A9 TV, November 6th, 2012)
All Sections Of Society Must Be Treated With Love, Whether They Cover Themselves Up Or Not.
(Regarding the way an artist described women who cover themselves up as ‘bogeymen’)
All right, our efforts and conception of love are excellent, but our efforts are not enough by themselves. It does not stem from looking like a bogeyman, it stems from some people’s language. Otherwise, there are plenty of women who cover up in Anatolia, and they are radiant people. They are the sweetest things in the world, very blessed. They are redolent of Anatolia, immaculate people. But of course we have to be constructive; the word bogeyman is no good. We must say let us be virtuous and warm and loving and use a constructive kind of language. If you call them bogeymen, they will say something in return about you and that will lead to a clash of words, and that would be wrong.
Interpretations of verses of Surat al-Hajj
In this way We have sent it [the Qur’an] down as Clear Signs. Allah says they are clear. “You will understand them very clearly.” Allah guides anyone He wills. (Surat al-Hajj, 16)
You cannot lead into pride anyone who is guided to the truth by Allah, alhamdulillah. It is impossible for anyone you make proud to attain salvation, no matter what they do.
Here are two rival groups who disputed concerning their Lord. Those who are disbelievers will have garments of fire cut out for them, the clothes they wear will appear like fire to them in hell. They will assume the form of fire. Clothes are given them, but clothes of fire. But not the fire we are familiar with. ...and boiling water poured over their heads, (Surat al-Hajj, 19) Not the boiling water we are familiar with. That is the water of hell, something very different. Allah says it will go down to their very cells.
...and they will be beaten with cudgels made of iron. (Surat al-Hajj, 21) Not the iron we are familiar with, the iron of hell, the cudgels of hell. All the laws of physics are very different there, the laws of chemistry are different, the nature of matter itself is different. So it does not mean iron in the sense we are familiar with.
Interpretations of verses from Surat al-Naml
Look, the Prophet Solomon says to the hoopoe, ‘We will soon see if you have told the truth...
One must not immediately believe as soon as a report comes in from someone. What does he say? “We will see. We will soon see.” “...if you have told the truth,” It is no good trusting people blindly, one has to check them out. “...or are a liar. Take this letter of mine and deliver it to them...” So preaching can be done by post, sending letters or books, from a distance. There is no need to go in person. “...and then withdraw from them a little...” So they can think and reflect. One cannot ask people, “So, what do you think?” as soon as they are given a book or written materials. Pull back so they can think and investigate. “...and see how they respond.” What their reaction will be. In other words, the Qur’an is noting the importance of analysis, of analyzing events. Acting in the light of analysis, and changing one’s attitudes on the basis of how events work out. When the Queen of Sheba was given the letter, she said; “Council! a noble letter has been delivered to me.”
So she asks for advice. “It is from Solomon and says: “In the name of Allah, All-Merciful, Most Merciful’.”
‘Bismillahirrahmanirrahim.’ Look, all of my books start out “In the name of Allah the Compassionate and Merciful.” That is in all my books. It is also a reference to the Prophet Solomon’s (pbuh) letter. And the Holy Seal. Allah, His Messenger Muhammed, insha’Allah. It is Allah who creates that seal in the books, masha’Allah. “Do not rise up against me” Because the worst thing is pride. You cannot preach to a proud person. You cannot do anything. That pride has to go first. They must realize they are a servant of Allah. “...but come to me in submission [it says]” He encourages her to have faith. “She said, ‘Council! give me your opinion about this matter’.” The importance of seeking advice. She seeks advice, though she is a leader, a head of state. She asks her council people who know about these things. “Give me your opinion…” What do you think? What is your view? “It is not my habit to make a final decision until I have heard what you have to say.” Look, “I will not make a decision until I have sought your advice and opinions.” That is the most right and rational thing to do. Seek advice. Advice can be sought from prophets or doctors. This is the importance of consultation.2013-01-06 21:50:08