Question: Did the Munafiq ever leave the Holy Prophet (asws) and his Jamaat?
The hypocrites, if they leave the Jamaat, they become sincere unbelievers, okay? They will not be hypocrites. Hypocrites have two faces. If you stop being a hypocrite, if you leave the Jamaat then you’re only going to show one face. You’re being sincere, but you are an unbeliever. Hypocrites will always show two faces.
We must look and check, we are hypocrites. I’m not even going to say to see if we have hypocrisy in our hearts, we are hypocrites. If it’s not about this, it’s about another thing. If it’s not about another thing, it’s about another thing. We must check that we don’t have two faces. I’m not even talking about if you do something wrong then you are being a hypocrite because a believer is going to look at it that way. How you can believe, they say, and you disobey Allah, correct? You’re being a hypocrite. A believer will look even deeper than that. Like how our masters and our role models, our heroes, the companions of the Prophet (asws), how one companion of the Prophet (asws), I believe it was Hz Salman al-Farsi, when he was about to pass, when he was about to be veiled, he started crying and crying and sobbing and weeping and he says, ‘ah, how are you going to answer to your Lord?’
They are saying, ‘ya Salman, why are you crying? You’re pleasing to Allah, you’re pleasing to the Prophet,’ they are praising him. He says, ‘how can I when I have so much worldly possessions, I’m surrounded by them?’ And they look around, what does he have? He was living in a mud house, he was just lying on rough rushes, reeds or the date leaves, they’re looking around to see what kind of possessions he has, maybe one broken cup, one pot that he used, and he’s calling them possessions that he is attached. Because he is a high level one. Our way is not the way of Zuhud. We cannot in these days. More than what you have in your hands is what you have in your heart, and the test to see whether you have it in your heart or not is when it slips from your hands, does it affect your heart or not? That’s the test, that when you get it you’re so excited, so happy. When you lose it you become so sad.
There are some who trick themselves too, when Allah bless them so much they say, ‘eh.’ And when it’s lost through their own fault, they say, ‘eh.’ That’s also another trick of the ego. When Allah gives say, ‘Alhamdulillah, astaghfirullah, I don’t deserve this. Make me to become deserving of this.’ Not to say, I don’t deserve this, you can take it and do whatever you want, ‘make me to become. You have given me this as an emanet, as a trust. Make me to become trustworthy.’ Then when it’s taken away from you, first you’re going to see, what is it wrong that I have done? I’m talking about service, I’m not talking about things that you possess. Things that you are possessing, whether it’s material or it’s people or it’s emotional or ideology, or your own sense of what is important and valuable in your mind, in your thinking, in your attitude, then if it’s gone from you, what are you going to say? Is it going to affect you? Why is it going to affect you?
You may be a person who has a lot of skills. A skill, yes, Allah is giving to you, you are using it and you are trying to improve it. You are doing this and that, you’re reading, doing research, doing things, that’s a skill. And the skill, what are you using it for? The service of Allah, you’re running. When there is some challenge in the way and you stop being able to do it, you become very sad, but the sadness or the, ‘why am I doing this,’ why is this happening to you? It’s not because it gives benefit to you or it takes away benefit from you, but you are not going to be able to offer that service anymore. Your sense of purpose, it’s gone. You can become sad. You should. Say ‘I cannot do anything, at least I can do that, and that also is very difficult for me.’ So, to show gratitude is a very big thing in Islam. To show gratitude.
Insha’Allah, may Allah not make us to be the ones who are ungrateful. How many Ayats there are, in the Quran e-Kerim Allah swt, we cannot say Allah is complaining, but He is saying this over and over again, that men, we are ungrateful? But they are ungrateful, I’m giving, I’m doing this, but they are ungrateful? How many times Allah swt is saying? So many times, ingratitude. So, it’s one of the things we must learn to cultivate and to keep. This much is enough, Insha’Allah. Al Fatiha.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
3 Rajab 1438
March 31, 2017