Ramazan: Seek Forgiveness And Run In The Way Of Allah

BismillahirRahmanirRahim

After Zikr, a mureed ask Sheykh Lokman Effendi a question on how we can move forward in the way of Allah (swt) after asking for forgiveness in this month of Ramzan?

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Auzubillah minash shaitan rajeem. BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Destur. Medet Ya SahibulSaif. This is something that we have been speaking about for the past few weeks. It’s not just tonight. We are talking about asking for forgiveness because we entered into Bera’at. We passed Bera’at.  What it means by forgiveness and what after forgiveness? That’s what you are asking, correct?

We want to be clean. So many people they get clean to become dirty again, isn’t it? So many people, they want clean because they cannot carry that dirtiness anymore. Not because they want to come closer to Allah. You understand? Like, American way, ‘I’m sorry.’ They say I’m sorry because there is conflict there. They don’t want that conflict to be there. It’s not because they understand what that conflict is and why and who did what. They say, ‘I’m sorry we are having this argument.’ But do you know what you are fighting about? Do you know what you are arguing about? Is it worth or is it not?  So it’s just a feeling that you want to get rid of. Whatever it is, whatever feeling we have, whatever  questions that you have, we have a role model in front of us. We have hundred and twenty four thousand Sahabi e-kiram that are role models in front of us, how they conducted themselves with the Prophet (asws). So many of them, they came from backgrounds that they were filled with the wrong actions and the wrong intentions, correct? They were burying their children who were alive. They were worshipping idols. They were oppressing the orphans and those without any rights. So many things that they were doing, but when they met the Holy Prophet (asws) and when they believe in the Shahadat, then what happened? That is our role model.

We are so dirty, we met our Sheykh. We are so dirty we enter into a clean month that is going to clean us up. You understand? Then what happens? What happen there?

The Sahaba e-Kiram when they met the Holy Prophet (asws), what happened there? They fell in love. They fell in love with the Haqq. They fell in love with the Prophet (asws). They fell in love and they put the Prophet to be priority, above everything. And that love, it gives you that passion. And that passion, it gives you the motivation to run. Because you cannot have love without running to show that love. There’s no such love as love I’m just going to receive that love. I’m not going to show. Impossible. It does not work that way. You have a love, you want to show that love. They met the Holy Prophet (asws), they understood. They see that Sun of Truth shining, it took away all their darkness. Now, the second Jahiliyyah, they are filled with so much darkness, they go to see the Sheykh, after the Sheykh cleans them up then they say, ‘goodbye! Adios! Now I’m clean. Very good. Farewell. Goodbye!’ and then they go and they continue with their lives. You understand? So what happens after  forgiveness?

We spoke about forgiveness, what it really means to ask for forgiveness. So easy for people to throw away terms here and there: Taubatul Nasuha and all this. But what it means now? Do you really understand? Is it something that you’ve done wrong, when you pull that tasbih, when you say, ‘astarghfirullahal Azim wa atubu ila’ih,’ do you understand?  So now, you ask for forgiveness. Forgiveness is granted to you. The believer must think. The believer must know what happens after that. In reality the believer has just to reflect. Just to what? Remember. Because we have all these knowledge in front of us. Even if it is not reading from books, or someone telling you, you understand by your own intelligence that Allah has given to you.  Holy Prophet (asws) with his Sahaba e-Kiram, he pulled them out from darkness, and then what happened to them? They  walked away from him and say, ‘now I’m going to continue with my life.’ ‘Now that you’ve given me light, you’ve given me truth, you’ve given me Iman, now I can walk away and continue with my life.’? What did they do? They run for his sake. The run for Allah’s sake. They give up everything, now Allah has put the love for the Prophet, now no longer they are saying astargfirullah because of the love of themselves. You understand?

So many we are still stuck at that level when we say astarghfirullah because we love ourselves more, not because we angered Allah, but we don’t want to go to hell, because we don’t want to be punished. Not because we’ve really made Allah to be unhappy with us. Because our maksud, our purpose is to make Allah to be pleased with us. If He is not pleased with us, that is the biggest punishment. If He is not pleased with us, even if He puts us into a Paradise, that is going to be a Hell for us, isn’t it? If He is pleased with us, we can be in the middle of a fire, it is a Paradise, it is a rose garden. So now, you are forgiven and Allah is promising to forgive. Then what? Then what? What are you going to do?

Sahaba e-Kiram, once they, one time they look at the Prophet (asws), it is enough to transform them completely. Then what did they do? They say, ‘now you are on top of my head. Now your life is our life. Our life is sacrifice now to you.’ And they run now to build Islam. For the believer, they are our role models, we must be following in their footsteps.

So now, in this month of Ramazan, we are asking for forgiveness. Forgiveness for what? Why are we asking for forgiveness? Why are we asking for forgiveness? We want to be more clean. Why? To do what? To run after this world again? To run after the pleasures and the treasures, to collect more from this world, now that you have more energy because they clean us, it gives you more energy. Now you are going to do that again?  I saw this documentary some time ago, they are showing Muslims going to the Hajj. Americans, Malaysians…, they are all going to the Hajj, and they are interviewing everyone.  And they interview them, they interview one person, they say, ‘what do you want from this Hajj? What do you get from this?’ He says, ‘to become a better father. A better worker. A better boss, to be better in my life. To go back to my country and to become a better man, a better businessman’  I say then you have not learned. Because we enter into that Haram e-Sharif, changing our regular clothes into the kafan, into the shroud, we are gathering in the plains of Arafat, everything is in rehearsal of death, you enter into the Hajj, you enter into that reality where this world is just illusion and the reality of coming close to your Allah, that you are not going to be bothered by this world anymore and to be attracted to this world anymore. People in the old days, they go to the Hajj with the intention  never to come back. To die. Isn’t it? To be cleaned, to be taken away. Now  people are going to the Hajj because they want to come back to become better. Then again you have a business dealing  with Allah. Then you are going to Allah not to go to your Maula, not to go to the Hereafter, you go to Allah to have a better dunya.

So now we enter into this month of Ramazan, to ask for forgiveness. Forgiveness, and then what? What are we going to do? What are you going to do now that you are clean?

Run in the way of Allah. Run in the way of the Prophet (asws). Put him priority. Then slowly, step by step you will understand what it means, putting him in priority. What is he putting in priority? Yes, he is serving Allah swt. But he came for the ummat. Now, then you start to look, who is the ummat? What is the ummat?  You start to look right, left. You start to look up and you start to look down.  You start to understand then. Then you start to have a community. You start to become better ones running for  the way of Haqq. Otherwise, don’t sell this Ramazan cheap. Don’t sell it cheap.  Don’t just say, ‘I’m praying to ask just for this dunya, just for my ease.’ No. You are asking for ahiret, you are asking for Allah’s mercy, the dunya comes with it anyway.

Yeah. But when you talk about cleaning ourselves up permanently, nothing is going to clean it permanently other than to pass from this world for the sake of Allah. To give up your life for the sake of Allah. Yes, what the word is,  that so many are afraid to say this time: ‘Jihad’ to struggle in the way of Allah. To struggle in the way of Allah, pulling a sword physically it is a small jihad. The bigger Jihad, is to struggle against to your nafs. This is what we are doing. Struggling against our nafs. That we hope that Allah takes our lives. When death comes we are still engaging in the fight against to our nafs. You understand? How in a way it is very huge but in another way it is very simple. The end of their ways, is the beginning of ours.

InsyaAllah ar-Rahman,  may we live and may we die for the sake of Allah. Like what we are saying, especially in the Shafie mazhab, the dua that they say before they recite the Fatiha, which is taken from the Quran e-kerim, ‘BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Innasalati wa nusuki wa mahyaya wa mamati lillahi rabbil ‘alameen – my prayer, my life and my death, my ibadah is only for Allah.’ If you really believe in this. Not just reciting in very nice Arabic, but really you are believing this, then impossible you are not going to wake up to say, ‘I’m saying this words that I’m leaving today for the sake of Allah, but what have I done for the sake of Allah today?’ You cannot do so many things, but you can fight against your ego. You can say, ‘my ego wants me to do this wrong thing and I struggle and I fight and I win, for the sake of Allah.’ That you can say. And this Ramazan it is nothing but fighting against our ego.

InsyaAllah, may it be blessed. May Allah forgive me and bless you, insyaAllah ar-Rahman, and all those who are sincere. All other ones, may they come back to their senses. May fitnah leaves our association. May we continue with our caravan, although there are so many dogs barking, may Allah  swt grant us the himmet, may the Prophet grant us the himmet, may Sheykh Maulana grant us the himmet, may SahibulSaif grant us the himmet to continue and to be successful, insyaAllah. WaminaAllahu Taufiq. Alfatiha. SelamAleykum.

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After Zikr Sohbet by Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
1 Ramazan 1436H
June 18, 2015

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