ADNAN OKTAR: My days are very busy and full of activity, and I do not have much time for sleep. I do not like to waste that time, because I regard sleep as time deducted from life. So I sleep no more than 4 hours, then I get up for the morning prayer. After that I am in a constant state of activity. I like the newspapers very much. I like reading the newspapers particularly, rather than the Internet. I scan the news very quickly and underline those places of interest to me. Then I give them to colleagues for closer examination. But you may be interested in my leisure time pursuits. I am very fond of animals, flowers and plants. I have several cats which are very, very cute. A few days ago, for instance, one of them was left to fend for itself by its mother. It was fully grown but still a kitten at heart. It is constantly looking for affection and never leaves the front of the house. Cats usually go out and find things to do outside, but this one is always in front of the window. I am very fond of it. It produces huge feelings of affection in me. It is also always hungry, so we keep having to provide liver for it. I have trees, fruit trees I take an interest in. The fruit on some has just ripened, and I take a close interest in their fertilizer and pruning their branches and that kind of thing. I bought a flower a few days ago, and that has really opened up, giving off lots of tiny seeds. I watched it closely in the evening, it was a really lovely, glorious thing. It had an amazing long, thin stalk. Its flow was lovely, too, full of colors. These are delightful blessings bestowed by Allah. There is so much to see and delight in. We have neither enough time nor enough years in our lives.
ADNAN OKTAR: What I like most in my private life is cats. I have an army of cats, I am very fond of them. I like painting very much as well. I make modern pictures. I also like gardening. I prune the trees, and sometimes arrange the roses and flowers. I sometimes go out. In the past, I didn’t go out so often but now I go out more often.
ADNAN OKTAR: I spent my high school years inby research; I was constantly reading, examining and researching. I was not the kind of person who was going out so frequently. I had a chemical laboratary at home, I had an interest in chemistry. I was also interested in ceramics and made sculpture-like pieces out of clay. I painted and I still do; I make oil paintings on 3 metre to 2 metre canvases. I mostly paint modern, surrealist pictures; I have given many of them to my friends as a present; they have them in their homes. I used to make charcoal drawings. I used to like it, and I was also building model planes. This was how I was spending my days. I was reading books, and I mostly like reading books.