Question: Can we rise above the station we were before pre eternity with our guide? Or are we destine to be at that station from pre eternity?
BismillahirRahmanirRahim. The guide who is representing the Prophet, so let’s speak about the Prophet (asws). The Prophet (asws), and let’s speak about the last Prophet, the seal of the Messengers, because he is our Prophet and he is the Prophet of all the Prophets. He was given the maqam al-Mahmud, he is the possessor of the maqam al-Mahmud, the highest station, the most praised station, and that maqam al-Mahmud where he is occupying, just as when he went to the mi’raj, every honor that is given to him, did he only take it for himself? No. He is asking Allah, ‘what about my nation?’
He was given a Buraq to ride, and he asked, ‘what about my nation?’ and He said, ‘those who are in your footsteps, they will be given this too, O Prophet. Don’t worry.’ He goes to a Paradise, he sees, he gets the honor and he asked again, ‘what about my nation? What about my nation? What about my nation?’ His first words and his last words, his words that are going to be on the day of Qiyamat, on the day of resurrection is going to be, ‘what about my nation? My nation.’ So Allah swt does not refuse the request of His Habib, of His beloved one. And Allah swt will not refuse if he says, ‘my nation to be given the highest maqams.’ Allah swt will not refuse.
The maqam that we had before in pre-eternity, put that aside. Because the maqam that we are supposed to get after that on the day of resurrection, that Allah swt has created us for, that highest maqam, that is what we should be concentrating on. That is what the Prophets and the Saints and the friends of Allah has been sent to remind us of our promise to our Lord on the Day of Promises, and how our Lord Allah swt is not going to refuse the request of His Habib, to put us to that highest station. Allah does not refuse. Allah is the One who creates the destiny. And Allah is the One who can change the destiny as He pleases. Can you say Allah cannot change the destiny? No. Hasha Astarghfirullah. So Allah creates the destiny and Allah can change the destiny. Allah does not refuse the request of His beloved. So who refuse the request of the Prophet? Who is closing the door to the duas, the prayers of the Prophet? Who is denying and disobeying and kicking away the rahmat that is coming from the Prophet? It is us, it is ourselves, it is our ego.
We are using our ego because Allah has given the ego that power. We are the one who has been given freewill. And Allah is not forcing us. We have been given freewill. Now, with that freewill, we can decide to go either the will of Allah or the will of our ego. Where are we going to put that freewill now? So don’t blame destiny. Don’t ever blame destiny. Beyond destiny it is the will of Allah. And can anyone say it is the will of Allah that He has created us to only throw us into a jahannam? And what causes us to enter into the jahannam? Allah? Or is it our ego?
So yes, the whole purpose of the Prophets and His inheritors to come is to make us to rise above to the stations where we are right now and to come back, to return back to Allah swt clean and pure. That is the purpose of the Prophet. To make their nation to return back to Allah swt clean and pure. That was the work, that was the wazifa that is given to the Holy Prophet (asws), that when Allah swt showed him his nation and it was the biggest nation more than all the other Prophet and he was so happy, and Allah showed now, with that sign, with that look of his nation, that is coming in so many different ways, you can say light, you can say colors, it doesn’t matter, he sees the reality of his nation, and that beauty turns into a darkness, turns into an ugliness, because the nation is running after the ego and sheytan, and the Prophet became very sad and he started crying. And Allah swt says, ‘your work, Ya Muhammad, O My Habib (asws), is to return your nation to My presence as I have created them.’ And that is when the Holy Prophet (asws) asked Allah (swt) for help. And Allah says, ‘until the day of kiamat, you will always have those ones who are My friends, those ones who are in the highest level, who are the inheritors of you, your maqam, inheritors of your work The evliya Allah is saying, these are the Naksibendi Sheykhs. And it’s going to come. And their main work is to turn the hearts of the people away from the dirtiness of this dunya, back to ahiret. That comes with a lot of heavy responsibility. So, the way it is open. No one can blame anything, and no one can blame their destiny. The only thing that is to blame is our blameworthy self, our nafs. So many they are not realizing this. What can we do? This much is enough. Fatiha.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
9 Safar 1437
November 21, 2015.