1- HOW SHOULD LOVE OF ALLAH BE?
ADNAN OKTAR’S LIVE INTERVIEW ON KRAL KARADENIZ TV (6 FEBRUARY 2009)
ADNAN OKTAR: For one thing, one must be constantly in a state of profound love, day and night. Even in sleep, one must sleep in that state of profound love. And he thus burns with the love of Allah even in his sleep. That will give us a great energy and vivacity. He must never abandon that, but must always live in that state. A profound submission to Allah and the fear of Allah should be emphasized. Apart from that, there is complete compliance with the Qur’an, a submission to the Qur’an. There is nothing else apart from that to make a Muslim uneasy or uncomfortable. He just has to place his faith in and surrender to Allah.
ADNAN OKTAR’S LIVE INTERVIEW ON TEMPO TV (10 March 2009)
ADNAN OKTAR: A great majority of people have killed the love within their souls. For one thing, they must resurrect that love which is dead in their souls. They must bring that love out again. But the real matter is for love and fear of Allah to enfold a person. Someone who attains love of Allah also attains all the beauties in the world and all the beauties of the hereafter. Once a person has attained the consent of Allah, that person’s mind will be attached to Allah’s mind. Allah guides that person from that point on, meaning he is no longer under satan’s control. Someone who had fully submitted his heart to Allah is under His complete control from that on. Such a person experiences constant profundity, happiness and beauty.
ADNAN OKTAR’S LIVE INTERVIEW ON AKS TV (APRIL 14th, 2009)
ADNAN OKTAR: People have one true love. They either love Allah, or else the world. If they love the world, it means they have lost their reason. His mind would be gone then.
REPORTER: Allah forbid.
ADNAN OKTAR: Of course. He should be in love with Allah, will love the world with love of Allah. I mean, he will love the world because they love Allah, for His approval.
ADNAN OKTAR’S LIVE INTERVIEW ON TEMPO TV (FEBRUARY 10th, 2009)
ADNAN OKTAR: Loving Allah causes a lover’s electricity to develop in a person. Such a person would have the face of a lover. Every cell in a person’s body knows Allah, they recognize Allah and love Allah and when one loves Allah, his cells become vibrant and very healthy.
ADNAN OKTAR: In other words, all the cells of the body rejoice with the love of Allah, they open out. The more a servant of Allah loves Allah, the more all the cells of his body live in peace and comfort, and by Allah’s leave they are therefore sound and healthy.
ADNAN OKTAR’S LIVE INTERVIEW ON TEMPO TV (MARCH 24th, 2009)
ADNAN OKTAR: We live mad with love of Allah and take great delight in everything that Allah shows us. Do we take any less delight in this image of the sea that it is being shown to us now thinking that it is just an image? Instead we just see and realize our own weakness and helplessness, that all power actually belongs to Allah. And we see from that how easy it is to go to Paradise or Hell. And everything becomes a sign leading to faith for us. This watch on my arm, for instance, I would believe solely because of that. Just because of that; had there be not any other evidence, I would look at this watch. What is the Power that creates it in my brain? Who can give me such an image? No technology or scientist or anything can do that. Because we also watch, what we refer to as technology or scientists, on the screens inside our brains. Absolute power belongs to Allah. That is why just a glass is enough for us to believe. This makes everything a sign leading to faith. For someone who possesses this knowledge, this secret, not just insects, birds and animals but even all technological devices are signs leading to faith.
ADNAN OKTAR'S LIVE INTERVIEW ON EKIN TV (January 26th, 2009)
ADNAN OKTAR: I always say right from the outset, it is very important, being genuine in such a way as to open the path to all eternity, then fearing Allah very deeply and loving Allah, but so as to be in love with Allah. In the sense of being madly in love with Allah. To rise in the morning and go to bed at night with love of Allah. To know the Qur’an well, to have read it at least a few times. To be punctilious about religious observances. To take great care over the salat. For women to take care over their chastity and for men to watch over theirs.
ADNAN OKTAR: ... Any action without love, affection, and a profound fear and love of Allah would be unsuccessful. In order for an action to succeed, one has to have a profound love and fear of Allah. One has to have a joyous, Muslim love and a spirit of unity and togetherness.
ADNAN OKTAR'S AL QUDS INTERVIEW
2- LOVE OF ALAH IS BASED ON A DEEP FEAR OF HIM
ADNAN OKTAR’S LIVE INTERVIEW WITH KANAL 35 (IZMIR) (February 7th,2009)
ADNAN OKTAR: I mean how it can be possible not to fear Allah. An entity created as an image in a space no bigger than a lentil, in case he becomes rebellious towards the rule of Allah, Allah would destroy that person. I mean even if He just swamps us into darkness without even doing anything else, we would be ruined. For example, if He takes away our sense of sight and hearing, Allah can paralyze us in that lentil-sized space, if He pleases so. He can make it impossible for us to move our hands or feet, He can paralyze us and keep us in that state. Or He can take us directly and cast us into Hell. Of course we must fear Allah. They ask whether a person is Hazrat Mahdi (as) or whether I am Hazrat Mahdi (as), but nobody can make such a claim. All believers have a fear of Allah, they have to fear Him. This enables us to be people of love. In other words, love of Allah produces both profound reason and profound love and passion. Love of Allah in any case roots from fear of Him. And that fear is one that comes with passionate love. This is not an ordinary fear of the kind we are used to know. It is not like just avoiding a danger, but a fear that comes with passionate love. In other words, the fear of a lover, the fear of offending the Beloved, a fear of falling out with the Beloved, a believer is terrified of these things. He is terrified of offending Allah. Or else a passionate lover would be a lover in Hell as well. I mean, Allah forbid, even if Allah casts a Muslim into Hell, the believer will burn with love for Him there for all eternity. But Allah does no such thing. A person madly in love with Allah does not go to Hell, insha’Allah. I am just speaking hypothetically so that people can understand. In other words, we love Allah unconditionally. We do not say that we will love Allah if He is to send us to Paradise, but won’t if He does put us in Hell. We love Allah under all circumstances. We are in love Him under all circumstances.
3- BELIEF IN AND LOVE OF ALLAH WILL VERY SOON RULE THE WORLD
ADNAN OKTAR’S GOLOS NEWSPAPER (CRIMEA) INTERVIEW (OCTOBER 2008)
ADNAN OKTAR: We are tested here. We undergo an excellent test. But if we root ourselves in love and affection, peace and brotherhood, then Allah will make this world Paradise for us, insha’Allah. He first made it into Hell, because people were rooted in racism, atheism, materialism and Darwinism. People saw the First and Second World Wars and suffered terrible hardship and pain. That means that this is what materialism, atheism and Darwinism lead to. Now that the Darwinism and atheism have now been torn down, the belief in creation rules, the belief in and the love of Allah is ruling. Look at the world now, it has begin turning into a paradise. There is more plenty and abundance. But if an error is committed anywhere, Allah immediately breaks the strength of that place, if you notice. Allah will break the strength of any place where there are people whose consciences are impaired or who inflict suffering on others. But Allah gives plenty and abundance to anywhere where people promise peace and love and live this. But the future will be most delightful, Alhamdulillah. We will see very happy days, insha’Allah.
4- SOMEONE WHO LOOKS AT EVERYTHING WITH THE LOVE OF ALLAH WILL ALSO LOVE HELL
ADNAN OKTAR’S LIVE INTERVIEW WITH KANAL 35 (IZMIR) (February 14th, 2009)
ADNAN OKTAR: The way people look at Hell, they do not approach it through the love of Allah. If they looked with love of Allah they would also love the Hell. The Hell is in fact the source of love. Because Hell is a threat to the cruel, a great weapon that does away with immorality. And it is the source of happiness. Allah makes it His instrument. For example, Allah did not show them Hell in the time of Adam (as). You have seen the falseness and hypocrisy of satan and you know that he deceived Adam (as). And he deceived Hawwa, and they behaved in the opposite way to what Allah commanded. But Hell exists now. Hell is an excellent training for all people, for all Muslims. We will also see Hell from Paradise, and that will have a huge positive effect on us. Hell will stoke up our love and passion. The lover needs Hell, in other words. It is very important.
ADNAN OKTAR’S LIVE INTERVIEW ON EKIN TV (FEBRUARY 23rd, 2009)
ADNAN OKTAR: Now if one who loves Allah goes to Hell, he will burn with love of Allah there. He will burn with love of Allah for all eternity and never renounce that love. I am speaking in that sense, but of course the true lover of Allah will never go to Hell. But even if he does, he will still give thanks to Allah. The lover of Allah is pleased with all that comes from Him.
5- PEOPLE CAN ONLY FIND PEACE WITH LOVE OF ALLAH
ADNAN OKTAR'S LIVE INTERVIEW ON KAÇKAR TV (January 29th, 2009)
ADNAN OKTAR: One can only find peace, and have trust in Allah and comfort, with the love of Allah. In other words, the more money many people have, the more they suffer unease and hardships. We see this on the outside. There are many such cases in the outside world. I do not want to cite individual examples, but people will see this all around them.
ADNAN OKTAR'S LIVE INTERVIEW IN CAY TV (FEBRUARY 25th, 2009)
ADNAN OKTAR: When love of Allah does not exist in the heart of a person, he cannot look around himself with love of Allah. And when he can’t do that, he loses all love and passion. He loses that glorious power within him. A huge emptiness arises when one loses love and passion and these are replaced by troubles and woes, fears, tensions and doubts. People either turn to drugs to escape that suffering or to cocaine or various other dangerous substances that cloud the mind and harm the human body and soul. The end result is of course very terrible. Allah forbid, they collapse both mentally and physically and materially. Sometimes they wind up in jail or are excluded from society, or else they commit crimes under the influence of those drugs and when they come to their senses they have no memory of what they did. But they had already committed it, that is no way out. And it is of course a national disaster for them to do these things, a great danger. And we need to adopt a firm stance against it as a society. The way we call on people to live by the moral values of the Qur’an, draw people towards that enfolding warmth of love of Allah, tell them of the profound beauty of that love and passion, look at all things through love of Allah and regard everything as a manifestation of Him is the foundation of our living happily and pleasantly in this world, too. We do not have faith in order to be happy of course, but we are happy because we have faith. That is also highly important.
ADNAN OKTAR’S LIVE INTERVIEW ON EKIN TV (FEBRUARY 16th, 2009)
ADNAN OKTAR: The Qur’an and the hadith are the source of glad tidings. Allah tells us the secret of joy, love and passion in the Qur’an and the hadith. Someone who loves Allah with a passion experiences that joy and love through the love of Allah. And always feels the profound beauty of that.
6- THE CONCEPTION OF LOVE IN THE MORAL VALUES OF THE QUR’AN
ADNAN OKTAR'S LIVE INTERVIEW ON TEMPO TV (January 28th, 2009)
ADNAN OKTAR: The conception of love in the Qur’an; Allah wants us to love and fear Him. If someone does not love and fear Him, may Allah forbid, then Allah takes away the light of love in his heart, his power of love. I mean no matter how hard he tries, whatever he may do, he can neither love nor get anyone else to love him. He loses two powers at once, in other words, not just one. He loses the power to love and also the power of being loved. But since believers approach all things with a love and fear of Allah and look around them with the passionate love of Allah, they see the manifestation of Allah everywhere. That is why they are capable of feeling an ardent love. When a believer looks at a child, he sees the beauty that Allah creates in the children of the Paradise. He regards the child as the radiance of Allah, the manifestation of Allah. He delights in it. Feelings affection, compassion and a desire to protect arises in his heart. But it is Allah Who bestows that love. Allah refers to giving the Prophet Musa (as) a lovableness from His presence. That means that human beings are not lovable through any virtue of their own, but because Allah bestows it upon them. For instance, Allah bestowed an extraordinary beauty on the Prophet Yusuf (as). It came about through the will and creation of Allah, because if people were to be affected, they would have been so affected on first seeing the Prophet Yusuf (as). But they were not affected when they first saw him in the well. Allah says in a verse about Prophet Yusuf (as) that “..considering him to be of little worth.”. But later on, women were so affected by the Prophet Yusuf (as) as to slash their own hands. “Surely Allah is beyond that,” they say, “but he must be an angel.” They compare him to an angel. They were extraordinarily affected by him. But if a believer does not bear and approach matters with Allah’s mercy, then there can be no love in his heart. For instance, sometimes when people are preparing to get married, the girl says it is an extraordinary situation for her. She says she has fallen in love for the first time in her life, that she has never seen such a person, that she has literally been hypnotized and that she has found the man of her life. And because that poor fellow is desirous of being liked, he naively believes her, as this is a feeling that satisfies his pride. He never looks into the reason behind it or asks why that person loves him. He never wonders whether she would love him if he had no car or home of his own, or if his salary were less than it is. He just believes her out of a naive excitement that comes from having met someone who has discovered him at last. He is amazed at that discovery. He is amazed that nobody had discovered him before but now that she did. But the fact is that subconsciously the woman hates him for his stupidity, for his failure to see the truth. Because she regards him as prey, like a fly caught in her web, like a tiny fly. And he wriggles around there just like a fly. And she slowly weaves her web around him. He naively believes, the poor thing, that he has really affected her, that he is quite extraordinary, that there can be nobody else like him and all that kind of thing. But this is mutual suffering. She is just fooling herself, as she knows in her heart of hearts that it is his possessions that have affected her and that she will hate him in the event these cease to exist. Subconsciously, she develops a deep hatred for him. The woman automatically finds him repulsive and disgusting. But women use their wills under such circumstances, and they put up with the other party and the prospect of advantage overcomes their disgust, since money, cars and fine clothes will be forthcoming, and since she finds these more desirable and since the enjoyment these will give her, is greater than the disgust he will cause her. In putting up with him, she tries not to let him feel this, of course. She employs various means of covering up that she is only putting up with him. They have various ways of appearing lovable to one another. She says she has prepared a special dinner for him and has been waiting for him, while he tells her he has found a beautiful ring. They then embrace one another like in the movies. Posing and pretending for a lifetime is so painful. I mean, for a woman to live in the pretence that she loves someone when she does not, all for gain, and for a man to give the impression of being loved when he knows he is not, to pretend he is deceived when he does not believe it, for them both to pretend they love the other, like an actor and actress, is one of the most painful things in the world. It is one of the worst torments Allah inflicts on people. Whereas in true love a person seeks neither property, nor possessions nor this, nor that. If a woman sees a manifestation of Allah in a man, if she sees the mind of Allah in him, a woman will be literally hypnotized by that man. Allah gives such a power to that man. The wife of Pharaoh was extraordinarily affected by the Prophet Musa (as). She left the Pharaoh and married the Prophet Musa (as) in the desert, travelling with him for 40 years. The Prophet Musa (as) had no property. He gave her just hardship and tribulation. But she saw the manifestation of Allah in the Prophet Musa (as), for which reason she felt a powerful love for him. That is known as passion. As for our Prophet (saas), the wife of one of his slaves divorced him and married the Prophet (saas). Because she saw the radiance, beauty and manifestation of Allah in him. She saw much more in him. She saw a much greater, much more intense manifestation in him than in her own husband. Allah says to our Prophet (saas), you were ashamed of this and kept it hidden from people and concealed it in your heart, but Allah knew it. And He says that Allah’s command has now come to pass. By a verse of the Qur’an Allah enabled that woman to divorce that servant, and she married our Prophet (saas). Our Prophet (saas) was reluctant. He told his later wife, “Carry on as you are, do not get divorced.” He wanted her marriage to continue. But things came out when Allah sent down His revelation and Allah’s command was obeyed. In other words, this is a passion. In other words, the woman did this excellent thing because of her passion for the manifestation of Allah. We see many examples of this in history. This manifestation of Allah was seen in other prophets, too. And also in our own Prophet (saas). Loving for Allah’s approval is something else again. It is a profound delight. There is a special power in people in that regard, a feeling like a sixth sense. It resembles neither seeing nor touching nor hearing. It is an indescribably intense delight, a profound force. We call it passion. People imitate love and passion on the streets, I hear that on the television. They say they are in love. When I ask according to what criterion, meaning would that love persist if they had no job or money, they say they would get divorced. That means it has nothing to do with love.
7- THE DIFFICULTIES EXPERIENCED BY BELIEVERS IN THE LIFE OF THIS WORLD ARE A MEANS OF EXPRESSING THEIR LOVE OF ALLAH
ADNAN OKTAR’S LIVE INTERVIEW ON EKIN TV (FEBRUARY 16th, 2009)
ADNAN OKTAR: Those who strive on Allah’s path walk through the roads of the prophets. Every believer goes through the stages the prophets went through. If the Prophet Yusuf (as) went to prison, so does the believer, and if the Prophet Musa (as) was watched, followed and placed under surveillance, so is the believer. Ayyub (as) suffered tribulations and difficulties, and met them with fortitude. The believer will suffer them, too. Those who attempted to burn the Prophet Ibrahim (as) for opposing the idols may also seek to burn those who strive on Allah’s path. This is an important means for the believer to express his love of Allah. It is a way of expressing the love of the lover, the way of expressing the love of Allah. There must be suffering and difficulties to emphasize the love of Allah. Otherwise, love of Allah cannot be expressed while one is sitting comfortably in one’s chair. That is why believers regard such things as a mercy from Allah. Tribulations pour down like rain, depending on a believer’s takwa, depth and closeness to Allah. They regard them as a mercy, as blessings. Scourges increase their radiance, enthusiasm and excitement and also make them healthy. Hardships beautify the believer. Hardships made the Prophet Yusuf (as) so attractive. Allah made suffering His instrument in making him so good-looking. Women who looked at him had their breath taken away. They say that hardships wear a person down, but hardships undergone on Allah’s path give one good health and chase away difficulties. They make one more joyful, healthy, attractive and longer-lived. Well-being and prosperity bring sickness with them, and scourges, and make one ugly and evil. Failing to strive on the path of Allah, failing to walk on the path indicated by Him, avoiding hardships, has always brought suffering with it. Such people collapse and are ruined, wrecked by sickness and tribulations. Allah does not give such people peace and ease. But there is constant unease and suffering in their hearts. For a believer, a difficult environment is Paradise for him. For example, when a believer goes to prison, it is as if he is entering Paradise. Because everything he does on Allah’s path will earn him merit many times over. For example, if he earns one merit on the outside, he will earn a million in a day in prison. That is why it is highly welcome, and that is why believers seek out such tribulations, insha’Allah.
8- ONE MAY ONLY WEEP FOR LOVE OF ALLAH ALONE
ADNAN OKTAR’S KON TV KONYA INTERVIEW (August 31st, 2008)
ADNAN OKTAR: One may only weep for the love of Allah. One weeps from joy and fervor. One weeps from the fervor of love of Allah. Apart from that, weeping is unbecoming of a Muslim. As is feeling sorrow. But one can weep from the love of Allah, and the fear of Allah, insha’Allah.