The following are excerpts from a friday sermon on Qatar TV by Sheik Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi
Dr. 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 homes and for ourselves.
Our people can buy
the most luxurious cars,
Rolls-Royce or Mercedes 500 or 700,
models S, M, and L with all 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.
The 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.
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 newspapers,
and goes on errands here and there.
Only a small number of people work.
The rest do not.
In the mid 1970s I went to Germany.
We arrived during in the morning.
I asked the guy who took
me from the airport to the convention hall…
As I was passing through
the empty streets,
I asked him how come the streets were not
busy, like in our countries.
"People are at work."
After 7 p.m. he took
me back to the hotel,
and the streets
were empty. I said to him:
"What's 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 dinner, 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 hour 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,
Islam teaches us
to do things professionally.
Doing things professionally is a religious duty.
The Prophet said that Allah ordered to
excel in everyhting.
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.
everything from 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 ahs 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 grow?