Question: What is Nafs al ammara and nafs al mutmain?
This is what Allah (swt) is describing in the Quran al-Karim. Nafs al-ammara is the disobedient, ego. The ego wants to be on top to command. Allah (swt) has given us the nafs so that we can control it. The nafs is like a very powerful sports car that if you able to command that sports car, to ride it, to control it, you will be able to go where no one else has gone before, for you use it very good. But if you don’t know how to control it and that sports car is controlling, you will crash it. You will crash it and you are going to hurt yourself and others. Because the nafs, it is not at peace of course. The nafs, it is only at peace when you are riding it. The nafs, it is only at peace when you are controlling it. Then there is a time that nafs now with that power, it can take you to high stations very easily. Maybe, not maybe, definitely you try to reach those high stations through fasting, through reading, through reading Quran, through praying. Very slow. Very hard. Very easily destroyed. But you step on your nafs, it will reach you to higher stations much faster. More efficient, quicker, cleaner, more in safety. Do you understand?
You are praying, praying, praying, praying, praying, praying. Whole night long you are praying. Morning time something makes you very upset and you get angry. All your prayer is burnt. Finished. All your ibadat is finished. Man is not praying so much, praying what is necessary, but now he is watching his ego. His ego wants to get upset, he steps on it, he controls it. Ego wants to get jealous, he controls it. Ego wants to get emotional, he controls it. That one, what is he doing? He is engaging in the Jihad al-Akbar, in the biggest Jihad. And when you are involved in the biggest Jihad, that one is topping any ibadat that you can do. All the ibadats that you are doing is nothing compared to that.
That’s why the Naqshbandi way, it is a simplest, shortest way. And it is for everyone. Because maybe you can not read so much. So many people either they are very stubborn, they don’t have time or they cannot even read, they cannot even make the ibadat, they don’t have all of that luxury. Because now time is the luxury. Isn’t it? Yeah. But Allah (swt) is Adil. And the Prophet (asws) is Karim. He is Merciful. He is Generous. So now they are ways that anyone from anytime any culture, any level they can do. And they can do very good, they can do very well. So this is it. Do you understand?
Some people still think, ‘Ok, I must come to Dergah. Now I am going to make a zikr every day.’ It’s good. ‘I must recite every night to make me feel cleaner.’ Eh, it’s good. But then if you are not knowing yourself, if you are not knowing your ego and how to fix it, you can be doing all these things now, next day, Puff! You burn everything and you start zero to square one again. Zero again. Understand? Yes, even fasting. Because you are fasting for what now? We passed the Ramazan. Remember the hutbe of the Ramazan? The Hadith Sharif Holy Prophet (asws) is saying what? ‘There will be people that their fasting will be only hunger and thirst.’ Isn’t it? Only hunger and thirst. Allah will not give them any reward at all. You understand how heavy this responsibility now is?
Now so many people are saying, ‘What can we do? We are not going to do anything. We cannot do anything. We don’t care for what is happening in this world.’ Turn their face away. But that one is worshipping, making ibadat, making a zikr, reading Quran. When the azab comes, that one who is believing and worshipping to Allah is going to get punished even more. Because he is not standing up against tyranny. Even from his heart. So many so called Sufis they are like that. They quote from Mevlana Rumi, ‘All this love. Love is all. All is love.’ Then why Mevlana took out a sword and he fought against to the Mongols who came to attack. Attack where? Konya. Why he did that if he is so filled with love? Huh so you are not understanding real love now. You are understanding only Hollywood love, television love, internet love. The most dirty, the most disgusting!
So, you should understand these things. Because preparing for Mehdi (as) is also not reading too much, making zikr too much, making Mawlid too much. Some running, murids running to make Mawlid every time. But you don’t know yet submission. You don’t know yet what is your ego. You don’t know yet, because you are still hiding, it is not coming out. If you don’t know yet what is knocking yourself wall to wall to get washed up, you are not battling against your ego, you are not fighting against your ego, you think you are going to be next to Mehdi Aleyhissalam at that time? Mehdi (as) is not going to take rookies. He is not playing. He is going to take the veterans, the warriors those who have fought a war every single day of their life. He is going to take those ones.
So look, are you fighting every day against to your nafs or not. Only you can answer that. So wake up. Understand this. This is real. This is more real than the world outside. We are not running to the top of a mountain to run away from reality. We are running from the top of the mountain to look at reality. To understand what is real. And what is the most important thing. Not to be lost in a bubble. May Allah forgive me. Fatiha
After Jumma Sohbet by Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
28 Rabi al-Awwal 1437
January 8, 2016.