In his Friday prayers sermon in Paris, Allamah Kashmiri spoke about:
• Fatimatul-Zahra’s (s.a.) Educative Method.
• Congratulate the leading Marja’iyah and the Iraqi people the recent victories to liberate parts of Iraq from the foul and satanic gangs. Beseeches the Almighty to grant more victories to liberate the remaining lands and rid the country and its institutions from corruption.
• Calls on the Mujahideen to guard against complacency and show humility because the real victory is to triumph against the self and the final victory is to preserve this achievement.
13 Jamada II 1436
Since we are in the season of Al-Zahra (s.a.) and nearing her birthday, I shall talk about this occasion for our benefit as well as that of our children. Because we live in an era which lacks spirituality, proper upbringing and morality, and because Al-Zahra (s.a.) is the ideal example for the women of the Ummah, and the leading lady of the women of the worlds, therefore let us learn a lesson from her educative and ethical method to educate our children – as she possesses high maternal and idealistic culture.
The first of which is to show a ample respect for the children and thus treat each one of them as an individual eligible to receive education – not wait till the child reaches the age of six or seven to start teaching and supporting them, which is the case these days.
If the girl learns maternal education before she becomes a mother is better for her than other life-style lessons even though there’s no harm in learning the latter. In the eyes of the creator (s.w.t.) and society the girl, before anything else, is responsible for learning the basis of sound education to include that which preserves her health and the health of her child. Also, the child must take a fair share of affection and spirituality to prevent him/her from adverse psychological effects leading to social problems afterwards.
The same thing applies on the religious level. From the moment of inception in the embryo, the mother must adhere to religious teachings and purify the embryo or her newborn or the young child from Haraam. This has a positive effect on the child’s life and his future. The non-Muslim or an uncommitted Muslim maid, which we see many of in Muslim houses, can never take the place of the mother, neither in breast-feeding the child nor in educating and caring for the child.
In conclusion, I wish to say that the Muslim mother must be aware of her sensitive status in society, because everything she does or says has a great effect on the nature of her children and their future generations . Naturally this awareness should include the aspects of health, emotion, religious and scientific.
All this cannot be realized as and when the woman becomes a mother. There has to be a preparation for this by raising awareness of the culture of motherhood which, on the whole, embodies the culture of life. This will increase the need for the girls to receive this culture form a very early age so that it may run in their blood and veins. There’s no better way of compiling this education than to refer to the culture of sound motherhood of leading Muslim women with Al-Zahra (s.a.) the ‘Betul’ being at the forefront. She (s.a.) left us with colourful images of Islamic education, considered to be an integrated system for the women of the Ummah to raise their children correctly. To mention just a few examples of this:
Firstly: Al-Zahra (s.a.) did not accept that anyone else educate her children – except herself. Historians wrote that Umm Salemeh (known as Umm al-momineen) wife of the prophet (s.a.w.w.) entered her room one day and Al-Hassan Al-Mujtaba (a.s.) was on her lap and she was grinding grains. She said to her (s.a.): “Which would you prefer, help you with your son or with the grinding”. She (s.a.) said: I am attached to my son, here, take the grinding”. By this, Al-Zahra (s.a.) teaches a lesson to the women of the Ummah, which is the upbringing of the child is primarily entrusted to his mother who is more attached to her children and knows what’s good for them. We therefore emphasize upon the mothers not to let others take care of their children – they must do it themselves as much as possible.
Secondly: It is narrated form Allamah Shaykh Majlisi (r.a.) that Al-Zahara, the Betul was playing with her son Imam Al-Hassan (a.s.) and saying:
اشبه اباك ياحسن واخلع عن الحق الرسن
واعبد الها ذام منن ولا توال ذا الاحن
In this quatrain there are four lessons that Al-Zahra (s.a.) indoctrinated her son with:
1- Be like your father (a.s.), a courageous servant of Allah, i.e that we should teach our children courage and heroism. Imam al-Hassan’s (a.s.) courage was such that when he was small, he went on the mimbar and dismissed whoever was on it saying: “Come down, this is the mimbar of my father and grandfather” without caring about the person or his status.
2- Only worship Allah (s.w.t). By this, she (s.a.) stresses the oneness of the creator, the exalted in the mind of her son, because He [the creator] is the source of all good. For this reason when the baby is born it is recommended to recite Adhan in his right ear and Iqamah in his left ear in order to embed these concepts in his subconscious which would appear later in his conscience world.
3- Defend truth and justice, i.e. be a defender of justice and a fighter against injustice.
4- Keep away from spiteful people.
So where do we stand today from these ideal principles and the upbringing of our children? It is appropriate for Mominaat to consolidate these concepts in the minds of their children so that they may grow up to be defenders of justice and truth.
Thirdly: When Al- Zahrah’s (s.a.) maid Fid’ha came to help her with the house chores as well as looking after Imam Hassan and Hussain (a.s.), she (s.a.) chose to look after her children herself because she knew that one day they will be renowned in history as heroes of truth, loyalty, generosity, sacrifice, altruism, who feel other peoples’ pains and concerns, far from selfishness, contempt and other such reprehensible traits.
Fourthly: Al-Zahra (s.a.) was very keen for her children to be by her in her Mihrab during the day and night times to teach them devotion to Allah (s.w.t) and to forsake sleep for offering Salat. It has been narrated on one occasion that Al-Zahra (s.a.) was intensely reciting Duas and prayer for other people, from night till dawn, starting with her neighbours and others farther away. Imam Hussain (a.s.) who was sitting next to her was wondering what secret was behind this? She (s.a.) replied with a kind and tender look: “O my son, first the neighbour then us”. Is this not an eloquent lesson that fathers and mothers can teach their children ?
Fifthly: The intellectual education, she (s.a.) used to teach the two Imams (a.s.) the sermons of the prophet (s.a.w.w.) by first sending them to the mosque to hear the sermons of their grandfather (s.a.w.w) and then upon their return home ask them about it and repeat the process in the presence of Amirul-Momineen (a.s.) - to reassure herself and her husband that their education is correct. By this method she (s.a.) embedded in her children the knowledge from their grandfather, father and mother; which overflowed latter on in their lives and when fighting their opponents.
These are just some of the shining examples of how Al-Zahra (s.a.) raised and educated her children; making her a beacon for Muslim women to educate their children a truly religious education thus ensuring their success in both worlds.
Finally, Allamah Kashmiri congratulated the leading Marja’iyah and the Iraqi people for the recent victories to rid Iraq from these foul and satanic gangs. Together with the congregation, the Allamah beseeched the Almighty to grant the Mujahideen more success to liberate the reminding lands, also to rid the country from corruption which is threatening Iraq and its institutions on a level no less than other threats.
He called upon the mobilized national forces and the security forces to cooperate and unite and guard against complacency and show humility between themselves; because the real victory is to triumph against the self and the final victory is to preserve the gains of victory in compliance with the prophet’s saying when he (s.a.w.w.) was returning from battle: “We return from the minor jihad to the major jihad.” So someone asked: “O prophet of Allah what is the major jihad?” He (s.a.w.w.) said: “The jihad with the self from desires.”
((Indeed, Allah loves those who fight in His cause in a row as though they are a [single] structure joined firmly.)) Holy Qur’an 61:4
The sermon was delivered in Arabic, Urdu, and translated immediately into French.