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Sheikh Youssef Nabha: We will vote against same-sex marriage

His Eminence Sheikh Youssef Nabha delivered the two Friday sermons on the 11th August, 2017 (18 Dhul Qa’dah 1438)  from Masjid Arrahman in Sydney amongst a mass of believers.


In the first (religious) sermon, Sheikh Nabha addressed the believers about the duty and responsibilty of speaking the good word. Sheikh Nabha said that the majority of problems come from the words that we speak. Sheikh Nabha also said that hadiths have urged man to study each word before he says or writes as it distinguishes the believer from others. Sheikh Nabha quoted Imam Ali (a.s), as he says, “Indeed, the believer’s tongue is behind his heart, and the heart of the hypocrite is behind his tongue.” 


Sheikh Nabha stressed that it is vital for the believer to express wisdom through his words because the word may vanish a boon. Sheikh Nabha said that Allah, the Exalted has demonstrated the effects of the good word in the Holy Quran, Allah says, “Have you not considered how Allah sets forth a parable of a good word being like a good tree, its roots are firm and its branches are in the Sky. It produces its fruits in every season, by the permission of its Lord.”


Sheikh Nabha ended by saying that we must monitor ourselves and monitor the words that we speak and guard and educate ourselves with the words of the Allah, the Exalted in the Holy Quran, because the words of Allah, the Exalted should be the guidance of our speeches and our responsibility in this life is to speak the good word and the word of truth.  


The following is the text of the second (political) sermon:



This week has witnessed a terrorist attack when the Saudi forces led an assault on the town of Al-Awamiyah in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. This town, which its residents are peaceful Muslim Shiites, has been besieged by the Saudi authorities which exercise the worst forms of terrorism and racism against those residents and do not respect the sanctity of their mosques, their holy sites, their blood and their dignity.


We condemn the Saudi bullying against the people of Al-Awamiyah, and every person who has a free will must bear the responsibility of defending those people and their human and national rights. Saudi Arabia, its bloody regime and its Takfiri terrorist curriculums are responsible for all the political chaos and the bilateral wars in the Islamic world because its Haram (unlawful) money supported previously Saddam in his war against Iran, and because its dirty weapons are slaughtering the Yemenis, and because its filthy policy is spreading devastation, destruction and strife in Iraq, and because its Takfiri terrorist ideology caused a bloodshed in Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. However, this takfiri terrorist ideology was smashed in Lebanon by the Resistance that ended An-Nusra Front in the outskirt of Arsal, and hence the Resistance becomes victorious similar to its historical victory over the aggression and occupation of the Israeli army, which stopped the war on 14 August 2006, after it suffered heavy losses and was defeated by the Resistance fighters who wrote (by their blood and heroism) the finest epics in defending Lebanon, its people, its sovereignty and its free decision.


In Australia, the draft of the bill of same sex marriage has returned back to be in the forefront of political events, where some politicians urge to approve it, such as through seeking to resort to the postal vote in a plebiscite, or through passing the bill in the Parliament through a conscious vote.


In this regard, we declare our opposition to the adoption of this proposal, in which we have the same view as Muslims with the Church and other People of the Book who deny this type of relationship that poses a danger to the society and the family which it is the basic component of the macro-family-system in its ethical, moral and human dimension.


In this regard, we will vote against this bill if it is presented to a plebiscite, and we will not vote to any politician in the ballot box in any coming election if he approves to pass the proposed bill and gives it his confidence because he will then lose our trust in him and what we have entrusted to him.

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