Question: What are the levels of patience and destiny, how should one go with these?
No need to know what are the levels. No need to know the level of patience and destiny. Mankind today they are very impatient. They haven’t even move from the lowest level of the patience. They don’t even understand from the lowest level of the destiny. They are only patience if it’s not touching them. Once it touches them, they become very impatience. They only know how to blame destiny if something wrong happens to them, to blame Allah. But they never blame themselves. That’s why a jamaat is important. Dergah is important. A person may think he’s the most patient one but it’s not until he is here in the Dergah that you actually know where your patience is, which level it’s at. You think you are so accepting of destiny, anything that happens, but until you are in a Dergah, in a jamaat, he’s going to test that, you will never know. It’s just a theory to you. So what is our Sheykh teaching us about patience?
Impatience comes from sheytan. Patience is not just to sit and to wait. Patience is to sit and to watch and to think and to calculate when you are waiting. So it is not empty time. It is a very full time. Somebody makes you upset, first stage you may say, ‘okay, don’t get upset. Maybe second time, you are going to pull yourself up a little bit and you are going to say, ‘oh, person is saying this to me, why am I getting upset?’ Right when it’s happening, you are going to say, ‘why am I getting upset?’ Maybe third time, third phase, you are going to say when the person does something like that, immediately you know what is the next step that you have to take. You’re no longer thinking. You become active. Then maybe, next time, you already know that this person will be upset with you and you already know how to move before it happens. That time people will say, ‘wow, you have special powers,’ and you say, ‘no.’
For some people, when they enter into the town, then they look and they see, ‘oh, this is a town.’ For some people, when they enter into the gates of the town, they say, ‘oh, this is a town.’ They know. For some people, when they see the minaret, nothing else, but they just see a minaret from a long distance, they say, ‘this is a town. So with this things too, you can see it a mile coming. Your heart will start buzzing, ‘bzzzz, this is going to happen. You’ve gone through this before. This is going to happen. Avoid it.’ This is when the instinct, it kicks in. Your spiritual instinct, it kicks in. Your spiritual instinct. Not your nafsani instinct, not your egoistic instinct. Your spiritual instinct, that Allah has put into each and everyone of us. Because it is so covered and piled up with the ego, you removed it layer by layer, then you are going to find it.
So, what level that we are at, we take that ayat, saying, ‘to know that whatever bad that is happening to us, it is coming from our ego, whatever good that is happening to us, it is coming from Allah.’ That is enough until Judgment Day for us. No need to know so much with this. WaminAllahu Taufiq. Al-Fatiha.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
10 Shaban 1436H
May 29, 2015