Supreme Religious Authority
In Friday’s sermon the representative of the Shia Muslim Supreme Religious Authority, sayyid Ahmed EsSafi, delivered on January 11, 2019, he talked about technology and the crucial role of the family in the society.
EsSafi said that every society must have social immunity with which the society is built and without which the it is destroyed.
He added that social immunity is controlled by people who allow certain things or ideas to enter their society or not.
He also said, “Some people might think that the absence of social immunity does not concern them—they are either oblivious, ignorant, or indifferent to what it is, and the society will grow dishonestly—and everyone pays the price.”
EsSafi said further that the more people are at a high level of awareness, the stronger social immunity becomes, noting that everyone should be concerned with their society, adding that some issues can be handled by the family, while other issues must be handled by the government.
“The absent role of the head of the family forms an issue some people are complaining about. It’s not about only providing for the family members, but it is also about watching them, teaching them, and communicating with them,” added EsSafi.
He shed light on technology, saying, “The more technology makes matters easier or more difficult, the more it disintegrates the family and its firm relationships,” indicating that the society is in need of technology, but technology will burden the head of family with more responsibilities.”
EsSafi cited the words Imam Ali wrote his son Imam Hasan (Peace Be Upon Them), after he had returned from Seffeen Battle: “I have found you part of me; rather I have found you my whole, to the extent that, if something befalls you, it befalls me—if death comes to you, it feels as if it comes to me. Your affairs concern me just as my affairs concern me. I have, therefore, written you this letter to tell you how I feel for you, in case I remain alive for you, or perish.” EsSafi said, “It’s important that fathers learn from Imam Ali (Peace Be Upon Him), for his letter has been passed down to us, for we are the addressees.”
He called on fathers to communicate more with their children and be aware of their needs and activities, so that children can realize they have a father, a mother, or a brother who looks after them. In addition, EsSafi called on parents to show sympathy toward their children and to dispense with violence.
EsSafi concluded, “The whole society should take their social responsibility, for everyone is accountable to some children who have gone astray and to the family disintegration that has ruptured the society,” adding that it is also necessary for parents to write their wills, indicating that it is permissible for one to write their will, which should not only include materialistic properties, but also ethical heritage.
Editing: Wela’ EsSeffar
Translation: Mohammed ElObaidi