Question: What is the relationship between fear of Allah SWT and sincerity?
What is that fear based on? If you want fear of Allah, if you are saying that is a first step to sincerity. Yes, it is. What is that fear based on? ‘I fear because Allah is going to punish me.’ Then you are still at the level of animals. Then again you are looking at Allah as Santa Claus, ‘If I’m a good boy he’s going to give me present, if bad he’s going to give me punishment,’ which we are not underestimating Allah SWT, but we are saying, how are you going to understand now?
How are you going to get that sincerity? What is that fear now based on? If your fear is just based on, if I do good this is what I’m going to get, if I don’t do good this is how I’m going to be punished, you still have fear, you have some sincerity but that sincerity is no where near the sincerity of those ones who are beloved to Allah, those ones who are near Him. It’s just at the levels of animals, the levels of those ones who are not sincere. Who are those ones called, that they are not sincere? Munafiqs. Munafiqs.
Why do you worship Allah? To get something? That kind of things makes the Saint want to burn the Paradise. Why do you worship Allah? Why we worship Allah? Don’t look for answer, look to what the Prophet is saying. Why you worship Allah? Why? Because He deserves to be worshiped. Because the Prophet (AS) is saying, ‘Ya Rabbi, we cannot worship You the way that You deserve to be worshipped.’ But just to understand that, ‘because Allah deserves to be worshipped.’ Now your fear is not because of punishment. It is not. Your fear is whether you are sincere or you are not sincere. That your worship now is to get something or because you worship because Allah deserves to be worshipped. Do you understand? That time you are going to worship more, and you are going to worship more, and you are going to worship more. Not because He is going to give you something, not because He is going to give you a vision, or you are going to fly, or you are going to enter into a hal, you are going to taste the sweetness. What if He takes away that sweetness? You are not going to worship? He still deserves to be worshipped.
So now your fear is that you are going to worship Him as a munafiq worships him. Again, only a believer will think that he is a hypocrite and only a hypocrite will think that he is sincere. You understand? That’s why I open this and I say, are you looking to see? Are you rooting out the hypocrisy? Are you understanding? Oh such a big subject. You are following a Sheykh, how sincere are you in following him? Finish, that’s it. Because if you are sincere, meaning how sincere you are in following your Lord, following your Prophet. Now you are following, how sincere are you in following your Sheykh? You are not. You should be. You should find that. If we fail, get up and do it. If we fail, get up and do it.
This is very important, sincerity. Sheykh Abdul Qadir Jailani (QS) especially mentioning this, sincerity. What you need to do, what you need to recite. The recitation, in reality, it is only the tip of the iceberg. There is so much reality that is underneath. Now people are taking recitation is the reality. They are not understanding what is being recited, what is the meaning. They are not looking to see what is the whole meaning of that. They are only taking the recitation. So it is empty. It’s emptiness. The importance of sincerity.
Eh, may Allah forgive me. This much is enough. These are Holy days, these are also very dark days. How many Muslims are celebrating the urs of Ghaus-ul-Azam and how many Muslims have celebrated Christmas? ‘Oh! Christians were living in Baghdad at that time too.’ Maybe they are going to say Ghaus-ul-Azam celebrated Christmas. Serif sis. Garbage. You are not standing up for nothing. You are not standing up for truth. You are only standing up for what fits to your taste, to your ego. How many Muslims now they are going to celebrate New year? Whole Muslim world preparing to celebrate and it’s fake calendar. That they are going to enter into the new year in complete darkness. Finish. Now, MashaAllah, Imams standing up to say, ‘we have to do it.’ Whole councils, or whole countries saying, ‘keep calm. Celebrate, it’s okay.’
Eh, only crazy handful of people here and there, even the Wahhabis are going to cave in now. No, of course they do. You don’t believe me? Check in the wahhabbi, Arab countries there. Their shopping malls, first, oh, you are going to think you are in America, the way they are celebrating it. More. Doesn’t matter there’s Christians, no Christians, they like it anyway.
These are very dark days. Just a handful of crazy people, they say, ‘we don’t want. We don’t want this. We don’t want this,’ that they are really looking at Laqum dinukum waliyaddin. No, no, no. Not your religion to you and my religion to me. No. To you, your lifestyle and to me, our lifestyle. Because deen, is not just religion, it is a lifestyle. And Islam has kept its identity. What do you think the Muslims, how do you think we could have become if this mentality right now that the Muslims are taking, embracing the lifestyle of that is not the Muslims, if they did 1400 years ago, or 1000 years ago, or 500 years ago, or even a hundred years ago. What do you think? It’ll be finished like today. So, Laqum dinukum walidyaddin.
It’s important. Keep our deen, Insya’Allah. Don’t think you have more knowledge than the Prophet and the Sahabis. Don’t think you have more love and more tolerance than Prophet and the Sahabis. Don’t say we have to embrace everything. There is a separation. Haqq is separate and batil is separate. Oh, no, no, no, it’s not Yin and Yang too, Haqq is one batil is one and they are balance. No. Where you learn that from? Is batil one of the names of Allah? Hasha Estaghfirullah. Then why are you saying, we need both to balance? Allah, Allah. We lost our minds.
May Allah keep our faith, Insya’Allah. Ya Rabbi we are asking for Your forgiveness. We are your weak ones. Make us to become strong. Make us to become sincere Ya Rabbi. We fear You, ya Rabbi. We fear to lose you Ya Rabbi. We fear that You are going to turn away Your Rahmat from us. We are asking you for the sake of Your most beloved ones, for the sake of those beloved ones to You, for the sake of Ghaus-ul-Azam, for the sake of Sultanul Awliya and SahibulSaif. Ya Rabbi, we are dirty ones but don’t turn Yourself away from us. We have nothing else. We have no one else. We only have You Ya Rabbi. We are left like orphans Ya Rabbi. We only have You. Forgive us Ya Rabbi. Make us to become better. For the sake of Sultanul Awliya and SahibulSaif. Al-Fatiha.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergahi NY
8 RabiulAhir 1439
December 28, 2017