Question: How can we be more aware of our Sheykh even when he is not around?
Keep him in your heart. Keep your Sheykh in your heart. Keep his feelings, keep his words, keep his sohbets, keep his warnings. Keep it in your heart. Everything flows from your heart. Don’t just say this is in my heart but the actions that you are doing, the lifestyle that you are doing has no connection to what is in your heart. That time you are going to be a munafiq.
How are you going to be more aware of your Sheykh? It’s when you live your life according to the words, the teachings and the lifestyle of our Sheykh. That’s the time you are going to be more aware of your Sheykh. You cannot live a separate lifestyle and say, ‘oh, this is just in my heart.’ Then that time you are psychotic because everything is cut up, everything is divided. So, if you are in ghaflat, your Sheykh is not with you. When you do something, you say, ‘okay, what will my Sheykh be happy with me to do? I’m doing this action, how am I going to do this action that he’s going to be happy? Is he going to be happy? Is he not going to be happy?’
Why are we concentrating on our Sheykh? Because our Sheykh is representing the Prophet. Pleasing the Prophet is pleasing Allah. It’s going to teach you taqwa. So that love of your Sheykh is not just an emotion that you have in your heart and you don’t have any proof for it. Your lifestyle is showing everything but that love. So you cannot be in ghaflat or else, that time, your ego and sheytan will just take over and one day it’s just going to make your heart to be very hard and to become more stubborn and before you know it, you are on your way out. You are on your way out. May Allah keep us under His safety, insya’Allah. WaminAllahu taufiq, al-Fatiha.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
27 Zul-Qadah, 1436H
September 11, 2015