When you make the loud zikr, you are making zikr in Jamaat. When you are making the silent zikr, you are making silent, khafi, by yourself, you are not letting anyone in, you are not making your voice to come out, you are going inside. When you are making a zikr in Jamaat, that’s why when the zikr that you are making loud, you have to be active. You cannot be silent. It is not a silent zikr, it is not meditation. With that happening, when you are pushing your voice, then your body must also move. You cannot be sleeping. It has to move. It’s a different kind of zikr. Once your body starts moving, you become active, now when people are ready, you are going to move to what? To become what? Hadrah. That is when you are making a zikr and you are making your whole body now to make the zikr physically, not just sitting down.
The meaning of hadrah, it is present, somebody is there, present. You are in Jamaat, now because it is Jamaat, it is not just this physical Jamaat, there are the others that is going to come. You can get that whether you are making a hadrah or not when it’s loud zikr especially. So, when you say that you are feeling that you are connecting to your ancestors, to the good ones, it is true. You are not there, you are not just twenty, thirty, people here, there are fifty people, hundreds people, you are not. There are those ones who are always in that world they are remembering Allah. You think they forget? No. We forget. Over there, more they are going to remember because all the veils are lifted now. But they are going around to see where it is, where is that light that is going to be sent down into that circle of people. Where is the light? The light is coming from there to here. When they see those lights coming, then they are rushing, especially as I said, majority they are not making zikr. Used to be for over one thousand years, majority will be making zikr on a night like this. Especially during the time of the Ottomans, the whole Empire shut down and will be making zikr. In Dergahs, Holy places, Ka’aba, in Medina, in Qudus (Quds), Jerusalem, in the different tombs, everyone is stopping, they say, ‘now we have to stop. We have to remember Allah.’
What happens that time? Because Prophet (asws) is saying, the zikr it is a garden of Paradise. He is saying to his companions, ‘if you pass by the Garden of Paradise, don’t just walk pass them. Sit for a while.’ When they asked him, ‘what is the Garden of Paradise?’ He says, ‘people make a circle and they remember Allah, they make a zikr.’
So, although in those time, time is really hard in so many ways, but still people were behaving with the manners of those people in Paradise. They had real manners then. They may not know so much, they may not have the technology of today, so called education of today, but they all have the manners and they knew how to be in the presence of their Lord, in the presence of their Prophet, to conduct their manners in the presence of the Holy ones. Because if you don’t have manners in their presence, whatever you do is not accepted. Your work is not accepted, your intelligence is not accepted, just like sheytan. Sheytan lost his manners. You think Allah doesn’t know he did so much? He did. But because he lost his manners. So, back then they were concentrating on manners. They are not concentrating so much on knowledge. Of course there was knowledge, there’s more madrasahs and Islamic universities at that time than it is today. But everyone was receiving it properly from qualified teachers that can trace their lineage all the way back to the Holy Prophet (asws). They don’t trace their lineage from the time that that country became independent. So everyone was holding on together to the rope of Allah. They were not separating. They have a lot of knowledge back then, but the essence of knowledge it is to have manners. Manners is not just to speak softly, to put your hand on your heart and to walk backwards. Anyone can fake that. You understand?
Manners is knowing how to behave at that time, for that time. This is manners. When you are with the King you have to show manners to a King. When you are with a child you have to show manners to a child. When you are with your father it’s different, when you are with your mother, it’s different. Males is different, female is different. Everyone according to their own station. Everyone according to their own station, definitely, meaning that you look at where they are and you have to be there. It is not pulling them down or pulling them up to meet you. It’s not about you.
So, the essence of knowledge it is your manners. And the man with more knowledge that he has, he must understand more how ignorant he is. Not with more knowledge and you think that you are more knowledgeable. More knowledge you have, you have to understand that more you are ignorant. This knowledge is not coming from you. This knowledge is coming from the One who created knowledge. One of the names of Allah that we were reciting, Ya Alim – the One who creates the Knowledge. And He bestows that knowledge. So if you say, ‘this knowledge is for me,’ or ‘ I found it,’ without giving credit to that One, that knowledge instead of working for you it will work against you. So that knowledge must give you manners, and that manners, always in the presence of a knower, because now you seek knowledge from the one who knows, don’t seek knowledge from the one who doesn’t know. You ever see anyone, they are seeking knowledge and they say they seek knowledge from the people who don’t know? No. In this world, you don’t seek knowledge from people who don’t know anything. You seek knowledge from people who not only know, they must know more than you. So you run to seek knowledge from those ones who know.
How are they going to give you that knowledge? They are going to give you that knowledge when you stand up like an arrogant one and saying that, ‘I know!’ ? They give you that knowledge when you say, ‘I don’t know. I have an empty cup, please fill.’ If you come to that one with a full cup, that is showing more arrogance. Then why are you in his presence? Either you are going to teach him something, in which case you are not being truthful and sincere in your intention, or you are trying to challenge him. So without knowing it, you are challenging Allah, saying that, ‘I know!’ Allah is saying, ‘I created you, I know what you are, I know what you are capable of doing, and these are the ways that you will find your way back to Me.’ Man is saying, ‘I know myself better!’ How much do you know of yourself? What is your name? Even your name doesn’t belong to you. Your name is all given to you. Does a man ever say this name belong to me? It’s given to you.
So if the knowledge is not teaching you how much you don’t know, that time you are going to become sheytan. You are going to say, ‘with this knowledge, I’m going to challenge you.’ You are not going to win anything. You are going to lose. Whatever little knowledge that you have, it’s going to make you to become stubborn. If you are seeking knowledge, you cannot be stubborn. You go to the one who has knowledge, admitting that you don’t and you want that knowledge. You don’t go to the one who has knowledge and you become really stubborn with your knowledge, you are not going to learn anything.
So, we have come into this month of Rabiul Tsani, Rabiul Ahir, new month in Islam. What we have learned from the month that has passed before? People going crazy about Mawlid. What have we learned? What about the birth of the Prophet (asws) and the events surrounding that birth and the events surrounding that time and the people who were living at that time? What have we learned from them? What is the lessons that we have taken from them? Are we looking at that time and we are looking at this time and comparing? Or are we just remembering like a parrot?
Every year this is what happens, certain things happened and we are offering our Salawats to them, the most bless one in the Divine Presence. For offering our Salawats, you don’t have to wait until Mawlid, you are supposed to do it every day. But if you are there remembering that time fourteen hundred years ago, how the whole world was sunk into darkness and darkness of the spirit, and what the Prophet came to destroy and what he came to raise, he came to destroy the egoistic, tyrannical, oppressors that is from individuals, to society, to the nations. If we understand that, if we look at the situation that is happening to us today, we are going to draw lessons. Then the birth of the Prophet (asws) is not just a time to be singing and dancing. It is a time to say, ‘now, in this darkness that is happening, where do I fit in? Am I contributing to this darkness, to this Jahilliyah? Or am I taking from the light of that Prophet and to break that tyranny that is happening, that has happened that time and is happening today?’ You make a difference. At the very least you are going to say how in this darkness I am behaving with this ignorance, with this stubbornness, with this oppression. How am I?
Don’t look around so much, look to yourself. ‘How am I? Am I doing all those things? I must stop. How am I tyrannizing the orphans? I must stop. How am I supporting the tyrants? I must stop. How am I supporting the desires in this dunya? I must stop.’ that time, that month is going to be very holy for you. It’s going to be very precious for you. Because that is the time when you say, ‘now I am bringing that light of the Prophet (asws) into my life and I am renewing it. Everytime his birthday is coming, and I’m saying that I’m not going to be those ones that are jahil. I’m going to be those ones that when they met the Prophet (asws), light entered into their hearts and into their lives and they decide to leave all that jahil ideas and practices aside.’ They put that aside. If you don’t, you can be singing 24 hours, nothing is going to change. You can be dancing and making zikr 24 hours, you are not changing, society is not changing, this whole world is not changing.
May Allah bring that one who is going to bring the light of the Prophet (asws) soon. Insya’Allah. May the darkness that we have inside of us be taken out. We are asking Allah for more strength. We are the weak ones. We are asking that we hold on to His rope, that we’ll never separate, that we’ll always be with those ones that He is pleased with and who love Him. For the sake of our Sheykh, al-Fatiha. Amin.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergahi NY
2 RabiulAhir 1439
December 21, 2017