By: Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra)
Translated by: Ghassan Rimlawi
Our Eid today is a blessed day, because it is a day in which Muslims meet. Allah, The Most Exalted, wanted the Muslims in the entire world to meet in this day and feel their unity, having felt this unity in the month of Ramadan by fasting its days and praying to Allah to be nearer to Him.
Allah, The Most Exalted, wants the Muslims in the entire world to meet in this day to exemplify their unity in observing the Eid, although it is unfortunate that they still differ on its date, in accordance to their juristic views.
Today too, Friday, is the weekly Eid of Muslims in which Allah wanted the Muslims to meet to know one another and communicate so that each area where the Friday prayer is performed becomes a unified area in which Muslims become united in their approach to their affairs.
Allah wanted the Muslims to establish and enhance their unity. He says: And hold fast by the covenant of Allah all together and be not disunited, and remember the favor of Allah on you when you were enemies, then He united your hearts so by His favor you became brethren; and you were on the brink of a pit of fire, then He saved you from it, thus does Allah make clear to you His communications that you may follow the right way. This covenant is the Quran… it is Islam. Therefore, every Muslim should consider that despite all differences, he should be committed to Islam which is the firmest handle and believes in Allah he indeed has laid hold on the firmest handle
Allah considers Islam as the firmest handle, if the Muslims cling to it they will not fall. He wants the Muslims to preserve their unity despite all sectarian or political differences and despite all their racial diversity. They have to be united by Islam, since all Muslims believe in one God, His Messenger(p.) and in all Messages, the angels and the Hereafter.
They all believe in the Quran which No falsehood can approach it from before or behind it, just as they believe in praying, fasting, pilgrimage, Jihad (struggle for Allah's cause) and enjoining good and forbidding evil.
And Allah says: And hold fast by the covenant of Allah all together and be not disunited, and remember the favor of Allah on you when you were enemies, and do not disperse or be divided, and remember Allah's favor, unto you, when you were enemies and divided into tribes that use to fight one another during the Jahilayah (age of ignorance before Islam). Yathrib, for example was the stage of a war between the Aus and Khazraig that went on for decades. Then He united your hearts so by His favor you became brethren; and you were on the brink of a pit of fire, then He saved you from it, thus does Allah make clear to you His communications that you may follow the right way.
Therefore, Allah, The Most Exalted, does not want us to be divided into enemies or foes… When Muslims disperse into parties or sects, they consider each other as enemies, while the traditions of Ahl-el-Beit say: If a Muslim says to his brother you are my enemy then one of them is accusing the other of disbelief. Allah, The Most Exalted, says in the Glorious Quran that all Muslims are brothers, and when a Muslim says to another Muslim something different than what Allah, The Most Exalted, says, he will be in the position of disbelief.
Allah has told His Messengers: O messengers – eat of good things and do good, sure I know what you do. And surely your religion is one religion. All Messengers were sent with the same religion to the same nation. They all call for unification, piety, and believing in the Hereafter. Thus, this religion you are calling the people for is but one religion, and I am your Lord. Therefore fear me.
He also says: And obey Allah and His Messenger and do not quarrel for then you will be weak in hearts- wind- and your power will depart, and be patient; surely Allah is with the patient, since when the wind comes from a single source it is strong, but when it is divided among the various directions it is obviously weak.
We have to preserve our Islamic unity… We might differ in certain political or juristic ideas, but Allah tells us: If ye differ in anything among yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger, if ye do believe in Allah and the Last Day: That is best, and most suitable for final determination, since He wants us to meet on the basis of Islam, the Quran and the unification of Allah.
Allah also wants us to pray together in groups. This is recommended strongly in all weak days. One of our traditions says: If congregation prayers are held by more than ten people, than Allah, The Most Exalted, alone can count its rewards. Friday prayer should be held in congregation as a religious duty. He also told us to meet in Eid prayers, so that the Muslims would feel they are meeting in the name of Allah and before Him, meaning that we have not to meet in the name of the devil and all the devils who seek to incite strife among us.
We have to learn how to be united, to be a strong power against all arrogant and unbeliever Allah has held us responsible of being mighty and honourable But honors belongs to Allah and His Messenger, and to the Believers; (and held us responsible of being strong:and prepare for them what force you can.
This is what we benefit from in these spiritual meetings in every prayer and Eid and in every time and place Allah, The Most Exalted, wants us to meet in.
* The aforementioned is an edited Friday sermon.