What does it mean that our eyes can look at everything but ourselves?
The eyes can see everything except for itself, but the identity of a man is on the face, that is the identity of a man, the face. He can see almost everything else, but he cannot see his face. So you need a reflection, you need someone to tell you how you look. In this world, you want to see yourself, in this world, Allah has given us eyes to see everything very clearly, but you cannot see yourself. And you need something, a reflection, you need a mirror, you need something to see yourself.
It’s showing now, those ones who are not looking at what Allah (SWT) has created, nature, to understand ourselves, you’re going against to the Quran-e-Kerim. The Quran is mentioning and swearing by nature so many times. Saying, ‘if you only reflect, if you only think, you will understand. By the moon, by the stars, by the mountains, by everything else, man is ungrateful, man is unthinking, man will understand if he only thinks,’ because the thinking part, to know what is right and wrong, it’s only given to mankind. Everything else is programmed, Allah has programmed. Man by his own intelligence he will know, he will understand what is right and wrong and with others that are coming to explain to him what is right and wrong, to remind him, meaning that in reality, knowledge is not out there, it is inside of you, and if someone explains to you something, it’s not something new, it’s something you’ve already known, you knew it all along, somebody just has to remind you. You understand? You understand or you don’t understand? If you don’t understand tell me you don’t understand. If you don’t already know it inside, no matter if the person is trying to explain to you one thousand times you will not understand because you don’t have it inside. But man so many times, explanation is given, he understands.
For the thinking man, for the one who has high intelligence, for the one who has faith, a sign is enough, no explanation necessary, just a sign. Like they say in Turkish, if you see a minaret you know that there is a town, there is a city. You don’t need to see a whole city there, just from a distance you see a minaret and you know there is a city. And Allah is showing so many times in the Quran-e-Kerim, if you only sit down and you reflect, you will understand. So these eyes that Allah SWT has given us, it needs a reflection, in order for you to look at yourself, you need a reflection. Physically you need a mirror, spiritually you need someone to show you what you look like, you cannot see yourself. You might think that you are good, but you need someone who’s going to show you your true self, then they can start fixing it. For that you have to trust the spiritual doctor, same way you trust your doctor. Same way the doctor, just taking one thing, put it in his ear, take another thing, put it here, here, here and he says, ‘your heart is like this, your this is like this, this is like this,’ how are you going to trust? You trust, why you need to trust? Because, according to intelligence, you know the man has gone through some training, he knows, why people are not trusting spiritual doctors? That that doctor doesn’t need to do like this, like this, he can just look and he says, ‘you have problem here, you have a problem here, you have a problem here, you need to fix yourself.’ But the problem is, twenty-first century mankind, he thinks that he has no problem. He has no problem. That’s a very big problem now. Men and women, they think, ‘I have no problem, I don’t need a guide, I don’t need a doctor.’
And so, now you need to trust the doctor, you need to trust the Sheykh. The more you trust, more he can cure you. The cure is coming from Allah, of course, the cure is coming from the Holy Prophet (AS), but more that you are giving, more they can fix it, more that you are rebelling, the less effective it’s going to be. So you need to now look through your Sheykh’s eyes, slowly Insya’Allah, you will learn. Understand? So this is how it is.
Shaykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifa of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergah Passaic,
2 Zul Hijjah 1440
August 2, 2019