Question: Many times you said in your sohbets that Islam is not like Buddhism, to make us to feel a dead feeling, not to feel anything. And I’m asking, when a feeling comes or an emotion comes, especially if it is coming to us unexpectedly, like out of nowhere, how do we at that time tune it so that we make it to be for the sake of Allah (SWT), that we don’t let it to take us off of the way? Like when you remember something when you were young and it makes you to feel sad.
Then ask yourself, why are you feeling sad? The thing is always to ask. To ask yourself. To question yourself. That’s what they are going to do in the grave, they are going to question you, ‘why?’
So you’re going through something, you are going to question yourself, ‘why?’ You feel sad, ‘why am I feeling sad?’ Then you find the reason. there’s no real reason, say astaghfirullah. For yourself, you don’t accept things only at face value. Try to go deeper, you understand? For others, give them a break. Accept that face value. For yourself no. You have to ask. Thinking, asking, trying to find the answer. Don’t be satisfied with very easy answers, especially with something that your heart is saying, ‘this is not all that there is, there is something there.’
Not everybody sees the sunset the same way. The same thing, the sun is setting, the stars are coming, not everybody sees it the same way. The blind man is not going to see that, he’s going to deny the reality of that. The one who is just busy with himself and his own problems, he is not going to see the beauty of that. And the believer who sees the sun setting, it is something else. So how do you want to see that now? How do you want to see it? Allah (SWT) is saying that, over and over again, the natural phenomenon that is happening around, and Allah is saying this is for men of understanding, for men of understanding. Do you want to be men of understanding, or do you want to be an Instagram person? Do you want to understand according to running after ego twenty-four hours with that social media, complete ego, completely, or do you want to understand that according to the successors of the Prophets, the Evliyaullah, to see what they see? That’s why sohbet is important, companionship.
Up till today, and I think about it from time to time, I remember once Sheikh Effendi was in, I believe either Cyprus or Turkey, and he was looking at an old masjid that was built, and he looking at it from outside, and he was just looking for a while and thinking, thinking, thinking. So many people thought, ‘oh, Sheikh Effendi is seeing something that is opening up, some secret that is coming, something there.’ And he says, ‘no, I’m looking at that, physically I’m looking at it.’ So even when you are following you may come to the wrong conclusion, you understand? You have to be very careful when you’re following, not to assume, ‘I’m following, so everything I’m doing is correct.’ No. So even in sohbet, in companionship, you have to be careful. Because Sheikh Effendi is looking like that, other people are thinking he’s seeing different things. But Sheikh Effendi was looking at this wall that was built and he’s thinking, why, so many ways, in so many different countries, so many different cultures, when they build a building or they build a wall they are going to put big rocks, smaller rocks and small rocks on top, correct? It’s always been like that. But this particular one, it is the opposite. He’s seeing there are smaller rocks as the foundation, medium size, and the one at the top it is big, huge and he’s thinking, ‘why is this?’ You see, this is looking at something that is natural or something that is man made, something that physical, you understand? And trying to understand now, Allah.
He is looking, ‘ah,’ then he is starting to think, and he understands that this area, he says, it is prone to earthquakes, the earth is always moving, tremors. Because of the small rocks, small stones that are there, every time it moves the small rocks now will move and it will adjust itself to how the earth is now moving and the bigger rocks and the huge rocks on top is now going to press it down even stronger, so that the structure doesn’t move, only the bottom it is moving a little bit. You know like over here when they build tall buildings they put all those scaffolding that is made from steel, from metal, right? But in China and different parts of Asia they make it from bamboo, that they tie it together. They tie and they tie, bamboo. And people are climbing up, then they are understanding that it is safer to use bamboo. Because now when you are at that height, with the wind that is coming, with the humidity, with everything that is happening in the natural world, that is more flexible. It is safer than to put something that is steel.
So Sheikh Effendi was seeing, then he says, ‘oh, now I understand.’ These people, from hundreds of years ago, because they were watching, because Allah says ‘think, watch,’ and they were watching how the world is, and the hikmat comes from Allah, how to deal with it instead of fighting against to whatever Allah has made. And he saw one part of the wall that was crumbling down, and he says, ‘today’s governments, they are trying, they think they are so smart, they try to do something better.’ They made it the opposite way, they made it very big rocks at the bottom then smaller rocks. He says, ‘that part, they can never rebuild it.’ It kept falling down and falling down. Meaning that sometimes, people who really watch what Allah SWT is telling them to see they will come up with things that you cannot imagine that may go against perceived knowledge or perceived logic, but is actually the best way of doing it. So InshaAllah ar-Rahman, that’s what we’re trying to do. May our foundation always be our Sheikh InshaAllah. Al Fatiha. Amin. Selam aleykum wa rahmatullah.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergahi, New York
21 Shawwal 1439
5 July, 2018