Small things you must understand. Small things like what? You’re walking, you see something on the ground which shouldn’t be there, some dirtiness, you’re walking there a hundred times, why don’t you remove it? Isn’t this part of your faith, yes, to remove something harmful in the way, isn’t that part of your faith? It is. Then what happened? You’re passing by a hundred times, why are you not fixing it? You live in this place, why are you not fixing it? You’re seeing your brother is facing that difficulty and you have the means to help, why are you not fixing it? You’re busy with yourself. For what? Trying to juggle this dunya. That is given to you also, you didn’t earn it. Once you say, ‘no, this is what I earn,’ oof, it’s done. It’s finished. Then goodbye Charlie.
Some people they get so upset with Sheykh Effendi, now I’m going to say more of these kinds of sohbet, they get so upset with people, they say, ‘how they can treat me like this,’ saying to Sheykh Effendi, ‘how they can treat me like this, why are you not defending me?’ they’re saying, ‘they say these words to me, I give them food, I let them to live in my house, I give them the water,’ and Sheykh Effendi says, ‘you did not. It is my food that you give them, I fed them. They’re staying in my house.’ But the one who is locked and lost they’re saying, ‘everything me, me, me, my thing,’ you understand? Finish. Disconnected now. Now you’re saying, ‘you’re not a Sheykh.’ That one still is, you’re not a Murid. You lost that.
Breh, there were people who were Sahabis, and they lost that title. Who are we? Who are we to say that we’re going to hold onto it forever? Some people following in the way, they don’t accept any word from no one to tell them anything. Anyone try to correct them a little bit, they’re following for years, they never accept. I say, ‘okay, maybe… I don’t understand that because it’s against to the teachings, but it’s okay, at least try to accept if your Sheykh is trying to correct you.’ They don’t even accept that. Then it’s done and you’re going to think you are number one. What a tyrant.
So now, yes, you can gauge yourself, you can, ‘how much of a better servant am I today? How much of a better servant am I going to be tomorrow? What kind of a bad servant was I yesterday?’ very easy. Because now, our station is not looking, ‘I reach to this station, I must see this writing in the sky, I must be able to work miracles,’ it’s none of our concern, all of that, especially in this jamaat, we are not concerned with that at all. You understand? ‘How much am I less heedless today? How much am I more in control of my nafs today?’ that you can gauge. Ah, you didn’t do so good, at least zikr is coming, ah, okay, zikr will just cover everything. You think like that? Really? You must, you should. Because it does. So, we should not be donkey, we should be awake and alive. Understand? Eh, don’t say, ‘I’m so tired, I have so many things to do,’ everyone saying, ‘I’m so tired,’ okay, then tell me, tell me, I’ll make you very free. Tell me, I’ll make you very free. If this dunya that we have given to you as a trust to make you to run in the way of Allah, if it’s pulling you away from the way of Allah, it’s so easy that they who gave you, they can also remove. But whatever they’ve given us is supposed to increase our station, to become better, to serve better. But if you don’t follow a Sheykh, your Sheykh is sheytan. It’s finished.
This is good news for those who are patient, good news for those who are stepping on their ego, good news for those who are struggling, good news for those who are happy with little things, good news for those who are happy with their brothers, good news for those who are happy with their Sheykh, with their Prophet, and with Allah. Good news for those who are happy. Good news for those who are sad for themselves but they are happy for others. Bad news for those who are not happy for themselves and not happy with Allah, because this is the new fitna of dajjal. It used to be, they are not happy with that but they are happy with themselves. Now there is no happiness. No peace, correct or no? Peace is lifted, Hz Jibrail (AS) is lifting up peace.
Shaykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifa of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergah New York
21 Muharrem 1441
September 19, 2019