Question: Where does sincerity and insincerity come from?
Sincerity, Ikhlas, it comes from faith. People who have faith, they are sincere. Insincerity comes from an absence of faith. You don’t have faith. Either you show that you have faith but you don’t have faith, or you show that you don’t have faith. Doesn’t matter what is the show, behind this there is no faith.
What is faith?
Faith is belief. A belief that is beyond our five senses, a belief in the unseen, a belief in something that you have experienced, that you are experiencing and you will experience. Faith is believing and experiencing that you are a creature and you have been created from a Creator. This is faith. And that Creator has a reason that He has created you and your existence is to fulfil this reason. So sincerity is knowing this and fulfilling that reason. And sincerity, it is coming from the heart.
Insincerity, or if you want to say hypocrisy, and in Islam, hypocrisy it is a much more serious thing, serious wrong thing than not to have faith. Because the munafiqs they’ll be in a hell that is lower than the hell for the kafirs. What are munafiqs? Munafiqs, hypocrites, insincere ones who when they speak they lie, when trust is given to them, they break it. What they believe and how they live, they are different. What they believe and what they practise, they are completely opposite to each other. But they are showing to the rest of the world that they are number one believers. May Allah protect us from hypocrisy.
Following a Sheykh, being in Tarikat, makes us to look deep into our hearts. Makes us to look deep into our work and our actions, to take out the insincerity from our words, from our actions, from our intentions, to make sure that everything we do is coming from our heart sincerely without any interference, without any dirtiness, without any corruption. This is what we are trying to do; to worship Allah as if we see Him. And if we don’t see Him, to know that He sees us. This is what? Ihsan. To make our Islam and our Iman beautiful.
What is that; you worship Allah as if He sees you?
So simple words, to worship Allah as if you see Him. Very simple. Because this eyes cannot take the reality of Allah. Of course they cannot. This eye cannot even take the reality of radiation. Cannot take the reality of other dimension or other lights that is beyond the five senses. How we can take something that is beyond this world? We cannot. But Ihsan is to worship Allah as if you see Him. What does that mean?
To be so close to your Lord. To be intimate with your Lord. That you are with Him, every day. We cannot carry it. We cannot carry that. Because we are still filled with dirtiness. But there are those ones, the friends of Allah, that they are with their Lord twenty four hours. For us it is enough that we are with someone who is with their Lord twenty four hours a day. That is Ihsan for us. Don’t ask for more. Ask for more sincerity. Don’t ask for more knowledge, or more visions, or more openings. Ask for more sincerity. That everything that comes out, it is gold, it is diamonds from you. Not cheap. Make your words to count. That time when your words are like jewels, everyone just wants to listen and they want you to talk. Make your actions to become so sincere that everything that you are doing now, it is going to be filled with Barakat. Simple things, but it’s going to be filled with blessings. Aim for that.
Like what Sheykh Maulana and Sheykh Effendi is saying, ‘aim for Qalbun Salim, the Golden Heart.’ The heart that is pleased with their Lord, and their Lord is pleased with them. That comes with some heavy price definitely. What is that price?
First you must understand what blocks you from that Qalbun Salim. What is stopping you? What are the corrupting agents that stop you from that kind of sincerity, then get rid of it. So many are not even aware that there are corrupting agents. They are not aware. Big trouble. Some are aware but they are stuck. One step forward, ten steps back. One step forward, ten steps back. We say, ‘you understand?’ they say, ‘I understand.’
‘You did this wrong.’
‘I understand. Yes It’s my fault. It’s my fault.’ It’s definitely better than those who don’t understand at all. And they don’t take responsibility. But there are some they say, ‘yes, I take responsibility,’ one minute. Next minute they change their mind and said,‘you know what, I’m not responsible. It’s not my fault. It’s because of this, because of this, because of this, because of this…’
‘You remember this, you did this it’s because of this?’
‘It’s because of this?’
‘It’s all your fault?’
‘Oh, yes, it’s my fault’
‘Yes, I understand.’
Two days later, somebody asked them, ‘what happened?’
‘I don’t know what happened. It’s not my fault.’ Going back. Stuck there. So many they are stuck like that. In the way of Tarikat, they are stuck like that. They are not sincere. Something is stopping them. Okay. Maybe because I don’t force people. But you have to come out from that. If you don’t come out from that, it’s going to be a bit tough. Very tough. They are going to make sure that you are going to come out from that in the grave. May Allah protect us from the punishment in the grave. It is real.
How are you going to get sincerity?
Be with sincere people. Finish. Be with the sincere ones, you will know how to be sincere. You want to be insincere, hang out with the munafiqs, with the hypocrites. You’ll learn how to be a hypocrite. You’ll be insincere then. Because if you start hanging out, spending time with the sincere people, first, you must realise how insincere you are. How far they are and where you are. Once you understand that, you say, ‘now I have to work towards that.’ InsyaAllah ar-Rahman, may we have real sincerity one day.
This much is enough.
WaminaAllahu Taufiq. Alfatiha.
Hoja Lokman Efendi Hz, Khalifah of Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs) * OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
January 9, 2015