Why are we saying Auzu billahi min ash-sheytanir rajim BismillahirRahmanirRahim? To remind ourselves that we begin running away from sheytan, you are going to begin by asking Allah for protection, because sheytan is waiting there. Sheytan is waiting there for you. You do any work; sheytan is waiting there for you. Not just by saying, by mouth, to know the meaning and to know the intention.
You are doing something around here for the sake of Allah, sheytan is there waiting for you. Meaning what? Your sheytan, your ego, is there, your nafs is there. Everything is there, and you are asking Allah for protection from that. You must know your enemy to be protected from your enemy. You cannot just know your enemy. You must know your enemy to be protected. If you don’t know your enemy, you cannot be protected. You think it’s coming from the right side but it’s coming from the left. Then you must ask, ask Allah, ask those whom Allah never refuses them, ask for help, ask for support. They have that support of Allah too. And be serious in that.
Once you know ‘sheytan is here today to trick me’, already you are putting the first defense there. You are going to become aware, why do you keep repeating your mistakes? Number one, because you are not being reminded that that is a mistake. It is a habit, it is not a mistake. You must be reminded that it is a mistake. You must be in sohbet. Do you understand? Problems you have, the solution will come. You will wake up. Maybe your work, your job, that is the problem there. Maybe the sohbet has nothing to do with what your job is, but it has everything to do with that. Your attitude, your behavior, your intentions, everything, it will offer a way out from your problems. If you are reminded, because the ego doesn’t come through unexpected ways, especially if you are in Tarikat, in this Jamaat and you are continuously looking to see how your ego is entering. The ego is predictable, your nafs is predictable, everyone is predictable. Correct? You do the mistakes, it’s not like its new mistakes you are making. Same old mistakes you’re making, same old stubbornness, same old anger, same. What is making you not to understand the enemy is always going to come from there? Now, you learn it’s coming from here, it’s not coming from there. Now you learn it’s coming from there, then what do you do? You always know it’s coming from there, you must protect from there.
It is predictable. Everyone, our mistakes are predictable. If I go this way, take one step, this is what’s going to happen. If I say one word to this one, this is going to be their reply. Correct or not? I always have a problem with this, now I’m doing it different situation same problem. So without the sohbet, then there is no consultation too. When there is no sohbet and there is no consultation that means that you are just making sohbet association with your ego and with your continued habits, that’s all. And even when you want to come out from that, even if you understand and you want to come out from that, you cannot because you are not consulting with those ones that are guiding you. You consult with yourself, your own intelligence. And your intelligence, if it doesn’t have a guide its guide is sheytan. And definitely you’re going to make the same mistake over and over and over again.
When are you going to learn that if you are still stubborn, you still continue to make it? You are only going to learn the hard way, because with sohbet, with concentration of the sohbet, and the consultation, and sunnat, meaning, you will learn through the easy way. Easy way. By yourself you say, ‘I have to stop this.’ No one needs to wash you up, no one needs to say anything. You don’t need to get a smack, nothing, because you decide by yourself like a man, like an intelligent being, you decide to put the will of your ego under your will, and the will of Allah over yours. But you don’t want to do that. You don’t want to do that. You don’t have to do it. Then you are going to learn the hard way. You’re going to cry a lot. The hard way, you’re going to cry a lot. There’s no escape, especially in this Dergah, there’s no escape from that. Either you are going to learn the easy way or the hard way. You think, because we raise our voices that this is the hard way? Believe me, this is still the easy way. I can just turn my face. We felt that with Sheykh Effendi. Sheykh Effendi just turned his face and not even look at us. Completely wouldn’t. Cut us off. That’s the time you are going to burn. We are not doing that. He would not even speak, say anything. You forget that, I don’t forget that. Almost every week I’m mentioning that. You forget that, huh? Because things are easier now? You are getting what you want, you forget that? So you learn the hard way.
Some people are very stubborn too. Hard way they will go, until when? Until you crack your head on the wall. And if you are still not learning, and you say, so what? Then they will crack the heads of those that you love, the things that you love. Any attachment that you have, by your stubbornness you are putting them in jeopardy. Understand? Always, what’s all that for? Believe me, it is not Allah that is putting us through that. We ourselves are putting ourselves through that. Until you wake up and you say, ‘I have to stop this, I’m like a drug addict, I’m just addicted to that kind of thing. I don’t understand, I know I have stop but I don’t know what to do.’ That time when you have suffered enough, you say, ‘I have to do this,’ then that time it’s going to be very sincere, that change.
You don’t have to go through that. You don’t have to. All you need to do: be in sohbet and consult. It’s very easy. I was just speaking to someone today. I said, subhanaAllah, we have someone to consult with. I don’t know how people in this world, they are living their lives without anyone to consult with, without a Sheykh. That everything this world is doing is to destroy you, your family, your children, your job, yourself. You may have everything, but it’s only destroying you from the inside. Because people don’t have guides, they don’t have anyone that they can turn to. They pay money to a therapist that doesn’t care for them; he’s only looking at that clock. These ones that you are consulting with, what are they asking from you? Asking money from you? Are they asking anything from you? No. But we are consulting with them and we get guidance and you know by your own selves in your lives, by that consultation things are getting better, it’s not getting worse. You are finding your way out of your mess.
You’re finding your way out of the mess that you put yourselves in. How people outside, where it is designed to just break you, we have that one that is holding us together, that one that is gluing us together. And you are being stubborn? When are we going to understand that what we are doing here is affecting others? You will understand when those ones that you love, the things that you love, by your own actions they will suffer. That’s the time you will understand. Understand that before, what is so difficult? You’re affecting others especially here in this Dergah. You think it doesn’t affect others when you don’t come for zikr, or you don’t come for Fajr or you don’t come for Jummah? You think it doesn’t?
The sohbet will make you to study yourself, to look at yourself, to study yourself. If you don’t study yourself, you wouldn’t know how the enemy is approaching, where the enemy is, you understand? If you study yourself and you know, that time you can tackle the enemy and that’s not going to make you to become weak, it’s going to make you to become strong. Then you can help others, you can turn around and you can help others too. May Allah forgive me and bless you. Al Fatiha. Amin. Selam Aleykum.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergahi, New York
18 RabiulAhir 1439
January 5, 2018