(Regarding the increased earthquakes over the last 20 years.) The increase is very odd. We have had the greatest earthquakes of the last 1000 years. We are in the worst earthquake cycle in the history of the earth. The prophet (saas) refers to this because it is something extraordinary.
Among them there are some who find fault with you concerning the zakat. If they are given some of it, they are pleased but if they are not given any, they are angry.If only they had been pleased with what Allah and His Messenger had given them and had said, ‘Allah is enough for us. Allah will give us of His bounty as will His Messenger. It is to Allah that we make our plea.’ (Surat at-Tawba: 58-59)
One of the basic characteristics of hypocrites is that they do not strive against unbelievers.
Unbelievers are no problem for them. Neither do they strive against other hypocrites. That, too, is no problem for them. They strive against whoever they regard as the most successful Muslim group or individual. For example, there are all kinds of crazies, criminal types and prostitutes around.
But they enjoy the closest of relations with them. They live cheek by jowl with them.
You say, “You now say you are a Muslim but look at all the deniers, hypocrites and criminal types around you.” They will answer, “They are not my problem.” What they are interested in is the person they regard as the most successful Muslim of the time. Was there anyone that the hypocrites could have fought against during the time of our Prophet (saas)? There were deniers and immoral types, yet they only criticized our Prophet (saas), only talked about him and about his marriages, his love towards women, and opposed characteristics they foolishly regarded as shortcomings.
They go and sit down alongside perverts. Our Prophet (saas) is the holiest man in the world. Why do they target him? Because satan has given them that task. They should only be concerned with Muslims. This is an energy for Muslims. There would be something lacking for a Muslim with no deniers or hypocrites. Allah enmeshes hypocrites in struggle against the devout of Muslims, so that Muslims can demonstrate their virtue. It is impossible any other way. Otherwise there will be nothing to crush. For example there are microbes that have to be crushed and there are those that will crush them.. Who will you be crushing? You have penicillin but you would have no germs to kill if they didn’t exist.
They said, ‘We bring you good news of the truth, so do not be among those who despair.’
He said, ‘Who despairs of the mercy of his Lord but such as go astray?’ (Surat al-Hijr, 55-56)
”…but such as go astray”: In the verse Allah does not refer to people in depravity. The term ‘'go astray' is a most significant one.
All the hypocrites go astray. One of the distinguishing features of hypocrites is that they have lost hope, and we see in the Qur’an that they also try to make Muslims lose hope.
We never sent a warner into any city without the affluent people in it saying, ‘We reject what you have been sent with.’
They also said, ‘We have more wealth and children. We are not going to be punished.’ (Surah Saba’, 34-35)
They have wealth. They are attached to their fathers or grandfathers like leeches. These are generally prodigal sons. They are spoiled. The whole hypocrites crew, gets spoiled immensely .
The Affluent People: Society makes them like this. That is to say that they have no specialty. They are just the affluent and scum of the earth.
We reject what you have been sent with: They say they recognize neither Turkish-Islamic Union nor Hazrat Mahdi (as).
We have more wealth and children: Wealth and children. The objectives of the hypocrites are those anyway. They want to attain those so that they would acquire more wealth and to make their world a bigger place. Their wealth and children are not for Allah. They want them for the world.
We are not going to be punished: this is proof that they regard themselves as having takwa (fear and obedience of Allah).
We only sent you for the whole of mankind, bringing good news and giving warning. But most of mankind do not know it. (Surah Saba’, 28)
They say, ‘When will this promise come about if you are telling the truth?’ (Surah Saba’, 29)
They say; When will Hazrat Mahdi (as) come, when will the Prophet Jesus (as) return and when will the Day of Reckoning come?.
Qarun (Korah) was one of Moses’ people, but he betrayed and oppressed them. We had granted him such great treasures that their very keys alone were too heavy a burden for a company of strong people. Even his people warned him: "Do not exult in your wealth; surely God does not love those who exult. (Surat al-Qasas, 76)
Qarun suddenly supports hypocrisy. He goes mad. Normally, he is from one of the Prophet Moses' tribes, but he suddenly develops a lust for money. The lust for this world drives him crazy and he departs from the Muslims. He becomes the hypocrite of the age. He opposes Muslims. Allah says that He has granted him such great treasures and warns him that he is exalting his wealth for no reason.
The reason for his exalting himself is his reliance upon disbelievers.
That is also the reason for hypocrites’ brazen courage. It is based on the unbelievers, and unbelievers are thereason for their wildness. A hypocrite would not even think of it if he did not put his faith in unbelievers. Unbelievers are the only reason for their unpleasant brazenness. Because if they encounter a Muslim, they will say, “I have an army of deniers behind me.”
Is someone whom We have promised good and who then obtains it, the same as someone whom We have given enjoyment in the life of the world and who then, on the Day of Rising,
is one of those brought to punishment? (Surat al-Qasas, 61)
Muslims are promised that Islam will rule the world.
They are promised that they will see Hazrat Mahdi (as).
When they see him, it will be in the End Times
They said, ‘Let us make an oath to one another by Allah that we will fall on him and his family in the night and then say to his protector, “We did not witness the destruction of his family and we are telling the truth.” (Surat an-Naml, 49)
Hypocrites do not live alone. They move about like a pack of dogs. When there is a bone they are always together. They speak of Allah as if they really believed in Him. Since they are perfidious, they whisper for raids at night. They are hostile to those around. Not just to Him. They can make false accusations.
we are telling the truth: the hypocrite always emphasizes that he is honest
Do you not see those who were forbidden to confer together secretly returning to the very thing they were forbidden to do, and conferring together secretly in wrongdoing and enmity and disobedience to the Messenger? And when they come to you they greet you with words Allah has never used in greeting you, and say to themselves ‘Why does Allah not punish us for what we say?’Hell will be enough for them! They will roast in it.What an evil destination! (Surat Al-Mujadilah, 8)
In the first phase, hypocrites continuously make secret meetings. They operate like prostitutes meeting in secret. They have an incubation period. They secretly abandon Muslims and make contact with hypocrites and deniers. For instance, if you ask, “where are you going?” they will answer, “to buy lettuce.” But they are actually heading to a meeting of hypocrites.
They were forbidden to do so before. They are told, “what you are doing is not appropriate.
Stop holding these meetings.” But they perversely insist on holding them and go back to them.
They always try to appear to be Muslims. But they say, “if Hazrat Mahdi (as) and the Prophet Jesus (as) are to come, where are they? Let us see them first.” The hypocrite is not in the least bit interested in hell.
As for those who have set up a mosque, causing harm and out of disbelief, to create division between the believers, and in readiness for those who previously made war on Allah and His Messenger, they will swear, ‘We only desired the best.’ But Allah bears witness that they are truly liars. (Surat at-Tawba, 107)
This is the hypocrite’s true aim. He does not want to harm unbelievers. He does not want to harm hypocrites. He does not want to harm Darwinists or materialists. He does not engage in an intellectual struggle against them. He does not explicitly strengthen denial, openly.
He does strengthen denial covertly. He strengthens denial while appearing to support Islam. He wants Muslims to be divided.
The powers of the time attack Muslims, and the hypocrite waits for them to come.
Hypocrites’ squeals are also cunning. They are not explicit. The places they adopt as mosques are places they use for meetings with the satan.
They build mosques for satan. They constantly talk about the Qur'an and the hadiths and always say they want to set people right.. Because hypocrites rely on deniers, they never criticize them. They never touch them.
But they constantly say, “I talked about these things for honesty and goodness.”
Do not ever stand in it. A mosque founded on taqwa from the first day has a greater right for you to stand in it. In it there are men who love to purify themselves. Allah loves those who purify themselves. (Surat at-Tawba, 108)
Allah tells us to be where Muslims congregate. He does not say the purification is complete. Allah says they are purifying themselves, they are striving. Muslims realize their own flaws and inadequacies through their reason and consciences from the Qur’an. This is a religious observance.
What reason could you have for not fighting in the Way of Allah – for those men, women and children who are oppressed and say, ‘Our Lord, take us out of this city whose inhabitants are wrongdoers! Give us a protector from You! Give us a helper from You!’? (Surat an-Nisa, 75)
Allah is particularly addressing Muslims of our time. They are being oppressed in Afghanistan and in Iraq. There is oppression everywhere. Allah says: “Why do you not strive for the sake of those who say, 'Give us a protector, Hazrat Mahdi (as), from You'?”
“Why are you lazing about?” Allah asks. “Why do you not strive until corruption vanishes from the Earth and the religion is Allah’s?” He asks.
This means that a Muslim will always want a leader. This is the law of Allah. Send us a protector. That is the protector of the Time, Hazrat Mahdi (as). The whole world is wretched and awaiting salvation.
But those who say, “send us a helper” are believers. The hypocrite will never say this. Deniers will never say it. Who is this protector? It is Hazrat Mahdi (as). But he is also known as the protector of the time.