Question: I took Bayat from Sheykh Lokman recently, but I recognized now I’m far away from being a murid, how can I become murid, especially being away from Dergah and being alone?
Just be sincere. In reality, we are all not murids. We cannot fit into that category, but be sincere. Look to what you’re doing and ask yourself, ‘am I doing this for the sake of Allah or am I doing this for the sake of my nafs?’ Don’t be in ghaflat. When you start thinking that way, you’re starting to behave like a murid. And maybe it is easier here, physically, when you are closer to us, maybe it is not. Maybe it is harder when you are far away from us but maybe it is not because many have found much easier and faster progress when they are not with us and there are some who have fallen low, lower and lower when they are in our physical presence. The important thing is whatever that you’re going to learn, you’re going to put in your life. You don’t put it in your life; you’re not going to learn nothing. That time forty Prophets can teach you but you’re not putting their teachings into your life, it’s not going to work. It has never worked.
If it’s just physical presence, Abu Jahil and Abu Lahab would have been the greatest companions of the Prophet (asws). He loved them so much and he went again and again and again to them although they were doing so much harm. Don’t worry. You feel alone, that’s alright; it’s better to be alone, to be in safety, than to be in the company of so many people who are bound to hellfire. In these days, we’re feeling a little bit, the believers must feel, a little bit of the loneliness that the Sahabi e-Kiram they are feeling that everywhere they turn it is very uncomfortable, this world is not welcoming them. Don’t think that our aim is for this world to welcome us, no. That if this whole world welcomes us, that is not our aim. Our aim is still Akhirat, that Sultan Murad is saying, ‘don’t be fooled, thinking that you are the master of the seven climates.’
We have to wake up from our heedlessness. You have to understand that Azrail, death, is right in front of us. When we believe that and when we go through difficulty and we stop to think about death, that difficulty may get small, of course, because every difficulty goes away when you die, difficulty of this world. But if you’re thinking about the difficulties in the grave and the hereafter, that continues. And if you’re thinking about those difficulties and trying to fix them, that will bring you benefit. Wa min Allahu Taufiq, Al fatiha.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
29 Rabi al-Ahir 1438
January 27, 2017