Stands >2005 Stands >The Stand of Jamadi'II 12 1426H /July 19, 2005 A.D.


Fundamentalism, terrorism and Islam

Sayyed Fadlullah: Religion seeks to serve mankind by establishing justice among the people, regardless of their nationality, religion, race or creed.

Asked in his weekly seminar the following question : How does Islam view justice?

The Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah, said:

Islam views religion as a universal movement of justice that aims at preparing mankind psychologically and scientifically to confront the wrong and establish justice on earth.

The Glorious Quran emphasizes this point when it says: Certainly We sent Our messengers with clear arguments, and sent down with them the Book and the balance that men may conduct themselves with equity…

Thus, the rulings and regulations of religion seek to serve mankind by establishing justice among the people, regardless of their nationality, religion, race or creed.

Islam is concerned of protecting all people. It views injustice as a threatening deviation whoever the wronged and the wrongdoers are. We read in our Islamic literature that God told one of his prophets to go a tyrannical ruler and tell him that He has appointed him to address the grief's of the wronged even if they were not believers… Thus, the Muslims should strive to establish justice whether in the realms of an Islamic state or outside it.

The notion of the return of the absent Imam is also based on the establishment of universal justice that should govern the earth.

Therefore, Muslims in all times and places, especially those living abroad, should be just with others. They should reject injustice, even if their own people commit it.

Denouncing injustice is a part of our religious commitment. It means that the Muslims are the ones who fly the flag of justice and reject injustice, in accordance with the will of Imam Al-Sadiq(a.s.) who said: "Be just for you blame those who are not. Imam Zein Al-Abideen urged Muslims to be just with the enemy even if Muslims wronged them, because the issue does not tolerate any reservation or stalling. He says in one of his supplications : “…until my enemy would rest assure that I will not wrong him, while my friend will lose hope from the inclinations or my passions".

Therefore, we reject injustice regardless of who commit it, and welcome justice even when practiced by the unbelievers. We stand with the wronged even if they were form a different nation, for our Message instructs us to defend the wronged and the oppressed.

In this respect, when we stood with the Palestinians, it was because they were wronged more than any other people in the contemporary era. We ask all free men in the world and the Arab and Islamic peoples to stand firmly with the Palestinians especially in this stage, where the Americans and the Israelis want to finish off the Palestinian cause and resettle the Palestinians, whether legally or practically.

In this respect, we fear that the latest international, especially American innervations, have created a cloudy state that opened the way for a political, economic and perhaps even security chaos, that would lead the Lebanese to end up asking for help to end it, even it they have to relinquish their objectives of liberation and their Arab and Islamic commitments, especially towards the Palestinian cause.

That is why we would like to draw the attention of all those who hold responsibility in Lebanon to this plot, that aims at igniting some fires to turn the Lebanese summer to a fiery hot one both economically and politically, which means that there is a dire need for a counter reconciliatory movement based on a reforming agenda that all parties agree on. Any arbitrary one that is initiated by one party will only make things worse.