Question: What Breaks The Shahadat?
I am not going to give an answer according to Shariat, because I am not a scholar. According to alims, according to scholars, what breaks the Shahadat? When you declare shirik, it breaks the Shahadat. When you deny the Prophethood of the Holy Prophet (asws), you break your Shahadat. And everything that is contained in that, denying the Oneness of Allah, breaks the Shahadat. For example, you deny one ayat of the Quran, you deny the whole Quran, you break the Shahadat. Those are the zahir. We are not here to learn that. That one, you can Google and you can find out easily. But of course these days there are so many Google sheykhs too and Yahoo sheykhs. May Allah protect us from that kind of thing, foolishness.
What is our Shahadat? To say, ‘Ashadu an-la ilaha il Allah, ve Ashadu anna Muhammadan Abduh ve Rasuluhu.’ That is our Shahadat. To say and to witness that there is only one Allah. There is no Ilah accept for Allah. What breaks that first part of the Shahadat? To declare an Ilah other than Allah. Which creature that Allah swt has created declares itself an Ilah? No creature. Sheytan is not declaring itself an Ilah. No Angel declare itself an Ilah. No mountain, no tree declares itself to be an Ilah. No creature declares itself to be an Ilah. Except for one. No, it’s not man. It is the Ego. Only the ego declares itself to be an Ilah. You understand? The Nafs. So if we cannot control and break this nafs, it will continue to be a challenge to our Shahadat. It will continue to challenge the authority of Allah. It will still continue to declare itself an Ilah as it did in front of Allah subhana wa ta’ala, where Allah says, ‘Who am I and who are you?’ And our ego, our nafs is saying, ‘You are You, and I am Me.’
So if you are not understanding your ego and you are not catching your ego, you can say non-stop ‘La Ilaha Illallah’ non-stop you can say, but if you don’t understand your nafs, there is still an Ilah that is declaring itself, that is going to challenge Allah swt. Not that it can challenge, but it’s just saying it. And Allah, of course, is allowing it to say. So what is our concentration, especially in the Naksibendi Order, especially in this jamaat? It is the ego. It goes to the root of the root of the root of the problem. La Ilaha Illallah. So we are concentrating: La Ilaha.
La Ilaha: No gods, no gods, no existence, no reality, Except for Allah. If you don’t concentrate on that, you will never reach to Allah. Where all other Tarikats, they concentrate on Allah, then maybe later they concentrate on La ilaha. We are doing the opposite. Which is really the correct way, to concentrate on La ilaha, then Illallah. That Illallah, is not us. Is not our doing. It is not our effort. Our effort is La illaha. You understand? It is not with our effort that we are going to understand, experience, be witness to Allah. If you are still doing that, it is still the ego. It is Allah who is going to make us to experience Him. But the priority, our job is the first part of the Shahadat: La Ilaha. To get rid of that. That, we can do. And we must. So if you are not concentrating on your ego and understanding the tricks and the trap of your ego, you can be saying the Shahadat 24 hrs, you may be breaking it 24 hrs, every single time that you are saying it.
La ilaha illallah Muhammadur Rasulullah. Now you come to the base, to the bottom of the matter. How are you going to get rid of your Ilahs? It is through Muhammadur Rasulullah. You are going to follow his way. His advice. You are going to follow the ones that he has appointed over you. You are not even going to declare your own existence. You are going to declare the existence of the Prophet (asws). And the Prophet’s existence is not the same as Allah’s existence. Of course. One is Allah, the other one is a Habib, is still a creature of Allah. But his existence is Abduhu ve Rasuluhu. Abduhu ve Rasuluhu. So, if you are not then taking the example in the lifestyle and the sunnat of the Holy Prophet (asws), your Shahadat is broken up.
There are two billion Muslims. Isn’t it? Two billion muslims, we may say everyone is declaring Shahadat, correct? We are not wahabbis to say no, no, no, we accept your Shahadat, we don’t accept your Shahadat. No. Everyone who declares the Shahadat is a Muslim. When dajjal comes, there are so many muslims, still saying the Shahadat, but with the tongue. It hasn’t entered into their hearts. They will be following Dajjal. But they still have that Shahadat. But that Shahadat is not the Shahadat of the Prophet, as taught by him. You understand? It is not the Shahadat as taught by his inheritors. That’s why we keep saying, we are leaning against the Shahadat of our Sheykh, of the Awliya Allah, of the Prophet. Because now, let me give you an example:
Hazreti Abu Bakr Siddik, he went to war right after the Prophet (asws) passed and there were so many tribes in Arabia who betrayed Islam, betrayed the trust. And so many of them they still declare themselves to be Muslims. It continued from the time of Hz Abu Bakr, Omar, Osman and Ali. There are still so many groups that are still saying, ‘we are Muslims but we don’t want to follow Abu Bakr. We don’t want to follow Osman. We don’t want to follow Omar. We don’t want to follow Ali. We want to follow our own self.’ Today, still, the west were supporting only this kind of Muslims: this square head, sheytanic wahabbis. And today, the fruit of that is this ISIS, misis. That is the fruit that comes out from the tree that was planted and they gave water to it. Ahle Sunnat has always been chopping that tree down, trying to burn the roots, but they give life to it, more and more. This is one of the conditions of the Ahir Zaman. And it has to happen. So Hz Abu Bakr Siddik, he went to war with so many of them and so many of them they are declaring the Shahadat too. In fact, on record, he is saying to the Sahabis and to the Tabi’in, he is saying, ‘Today we are going to war with a group of people, they are your brothers. They say the Shahadat like you. They pray like you. They fast like you. They go to the Hajj like you. But they are not accepting our authority that the Holy Prophet has given to us. They are going to cry when they are striking you. They are going to say, ‘Ya Allah.’ We are going to say, ‘Ya Muhammad.’ And we are going to go to war with them.’
So now, it is not just through the tongue. And when Mahdi (as) comes he is not going to look at, through the tongue, what people are saying. He is going to look through their hearts. And whatever that is in your heart, it will show in your life. That’s all. Whatever is in your heart, it will show in your life and in your lifestyle. That is the nature of man. If in your heart it is money, you are going to be interested and be busy with money. You can say, ‘I don’t love money.’ You can say, ‘I like something else,’ but you are going to be busy because everything has the proof and that is the proof. If you are busy with power, your life is going to be showing that. That is in your heart.
Whatever that is in your heart, it’s going to show. So now, in our way, we are not doing anything but concentrating on that Shahadat. And not break that Shahadat. To look at what breaks the Shahadat and to fix it. Not to look at the Shahadat, but to look at what breaks the Shahadat. Not to look at our spirit, but to look at what is tying up our spirit and choking it. Not to look at Allah, but to look at the veils that prevents us from Allah swt. This is our way. You understand? This is what we are concentrating on. It is to keep that Shahadat. And we just mention this yesterday, the most important thing: the value of our Shahadat.
InsyaAllah, still, with all these thinking, with all this doing, we are asking for the intercession of the Prophet (asws) and the syafaat of our Sheykh and the syafaat of the Holy ones because without their medet, without their syafaat, again we are hopeless and helpless. We cannot do anything. And in reality, if we can do anything, if we are able to do anything, it is only because of their syafaat, because of their medet. This foolish wahabbis, I’m going to so many masjids, we talk so much, we talk about this, we talk about that, they cannot say nothing. They got so fed up. They say, ‘brother, just concentrate on Quran and Sunnah. Why are you talking about Sheykh? Sheykh is still a man.’ I say, ‘you idiot. Our Sheykh is concentrating on Quran and Sunnah. All his life is Quran and Sunnah. That’s what he is breathing, that’s what he is saying, every single word is Quran and Sunnah and you are telling me, concentrate on Quran and Sunnah? Yes you want to concentrate on Quran and Sunnah according to your ego. According to sheytan’s Quran and Sunnah. According to the Hypocrite Quran and Sunnah. But you don’t want to follow the Quran and Sunnah of the friends of Allah, huh?’ This is how the dajjal tricks the 21st century muslims. Understand?
So, may our service and may our faith, may our worship may everything that we do be accepted. For the sake of the Prophet (asws), and the Awliya Allah and our Sheykh. Fatiha.
Hoja Lokman Efendi Hz, Khalifah of Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs) * OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
March 27, 2015
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