The Supreme Religious Authority to the fighters

The Supreme Religious Authority to the fighters: You have the greatest reward, and would that we were with you so that we could also share the accomplishment with you.
First part of the Friday's Sermon held in the Imam Al-Hussayn's (p) holy shrine, the representative of the Islamic Supreme Religious Authority and the preacher of the Friday's Sermon in Karbala, his eminence Sayed Ahmed Al-Safi said: "In the name of Allah, the most Merciful, the most Compassionate. And, Prayers and Allah’s peace be upon Abu Al-Qasem Mohammed and his pure lineage. Praise be to God before everyone, with everyone, after everyone. Allah is great recite in such a manner that no one can be categorized in it. He is before everyone, with everyone and after everyone. Glory be to Allah and repeat it so often that no on can count it but Him. He is before everyone, with everyone and after everyone. Glory be to Allah recite so much that none can calculate it. Brethren, people of faith and obedience!, Dear fathers, people of respect and knowledge! Dear sons, people of ambition and faith! Dear sisters, daughters, and mothers, peace and Allah’s blessings be upon all of you.
I advise you, including myself which is sinful, to fear Allah the Almighty, and to have piety as a day will come when nothing will benefit but the good work. And The Almighty only accepts the deeds of the righteous. May Allah make us among the pious and the most righteous. We are still in the journey with Imam As-Sajjad (peace be upon him) of the supplication in mentioning and asking for Repentance, and we have stated that it is an innate need to return to the Almighty especially when we go through misfortunes and difficulties. Imam As-Sajjad (peace be upon him) in this important educational journey shows to us this real need and at the same time that when a person is observing his own deeds, he will seek to improve them. And we are in this blessed month of Sha'ban, we have to prepare ourselves to the holy month of Ramadan, as the Almighty loves to see us doing good in accordance with the sanctities of these months so that we can take benefit of the mercy spread during these blessed days. Therefore, we have the occasion now more than before to ask for the repentance with good faith. Back to the supplication, in which the Imam (Peace be upon him) after the recognition of the sins and showing our need to returning to the Almighty to start a new page as His doors of mercy are all open, the Imam (peace be upon him) says: "O God, so here I am: I have come to You obeying Your command (for You have commanded supplication) and asking the fulfillment of Your promise, (for You have promised to respond): You have said, "Supplicate Me and I will respond to you" (40:60)."
This is how the Imam (peace be upon him) educates us in how to knock on the Almighty's mercy doors, using very polite and precise words as {There is nothing like unto Him} (42:11) The Imam (peace be upon him) explains this part in The Whispered Prayer of the Rememberers, when he said: "My God, were it not incumbent to accept Your command, I would declare You far too exalted for me to remember You, for I remember You in my measure, not in Your measure, and my scope can hardly reach the point where I may be a locus for calling You holy! Among Your greatest favours to us is the running of Your remembrance across our tongues and Your permission to us to supplicate You, declare You exalted, and call You holy!" This is the education in the school of Ahl Al-Bayt (peace be upon them), so when the Almighty says: {Supplicate Me and I will respond to you} (40:60). we need to see if we have the conditions so our supplication is responded. And in order to fulfill these conditions, the Imam As-Sajjad (peace be upon him) take our hands to show us the steps we have to go through to achieve this level, in all the heritage of supplication left to us by Ahl Al-Bayt (peace be upon them) such as the great meanings stated in the Sahifa As-Sajjadiya; the Zabur of Ahl Al-Bayt (peace be upon them), as the supplication is a state of surrendering to the Almighty's will. So, in a state of humiliation and modesty, we pray the Almighty saying: "I have come to You obeying Your command." as one of the important conditions of the supplication is to not pray while we are committing sins. Indeed, the heritage of Ahl Al-Bayt (peace be upon them) is very important, as they are the heirs of Allah, and they are the ones who know what are the precise words to use for the acceptance of our supplications, which is clear in the following narration of Imam As-Sadeq (peace be upon him), it is narrated from Abdullah bin Sinan who says that Imam Sadeq (peace be upon him) said,"After this a time of such doubt will befall you that you will be without the visible signs and a guiding Imam. And no one shall be able to achieve salvation from this except those who recite "Dua Al-Ghareeq" The narrator asked what this Dua [supplication] was? Imam (peace be upon him) replied, "O Allah! O Beneficent! O Merciful. O Turner of hearts! (Please) make my heart firm on Your religion." The narrator repeated the dua in this way, " O Allah! O Beneficent! O Merciful. O Turner of hearts and visions! (Please) make my heart firm on Your religion." The narrator added "and the visions [Wal Absaar]" Imam (peace be upon him) told him,

"Indeed, Allah is The One turning the hearts and visions ", but you say only what I have said: "O Turner of hearts! (Please) make my heart firm on Your religion." These supplications are treasures and we have to take the utmost benefit of them, for their enormous meanings that draw raining mercy upon us. We stated that these supplications are showing us how to stand in front of the Almighty when seeking forgiveness and repentance, and how to knock on His doors. As if we do not pray in the correct way, these doors remain closed. The Imam (peace be upon him) in this supplication gives us the key, when he says: "O God, pray upon Mohammad and his Household, meet me with Your forgiveness just as I have met You with my confession, lift me up from the fatal infirmities of sins just as I have let myself down before You, and cover me with Your covering just as You have shown no haste to take vengeance on me!" In such blessed days, in these holy months, we have to focus on preparing ourselves for the great moments of mercy such as the mid Sha'ban and the night of destiny in the holy month of Ramadan, and as Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said: "Opportunity passes away like the cloud. Therefore, make use of good opportunities." The Imam As-Sajjad (peace be upon him) in this part: "meet me with Your forgiveness just as I have met You with my confession" as the confession was in the previous part of the supplication: "This is the station of him whom sins have passed from hand to hand. Offenses' reins have led him on and Satan has gained mastery over him. He fell short of what You have commanded through neglect.." Then this part: "lift me up from the fatal infirmities of sins just as I have let myself down before You" is a reminder of the previous part: "So he stood before You pleading, his eyes turned toward the ground in humbleness, his head bowed before Your might in lowliness.." and as the narrations said: "The closest that a servant is to his Lord is when he is in prostration." The more you humble yourself and go into prostration, the closer you are getting to Allah; and indeed, He elevates you. The Prophet (Allah's prayers be upon him and upon his holy Household said: “Whoever humbles himself before Allah, Allah will elevate him.” And the last part "and cover me with Your covering just as You have shown no haste to take vengeance on me!" We all deserve the vengeance because we continuously commit sins but the Almighty does not haste for it, but more, He covers our sins and does not disgrace us, and He is The Concealer of defects. We ask the Almighty Allah to cover us with his grace and to bestow upon us the wellness in our religion and our life, to protect all of us. And, the latest of our prayers is; praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds, and Prayers and Allah's Peace be upon Mohammad and his pure and virtuous lineage.