Question: Is it wrong to love the Murshid ? and based on the Hadith that when you see a friend of Allah, one remembers Allah, how do we make Rabita to him?
Well, it is not wrong. You have to love the Murshid. You have to love the Prophet (asws). You see, people have the wrong idea. They say, ‘Oh, if you love your Murshid, you won’t have any love for Prophet or you won’t have any love for Allah.’ They say, ‘if you love the Prophet, then you won’t have any love for Allah.’ No. because all these ones, they never pull love to themselves. They take that and they divert it, they channel it to the Prophet. That is what it means, Ahle Sunnah, there is a chain.
Prophet (asws), on the night of Mi’raj, when he went into the Masjidul Aqsa, and all the Prophets 124 000 of them, in the spiritual form, they stood up and they gave salawat to him, welcoming the Nabi on the night of the Mi’raj in the Masjidul Aqsa. They got up and they gave him salawat the way that we are doing it, it is a lost tradition, the way that we are doing it after Jummah, after Zikr. Prophet (asws) when he enters and they gave salawat to him, he didn’t say, ‘yes, you are right.’ When they say, ‘Allahuma Salli ala Sayidinna…’ they are giving praises to him. He enters, what does he say? He says, ‘Allahu Akhbar, Allahu Akhbar, La Illaha Ilallah….’ He takes all of that, brings it to the present of Allah swt.
So, you have a Murshid, you have to love him. Loving him will teach us then how to love the Prophet. Teaching us how to love Allah properly. And yes, when you see them, you will be remembering Allah. If you see them and you remember your desires, sometimes they do that, not in the way that they are pulling your desires the way the commercial is, but they hold up a mirror. They will take a mirror and they will show you. That is when you know, then you are starting to train. If you are still sitting next to a Murshid and you are still flying, then that is a step. Just one step. There’s so many steps. But when you stop flying and you come back down little bit then you start looking at yourself, start examining yourself, then the real works start. And that’s important; for the real work to start. Then you start to see, ‘I have all these qualities, I have all these wrong things, I have all these things that I need to improve on,’ you start polishing your heart. You start cleaning yourself up. That is when your station is going to rise, in a real way.
Don’t think that making rabita to a Sheykh is the way that people are thinking: I just sit like this proudly like a Buddha, doing like this or like this and I am imagining the Sheykh is in front of me sitting like this and we both come together.
No, it is not. Everyone’s rabita in reality is different. Everyone’s connection is different, to the Sheykh. Connect yourself. As much as you are with him, you will make that connection. As much as you remember Allah. Does Allah remember us? Of course Allah remembers us. He remembers us before we remember Him. But He is saying, ‘call on Me. If you remember Me, I will remember You.’ Fathkuroonee athkurkum – Remember me and I will remember you.
If you remember Allah, then Allah will remember us. He is saying in Hadiths e-Qudsi, ‘if you remember Allah alone, Allah will remember you in His Divine Presence of aloneness. If you remember Allah in a group, Allah will make mention of you in a much more superior group.’ Amongst His angels, He will mention us. Who are we that Allah swt is mentioning us? Really the believer is going to say, ‘no, no. I don’t fit into that category of course. Why Sultan is going to remember us?’ I Don’t think that Obama is sitting somewhere and remembering us. But Allah, yes, He remembers us. So, more that you are remembering Him, more closer you are going to be. More you are remembering the Prophet (asw), more closer you are going to be with him. More you are remembering your Sheykh, then that time, more closer you are going to be with him. And in order to reach the Prophet and to Allah, ‘seek means to come close to Me.’ Allah swt is saying, ‘seek means to come close to Me.’ It is an order from the Ayatul Kerima, from the Quran e-Kerim. Find means. What is the best means to come close to Allah?
Holy Prophet (asws). He is the one who is nearest to Allah swt. None of the Sahabis say we reach to Allah. None of them. And none of them say, ‘we know something.’ None of them say that we know Quran. Always they are saying, ‘Allah and His Prophet knows.’ Allah and His Prophet knows. So that should be the manners of the believer. So, however that you want to remember your Sheykh, don’t just think you are going to remember your Sheykh sitting down, making the Zikr. Remember him. Put him into your life, put him into your actions. Remember him when you are lifting a piece of rock. Remember him when you are handling some wood. Remember him that way. Then you will find him.
There’s one hot news now, one of the signs of the Ahir Zaman: discover the gospel of Jesus they are saying, right? Gospel of Jesus. Because all the other Gospel, they are saying, the four gospels, they are written by other people. Where is Isa (as) own words? But in Islam, it is very organised, it’s very neat, it’s very clean, it’s very tidy. We have the words of Allah, we have the words of the Prophet (asws). There’s Quran and there’s Hadiths. We don’t mix them together. But Bible, mixed together. Quran, hadiths, riwayat, tafsir, everything, sirah, mixed together. We leave it now. That is the gospels of today. But they discover the gospel of Isa (as), gospel of Jesus. First word is saying, ‘don’t think that the Kingdom of God is in brick or in stone,’ I’m paraphrasing this. I didn’t memorise the whole thing but this is what it says, ‘don’t think that the Kingdom of God, meaning the Allah, the Divine Presence, the Divine Court, is in brick or stone. Meaning a building, something that is manmade. This is supposed to be the real words of Isa (as). ‘Pick a piece of rock and you will find Me. Lift a piece of wood and you will see me there.’ Meaning it is everywhere. It is not contained, but there is an action there too. It’s not for nothing that He says, ‘pick’and ‘lift’. You have to do something. If you do, you look and when you put it, the remembrance into your actions, then that time you will conduct yourself alive as if you are in Divine presence.
It’s very heavy? Of course it’s very heavy. We cannot do that. But it’s supposed to be that, Muslims are supposed to have that isn’t it? What is that call? Taqwa? Yes, that is call Taqwa; to know that Allah is watching you. That is Taqwa. What are the Prophets bringing? Anything different? No, they are bringing the same thing.
So that is taqwa. But to conduct ourselves as if we are in Divine Presence, it’s impossible. It’s very difficult. Take a step down. Allah is saying, ‘now, in order to get taqwa, to know that your Prophet is watching you.’ Prophet (asws) has said, in the khutbah we are saying, that everyday it is shown to us our actions. Good actions, we’ll praise Allah, bad actions we ask forgiveness. He intercedes for us. Right now as we are speaking He is interceding for us. So, now, to live and to carry your life as if you are in the presence of the Prophet (asws), it’s not that easy, especially if you are not there physically with him. So now he says, ‘I have my waris. Be with them.’ That will start to train you.
Now, murids, yes to be in the presence of the Sheykh, to conduct your life under the eye, under the gaze, under the tawajjuh of the Sheykh, slowly then, not slowly, very quickly we understand what it means to be under the tawajjuh of the Prophet (asws) and Allah swt. So, lift your cup. Remember your Sheykh. Remember your Prophet. Remember Allah. with what? BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Medet, Destur. But saying BismillahirRahmanirRahim, Medet. Opening door, BismillahirRahmanirRahim Medet. Sitting down, BismillahirRahmanirRahim Medet. Once you start saying that, you are connecting. Now you are not just saying, ‘okay, okay. Now I’m not connected to my Sheykh. Only when I’m praying I’m connecting. Only when I’m making zikir I’m connecting.’ So you are separating your life now. You are saying, ‘now, I’m not connecting to my Lord, Allah. Only when I’m praying I’m connecting.’ So we are saying now, Allah does not exist in our lives? Separation now. Once you start separating, isn’t that very dangerous when we do that? ‘Ahh, it’s nothing to do with religion. This is life.’ Isn’t that very dangerous? Then we are saying to Allah swt, ‘You are not the Lord. You are not the Creator. I am.’ Isn’t that a hidden shirk?
May Allah not make us to fall into that. Yes, we are in ghaflat. Yes, we cannot carry that. To know that 24 hours, but we are asking for Allah’s forgiveness. And we are asking for Allah’s mercy to reach us. And for us to become strong. InsyaAllah.
Hoja Lokman Efendi Hz, Khalifah of Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs) OSMANLI DERGAHI NY, December 2014