When Allah is at the centre of your priority in life


solat jumma

Jumma Mubarak. May we be awake enough to collect the blessings of this Jumma and this month. May we not be in ghaflat. May we not be in la’nat (cursed). May we always be busy with ourselves not with others, on the state of the affairs of this world because there’s so much fitnah that is happening. Good people may get confused and you start loving the ones that is causing the blessings to be taken away, you’ll end up praising the ones who is pulling the la’nat of Allah on the Ummat. May Allah protect us from that. Amin.

The ma’rifat in these days is to be busy with yourself. That is ma’rifat. Because majority of the people, very busy with everything. Non-stop giving comments, non stop making fatwa. Non stop. Everything they see, they hear, they have to say something. As if they have the knowledge or the wisdom or the permission and authority to speak. Look to see the Fitnah Book, what? Fitnah Book? Facebook. People are saying, commenting and everything. Everything. Who are  you? Maybe you are a seven year old. Who are you? Maybe you have completely no knowledge of nothing. Who are you? Maybe you don’t even have the bravery to speak to people. We know some people they are very…, but behind that keyboard, they become a lion. Filled with fitnah. Everyone is giving fatwas, religious ruling. Maybe that one doesn’t even have a ghusul. It’s happening.

So ma’rifat in these days is to stay out of this confusion. It is not ma’rifat in these days to have more knowledge.  It is to have whatever knowledge that you have, to preserve it. To practise it. To live a life clean. This is the advice that is given by the Holy Prophet (asws) fourteen hundred years ago, for the people of the Ahir Zaman. That’s why you find us living on top of a mountain away from everything. Alhamdulillah, may Allah keep us in safety. And those sincere ones, if you want to be in safety, pull yourself out from the confusion.

dergahh (2)

Osmanli Dergahi in the Catskill Mountains

So somebody asked me a question one minute ago. Somebody asking me, ‘How do you balance the work of the dunya with the work of the Ahirat?’

The answer is very simple. You don’t balance. What do you think? Yin Yang, we are balancing? There is no balance. There is priority. There is no balance. Can you balance good and evil in Islam? You don’t balance good and evil, right? You don’t balance dunya and ahirat. You don’t balance. Once you balance, you say this one is in reality equal to this one. It is not. Now a lot of people is going to find so much problem with what I’m saying. But listen a little bit. Maybe we will learn something.

Haqq is different, Batil is different. Ahirat is Haqq, isn’t it? Dunya is Batil, isn’t it? How can we balance Haqq and Batil? For what? Whose idea is this? Since when it comes into Islam?

But in Islam there is priority. Priority. Put Allah and His Prophet as priority. Don’t’ put your ego as priority. Don’t put the dunya as priority. Don’t put your desires as priority. Don’t put sheytan as priority. Put Allah and His Prophet as priority. That time, you don’t have to find a balance. There is priority, there will be harmony. There will be  peace. There will be sakinah.  Sahaba e-Kiram, did they have peace in their heart? Of course they did. But did they have this world? No. They had sakinah, tranquility in their hearts. But all of them, as you know, from beginning till the end maybe, non-stop, they are being oppressed and tyrannized and today’s word ‘Stressed out.’ Isn’t it? But they have tranquility. So now, what is that tranquility that we want?

The tranquility that we want, that peace that we want, the satisfaction that we want, is to know  that what we are doing is only for the sake of Allah and not for the sake of the ego. Man is worshiping, making Zikr, reading Quran, doing so many things 24 hours but he is doing it for the sake of his ego. Huh! He is in big trouble. Before his good deeds reach up to the first Paradises, the Angels, they check it, they throw it back to his face. Understand?

A man is working 24 hours non-stop to help in the way of Allah. Doesn’t have too much time to pray, to make Zikr but he is working non-stop in the way of Allah, either to help other people, poor people or to help his poor family or to help in the way in the Dergah and in the way doesn’t have too much time for all this worshiping, what he’s doing is for the sake of Allah, it is accepted. But he’s not worshipping, he’s going out there, say, being busy with the sheep, he’s going out there chopping woods for forty years, but what is the niat, what is the reason? He is doing it for the sake of Allah, for the sake of the Sheykh, it is accepted. That should be the way.

Man is staying in the masjid whole day, whole night worshipping, but he should be out there working to help his family or to be useful to the society. Who is giving him permission to do it; to stay whole day, whole night in the masjid? No one but himself. He is in big trouble. He is running away from the work of Allah.

So, if you put Allah as priority, whatever work that you are doing, the reason is for the sake of Allah. What you are doing? You are cooking, for what reason? For the sake of Allah. What does it mean; for the sake of Allah? Ask yourself more. Everyone can say, ‘oh I’m doing this for the sake of Allah.’ Say, what do you mean, ‘for the sake of Allah’? Challenge yourself. Prove it, for the sake of Allah. How is it for the sake of Allah? More you are refining, refining, refining that intention, then the work that you are doing becomes an ibadat.  What we just speaking about that this morning?

Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time, there was a Dergah and that Dergah decides to help everyone in the Dergah not to ask money from people. This day, so many Dergah, first thing you see on the website and everything, is to ask money from people. That is not. Dergah is not a collection of beggars. People want to help, they help. But some people they help later they take back. That’s also new style. They are also doing it. Some people they say, ‘yes, I’m doing it for the sake of Allah,’ they give then later they change their mind and they say, ‘emm, no. I don’t like it anymore. Give back everything! Give me everything that I have given in the way of Allah.’ That also happens. We are not surprised. So, this Dergah is saying: let’s set up one Kebab stand, to make Kebab to sell to the villages, later collecting the money then to say, ‘now we are going to help everyone that is living in the Dergah, this is for everyone.’ So they did that. People working at this Kebab stand, some of them loving it very much, some of them not liking it. Some of them hating it, some of them hating then later they like, some of them liking later they hate. You know, ego.


Then later, there was a, let say, there was a Sheykh of that Dergah saying, after some months, some years passing, and people are always working at that Kebab but they are not really making too much, putting a lot of work, they don’t have too much time to do any other thing; no worship. Some feeling very fed up. Then that one, that authority of that Dergah saying, ‘you are doing it for the sake of Allah, this Kebab stand. That time when you are doing that, that is your worship. You are going, cutting the animals to make the kebabs, that is a worship. You are cooking the kebab, that is a worship. You are selling it, that is a worship. You are staying all day all night worshiping, that doesn’t mean too much. Because it is for you. But you are doing this serving for the sake of Allah, that is a worship.’

Some believing, some not believing. Some understanding, later their ego tricked them, they don’t understand. So many things happened. Ego. Then when that authority, that Sheykh said that, that night one of the murids had a dream. And in that dream voice coming saying, it was not a voice, a big Awliya came and visit, went to that Kebab store. And that big Awliya saying ‘I’m going to now to take a report of how you are doing, what is your intention. And for your information, Prophet (asws) was here and he took a report and now I’m going to give a report.’ That murid woke up, he kept it for a few days, later he said to the whole Jemaah. People understood. Some still not understanding. Some, their ego overtake them. That is life. That is the ego. This is not a story. It is true.

So, what is your intention. Priority is Allah, but what are you doing? You are going to the mountain top to cut wood. What is cutting wood? Cutting wood is not an ibadat. It is cutting wood. But the one who goes up there cutting with such happiness because the wood he is going to bring down to give heat, to serve people, to serve the dergah, he is doing it for the sake of Allah. After forty years, that one became a huge Awliya. And that Awliya’s name is Yunus Emre. So, we are in the way of Yunus Emre. We are not looking at the prize, we are looking at the work. Some asking me, ‘what is the reward for praying such and such a prayer?’ I’m saying: So much reward. But in our way, we are not concentrating on the rewards. We are concentrating on doing the job well. If Allah wants to reward, He will reward. If Allah doesn’t want to reward, who can force Him to reward. We do something as a business? Allah is a businessman? saying, ‘I do this much, You have to give me this much. Because You say.’ Hmm, very dangerous. But that is common level of understanding: If I do this, I’m going to get this.

Later you will understand, it’s not what I get or what I don’t get, it is pleasing the One that I’m doing it for. Pleasing. Allah’s pleasure is our goal. The Prophet’s pleasure is our goal. Our Sheykh’s pleasure is our goal. So, know what pleases him. You know the Sheykh. You know our Sheykh. Very easy. You think, ‘oh, I’m staying here at the Dergah all day is it going to please him?’ Huh, definitely not. ‘I’m going outside working, being very busy, very tired. Coming back,’ Sheykh Effendi prays for us. So many times he is saying and I’m seeing it. They are working for the sake of Allah, they are coming back and their face are shining. You pray whole night, Tahajjud, you come to Fajr, your  face is never shining. Very sour. Angry. So now, you have to understand this point. If we do, it is very easy for us.

for your sake

WaminaAllahu Taufiq. AlFatiha.

Sohbet after Jummah by Hoja Lokman Efendi Hz, Khalifah of Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs) * OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York

January 30, 2015

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