Question: How does one know if they are still a murid of this way?
BismillahirRahmanirRahim. As SahibulSaif Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani is saying, from Sultanul Awliya Sheykh Maulana Muhammad Nazim Adil al-Hakkani is saying, from forty GrandSheykhs to the Holy Prophet (asws), taking that knowledge, Sheykh Effendi is saying: the way to this Tarikat is open. The doors to enter into this Tarikat, it is opened from East to West. But to leave this way, you cannot even find a pinhole to leave. This is a huge honor for us. So when does a person leave?
When he squeezes through that pinhole. Not that the Sheykh is going to throw him out, or other people are going to throw him out. So you are a murid, you are a follower, you are a follower for life, you are a follower from before, you are a follower from pre-eternity. You are not just a follower because you found a Sheykh on the internet and you like him then you decide to follow. No. From pre-eternity he was there. From the Day of Promises he was there. Do you still have connection to your Sheykh? Do you still accept him as your Sheykh although you find yourself that you are not a very good murid?
Yes, you are still a murid. The Sheykh never kicks anyone out from the association. They kick themselves out from the association. Are you still feeling that you want to come back? Yes. Then you are still in this way. But, don’t get stuck into saying, ‘I want to come back, so I’m still a murid. But I’m going to continue circling around in my foolishness and not to come back in the main way.’ We say you can do that of course because there is no compulsion, there is no force, in religion. But you are going to pay a heavy price later. You are going to pay a heavy price.
So, may Allah always keep us in this way, because everyone knows in this way the spirit is trying to pull them to come, and they choke the spirit to run away. May Allah not make us to be the ibn Salama on this way that is tricked by this dunya or tricked by the ego. Fatiha.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
22 Shawwal 1436H
7 August, 2015