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1864) 15/04/2014 QATAR TV FRIDAY SERMON – manufacture our own product
21 Apr 2014

Dr Sheik Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi

we use trains and planes, but they are not our trains or planes. The (westerners) manufacture them and export them to us. True we can buy the most magnificent things in the world products for our home and ourselves. our people can buy the most luxurious cars, Rolls-Royce or Mercedes 500 or 700, model S,M and L with the luxuries. We own them, but we don’t manufacture them. We don’t even produce a single nail in any of these cars. others do this for us

This income of the entire Arab world, including the oil-producing countries, does not reach the that of a European country, such as Spain. Spain – let alone Germany, France, Britain, or Italy. Just Spain, which is at the bottom of the list of industrial countries… The income of the entire Arab world does not reach it. How come?  Because we don’t work, and if we do work, we don’t do it professionally.

They conducted a survey of the average time that a government employee spends working in a certain Arab country. The average was 27 minutes a day. 27 minutes! The rest of the time he drinks coffee, reads newspaper, and goes on errands here and there.Only a small number of people work. The rest do not.

In the mid 1970’s, I went to Germany. We arrived during in the morning, I asked the guy who look me from the airport to the convention hall… As i was passing through the empty streets, I asked him how come the street were not busy, like in our countries. He said “People are at work” After 7 p.m he took me  back to the hotel, and the street were empty. I said to him”Whats going on, the streets are empty again.” He said “people are back home from work, and they are exhausted. All they want is to eat their diner. watch the news, and then go to bed, because early next morning they have to wake up for hard work. They commute more than an hour to work and back, and spend an our at lunch. They work non-stop.

We are a nation that doesn’t work. How can we develop if we don’t work? When we do work, we don’t do it professionally. We keep saying “Don’t worry, later, later…” Islam teaches us to do things professionally. Doing things professionally is a religious duty. The Prophet said that Allah ordered to excel in everything. He imposed excellence and professionalism, Professionalism must be followed in everything. “If you kill, do it properly, and if you slaughter, do it properly.” Even when killing, you must do well.

Unfortunately, we do not excel in either military or civil industries. We import everything form needles to missiles. This is our nation. We still haven’t manufactured an engine in our Arab countries. We assemble parts, but have no manufacturing industries. India has manufactured a car, and even a plane, while we still go around in circles like a bull in who turns a grinding mill or a water weal until it reaches exactly where it started. 

How come the Zionist gang has managed to be superior to us, despite being so few? It has become superior through knowledge, through technology, and through strength. It has become superior to us through work. We had the desert before our eyes but we didn’t do anything with it. When they took over, they turned it into a green oasis. How can a nation that does not work progress? how can it grown?