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Posted 23 December 2003 - 07:34 PM



In the Death Anniversary of Imam Jaafar As-Sadiq:
Religions is Knowledge commitment and Dialogue



Grand Ayatollah H.E. Sayyed M. H. Fadlullah delivered the two Friday prayer sermons at the Imamain Al-Hassanain Mosque, Shawal 25 1424 h,December 19 2003, (Several prominent religious scholars, dignitaries and thousands of believers attended the Jumu'a prayer)

The First Sermon

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Allah says in His Glorious Book: :{ And Allah only wishes to remove all abomination from you, ye members of the family, and to make you pure and spotless} (33:33). Today the 25th of Shawal is the day Imam Sadiq(a.s. ) died. And he was as you know the Imam who benefited of the window of opportunity of freedom that opened during the struggle over power between the Umayyads and the Abbasids to enrich the Muslim world with his Knowledge.

A responsibility towards others

The Imam(a.s.) opened up on all people in his effort to spread Islamic knowledge. It has been reported that he promised his father, Imam Al-Baqir, to abide by his instructions of guiding the believers to the extent that he will not wait for their questions and turn them into teachers to the rest of people.

This is the course of action whom the Members of the House taught us to follow: to live with the people and not try to find excuses to be isolated. They believed that they have a duty to teach the people everything they know and answer all the questions regardless of how embarrassing or difficult they night be.

In this respect, Friday, in particular, is the day the Muslims ought to dedicate to learn their religion. Every Muslim should not grow accustomed to consider Islam as certain rituals only. They should learn the Islamic culture that would enable them to live their lives in accordance to Each and every Muslim should also turn into a caller for Islam in every place or society he finds himself.

Imam Sadiq’s school of Dialogue

Imam As-Sadiq was respected by those who believe in his imamate as well as those who don’t. Malik bin Anas the Maliki Imam said about al-Sadiq(a.s.). Whenever I saw him he was either praying or fasting or reading the Quran.

“No eyes have seen or ears have heard… someone who is better than Jaafar bin Muhammad As-Sadiq whether in his knowledge or piety”.

The Imam of the Hanafi Mazhab was a student of his for two years and he used to say: “Weren’t it for those two years. I would have been doomed.”

Abu Hanifa also reports the following story: The Abbasid caliph, Abu Jaafar Al-Mansoor, told him: people have begun to admire and respect Jaafar bin Muhammad”.

Then he asked him to prepare forty difficult questions to try to show that he does not master or command all religious sciences. Abu Hanifa did that and began to ask the Imam in front of Al-Mansour and a group of dignitaries. But to every question the Imam answered: You say so and so, the people in Medina say so and so and we say so and so”. Proving not only that he knows the answers, but that he is acquainted with all the opinions and the views concerning each controversial issues. Abu Hanifa than concluded: “Don’t we know that the one who knows best is the one who knows what they differ about.”

Imam as-Sadiq was a man of dialogue who did not refuse to discuss any issue. On the contrary, he used to ask the people to come to him and raise whatever questions they had even if it offended Islam. He used, for example, to sit in the Holy Mosque of Mecca, to discuss the opinions of those who do not believe in God. He was so open minded, while those talking to him felt very free to say whatever they wanted. One of them Ibn Abi al Ouja even asked him: until when are you going to step on this threshing floor? meaning the way people used to go round the Kaaba. But the way the Imam kept calm and resorted to logic in convincing him made him go to his friends and say: You don’t know who you sent me to.

He is not a human being. If there were ever someone who could be a spirit whenever he wants and turn into a body as he pleases it is this man.

Imam Al-Sadiq school grew so big that he taught more than four thousand students. At any one time you would enter the Kufa Mosque and find many Sheikhs saying:

Jaafar bin Muhammad said….

The Imam too was a caller for Islamic unity, calling the Shiites to open up on other sects. He used to tell his followers that: “It is easy to gain the people’s hearts: just don’t talk bad things about them. Differences in opinion could not be solved by cursing and slander, but by wisdom and dialogue...

If you talk with someone in a kind and respectful manner you would win his heart and thus enter his mind. The role of a Muslim is to call the Islam in the manner that Allah has described his Messenger with{It is part of the Mercy of Allah that you deal gently with them. Were thou severe or harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about thee }(3:159).

Who are the Shiites?

Asked by someone about how to deal with those they deal with (of the other sects) the Imam said: “Pray with their tribes, take part in their funerals , visit their sick and give them what is due to them” If any of you becomes pious, truthful and of good manners and thus he is known to be one of my followers this will make me happy. If he is not, then I will be disgraced. The Imam used to open up on the Sunnis just as he opened upon the Shiites. He also used to open up on non-Muslims just as he opened up on Muslims.

Thus, the Imam represents a model of how to be a Muslim leader or an Imam, that elevates Muslims to the highest levels and ask them to advance and learn. The Muslim should be the one who gives the world, based on the Islamic straight path, more knowledge, love and manners.. He would be a man that is worth of the gift of life and an example in humanitarianism.

This is the Message of Ahl Al-Beit, the Message of Islam, that wants us to raise to the highest levels, and to call for Allah, the Good, justice and the Right… This is the Message of Islam and the Message of our Imams. We ought to learn the heritage of knowledge they left us to be their true followers. When they said keeps our cause and our memory alive, they were not asking us to hit our heads with swords… They were asking us to learn the teachings and the sciences they left us to become true Muslims, and in this the way people will love us.

We cannot hope to reach the level of Muhammad or Imam Ali in their piety, spirituality, knowledge, morals or commitment, but this should be our goal: To do our best to follow them on this road.

Wa (salam)

Edited by hussam, 23 December 2003 - 07:35 PM.

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Posted 23 December 2003 - 11:55 PM


a great speech by sayyidina fadhlulla .

wa salaam , Rima

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