Islam is the most rational, logical and consistent religion. It can be understood right away. There is nothing we need to ponder at great depth, it is perfectly clear. It can be understood as soon as one looks. Paradise, hell, the hereafter, why we are in this world, everything is set out with excellent emphases and clarifications. We have to specially research belief in the hereafter in the Torah, and it is not easy to find. There is even a debate as to whether there is any such belief at all. But Islam is not like that, it is completely accessible. Paradise and hell are described with complete clarity. Christianity has the belief in the Trinity (may Allah forbid). Not even a five-year-old would do such a thing. Allah is obviously One. How can you have three Allah? (May Allah forbid) Can a human being be Allah? (May Allah forbid) They regard the Propjet Jesus (as) as Allah. May Allah forbid. That is most peculiar indeed. Allah says that the sky will almost be torn apart by such words. No right thinking person would be a Christian because he would see that this is illogical. Christianity is constantly on the retreat in Europe. If you tell an intellectual, a rational young person at university, that a human being who eats and sleeps and prays to Allah “is in fact Allah,” that person will doubt your intelligence. A human being who eats, sleeps, prays to Allah, speaks of the oneness of Allah, seeks refuge in Allah and beseeches Allah. “What is this person?” you ask. And they reply, “Allah.” May Allah forbid. You have thus ruined that person. That is why irreligion has grown so much in Europe. The way of the dajjal was already looking for a pretext, and it has been given a most excellent one. They have ruined people and inflicted suffering on them for no reason; for hundreds of years they caused people to be irreligious and troubled. What need is there for such words? Just say that Allah is One. Allah is obviously One. Why make statements that not even a five-year-old would believe and that will just terrify him? Is this a sign of love? The Prophet Jesus (as) himself would be most uncomfortable with that. He is most uncomfortable. That is the issue he will emphasize most when he comes. But we must prepare the way for Jesus the Messiah to appear. Prayer is most important in the coming of the Mahdi (as) and of Jesus the Messiah (as).
Prayer is most important for the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as). Muslims must pray all over the world; O Lord, permit the Mahdi (as) to appear to us, show us the Mahdi (as), they must say. In that event, destiny will work in that case, destiny will work in that direction. That is a law of Allah. They keep deceiving Muslims by saying Hazrat Mahdi (as) will never come, that the Mahdi is a collective personality, that he has entered someone else’s soul, that he will come in 570 years’ time or that he will come 600 years later. But Muslims are unaware of this. They are unaware that the dajjal (antichrist) is deceiving them. A great many of them have already fallen under the influence of the dajjal, but are unaware of it. Satan constantly deceives Muslims into thinking they cannot bring about the dominion of Islam, that they are weak and helpless, that they love this world, that they do not want the Mahdi (as), that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will obviously not be coming any time soon and that they cannot understand such a complex subject.
31- When Our messengers came with the good news to Abraham, they said, ‘We are going to destroy the people of this city. Truly its inhabitants are wrongdoers.
32- He said, ‘Lot is in it.’ They said, ‘We know very well who is in it….”
Because the angels came at Allah’s command. Of course, they know very well. The angels will obviously know who is who when somewhere is to be destroyed. And they come accordingly.
“…We are going to rescue him and his family – except for his wife. She will be one of those who stay behind’.”
Although she is the wife of a prophet she is perverse, abnormal. The woman’s behavior is not normal. But if there is a true person in a city, a great guide, Hazrat Mahdi (as), that place will not be destroyed. There is another verse of the Qur’an in which Allah tells our Prophet (saas) “Allah would not punish them while you were among them.” This other verse refers to the same thing. No community containing Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be destroyed. Terrible catastrophes such as earthquakes take place. Even prophets may have very peculiar wives. Like the Prophet Noah (as). She was sick, not normal at all.
33- “When Our Messengers came to Lot, he was distressed on their account,”
He was probably tachycardic. His blood pressure may have shot up. He was therefore “distressed.” The blessed prophet was distressed. There was trouble in his heart. Trouble can arise in the heart when one’s blood pressure goes up.
“They said, ‘Do not fear and do not grieve’.”
It is an obligation. One, he must not fear. Two, he must not grieve. High blood pressure stems from fear and grieving. When a person experiences extreme fear, his blood pressure immediately shoots up. His blood pressure also goes up when he is sad, and his cholesterol will also rise. Many deaths are known to be caused by sudden fear and sorrow. Cholesterol also rises way above normal under extreme stress. Blood cholesterol rises in a moment. That is a very dangerous state of affairs. Blood pressure rises unbelievably high. That is why Allah says that “fear and grieving” is unlawful. Muslims must neither fear nor grieve.
“We are going to rescue you and your family – except for your wife;”
Nothing will happen. They will try and kill and set traps for Hazrat Mahdi (as) in the End Times, but nothing will come of it. We will spare you and your family. Nothing will befall Hazrat Mahdi (as) and his own followers. That is what it indicates, that is what the family alludes to. To Hazrat Mahdi (as) and his followers.
“she will be one of those who stay behind.”
She will be separated from you, Allah says. Then Allah will send her affliction.
34- "We will bring down on the inhabitants of this city a devastating punishment from heaven because of their deviance.”
Because they engage in what is sinful and unlawful.
At the end they will have a horrible appearance. They will be covered in blood. The whole environment will be repellent. Allah says that is how He will devastate them.
35- We have left a Clear Sign of them behind for people who use their intellect.
What is this? Archeology. Because Allah says remains are left behind. Whom is He addressing? He is addressing us. We can see all the remains when we look at Sodom and Gomorrah. People were burned and devastated. They were petrified. Their buildings burned. We look at the buildings and we can see how it happened, the walls of their houses. They put pictures of all the sins they committed on the walls of their houses. Those pictures are still there. While people were burned and petrified below. The matter is quite clear when those pictures and the burned people are put together. What does the verse say? “We have left a Clear Sign of them behind for people who use their intellect.” Where it happened. What does clear mean? A sign we can easily understand. Go and look. Look and you will understand. The pictures are quite clear. The walls of the houses are full of them. Immorality of all kinds. Then we look at the people. The pictures are quite clear. Then we look at the people – burned and petrified, the meaning of these verse is clear when you put them both together.
36- And to Madyan We sent their brother Shu‘ayb,
Shu’ayb. The word means a small community. Shu’ayb is also used for the Mahdi (as). A small community with 313 members. Shu’ayb is one of the Mahdi’s (as) nicknames.
“he said, ‘My people, worship Allah”
Be devoted to Allah and admit His oneness. Love Allah, and give thanks to Allah. “and look to the Last Day.”
In other words, hope to be resurrected and to go to paradise.
“and do not act unjustly on earth, corrupting it.”
Do not produce corruption. Do not be caught up by Darwinist, materialist, atheist or other such perverse ideas. Espouse the truth and be good and honest.
37- “But they denied him so the earthquake seized them and morning found them lying flattened in their homes.”
A huge earthquake.
Allah says there were standing but then fell down. He says He killed them.
38- And [We have devastated] ‘Ad and Thamud – it [their condition] must be clear to you from their dwelling places!
Allah says go and look and you will understand. And when we look we see people uncovered by archeological digs. Has the meaning of the verse come out? Yes. Allah says go and look.
“Satan made their actions seem good to them”
They do wrong, but they seemed good to them because satan dressed them up.
“and so debarred them from the Way.”
Many people are currently being kept from Islamic Union. They are being kept from Turkish-Islamic Union. They are being prevented from awaiting Hazrat Mahdi (as). If you say he will come in 570 years’ time, how can you expect people to strive for Islamic Union or Turkish-Islamic Union? They will not.
“even though they were intelligent people.”
Allah says they knew perfectly well. They knew the truth. But they ignored it.
65- “He is Lord of the heavens and the earth and everything in between them, so worship Him and persevere in His worship.”
Someone worships but is not determined in worship; only up to a point. There are many people who pray and then give it up. They worship but suddenly stop. They get to 40 or 45 and then go astray. Allah says we must “persevere in worship.” One must be determined right up to one’s last breath.
“Do you know of any other with His name?”
means there is no other god.
66- “Man says, ‘When I am dead, will I then be brought out again alive?’
67- Does not man recall that We created him before when he was not anything?”
That is the main reason for people’s doubts in the test throughout the course of history. There could be no test if they did not say that. That is the fine detail in the test. People do all kinds of wrong things because they imagine they will not be brought back to life. Then they look and say; “Oh dear, the promise was true. We really are resurrected,” What did you think? Did you exist before? You were nothing. You came into being later. That does not surprise you, so why should resurrection surprise you? He Who does that once, will do it again. Why should He not? The whole problem is doing it once. If a factory makes one pencil it can easily make a hundred. Man thinks that He Who created the world cannot create it again. But why should He not?
Prayer is also very important to the coming of Jesus the Messiah. It is a very great blessing. It is something very exciting. Insha’Allah, when Jesus the Messiah (as) comes, he will call all Muslims to prayer. There will be great joy at the coming of Jesus the Messiah. But before that, the Imam Mahdi will call on all Muslims to pray intensively. Allah will in fact send the Prophet Jesus (as) even if he really dies. Allah makes even the most unlikely things happen if prayed for. For example, the Companions of the Cave entered the cave and spent some 300 years asleep. It might even have been much, much longer, it is not clear. A person would normally die over 300 years, but they did not. Under the influence of prayer. Allah makes it His instrument. For example, a dead person is resurrected 300 years later. An elderly person has a child, a barren woman has a child. The whole world system revolves around prayer. I am now trying to life the effect of negative prayer. Because there is intense negative prayer. Without realizing it, a great many of our Muslim brothers are praying negatively, for shaytan to reign. Someone says, “The Mahdi will come in 570 years’ time.” That gives satan 570 years in which to maneuver. He is saying satan can do what he likes for the next 570 years. Another teacher says, “He will come in 1000 years’ time.” That is telling satan he is at liberty for the next 1000 years. Are they aware of that? No. They thing they are doing good.
Allah prepared Sultanahmet Square and Haghia Sofia for Hazrat Mahdi (as) and the Prophet Jesus (as) centuries beforehand. That area was also prepared for them. The infrastructure was prepared for them and the treasure underground was prepared for them. And the relics below the ground. Topkapı Palace was also prepared for them. And the relics in Topkapı Palace. For what? For the way of the Mahdi and the coming of Jesus the Messiah. Huge cypress trees are waiting for them. The great Salahaddin Mosques are waiting for them. This whole lovely city is waiting for them. The wisdom in Allah’s making Istanbul so lovely and giving it to the Turks is that it is a preparation for the way of the Mahdi, insha’Allah.
This marvelous state of affairs of the End Times is still continuing. This is the first time there has been such an economic crisis, and it is growing all the time. It is spreading across the world, like a cancer. This is a major event of the time of Hazrat Mahdi (as). It is explicitly described in the hadiths. It is not at all out of sight. Everyone can see it and it will continue to grow in the years ahead. Until 2014. Since the way of the Mahdi will be stronger in 2014, the prosperity of the way of the Mahdi will begin to emerge and things will become easier. Things will be different because there will be a return to faith.