We are asking Medet, support from our Sheykh to send us something that is going to benefit us, that is going to be protection for us, that is going to be our amour, that is going to be our ammunition against to Sheytan, against to our own ego.
Now I’m looking here and there, they said, ‘oh, Tarikat is not to make things difficult for people. Why are you torturing yourself?’ There are so many other Jama’at out there that are definitely easier. So many of us, we’ve seen that. So many jama’at, you go, first thing they do is they praise you. Non-stop they praise you saying, ‘Oh you are such a blessed person. So good. Such light coming from your face.’ Masha’Allah. The person then gets drunk. Or when you enter to a different Jama’at, they say, ‘No, don’t worry. You can do anything you like. Edep? What is edep? No need edep. That is for low level people. Higher level people, we are above edep, we are above syariat. So, everything goes. What? You have to hold yourself tight, with honour? No need. Just be jokey, laughing,’ Or ‘Man and woman, they can mix. It’s okay, we are holy people. We are spiritual people.’
Or in other Jama’at, you are going to go, they’ll say, ‘just make this special dua, and you are going to be a saint. Don’t worry about your prayers, your Sheykh is going to pray for you. You are already Lordly ones, you are already very powerful ones, you are already very spiritual ones.’ Maybe that is true, but NOT in this Jama’at. Why is that? What is Sheykh Effendi giving us that is different from other Jama’at?
We don’t need to look anywhere. Just look at the Holy Prophet (asws), look at the Sahabi e-Kiram, look at those ones Prophet (asws), he took them out from the jungle areas, he clean them up and he puts them on the front lines. That they completely submitted themselves to the Prophet. They submitted their lives, the lives of their family, the lives of their children, the wealth, the family connections, everything. That none of us here, we’ve really tasted that. They went through torture, they went through oppression, they went through hardship, they went through sufferings, they went through poverty, they went through starvation, they went through humiliations. Say, somebody around here. Put up your hand and say, ‘I’ve gone through all of that.’
So, was it easy for them? It was not. Was it easy for the Prophet (asws)? It was not. Even in the Battle of Badr, the first battle in Islam, in the month of Ramazan, Holy Prophet (asws) did not just take things for granted. He didn’t take his Lord, or Islam, or his way; tarikat means the Prophet’s way, as a joke. ‘It’s okay, it’s all love, it’s all peace, it’s all happiness, it’s all ease.’ No. He did not. None of the Sahabis, they went through any of that. In the Battle of Badr, did he just take for granted to say, ‘I am Habibullah, these are my sahabis, Allah is going to help us,’ That’s it? Did he prepare? He prepared.What else did he do?
He prayed. Whole night long he begged, in sejdah to his Lord Allah swt to grant him victory. He did not take his Lord as a joke. He did not take his Lord as someone, like today’s people, we are seeing murids here and there saying, ‘Oh, I’m upset with Allah.’ One day they said, ‘I love Allah,’ next day, they said, ‘I’m upset with Allah. Why you are not making me to be Your Habib?’
All these kinds of talks that they are reading here and there through Sufi books, reading here and there through Sufi stories and they are thinking they are Sufis, and they speak with such terms to Allah. It’s okay. There are so many Sufi groups out there, so many Jama’at inside Sufi groups, so many jama’at inside our Tarikat also, that definitely if you come to them, they are always going to make it easy for you. To praise you. And you are going to say this is wonderful. My life is wonderful, my akhirat is also wonderful. Everything is wonderful. And you see their faces, very happy. Happy, in a heedless happiness. Happy, not understanding the seriousness of Islam. The seriousness of Tarikat. The seriousness of Allah and His Prophet.
Sheykh Effendi is training us to be on the front line.
What front lines? Everyone is in ghaflat. Every week that’s happening. Every week, people are coming, the zikir is suppose to make you to come out from heedlessness, to think, to understand, to put two and two together, to put ten steps ahead, to have eyes everywhere, to be watching everywhere.
You think the companions of the Prophet (asws), they spent whole day, whole night, just making zikr? Or did they first go through submission?
Years in Mecca, they went through submission that they did not even raise their hands to strike back when their families are being killed, when their properties is being taken, when they are being oppressed, when they are being buried alive.
So many of us, we are not thinking of this. We are not taking this and we are not putting it into our lives to say, ‘shukr Ya Rabbi. You tested them, you didn’t test me. If you test me, definitely I would fail, but because You didn’t test me, I’m going to make more shukr to you. I must now run in Your way. I must now become more awake. I must now think ten steps ahead.’
Not to be robot and zombie. Right at that minute, that is what you are going to be.
You are zoning out. You are not thinking, you are not seeing, you are not understanding, you are not feeling. The hearts are dead. Things like that, it changes the direction of the sohbet. Something else is coming now. Then that’s shut. So we are not going to be the ones who are going to win. If we let the ghaflat (heedlessness) to overtake us for simple things.
Sheykh Effendi is training us to be in the front lines. Front lines, you have to watch miles ahead in front of you. You have to know what is happening miles on your right, miles on your left, and in your back. But everyone is doing this (nodding their head, sleeping). People in front of me they are doing that. They are in front of me, they are not even making eye contact. I’m talking majority. Some, permission, they are given, but for the majority, what is it you are looking down to the carpet? Carpet is opening up to show you something? So you are not going to connect yourself physically. You are not knowing, you are not understanding. How the heart is going to work that time?
Why do we have Sheykh Effendi’s pictures everywhere?
What is the use now, if you are not looking, if you are not understanding, if you are not connecting. Then that’s the time you are not going to connect with each other.
We are here for the front lines. We have a big responsibilities. We have to remind you over and over again, because everyone is falling into ghaflat.
Everyone is falling into their own day to day routines. Everyone is falling into their dunya. We are not here for that. We must not lose sight of our mission. We have a very big mission that is ahead of us. We have a very big responsibility that Sheykh Effendi has left to us with.
We pray. Yes. We make zikr. Yes. But the prayer and the zikr and the sohbet is supposed to make us to come out from ghaflat. It is not to put us into deeper sleeping. And Holy days like this, in Juma’ah day, make the intention and push yourself. Because Prophet (asws) did not tell the Gazis, the warriors of the Badr, saying to them, ‘just make the intention that you are going to fight. Just make the intention that you are going to defeat the Quraisy.’
NO, they went through everything.
What are we going through? What are we going through if we are not even understanding that we need to put more discipline into our lives here?
Islam, it is discipline. Those who says, ‘No, no, Islam is all about love,’ then they don’t understand that love is the highest discipline. Love, is when you say, ‘I don’t exist.’
Can we say we don’t exist? No.
Love is saying, ‘I sacrifice everything, even myself to those ones that I love.’
Forget about sacrificing yourself, you cannot even sacrifice your ego. If the ego is touched a little bit, people are going to run away. If the ego is being reminded then they are going to disappear. They say, ‘I don’t like this. What kind of a game is this? They are telling me what to do, they are touching my ego. They are telling me what is right and wrong. What is ghaflat and what is anger. They are telling me that I’m not doing my job well. It cannot be.’
Then why we are here? Why we are here in this Tarekat that is concentrating on the ego, that so many jamaats, you know by yourself, Sheykh Effendi’s jamaat is concentrating on that. And the result comes from that. Yes, we may stand up to say that we are Ottomans, we may stand up to say that we have honour.
We need to build the relationship with Allah and His Prophet. We need to build the relationship with each other. It’s not enough for us just to say, ‘make our jama’at to be strong.’ Saying, it’s just words. Saying. But what are the things that makes a jama’at strong?
Make our hearts to be united, what are the things that makes your heart to be united? These are intentions, but what are you doing?
Are people even caring about each other? To ask about each other, ‘How are you? Is there anything I can do for you? Let me know.’
Or only time people talk to each other, nothing but to backbite, to gossip, to slander, to judge or we are not even understanding each other. Living together as a Jama’at and not understanding what is happening in each other’s lives.
We should. InsyaAllah. We have been trained for the front lines. If you don’t start practicing that now, then we are going to be in big trouble. Huge. That you’ll be punished heavy for that.
Don’t just say, ‘Oh, Sheykh Effendi is going to take care of everything.’
He is not our servant and he did not teach us that. He taught us how to be man and woman, to carry the responsibility that Allah swt has put on us. InsyaAllah, we will change one day. We don’t have any other choice.
Wa min Allahu Taufiq
Hoja Lokman Efendi Hz, Khalifah of Sheykh Abdulkerim el-Kibrisi (qs) OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
June 7, 2013