Question: There is confusion saying that all major decisions for one year, the destiny of people is decided on the Night of al-Qadr and not on the 15 Sha’ban. Can you clarify this matter?
For us Tarikat people, following Tasawwuf, following Sheykh, it doesn’t matter which night it is. Does it matter? No, it doesn’t matter. Why we have to wait until one night in a year to worship to Allah, to ask for forgiveness? Are we going to say now, ‘Ohh, I made a mistake; I worshipped on 15th of Sha’ban instead of Laylatul Qadr.’ Are we? (Sheykh laughs) We don’t care. Because, like they say in Turkish, every night, think that every night is Qadr and that every person it is Khizir (as). Meaning that every night is a night of Power, and every person it is holy and Allah has hidden something there for that person, that that person may be one who is going to help you, save you.
So, anyway, I don’t know Arabic so much, maybe my Arabic brothers they can help me, but Qadir is different. Qad is power, the night of Power. It’s called the Night of Power because the Quran was revealed on that night, because the Power is reaching. Now this is, Sha’ban, mid-Sha’ban, it is Qadir. Qadir is destiny, destiny and power, they are different, right? Qadr and Qadir. But, Qadar and Qadir, they are different. But to us, we don’t care so much, whether we are going to worship asking Allah to change our destiny on the 27th, or on the 15th Sha’ban, or on the first of Muharram, or on Ashura, or…Every day you should be doing it. Say, ‘Ya Rabbi please forgive me for all my sins and make my tomorrow, my next year to be good.’ That’s what we should be praying.
So, it really doesn’t matter. Those ones, eh, it’s not as if you pray on that day, but because you didn’t pray on the night of Laylatul Qadir, for Nifsu Sha’ban, Bara’at, Allah is going to say, ‘Ops! wrong time. Cancel.’ (Sheykh laughs) No, it is not. So, but like I said before, for our way, we’re doing it every night, you have to do it. At least do it once a week, on the night of Jumma, at least once a week, it’s a most Holy night. It’s Holier than the two Eids combined. At least Thursday nights, we are making a Zikr, we are saying, ‘forgive us, make a whole week to be good.’ Well, that’s what you can do. So if you are doing it at least once a week or every day you are doing it, then that time, you are more than ready for Laylatul Qadr or Laylatul Qadir. Yeah, doesn’t matter then that time, right?
No, Allah swt is going to be still in the first Paradises until the Fajr time. Now, don’t think now, we are not Wahhabis to say, ‘Ohh, that means that Allah is coming down.’ Quran is speaking, Allah has hands, correct? It doesn’t mean Allah has this kind of hands. Huh? It says Allah will sit. It doesn’t mean that Allah swt Jalla Jalala hu azza wa jal is going to sit, on the chair. When we say Allah is smiling, it doesn’t mean Allah has a face that Quran is saying Allah has a face and Allah is smiling like this, don’t think it is like that, if you do, you haven’t made one step to understand the language of the Prophets and the Saints.
So, we are not those ones who are stuck with these things. But Allah swt’s Rahmat is raining down so don’t be busy with Malayani, don’t be busy with things that don’t concern you. You are going to be busy with things that will bring you benefit. For us, for this Ummat, ask for the return of the Khilafat. Ask for the return of the Sultan. Ask for the coming of Hz Mahdi (as) and Hz Isa (as), to come soon. Ya Rabbi, we are tired from this world. We are tired from the Zulm that is covering everywhere. Send us Your mercy with these ones, Ya Rabbi. Make us to be ready to receive them. Amin. Make the prayer like that, at least. Insha’Allah, Al- Fatiha. Selam Aleykum Wa Rahmatullah Wa Barakatu.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
July 23, 2013