You have to ask yourself, that that I have, is it for the sake of Allah or not. Because a man may say, ‘I’m working so hard to build a masjid, but if his intention is to show off to people, then you are running to do something good but your intention is wrong, you are not going to get too much reward for that. Because who are you asking from? You are not asking from Allah, you are asking from people. Because you want validation and praise from people. You are not doing it for the sake of Allah. It’s very different.
If you do it for the sake of Allah, you don’t care what people say. Because you are being sincere. Whether I’m getting praise or not from people, it doesn’t matter. I’m only looking to see to please my Lord. So make our intention to be correct. If you are saying, ‘okay that is my intention, to please Allah, I don’t care for people, I’m trying to run,’ then that is part of your struggle. If that is given to you, that is part of your struggle. Because this is not a community where we are trying to make everyone to be the same. There is no such thing like a community that makes everyone to be the same. That’s why although they are saying we are cult, we are the anti-cult. What kind of cult is this? Everyone is a joker. Everyone is completely different and we are not trying to make everyone to be the same. It’s not the point. The beauty of the mountains and the trees, is that you see every tree it is singular and it is different. It’s growing according to its own pace, and the beauty of that comes. If everything is the same, you know that it is not real.
So if your job is to do that, run to do that. If your job is to stay and to cook, run to do that. You know, sometimes, I’m going to use murid ‘X’ as an example, he gets so excited sometimes Holy nights he wants to cook something, he’s telling me ‘astaghfirullah, Hojam, even in prayer I’m thinking what I’m going to cook. I’m going to cook this and this.’ It’s good, it’s okay. I’m not saying it’s the best. But it’s okay. At least he’s not busy with wrong things, with malayani. Not only wrong things he’s not being busy with, but he’s not being busy with things that don’t concern him. It is something that concerns you, and what are you trying to do? You are trying to cook. For who? For your own ego? No. To serve people, for the sake of Allah. That is clear.
So do it with consultation and you know how much you are going to push, how much you have to pull back. You are not going to force anything, Insya’Allah ar-Rahman.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
9 Rajab 1438
April 6, 2017