We are asking support from our Sheykh, SahibulSaif Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani, to send us something that we can take benefit here and Hereafter. InsyaAllah. Let’s renew our religion, renew our Shahadat: ‘Ashadu an-la illaha il Allah, ve Ashadu anna Muhammadan Abduh ve Rasuluhu. Salallahu Ta’ala Alayhi ve ala Alihi ve Sahbihi ve Sallim.’
Syukur Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Alamin that Allah swt, He has created us as human and not as donkeys. Although today’s 21st century man, most of them, they are worse than donkeys. If mankind is not giving Syukur, he will turn into an animal. The shape is human, but what his goals are, it is nothing but to satisfy his ego. So what it means to be humans? Who is going to tell us what it means to be human? And what is the responsibility of a human? And what are the characteristics of a human? You are not going to learn how to become a human through schools. And schools these days, they teach monkeyism anyway. They don’t teach humanism. Because everything is based on Darwinism. You are going to learn how to become a human through television? that non-stop it is brainwashing people only to enjoy themselves and to run after their ego 24hrs? Or you are going to look to movies or magazines?
We must look to learn how to become humans from those ones who have achieved the title of becoming human. The title of becoming Bani Adam. Because only those who have been given the title of Bani Adam, they have been honoured. Otherwise, you are not honoured. Shape is man, behaviour is animal, definitely not Bani Adam that fits into the ayats in the Quran that Allah swt is saying, ‘Wa Laqad Qaramna Bani Adam – we have honoured the children of Adam.’
We need to learn how to become human through the Insan e-Kamil, through the perfect man. We’ve pulled ourselves back from the fitnah of this Ahir Zaman, the fitnah of this cities, to the top of a mountain, to live with and to live under one of the Insan e-Kamil of this time. Insan e-Kamil, it is not according to our understanding of what insan e-kamil too. We cannot give a title to our Sheykh. Allah gives a title to him. The feet cannot choose the head.
So, we are here, following our Sheykh. Trying to follow our Sheykh. Don’t be here physically. Don’t be here looking like a murid. The external description of a murid but the inside, what you are busy with again, is nothing but your ego or your desires, or what you want. If we do that, we have lost. Because we have wasted this opportunity. We have wasted this space that Allah swt has given to us, out of millions of people, to be up here. Alhamdulillah, our Sheykh is reminding us, 24hrs: Stand at the door of Syukur. You are filled with difficulties? Stand at the door of Syukur. You are filled with burdens? Stand at the door of Syukur. Definitely that time, your difficulties and your burdens, some way, somehow, it will be lifted, it will become easier for you to carry. Answer will come without you running here and there, like a headless chicken, panicking to do something.
You are in the way of Allah, you are planning something, it is not happening, that is the time you are going to abandon ship? You are going to abandon everything and say, ‘okay, now I have to go according to my own head.’ You can do that too. But you have jump the ship then that time. All this while, the ship is taking you some way. You say, ‘now I’m going to swim by myself.’ Try it. Try it. There’s a huge ocean out there that is filled with a lot of sheytans.
You are in the Ship of Nuh. Don’t forget that. This is like the ship of Nuh (as). That Sheykh Effendi is saying: this is a ship. Come for safety. We are still calling people. You think you can travel by yourself? That is what the son of Nuh (as), the son of a prophet, said to his father, ‘I’m finding higher ground.’ And Nuh (as) is still calling but Allah forbid him to call. This door is still open. We are not forbidding to call. But soon that time will come because the flood that is going to come, it is not going to be like the flood of Nuh. It is going to be the flood of fire. That time, all you have to go by is just obedience. Just submission. Submitting to our Sheykh. That’s all. Use your own head, you will lose then that time.
‘Oh, I didn’t know this.’ No excuse that time. If you are not practising now, you think you will be able to pass the test that time? Impossible. If you are not going to practise, if you are not going to be tested now, definitely you are going to fail that time when the big test happens. You are going to be tested with things that are important to you. You are not going to be tested with things that are small. Things that are going to shake your belief, shake your identity, shake your understanding of where you should be. Are you still holding on?
How many more sohbets we need to hear from our Sheykh that he is saying, ‘the winds they are knocking from east to west, north and south. They are knocking people off. Hold on. But hold on with your heart. Because these days, if you hold on to other than your heart, meaning sincerely, one day you can get knocked out. May Allah not test us with that and keep us with each other and our Sheykh. Al-Fatiha. Amin.
After Zikr sohbet by Hoja Lokman Efendi Hz, Khalifah of Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs) * OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
12 Jamadilakhir 1436H
April 2, 2015