Excerpts from his website:
In 1952 A.D., following the death of the late Sayyed Mohsin Al-Ameen (ra), Sayyed Fadlullah paid his first visit to Lebanon and specifically to Beirut. He participated in the ceremony marking the anniversary of the passing of forty days on the death of Sayyed Al-Ameen. The 16-year old young man recited an elegiac poem: “A Tear on Mohsin Al-Ameen”, lamenting the demise of the great religious leader, Al-Ameen. That elegiac poem had such a significant impact according to the Lebanese newspapers at the time that it aroused people's feelings and revealed Sayyed Fadlullah's talent and creativity in versing poetry.
During his first visit that lasted for several months, Sayyed Fadlullah met many personalities and thinkers of different fields of knowledge including literature and politics. He also held many meetings and discussions with some Arab secularists such as the communists, nationalists, Marxists, and Baathists on the role of Islam in the modern society.
What made His Eminence stand out was his great enthusiasm and ability in the art of polemics and convincing, which revealed that he possessed wide knowledge and openness on the ideology of the other, whoever that other was. His attitude of accepting the other brought him into direct contact with the Marxist thought and the dialectical materialism in particular. He also had wide knowledge of the views of other thinkers, such as Jean Jack Rousseau, Frantz Fanon, and Paulo Freire.
His Eminence was characterized with his precise and deep reading, in addition to his ability in analyzing the Lebanese, Arab, and international events and developments. He also moved, in action and in words, in the path of opening up to the other and called for love among all sects and confessions. He worked hard on freeing the political and sectarian affiliations from their narrow circle to the wide horizons of the homeland, based on the values of justice, love, and understanding in a country that is for everyone and whose main concern is the happiness and ascension of man, considering him a token of Divine blessings if he succeeds in his choices and directions…
His Eminence always focused on the concept of the universal Islam, which means that politics is not something irrelevant to Islam. However, he, at the same time, did not agree with some politicians who exploit religion in their cheap political games.
We cannot but bow before this great endlessly giving person who never stepped in the labyrinths and narrow lanes of politics to achieve earthly objectives. On the contrary, he regarded politics as a means and an art through which he made sure to serve man and his interests, wherever he was, and worked hard on developing life, horizons, and awareness of this human entity.