A9 TV; 25 December 2011
(In response to the question, “Why does one say ‘insha’Allah’ and not ‘amen’ after praying?”)
“Amen”, our Armenian brothers say that. Christians also say it. Muslims say ‘insha’Allah.’ But one can say ‘amen,’ of course. But Allah says ‘insha’Allah’ in the Qur’an. By Allah’s leave; insha’Allah. That appears in Surat al-Kahf, insha’Allah.
You must take an interest in women’s hearts and faith. But do not obsess about what they wear. Some people think they should cover up and others not. There are some teachers, I forget their names for the moment, who say there is no such expression in the Qur’an. Indeed, the word “Khumur,” headscarf, does not appear. There is the word ‘covering.’ The Qur’an does not explicitly state, “cover your heads, women must cover their heads.” That much is true. But there are also trustworthy hadiths. We look to the hadiths on this subject. We look to the hadiths as a commentary on the Qur’an. Those who say ‘It is in the Qur’an’ are not telling the truth. It is not in the Qur’an. That is why those who claim it is not in the Qur’an say, ‘there is no headscarf.’ I respect that. I respect them. Because the word “khumur” is also used for a table cloth or any kind of covering. A verse speaks of them covering their breasts. But the word ‘headscarf’ does not appear. Those who say it does know they are in the wrong. That is no true. Muslims must speak the truth. But when we look at the hadiths and Islamic history, we see there are commands regarding the headscarf, the word “khumur.” That is how it is. As for what kind of headscarf, in my view it should be a full head covering. I do not think it refers to a normal headscarf there. You know they talk about the normal kind of headscarf that women wear. In my view, it is not that. I think it refers to a full covering. They say, ‘But I think it refers to a headscarf,’ and I respect that. They are also 100% Muslims. They are also on the true path. If they say ‘there is no reference to the headscarf’ in the Qur’an, then I respect that. But my own personal belief is in a full covering of the head. And they must respect me. We are all 100% Muslims, insha’Allah.
What matters is people’s faith. Does it really matter if people wrap a meter of cloth around their heads? That does not show they are Muslims.
(In response to the question, “Will the reference in verse 104 of Surat al-Anbiya’ – ‘So we will regenerate it [heaven]’ be as it is today?”)
No, Allah speaks of, “a different creation” in one verse. For one thing, Allah says, “..today your sight is sharp.” How will this life seem to us then? Like a dream. But it will be very sharp, you will be convinced that it happened, you will even be able to swear to it, but you will say, ‘it was a dream.’ But a really vivid dream. That is all. There, they are convinced that ‘this is true life. But that is also a dream. In other words, it is just an image. All right, the original of matter does exist, but we see only an image of it. When people wake up they will be stunned. They will suddenly leap to their feet. They experience a brief period of bafflement. They fail to understand that they have died, since they lose their memories. They cannot remember the life of this world. Not at that moment. ‘Who raised us?’ they ask. When the voice starts calling to them they all start running toward one point. They imagine there is something there. The whole community runs off there. It is there they understand, ‘Alas, this is the Day. This is what it meant. We have died and been restored to life,’ they say. They finally understand. Otherwise they do not realize what has happened. Allah speaks of ‘folding up heaven.’ He does not say it is the same heaven. All the laws of physics and chemistry change entirely. There will be no blood in the body, but the body will be healthy. How? The heart will exist, but merely for decoration. It will not pump blood. There is no blood in the body. People live without blood. They eat and drink tons of food and water. But it has no effect on the body. That food stays in the body. They eat trillions of tons of food and drink trillions of tons of water; the drink of paradise. Our Prophet (pbuh) says in one hadith that all that results is a very slight sweaty odor, like musk or ambergris. That is how that food stays in the body. A lovely smell that delights one is given off from the body, he says, insha’Allah. Matter is converted into that form. Take the laws of physics. Allah converts matter into that form. “A slight sweat, a very mild sweating, but with the scent of musk or ambergris,” he says. They will eat quadrillions of tons of food, and that is how it will be given off, insha’Allah.
If you attached as much importance to people’s faith as you do to their external appearance, the matter would be resolved. One, you have to attach importance to people’s faith, to the signs leading to faith. Two, you must teach people the miracles of the Qur’an. Three, you must teach people the commands of the Qur’an. You will see the Qur’an is full of love and represents a religion of peace and talks about moral virtue, art and science. You must see the importance of the signs leading to faith. In my view, external clothing is “jalabib”, or “jilbab,” which I believe means covering the head. People must respect that. That is what I believe. Someone else may say he thinks the world refers to a shirt or jacket. And I will respect that. “I understand it as referring to a long shirt,” they say. I understand it to mean a long, black covering. And look, not white. I believe that “jilbap” means a black covering. That is my understanding. I believe that is very becoming on women. I think it will be very lovely. But the Qur’an does not refer to the “headscarf.” That is true. There is no need to be dishonest about that. Some people say the word does appear. Where? There is not such term. “..draw their coverings across their breasts” it says. I have my understanding of “jilbap.” A long covering. And a black one, in my view. We can see that from trustworthy hadiths. They say it appears in Surat an-Nur. No, it does not. Why do they not tell the truth? Faith is very important for a woman. It is important for her to fear Allah and be careful over what is lawful and unlawful. But I respect their interpretation, everyone’s own interpretation. Respect for people who interpret the Qur’an in various ways is very important. I respect my Alawite brothers, and Shiites. I am a Sunni. Sunnis respect our Shiite brothers.
(About a letter written by Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent to the French king who had been taken prisoner in war and sought his help)
“I am the shadow of Allah, the Sultan of sultans, the Ruler of rulers, He Who gives the rulers their crowns,” he says. I am Sultan Suleiman, son of Sultan Bayazid Khan, and sovereign lord and ruler of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea and Rumeli and Anatolia and Azerbaijan and Damascus and Aleppo and Egypt and Mecca and Medina and Jerusalem and all the Arab world and Yemen and many other lands.” Allah, Allah, Allah, may Allah have mercy on his seven forebearers. If only we could have been there and seen that blessed one! “And you are the King of France, of the province of France. You send a letter by your ambassador to my door where rulers seek shelter and tell me the enemy has invaded your country and that you are currently imprisoned and you ask for our help for your liberation.” Allah, Allah, see what a hero he is? “Everything you say has come to feet of our throne that governs the world. I am aware of all things. There is nothing surprising about being defeated and imprisoned. You must be of good cheer and not grieve. Our forebears never held back from defeating their enemies and conquering other countries. We are on the path travelled by our forebears and are constantly capturing invincible lands and castles. I am in the saddle and wear my sword day and night. May Almighty Allah forgive and lead you to good. What He wishes will be done. You can hear other reports from the man you sent… Know this …” “I will do what is necessary,” he says. That is how a brave man should be, masha’Allah. Suleiman the Magnificent was a glorious person. Look at the majesty in his language, masha’Allah.
Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent wrote a wonderful letter. Truly befitting a hero. Look, the other man asks him to save him, and he says, “We have done such things many times before.” What glorious language, masha’Allah.
“I am the shadow of Allah, the Sultan of sultans, the Ruler of rulers, He Who gives the rulers their crowns,” he says. In other words, Allah created me as a shadow, he says. He names the Mediterranean and Rumeli. Look at what a boundless empire that was, masha’Allah. “…Yemen and many other lands…” In other words, other lands he has not listed here. “I am Sultan Suleiman, son of Sultan Bayazid Khan, and sovereign lord and ruler… of many lands.” And you are king of France, of the province of France.” The man has collapsed psychologically. He says that rulers seek shelter at his gate. “You send a letter by your ambassador to my door where rulers seek shelter and tell me the enemy has invaded your country and that you are currently imprisoned and you ask for our help for your liberation.” “Everything you say has come to feet of our throne that governs the world. I am aware of all things.” Look, “There is nothing surprising about being defeated and imprisoned.” “Be of good cheer and do not grieve. Our forebears never held back from defeating their enemies and conquering other countries.” We have done many such things, he says. Rescuing you will be no great difficulty for us, he says. “We are on the path travelled by our forebears,” he says. The Ottoman Empire was around 24 million km2 in the time of Suleiman the Magnificent. It was endless, masha’Allah.2012-02-20 12:28:38