projects on the pretence of fighting terrorism.
The American president has turned into a military tool in the hands of the neoconservatives and the Jewish Lobby inside the Administration who have led him to create a state of "constructive chaos" in the region, to execute their plan of turning the region into a political and security base for American and Israeli interests through creating a state of chaos and terrorism in the entire region, as a result of a hateful feeling against Muslims and Islam held by the Zionist Christians and the American President who has become a prisoner of them due to his naïve mentality and Idiotic satanization.
Amnesty International has declared in London that after five years of occupying, Iraq is the most dangerous place in the world where hundreds are killed, and poverty and services are lacking, and sectarian aggressions are on the rise. Moreover, the number of people who have immigrated has reached more than four millions with unemployment rates soaring. This proves that occupation was the direct case of destroying Iraq's civil economic and military infrastructure. Despite all that, the American Administration is still planning to establish major military bases in Iraq to perpetuate its occupation, as the American vice-president has declared in his last visit.
Thus, America wants to hold talks about security with the Iraqi Government to guarantee that its occupation will continue, and to protect its interests and projects by means of using Iraq as a bridge that it will cross to pressurize the neighbouring countries.
The Iraqi people, whose freedom has been of its historic traits, as well its Islamic and national personality, has to make all efforts to defeat occupation by means of a wise and honest confrontation against the American – British occupation, to establish the free and independent nation which governs itself and solves its own problems.
The Israeli Holocaust
The Jewish state is preparing to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of its foundation and usurpations of Palestine, in a rally that will include the majority of states in the world that still support the Jewish state and believe that the resistance movement is a form of terrorism. This is what made the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, visit this usurping country, which has been continuing to extort Germany, on account of its Nazi history of the holocaust.
Israel has tried to magnify the numbers of Jews while ignoring the other peoples the Nazis have included in their holocaust. The American Zionist pressure has reached the level of trying any one who dares to debate the numbers of the Holocaust as in the case of the French thinker, Roger Garoudi.
Merkel stood solemnly in front of the Holocaust memorial, talking about the German responsibility for the Shoah, and ensuring her determination to build Israel's future. But she did not talk about the Zionist Holocaust of the Palestinian people for over 60 years, not to mention the Lebanese and other Arabs and Muslims. This West does not have any humanitarian feelings towards what happens to the Arabs and Muslims as a result of its historical hatred and commitment to the Israeli security and giving legitimacy for the occupation’s attempts to hinder any effort to establish a viable Palestinian state.
The problem with these Western administrations lies in that they have dropped all values that stand in the way of its political ambitions, and then they worked on dominating people to the logic of force instead of the logic of right, especially that it found Arab regimes that care only about their interests and not about what happens to the Palestinians, Lebanese or others.
The Meetings between the enemy and the Palestinian Authority reveal how much the enemy looks down on those who have dropped the weapon of the Resistance and no longer have any power base to stand on in the negotiating process.
The Arab Summit
It has been a historical practice in the Arab summits that they incite bilateral or trilateral differences, which overwhelms the vital issues and leads them to an empty rhetoric in their fruitless resolutions. The debates about who will attend the summit and who will boycott it or who will be represented by junior officials or who will impose conditions on the summit to attend have started. In addition, these are the American explicit demands to boycott the Summit to punish the opposition forces. This debate has reached Lebanon, where one of the parties has been calling to boycott the summit although it is an Arab summit and not a Syrian one, and although it might discuss major issues like the Palestinians and the Lebanese crises…
We notice firstly that this summit, like the other summits, will not be able to solve any Arab problem due to the collapse of the Arab League. Secondly discussing the Palestinian crisis might embrace certain countries, which did not take a negative stand against the killings in Gaza while it denounced the resistance operation in Jerusalem. In addition, they did not condemn the blockade on Gaza and they do not offer the Palestinians any meaningful aid…
All this is a result of the Arabs differences that have turned personal and no longer have any relation with Arabism or the Arab initiative. Thus, the Arabs or Lebanese attendance is inconsequential. The absence in such a situation might be better, since attendance might create some new complications.
The Lebanese Genius
The Lebanese are in a state of perplexity, since the internal political circles, and due to their external relations, are still preoccupying them with their personal and sectarian differences and making them get used to a sense of immorality in all that talk about treason and such negative talk. This makes Lebanon whose culture opens up on sublime values, a country where some of its leaders act on the basis of an ignorant mentality and a Bedouin logic that has lost all Bedouin values.
We want Lebanon to be the free sovereign country that makes its own decisions and takes its own options. We do not want it a slave that waits for the orders from the outside powers who only think about their interests.
In this respect, there is a silly and absurd joke that is represented by the talk about the international community as if it is something sacred, while we all know that it is under American hegemony, and does not condemn the massacres of Kana, Gaza, Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa, unless it serves the arrogant interests.
The question is: where is the Lebanese genius that has given the world a lot of inventive solutions? Are we going to continue to sink in the black sectarian quagmire?