After Zikr, a murid ask Sheykh Lokman Effendi Hz the following question:
BismillahirRahmanirRahim. In one of his sohbet, Sheykh Maulana Hz said that if you don’t know what is haram and what is halal, what is right and what is wrong, what is haqq and what is batil, you are no different than the animals. And in another sohbet he has given, he is saying that Allah is saying the animals are My silent servants. They are quiet right now but they are going to speak out at the Judgement day. My question is what does it mean when Sheykh Maulana said that we are no different than the animals. What is he trying to say?
BismillahirRahmanirRahim. When Sheykh Maulana is making that comparison, he is comparing the man and the animal, not the animal and the animal, and not man and man. For example, this is a masjid, correct? There are certain things here that we can do, certain things that is forbidden for us to do. Any space you go to, there are certain things you can do, certain things you cannot do. You go to a cinema/theatre, certain things you can do, certain things you cannot do. Now in this masjid, this is for whom? Only for people, humans. Only for humans and it is open for everyone to come. But what if the person who comes, doesn’t matter if that one is a believer, unbeliever, Muslim or a non-Muslim, but he comes, and he does things that are not appropriate for that setting. What is his behavior like? It’s not a human behavior. For example, if he decides, if he wants to just jump up and down and scream, that’s not a normal human behavior. Or he just comes and he just fights with everyone where everyone is worshiping, that is not a normal human behavior, correct? It’s not human. Who does that behavior?
For example, if you bring a dog in here and it starts sniffing at people, growling at people, fighting, that is, clearly, it is an animal behavior. But Sheykh Maulana is comparing the human to the animal. Do you understand? Now, those ones who are behaving like that animal he becomes that animal. But that animal who comes here and he doesn’t know the rules. The dog that comes here, he doesn’t know the rules. He can come in and he can just make a mess, because that is according to his characteristic. He doesn’t know the rules. Especially if he’s coming to a human situation, human dwelling, where humans they live, he doesn’t know that. Correct? And he makes it. You bring a sheep here. The sheep is just going to do what it’s doing outside; try to find something to eat, make mess here, make mess there. But they are sheep. Their behavior, according to the people, according to the space, according to the situation, is it good or bad? It is bad. Their behavior is bad. But it fits to their characteristic, because they are what? They are animals. It doesn’t fit to humans to behave the way they do. But, will the animal do anything it wants outside? It looks as if, we were just talking about this, it looks as if the dog is just going anywhere that it wants to go, biting anything it wants to bite, the sheep just goes anywhere it wants to go, but in reality, there is more rules and strictness of laws outside amongst the animals than there is amongst the people.
The wolves in the mountains, they know where to go, where not to go. They belong, all the wolves belong to a pack, they know who they are. The dogs, you think these dogs here, everyone is free to do as they like? Especially, if we start untying all the dogs here, you think everyone is going to be so relaxed and do as they like? What are they going to do first? They are going to fight with each other. Why are they going to fight with each other? To establish who is boss; where you are supposed to be, where you are supposed to be, where you are supposed to be, where you are supposed to be. They are not going to fight forever, once they finish fighting, they know where they are supposed to be; that is their circle, that is their circle, that is their orbit, that is their orbit, don’t cross. You cross; the one who’s in charge is going to knock you down. Do you understand? So, amongst the animals now they have the rules there. There are rules in the hen house. We have so many animals here, we take lesson from them. And, if they behave outside of those rules, the others are going to gang up on them and take them down. Do you understand? But they are behaving, who is telling them this? No one is telling them this. Did some chickens get together to write constitution? Did some wolves come to get together to set up laws and bylaws?
No. Allah sent inspiration to their hearts, and there is power that comes from that, then, according to the situation, they may even help each other. That what we see, oh they are enemies to each other. No, they may even help each other, especially when man does not interfere into them. The animals in the wild doesn’t interfere negatively, they show more compassion than we show compassion. Humans, we are now worse than animals. Humans, we sink to the level of barbarism, we are barbarians. No animal ever invented a knife to kill each other. They didn’t invent a gun. They never invented a bomb to kill each other. They say, ‘oh, but they have their claws and this, and this..’ So do we. Man, just by ourselves, by our bodies, we invented so many ways of killing each other without using any weapons too. But on top of that, we have weapons. On top of that, we have weapons of mass destruction. So now, becoming animals, worse than the characteristic of an animal, you understand? Because it doesn’t fit.
This is what Allah swt is meaning; on the day of Judgement, there are those who are going to be raised and they are going to be put to the side of animals because they did not get rid of the animal characteristics. It doesn’t matter if it is huge or it is small. It doesn’t matter whether you killed a thousand people or you killed one person. It doesn’t matter if you lied to a whole nation or to yourself. The characteristic of the ego is there, inside of each and every one of us. It’s just that Allah swt is not giving everyone the opportunity to act on that ego.
And in this century, past century, this is the century of the ego, century of the self. Where everything that you see outside, everything is just supporting your ego, it is not to step on your ego; it is to support your ego. Everything is to fulfill all desire. You don’t have that desire; they tell you you have that desire. You don’t have that desire, they manufacture that desire for you. You’re feeling nice and comfortable, you’re watching something, they show you something on television, pizza commercial, suddenly you’re hungry for pizza. Do you understand? That means that they put wrong thinking, wrong intentions, wrong desires in you. This is the century. Very bad. Worse than the animals, animals are running away from us because we are sharing this planet with them. Not only we share, we are supposed to take care of them,but we are destroying everything and we are destroying ourselves. And Allah’s revenge is going to come. He’s going to take out tyrants. Don’t make no mistake. He’s going to take out every tyrant that lives in this world. Make sure you are not. I’m making sure that I am not.
Tyrant just doesn’t mean that you are a leader and you have thousands, millions of people in front of you and you do something, which, these days, so many of them, majority of them, they are all tyrants. But how are you being a tyrant to others around you? You cannot even be a tyrant to yourself. Because Allah swt has said, ‘I have forbidden tyranny to Myself, and I make tyranny haram to you. No one should be a tyrant.’ Wake up, Insha’Allah. Understand? This much is enough. Fatiha.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
8 Rajab 1437
April 15 2016.