Question: Can we ever be forgiven for big sins and betrayal?
BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Betrayal it is a very big sin. That is the part in the Hujatul Wada or the farewell sermon of the Prophet (asws), that these modern versions they cut off and they don’t include in that, that the Holy Prophet (asws) says in that farewell sermon, saying, ‘I may not be here next year for you,’ understand all these, he gave his wasiat, he gave his last advice and one of the most important things that he said at the end, if not it is the most important thing, he says: and do not betray your Effendi. Do not betray your master. Do not betray the one that he has power over you. Because the one who betrays the Effendi, there will not be a syafa’at for him too. So it is a very heavy sin.
First we have to understand this, and we have to take lesson. What are we doing that is betraying? What are we doing everyday that is betraying to our Lord and our Prophet and our Sheykh? On the Day of Judgment the EvliyaAllah they said, our Sheykh Effendi said, Hz Fatime is going to come on the Day of Judgment, carrying a cup. She’s carrying a cup presenting it to the Holy Prophet (asws) and this cup is filled with the blood of Hazreti Huseyin . And the Holy Prophet (asws) will look at her, he looks at her and he says, ‘Ya Fatima, today is the day of forgiveness. It is not the day of revenge.’
So forgiveness or not, is not our concern. That is Allah’s concern. That is the concern of those ones that they have been betrayed. If they want to forgive, they forgive. If they don’t want to forgive, who can say? But take it to yourself and to see people who hurt you. Forget about people who betray. People who hurt you, people who just say a couple of things and you don’t like, they did couple of things, will you forgive them or not?
Syafa’at, it is as the Holy Prophet (asws) said, it is for the people in this nation who commit very big sin. We should never be despairing of the mercy of Allah and the mercy of the Holy Prophet (asws). We should never give up hope. But that hope is not coming with arrogance. That hope should not come, cannot come with stubbornness. That hope cannot be the attitude, ‘oh I do this, it’s okay. I’m going to be forgiven.’ If it enters into that area, if it’s mix up, then you are not asking for forgiveness. It is mixed up with arrogance. It is mixed up with stubbornness. There is no forgiveness there until you understand and you ask.
So, you are always asking Allah for forgiveness. And while we live on this earth, while we didn’t pass into the grave yet, there is still a very big door for the forgiveness. The door gets smaller and smaller and smaller as we passed from this life to the next. And that is the when it becomes really small that you need people from the other side who has credit, to take you out. Because now, you have finished your credit. If it’s some good things, some wrong things, we say, in order to cancel out the wrong things, the good things we have to take and we have to cancel it out. But you are left with nothing. Some people they are going to be left with the deficit. Now this is when the syafa’at comes, intercession comes. Intercession of the Prophet, intercession of the friends of Allah, there are so many categories of people who are going to intercede, and these ones who intercede, they are interceding, they are not asking for anything in return. They know when they give, they have nothing left too. But their aim was not credit, anyway. Their aim in doing things, in praying, in worshipping, in serving, it is not to gain credit anyway. It is to please Allah. Because their aim is just to be with Allah, to be with those friends of Allah, to be with them. What so great about being with them if they are not happy with you? What so great about being with your Sheykh when he is not happy with you?
You be with your Sheykh to know that he’s happy with you and you know that he is happy with you because you have done something that he’s pleased with. So now, that is credit now. You are going to take so much, that you are going to look, to see on those days, people who acutally need it and you are going to take them out. Don’t think that you and, me we are going give syafa’at to others. We are in need of syafa’at. We are in need of forgiveness. We are in need of intercession here and Hereafter. If you say you don’t need it, then you are again relying on your own. If you are relying on your own credit, good that you’ve done, then you are asking for the justice of Allah. We are not asking for the justice of Allah we are asking for Allah’s mercy. Because if you weigh according to the balance of justice, La ila ha illa anta subhanaka inni kuntu minazzalimeen, if that Prophet said that, that he made one action that is displeasing to Allah, Nabi Yunus (as), he made one action, what action did he do? Did he do anything wrong? He didn’t do anything wrong. He just decided to escape from his people that he’s trying to bring his people to Allah for hundred of years they didn’t listen and he just got fed up.
You think you get fed up with your own problems, with your own people, with your own friends, with your own family? Showing us that the Prophets they were humans and they get fed up and he just decided to leave his people and because of that, he ended up in the stomach of a fish and the zikr that he did was La ila ha illa anta subhanaka inni kuntu minazzalimeen – there is no Lord, there is no Allah but You and I’m one of the oppressor who has oppressed myself. If it fits to that Prophet, you think it’s not going to us? How we have oppressed ourselves. Once we start understanding that, then we are saying, there is no way that all our actions, all our amals, all our ibadat is ever going to ransom us, to bring us to complete purity.
Now, we have to have help and that help comes with the Rahmat, comes with the mercy because Allah is saying, approach to Me, approach to My mercy because My mercy covers everything. My mercy, it will even cover, it supersedes My wrath, My anger. Even if you have sin as numerous as the sand on the shore, My mercy will cover it. In that Hadiths e-Qudsi, Allah swt is saying,’if you come to Me and you made no partnership to Me…’ Partnership to Allah, it is not to make one idol and say this is also Allah. Partnership to Allah is the hidden idol that we have if we are not even understanding what is the hidden idol that we have, we are still making the partnership. Then that time it is going to be very difficult. May Allah forgive us, insya’Allah and keep us in safety.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
10 Muharram, 1437H
October 23, 2015