Question: What is the root of knowledge?
BismillahirRahmanirRahim. The root of knowledge is BismillahirRahmanirRahim. What was the first revelation to the Prophet (asws)? What was the first ayat? It’s not Iqra. It is BismillahirRahmanirRahim. You think Jibril (as) is not going to say BismillahirRahmanirRahim when he’s reciting the Quran? He’s going to say.
BismillahirRahmanirRahim, it is the root of knowledge. What is Bismillah? To say in the name of Allah. In the name of Allah. That whole ayat, that whole Surah, Iqra, it is saying BismillahirRahmanirRahim. What is the next ayat? ‘Recite, Say, in the name of your Lord who created you.’ Isn’t that explaining what BismillahirRahmanirRahim is? So now, in the name of Allah. In the name of Allah, Bismillah, that is the root of knowledge. To know your Lord and to worship Him.
How are you going to know your Lord? The one who knows himself, he knows his lord. So although you come to the root, which is to know Allah, you come to a deeper root than that. That in order to get that knowledge, now you have to know yourself. Then you can go deeper. How are you going to know yourself? How are you going to know yourself? How are you going to know yourself physically, how you look like? Maybe you are going to ask people to describe you. You are going to ask a person, ‘how do I look like?’ the person will say, ‘your eyes are average. Your hair is black. Your nose is like this, like that.’ Does it give me a picture of what it is? No it doesn’t. You have ten people, ten different people may give you ten different interpretation of how you look. Isn’t it? You can try to feel yourself but you will not be able to get a clear idea of what you are. You are too close.
The root of knowledge is to know Allah. But the root of that knowledge is to know yourself. And the root of that knowledge of knowing yourself, like I said, in order for you to know yourself physically, you need a mirror. Something that is outside of you, that is only showing you. The mirror does not show itself, the mirror is showing you. That mirror is polished. So the root of knowing yourself, is you have to have a mirror and that mirror, in Islam, that mirror is the Prophet. Because that mirror is the one who reflects from Allah swt to show to you Allah. And that mirror then reflects you, to show you yourself, to show you what Allah’s will is, and to show you what your will is. And never you are going to have any balance until your will is under the will of your Lord. And that is called Islam. That is called being a Muslim. It is not balance like: okay you have fifty percent Allah’s will and your will is fifty percent, then it’s going to be balanced. No. Never.
The balance comes, when there is a priority. The balance comes when the head is on top and the feet is in the bottom. This is balance. Balance doesn’t mean the head is there and the feet is there (side by side to each other). What kind of a monster is that you are having. Feet there and head there. And you say, ‘balance. This is balance, right? Feet and head same position, that means balance.’ Is that balance? That is not balance. Balance means the head has to be high. Where the head is, the feet has to be where it is.
So now, the Prophets they are the ones who is showing the mirror of Allah and showing the mirror of you. And the Prophets, when they leave this world physically, they leave their inheritors. And those are the ones that we call Sheykhs and Mursyids. They are the ones who will teach you yourself. Those who are teaching you yourself, concentrating not on your spirit to praise you to say, ‘subhana’Allah, such high station you have. What light you have. What nearness to so many maqams you have.’ No! That real one is going to concentrate on the 70 000 veils between you and Allah, that separates you and Allah. He’s not going to concentrate on your spirit. He’s going to concentrate on your veils and how to remove that veil so that you are close to Allah. This is what the Naqshbandi Sheykhs they are concentrating on.
So now after they show you the mirror, when you see yourself, you go to another horizon. Once you see yourself, then you start fixing yourself. You fix yourself. You remove the veils. Once you remove your veils, depending on where your ambition is, depending on how close you want to be to Allah, you start removing your veils, you start polishing your heart. And once you start doing that, polishing your heart, maybe one day you will become a mirror to others. Because once you start polishing your heart, then the image that is going to appear, is your Sheykh. Naqshbandi, Naqsh (Sheykh points to the heart). It is the Prophet, because the Sheykh is bringing you to the Prophet. And the Prophet (asws) is bringing you to Allah. Who can say, ‘I polish my heart and Allah is going to appear.’?Like so many foolish ones, they say, ‘Allah is Alif, Lam, Lam, Ha.’ Just concentrate, concentrate, concentrate, Alif, Lam, Lam, Ha and you are going to see so many things in there. That is what it is.
There is Allah. and there is the spelling of Allah. You are Naseer (Sheykh is asking a murid in front of him)? If somebody writes your name ‘Naseer,’ this name that you write so many times, somebody who does not know you look at your name, this name and there’s you, has nothing to do with each other. Isn’t it? Just your name there, ‘Naseer,’ what is that speaking about you. Nothing. So now, how am I going to know you? I have to go now beyond your name. I have now to remove your name, and I have to know you as a person. I have to come close to you. I have to know you. You will never know Allah if you don’t come close to Allah swt. Sheykh Effendi says so many times, ‘you will only know the name of Allah, but you don’t know Allah.’ Somebody may know the name of you. But don’t know you. Your name has nothing to do with you. But once I know you, then your name means something, and it means everything but it cannot even contain a little bit of that reality of you. Do you understand?
So now, ‘recite in the name of your Lord who created you from nothing.’ This is not a secret. This is the reason of our creation. This is why we have been created: to know Allah and to worship Him. But mankind becomes so foolish. That they start worshipping to this world, worshipping to themselves and not Allah. Worship doesn’t mean to go up and down. Worshipping means knowing and loving and being busy with that. May Allah make us to be busy with His beloved ones, and may they lead us to Allah swt. May Allah forgives me and bless all of you.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
3 Shaban 1436H
May 21, 2015