SelamAleykum warahmatullah. We begin from the beginning. Don’t begin at the end. Don’t begin from the middle. You will never find your question, you will never find your answer, and you will not know where to go and you will not know where you are going to end up in.
We begin by saying BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Beginning in the name of Allah. Doesn’t matter now, that Lord, our Lord, our Creator, One Creator, not two, not three, not ten. One. And everyone must learn to share. No one must say, ‘the only one.’ It’s for him, it’s for me. To begin with the words, with the name of our Creator, and we are used to saying Allah, very old and very ancient name. There are so many names, doesn’t matter. We say we begin in His name. And that was the first revelation. The first ayat that was revealed, explaining what? Explaining again, BismillahirRahmanirRahim, in the name of our Lord, of Allah, most Gracious and most Merciful. These two qualities: Most Gracious, Most Compassionate and Most Merciful. These two qualities and Allah is saying, ‘Call Me by these two qualities.’ Because these two qualities of ‘Rahman’ and ‘Rahim.’ ‘When you call Me by these two of My most beautiful names, you are calling Me with all the names that all Prophets and all mankind and all Angels, and all Creatures that He has created, that we know, we don’t know, has call Him, it is contained in these names of ‘Rahman’ and ‘Rahim.’ The ninety-nine names of Allah that is in the Quran e-Kerim, three hundred names of Allah in the Taurat e-Sharif, and the three hundred names of Allah in the Zabur, the Psalms of David, three hundred names of Allah in the Injil e-Sharif, in the book of Isa (as) and the ninety-nine names of Allah in the Quran e-Kerim,plus one Ismul Azam. All these names is contained, Allah is saying, when you say, BismillahirRahmanirRahim.
There is some very powerful, very Holy there in that name. But the beginning of the ayat, the beginning of the revelation, of the Quran e-Kerim, is again explaining and giving another order to read, Iqra. But Iqra in what? To read in what? Read in the name of your Lord. Read in the name of your Lord who created you. Because, now to read but if you are reading in the name of your desire, you are going to read something else. If you read and you are going to read and you are going to read in the name of your anger, it’s going to mean something else. Saying that you are reading, but you are reading with the name of anger, or in the name of yourself, of your own declaration of Ilahiyat, by yourself. Or if you are reading in the name of your ego and your desire, then whatever that is going to be there, is not going to be something that is coming from your Lord, it is something that is coming from yourself. It is something that is going to be coming from your ego and your anger and your nafs and it is going to lead you away from the original intention of our Lord.
So BismillahirRahmanirRahim. And our Sheykh Effendi, Sheykh Abdul Kerim Hazretleri, is saying, begin even before you are saying BismillahirRahmanirRahim to read something, to repeat, to say in the name of your Lord, name of Allah, run away from all those negativity that we talked about earlier. Your anger and your ego, your nafs and the dunya. Run away from that. Run away and run to your Lord. That time you will be able to speak His name correctly and cleanly. So BismillahirRahmanirRahim.
Say Auzu billahi min ash-sheytanir rajim BismillahirRahmanirRahim. That way when we begin clean, we will end clean. If there’s nothing that we are going to take from this sohbet, it is that, to begin with BismillahirRahmanirRahim. The heaviness and the secrets of BismillahirRahmanirRahim it cannot be contained. Someone asked a Saint to give the secret of BismillahirRahmanirRahim. It was explained to him, ‘you cannot even understand and to be able to take the secret of Ba, or not even the dot underneath the Ba. So, other things in there. InsyaAllah ar-Rahman, we will take this and we will apply it in our lives. In our way, we recite a thousand times BismillahirRahmanirRahim. With every action, to speak that word of BismillahirRahmanirRahim, that way the actions that you are making is going to be Holy, it’s going to be blessed, because you are running away from the evil and you are putting yourself under the protection of Allah swt. It is very important. May Allah forgive me and bless you, insyaAllah. Al-Fatiha.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
25 Rabiul Akhir 1437
February 4, 2016.