Question: When we are making Taffakur at the end of the day, how do we know an action we did was for the sake of Allah. What if we were doing these good actions to make other people happy, and forget that we should make the intention to please Allah and our Sheykh first?
BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Then tomorrow, make the intention. If you don’t know whether you did something for the sake of Allah or not, tomorrow, when you wake up, you say, “ya Rabbi, today I am living for your sake. I’m doing things for your sake.” This is why being in the Dergah, it will give you a focus, it will give you a concentrated training in taqwa. You are saying, ‘how do we know …I don’t want to be,’ you’re saying, ‘basically, I don’t want to be in ghaflat, to do something , even if it is something good, but not to put my Sheykh and my Prophet, for the sake of Allah, first.’
That is why being in Dergah and being mindful, not being heedless, when you are in the Dergah, you are doing things now, all according to the way of our Sheykh. You want to sit, sit in his way. You want to wash dishes, do it in his way. You want to go cut an animal, do it in his way. Same thing with the women, whatever that they are doing, same. So we are learning what sunnat is. And when you are doing that, you are reminding yourself, oh, Sheykh Effendi did this. Where is Sheykh Effendi getting his knowledge from? Sultan-ul-Awliya. Sultan-ul-Awliya, from the forty Grand -Masters of the Naksibendi Golden Chain. From the Holy Prophet (asws).
So that way, you’re doing things so often, you know what is Sunnah, and what is not Sunnah. And when you are trying to do something that is not Sunnah, you will either remember, you will remind yourself or other people are going to tell you. Well, we are not really encouraging people to tell each other what to do, we have to pick up, they have to know. Then that time, you are not going to be forgetful. You are going to drink. You are going to take the water, and, you are standing up, you are going to sit down. Because it is Sunnah to sit down. That time, when you drink and you’re sitting down, you are pleasing Allah. You are pleasing yourself, you’re slaking your thirst, you like the drink. But you are pleasing Allah, you are pleasing the Prophet, you are pleasing the Awliya-Allah, you are pleasing your sheikh, because you are doing it sitting down instead of standing up. That is one small example that you do.
So when you come to the Dergah, like I had a question some weeks ago, why do we have to come to the Dergah? Do we have to come to the Dergah? I said, no, you don’t have to do anything. But if you want to learn how to walk in this way, where every step it’s going to count, where breaths they are going to count, where your consciousness, your attitude, your intention is going to count, then stay here a little bit, and be observant. You can stay here also, but when you are not observant, you are not observing, you are not watching others and you are not watching yourself, you will get nothing too. If you stay here and you are just following your ego, you refuse to do what others are doing, you will get nothing too. Once, we had that too. Eh, person saying, “I don’t want to do it.” We say, it is Sunnah. “No, I don’t want to do it, and you shouldn’t force me.” I said, I’m not going to force you, but this is the place where everyone is happy doing Sunnah things. If you are not happy to do Sunnah things, you don’t have to be here. There is the door, Eyallah.” That’s how it is.
You enter into a theater, a cinema, you pay money, you cannot do as you like. They even tell you, you have to turn off your phone. You cannot just leave your phone on, they will kick you out. You cannot say, don’t force me, this isn’t spirituality, you shouldn’t force me, spirituality means you shouldn’t force me. No, it is not forcing, but, you shouldn’t force yourself to do something, to be in a situation, where it is against to, the natural order of things. You should not put yourself in that position, you want to do that, you do that in a more natural position. Outside, not inside. We give you that option. So, insha’Allah, may our actions please them. Amin. May Allah forgive us. Amin. Fatiha. SelamAleykum
.Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
19 Jamadial Awwal 1438
February 16, 2017