A9 TV; 9 October 2011
I had a talk with overseas, with Sweden, the other day. The first thing the man said was, “Salamun aleykum, people here do not like each other.” He was so depressed! And look, the first thing that comes to his mind is that scourge he admits so honestly. He says what upsets him the most. “Nobody likes anyone else.” True. They are amazed when I show love. “What is this, for God’s sake? Are you showing love? What is that supposed to mean?” they ask. They are amazed and look around them like tourists. Love has become so foreign to them that it amazes them. They are suspicious of love. “It is impossible, people cannot love one another if there is nothing in it for them,” they say. And the love that many people do show is totally artificial. That is why we always see cold, loveless faces everywhere. People go shopping and everyone looks fed up. Nobody smiles. Nobody looks at anyone else. Nobody says hello to anyone else. If they do, they are treated with suspicion. People look around as if to say “What was that all about?” They imagine it is aimed against them. That is a dreadful thing. It is a national tragedy. A tragedy for the whole world. But it is one of the greatest portents of the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh); such an extent of lovelessness in the world. There being so many people who look at one another with suspicion and have no trust in one another, that it is this terrifying. For example, someone goes to Greece and feels lonely there. Nobody says hello to him. He sits down in a restaurant and everyone treats him like a stranger. Nobody shows him any affection. The waiter in the restaurant smiles at him and says hello, but he does that for money, of course. That is how it is in many places. If he does not spend money, nobody will smile at him. They will even chase him away. For instance, he goes somewhere and people smile at him, but only because they hope to gain something. In other words, because they think he is there to do business. This is all dreadful. But one must love others for Allah’s sake. Look, a guest comes to the Prophet Abraham (pbuh), and he rejoices as soon as he arrives. “Come in, sit down and make yourself at ease,” he says. He has a calf killed and cooked right away. He brings in milk and yoghurt and offers them round. There are no limits he does not go to. He asks the person to stay on longer, for Allah’s sake, so they can eat and drink. He seeks affection. But now, people never even speak unless they get something out of it. But the prophet expected to gain nothing. He just had a guest who arrived.
Surat ar-Rum, 51-58:
“But if We send a wind, and they see it turning yellow, still they persist after that in being unbeliever.”
Allah speaks of human beings’ characters. He says they are prone to ingratitude.
“You will not make dead men hear; you will not make deaf men hear the call, when they turn their backs in flight.”
This is a great miracle, something really important. A great many people are dead. People imagine they are alive and have a normal soul. But Allah says they are dead. It is unambiguous. They are dead. But like the living dead, zombies. You cannot make the deaf hear “when they turn their backs in flight.” They have no consciousness, no understanding.
“You will not guide blind men from their misguidance. You will not make anyone hear except for those who believe in Our Signs and so are Muslims.”
Almighty Allah says you can only make those who fear Allah hear.
“It is Allah Who created you from a weak beginning,”His creation from semen, the suckling stage, human beings’ weakness. “…then after weakness gave you strength,”In youth, as time passes. They turn into normal, healthy young men and women. “…then after strength ordained weakness and grey hair.” Then they grow old and begin to become decrepit and weak. And then comes death. “He creates whatever He wills. He is All-Knowing, All-Powerful.”
“On the Day the Last Hour arrives, the evildoers will swear they have not even tarried for an hour. That is the extent to which they are deceived.”
“How long did you live in the world?” they ask. And that person will guess at approximately just one hour. He thinks he lived just one hour. Because time is relative, his whole life seems to have passed like an hour. “Those who have been given knowledge and believed will say, ‘You tarried in accordance with Allah’s Decree until the Day of Rising. And this is the Day of Rising, but you did not know it’.”
Muslims tell the truth of the matter there. But people cannot understand. “We lived for one hour,” they say. But they tell them the truth, because they are unable to perceive the passage of time accurately.
“On that Day the excuses of those who did wrong will not help them nor will they be able to appease Allah.”
They make excuses, saying, “I was too busy, I had checks and bills to worry about, I was busy with my family, school and money, so I had no opportunity to buy books or research or read…” They make excuses. But Allah does not accept excuses. They want to appease Him, but He refuses that, too.
“We have made all kinds of examples for people in this Qur’an. If you bring them a Sign those who are unbelievers will say, ‘You are just purveyors of falsehood’!”
Almighty Allah says in the Qur’an that He has provided all kinds of information, all kinds of detail. This is especially addressed to those who ascribe partners to Him. “I have provided all kinds of information and left nothing out,” He says. “If you bring them a Sign those who are unbelievers will say, ‘You are just purveyors of falsehood’!” They say;“You have none away with our established order, our traditional religion, our traditional way of belief. You are bringing us a new perspective.” “The Qur’an is sufficient,” you say. And they reply, “You have abandoned the faith and the religion.” “How is that?” you ask. “You say the Qur’an is sufficient,” they reply. “But it also needs other nonsense added on.” “How much?” “At least enough to make another Qur’an,” they say.