Question: How do we know if our fakeness is being removed and our realness is coming out? How do we gauge that?
BismillahirRahmanirRahim. We are gauging, we are balancing, we are gauging all our actions according to who? That role model that Allah swt has put, the Holy Prophet (asws). All our behavior, all our prayers, all our thoughts, all our emotions is according to that one that Allah swt has called Habibullah, that Allah swt has praised; ‘truly, you are of a tremendous nature.’ And if you are understanding a little bit more, we know that we are coming from that Prophet. It is not he is something, we are something, no. We are coming from that. We are just returning to that, once we understand certain realities.
So that is our role model. How are you going to know when your fakeness, your unrealness is removed and you are becoming more sincere? When you find yourself having more love to that Prophet (asws), when you find yourself being concerned whether your actions and your intentions, your behavior and your thoughts it is according to the way of the Prophet (asws) or not. First step, wanting to be real is when you are going to run to find a representative of that Prophet, when you say ‘I’m not just going to follow myself. I’m going to follow someone else.’ That is the time you become more real, you’re not becoming fake. And sit with that one, learn. Observe and put it in your life. That one now, your Sheykh now, he is your role model. He is going to bring you to the Holy Prophet (asws). You cannot enter into the Divine Court of the Prophet (asws) yourself. He will bring you when you are ready. So now, we are going to take our Sheykh as a role model. We are going to look at him and we are going to look at us. He is going to make us to see our image, and he is going to show us the image of the Holy Prophet (asws), the reflection. Then you are going to see, you are going to gauge by yourself, are you following your Sheykh or are you doing your own thing?
Don’t think it is so, so, so easy also. It is not that difficult; it is not that easy too, because sheytan is always going to trick you. He’s not going to tell you ‘don’t’, he’s just going to trick you. When you are a little bit in ghaflet, weakness is going to enter and you are just going to become disobedient, you are not meaning to. If you put the ego under your feet, yes, and you are always going to put your Sheykh in front of you, and you are going to be very concerned, ‘is this something that he is going to be happy or not?’ because whatever he is teaching us, it is showing us what are the actions and things that we need to do to make the Prophet and Allah happy with us. So when we say if the Sheykh is going to be happy or not, it’s understanding ‘is Prophet, is Allah swt going to be happy with us or not?’ once you start doing that, you stop being fake. Sometimes it’s going to be easy. Sometimes it’s going to take a long time. Even if you understand it, for it to become part of you, it’s going to take some time.
Stick around. Don’t run away. There’s no other way. We have to know ourselves. We have to know and we have to die. If we die before we die, the grave is going to be like a waiting room to Jannat. If we don’t die before we die, then that is just a waiting room to Jahannam.
Wa minallahu taufiq, may Allah forgive me and bless you. For the sake of our Sheykh, insya’Allah, may he rise in station, may his feet always be on our necks, may we always be doing things to make him happy, insya’Allah, may his protection always be on us, may he intercede for us, here and hereafter. We are the weak ones, we are asking him to always protect us, insya’Allah, and to always bless us, and to make us to stay in the Siratul Mustaqim, and not to make our ego and sheytan to trick us. Wa minallahu taufiq, bi hurmatil habib, bi hurmatil Fatiha. Amin. Selam Aleykum wa Rahmatullah.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
10 Jamada al-Ahir 1438
March 9, 2017