The important points stated by the Supreme Religious Authority in the Friday sermon

The second sermon of Friday prayer of the 27th of Rabi' Thani 1440 AH, corresponding to January 4, 2019, which was held in the holy shrine of Imam al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) and led by his eminence Sheikh Abd al-Mahdi al-Karbala'i, included important points such as:

- Social obloquy means defaming a significant personality, community, or religious denomination,

- A significant personality is a person of great importance and social rank—and such qualities a person or a society is distinctive of arise from their religious, cultural, social, ethical, economical, and political constituents, or – at least – from being human without having to have such qualities.

- The social obloquy is practiced against a certain person, community, religious denomination, or even against a well-known family that is distinctive of religious, social, financial, or economical rank.

- God has created human beings, honored them, and made them better than other creatures and each human being, whether they have a religion, intellect, or another quality, has their human honor.

- People have an innate need for socializing with each other, and therefore people should have their ranks as a basic social necessity as far as their human, living, material, and moral needs.

- Social obloquy contradicts with the human nature and ethics, as a human innately tends to be socially accepted, respected, and honored by others.

- If a person’s reputation is defamed, he or she will be ostracized and will suffer mental disturbances, especially that social obloquy denotes a widespread religious, ethical, or social defect which could lead to conflicts and disputes and the same can affect a society if it is defamed.

- Social obloquy, sometimes, gets intensified when it’s practiced on social media, and it extraordinarily influences people and causes the society disasters.

- Narrations have discussed such matters, but in other words, as the term of obloquy is a modern term. But we can find terms such as the violation of the dignity of the believer.

- The sanctity of a believer’s blood and property in the sight of Allah is greater than Ka’ba’s sanctity!’

- Everyone using social media and interacting with others is responsible for what they say, for they may carelessly talk about people and fling obloquy upon them.

- Everything one says will be displayed to them on the Day of Judgment, and every human will be held accountable for everything they say and do.

- This subject deserves our attention because it is a serious social phenomenon that threatens our moral system and peaceful social coexistence.
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