Ten Thousands of people marched Saturday from various Lebanese regions towards Baalbek city to commemorate the Arbaeen in a ceremony organized by Hezbollah under the name “Procession of Grief and Pride”.
In a speech Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah delivered on the eve of Arbaeen which was Friday night, he clarified that the ceremony was set to take place in Baalbek because the captives of Karbala passed through this region when they were taken away from Karbala to the castle of Yazid in Damascus.
The captives were Imam Ali Bin Hussein, Sayyeda Zainab and the rest of the wives and children of the martyred Imam, his friends, and family.
At the end of the ceremony which included Quran verses recitation and mourning over the tragedy of Ashura, Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah delivered a speech in which he reminded of the major lessons learned from Ashura and released some stances on the local and regional political situation.
Starting with the lessons learned from Imam Ali Bin Hussein and Sayyeda Zainab’s stances when they were taken to the castle of Yazid, Sayyed Nasrallah said: “We take one sentence from the speech Ali Bin Hussein said before Yazid and one sentence from Sayyeda Zainab’s speech and make them our slogan, stance and position.”
“Today, seeing what is happening in the world, from the threats of America, Israel, and their agents in the region, we repeat these stances and say: Do you threaten us of death? We are the sons of Hussein, Zayn Al-Abidin, Allah’s prophet, household, and friends, we are the sons of (the battles of) Badr, Khaybar, Hunain, and Karbala, so death for us is a norm and Allah honors us with martyrdom.”
Sayyed Nasrallah added: “We have confronted you with this spirit since 1982… and with Zainab’s stance, we fill up the fields and tell all the tyrants in the world: Use all your powers and efforts, and by Allah, you will never erase our presence, memory, and effect, you will never recognize our limits…”
Responding to Ban Ki-Moon:
From here, Hezbollah secretary General reiterated holding on to the resistance’s path and arms, and assured that these, in addition to the army and people, are the only guarantee to Lebanon’s security, dignity, and stability.
“Yesterday, I felt happiness when I heard UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon saying that he was concerned of Hezbollah’s military power. I tell him that this relieves us and makes us happy, because we want you, America, and Israel to be concerned. We don’t care about that, we only care that our people feel secure because there is a resistance in Lebanon that will not allow any captivity, occupation, or violation to their dignity,” he said in response to Ban Ki-Moon’s Friday stances which he released in Lebanon, in which he demanded the disarmament of Hezbollah.
“I say to him and to the entire world that this armed resistance will remain, continue, and expand in its power, capability, and readiness, and its certainty that it has taken the right choice is increasing. From the experience in Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, and all the regions that witnessed occupation, we ask: What was the result of relying on the Arab League, the Arab regimes, the Islamic Conference Organization, the United Nations, the Security Council, the European Union, and such organizations?”
He continued: “The result is that Palestine is still under occupation, over 10,000 Palestinian is still in captivity, millions of Palestinians are still displaced outside their countries, and Al-Quds is being violated daily and Judaized by the zionists.”
“On the other hand, the resistance in Lebanon, which believed in God and wagered on the power of its fighters and support of its people, achieved liberation, so did the resistance in Gaza and in Iraq.”
Regarding the national dialogue issue, Sayyed Nasrallah reassured that Hezbollah is ready to begin dialogue over a national defense strategy that protects Lebanon; however, it rejects dialogue over the disarmament of the resistance.
Imam Moussa Al-Sadr and His Companions case:
Hezbollah Secretary General tackled the case of Imam Moussa Al-Sadr and his two companions Sheikh Mohammad Yaaqoub, and Mr. Abbas Badreddine, and expressed Hezbollah’s support to the steps taken by the Lebanese government and the Lebanese delegation to Libya in this field, and thanked the Libyan officials who said they would cooperate on this file.
On the internal security level, his eminence stressed Hezbollah’s compliance with civil peace and stability, and stressed that political differences on any issue must not affect security and civil peace.
“I call for this commitment and emphasize that preserving security and confronting crimes in all the regions is the responsibility of the government, army, and security apparatuses,” he said.
The Lebanese Government:
In parallel, Sayyed Nasrallah hoped that the prime minister and the ministers would make their greatest efforts so that the government succeeds.
Furthermore, he asked the cabinet to be more active and give priority to the people’s matters so that it would gain their support, and warned that there are some parts who do not want this government to make any achievement.
The Syrian Developments:
Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah assured that Lebanon is the country that is most affected by the Syrian developments, and based on that he said: “Out of our concern and love to the Syrian people, army and leadership, we call on the Syrian opposition inside and outside Syria to respond to the President (Bashar) Al-Assad’s dialogue requests, and to cooperate with him on implementing the reforms he announced previously. Moreover, we call for restoring peace and stability, dropping the arms, and solving the problems with dialogue.”
Noting that some statements have come out recently and warned of sectarian incitements in the region, his eminence said: “I tell all the countries that your political and inciting attitude in media and the fields, is what opens the way for sectarian conflicts. If you were honest in your warnings, and if you were concerned with keeping Syria and our region away from civil and sectarian wars, you have to start by changing this attitude and make united Arab efforts, in cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkey, to help in ending the Syrian crisis rather than igniting fire and tensing the situation.”
The Iraqi Blasts:
Commenting on the suicide bombings that hit Iraq recently killing and wounding hundreds of people, amid preparations for commemorating the Arbaeen of Imam Hussein (as), Sayyed Nasrallah assured that everyone should condemn these acts and called on “the nations’ scholars, leaders, parties, and movements, specifically the Islamic ones, to denounce all these suicide bombings that target civilians only because of ideological, political or religious differences, whether in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan , Syria, Somalia, or Nigeria, and whether it targets Muslims or Christians.”
His eminence continued saying: “Those who are being killed in Iraq today, all their fault is that they went to visit the son of Allah’s prophet. The truth is that the killers want to take revenge from the spirit of the Iraqi resistance which defeated the occupation and forced it to withdraw.”
“I tell these killers, whoever they were, that killing is useless, and it will not stop this faithful path that seeks Allah, as neither the killing in Karbala achieved this goal, nor will the killing in Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq and Iran do that.”
Sayyed Nasrallah assured that assassinating the nuclear scientists in Iran will not stop the Islamic Republic from its scientific and technological development.
“They kill the nuclear scientists because they want us in this region to be singers, dancers, and mindless people who spend their nights and days worthlessly. However, if we were scientists, whether in chemistry, physics, or medicine, and if we were a nation that produces knowledge, which is the major power, they would not accept that,” he pointed out.
In conclusion, Sayyed Nasrallah called upon the Bahraini authorities to respond to the people’s demands, start with the reforms, and hold serious dialogue with the opposition.
He also referred to the Palestinian situation, indicating that “day after day it is being affirmed to the Palestinian people that resistance in the only choice, and that the enemies of the nation don’t want the Palestinian factions and people to reconcile and unite, because their continuous goal is to fragmentize us.”
“Brothers and sisters in Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Iraq and the entire region, our way to glory, dignity, independence, liberation, power, prosperity, and security, is through unity, avoiding incitements and conflicts, solving issues through dialogue, and holding on to the resistance spirit and choice,” Sayyed Nasrallah stated.
“Experiences throughout history, including this great occasion, have proven to us that with this spirit that rejects humiliation, loves martyrdom, and has faith in the future and in the coming victory, we could attain unity, power, safety, glory and victory,” his eminence concluded.