Be Sincere in This Way

BismillahirRahmanirRahim

Murid: I was remembering today, it was 2008 or 2009 that I went to Sheykh Effendi and I said ‘today is your Hijri birthday,’ and he was very surprised. And I’m looking at every year, mashaAllah, it’s getting bigger, especially this Jamaat, looking so big, mashaAllah, and I’m just, I’m not even sure it’s a question, I’m like, this way is just growing. 

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That’s why people are jealous, because this way is so hard, I’m not making it easy. The hardness is going to come one year, two years, three years or the seventh year. Definitely at one point I’m going to squeeze you, and I say, you claim to say all these things, huh? You claim that you want to be obedient, you claim that you want Allah, you claim that you love us, you claim that you’ll die for this way, because everyone is saying ‘Amin’. Now I’m going to squeeze you a little bit. Not to squeeze you for fun, to squeeze out your ego, your sheytan. Then what are you going to say, ‘Allah’, or are you going to say ‘me’? Some fail. Some fail. They should go. We are not saying we are any better, but we are holding on. Huh, we can sit and we can talk for days, how Sheykh Effendi is squeezing us. You cannot even imagine. Remember those days?

People are running after numbers. Every time I go to Passaic, what I always say? ‘Who is here? Oh, I hope it’s a small crowd.’ Don’t I always say that? Because people who are really sincere, they want to be there, then oh, that time the sohbet is going to be different. Because they are not coming by force. Many of you are coming by force, anyway. You are afraid, ‘if I don’t come, he’s not going to make prayer for me, then I’m not going to get what I want.’ I’m speaking honestly, I have nothing, I cannot do nothing. I can just put in my requests. But my request gets answered pretty quickly also. I was thinking about X, a few days ago we had the zikr and he was saying ‘Biz Osmanliyiz,’ and he is saying, on that day he is shouting ‘Biz Osmanliz, Pek Sanliyiz,’ then the next day he told me, he says ‘I really don’t want to say it because it doesn’t fit, I know I’m not an Ottoman, can never reach to where they are, and I’m asking Allah to make me to be one.’ That night, when he thought about that, and he said that, I pulled out a picture of this African-Ottoman. I didn’t know about his conversation with his Lord. I don’t eavesdrop. I can, but I don’t want to. And I showed him, I said ‘look.’ It looks exactly like him, I swear to you, but no beard. No beard like this. I’m not kidding, this is not exaggeration, okay? Over a hundred years ago. And then he told me ‘I am asking Allah to make me, and then,’ he said, ‘Hojam, right after that you showed me this picture. And I said ‘yeah, He answers your requests pretty quickly.’ And I’m thinking also, for some of us too, He does that.

There are people, you don’t know. Maybe the one sitting next to you. Where they are in their Lord’s eyes today, what they have done that they are doing hundred percent sincere, not how much they are doing, but how sincere they are. Then that time, yes, you are asking me about the time when the doors are open for you to make dua? These people, they are the guardians of those doors. Do you understand? They become the guardians of the Bab al Ali. Why are we chasing after that? Chase after the guardians. They have the key.

So insyaAllah, there’s a lot of work we have now. We should continue. We are going to get stronger, insyaAllah. If you don’t like, eh, you are free to go. If you like, that time it is obligation for you to listen to me. Doesn’t matter who you are. Don’t look with outside, ‘oh, he is one Chinese-looking man, forty years old.’ Something else that is there. It’s good, insyaAllah. Selam Aleykum.

We are gathering here tonight to give thanks to Allah because he has sent our Sheykh. You know what happens when you do that? Allah will boast with His Angels that this is what is happening. InsyaAllah. Who are we? We are nothing, we are no-one. They are putting their eyes on us. Who are we? What have we done to deserve this? Nothing. But their Mercy is reaching to us. That is an emanet. Selam Aleykum wa Rahmatullah. This much is enough. Fatiha. 

stock-vector-vector-vintage-borders-54193183 (2)Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz  
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergahi New York
18 Rabiul Ahir, 1440
24 December, 2018stock-vector-vector-vintage-borders-54193183 (2)

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