Quesiton: Sheykh Abdul Kerim Hz said that the great war before the appearance of Mahdi (as) is very near. How should we prepare physically for it? For example, should we stock food, money gold, etc? How will those who live away, far away from the Dergah keep their connection with you?
If you are talking physically, keep your connection with me. As long as you have physical connection. Before you ask for the spiritual connection, the spiritual connection you are not going to be able to have that if you are not using your physical connection properly. Our own murids they are so spoiled. They don’t even listen to sohbet every week. Or they don’t listen to zikr. We say you have a zikr, you can follow our zikr, they make their own zikr, they make their own sohbet. That time, what connection you are going to have? Or they are not doing it every week, or always finding excuses. Those ones. But there are some who are very strong, they live thousands of miles away, the sohbet maybe is at three o’clock in the morning, they get up and they watch, they are falling asleep and they are getting up. They are forcing themselves. They are using that now, the physical, that technology to keep the connection. You take that one step, we will take ten steps to you. You are just sitting there, you are not doing anything, nothing is going to come to you. Say medet as much as you want. Because you are not stepping on your ego. Because your ego says, ‘don’t make that one step. Don’t try to listen to sohbet.’
I’m checking everywhere that I am going. I’m checking New Jersey, I’m checking Virginia, I’m checking Maryland, I’m checking California, I’m checking everywhere to see. Now did you listen? What did I say in the khutba? What did I say after the khutba? What did I say after the zikr? So many they fail. Now, so don’t ask how we are going to keep connection with you. Because it’s easy now, the connection is just one finger, just to turn that on. If you cannot even move your one finger to turn that on, don’t expect anything to reach to you. Something reaching to your heart, be careful. It’s not coming from us. ‘Oh, I listen to other things. I listen to YouTube.’ What is coming now is for now. It is something that you need. It’s not something that we need. It is something that you need. If you listen to it, maybe it’s going to help, not maybe, definitely it’s going to help. Because this is not something that we are preparing, we are memorizing, it is something that is coming from our Sheykh. But if you are spoiled, then you are not going to get too much, that time definitely you are going to lose the connection. You can be losing the connection living in the Dergah. You can be losing the connection if I see you every week. Those that I didn’t see them, I’ve never seen them before, they are crying.
Eh, week after week Masha’Allah, all parts of the world they are coming. How they found me? I don’t know. We don’t even speak the same language. We are saying, ‘go to other Sheykhs. Those are big Sheykhs. Go to them.’ They say, ‘no. We want to go to you because you give sohbet.’ I say, ‘astaghfirullah. I didn’t give sohbet. My Sheykh gives sohbet.’ They are crying, ‘when are you going to come and visit us?’ They are taking things very precious.
So if you are not using the physical means to keep connection, you will not know how to use the heart and that time when the technology is going to fail, you have no connection at all. Yeah, that time when the connection fail, technology goes down, go look to Youtube. Try to find something. Because you are just going to YouTube now, ‘yeah I listen to sohbet from YouTube.’ But you are not looking to the Sheykh AbdulKerim tube. Hmm? First, have that connection. Then, you will know slowly what does it say.
Physically, if you want to prepare for the coming of Mahdi (as), for the war that is very near, let me tell you that the unbelievers they have been preparing for this kind of war for, say, close to a hundred years, and they’ve built city underground. They are more prepare than you and I. So the way to be prepared for the great war, it is not physically. The unbelievers they are doing that. They know already who is on the list, ‘if this happens who we are going to pull out, the rest of humanity they can go die. We don’t care. We have enough people to start a new one,’ they say. So it’s not through physical. It is to keep your connection.
What are you going to do? One of the ways to keep your connections, there are a couple of things that I’m going to speak to you about. One, keep your connection with the Dergah. Try to be visiting so that you know what is the way of thinking, what is the way of living, what is the attitude. If you can, move away from populated areas, heavy populated areas. Move away from that. If you can. So many, they cannot. They cannot afford to. Don’t think, because you cannot, then you are going to get the same fate as those ones. No. If you cannot, but you have a strong connection with us, strong connection to Sheykh Effendi, where you are, in the middle of the fire, there’s going to be a dome of light over you. You will be under protection. Because you have connected yourself. There are those who are here, they have not connected themselves. They are here, fire is going to reach to them. Fire is already reaching to them right now. Their hearts, sheytan just whisper, and they listen. Was-wasa just come in, they listen. Their ego just speaking something, and they listen, they disconnect. Coming (with a gloomy face), completely disconnected from everything, cannot wait to get out, as if they are on fire. Go. You think, that time when something is going to happen, there is going to be protection? No. They have already put a bar in front of them and a bar behind them, and they cannot see. This is Ayatul Karima.
So, if you can, move out from heavy populated area. That’s why we are here. We are not going to give you more than that. It is not about stockpiling food, or keeping gold, this or that. Other people they are doing it too. It is keeping your connection now, to this centers of Life, open. To know how to think, what to think, how to behave, how to live. Not to let the fire of sheytan and the dajjal to enter. That’s how you are going to keep safe. Even if you are in the middle of the fire, just like Hz Ibrahim (as), but if you have the opportunity to come to be here, or you have the opportunity to come and live here, we say, we open the door to you. We are inviting the whole world to come. This is like the ship of Nuh (as). We are making the call. Slowly they are coming. Good luck to you. May Allah forgive me. Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi Wabarakatu.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
27 Muharram 1438
October 28, 2016