His Eminence Sheikh Youssef Nabha delivered the two Friday sermons on 21st of July, 2017 (27 Shawaal 1438) from Masjid Arrahman in Sydney among a mass of believers.
In the first (religious) sermon, Sheikh Nabha recalled the death anniversary of Imam Jaa’far As-Sadeq (a.s) and said that Imam As-Sadeq (a.s) filled the minds of Muslims and non-Muslims alike, with the knowledge that enables them to understand the civilized dimension of Islam and all its moral and social codes. Sheikh Nabha also said that when we recall Imam Jaa’far As-Sadeq (a.s), we ought to remind ourselves that when we say we are Jafari, meaning that we meet and belong to Imam Jaa’far As-Sadeq (a.s) through his devotion, his faith, his piety, his generosity, his knowledge, and wisdom, and we hold these characteristics, this will bring happiness to Imam As-Sadeq (a.s). The Sheikh stressed that being a Muslim is a responsibility and being a Shiite is a responsibility and belonging to AhlulBayt is a responsibility and we cherish that we hold this honorable and civilized path of Islam that enables us to present the Imams of Ahlulbayt (a.s) to the world in a bright and civilised manner because their knowledge is from the knowledge of Prophet Muhammad (a.s). Sheikh Nabha concluded by citing some of the teachings of Imam As-Sadeq (a.s) on freedom and said that Imam Sadeq (a.s) advised us that a free person remains free because his will power is free and also advised us to maintain and develop strength since strength is the basis of honor and dignity for Allah says: ” Do they seek with them honor? But indeed, honor belongs to Allah entirely.
In the second (political) sermon, Sheikh Nabha touched upon the recent developments in Palestine, as Al-Aqsa Mosque is witnessing an Israeli siege and in Lebanon, as the government approved a series of ranks and salaries.
The following is the text of his speech:
The situation is still tense in occupied Palestine, where Al-Aqsa Mosque is witnessing an Israeli siege and closure in light of the Zionist procedures that provoke the feelings of Palestinians in particular and Muslims in general amid international silence and Arab inaction to support and help the first of two Qiblas.
A group of settlers stormed the yards of Al-Aqsa Mosque protected by the Israeli occupation forces, while the Palestinians in Al-Quds refused to enter the holy mosque from the Israeli electronic gates, and thus they made their prayers outside the yards of the holy mosque to prevent the Israeli occupation from overtaking it.
Muslims are called upon to support their sanctities in Palestine and to help the oppressed Palestinian people who are oppressed by the Israeli occupation who are building new settlements on the Palestinian territories.
These days are fateful days in the history of Palestine and its Islamic sacred sites which have been relinquished by Arab monarchies, and as a result the Arab people should bear the responsibility to defend and liberate Palestine and its sacred sites from the Israeli occupier.
On the other hand, Lebanon has approved a series of ranks and salaries for the beneficiary of all sectors governmental, private and small businesses after long negotiations.
However, it is feared that the taxes imposed on workers and low-income citizens would come under the pretext of funding the series of salaries and ranks, as it is also feared of a rise in prices as a result of this funding which will then see the pay rise vanish.
In this vein, the government should seek to find financial resources that guarantee financing of the salaries and ranks, such as imposing taxes on banks that make massive profits or by stopping the losses and ongoing corruption in the governmental sectors.