Question: How to stop being a Munafiq?
Let me turn it upside down. How do you become a munafiq? Let me turn that upside down again. How do you become sincere?
Hazreti Ali (Karamullahu Wajhahu), of course taking knowledge from the Holy Prophet (asws) says, ‘The man, the religion that he belongs to, are his friends’ religion.’ His religion is his friends’ religion. Meaning, whoever that you associate with, that you hang out with, that you spend time with, that you give value to these people, that is your religion. That is your deen. That is your spirituality. That’s why Allah is giving us an order; ‘Be with Saliheen.’ You want to be a Salih? Be with the Saliheen. You want to be a munafiq? Hang out with munafiqs. You want to stop being a munafiq? Start hanging out with sincere people. Not sincere people who declare that they are sincere people. Sincere people never declare that they are sincere people.
Follow those ones who have always been trained by the Awliya-Allah to always be polishing and polishing and polishing and polishing, removing every little speck, polishing. You will learn a couple of things from them on how to become more sincere. You will learn a couple more things, how we have been a hypocrite all our lives. May Allah make it easy for us insha-Allah. We have no safety and we have no hope and we have no protection, except from the one that Allah has sent to us, our Sheykh. Not our deeds, not our intentions, not our actions; except with him. Make him happy. Live every day to have that firm intention for the murids; How do I make my Sheykh happy with me today?
If you are busy with his work. Your own work is different. Your own ibadat or your own dunya work is different. The work of your Sheykh, it is different. Everyone must know this. Don’t mix up the two, you are only lying to yourself. Look at the work that is for your Sheykh, and everyday ask, ‘how can I make this better? How can I make him to be more pleased with me?’
May Allah accept our weak service. For the sake of this Holy month. For the sake of the Prophet (asws).
SelamAleykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu
Hoja Lokman Efendi Hz, Khalifah of Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs) * OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
January 9, 2015