To have Edep is the beginning of an endless ocean


Hoja Effendi1

The Thursday night, Friday just entered. We just ate something, we made a zikr, we pray, we should be smiling. Believers should be very happy. Not sad (Sheykh makes a sad a face). But they only make that face in front of me. Behind me, ‘Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha!’ Happiest. In front of me so serious. Meditating. Why are you upset? You have something to be upset about? Then why are you upset?

Don’t say, like some people’s mother, they are saying, her face is like this (serious) all the time even the little kids seeing and they run away crying from fright. Sheykh Effendi is saying, ‘why are you upset?’

‘I’m not upset. I’m happy.’

Her face is like this (Sheykh makes a sad face). ‘I’m smiling inside.’ Allah knows how it looks inside. If outside is like that, what inside is going to be (Sheykh laughs)? 

Alhamdulillah syukur. We are thanking our Lord Allah swt, to be happy in these days where majority of mankind is not happy with Allah, and Allah is not happy with the majority of the mankind. From Muslims, Jews to Christians, believers and unbelievers. Males and females, young and old, very sad, very angry. We can understand if you are a little bit older and you get very upset, very angry maybe, you are a teenager, but these days people they are very angry from a young age. You see kids, two, three, four years old, very angry. Ready to burn the whole world. What is this? Allah is not giving us a favor in this ahir zaman? He is not giving us a life? Especially in this, I’m speaking now, specifically to people living in so called first world country.

You see, people living in third world country, they don’t know when the next food is going to come from, they  don’t have so many things but you look in the faces of their little ones, they are happy and they have faith. You look at the Muslims, so called Mukmins in first world countries, very angry, very upset. And they are raising their little children to be very spoiled, very selfish,  very upset, very sleek. Knowing how to fool the adults, saying, ‘these adults like to hear this kind of  words, this kind of face. I’m going to show like this.  Later behind them I’m going to become something else.’  So we are teaching the little kids how to lose their innocence, from a very young age. Why is this happening? Why you think it’s happening?

Because they don’t know their Lord. Because they don’t know their Prophet. Because they don’t know the friends of Allah. Those who think they know, they are not putting the teachings of Allah and His Prophets and His friends into their lives, into the lives of their children. This is when Tarikat and spirituality becomes like a game, just like a clothes that you wear. One day you wear, one day you take off. It’s from outside. It’s not inside.

Shari’at, you cannot run away from shari’at. You cannot run away from the law. You say, ‘No, this is hakikat.’ There is a shari’at in hakikat. You say, ‘No, this is marifat.’ There is a shari’at in marifat. You say, ‘No, this is Mohabbat. I love. Everything is Ashq.’ There is a law in Ashq, law in Mohabbat too. There is a shariat in the love.  So now we cannot run away from it. Meaning what? When you have something valuable and you are not covering it, you get something valuable and you don’t contain it, it becomes valueless. It becomes dirty. It becomes spoiled. You have love, but there is no law in that love, it becomes dirty. You have spirituality, you think, but there is no shari’at surrounding that, it becomes dishonor. And it becomes a game. We know so many, in the name of spirituality, Allahu’alam, if they pray, Allahu’alam, if they do the things that are obligations. I’m not talking about murids. I’m talking about the Sheykhs. I’m talking of those Pirs, they are calling themselves Pirs.

We, it doesn’t matter what people call us. We have always walk this way with our Sheykh only. We don’t know Allah, until he taught us. We don’t know the prophet (asws), until he taught us. We don’t know Sheykh Maulana or tarikat until  he taught us. He is the door. And we don’t  know anything until he taught us. That is the meaning of a Sheykh, and he is enough for us. Through that door we may enter into any stations that he wants us to enter. And in that love of our Sheykh, there is also a Shari’at. There is also a law. And more that you are putting law on yourself, closer you are going to be to Allah. Don’t think closer you are to Allah, there’s less law on you. No. it’s a different law now.

Sheykh Effendi Hz

It is so easy to have the 32 farz, the law of the Hanafi way, 32 farz, to learn. That is very simple. That is very easy. What is that? The Shari’at. The Fiqh of  making a wudhu. The Fiqh of praying. The fiqh of giving a zakat, or fasting, or going to the Hajj is very easy, isn’t it? Anyone can learn. You actually don’t have to be a believer to learn, to be able to do this. But now, when we talk about the shari’at of the love, it demands  more payment from you. It is not easier. It is harder. It is harder.  Who says you have to put more law on us to come closer to Allah. Because so many saying, ‘the closer you come to Allah, the less law you are going to be busy with. ‘Who’s saying this?’  which ayat is saying this? Which hadiths is saying this? Or is the hadiths, is the ayat, is saying the opposite.’

Look at the Hadiths e-Qudsi. Allah swt is saying what? ‘My servants becomes beloved to Me if he fulfills the obligations, the do’s and the don’t I set him to do, he fulfills it, he becomes beloved to Me.’

And what did Allah swt is saying after that? ‘My servant draws closer and nearer to Me,’ did he say My servant draws closer and nearer to Me when he leaves all the obligations? No, ‘My servants draw nearer to Me when he puts more,’ the word there is supererogatory, ‘things that are not obligation that you put on top of obligations.’

So, if you become more refined, you become more subtle in this way, then you understand there are more refined and more subtle laws that you have to put. What is that law or subtlety that we are talking about? That Allah is saying, ‘if My servant does that, he will come close to Me, so close, I will be his eyes his ears, his tongues, his hands and his feet.’ What is that law? That law is called edep.

That law is called edep. Don’t you think that it is so strange that out of 1400 years, especially in this Naksibendi  order, something that is so difficult, something that is so important, no book has been written on edep, in our order? Maybe a couple, here and there. We have never heard of it. AwliyaAllah, they are not speaking about it. Which is making us to understand what? Edep. You cannot learn from books. You cannot learn manners from books. From books, you cannot learn how to come closer to Allah. You cannot. It is through a living book. It is through a living guide that you’ll be able to understand, you’ll be able to pick up because it is so subtle, it is so latif that if you are going to read it from a book, everything is already destroyed.

So now, to have edep is the beginning of an endless ocean. All secrets that you want to know, that you want to have, all secrets that is for you that is necessary, through edep you will be able to understand. If you lose those manners, if you don’t understand those manners, if you don’t take these manners for serious, nothing that you do is going to give you much benefit. Because you have lost your manners. Nothing that you do is going to give you a benefit, in fact, if you don’t have manners, more that you are making worship, more it will make you stubborn and arrogant. Just like sheytan. He lost his manners with his Lord that his name Azazil, AwliyaAllah our Sheykh is saying, the one who worships a lot to get that power that there is not a single spot in this earth that he did not put his forehead down to make sejdah to Allah swt, he worship on every level of Paradise, hundreds and thousands of years, praying to Allah swt, worshipping, but he lost his manners. He did not have manners. Do you think he didn’t know manners? Can we say he didn’t know? He knows. But he lost his manners.

So wake up to this. According to where you are, which station you are, what kind of a murid you are, either you are going to  pick up or you are not going to pick up. Those who are already going to know certain things, now according to that Shari’at, shouldn’t say certain things to them. Either they are going to get it or they are not going to get it. Because you should. If your heart is open, and everyone’s heart, as much as you are remembering Allah, as much as you are remembering your Sheykh, that much it is open. If it is open, as you say it is, then you must be able to know, you must be able to pick up. That time you are not going to lose your edep. Or, if you forget a little bit, reminder comes to you, immediately you wake up. You don’t become stubborn. A reminder, just a little  hint, just a little sign from anywhere, it’s going to wake you up.

These days, people lose their manners, and their Sheykh and his wakil is screaming at them and they are like, ‘Me? You are screaming at me? What did I do?’ So many times. ‘Really? Me?’ That means now you make one step forward, you may take one hundred steps back. Wake up. May Allah increase our manners to those ones who are beloved to Him, to the Holy Prophet (asws), to our Sheykh InsyaAllah. May Allah forgive us, we are weak servant and raise the station of our Grandsheykh and our Sheykh, to be always walking in this way strong no matter what the dogs left and right they are barking about. Our caravan continues and we have a direction. WaminAllahu Taufiq, Al-Fatiha.


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Sohbet After Zikr Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
14 Shawwal 1436H
July 30, 2015
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