We’ll see if it is needed. If it is needed, if the community needs it and they are showing that respect, it is welcoming the physical presence of the Prophet (asws). Nobody knows how to take care of it now. What I was trying to say, years ago I came here with the Beard, Sakal e-Sharif, with the beard of the Holy Prophet (asws), some years ago when we came here we brought the Sakal e-Sharif, the beard of the Holy Prophet (asws) here. There were people who were not showing too much respect for it and certain people they are punished for that. Because this is the physical presence of the Prophet (asws).
Hz Khalid ibn Walid, he took it and he was putting it in his Turban when he was fighting against the Christian. And when he was fighting and when one general knocked him and his Turban fell down, he didn’t care. Straight away he went down although the person is going to kill him, straight away he went down and took it and he kissed it and he put it back on his head. He won that battle.
So, to show respect to the Sakal e-Sharif, it is important. It’s more important than to see it. So many people they are seeing it, so many people, in front of the Sakal e-Sharif they are looking like this (arrogantly), looking like that, ‘what is it? What is it?’ They are taking pictures. What is there that you are going to see? It’s a hair. What, you expect the hair to have different colors? What, you expect the hair to turn into something else? It is a hair. But it is the hair of the Prophet (asws). So it is as if physically the Prophet is there. How are you going to show respect and love to him? That’s why Allah was warning even the Sahabis, saying, ‘in the presence of the Prophet (asws) don’t raise your voices. Speak softly.’ You cannot carry weapons in the presence of the Prophet. So which means, there may be so many ziyaret that are happening, but if people are not showing proper respect, it’s not going to be too much blessings coming. You don’t know anything, but you have respect, Allah will bless you. So many people, they know so much but don’t show respect. Punishment comes to them.
In our way, we are taught differently, the Sakal e-Sharif how you are going to carry it. The Ottoman soldiers, they were bringing Sakal e-Sharif to the battle places when they are fighting, carrying it above their heads, never you are going to bring it down. How we are coming around, has to be proper. It is as though the Prophet (asws) is there, what are you going to do? You are going to kiss it, you are going to give Salawat, you are going to have full respect to it, you are not going to come with your arrogance, and you don’t show your back to it, definitely. So, I know a lot of people they don’t even know. You see, Muslims they pray, they read too much, they know so many things, but they don’t have any respect. Especially if you don’t have a Sheykh, you don’t know what respect is. Because now, when we have a Sheykh that is coming, we know how to sit properly, correct? We know how to stand properly. Nobody really needs to tell us. Something inside is telling us, ‘okay we must show this a little bit more respect.’ And the Sheykh is looking, the one who has respect, he prays more for that one. So if you don’t have a Sheykh, you don’t know how to behave properly. You think everyone is the same.
Now in the presence of the Prophet (asws), because he is always with Allah, Allah is always with him. You cannot now be in the presence of Allah five times a day, standing in front, saying Allahu Akhbar, you cannot even move three times. Correct? When you say, ‘Allahu Akhbar,’ can you go Allahu Akhbar like that (Sheykh raised his hand high)? You cannot. There are specific movements. You have to put your hands like this, you have to do ruku like this. Specific. Now if you move any other way, then your prayer is not acceptable and you are going to be punished because of that.
So all these things, of course if you have the Sakal e-Sharif, you are going to show respect. But people who don’t have a Sheykh and they don’t know respect, they become rebellious, then in front of the Prophet (asws), they can make the biggest mistake. So respect, the edep, it is very important. The edep it is the soul of Islam. It is the spirit. Having manners. The manners make the peasant to become a King, with manners. Without manners, the King can become worse than the gypsy. And in the Divine court of Allah swt, He is not looking for your knowledge, because He is the Creator of knowledge. You don’t bring knowledge in front of Allah. You come in front of a King, you come in front of a general, are you going to bring your weapons to show how much you have? Are you going to come in front of the King to showing how much wealth you have, in front of the king? The King will look and the King will take it, correct? But what you show? You show edep. In front of Allah swt, you show edep. And this is what Tarikat, this is what Dergah is, to show those manners, to prepare ourselves to be in Divine Presence. This is knowledge, but this is more your own knowledge. Knowledge of your self. Not knowledge of thousands of books that is out there, but knowledge of the book that is inside of you. You study your self. You watch your self. That time you will be rewarded. It’s very easy. Insya’Allah.
So, we will see. If we are ready then we are going to bring it. We have the beard of Hz Ali (kw) also, we also have the beard of Sheykh Abdul Qadir Geylani (qs). Everytime you show respect to that, more blessings will come to you. I know people who are holding on to the beard of the Prophet (asws) but they don’t know even how to keep it. It’s very heavy. It is not easy. There’s a lot of responsibility. I know people that they get so crazy, they love it, they have a special room and they put for it, special for the hair, but I’m looking at the house, the house is dirty. Finish. You cannot be dirty and have the presence of the Prophet (asws). Then we are looking, oh, people are fighting in the house, people are cursing in the house. How can you do that? Then we are looking, okay, this kind of dirtiness, I mean MashaAllah, I know you Bosnians think that you guys are very crazy and this and this, but let me tell you you guys are the cleanest people that I have seen. As much as you can, you clean everything properly. Which is good. So you know when you go to someone’s house for instance, the dirtiness that they have is not because they are poor, but because they just cannot be bothered. And sometimes the things that is dirty over there, you see it’s not one week or two weeks, it’s years. Years they are not even looking there. What happens when you are not cleaning up? Sheytan are going to be around there, the jins they are going to be around there. Just to take something and to wipe it, you are cleaning the whole place. That’s why you know, the woman, how good you feel when you get up and you just make your bed and you just clean the floor. You just sweep the floor, just that action you feel as if it took away all the wrong things, all the bad things, you clean. Just by sweeping the floor. Because that’s exactly what happens. This eyes cannot see but this eyes (Sheykh points to the heart) are going to see.
So when you see those houses, I’m saying the houses are very dirty, the children they don’t have too much manners, but they are very religious people, they are very religious, they love the Prophet (asws) so much, then it is showing you cannot carry. You cannot carry that weight, that burden. And if you cannot carry it, very unusual things are going to happen. Our Sheykh says, when you are in the presence of the Evliyaullah, if you don’t watch yourself, Evliyaullah they don’t curse at you, they don’t punish you, but they have other ones that are around them, the ones that you cannot see, they are not happy, they may smack you. Like in Bursa, in Turkey, the old Ottoman Capital of Bursa, they say every block you see there is a Maqam, every block that you see there is a Turba, every block that you see, there is a Turba, every block that you see, you are walking, there’s a Saint buried there, there is a Sahabi there, there is a Saint buried there. So it’s a very Holy place and if you don’t watch your manners, they smack you and they say in Busra so many people their faces are bad, they are walking like this, they are walking like that, because they are not watching their manners. We don’t know anything but we know manners, we will be rewarded for it. Insya’Allah ar-Rahman. This is important.
So, we’ll see. I was thinking of it, but saying let’s wait a little bit more. Maybe sometime in the future Insya’Allah, we’ll take it. We may that time speak to other people too, say that we are having a ziyaret. They are going to come. But this is ziyaret with the Osmanli Naksibendi way. I have been known to do crazy things sometimes. I remember bringing the Sakal e-Sharif one time to some place and I washed everyone up. These are very nice people, it’s my second or third time visiting them. They are not Naksibendi, they are just welcoming us, but I went there and I see people they are not ready to make the ziyaret. I started yelling at them and cursing at the, ‘how dare you come to the presence of the Prophet (asws), wearing ripped jeans and baseball cap backward!’ You don’t even dress like that to go to your boss’s house if your boss invite you to come for dinner. But, if you ask them, ‘ohh, I love Prophet (asws) so much.’ And I washed up this guy, he was doing that and I said, ‘MashaAllah, big progress you’ve made,’ he came into Islam, white guy, I said to him big progress that you’ve made. I said first time that I saw you, you were wearing jalabiya, now you are wearing T-shirt and jean. And he said, ‘well Allah doesn’t look at my outside. Allah looks what is inside.’ I said yes, Maulana Rumi is saying, ‘what is inside, you are going to show what is outside.’ He got very upset with me. Everybody got very upset. But I don’t care. I have to say something because I’m not invited there, if it is their Sakal e-Sharif, their situation, they can do whatever they want, I’m not going to say one single word, I do not interfere. If I come to a masjid and they have one ziyaret, and they are doing all sorts of wrong things, I will not interfere. I’m not responsible. I will just sit down very quiet, kiss it and go back. But if it is something we are organizing by ourselves, there is a certain protocol there. Has to be. Insya’Allah, we will see it next time in the future.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
2 Rabiul Ahir 1438
December 30, 2016