Question: I am interested in Islam and was wondering what happens to the prayers I missed?
If you are interested in Islam, Allah swt He is the most generous. He is not a miser. He is not counting to say these are My favors. You owe me that, you owe me this and now I’m asking for it back. Allah swt is the most generous. That Shahadat, once you say ‘Ashadu an la ilaha illallah, wa ashadu anna Muhammadun Aabduhu wa rasuluhu’ that Shahadat even an unbeliever says that Shahadat one time in his life, if he’s 100 years old and he has never done anything correct in his life, he’s never made one sejdah to Allah but he believes and he says that Shahadat one time, and if he dies the next second, that Shahadat has enough power to clean himself completely for him to become a newborn. That if he dies the next minute, the next second he goes straight to paradise as a newborn, clean, pure.
Now that is the Shahadat and the power of the Shahadat that Allah swt has given a favor to the unbelievers. What do you think about the believers who repeat the Shahadat over and over again? Whichever of the favors of you Lord can you deny? So don’t worry about that. There are different things later we may say but for now, what are you going to do? If you interested in Islam, just believe. Put that belief in your heart and be sincere. Put your head to the ground and say, ‘Ya Rabbi I was running away from You all my life, now I’m trying to run to You but I realize You have been running after me all my life, and I’m asking for forgiveness and I’m asking for strength to be able to hold on to You.’ This is what you are going to ask and be sincere. Don’t be involved in politics so much don’t get so concerned about what happened in history, nothing. This is your own journey now. If you find a guide to lead you to the way, that’ll be much better because the guides always know the best routes, the short cuts and the easiest ways for you to reach your goal because once you reach your goal you actually have a longer way to go to the next goal and the next goal and the next goal. It never stops.
So one of the things that Allah (swt) has given and He has given countless things because of His love to that Prophet (asws) and that we belong to his nation it’ll make it very very easy for us. Especially when we are sincere, to be able to now catch up to so many things that maybe we have not been doing all our lives. For example there are so many sunnats of the Friday, so many of them. One of them it is to give Salawat. The Prophet (asws) is saying if I remember correctly he’s saying, ‘if you recite the Salawats, give Salawats to me,’ how many is this? I mean we are doing 1000, doesn’t matter. I think it is less. Say if you do 1,000 Salawats on Friday, it is much less the actual Hadiths, 80 years of sins and mistakes is going to be wiped clean from you. Just by giving a Salawat. And this is just one of the few. This is given to us every week. This is just one, not a few, one of countless so many things in Islam that says if you do it may look like a small action to you but it is very big to your Lord and you are going to get so many blessings for that.
One of the blessings of Laylat al-Qadar, is what? The Laylat al-Qadar that one night it is better than 1,000 months. 1,000 months is how many years? 83 years. Meaning in that one night that you worship it is better than for you worshiping 83 years non stop. And this is also a gift that is given to our nation because the Holy Prophet (asws) is looking to all the earlier nations and there are people in those nations that live for 100, 200, 300, 1,000 years and there are some who is worshiping continuously for hundreds of years, 1,000 years. And he is looking to his nation and his nations life span is only 63, 70 years and he wants only the best for his nation. And he’s asking Allah swt, ‘You gave so much to the earlier nations what about my nation?’ and Allah is saying, in that one night if you worship, it is as if they worship for their whole lives, if you catch that one night of Laylat al-Qadr. And because that Laylat al-Qadr it is hidden, now if you observe that night of power Laylat al-Qadr with worship, with dua, with saying Astaghfirullah, with reading Quran, with meditating with making Tafakkur, you decide to do it last 10 days of Ramazan, the reward will be given to you too. That is only for one day of one year. Now if you live 63 years and you say I’ve been worshiping from say 7 years old and you are looking your parents, your aunties, your grandmother everyone is observing this Laylat al-Qadr, as a child you are observing it also until you grow up, until you are 40 years old, so for 33 years that you are observing Laylat al-Qadr, 33 nights that you are doing it. We are not a nation that calculates like that but I’m just giving a small example to say now that one night it is good enough the rewards for one person through his whole life but what if he’s observing Laylat al-Qadar every year of his life until he passes? Which ever of the favors of your Lord can you deny now?
So there are so many things that we can do that Allah is saying, you make certain things that are wrong or you didn’t do, My mercy now because you didn’t do things that you should or because you do things that you shouldn’t do now there’s going to be a consequence too, that there may be a punishment too, that but Allah (swt) is saying in Hadiths al-Qudsi, what? ‘My mercy it overtakes My anger.My mercy overtakes My punishment. And Allah (swt) to this nation is showing nothing but mercy, mercy and mercy and more mercy. So you do something, Prophet (asws) says you do something wrong now run to do something right because what right that you are going to do is going to erase the wrong things. If you are running more and your feeling very sorry and you keep running and running asking Allah for forgiveness, Prophet (asws) is saying now Allah will not only forgive you but He is going to take all your wrong deeds that is as huge as a mountain and He is going to change it as if you’ve done good deeds and He is going to reward you for that.
So there are so many things in our religion in Islam that points to the mercy of Allah (swt). It is important. That time you’re going to have more peace in your heart more love towards your Lord more understanding. You are not going to let your ego to overtake you, to fight with everything. The only one that you’re going to fight against is your ego. Later you may fight Sheytan and Dunya and Hawa. First it is your ego. May Allah forgive me and bless you for the sake of the Holy Prophet (asws), Sultan ul-Awliya and Sahibul Saif. Al-Fatiha. Ameen. Salaam Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah, this much is enough.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
3 Jamada al-Awwal 1437
February 12, 2016.