Question: How can a Muslim be assured of Paradise?
Don’t be busy to get assurance to go to Paradise. Be busy that you are not going to end up in the Hellfire; how can you be assured you are not going to enter into the Hellfire, be busy with that, you’ll be in safety. You understand?
It’s very simple. ‘What stops me from going to Paradise? This, this, this, this…’ Get rid of it. Find help. Work on it. Work on it. And in this way, if you are holding tightly to a Sheykh, you are working on that, you are working on it, the biggest work, the biggest struggle. The biggest Jihad is what? Jihad means struggle. People are twisting everything in Islam now. The biggest struggle is against your nafs, against your ego. That is the biggest struggle. If you defeat it, you become a Ghazi. If you are killed in the way, you become a martyr. Either way, you win. But be involve in that struggle. You understand? Be involve in that struggle. Then you’ll be in safety. That time, you’ll be assured of safety because you are busy with the struggle.
If you are not busy with that struggle, you are just trying to have a good time, you are not understanding so many things, you are being stubborn and arrogant and angry, jealous and all these wrong things, be assured, if you don’t get rid of all these things, if you are not holding on to your Sheykh, and you are not struggling with these things every day, be assured that they will remove it from you, if not in the grave, in the Hellfire.
For us, for believers, Ahle Tarikat in this jamaat, our aim is just to be with our Sheykh. For him to be happy with us. That much is enough. InsyaAllah.
SelamAleykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu
Hoja Lokman Efendi Hz, Khalifah of Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs) * OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
January 15, 2015