Question: How does a mureed look at themselves and analyze if their heart is in the Dergah or not?
It’s simple. If your heart is somewhere, you’re going to miss it. Very simple. You’re going to miss it. You’re going to think about it. You’re going to care about it. Everybody knows this feeling, right, of missing something? Everybody, believer or unbeliever, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Sufi, wahabbi, everybody understands what it means to miss something, what it means to care for something. You don’t care for all those good things, you will care for wrong things. You still care. There’s still a part of human nature, you still care and you still miss.
So you see, where is your heart? Where you feel at home. What it means, you feel at home? You feel loved, you feel needed. You feel useful.
Eh, up and down, fighting a little bit here, it doesn’t matter. But you’re safe and you’re committed, and you want to spend the rest of your life, not only your life, but the rest of your children’s lives, and your children’s children’s lives, continuing.
How do you analyze? Just say ‘am I thinking about Dergah?’ Yeah, but the Dergah, Dergah is there because of the Sheykh. Dergah is not four walls. If Sheykh Effendi is not here, what is the Dergah, correct? Sheykh Effendi is here and he put his heart here. His heart is still here, that’s why the Dergah is still beating. It’s still growing. We didn’t even begin anything yet. That’s why it’s still pulling, that’s why people are still being pulled. Good ones. You understand? Those who are not, they are not going to feel so comfortable here. So it’s pretty simple like that. When you care, you find that your thoughts are always here, you’re finding ‘I have to do this, I have to do that, I have to help this one, I have to fix this, what about this, what about this?’ To make it better. The place, the people, the ones that are there, the ideas of the place, the vision of the place, the ambition, the mission. When you say ‘my life is just gravitating towards that,’ it has a bigger meaning. So your meaning is not your 9 to 5 job and your meaning is not paying the bills. Your meaning is not this kind of things that is there. It’s bigger than that. You’re not stuck there. Do you understand? Like that, we can go somewhere. Like that two people coming together, oh, you can take over the world. Do you understand? Okay. Fatiha.
Shaykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifa of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
8 Zul Hijjah 1440
August 8, 2019