Respect must be reflected in our relations
His Eminence Sheikh Youssef Nabha delivered the two Friday sermons on the 15th September 2017 (24th Dhul Hijjah 1438) from Masjid Arrahman in Sydney amongst a mass of believers.
In the first (religious) sermon, Sheikh Nabha addressed the believers about respecting people. Sheikh Nabha began said that the human is honorued and favoured by Allah (swt), and that as humans we are required to respect ourselves and respect others. Sheikh Nabha cited the saying of Imam Ali (a.s), “People are of two kinds, either your brother in faith or your equals in humanity. He explained that equal in humanity means the instinct feeling of mercy and tenderness towards other humans.
Sheikh Nabha also said that the racism laws that were drafted by advanced and civilised countries are laws that are reflected in our respect for other people’s sanctities and beliefs. Sheikh Nabha added that as we are required to respect other people’s sanctities and beliefs we also ask that our sanctities and beliefs are also respected. Sheikh Nabha maintained that respect must also be reflected in our familial relations and we should always base our speech with our family members with what Allah (swt) called for in the holy verse, “Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction and argue with them in a way that is best.”
The following is the text of Sheikh Youssef Nabha’s second (political) sermon:
The global powers are still involved in fighting takfiris and terrorism since September attacks in 2001 on the twin towers in New York City. However, the whole details of these attacks have not been uncovered yet and the countries that support terrorism ideologically and financially, exporting it to other countries were not brought to justice. Notably, the United States is extorting these countries, taking their money, seizing their foreign assets, threatening them by changing their monarchies and fearing them from their neighboring countries.
Our Arab and Islamic region is suffering from terrorism that it is created by the United States which aided and armed it in order to use it as a pretext to occupy Afghanistan and Iraq which supported by America when Saddam was fighting Iran. What we witness today confirms that America is not serious in fighting terrorism and it uses it as a cover or a pretext to achieve its aims and hence to launch its wars in the region to harm the Axis of Resistance and Refusal. Thus, this axis has no choice but to fight terrorists in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon which liberated its territories from them by the sacrifice of Islamic Resistance and the Lebanese Army.
The families of martyrs in the Lebanese Army are seeking to uncover all the facts and those who bear responsibility for the murder of their sons. However, the justice may not occur due to the political turmoil whereas the politicians are unable to make a celebration for victory and liberation due to their disputes and quarrels.
In Australia, some of politicians try to boost their popularity and their public presence through their discourse of hatred and attacking Muslims. However, the humanitarian interaction among citizens has overcome all the forms of this discourse. This what we had witnessed in the heroic action of Shaun Oliver, the father of three kinds, who sacrificed himself to save the lives of four Muslim children from drowning in a beach at Wollongong.
We greet Shaun’s heroism, courage, and self-sacrifice and his humanitarian nobility. In the same time, we offer our condolences to his family for the tragic and painful loss. In this vein, we call our Muslim brothers and sisters in our community to donate to his dignified family to express their gratitude and respect.