We are asking permission from our owner, our Sahib, our Sheykh, to speak, if it’s necessary, to send some things that will be beneficial for us. Tarikatuna sohbet wa fil khayrul min jamiyah. This Tarikat, it is based on association. With the association, words of advice are given. Because that is what religion is. Religion, it is advice. It is not a bunch of laws, it is not a bunch of rewards. Because in reality, there is no compulsion in religion, you cannot force. Religion, spirituality, it is one of those things that if it is corrupted, if it is forced, if it is not pure, you will understand it right away; others are going to understand it because it will show. It cannot hide. You cannot hide behind form, you cannot behind looks, you cannot hide behind lineage, you cannot hide behind recitation, you cannot even hide behind good actions that others see. Because so many showing the actions, but behind the action that people see, behind, oh, you know what happens.
The Saints in our way, Shah Naqshband is saying ‘only the Prophets they give advice.’ We are not Prophets, we don’t give advice. But we give sohbet. And the sohbet means association like this, one person he may speak, the others they will take what is necessary and put it in their lives. Sohbet it is taking the laws, taking the histories, taking the words of Allah, taking the words of the Prophet (asws), taking the words of the Saints and presenting it to the people who are sitting down, who may not be able to understand the words of Allah, who may not be able to understand the words of the Prophet (asws), who may not even be able to understand the words of the Saints. I’m not talking about whether you understand Arabic or not. So many people, they understand that language very well, but they don’t understand the language of the heart. Some people, they don’t even understand the language of good manners. If you don’t understand the language of having manners, that time how are you going to understand the words of Allah and His Prophet? Because Islam it is to have good manners. Islam, it is to have good manners.
So many are asking me, Bara’at is coming, Leylatul Bara’at. Insya’Allah ar Rahman, may Allah lengthen our lives so that we see it this year. In a few days, insya’Allah, we will be seeing it. And so many are asking, ‘what should we do?’ every year we are getting the same question, but every year the question must be different to you. If I ask you, in your own daily lives, your work, your job, your husbands, your wives, your children, if I say, ‘how was it last year?’ you say, ‘oh, my business not too good, like this, like this, like this.’ And I say ‘what do you wish to see in the next year?’ ‘Better business,’ of course. How? Like this, like this, like this. Same thing with other things in the dunya. You know exactly what went wrong and how you can do, if the situation is right, to make it better for the coming year. There is no mystery in that.
Bara’at is the night when we are going to be given that Bara’at, that release form. That, Sheykh Effendi calls it, a diploma to say that we have passed and we have graduated from one year to the next. It is the night we are supposed to be given this. But in order to be given that Bara’at, that diploma to say we’ve passed, we must look at all the tests that we have gone through in the past year, how we’ve passed and how we’ve failed. And if we’ve failed in certain things, to say ‘now I’m asking help from this. I’m weak, I cannot fix all these things, but I’m running to You.’ When you have Zikrs and Sohbets, you’re going to run, that time you’re going to sit, you’re going to sit up and you’re going to say ‘no matter what I do at home it is nothing compared to what we do in Jamaat.’ You’re not going to waste, you’re not going to come here to sleep or to daydream, if you understand. You know what you want from your life, why are you not knowing what you want from your Ahiret?
What are you going to work on? The things that you’re trying to fix. You’re going to say ‘I didn’t do enough zikr.’ Okay. ‘I didn’t do enough prayer.’ Okay. All those things is just Ibadat. But what are we concentrating on? We’re concentrating on our nafs. We’re concentrating on our being slaves to the dunya. Are we understanding what the dunya is? Anything that confuses you. Anything that brings you out from Allah. That is your dunya. For some, it is their work. For some it is their children. For some it is their wealth. Look and understand. ‘Oh, I don’t have a dunya.’ If you say that, then I say you sit and you speak. We will listen. We have dunyas, you and me, we have. If the order is not given for us, we would not speak one word, we would sit over there because we’ve done it for ten, twenty years and that’s a much better position, to sit down quietly and to listen. But this is our responsibility.
So now we are entering into Bara’at. Watch your manners. Watch your manners in these days. Watch your manners wherever you are. There is a manner when you’re sitting down to make zikr. There is a manner. There is a manner, there is an edep when you are listening to the sohbet. There is an edep, there is manners when you are speaking to each other, when you are in the Maqam, when you – in every situation, there is manners. You can never separate yourself from that. Never. You cannot say ‘in this situation, manners is not necessary.’ Oh, manners is necessary in every situation.
The Dergah is preparing you. It is the threshold for the Holy Presence of Allah swt. It’s what ‘Dergah’ means. And if you’re entering into the Holy presence of, say, your Sheykh or the Holy Prophet (asws), let’s leave Allah there, where is it that does not belong to that Holy Presence? Can you say, ‘this doesn’t belong and this belongs’? No. Once you enter, you will see that whatever that we are here, physically, it is inside, one speck of inside that reality.
Watch our manners, insya’Allah, in these days. This is first to me, then to you and others who are willing to listen. If you don’t want to listen, if you say ‘this is not for me,’ leave it there. I’ll take it. I’m in need of it. Watch your manners to each other. Watch your manners in the presence of others. Watch your manners in the Presence of your Lord when you are by yourself. That time you are conducting yourself as someone who is always in Divine Presence. That time, yes, definitely, Allah is very close to you and you are close to Allah.
Insya’Allah. This much is enough. I’m not going to talk so much. This much must be enough for us until Judgment day. Bara’at is coming, may Allah make it easy and open for us, don’t let these next few days, for the sheytan to trick us. Pull ourselves away from that mess. Things might get a little bit more complicated, well, it must be. Sheytan is also very desperate in these days, to try to make you to make a detour when you are just about going to reach to the finishing line. Be awake and be aware. May Allah forgive me and bless you, al Fatiha. Amin. Selam Aleykum wa Rahmatullah.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
8 Shaban 1438
May 4, 2017