Archive for March, 2008

Easter Message from Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem!

March 23, 2008

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Christ is risen. Indeed He is risen!

I wish you all a Happy Easter full of God’s grace. This will be my last Easter with you as I reach the age of 75 and retire. Yet, and as I have said in my last pastoral letter, I shall remain with you in my prayers and shall continue to accompany you in your happy moments and grievances. I shall work with every seeker of justice and peace until all the inhabitants of this land will live in security and tranquility, in the presence of God Almighty, merciful and full of love to all his creatures. For the sake of all our faithful in our Churches of Jerusalem, and all believers from all religions in this land, Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze and Baha’is, I shall pray, and extend my love to all.

Christ is risen. Indeed he is risen! I pray and ask God to fill your hearts with the joy and hope of the Resurrection. We all live in a holy Land, the land of Revelation, Redemption and reconciliation between the peoples and reconciliation with God, the compassionate and forgiving. Unfortunately, this land remains a land of bloodshed, ignoring its own vocation and incapable of accepting it.

We have witnessed in the past few weeks the tragedy of over one million people in Gaza Strip and over one hundred martyrs who fell there; we also witnessed the victims of the Jewish religious school in Jerusalem; and we still witness every day Israeli incursions in the Palestinian cities and the killing of many Palestinians despite agreements with the Palestinian Authority. We can still hear the voices of anger following the killing of the four young men in their homes in Bethlehem a few days ago. All of these incidents form a chain of inhumane and futile violence, regardless of the party behind it. Facts on the ground prove that violence has failed to achieve the desired security. It remains an inhumane violence and an aggression against the human dignity of the one who is killed and the one who kills.

Of course, this is not the new life that we celebrate with every Easter. The states, the individuals, Israelis and Palestinians, after more than one century of conflict must understand that armies don’t protect their peoples anymore, but expose them to more violence, fear and insecurity, because the weak and the oppressed have also their power that challenges the strong of this world. It is high time to learn the lessons of history and engage in the path of God; it is high time for every people and individual to accept the vocation entrusted by God to them, which is to build societies and not demolish them. Violence destroys and never builds. We are all capable of building because God granted us part of his goodness and power so we can uphold human societies that respect individuals and in which they must vi3ew each other as brothers and as God’s creatures, equal in dignity, rights and duties. Violence can never be a way towards this. God created us and urged us to be perfect and holy as He is perfect and Holy. (cf Mt 5:48).

Despite this, there are hundreds of thousands in both the Palestinian and Israeli societies who send an outcry: peace… peace. And they are ready to make ‘peace now’. But we see also extremists on both sides who are prisoners of their own ideologies and call in the name of God to kill their brothers, while God tells them all: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. We are in need of leaders who can make peace because this is the sole path to put an end to extremism and to start the true way towards security and tranquility. To say that peace is a risk that we cannot take means to keep all of us in the cycle of death and violence. The leaders have to choose between two paths: either peace or increasing extremism and insecurity. We need leaders who are ready to offer their lives for the sake of peace not leaders who issue orders to kill and assassinate and send others to kill or to get killed.

Christ is risen. Indeed he is risen! Amidst the difficult conditions which are worsening every day in our land and in the region, – we remember the death of the Archbishop of Mosul in Iraq and the lives of all Iraqis who have been living a daily tragedy since the declaration of war on Iraq. Amidst these difficult times, we celebrate Easter in Jerusalem and we tell you, brothers and sisters and all of you, men and women of good will: don’t feel weak in front of the death forces working within our ranks. Saint Paul said: “You did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear” (Romans 15:8), but you received the spirit of God to be strong, with the same strength of God and His love.

We celebrate the feast of the glorious Resurrection, which is the triumph of Jesus Christ over death and sin. God grants this power to every human being so that he can prevail over evil within his soul and the evil surrounding him. He grants us all the power to transform hatred and death into trust and love and life that was gifted to us through the Resurrection.

We believe in God and we believe that God is good and His goodness will one day defeat the evil of people who claim that they want to build and maintain security, while their actions transform security into a mirage. It is high time to take new security measures that respect the human being and bring him closer to peace rather than death.
Dear brothers and sisters, this is my last Easter Message as a Patriarch of the Holy Land. I have said earlier and I repeat: I shall continue to pray and walk with you on the difficult path of peace and justice, and on the path of sanctity that God requires from anyone who wants to live and rule this land. I wish everyone a Happy and Holy Easter and a new life full of the spirit and grace of God.

Christ is risen. Indeed He is risen!

+ Michel Sabbah, Patriarch
Jerusalem – March 17, 2008

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Dear Friends,

This is the message of Michel Sabbah the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem for Easter.

God bless everyone try for peace anywhere around the world.

Sepehr Mohamadi

Happy Nowruz to All around the world!

March 19, 2008

O Reformer of Hearts and Minds,

O Director of Day and Night ,

O Transformer of Conditions ,

Change ours to the best in accordance with Your will.

Dear Friends,

The new Iranian Year, that is starting with spring is coming within several hours from now. The year is changing in one moment all around the world. The above prayer is read by Iranians in the moment that is the year is exchanged in their families. The exact time in several cities around the globe are as below:

Iranian New Year, 1387, begins on Tuesday March 20, 2008
Tehran:
Thu. 09:18:219 AM , Toronto:Thu. 01:48:19 AM , Los Angeles:Wed. 10:48:19 PM , London:Thu.05:48:19 AM , Sidney Thu. 04:48:19 PM

For more information about the Iranian New year and Nowrooz take a look at the following sites:

Norooz in Wikipedia

Norooz website in Canada

Giving up bidding for good and forbidding from evil results mischievous to be your governors!!!

March 11, 2008

Dear Friends,

Imam Ali Advised his Son when he was struck (fatally with a sword):

[Nahj-al-Balaghah will:47]

Do not give up bidding for good and forbidding from evil lest the mischievous gain positions over you, and then if you will pray, the prayers will not be granted.

The most important part of bidding for good and forbidding from evil is claiming against governors.

Iranian people avoided to join the last presidency election and the result was President Ahmadinejad!

So if we still follow that way the result will be worse and worse!!!

I hope more Iranian people go out from Idealist and think realist and rational and choose “Bad” over “Worse”

Regards,

Sepehr Mohamadi

No one will enter Paradise except Jews or Christians!!!

March 6, 2008

[Quran 2:111,112]

Some have said, “No one will enter Paradise except Jews or Christians!” Such is their wishful thinking. Say, “Show us your proof, if you are right.”

Indeed, those who submit themselves absolutely to GOD alone, while leading a righteous life, will receive their recompense from their Lord; they have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.

Dear Friends,

Many religious leaders may fear you and may say you that you will not go to Paradise if you are not accepting their kind of leaving and their kind of thinking or don’t follow them!

But God’s words are not that!

If you have any religion but submit to the creator of universe and lead a righteous life,

Never mind, Take it easy and Laugh to all of them!

Sepehr Mohamadi

Where is Real Al-Aqsa Mosque??!!

March 4, 2008

Dear Friends,

Do you know what is Al-Aqsa Mosque and where is it located?

Let’s explain where is Al-Aqsa mentioned in the Islamic documents:

[Quran 17:1]

Most glorified is the One who summoned His servant (Muhammad) during the night, from the Sacred Masjid (of Mecca) to the farthest place of prostration(Al-Aqsa Mosque), whose surroundings we have blessed, in order to show him some of our signs. He is the Hearer, the Seer.

Also it is mentioned in Some Islamic narrations from prophet Mohamad that Al-Aqsa Mosque is the second holiest place after Masjed-al-Haram in Mecca.

But what you think about the location of Al-Aqsa Mosque?

Where is it located?

Many Moslems traditionally think that Al-Aqsa Mosque is the Mosque in the picture above. But that is the Dome of the rock and that is a totally incorrect conecpt!

Many others traditionally think that Al-Aqsa Mosque that mentioned in Quran and called the second holliest place for Islam is the Mosque that is built on Temple Mount and called with the same name “Al-Aqsa Mosque”.

But that is also incorrect!

Al-Aqsa Mosque which is located at Temple mount in the following pic:

The back of the Mosque.

is bulit at least 70 years after Prophet Mohamad at 710 AD!!

So that never cannot be the Al-Aqsa Mosque that called by prophet Mohamad?

So is Al-Aqsa Mosque that is called by Prophet Mohamad, anything other than Temple Mount that is claimed by jews as the most holiest place for them?

In some Islamic narrations Al-Aqsa Mosque is not on the earth and in somewhere in the heavens!

So,why arab and Israelis fight for years for something that have no root in Islam religion???!!!

I don’t defend Israel as a real governmental terrorist in the modern world. But I want to clarify an incorrect misunderstanding in Muslim community.

Sepehr Mohamadi

P.S Please refer to the followings for more info:

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_mount

2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Aqsa_mosque

3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dome_of_the_Rock

Submission to reality! Believe to Jesus! Believe to Moses! Believe to Mohamad! Believe to Abraham!

March 3, 2008

[Quran 3:83,84,85]

Are they seeking other than GOD’s religion, when everything in the heavens and the earth has submitted to Him, willingly and unwillingly, and to Him they will be returned?

Say, “We believe in GOD, and in what was sent down to us, and in what was sent down to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the Patriarchs, and in what was given to Moses, Jesus, and the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction among any of them. To Him alone we are submitters.”

Anyone who accepts other than Submission as his religion, it will not be accepted from him, and in the Hereafter, he will be with the losers.

Dear Friends,

Submission to truth, Submission to reality, Submission to God, The only unseen God, is My religion.

I belive to Abraham, to Moses and To Holy Jesus The Christ.

I believe to Mohamad as well.

Peace be uppon all of them and all the submitters to the reality.

Love,

Sepehr Mohamadi