Question: I am confused about going to Umrah. How do I know if I am ready?
BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Have you gone to the Hajj? The Hajj it is Farz. The umrah it is a Sunnat. You do the Farz first before you do the Sunnat. It is more important. But I’m not going to stop you if you want to go to the umrah. It is good go to the umrah, but prepare yourself because nowadays people go to the umrah like they go on vacation. They have one week to spare, ‘what do you want to do?’ ‘I don’t know, honey.’ ‘Where do you want to go? Lets go to Europe.’ ‘No we did Europe last week. Where do you want to go?’ ‘Lets go to Umrah, we can be holy.’ ‘Okay, lets do it!’
They go to the umrah then they come back and they say, ‘Hmm I went to the umrah.’ ‘Did you go to the Umrah?’ ‘Yeah, I went to the umrah.’ ‘How many times?’ ‘Seven times.’ ‘I did eight.’ ‘Mashallah, Mabrook.’
So it becomes the ego again. What is your intention of going to the umrah and how do you prepare yourself to go to the umrah? These are very important questions. ‘What do you mean how I prepare myself?’ Breh, if you go to a vacation you prepare yourself. You go to a vacation for your ego, you make all sorts of planning isn’t it? Where you are going to eat, what you are going to wear, you going to the house of Allah and there is no planning? The planning is not what you are going to eat, what you are going to wear, because that’s not the purpose of going to the umrah. You are not going there for Dunya reasons. You are going there to clean yourself. First, you must know what wrong you did so that you can clean yourself and how you are going to come out from this mess. How are you going to come out from the habits that you have been used to? Because if you go to umrah or to the Hajj without any preparation, you go to the umrah or the Hajj with donkey or animal characteristics, you go to the umrah or the Haj as a donkey, you circle the Ka’ba seven times you will still be a donkey. You are not a Haji. Still a donkey. Thats why it’s not getting better, we are looking at this world.
In the old days people go to the Hajj they come back, there is a light in their face that stays with them until they die. There is still the smell of the Rauza Sharif on them, and wherever they come back to, their whole village their whole town becomes better. People look at them and they find light and they find their Iman increasing. Nowadays people pose selfies in front of the Ka’ba, yeah look . They pose, Shaykhs I’ve seen posing in front of Rauza Sharif with their back to the Prophet (asws) another selfie. Then when people say you should not be doing this, thousands jumping in, ‘brother don’t judge. Brother you should be compassionate, you should be this, you should be..’ This is something wrong. Whatever happened to forbidding what is wrong and encouraging what is good? It seems nowadays everyone is encouraging the wrong and they are forbidding the good. If there is something wrong that happened everyone is encouraging it. If there is something good that happened, that is strictly following the Shariat, they say, ‘brother please don’t judge.’ That is the other side of the imbalance that is happening.
So I’m not going to push you. You are going to find out what is your reason for going. You are going to prepare yourself. How you are going to prepare yourself? Very easy, you are going to say, ‘if right now I’m in Mecca and Medina, what would I be doing?’ If you say I’m just going to sit there and I’m just going to make Zikr and pray and read Quran, Then start now. ‘I’m going to ask Allah for forgiveness for all the wrong things I’m doing.’ Then start right now. Don’t wait last minute to do it over there because last minute if you think that coming out from this Dunya and just a split second later you’re saying Allahu Akbar you can shut everything out, you are a liar. Because there is no preparation. Now when you say Allahu Akbar, all the thoughts you never thought about comes attacking you because there is no preparation.
If you go there pray for me, Salaam Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah, Wa Min Allahu Tawfiq Al Fatiha, Ameen. This much is enough.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
9 Jamada al-Awwal 1437
February 18, 2016.