On Friday 23rd June 2017, His Eminence Sheikh Youssef Nabha delivered the two Friday sermons from Masjid Arrahman in Sydney among a mass of believers. In the religious sermon, Sheikh Nabha called on the believers to maintain the spiritual atmosphere they lived in during the past month, the month of Ramadan, throughout the rest of the year as we approach now the end of the Holy month. Sheikh Nabha also expanded on the importance of maintaining brotherhood relation, since the brother or the sister bear the responsibility of helping his brother or sister in all matters related to life and religion. He further reminded the believers of the words of Allah in his Holy Book “The believers are but brothers, so make settlement between your brothers. And fear Allah that you may receive mercy”.
In the second sermon, Sheikh Nabha announced that Sunday 25th June 2017 will be the first of the month of Shawwal, marking the day of Eid al Fitr according to the jurisprudential opinion of the late Grand Ayatollah Assayed Muhammad Hussein Fadhlullah (ra).
Sheikh Nabha then addressed the believers on the Day of Al-Quds. The following is the text of the sermon:
Today, the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan, marks the International Day of Al-Quds, which was declared by the late Imam Khomeini (ra) to keep the issue of occupied Al-Quds and hence the occupied Palestine alive in the memory of the Muslim peoples after many Muslim rulers abandoned this holy cause.
This occasion represents the title of the Islamic unity, as well as it represents the title of a just and a humanitarian cause, because the holy city of Al-Quds Al-Sharif, the first Muslim Kiblah, and its suffering people are still under the yoke of the Israeli occupation which it is working on Judaising the city and imposing security and psychological restrictions on its people to expel them, and consequently to make Al-Aqsa Mosque and Qubbat al-Sakhra Mosque (the Dome of the Rock) empty from the worshipers.
What is happening in Palestine and its holy city through the actions taken by the occupation is considered a disgrace in the history of every entity that turned a blind eye to its crimes, and hence supported it against the victims.
In another context, the recent terrorist attacks, which targeted a number of Muslims, especially the last attack on worshipers in front of a mosque in the British capital, London, confirmed that terrorism has no religion, and that the terrorists are a group of criminal extremists who use violence and murder as means to satisfy their bloody desires. Remarkably, the President of the United States of America Donald Trump has not been quick to condemn personally this terrorist attack as he usually did in condemning the attacks in any Western country.
On the other hand, it seems that Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia began to bear fruits with the appointment of Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz his son Mohammed a Crown Prince (his expected successor). This appointment indicates the level of decline in governance in Saudi Arabia, and indicates that Saudi Arabia, which lacks the basic concepts of democracy, is not entitled to call other countries, such as Syria, to be democratic and to adopt the circulation of powers. Moreover, this appointment confirms the policy of double standards in some Western countries that welcomed the Saudi king’s decree, and hence they excluded Saudi Arabia from their calls to be a democratic country. Verily, evil is what they judge!
Listen to the full sermon here: http://masjidarrahman.com.au/podcast/friday-sermon-23-6-2017-28-ramadan-1438/