Question: How Does Sheytan Know How To Play Tricks On Us?
BismillahirRahmanirRahim. That’s a good question, because sheytan in reality, he doesn’t know us. Correct? If sheytan knows mankind, if sheytan knows Hazrat-e-Insan, he would have made that prostration. Man doesn’t know who man is, but sheytan knows that we have a treasure in there that he does not have. Sheytan, he is circling around inside of us, but for some that they have take sheytan and the put him under their feet; they made their sheytan to become muslim. And some, the sheytan doesn’t come near them or where they are. Not us. Sheytan is running through us; you and me. But those ones, like to Hz. Omer (RA), the Holy Prophet (AS) is saying, ‘Even the sheytans, they run away from you.’ Like our Sheykh, sheytans run away from him.
How does sheytan know how to play tricks on us? In reality, sheytan, he only whispers. He only whispers. He suggests. In reality, sheytan cannot come near Hazret-e-Insan. So, how does he penetrate? Because we open the door wide for him to come. When the ego, that we are not understanding, not knowing, not knowing how to control it; the ego opens the door; sheytan enters. Sheytan can go through everything. Sheytan will know. But even then, sheytan is only given the power to suggest. The ego takes it and runs with it. Do you understand? The ego takes it, and it runs with it. That’s why, it is important for us to know ourselves first.
Holy Prophet (AS) is saying, ‘the one who knows himself, he knows his Lord.’ Now, if we know ourselves, do you think we’re not going to know sheytan? We will, because in reality, our ego, it is more powerful than sheytan.
Sheytan has worshiped for hundreds and thousands of years. How long have we worshiped? How many times sheytan disobeyed to Allah (SWT)? Once. One time, and that’s because of us, that Allah is saying, ‘Make prostration to Adam (AS).’ Adam (AS), which we are all inside of Adam (AS), and sheytan refused one time. How many times we disobey Allah (SWT)? Did sheytan ever declare himself to be the Creator, to be Allah? No. Is sheytan still believing in Allah? Yes. As the Creator, yes. Whatever the sheytan is doing now, this disobedience, it is from him. But, is Allah (SWT) allowing him to do that? Yes. I’m speaking just from Quran.
Does our ego declare lordship? Yes. Sheytan doesn’t declare lordship. That’s why in the way of Tasawwuf, we have to look at that Firaunic nature of our ego. One time Firaun is saying, “Ana rabbul A’ala – I am your greatest lord.” And, he’s making everyone to worship him. Now, everyone thinks they are lord. You do something and they say, ‘you are the creator; you create this and you create that;’ especially twenty first century people. Muslims and non-Muslims, we have become tyrants, thinking that we are the creators of our destiny, and we are the ones who are going to decide everything for ourselves, and about this world, taking Allah, our Creator, out from the picture completely.
Did sheytan every declare himself to be a lord? No, Firaun did. And, Firaun is inside of us, that we are saying, ‘if you are not understanding that your ego is worse than Firaun, then you don’t have belief yet.’ You’re still not serious. And, it goes on to say, ‘if you are not looking at your ego as worse than Namrud,’ that Allah (SWT), He likes Firaun more than Namrud. Firaun is Firaun, but He likes Firaun more than Namrud, because Firaun was very generous. He was a good ruler. He was generous. He was disobedient to Allah, to his Prophet; he became a tyrant, yes. It goes on to say, ‘if you’re not understanding that your ego, it is worse than Abu Jahil than sheytan, then we’re not in the right way.’ Do you understand?
(It is) not to look to others and say, ‘they are sheytan.’ (It is) not to look at other people, or Jews, or Christians, or unbeliever, and say, ‘they are sheytan, they are Firaun, they are Abu Jahil, they are Namrud.’ No, us, inside of us. Then, what you are going to go through in this way, as you go through your life, as you go through the Dergah, as you go through holding on to the Sheykh, you are going to, one by one, little by little, understand how much of a Firaun you are. And, if you are not understanding through the easy way, you are going to understand through the hard way. They’re going to pull it out from you, and you are going to say, ‘Allah, Allah, this is me? I have this capacity?’ If you are not fixing yourself through the easy way, that’s what you are going to do. If you fix yourself through the easy way, it’s over. If you’re not, then your going to discover ‘where is this destruction is coming from, that I feel that I want to destroy everything; my life, the ones whom I love, their lives. That if power is given to me, I would have even destroyed this whole world, just to give me that satisfaction.’ You know what I’m talking about, every single one of you. You know that moment where you’re thinking nothing else exists except for you. That moment of anger especially, that faith is out from your heart; that moment of depression, that moment of destruction. So, its these four things.
One time, Firaun was in his room and there was a knock on the door, and Firaun said, ‘who is there?’ Sheytan appeared. Sheytan looked at him and said, ‘Maloon ya, what an idiot you are. You’re declaring yourself lord and you don’t even know who is behind the door?’ When a man thinks that he is the only thing, only one, only thing in existence, that time he’s declaring lordship. Sheytan doesn’t. Sheytan is saying, ‘I never declare myself lord.’
So, how the sheytan knows? Sheytan has known us for thousands of years. Sheytan has sat and he has observed. He has gone through us. He has entered into everything, but sheytan cannot have access to Hazrat-e-Insan, those ones who are Bani-Adam, those ones who are really the children of Adam (AS), Safiullah, meaning, ‘the pure ones, the first ones.’ But those ones, that they are only acting with their ego, and this is beyond what you look like, what you wear, whether you go up and down, how much Zikr you make. (If) you are not understanding your ego, you’re not taking it under your feet, you’re not holding it and controlling it, then it will control you, no matter what you do. You call yourself a Sufi, you call yourself a Muslim, you call yourself a Believer, if you’re not understanding that part and controlling it, it is controlling you. That time, it opens the door wide for sheytan to enter. When sheytan enters, he can take over very easily.
So, this is a way for us to understand ourselves, Tarikat is. It is to learn. What other source of knowledge is more important then this, other than the knowledge of Allah. It is the Khalifatullah. Understand that everything in existence is created for Khalifatullah, for mankind. The Paradises are created for us, the 18,000 worlds were created for us, the Hells were created for us. Everything was created for us, not for Allah (SWT). Allah (SWT) has no need for any of that. He has created it for us. But, we have not been created for all of this. We have been created for Allah.
So, what is more fascinating, what is more interesting than the knowledge of Hazrat-e-Insan? You can know all the knowledges of this world, you can know all the knowledges of all the thousands of Alams, but you don’t know yourself. You can know the knowledges of all the four books: the Torat, the Injil, the Zabur, and the Quran. You know all of that, but you don’t know yourself, you lost everything. Allah is going to ask us knowledge of ourselves on Judgment Day. Understand? You think that question, ‘who is your Lord?’ just because we memorize it here, and we know how to answer it, we’re going to be able to answer in the grave to the Angel who asks us, ‘our Lord is Allah?’ So many are going to fail, because we’re not understanding what is the meaning of Lord. That time the heart is going to speak. Whatever is in your heart, it will show. Whatever that is in your heart as lord, it is going to show. You are making Zikr, you’re worshiping, you’re being very good Masha’Allah, but in your heart you secretly are just worshiping yourself. You are going to say, ‘my lord is myself.’ Inside your heart, you’re worshiping money. You wake up thinking about money, you go to sleep thinking about money. You are worshiping it. Once in a while you’re praying a little but, but you go back to it. You can make Hajj one hundred times, you’re not circling around the House of Allah, you are circling around your ego, because, circling around making the Tawaf, you’re still thinking about money. ‘Ya Rabbi send me more money! Ya Rabbi I need more money! More, more, more money.’
It’s like you are coming into the presence of the Sultan and the Sultan is saying, ‘what do you want?’
‘Oh I want money.’
Sultan is saying, listen carefully, ‘everything here, everything here in this palace, you can ask for. Everything and everyone and everything. What do you want?’
‘I want money!’
He says, ‘take, go.’
The smart one is going to say, ‘I want you, O my Sultan,’ because with that Sultan comes everything too. But, he doesn’t want everything. He wants the Owner.
So, knowledge of yourself, it is important. You are not going to find schools, universities, colleges, centers, organizations, websites, for you to know yourself. No, you’re not going to find it. This is what makes it a secret.
Especially in these days, the ways, the groups, the Jemaats that should be teaching about themselves, teaching you about yourselves, they abandoned that. And, this world is entering into deeper and deeper trouble because it’s still not understanding, still not learning. May Allah bring us out from that Ghaflet Insha’Allah. Ameen. Wa min Allahu Tawfik El -Fatiha. Selam Aleykum wa Rahmatullah.
In The Presence Of The Evliya’Allah, Watch Your Heart
So, yea. What did that one say? “Know your friends, keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer.” This is how you go to war. Correct? We keep the Friends of Allah close, but we look at our ego even more. We watch our ego when we are with them. When we’re sitting with them, when we’re far away from them, we watch what is in our heart. Like Sheykh Efendi would always say, that’s why he is saying, “those ones who just want to be so close and so friendly with the Sheykh, be careful. You’re playing with fire.” They may make it so easy. They may, but you lose yourself, you are going to burn, because you’re walking at a very high place. One step wrong that you make from a very high place, you fall down. If you’re walking at a low place, you can jump up and down, run around, you’re not going to fall. You’re not understanding that one. They say what? If you meet, like a criminal, Askiye; these are brigands, people who are “highway robbers,” they are saying, but it’s more dangerous than that. They just take over the area. When you pass through, they may kill you, they may rob everything. They say, “When you meet an Askiye, be careful. Watch your tongue. If you say the wrong thing, your life is in their hands, they may finish you.” Evliya’Allah are saying, “In the presence of the Evliya’Allah, watch your heart.” These days, forget about the heart, Murids, they say anything that they want to. They jump into conclusions, they think whatever is in their minds, they speak from their inspiration, but we’re saying, ‘it is wrong.’ Because sometimes, we make it so easy for them to communicate with us, they’re thinking they are so close; now you start to see that one becoming very small, very low. They say, “that’s not a Sheykh, not a Hoja, it’s just like me. Look, it’s even worse than me. I do this, and he doesn’t do it.” So, once you start doing that, sheytan easily enters. Then you’re going to jump to conclusions.
So, yea. When they cannot help themselves, they don’t watch their heart, they don’t watch their tongue. May Allah make us to be awake Insha’Allah, not to get fooled.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
3 Jamadial Ahir 1438
March 2, 2017