His Eminence Sheikh Youssef Nabha delivered the two Friday sermons on 4th August, 2017 (11 Dhul Qa’dah 1438) from Masjid Arrahman in Sydney amongst a mass of believers.
In the first (religious) sermon, Sheikh Nabha recalled the life of Imam Ar-Reda (a.s), as the 11th Dhul Qa’dah marks the Imam’s birth anniversary. Sheikh Nabha told believers that the life of Imam Ar-Reda (a.s) encompassed a high level of knowledge in which people referred to and to which was interpreted in his behaviour and ethics. Sheikh Nabha also said that the Imam’s teachings were deduced from the Quran for he wanted to teach the people that the Quran is the light that illuminates the path of Right and the way to become nearer to Allah. Sheikh Nabha quoted the advice of Imam Ar-Reda (a.s) to the followers of Ahlulbayt (a.s), Sheikh Nabha said that the Imam said to Abdul Azim Al Hassani, who was a great scholar in the Imam’s age :
Tell my followers not to let Shaitan find a way to them, adhere to Allah’s line as evidence by what He revealed to His messengers, order them to be truthful and trustworthy, order them to keep silent and not to argue in what is not of their business, tell them to visit one another; this is how they will become close to me and tell them not to be concerned with making differences between each other
In the second (political) sermon, Sheikh Nabha touched upon recent developments in the Middle-East and Australia.
The following is the text of his speech:
Iraq continues to be threatened with the security and safety of its citizens by the terrorist attacks that hit its territories claiming the lives of the innocents. These occur at a time when the Iraqi political sphere is involved with political clashes and views that are in favour or against an issue in many fields. Thus, the Iraqi politicians and leaders are required to work for Islamic unity and that the political parties and factions work to serve Islam and Muslims, and hence to serve all the citizens who are waiting for further actions and productivity in all governmental sectors which they suffer from corruption.
On the other hand, Lebanon celebrated the Lebanese Army’s Day on August 1, and the Lebanese citizens continue to wait for their politicians to support the army and to back it and to secure political support for it, because a big battle awaits the Lebanese Army in the coming days with ISIS if no agreement is reached with this organisation to withdraw its members from the outskirts (of some villages in Northern Bekaa), as its counterpart, An-Nusra Front, did, when it withdraw to Idlib humiliated and subjugated to the imposed conditions of the Resistance and the Lebanese government, which retrieved its prisoners from An-Nusra Front despite the irresponsible opinions that are worthless.
As for Australia, we greet the efforts exerted by the security forces that maintain the security and safety of the citizens’ lives and money and hence to maintain the rule of law. We hope that the politicians and the media refrain from exaggerating an event in Australia in order to invest in elections or to gain public opinion or to make a media scoop. These actions may create an atmosphere of hostility towards Muslims who are peaceful in the majority and are not liable for a criminal act conducted by an individual. We also demand that the security forces maintain Australian laws guaranteeing the freedom of individuals and guaranteeing their human rights during and after detention.