I’m going to say just a couple of words, insya’Allah. Because it is tradition just to give a sohbet a little bit. Sometimes you don’t feel like speaking anything, because whatever that we are speaking, if you are not absorbing, if you are not understanding, if you are not digesting, then why are we going to give more and more? But it is an order for me, so I’m going to have to do it. Whatever that he likes, whatever that he says, whatever that he sends. Who is he? Our Sahib, SahibulSaif Sheykh Abd Kerim al-Kibrisi al-Rabbani.
We are asking support from him, support from Sultanul Awliya, to send us something, insyaAllah ar-Rahman, that is going to give us benefit here and Hereafter. Syukur Alhamdulillah, like this or like that, we have entered now into the fourth day of fasting. Maybe we should sit down and take stock, and look. Very easy for so many to say, when I ask them, how’s your fasting?
‘Oh very nice’
Why is that?
‘Weather was very nice. So my fasting was good.’
Allah, Allah. So you are judging your fasting according to the weather? If it’s really hot, you are going to say, ‘ah, it’s very difficult.’ So again, you are fasting according to your nafs. That’s all. But you are not looking at how that fasting is putting your nafs under your feet. So how was our fasting, the three days that had passed? Are we waking up more? Are we understanding more? Are we falling deeper into the ghaflat? Because this month, sheytan is locked up, he’s in chained. It is only our ego that is wild. You are going to watch, you are going to see, how some people’s ego and their stubbornness is coming out. You are going to see in the month of Ramazan that stubbornness is coming out, the arrogance is coming out, the disobedience is coming out very unusually. The person is fasting the whole day, and he’s worshipping all night, but you see their heart is turning. Sheytan has trained our ego very good that time that he doesn’t have to be there. He says, ‘I’m going to go, when I’m gone, you are just going to take over and you are going to run things the way that I’m doing it.’
So in this month of Ramazan, three days have passed, what has happened to us? Are we becoming better ones? Not just saying, ‘may we become better ones,’ but are we looking at the days, are we looking at the nights to say, ‘my ego wants me to go this way, but I say ‘No’. I have the power now. I say No.’ Not eating and drinking only that you are saying no, that so many they want to eat and drink. If there is a wall between them and the public, they will eat and they will drink and they will do so many wrong things. But because there is no wall between them and the public and society, they have to follow.
Are we getting more energy in this month? Three days that have passed, that our ego is saying something, and we are pulling the ego along and we say, ‘No. you have to listen to me.’ Are we seeing that our stubbornness that is coming out and we manage to see it not when it’s in front of us that we are pulling it down, that we are seeing it from one mile away, stubbornness is coming and we manage to control that? Or the anger, or the disobedience, or the arrogance that is coming, and we say, ‘we know you. We can smell you from a mile away. You are coming, I’m not going to give you a chance. Because Allah has honoured this month and I’m going to honour.’ Ego will say, ‘No! Look, watch, do this!’ and you say, ‘no. I don’t want to!’ Are we getting that much more energy to do it? That time you don’t need me to ask you. You don’t need anyone to ask you. You don’t need thousands of books. You just have to sit down and be sincere with you and your Lord. And to look in your days, and look to your community, are they heading to the right direction? That there are so many, maybe challenges, that are coming, but they are not looking left or right. They are just going straight. It doesn’t matter now how much it’s going to hurt and who is going to fall. Going straight. So look. Understand. Then look at the entire ummat. When we speak about the entire ummat, definitely they are going to the wrong direction.
Allah knows now, how many muslims in this month of Ramazan instead of getting the blessings of Ramazan, Ramazan means to scorch or to burn, getting the blessings of Ramazan to burn their sins, they are collecting in this Holy month more fire for themselves. Allah only knows now how much wasting is happening in this month. How much people are wasting, wasting their food, wasting their money, wasting their time. They are still not understanding what this dunya is, not understanding what this ummat needs. I just saw one commercial, during Ramazan time they are making commercial about Eid, and I say, let me watch this. What is this? Showing a few kids coming in front of their father, it is the morning of the Eid. They never say that it’s bida’at, all these wahabbi sheytan, they never say that it’s bida’at to give money to your kids in the Eid, because they are doing them. And I see, because it supports their system. Wasting supports their system. Over spending supports their system. Making a show supports their system.
I’m looking at this commercial. Father is sitting down. Little kid comes, the father is giving one note of money. The kid says, ‘No,’ and opens his suitcase. Empty. Now the father takes a whole bunch of notes and put it inside the suitcase. They close it. This is what they are teaching us, young and old, this is what Ramazan is, this is what Eid is. They didn’t finish there. The little kid this little, from little bit bigger, bigger, bigger, okay so little kid goes. Second one comes, the father wants to give to him, he says, ‘no.’ What is it? I don’t even remember the order, but the father writes a cheque for him. Second one becoming more clever. He doesn’t want cash, he wants cheque. Third one coming, he says, ‘no, no, no cheque.’ He pulls out a credit card machine and the father runs his credit card, giving him. The other one, he says, ‘no, I don’t want credit card.’ He is showing some credit card thing that you typed in, the father now makes a bank transfer from his account to the little kid’s account. Are we understanding? This is the value that we are teaching our children now? This is what Eid means? This is what ramazan means?This is direction? So instead of burning away the wrong actions, burning away the ego, this is putting more fire for the fuel for Jahannam. Teaching our children, teaching us this is what Ramazan means, this is what Eid is supposed to be; to collect more dunya, to be happy and to be wasting. Allah, Allah.
Huh! This is Ahir Zaman. How are we going to be happy with the state of this world now? Allah is not happy. The Holy Prophet (asws) is not happy. Awliya Allah they are not happy. Those who are saying that they are happy, they are liars. The conditions of this world, you don’t have to be an Awliya, you don’t have to be a believer to know that the condition of this world right now, we are turning everything that Allah has given into a Jahannam. That we are destroying this world, we are destroying the animals, we are destroying the water, we are destroying the air, we are destroying each other, we are destroying our history, we are destroying everything in this past hundred years, never before in a thousand of years that has happened, that we’ve destroyed so much. Where is the happiness now? Where is the love that people are teaching now?
If it’s so filled with love and happiness, why Mahdi (as) is going to come? Mahdi (as) is going to come to join the party? To have more love and happiness? Or is he going to come to correct? He’s going to come with the sword. He’s going to come with the Furqan to separate Haqq from Batil. Because everything now is mixed up. Black is white and white is black.
Insya’Allah ar-Rahman, we understand a few things, to understand that this Ramazan is different from other Ramazan. Not to be so caught up just with the happiness, but to understand, the Ramazan is to make us to understand of the sadness that others are also going through. But we can get lost, we can get carried away very easily. Don’t let your ego to fool you in this Ramazan. This is the time to catch it and to put it under your feet. May Allah forgive me, may Allah bless you, may Allah raise the station of our Sheykh and our Grandsheykh higher. May Allah hasten their return. May Allah bring them back to balance this world. May Allah bring Hz Mahdi (as) soon, insya’Allah. For the sake of the Holy Prophet (asws), Sultanul Awliya, SahibulSaif. Al-Fatiha. SelamAleykum.
Sohbet on General Zikr by Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
3 Ramazan 1436H
June 20, 2015