Question: How do we be better in this way, when we are tired by this dunya everyday?
It’s good. If you are tired by this dunya, you should be better in this way. If you are tired by dunya, you should be motivated for ahiret. Isn’t it? So, you are tired by all of this, by bickering, people fighting, you are tired of fitnah, you are tired of politics, you are tired of…Everything in this world counts. Everything in this world is wrong. We are tired from it. That’s why we ran to find a Sheykh. That’s why we are happy with our Sheykh. That’s why he is giving us, showing us, the way: how to live in this dunya, without all of that dirtiness. Simple though, we have to live a simple life. And to aim for ahiret and to watch our movements, to watch our actions, to watch our intentions, to watch the days, the weeks and the years, and planning for a better life Hereafter. Then you understand, later on, not just planning for a better life, you are actually planning just to serve your Sheykh.
It becomes now about a situation, an issue of love. That more you sacrifice, more love. And it doesn’t matter, then that time you will be tested, the higher that you go. Not easy. More difficult test. Then they will test you: I give you a rose, you are happy, if I give you a thorn, you are going to be upset with me? Maybe, they are going to give you a thorn. What are you going to do with it?
So, if you are tired by this dunya, run to Maula. Run to Allah and His Prophet (asws). Run to the teachings of our Sheykh. Run to serve this way. Be happy with this way. Once you start doing that, the evil of the world will not touch you so much, you will be able to live in this world, finding your own bubble of Paradise, not bubble, a garden of Paradise, in the middle of this fire. But it’s not the Paradise as the unbelievers say what paradise is going to be. It’s a simple Paradise. But the feeling is there. Run to look for Paradises in this world. Don’t look to go to resorts or holiday places or rich places or nice places for that kind of Paradise. That’s a Hell.
What are the Garden of Paradise? What are the circles of Paradise? What are they? The circle of Zikr. Find the group of zikr, of people who are making real remembrance, not there just to remember their ego, saying, ‘I am the Best! You are not good. You must follow me. I am the best. We are the best. Best, best, best,best,’ they are saying. Fitnah happening. For people who are not busy with the fitnah and they are busy just looking at themselves, and looking at their simple work and how to become better, then that’s the time you will get more energy to be come better. InsyaAllah. SelamAleykum Warahmatullah
Hoja Lokman Efendi Hz, Khalifah of Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs) * OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York