Question: We were always reminded by our Sheykh that our maqam/station is the toilet. Very low and dirty. At the same time we were told that we have to leave this world in a station of purity, the highest station. How can we achieve that?
Get out of the toilet, and sit with your Sheykh. You are not the one who is going to be cleaning yourself, your Sheykh is the one who is going to clean you. But he cannot clean you if you are going to remain in the toilet. If you are remaining in the toilet, no matter how much he cleans you, you are going to get dirty again, and dirty again and dirty again. I am not joking. Get out of that toilet. Get out of that toilet mentality, toilet actions, toilet characteristics. Come out from that.
Come out from that dirtiness and enter into the circle of cleanliness. Sit with those ones who are clean. Sit with your Sheykh. Then allow your Sheykh to clean you; that is when you submit. Sometimes he is going to use very nice cloth, sometimes he is going to use, Shaykh Efendi likes the word, I understand it because I went through the army and where to use it, A brillo. You use brillo here? Heh? Yeah, sometimes you have to use that. Sometimes he is going to use bleach. Sometimes he is going to use a very warm water. It depends how much dirtiness and what kind of dirtiness you have. Sometimes you have to put bleach. Sometimes bleach is not going to work. You have to take a knife and you have to scrape it. Sometimes you have to pour acid. Correct or no? If all that rust is surrounding our heart, yes sometimes we have to use these methods. For those of them who have all these tools, so many they don’t, so many they only have a cloth, like this [showing a cloth]. So they are cleaning them like this [Sheykh showing with the cloth – cleaning gently]. But we are looking, it’s not really working. Only some like our Shaykh, there are so many things in front of him, cleaning products to clean. So many other ones they don’t have nothing.
Insha’Allah, this is enough for you. May Allah forgive me. May Allah the station of our Sheykh higher and higher. May we be worthy to be called his murids. May Allah forgive all our short comings. May Allah make our heart to be soft, not to be hard, not to be stubborn, to look around and to take lesson. to bring tyranny down. Insha’Allah, to take away tyranny from our hearts, to protect us. For the sake of SahibulSaif, Shaykh Moulana. Al Fateha.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
29 Rabi al-Awwal 1437
January 9, 2016.