The dunya is in so many forms. The dunya doesn’t just make gold and sheep. That is representing the dunya. What is the dunya? Sheykh Effendi said one time in one sohbet, anything that pulls you away from Allah, that is your dunya. May Allah keep us and make us to understand and to take lesson from that, let us not to become like ibn Salama. You know the story of ibn Salama? Let me tell you.
BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Ibn Salama he was a Sahabi, a companion of the Prophet (asws). He was one of those that did not own anything, did not belong really to any group, any clan, any one. He was just living in the masjid. Those ones, in reality, who are they? Ahle Sufi. Some people, original Sufi, they are saying. Because they have no ties to the dunya at all and all they do is to be in the masjid, to take care of the masjid and to remember Allah. Those were the ones who were sitting down and the Prophet came to them and says, ‘what are you doing?’ and they said, ‘we are sitting here and we are thanking Allah, just sitting and thinking Allah for bringing you, ya Rasulullah, sending you to us.’ And Prophet (asws) is saying, ‘Are you sincere? Is that really what you are doing?’ They say, ‘yes, ya Rasulullah. We are just thanking Allah for sending you.’ And Prophet gave him very special blessings. This is an open hadiths that gives permission for any maulid, for any Salawat, for any gathering, that people will have, to sit and to thank Allah for bringing the Holy Prophet, sending the Holy Prophet (asws) to us. These were the ones, the ahle sufa, Hazreti Abu Darda, Hazreti Abu Hurairah, so many of them and there’s a special place in the Masjidil Nabawi also that the ahle Sufa they used to sit. Of course this wahabbi sheytan they hate anything that has to do with any place or anything that has tabarruk, that has Holiness, so they are trying to cover everything. In reality, in that masjid, it is filled with different incidents, different situations, and for thirteen hundred years, they always make sure they say, over here it’s a different blessings because the ahle sufa sat here. This other place, outside of the masjid, there’s a different blessings because this is the well that the Prophet (asws) spat into. Different different places, so when you are there, you are blessed by the presence of the Prophet (asws) who was there, your faith grows strong.
Ibn Salamah was one of them. Ibn Salama, his heart was not in there. A heart is important. You can be there physically, ten years, twenty years, but if your heart is not there, it doesn’t mean anything. So one day he went to the Prophet (asws), he says, ‘ya Rasulullah, please pray for me that I will get wealth, I will become rich, then I can help other Muslims.’ So many Muslims thinking this way right? But majority they end up just helping themselves. Prophet (asws) looked at him and said, ‘Ya ibn Salama, don’t you want to be poor like your Prophet?’ ‘Yes ya Rasulullah, but…’ you know how it is with people. Prophet (asws) did not say anything. That is clear, if the Prophet doesn’t say anything, it means what? Just as if Prophet (asws) turns his face, that means he’s not looking at it, you don’t insist. But ibn Salama he insisted. Another time came, he says, ‘Ya Rasulullah, please pray for me.’ Prophet just kept quiet. He just walked away. Third time he asked, because he’s pushing for it, then the Prophet (asws) opened his hands and prayed for him.
Now, for people of no intelligence, or intelligence guided by the ego and sheytan, they are going to say, ‘Prophet prayed. He has given permission. Don’t you see, he prayed. There’s blessings in it.’ But people of understanding, that the Quran keeps repeating,’for people who understands,’ the people know that the Prophet was pushed and forced to make that against to his will. Because this is all about the will, isn’t it? Evil happens in this world. Who allows anything to happen? Allah SWT. There’s not a leaf or a twig that falls down to this earth without Allah’s permission given to that. Why Allah is allowing evil to happen? And some foolish ones are saying, ‘because Allah allows it, He wants it to happen.’ Allah allowing something to happen is different, Allah’s will and pleasure in something that is happening, it is completely different. Don’t mix up the two. Allah allows sheytan to misguide mankind. Correct or no? Can anyone say, ‘ Allah is happy with that’? can anyone say that Allah’s pleasure is that sheytan is misguiding us? Then why Allah is sending 124000 prophet’s and countless Evliyaullah to guide us away from sheytan?
So understanding the will of Allah is different, understanding His permission is different. So Prophet (asws) open his hands, once a Prophet ask, immediately they send. Before long, ibn Salama who had nothing, the ahle sufa, they used to have only one piece of clothes, sometimes they were sharing with each other because it’s not covering it properly. We are very very far away from that. We cannot carry that. We cannot imitate that. Whatever that comes into our hands now, we have to give. And we know in this way, more that we are giving, more it is coming. Then when more comes, it becomes a burden. Believe me, I understand that. We keep giving and more is coming, it’s a burden now, because you feel the fire. It is the rights of others. It stops being your thing. It is not yours anymore. If you don’t give, you get very uncomfortable, if you don’t share you get very uncomfortable.
So before long, somebody gave ibn Salama a sheep. He’s taking care of it. Pretty soon, that sheep give birth to twins and those twins gave birth to twins. Before long, it just increase and increase. Ibn Salama who was there in that masjid of the Prophet, serving, imagine now the honor of serving in the masjid of the Holy Prophet (asws), he started to go out of the masjid to take care. His intention, saying by tongue to the Prophet, is to help other people. So he started to go out a little bit more often. He started to disappear a little bit more. He’s not staying in that masjid, in that Dergah anymore. One day, the Prophet (asws) said, ‘where is ibn salama?’ The Sahabis they just put their head down. They say, ‘it is known to your Ya Rasulullah.’ Because from being there everyday, now he used to come there just once a day. He’s busy. From once a day, he starts coming once a week. From once a week, he starts coming once a month. Because his flock is growing and growing and growing.
So one day, when that ayat came, the Prophet is saying, that ayat came and Allah SWT is giving the order for zakat to be made, and the Prophet sent two Sahabis and said, ‘go and collect the zakat from people.’ It is an order, it is a pillar of our faith, to share, not just to share, to understand it is not from you. You have to keep the wealth circulating. It is very forbidden and it is very bad in our faith if someone who has a lot of possessions and money and he’s just sitting on it. Hoarding it, collecting it and sitting, and he’s not moving. It’s very bad individually, it’s very bad for the community it is very bad for the whole world. So this two Sahabis, they went to collect the zakat. When they came to ibn Salama, ibn Salama has hundreds of sheep now, ‘SelamAleykum.’ ‘Aleykum selam.’ ‘ We are here by the order of the messenger of Allah to collect the zakat for what you own.’ Ibn Salama looked at them, thought for a while, then he says, ‘there’s another person living over there, give me some time. Why don’t you go over there first, collect that one’s zakat and then come back to me.’ The Sahabis looked at each other. They didn’t say anything. They said, ‘Eyvallah.’
They went to that other Sahabis. That other Sahabi owned more than ibn Salama but he was given permission to do that. And when the two Sahabis came and said, ‘this is the order,’ to put it simply, out of every forty that you have, one part it has to be given, we have to take it and this is the rights of the orphans, this is the rights of the widows, this is the rights of all the poor people, that we have to give. That Sahabi said, ‘Zakat?’
‘Take everything. Everything that I have. Not 1/40, take all forty,’ he’s saying.
The Sahabis, they said, ‘No. Order is one in every forty.’
‘Then take the very best,’ he said.
They said, ‘no, we cannot. We have to be strict and we have to be fair.’
So they took. On their way back, they came to ibn Salama. Ibn Salama looked at them, and they said, ‘we have come here for the zakat. Every forty that you have, one it has to come back. It is the property of the Muslim ummah.’
Ibn Salama looked at them and said, ‘what? Muhammad is asking for bribes now?’
What does that mean? That means now, that he had always had the disease in his heart, and the Prophet (asws) understood that disease and is stopping him from leaving the masjid to go out. Because once you go out with that disease, that disease is going to come out, it’s going to overtake you. How can someone who is living, eating, sleeping, praying behind the Prophet (asws) daily, understand because the masjid is there and then the Prophet (asws) is living and sleeping in the next room, how can someone who is doing that year after year next to Habibullah, next to the one who could shatter the moon into halve, next to the one who is able to be in Kaba Kausain, how can that one still have that evil inside of him? How can that one be like that?
Because if a man is not opening his heart to release that evil, it will always be there. The ego it is the most dangerous thing. You can be next to the Prophet, you can be from his wives, you can be from his nephew like it is with Hz Musa, lineage is not going to save you. If that evil of that ego you have not taken out and you have not control it. You can hide it. But if you don’t control it, if you don’t take it out and understand what it is, if you hide it, it is not going to save you. Your lineage is not going to save you, you serving is not going to save you. Because you are just playing games. Because that evil is still there. And it’s just looking for an opportunity for that to be free, then that one will feel so free.
You think ibn Salama did not think that the masjid was heavy? If it wasn’t heavy, why would he leave? If he understood the reality of that masjid, why would he leave? correct? If he’s able to open his heart and understand the Rahmat that is falling, why would anyone leave? Those of us who have gone through the Hajj or the Umrah, you enter into the Masjidil Nabawi, you don’t want to leave, correct? And you are just there for one day, two days. Imagine someone in the original masjid, serving the Prophet (asws), and he says, ‘I want to leave.’
Ibn Salama was not aware of himself. If he was aware of himself, he was just playing games and he was just keeping it. He wasn’t opening, he wasn’t trying, which means that he’s saying, ‘this thing is not evil. It’s just my point of view. It is just my idea, it is just my opinion. It’s not bad. Why I have to get rid of it. So it stays there like a cancer.’ So he said that. The Sahabis were shocked. They didn’t say anything. they said, ‘Eyvallah.’ They left. When they were returning, the Prophet (asws) saw the messegers that he sent to collect the zakat. From a long way he saw them coming. He looked at them, he shook his head, he said, ‘ah, ah, ah, Ya Ibn Salama. You have lost. You have lost. And you have lost.’ Three times he said that. Very heavy when the Prophet is saying that, three times. You have lost that title of a Sahabi. You have lost this dunya. You have lost this Ahiret. And the Prophet said to those messengers, and the messengers said, ‘it is known to you. These are his words.’ Prophet said, ‘did ibn Salama ever help any one of you? Who did he help?’ They all looked down. Prophet left him like that.
After the Prophet (asws) passed, ibn Salama woke up a little bit and he sent his zakat to Abu Bakar as-Siddique. Abu Bakar as-Siddique refused it. After Hazreti Abu Bakar as-Siddique passed from this world and Hz Umar was the Khalifah, ibn Salama was feeling more tight. He sent his zakat even more to Hz Umar. You know how Hz Umar is. He sent a message back with all his wealth that he gave for the zakat, saying, ‘you did not give zakat in the time of the Prophet, and Abu Bakar refused your zakat. Why do you think I’m going to take it? If you send it one more time, your neck is going to lose your head.’ That was the justice of Hazreti Umar. Now ibn Salama, he could have been the most richest person, meaning what his heart is desiring, he got it. Some people it’s not sheep, some people it’s influence, some people, to be a Sheykh, some people, to have people praising them, whatever that your heart is pulling, even if you have everything, but you don’t have the love of the Prophet (asws) or those who inherit, it doesn’t mean anything. You have lost dunya and Ahiret. That is a lesson for us.
Never think, never think, that you are better than ibn Salama. Never think that you are better than ibn Salama. We cannot even come close to him. Because if he just saw the Prophet (asws) once with his own eye and he kissed his hand one time, his station is much higher than anyone else living in this world right now. But from that highest position, he fell because he’s not understanding the cancer in his heart, he’s not letting the doctors to treat it, he’s seeing that cancer not as a cancer, but as a friend. And he cannot wait for the time when he’s going to be free. When that happens, you see he becomes now, the one that is in reality working against to the Prophet (asws). He’s not giving his zakat. It’s a pillar of Islam, isn’t it? It’s like someone who say, ‘I’m not going to pray.’ That is working against to haqq.
That is a lesson for us. We cannot think we are better than that. He has done so much. We have done nothing. We need to check ourselves, not to be like that, that here we are in the Dergah, like I said, this becomes paradise when you have paradise in your heart and you make this place into a Paradise. If your heart is filled with the dunya, this place is going to be Jahannam. Insya’Allah, may Allah keep us in safety. To take lesson from that, and for us to become better, Insya’Allah ar-Rahman. May Allah forgive us, forgive our weakness. May we hold on to the jubbah of our Sheykh strong Insya’Allah and never let go. waminAllahu taufik. Al-fatiha.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
27 Shawwal 1438
July 21, 2017