Question : Is it possible to raise our level of Taqwa by making more Zikr?
Taqwa is what people, they are saying to be aware and to be conscious of Allah. Islam, Iman, and Ihsan. Islam, it is the do’s and the don’ts. The Iman is the belief in the unseen and Ihsan is the beauty of it; what makes everything beautiful. It is to worship Allah as if you see him and if you don’t see Him, to know that He sees you. Now to have Taqwa, to know that Allah is always looking at you, can you increase that when you do more Zikr? Yes, of course you can. When you make the Zikr that is allowed and authorized for you to make, when you make Zikr that is not in Ghaflet, when you make Zikr, that you are going to connect not only the Zikr and the remembrance of Allah, but you’re going to connect the Zikr with the action that you’re doing.
Everything that we are doing in Islam, it is Zikr. Our Shahadat, it is to remember Allah. Our prayer five times a day, it is to remember Allah. Our fasting, it is to remember Allah, Zakat is to remember Allah, Hajj is to remember Allah. So, the remembrance of Allah, it is the essence of every action that we are doing. And the belief, Iman, what is that? Amantu billahi wa mala’ikatihi wa kutubihi wa rusulihi wa al-yaum al-akhiri... All that is again to remember Allah. Now, if we remember Allah and we’re behaving not only remembering Allah, but that Allah is present with us, Huzoor, Hazir; ready and present with us, and we are ready and present with Allah, then that time, you’re preparing yourself to be a Dervish. Is that easy to do? It is not. And, the Murid doesn’t jump to that, because first, before you want to remember Allah all the time, we say you must remember Allah now in these specific times. Can you carry it? Can we carry remembering Allah not just in prayer, which so many in our prayer, in our Salah, forget about the Zikr. Our hearts are going around here and there. We’re not remembering. Are we remembering Allah in our moment of anger? So many they are not. Allah is the last. What about the times when our Nafs is just knocking on us, are we remembering Allah? So, although it is the essence of everything that we’re doing, Zikr, Zikrullah, to remember Allah, but that essence itself is very difficult to maintain, especially outside of a Zikr circle, outside of Halaqa. Do you understand? But, that is when it becomes really powerful, because you’re not only remembering Allah when you’re sitting and pulling a Tesbih saying, “Allah, Allah, Allah,” but you’re remembering Allah when you’re in the barn. Your’e remembering Allah when you’re cleaning the toilet. Yes, you’re remembering Allah when someone is smacking you. You’re remembering Allah when it is cold. You’re remembering Allah when there is heat.
So, Zikrullah, yes, we’re making silent Zikr, we’re making loud Zikr, but Zikrullah, it is beyond these situations where you’re sitting down specifically to remember Allah. It is easy to do that, but Zikrullah, you have to come out form this Halaqa, from this circle, from this association, and still to remember Allah. Remember Allah. What do you remember? What do you mean when you say you remember Allah too? To remember something, you had knowledge of that something first and then you remember. Correct? If I say, “Do you remember that time we went and we had some Kofte?” You had the Kofte and now you’re remembering. Correct? We had the knowledge of Allah but we have forgotten, that’s why we must remember, because that knowledge of Allah, being with Allah, acknowledging Allah, that happened on the Day of Promises, on Qalu Bala.
[It’s not for nothing that we are saying, “keep the Edeb of the Thursdays.” So many times we want to speak subjects like this, but when people they are not ready, we cannot. Like I said before, the more knowledge you have, the more responsible you’re going to be. Now, how am I going to speak about such knowledge if people are going to be sleepy like this? I say, “why am I torturing you like this. Go to sleep,” because we are touching on very delicate points. There will not be permission if you’re not ready to listen. No permission. Never mind. Just make your prayer five times a day, remember Allah. Once a week, try to remember Allah. You have Taqwa that time. ]
If you don’t have the presence of your Sheykh, you cannot have Taqwa. Yes, that’s why the presence of your Sheykh has to be very strong. We’re here in the Dergah; we remember, because he is that rope. We touch his rope, we hold on to his rope, he is holding on to the rope of Rasulullah (AS). And the Prophet’s rope to Allah is stronger than anyone else. It’s stronger than our rope. So, if you’re not holding on, if you’re not being with your Sheykh, how are you going to have Taqwa? How are you going to learn what Taqwa is? If you’re not hearing the voice of your Sheykh if you’re doing something, anything right or wrong clearly, how are you going to hear the voice of the Prophet? How are you going to hear, and know, and remember Allah? It’s just a concept.
Now, some people are saying, “you cannot imagine Allah, but you can at least imagine “alif, lam, lam, ha,” Allah. Some they say, “I give you Allah card. Just stare at that until you start to see something. Now, opening comes to you.” Hasbinallah!
So you want to have Taqwa? Be in Sohbet. Be in association. From that association, you will be in association with Allah. That time you will know. Don’t think it is so easy and don’t wish for that too. First, be in association with your Sheykh.
There’s a Sahabi who wanted to remember Allah. He wanted something to be open to him. Prophet (AS) trying to stop it and block it, but the Sahabi was insisting. He was very sincere. He wants to remember Allah all the time. He wants to hear the Zikr of Allah in everything, see the Zikr of Allah in everything. Can we handle it? We cannot handle it if we start to witness this cup giving Zikr of Allah. We are going to lose our mind. But, everything in existence in its own way is remembering Allah. That Sahabi, he was relieving himself. He took some things to clean himself, and the pebbles that he took when he looked at it, he heard it buzzing, and he listened, and the pebbles, they were making Zikr of Allah. He dropped it. He took others to clean himself. That one is remembering Allah. He took everything and everything is remembering Allah. Now he is stuck there. He doesn’t know what to do. Now he cannot clean himself and so he asked for his heart to be closed, just to continue.
Before we ask for our heart to be open, let’s ask for the door of sheytan to be closed first. Let’s ask that ego inside, we take that key away from him to open the door. If you don’t stop the ego, you still give him the key. When he opened the door to sheytan, that time your Taqwa, the knowledge that you have, the opening that you see, it will turn and it will become rotten. It will lead you to Jahannum. People were asking, and asking, and asking, and you see them in the toilet and they are eating dirtiness and they are drinking dirtiness, but they are saying, “no, I am with Allah. I am eating with my Lord. I am drinking with my Lord,” because up here (Sheykh points to the mind), it it burned out.
So now, your relationship with your Sheykh has to be very strong. You have to remember. Is he remembering you? All the time he is remembering you. El-Fatiha
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
7 Rabiul Ahir 1438
January 5, 2017