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Why the Arabs are humiliated in the world


Why the Arabs are humiliated in the world
By Sheikh Dr Yusuf Al Qaradawi. Dr. Al Qaradawi is the Head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars.  Yusuf Al-Qaradawi is a preeminent Egyptian scholar. Articulate and widely read, he is one of the most famous scholars of Islam. He lives in Qatar.
This is transcribed by Dr. Ibrahim B. Syed of the Islamic Research Foundation International, Inc. located in Louisville, KY, USA from a video clip of a Jumuah Khutbah given by Sheikh Dr. Yusuf Al Qaradawi on April 15, 2005 which was broadcasted on Qatar TV. Source is  www.MEMRITV.Org. MEMRI is Middle East Media Research Institute.
We use trains and planes, but they are not out trains or planes. The westerners manufacture them and export them to us.  True, we can buy the most magnificent things in the world 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 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 that of a European country, such as 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. (It may be less than 27 minutes also). 27 minutes!   The rest of the time he drinks coffee, reads newspapers and goes on errands here and there. (Luckily the employees do not have Internet, Facebook, You Tube, E-mails, etc). Only a small number of people work. The rest do not. 
In the mid 1970s, I went to Germany. We arrived 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. He said: “People are at work.”  After 7 PM he took me back to the hotel and the streets were empty.  I said to him: “What is 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 does not 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 (pbuh) said that Allah (SWT) ordered us to EXCEL in everything (Deen and Duniya). 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 it well.
Unfortunately, we do not excel in either military or civil industries.  We import everything from needles to missiles. This is our nation. We still haven’t manufactured an engine in our Arab countries. We assemble parts, but we have no manufacturing industries. India has manufactured a car, and even a plane, while we still go around in circles, like a bull who turns a grinding mill or a water wheel, until it reaches exactly where it started.
How come the Zionists (group) has managed to be superior to us, despite being so few? It has become superior through strength (military and technology). 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 (Zionists) took over, they turned it into a green oasis.  How can a nation that does not work progress? How can it grow (advance)?

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