The most important points stated by the Supreme Religious Authority in the second sermon of Friday prayer

The supreme religious authority stated in the second sermon of Friday prayer of the 3rd of Shawwal 1440 AH corresponding to June 7, 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, important moral and educational points in relation to our reality, such as:

  • Mercy and compassion face to cruelty, violence, arrogance, harshness and rudeness.
  • Mercy as a concept is mentioned more than 300 times in the Holy Quran, which indicates the great significance of this principle.
  • God has numerous names and attributes most of which are based on mercy, compassion, sympathy, and kindness towards His worshippers.
  • Mercy is also one of the attributes of the prophets, apostles, and the righteous.
  • {And We have not sent you, [O Mohammad], except as a mercy to the worlds,}
  • Thus, mercy should be the basis of our social relationships through which we can perform our functions in life.
  • Each of us needs the other as life is based on cooperation, synergy, solidarity and empathy.
  • All of these qualities are inspired by the principle of mercy, which is deposited by God in us as a human instinct, whether believer or not, it is the mercy that makes us humans.
  • Therefore, the Quranic verses and the noble hadiths stressed the importance of having this principle in our life
  • People need each other, for life is based on cooperation and kindness that emerge from mercy.
  • “God has no mercy upon those who don’t show mercy to others,” and “God has mercy upon the merciful.”
  • Our life is not organized without this great principle of mercy.
  • The Almighty set up a system of thought for mercy, as it should be used with justice and wisdom and sometimes also with resolve and firmness when needed.
  • One of the types of mercy is to show mercy to oneself by preventing themselves from committing sins to avoid God’s discontent and from vices
  • Every human self tends to do evil, and one must protect themselves from such tendency.
  • One of the heinous crimes committed against oneself, is committing suicide and preventing oneself from the right to live life
  • This is a sign of societal dysfunction and imbalance in the institutions of the state.
  • Suicide indicates the societal dysfunction that should be addressed as such a phenomenon reflects human cruelty.
  • This kind of issues arise due to a lack of care; people and governmental organizations ought to build up people psychologically, but they are preoccupied with academic, materialistic, and living matters, noting that academic and scientific matters are essential, but there has to be a balance, which is the responsibility of all.
  • The second matter which we need; is to turn the mercy and compassion among us into a system of life and a social situation.
  • We should exercise mercy in the system of life, especially in politics; officials in power must be merciful and work for their country’s interests, as mercy will urge them to care for the nation's interests in order to serve it
  • They should harness all the efforts to achieve the justice among the components of the society, especially for the vulnerable classes, which find difficulties in getting their basic needs.
  • One of the most important characteristics of the successful ruler is turning those working with him to tools to serve the people, the vulnerable classes and all components of the nation.
  • The father should show mercy to his children, and protect them from what may destroy them.
  • Mercy must be exercised by children toward their parents and siblings and vice versa.
  • We are condemning the cruelty of some fathers who torture their children.
  • We are calling on people to show mercy to the aged parents whose children have neglected them, to the brothers whose eldest brother exercises cruelty towards them, and to the married couples and the rest of the society.
  • We should then show mercy and solidarity with one another so the Almighty show His mercy upon us!
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