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NOT TOO MUCH MONEY IS REQUISITE FOR QUALITY. IT DEMANDS INTELLIGENCE, TASTE AND A TENDENCY TO ARTISTRY. For instance, a woman can be very shoddy with very expensive materials. Likewise, she can be a very quality person with very cheap materials. This is a matter of wisdom and conscience. THIS IS RELATED WITH THE PENETRATION OF THE POWER OF ARTISTRY TO THE SOUL AND THIS IS RELATED TO FAITH AND WISDOM. They are all interrelated.
How could a grim, atrocious attack towards people's religion, faith and sacred values be named as art? Can performing art be a way for disturbing people, attempting to upset and irritate them, making them uneasy? That is a deficiency in decorum, that is a lack of culture and manners. It cannot be art.
Why did Allah overthrow the Ottoman Empire? Allah overthrew the Empire because the majority of the public stood against arts, aesthetics and science. The state was not against it but the majority of the public was. The state had palaces constructed, they decorated fountains but the great majority of the public were against science and arts. Bigoted mindset infested all around. Allah overthrew the Ottomans for that reason.
There is an incomprehensible ruthlessness, an incredible violence and a gruesome restlessness going on rampage in the whole world. With the Unity of Islam the whole world will turn into a festive place. An amazing development in art, science, aesthetics, beauty and democracy will be attained and an amazing renaissance will be experienced.
The system of the Mahdi only focuses on where we can find love, on where we can find mercy and where we can find compassion. It focuses on how to attain friendship, brotherhood, companionship, on how to make advancements in artistry and science? That is what the system of the Mahdi is interested in.
Ultra-modern Islam is an amazing inclination to arts and aesthetics and taking science to the highest level. It is the beauty of style. It is aiming the most beautiful manners, the most beautiful appearance; in short it is aiming the most beautiful of everything that is good. When you completely abide by our good conscience completely, you become ultra-modern Muslims.
People with almond shaped moustaches who do not understand anything from art or aesthetics, people who wouldn’t say boo to a goose, people with glassy eyes… such a youth is not acceptable. Youth should be alive and well, they should bring joy to everywhere. With their laughter, with their smiles, with their talks, with their joy; there should be harmony in their eyes, they should present such a wealth and beauty of soul.
There is no artistry in the right wing, however artistry has a major place in the system of the Mahdi. The right wing lacks compassion whereas compassion is much stronger in the system of the Mahdi. The left wing, that is communism, does not have compassion, mercy, they don't have love. The understanding of art is dull in both of these systems, both are scorched, dead and hull. The understanding of art in the system of the Mahdi is very rich, very strong, sharp and alive and it is beyond ages, beyond dimensions.
Man would be happy with arts. When one sees another dressed beautifully, he would feel happy; when one sees beautiful houses, he would feel happy. Be it in music, in paintings, in sculptures, people are in search of beauty; people search beauties which would cheer them up in everything. When one sees such things, he would feel happy.
If in an environment, there is no place for the arts, if there is no love; if there is only pain and horror, if there is destitute, then there would neither be industry, nor wealth, nor joy in that environment. There will be nothing. No matter how much you help them. I mean it would be like giving blood to a corpse. Give a thousand liters if you like, that corpse would not be revived. Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh), Jesus Messiah (pbuh) and the Unity of Islam are the only way to bring life to that environment. There is no other way.
A person who fails to see the artistry in women, who fails to see the manifestation of God's beauty in women, would be closed to arts anyway. Such a person loses all his artistic power. I mean which beauty can a person like that see? How could such a person perceive the beauty of a flower? How could he see the beauty of scenery? If one fails to see the beauty in women, then it is over, such a person has nothing.
Alevis are very dear and they are very devout people. First of all their souls are very open to love and arts. Think how enthusiastic the love of God would be in a person whose soul is open to arts and love. Because they love God fervently, they feel love for arts and they are in love with the Prophet (saas), they are in love with Hazrat Ali (ra). Alevis are the ornaments of Turkey, they are the ornaments of this world, they are such radiant people.
Women are superior in love, in mercy, in compassion, in quality, in beauty. Women are clever and very intelligent creatures. Men tend to think more superficially, their way of thinking is more plain: Women, on the other hand, are able to think very creatively and they are much stronger than men in their talents and tendency towards the arts, beauty and aesthetics.
If you regard arts as unsavory, if you despise music, painting, sculpture and architecture, if you attempt to run away from a house with paintings, if you say "dogs are evil, you should chase off them when you see them," such a country would never advance. The reason why Europe advanced is because they are open to arts and science.
Leaving an artist to his own means during his difficulties is a lack of good conscience. First of all, an artist should not struggle to make a living. They should be provided a perfect life. The state has many means, so these means should be at their disposal so that they can comfortably perform their art. If you force them into a life struggling to make a living, how could they perform? How could they perform under these conditions?
Islam will appear in the face of this world as an utterly modern, joyous, healthy system, open to science and arts, open to beauty and aesthetics. It will appear like Heaven. Islam will not be an environment full of filth and darkness, causing people to suffer, hanging people, chopping people up, far removed from aesthetics; it will not be an environment in which filthy people are living. God would not harm Islam like that and will not let Muslims harm Islam like that.
The Prophet Solomon (pbuh) is the sultan of arts and aesthetics. He is the one who taught arts and aesthetics to the world. Christianity learned the arts from him. They have learned how palaces should be adorned, how the masjids should be adorned, how the buildings should be adorned, all from him. The palaces in Europe, the palaces of the Ottomans have all been built by emulating the palace of the Prophet Solomon (pbuh). The Prophet Solomon is the father of all palaces, he is the father of arts, aesthetics and beauty.
They have misrepresented Islam as ugly and frightening. They have misrepresented it as a system of violence, as a hellish movement. They have misrepresented Muslims as killing machines, as fond of massacres, and thus caused people to take a great dislike to Islam. The fact of the matter is, however, that Islam means beauty, aesthetics, arts, reason, knowledge, culture, understanding, goodness and sincerity.
Art ennobles the human soul, it beautifies people and is the urgent nutrient of human soul. Europe has realized this and put that into practice very early on. They have attained very nice results in the end. Radicals, on the other hand, have dealt one of the biggest blows by estranging the Islamic world from the arts.
Let there be freedom, let there be democracy. Let everyone strive for that with all their might. That is because wisdom, the arts and science develops in a free environment. Under the pressure of a state, wisdom will be atrophied. People would not have power of understanding. There would be no artists, no scientists. Industry atrophies, people lose their eagerness to work.
Respect, love, compassion and appraisal should be shown to artists. None of these are given to the artists. No artistic spirit exists in such an environment. No artists could ever produce a new work of art, none. The government should see that this would be a national disaster. People's heart's sink. Such conservatism is not acceptable. We need to rejuvenate our people with love, compassion, music, fun and art.
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