In reality, all Muslim countries, all Muslim countries, they don’t make you to remember your Islamic history, they only make you to remember the Islam in that country after they again gained independence. They don’t go beyond that.
You may have religious people talking about Islam in that country, trying to put things together, but they never go beyond the time that they gained independence. Beyond the time that they gained independence from the Khilafat and from the colonialists, they never go back because sheytan says, ‘don’t go back because once you go back, you’re going to understand that there was a Khilafat and there was an Ummat.’ And where were we when there was a Khilafat and an Ummat? Where are we now when there’s no Khilafat and there’s no Ummat, we only have nationalism? Where are we? We’re just pointing our guns to each other, we’re only fighting with each other and killing each other, correct? They don’t want to teach you. Anything Muslim, just from the Prophet (asws) to the Sahabi e-Kiram, Khulafa e-Rashideen, finished. Finished. There’s this whole period of over 1000 years that they just erased from our mind or they don’t teach you. Understand?
You have a father, you have a grandfather, you have a great-grandfather, you have a great-great-grandfather. You have problems right now. If you have a problem right now on how, for example, on how to raise a child, or how to take care of a house, who are you going to turn to for help, first? You’re going to asking your great-great-great-grandfather? Or you’re just going to ask your father? Okay, maybe your father doesn’t have all the answers, your grandfather is there, you’re going to ask from your grandfather, correct? This is logic, this is common sense. Muslims finish with logic and common sense. They’re saying, ‘don’t ask what your father or your grandfather did, ask all the way 1400 years back, that we are going to tell you what happened 1400 years back. Don’t ask your father what happened 1400 years back, don’t ask your grandfather what happened 1400 years back, we are going to tell you.’
Who are these people? Naked and bare-footed Bedouins, racing with each other to build tall buildings, cutting holes in the mountains, fulfilling all the prophecies of the Ahir Zaman and the coming of Dajjal and the coming of Mahdi (as) that the Prophet (asws) said. These are the ones. Yeah, and be careful of those ones that their words are like honey and they wear the soft skin of sheep. You don’t like this, this is what Prophet said. Be careful from them. Men of religion with words sweet as honey and they’re wearing clothes soft as the sheepskin, meaning they look so pure, so innocent, but they have the hearts of wolves. That’s why we wear the wolf and we speak rough. Yes. And this is exactly what Sultan ul-Evliya told Sheykh Effendi to do. I have to do that one day. I’m not ready. But what did he say? Take the wolf. Take the wolf skin, wolf’s head and go and walk.
So we don’t know, now we know. Now I am responsible. Can anyone say in this age of internet that we don’t know anything? Can we? It’s because we don’t want to know. You cannot say, ‘I didn’t know,’ especially people, of course, living here. I’m addressing firstly people living in America, people living in countries like this, later to others. So, shukr Alhamdulillah, you didn’t know. I didn’t know. Majority of the people, you didn’t know. If you’re Turkish, you know. If you’re Turkish but you’re not into Islam, it became something else, it became nationalism too, it is nothing to do with Islam. It is not nationalism, although majority of the soldiers, yes, they were Turks. Some Kurdish people, some Bosnian people, some people from the Balkans, some people here and there. Arabs? Majority of them, they were Turks. But they were not fighting for nationalism. So those who know, most know wrongly. Very few can put things together.
Alhamdulillah, we have a great Sheykh that he has experienced like Canakkale in his life. He’s not talking like you and me. He has experienced it from a young age for the sake of Allah and Islam. He was a Gazi and now, he is a Sheykh. You understand? And I remember one story he said that he met a very old man, he was a Gazi from the war of Canakkale. He was still alive. Do you remember that story? Very old man, he’s saying. He saw Sheykh Effendi and he said, ‘take this from me,’ and he gave, like a medal that he had gained and he gave it to Sheykh Effendi and he said, ‘you can carry this, my son. All the rest they cannot. Now, we consider you to be one of us.’ So he got that title too.
So many miracles happened in Canakkale. All these are open this is not a cult, spiritual knowledge. This is all out there. Then let me ask you, now is the wash-up time, you’re coming here for Canakkale, how many of you actually did some research about Canakkale? How many of you actually went on the internet, if there’s nothing else, to look up and to understand and to look, at least, to look at them, their pictures and to see, oh, look at them, they have whole battalions of people who are from Tarikat. You understand? Whole dervish battalions going. ‘oh, no, Sufis are peace-loving, no politics, nothing. No right, no wrong,’ what were they doing? There are whole battalions of people in Tarikat and they have nothing, no weapons, they were carrying their tasbih. So many Saints were in there. Our Grandsheykh was there. They fought.
So, our Sheykh was making us to understand. We cannot thank him enough for that. If you didn’t know before, now you know. Make yourself to be prepared, Insha’Allah. You’re asking me how to mimic, how to be like them a little bit, at least get to know them. Understand? Maybe one day, I’m going to sit down, I’m not going to give any sohbet on Canakkale and I’m going to see what you have to say. What did you find out? What did you see? And everyone is just going to share. They are our brothers, ah, we cannot call them that, may we be dust under their feet. Al Fatiha. Amin. Selam Aleykum wa Rahmatullah.
This much is enough, Insha’Allah, before you get too upset with me. Doesn’t matter, you get upset or you don’t get upset. My job is to say. Doesn’t matter if you accept or you don’t accept, my job is to say. Because I’m not doing this to please you, none of you. I’m only looking to my Sheykh to see whether he is pleased or not. And I never say to myself, oh, he is pleased with you. No. I always say even if I’m doing something okay, you could do it better, and I check myself. May Allah forgive me, Insha’Allah. Fatiha. Selam Aleykum wa Rahmatullah.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
19 Jamadial Ahir 1438
March 18, 2017