Question: Is a bad deed and a sin the same thing?
We don’t like to use the word sin. There are a certain things, especially the manners of Tasawwuf, although we are rough and tough with certain things, we are not wahhabi, we don’t like to pronounce takfeer on people. We don’t like to say this is sin, this isn’t. We say, ‘this is wrong action. Bad action.’ Because we are still trying to show the Mercy of Allah, all these harsh words is also a mercy to make people to wake up.
Something wrong that you do, you say a ‘bad deed,’ is an action. But some, let’s use the word ‘sin’ since you used that, some sins it does not have to be an action. It can be a bad intention. A bad intention, if you don’t do it, you’ll get rewarded. A bad intention if you do it, it becomes a bad deed, you get one, wrong thing. A good intention, if you have it, you are already rewarded for it even before you do it. Once you start doing a good intention then you may be rewarded from seven to seven hundred thousand above, according to the intention that you made.
So, a sin, for example, you have anger and a stubbornness, jealousy and arrogance that is in your heart, all these are sins. They are all potential that is there inside of you. For ahle Tarikat, for Tasawwuf, we don’t just look at the actions, at the deeds, we look at what is behind those deeds. To try to make the bad intention to go away. To have good intention. That is what we have to do. Sohbets is the time to listen, not the time to make zikr. This is the manners of the sohbet. Your intention is to listen. Good. Your intention is not to distract or to disobey. But now, sheytan whispers, your ego goes crazy and what happens? You become ghaflat. Once you start becoming ghaflat, all those things that you not even thinking that you are going to do, you are doing it.
So, beyond bad deed, and bad intention, there is this huge area now. Huge. That Sheykh Effendi is concentrating for years: Heedlessness. Ghaflat. Your intentions are good. and we are talking about high spiritual matters here, according to Tasawwuf. Not according to Syariat. Yes you have good intention, it’s very good but your actions now is not according to those intention. Now according to Tasawwuf, why is that? If your intentions are good, then why are your actions bad? That means that somewhere along the lines, your intentions, sheytan hijacks it. Your ego hijacks it. You are not safeguarding that intention and watching your actions to go according to that intention. You are just letting that actions to go as it likes. To be in ghaflat. Your intention when you drive a car, from your home to go to work, can you now get into your car, start the engine, start moving and close your eyes and drive to work? Your intention is there isn’t it? Say that time, when you are driving your car, when your eyes are close, when your crushed into someone, you get into trouble, say that time to the police, but my intentions are good. I didn’t intend for this to happen.
Now, in our way, it is the same kind of care, same kind of detailed observation. Putting yourself under a microscope. Checking yourself out that time. Tafakkur. Being in jamaat, having authority on you. You don’t, you didn’t realise your action was wrong because you are looking only at your intention. But your action is wrong because you were in ghaflat and the ego is saying, ‘behave like this.’ So now, we have to be aware. Isn’t awareness, part of the Naksibendi order? Our Sheykh is teaching that without making a show, he’s teaching us about awareness of breath, awareness of time, everything, without making a show, without giving lecture, without talking about maqams and numbers, without talking about karbala marbala, without talking about chakra makra, without talking about latayeb, but he’s giving us the real teachings that we can take and we can use. So now you become aware. You are in Tafakkur. You are not in ghaflat. It’s a little bit hard. It’s a little bit tough. But only the best schools they are tough. The other schools, very easy.
The best, the most valuable is always tough. Is always difficult. And by the way, since when people enter into Jihaddul Akhbar, Tasawwuf Tarikat is jihadul akbar isn’t it? Since when we enter into the greatest struggle to expect the easiest ease, the easiest comfort, since when? Of course, since the last hundred years. Since twenty first century murids start to practise Tarikat according to their ego. They enter to Tarikat, is not jihadul akbhar, it’s jihaddul, how do you say ‘easiest’ in Arabic? Jihaddul comfort (Hoja laughed). Jihadul Lazy. Astarghfirullah.
No, it’s jihaddul akbhar. There has to be a challenge. More you are scrubbing, more clean you are going to get. But now, when we say couple of words to scrub people, they say, ‘no, this is too much.’ ‘Love brother. Speak nice and soft and tolerant. Don’t push people away. Bring them here. Stroke them and say, ‘ohh, baby,’ be like this to them, then they are going to find safety.’ There are so many doing that. Go over there. We are not stopping you. Over here it’s different.
So, we are concentrating now, on ghaflat. How not to be in ghaflat. How to have the vision of the believer. How to see with the Nur of Allah. How to see with the Nur of Prophet. How to see with the Nur of our Sheykh. That comes with some scrubbing. That comes with understanding then. That time so many things that we are doing, they are wrong. Yea, people know how to quote so many books, so many sufi scholars. But they don’t know how to behave. when they are experiencing a little bit, they say, ‘what is this? This is Sufism?’ what is that phase they call it? Blameworthy ego. Everything you are doing, you understand it is wrong. So many didn’t even enter to that. When you are under a Sheykh and your Sheykh is making you to understand that everything you do is wrong. Not because you are doing wrong things. But because you are doing right things. Trying the best that you can, still you are wrong. still you are nothing.
Ah, if they show, like Sheykh Maulana said to SahibulSaif one time, I was witness there. You see this cane, he said, as he turned the cane to the other side, ‘if I show the other side of Tarikat, everyone is going to run away.’ And this other side, this way of training the real way, he has given the authority to SahibulSaif. And this side, we like it. This other side, dime a dozen, you can get it in 99 cents store. Astarghfirullah. We are nothing. May Allah forgive me.
Hoja Lokman Efendi Hz, Khalifah of Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs) OSMANLI DERGAHI NY, 2014