Question: What can we do to find safety in the cities and populated areas in these times?
If you think you’re going to find safety, physically, you cannot. Because the most evil people they have found safety and they have built that safety fifty years ago. Complete luxury, not even bunkers, I’m not talking about bunkers that they have cans of food, no, I’m talking about complete luxury that they have underground, they’ve built that long time ago.
So if you’re looking, as a believer you are asking how to find safety in the cities and you think finding safety is to protect yourself physically, you will never succeed. And Allah is not going to make those ones who don’t believe in Him, who are disobedient to Him, and who are evil to find safety even if they are in the middle of this earth. Never. Where, where are you going to find safety? Where are you going to find safety? When the whole world was raining with curses and the curses were coming out from the ground, where were they going for safety? They were going to Nuh (AS). When there was complete chaos and danger for the Bani Israel, where did they find safety? Did they go into a temple? Into a cave? No. Where did they go? They went to their Prophets. In the times when there were no Prophets, exceptions Allah may pull, give special attention to them and make them to be in places of safety. But for those ones, nations, Allah’s protocol always has been, find those who have safety and peace in their hearts.
Go amongst the believers, be with the Saliheen. They are the domes of Allah on this earth and there will be safety there. Find those ones whose hearts are like Ibrahim (AS), find those ones. As I was saying today, earlier, these are the days that we are remembering Ibrahim (AS), of the sacrifice that he made for himself, for his child, but never forget, Ibrahim (AS) is the one who is giving comfort and rest to the orphans. And who understands what it means to be an orphan other than Ibrahim (AS)? Who understands what it means to have no father other than Ismail (AS)? Who understands what it means to have no father and no mother than the Holy Prophet (AS)? Live in this world like you are an orphan and you’re asking Allah for help, as we are orphaned because our Sheikh is veiled. Running to them, we will find safety. Run to them, be with them, make rabita, be with them. No need for fancy description, just sit by yourself and say, ‘if I’m sitting here, let me imagine that they’re right next to me, right in front of me, they are surrounding me, I am with them,’ your spirit then is making that connection. You will find safety, understand?
InsyaAllah, may Allah keep us with His safe ones. Take away evil thoughts and doubts from your heart. If you are running to these people who are safe to find safety, but if you have one speck of dirt in your heart, some doubt, some dirtiness about them, it’s not going to save you. It will not, you understand? That is important. You do wrong things, you’re saying, ‘what can I do to ask Allah for forgiveness?’ It is so difficult for Allah to forgive you? But if you have doubt, that time no one is going to fix except you, you have to fix it yourself. Selam aleykum wa rahmatullah.
Shaykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifa of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergah New York,
1 Zul Hijjah 1440
August 1, 2019