Question: How long until the Shariat will return as a ruling system?
We are waiting for that too. Maybe it’s going to be one day. Maybe it’s going to be one year. Maybe it’s going to be one hundred years. Not one hundred years. Who knows? Awliya Allah, they know.
The Shariat will only return with the appearance of Mahdi (as). Not before. Any group, any government, any organisation, that says, ‘we are going to put the Shariat. Now we declare the Shariat,’ we say it is not complete. And because it is not complete, it may be corrupted. But for the real Shariat, the Shariat of Allah, the Shariat of the Prophet (asws), where Islam is ruling from East to West, North and South, that will only come when Hazreti Mahdi (as) returns, when our Sheykh returns, when Sheykh Maulana returns.
The question is not how long do we have until that time. The question should be what are we doing right now to prepare for that time? If you are not living the Shariat now, and the understanding in Islam and Tarikat of Shariat is not the understanding of the western media and people who hate Shariat or Islam. Completely different. In Islam, Shariat means, what we talk about before, that is Shariat, the Rights of others. The Rights of others; the rights of everything. That is the Shariat, that even the wolves, the hungry wolves in the mountain they have a right!
That the Ottomans, used to in the dead winter, used to bring food to the wolves and to feed them. Because they have the right to be fed. The Khalifah, is not only the Khalifah of the Man, he is the Khalifah of the whole world. He has to be responsible to the air, to the water, to the earth, to the animals, to everything. And that Sunnat is taken from Hazreti Umar. Hazreti Umar who says, ‘if there is a hungry wolves on the bank of the river Nile who starves, Umar will be responsible for him on the Judgment Day.’ Ottomans were taking those things very seriously.
But these are the days of not justice. These are the days of tyranny. Tyrants! They are teaching from young and old, to be complete tyrants, to be Firaun. What is the meaning of tyrant and Firaun?
‘Me! I must please myself! I am the most important thing! I don’t care what happens to the rest of the world…’
So, the important question is not how long it would be, but what are we doing now to prepare ourselves for that? Understanding of Shariat to Muslims and to Mukmins, it is the rights, taking care of the rights of others and everything in creation. Understanding of the west of Shariat, they have corrupted it. Understanding of the west, Shariat means cutting hands and feet, stoning to death, all these executions. Because they are obsessed with violence anyway. So many is getting upset and saying, ‘No. what is he talking about? Muslims are obsessed with violence.’
It is not Muslims who come out with video games, teaching our children how to kill, at an early age, programming them. Kill, kill, kill! Hurt, hurt, hurt! Bombing! Isn’t it? Programming from a very young, until they come to an age that they don’t think it is bad. Where they’ll think war is just like a video game, you just press couple of buttons, you drop some bombs and that’s it. But when they actually see violence, real humans suffering, inside there (in the brain), it doesn’t compute and they go nuts! That’s why so many going, they say, ‘you have to take more drugs…more medicine…’ so that it will numb everything here (in the brain), you don’t think, you don’t feel nothing. Because the human mind cannot take that kind of cruelty. It is not natural.
So, what are we doing to prepare for that? This is what we are doing here. We are sitting and waiting. We are being busy, we are putting the Sunnat and living the Sunnat of the Rasulullah (asws) according to the teachings of our Murshid, into our lives, into our families. We are waiting and we are preparing ourselves. When that time comes, it will be easy. If we are not preparing ourselves, even if we want it, that time we may be one of those who reject it.
So, the Shariat comes as a mercy. And it’s coming with Hazreti Mahdi (as) and Hazreti Isa. They will bring the whole world back together, it will bring justice, it will bring balance. InsyaAllah ar-Rahman, may we live to see those days. It will happen in our lifetime, InsyaAllah ar-Rahman. Believe that.
Hoja Lokman Effendi Hz, Khalifah of SahibulSaif Sheykh Abd Kerim Effendi QS, Osmanli Dergahı NY
November 14, 2014