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, 26th October 2008, Several prominent religious scholars, dignitaries and thousands of believers attended the Jumu’a prayer.
The First Sermon
The Miracle of Birth:
The world celebrates these days the anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ (p.). Certain historians say that he was not born at this date. Such a view is supported by the Quran, which says to Mariam (Mary):
"And shake towards thyself the trunk of the palm-tree: It will let fall fresh ripe dates upon thee", which indicates that it was the season the dates ripens.
We glorify Jesus Christ (p.) whom Allah made a sign to the people, in a way similar to that of Adam (p.) before him.
The similitude of Jesus before Allah is as that of Adam; He created him from dust, then said to him: "Be". And he was.
Allah, the All-Mighty wanted to demonstrate his ability, in the same way He did when He created Adam.
When your Lord said to the angels; surely I am going to create a mortal from dust:
"When I have fashioned him (in due proportion) and breathed into him of My spirit, fall ye down in obeisance unto him".
Another demonstration of His ability was the miracle of Jesus' birth from his purified Mother Mariam bint Umran (Virgin Mary) whom the angels brought the glad tidings of his birth.
Because Allah (SWT) has sent him with His Message, and made him, blessed, and beneficial to the people with his advice and guidance.
Mary! Allah gives thee glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will beChrist Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honour in this world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to Allah: by his obedience, spirituality and faithfulness.
"He shall speak to the people in childhood and in maturity. He used to speak to the people to advise them and guide them and teach them the Book and Wisdom.
And he shall be (of the company) of the righteous. Who led the Message of the call for obedience of Allah.
But Mary (a.s.) was astonished and said:
"O My Lord! How shall I have a son when no man hath touched me?" He said: "Even so: Allah creates what He wills. He is the creator of everything. Andas he has created Adam from no mother or father. He is able to create Christ from no father. When he hath decreed a plan, He but says to it, 'Be,' and it is! It is His will that creates everything; the universe itself and everything in it.
Then Allah tells us that He gave Christ (p.) many of His graces, He taught him and educated him and wanted him to open up on all people with love, justice, good and mercy.
"and Allah will teach him the Book and Wisdom, the Law and the Gospel: "And (appoint him) a messenger to the children of Israel, who is sent to them as a prelude to his Message which is for all people, being one of the Messengers of strength and determination whose messages are not for their people only: It naturally starts by his people and then extends to the entire world.
That I have come to you with a sign from your Lord that I determine for you out of dust like the form of a bird then I breathe into it and it becomes a bird with Allah's permission. It was not Issa (p.) who gave life to the bird, but Allah, who gave Christ's blow some of His Divine powers, And I heal the blind and the leprous, and bring the dead to life with Allah's permission, and I inform you of what you should eat and what you should store in your houses; most surely there is a sign in this for you, if you are believers.
Such miracles that Christ (p.) did were because it was a time when medicine was the main interest. But he also could know the unknown and tell people what they hide in their homes and what they eat. And (I have come to you), to attest the low which was before me, since a Messenger does not annul the Messages before him. And Christ came to complete the message, due to the needs that have raised from the time of the Message before it, since things develop as time passes and people become in need of new rulings.
And to make lawful to you part of what was (Before) forbidden to you;
What is permissible and what is prohibited is in the hands of God (swt) who would prohibit something for an interest and a certain wisdom and then make it permissible for an interest and a certain wisdom or vice versa, as in the case of permitting the marriage of brothers and sisters, (the children of Adam (p.) and then prohibiting it. And also in changing the Qbla of Muslims from Jerusalem to the Holy Mosque in Mecca).
And I have come to you with a Sign from your Lord. So fear Allah, and obey me.
"It is Allah who is my Lord and your Lord; then worship Him, Allah has not been embodied in Christ, as some Christians say. He is Allah's servant: (He said I am Allah's servant):this is a Way that is straight'." Then when Jesus (p.) found unbelief on the part of his people, he said: "Who will be My helpers to Allah?'" They rebelled at him and persecuted him, thus he asked who are my helpers to Allah, and not to himself .
"The disciples said: we are Allah's helpers: We believe in Allah, and do thou bear witness that we are Muslims.
And (the unbelievers) plotted, and Allah too planned, and the best of planners is Allah.
Jesus the Messenger and the World of truth
The Messiah, Issa son of Mariam is only a messenger of Allah and His Word which He communicated to Mariam and a spirit from Him; believe therefore in Allah and His messengers, and say not three.
Surely, they disbelief those who say that Allah is the third person of three, but it is not disbelief in Allah. It is disbelief in prophethood and the unification of Allah.
Desist, it is better (he does not need a son) for you; Allah is only one Allah; far be it from His glory that He should have a son, whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth is His, and Allah is sufficient for a Protector.
Christ disdains not to sever and worshipAllah (and not Allah himself as some say) nor do the angels, those nearest (to Allah): those who disdain His worship are arrogant, - He will gather them all together unto Himself to (answer).
Allah also describes Christ as: Surely I am a servant of Allah; He has given me the Book and made me a prophet; "And He hath made me blessed whosesoever I be, and hath enjoined on me Prayer, and Charity as long as live; when Jesus (p.) talked when he was in the cradle, he talked about prayers being man's path to Heaven and the pillar of religion, since it represents the relation between God and the believe. He also talked about charity, since it represents man giving from what Allah has bestowed on him and wanted to him to spend from
And, "He has made me kind to my mother, since being graceful to one's parent's in being thankful to Allah.
And (remember) her who guarded her chastity: We breathed into her of Our spirit, and We made her and her son a sign for all peoples.
Since Allah has associated between thanking one's parents and thanking God, He also made Christ "and not overbearing or unblessed who is unjust to people, but one who loves them and is concerned in all their affairs".
"So peace is on me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day that I shall be raised up to life (again)"!
Such (was) Jesus the son of Mary: (it is) a statement of truth, about which they (vainly) dispute.
It is not befitting to (the majesty of) Allah that He should beget a son. Glory be to Him! When He determines a matter, He only says to it, "Be", and it is.
Verily Allah in my Lord and your Lord: Him therefore serve ye: this is a Way that is straight.
Allah has also described Mary (a.s.) as purified and infallible.
And (remember) her who guarded her chastity: We breathed into her of Our spirit, and We made her and her son a sign for all peoples.
Dear loved ones:
In the anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ (p.) there are many things that have to be aware of
Firstly: Celebrating the birth of Jesus (p.) has to be entirely Islamic, away from all Western traditions.
Secondly: If we want our families and children to live the spirit of celebrating the birth of Christ (p.), we have to introduce them to the Surahs of Omran and Marriam, and read to them what they have said in several Ayats especially that Christ is the messenger and word of Allah, so as not to learn what other religions say presuming that it is Islamic.
In celebrating Christmas, we have to open up on Christ's morality and his unification to Allah and all the values of justice, love and Mercy.
We do not want to deviate from the Islamic unification line: we believe in Christ as a messenger and servant of Allah, for Allah, the Most Exalted, wanted us to believe in Him and all His Messengers. May Allah's blessing be on Christ the day he was born, the day he died and the day he will brought back to life.
The Second Sermon
Gaza: Resuming the Massacres
The Zionist Entity is preparing these days to create a favourable international media and political environment to wage a new aggression against Gaza. It is deploying all its diplomatic abilities to provide an international and Arab cover to the massacres it committed in the second round after the end of the calm, which resulted in the martyrdom of 43 Palestinians without any reaction from the world.
In addition to the Zionist diplomatic efforts that target some Arab states which have begun to feel embarrassed by the blockade that they participate in, either directly on indirectly, and its a military and security offensive inside occupied Palestine, the enemy in getting ready to execute new massacres, relying on the Arab complicity that is accompanied by political pressures on the Palestinians and their militant factions.
As we feel that the coming Zionist elections could tempt that Israelis into killing more Palestinians, since the Palestinian blood attracts more votes, we also know that the Palestinian people's steadfastness and its ability deal with the most drastic kinds of blockade and mass punishment will represent another scandal to the official Arab position, and the regimes that are in complicity with the enemy or those who have earned the American Medal for Moderation.
We also know that the resisting and wounded Gaza people will not be an easy prey to the enemy who is still worried and afraid from the impact of the Lebanese ordeal on occupied Palestine and who takes into consideration what is going on in the Arab front. Thus, he is confused and cannot make up his mind whether to wage a new aggression or ask the Arabs to mediate and renew the calm.
We say to the Arabs, especially to those who come up with advice to the Palestinian people both inside the Arab League and outside it: It is true that the Palestinian divide represents a threat to the Palestinian cause and the Palestinian struggle, but it is also true that this divide represents one of the aspects of the general Arab divide. Moreover, the Arab complicity has always been one of the main reasons that led to the weakness of the Palestinian cause. Therefore, the Arabs have to shoulder their responsibility instead of blaming the Palestinians, and become closer to the cause, before the fire gets closer to their thrones.
Yielding to the Israeli dictates
In the US, the leaving Secretary of State has talked about the "accomplishments" of its administration in Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, although she knows for sure that the new birth of the Middle East was not a result of its plans but rather in accordance with the general goals of the peoples that made the neoconservative administration taste the bitterness of defeat in Lebanon in July 2006 as well as in other Arab and Muslim fronts.
Nevertheless, Rice admits that America's reputation in the Arab world is not a good one, but she fails to mention the reasons, not least to, of which, is its support of Israel in its aggression against Lebanon and the massacres Israel continues to commit in Palestine as well as its support to the Jewish settlement activity, especially in Jerusalem and prevention the security Council from condemning the Jewish state.
In addition, Rice says that the new American Administration will face obstacles in trying to solve the problems the Bush Administration has failed to resolve, as if she is trying to tell Obama to follow the same line in dealing with the Palestinian problem and the other Muslim and Arab issues, the fact that Obama has promised to start a new approach beginning with the climate change, the closure of the Guantanamo jail and the military basis in Cuba and not ending with adopting dialogue in the Middle East and other places notwithstanding . Yet the problem with the American officials is that their approach to the problems of the region is influenced by the Israeli view as a result of their relationship with the Jewish Lobby and the other influential circles that influence the American decision making and that view the region from an Israeli perspective.
Iraq and the need for Occupation forces:
In Iraq, as we welcome the decision of the Iraqi parliament that agreed on the withdrawal of foreign forces, we express our reservation on replacing them with American troops being forces of occupation, which were the root-cause of all the Iraqi tragedies that have been going on for years. If there is a need for training as some are saying, why do not they resort to Arab forces through coordination with the Iraqi state which could preserve the interest of Iraq and its future and unity.
The Resistance in Lebanon
As we look at Lebanon from the perspective of its southern gate, we feel a lot of danger in the enemy's abduction of two Lebanese farmers, which was not met by any condemnation from the United Nations, the European Union or the Unites States. This fact clearly proves that the only way to stop or deter the enemy is by the Resistance which should be kept as a decisive deterrent, especially that the UNIFIL has proved whether in this incident or in its failure to stop the Israeli air and land violations that it does not represent a protecting force to Lebanon and the Lebanese civilians.
As for the Lebanese internal issues, the dialogue sessions have come up with a resolution to restore calm, as if calm in Lebanon needs a dialogue conference, by means of abstaining from inciting sectarian and partisan strife, as was evident in the speeches of certain religious figures which we had hoped that they would have inspired the spiritual religious values in their public rhetoric, since it is supposed to be above all the political trends and axis.
Moreover, the participation of the Lebanese people in the coming elections, should seek to hold accountable those who did not respect the votes of their voters, who had hoped that those elected would be a resolution to the problem, not a means of aggravating it. All Lebanese should seek to make the coming elections an opportunity to create the new Lebanon whose officials should be concerned in the living state of the poor people and the taxes that exclude the rich and focus on the poor. Although there is an opportunity for the poor to sell the votes in the elections, nevertheless they still talk about free elections, in a country that might have enjoyed the freedom of speech but not that of taking a free stand!
Lastly, we would like to comment on the aid that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has given to Lebanon in the aftermath of the July war, and that was handled in a way that suggested that it did not reach those who deserve it. In the light of this, we call for a review of the way this matter was dealt with, with the aim of returning the rights to its owners, and paving the way for rebuilding what was destroyed, since it is not permissible that the Lebanese sufferings should continue, especially in the issue of the destroyed houses. Moreover, those responsible for the chaos, on all levels, should be held accountable.