Question: How do I become content with the will of Allah? Comparing myself to people below me is very difficult because of the environment I am in. Do you have any other suggestions? I make dua for tawwakkul and being content, but Allah does not grant me my wish. What am I supposed to do? Why won’t He make me content?
Astarghfirullah. So immediately you are blaming Allah?
Don’t be idiot. Everything blaming Allah. Complaining. Why you won’t be content? Allah swt is saying, ‘to know that everything good that happens to you, it is coming from Allah. Anything that is bad is coming from your ego.’ So you are not able to have this good quality of being content, being satisfied, that’s because you are following your ego. It’s not because Allah doesn’t wish to grant it to you or not, this kind of thing makes me very upset. Little things you are blaming Allah.
What, you think religion is religion of Santa Clause? Anything you ask He’s going to give it to you? Claiming, ‘oh I’m a good girl, I’m a good boy, so you should give me presents.’ Just give you cookies and milk and you are going to be happy? What kind of stupid idea of faith and Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala Jala Jalalahu is this? They are making everyone to have very kindergarten, stupid belief system. That’s why you become sick in the head too. Praying, ‘oh God, give me a Mercedes Benz.’ They even make a song about it, ‘If you don’t give me then what kind of a God you are?’
La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah. What, you think god is your father? Tauba astarghfirullah. That’s why, in Islam, it is forbidden to call Allah father too. Maybe the earlier religion, earlier revelations, they haven’t come to such a high degree of understanding the Creator, the Sultan of the Sultans. That they say, ok the level you can understand is like the family level, so you are going to be stuck with that. But Islam is different. So now, you are not content? You don’t have tawwakkul, you are not content to the will of Allah, you know what makes you to be content? What makes you to be content? What gives you satisfaction?
Ala Bizikrillahi Tatmainnal Qulub – Only in the remembrance of Allah can the heart find satisfaction. You want to be satisfied with the will of Allah but you are not remembering Allah, that kind of remembering is not just say, ‘Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah,’ like that. Like a robot. That kind of remembrance of Allah, that kind of Zikr of Allah is to sit and to think, to make tafakkur, to put yourself under a microscope, to look what Allah has given you, what Allah has taken away from you, how Allah has favoured you over millions, how you have only wronged yourself and non-stop complaining to Allah swt. That kind of Zikr, that kind of remembrance, counting the favors of your Lord, you start to be content with the will of your Lord.
People are not content because they are spoiled. They are spoiled. They have shoes, they want new shoes. You say it’s difficult because of with the environment that you are in, meaning oh, you are such high class people? And you are mixing with the high class? Get out from that high class fake society! Go to the cemetery. That is the most real company you are going to get. Nobody in the cemetery is going to lie to you. Go to the hospitals. They are everywhere. You don’t have to be poor to go to hospital. So many times, rich people they are filling up hospitals. Isn’t it? You don’t have to be poor to be in the grave.
But if a man is sitting down to think, or a woman, sitting down to think and to understand, gets himself out from his environment and to understand what is real, that time he will understand the value of what Allah has given to him. He is not going to be spoiled.
Tawwakkul, is trusting in Allah. You are not content with the will of Allah, pray that you don’t get smack. We have to learn, like our Sheykh says, easy way or hard way. You refuse to learn and the dunya is not teaching you, don’t worry, the grave is going to teach you. You don’t know how to be content with the will of Allah, you refuse to open your eyes and to see. You refuse to think. You are stubborn and you don’t go out, you don’t go out of your way to understand, to be intelligent, to think, this is a Holy Commandment: To Think.
You are not thinking? You want to live your life spoiled and selfish? You can. But the grave is waiting for you. And the grave is not going to say, ‘Oh, your Majesty. You come from such and such a background, such and such a lineage, we are not going to test you. We are not going to put you through difficulties.’ It doesn’t care.
It didn’t even care about the beloved daughter of the Holy Prophet (asws), Hz Fatima, that when she was buried, one Sahabi became very emotional and said, ‘O earth, be careful. Understand who you are going to welcome today inside of you. O earth, if you don’t know who this is, this is the beloved daughter of Rasulullah (asws). If you don’t know who she is, she is the beloved wife of Hz Ali. If you don’t know who she is, she is the beloved mother of Hz Hasan and Husein.’ And a voice is heard coming from the earth to everyone that is present saying, ‘O you who addressing me. Don’t tell me what my job is. Be careful for yourself. Whatever that she has brought, that is what she is going to see in her grave. Whatever she has put in her grave, that is what she is going to see. Don’t interfere into my work and don’t interfere to her life now with me. Worry about yourself.’
So now, everyone has direct information all the time. Too much information all the time about everything that is happening from Russia all the way to South Africa, all the way to Antartica, East, West , North and South, they know everything but their hearts have become cold and dead, stone. May Allah keep our hearts to be alive and to feel and to understand. InsyaAllah
Hoja Lokman Efendi Hz, Khalifah of Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs) * OSMANLI DERGAHI New York
January 23, 2015