Question: Is it malayani to be concerned with what others think of you?
BismillahirRahmanirRahim. We are in this Jammat, we are following in the footsteps of SahibulSaif. So the question now that we need to ask: what was our Sheykh doing in this situation? What was our Sheykh doing? Was he concerned with what others thought about him? No. He was only concerned by what Allah and His Prophet think about him.
You are following in his footsteps, you not going to be concerned. You are going to be concerned maybe about what those who are following Allah and His Prophet, what they are going to think about you. Their opinion now will matter. Not everyone’s opinion is going to matter now that time. You cannot be busy with so many people, you cannot be busy with the majority of the people these days. Be busy with what Allah and His Prophet think of you, and how are you going to know what Allah and His Prophet (asws) they are going to think of you? You look to their representatives and you are going to be busy with that one: What is he thinking of me? If you are busy with that you will know what to do.If you are busy thinking, what does Hoja think of me? Then you are going to try to fix it. You don’t have to let me to tell you anything. You are going to run to fix it. It is not me, the Hoja can be someone else. I can be removed from here, you can sit here. But the one that the Sheykh has put who is representing him, you should be busy with that. If you are busy with that you are going to walk straight. Then you are going to watch. Not just what he is going to say openly, you are going to watch, you are going to understand, you are going to read the signs, you are going to grow up a little.
So yes, to be concerned about this: what Allah and his Prophet (asws) they think of you, this is the first step to a wisdom, preparing yourself for death, preparing yourself for Ahirat. It is a very good question. Don’t be concerned by what others think of you. Say what does Allah think of me today? Is Allah happy with me, with the work that I have done, with the things that I am doing, with the ideas that I have, with the intentions, is Allah pleased with me today? And answer yourself sincerely. It’s difficult, say what is Prophet thinking, it’s difficult, say what if Sheykh Effendi were here what is he going to think about me today? Then you are going to be very concerned with that. Then it’s very easy now for you to even answer that: what is Sheykh Effendi thinking of me today. It’s not so easy to say what is Hoja thinking of me today? as it was during Sheykh Effendi’s time. So many people said, ‘we don’t care for him,’ they are sitting there eating from his plate, sitting next to him under his roof, but they are saying I’m busy with Sheykh Mawlana, I’m not busy with whom he has sent and he has authorized. So there are still people doing that. They are busy with Sheykh Effendi but they are not busy with us. It’s okay. It’s less work for us but it’s not going to be so good for you because those things we have seen it happen over and over again. So be busy with the knowledge that concerns you. This is for me and this is for you. Al-Fatiha. Ameen.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
15 Jamada al-Ahir 1437
March 24 2016.