Question: How do we identify our nafs and become Rabbani?
Follow the one who has reached the station of Rabbaniyyat then he will first teach you ubudiyyah, servanthood, and the real servant will not want to be anything other than a servant. We’re talking in terms of Tasawwuf and Sufism. If you think that you want to become, to enter into Tarikat to conquer your nafs, to become lordly, that is complete contradiction.
Sheykh Mawlana has said, Sheykh Effendi had said over and over again, ‘we are trying to become nothing.’ As long as you think that you are something, sheytan is going to trick you. So, don’t enter into Tarikat if you want to become Rabbani. Enter into Tarikat to think that you are going to become zero. Let the Rabb do as He wills to you.
If you are in complete submission, it doesn’t matter whether you’re in His Divine Court or you are in His stable because you are still in His Kingdom, and what is more important is if you are in His heart. That is important.
So many want to be in the Court, in the Presence of the Awliya, but what are they doing? So many just causing problems, making fitnah. And there are some smart ones who say, ‘we don’t want to be at the Court. We want to go to the stables, to the barn, to the toilets because we are servants.’ And that one sitting there, he feels a pull, and he says, ‘oh, because that one is there,’ and he’s serving. Then, different blessings will reach to you. May Allah Guide us, InsyaAllah, and keep us from being tricked by our ego. Wa min Allahu Taufiq. Al Fatiha.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
6 Zul Hijja 1437
September 8, 2016.