Question: I want to become the servant of Allah, I want to serve, but I still have attachment towards the world inside, even in the way of Allah, I am finding it. How do I get rid of it?
So you asked the question, you want to become the servant of Allah, you want to serve but you are looking like you still have the attachment to the world inside of you, even in the way of Allah. And you are finding it how to get rid of it because it’s staying down there. For example like murid come and they say, ‘I want to stay here in the Dergah and to serve,’ but maybe your destiny or your work is not in the Dergah, it is outside. So to serve, it is not necessary to be in the Dergah. The service is the service. You can serve anywhere. But how to get rid of this wrong thinking because one day it may just come out and it can deceive you, correct? That’s what you are saying.
This way, it is a journey. It is not a destination. In fact once you reach to one destination your journey then begins again. Once you reach, the journey begins. Once you reach, it’s never ending. Here and in ahirat it is never ending. Because our journey is to end where? Wrong, if you say our journey is Jannat then it’s just like those people that Rabia tul Adawiya is saying, “I want to burn Jannat and I want to put out the fires of Jahannam” because people are only worshipping Allah to go to Jannat. People are only worshipping Allah so that they don’t go to Jahannam. But they don’t worship Allah because He deserves to be worshipped. So what is our destination? What is our end? It is for what? It is Allah, because Ayat e Karima is saying what? “From Allah we came and Allah is our return”. But can you say that you reached to Allah, can you say that? So many people talk so much Sufi talk and they say everyone is making union with Allah, even you have a little bit of something, you make union with Allah, you think Allah can be discovered like that? Of course not. Like the poet is saying about his Sheykh, about the Prophet (asws), about Allah saying, ‘how can I claim that I have discover you when everyday you are showing me a different face, a new face, a new beauty.’
So our journey in reality is never ending. But come back to our question here on earth. They are saying, ‘Now how do I have this, get rid of this wrong intentions. So that I have the right intention and I am only going to concentrate on that and not let my ego to trick me later on.” We are here to become what? Servants, correct? Now, before we are real servants to Allah (swt) we must practise. We must practise to become a servant, which is why before we reach to say we are servants of Allah, we are saying that is our wish that is our intention. We must become a servant to the Prophet (asws). He is Padishah, he is Sultan. How we are going to serve Prophet (asws)?
So practise first serving your Shaykh. Understand, then when that is ready He will bring us higher and higher. But how are we going to become a real servant to our Shaykh if we don’t practise, correct? There are people who come here to the Dergah and straight away they tell Shaykh Efendi, ‘I want to become the Khadim.’ The person just came. Very big words to say “I am going to be your servant”. People can claim. Like people who just meet you and say “I love you”. It is a very big claim to say “I love you”. “I love you” means. I will give up anything. I will give up even my life for you. But western understanding of love is what I can take, get from you. It’s not what I can give to you.
So now we have to practise all these things. But first before you become a real one, we become a fake one. So that is called in Islam, Taqlid, Imitation. Not fake as in it is misleading, it is fooling people. Fake as in we know that we cannot become the real one yet, first we are going to take just 1%. That 1% it is real, the 99% it is ours, it is coming from us. 1% is coming from good Divine Sources. Then slowly you start increasing and increasing. This as an example. And in Islam this is what it is, Taqlid. Taqlid is very important because in reality you are always imitating. But Allah (swt) wants you to imitate His beloved One, His Prophet (asws). Don’t imitate the enemies of Allah. Don’t imitate the shaitans, don’t imitate your ego. Imitate the Prophets, imitate the AwliyaAllah, imitate your Murshid. Because slowly when you are imitating, you become one of them. Didn’t Holy Prophet (asws) say, “the one who imitates a nation becomes part of that nation”?
For over 1000 years, the nation of Islam of the Muslim Ummat has an Identity. Past 100 years we lost that identity. We start imitating other nation’s identity, where has it reached us? Continuous humiliation, continuous punishment. That’s all. One of the things that we imitate from them is what? Tribalism, nationalism. Because the Muslims have always been one Ummat. Not the other face. But we decided to follow what they are selling, nationalism. So now we become Tribes. Now when you become tribes, you become jahil. You become ignorant. With the money, technology, education, everything you become more ignorant. Because you don’t understand the big picture now. You don’t understand the picture of Prophet himself (asws) is putting together. You only understanding from your own tribe your own nationality your own country, and that will fail. That will bring nothing but endless disasters.
As we have seen this world since the fall of the Khilafat, everyone is running after their own nationality, their own ethnicity. They are not imitating the view of the Prophet (asws), the Sahab e-Kiram or the Sultans of the Tabi’in, or the Tabi’i Tabi’in, or the AwliyaAllah. They are following the world view and they are following, they are imitating the unbelievers. This is where we are right now.
So yeah, first, because ours is a journey. You say now I want to imitate. May be you have 99 things that are wrong there. One thing that is correct. But when you move on the journey when you keep making that journey, understanding, then slowly you start becoming so many things you cannot get rid of by talking. Person is in beginning the journey will he ever understand when we say this is what you going to be in the end. Can you? No, you cannot. Can you explain a child that is just may be understanding reason 4 years old, 5 years old, say, say 7 years old, you explain the child what’s going to happen to him when he is 70 years old. Do you think the child is ever going to understand? No. The child cannot understand.
So you describe what is the end journey but you are now going to concentrate on the journey that you are beginning with. And so many things when you are going on that journey before you know it, without a way that you really understand, you see you changing because if you put they say you put a white rose and a red rose together they start giving their colour to each other. When you are with egoistic people, tyrants, arrogant people, slowly you will take that colour too. You will become that. If you are sitting around good people slowly you become that too. Because the Prophet (asws) has also said about the religion, He says, “The man’s religion is the religion of his friends, his deen, his lifestyle”. Because the religion, there is no such thing as religion in Islam, it’s deen. And deen covers more than religion. It covers everything now. Your life, beginning life and after life.
Your religion, your deen, your lifestyle, your Islam is according to the Islam that is practised by the people that are around you that you are involved with. It’s finish. It’s very simple. That’s why Sohbet and Jamaat is very important. You can be a good person, but everywhere you are going people who are surrounding you with they are teaching you all the wrong things. You think you not going to be affected? Of course you will be. Are you still a good person? Yes you are. But its deep inside now it has to come out. So what is it that you want to come out? You want the badness to come out, hang out with bad people. You want the goodness to come out hangout with good people. You want intelligence to come out, hang out with intelligent people. You want humbleness to come out, hang out with humble people. You want patience to come out, be around patient people. Now this is more than intellect. Because the man is more than intellect, more than Aql.
So InshaAllah may we always be around those ones who are the Friends of Allah. Because Those are the Ones that they are already in the company of their Lord. In this world they are in the company of Their Lord. May Allah forgive me and bless you. May Allah raise the Station of our Sheykh higher and higher.May He send His support to us Insha’Allah. For the sake of Holy Prophet (asws).
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergahi NY
24 Jamada al-Awwal 1437
March 4, 2016.