Be Honored By Being Busy With the Work of Allah
If we are given the task of being busy with the work of Allah and His Prophet, we are the lucky ones. We are the honored ones. We must run, like what Sheykh Effendi is saying, ‘be with the Saliheen,’ Allah is saying, be with the Saliheen, and not just to sit there with them. Be means to learn from them, to serve them, to help them. Just like Sahabis, they didn’t just sit in front of the Prophet and say, ‘oh, give me blessing. Oh I love you, give me blessing, oh I fly.’ No. They sacrificed and they gave everything, that is the way, especially, of the Osmanlis.
So check yourself, ‘how much am I giving, how much am I sacrificing?’ again, we’re not talking about money, we’re talking about the heart here. Heart.
You don’t need any book, anyone to remind you, your heart, are you busy when you wake up, are you busy with what your Sheykh is busy with? It’s simple, you’re following a Sheykh right? Are you busy with what your Sheykh is busy with? Because if you’re busy with your Sheykh that means you’re busy with the Prophet, you’re busy with Allah, it’s finished, especially in Tarikat. Don’t have to find your own way. If you are not, fix yourself before it gets too late. Fix yourself. Because as the khutba is saying, Sheykh Effendi, Sheykh Mawlana is saying, ‘the rizq that you have, maybe you are holding on to the rizq of fifty people’ that is physical rizq, the ones who are sitting here, the spiritual rizq that is coming to you, the blessings, it is worth thousands, tens of thousands, maybe. You are holding the spot of someone who is definitely better than you, you and me, and if we don’t carry this Allah will make those ones to sit here and to make a better work than we can even imagine.
It has always been, look at Central Asia. We have our guest from Uzbekistan, look at Central Asia. For a while they were the biggest enemies to the Muslims. Genghis and all the rest, they were the biggest enemies. But those ones they are sincere and they’re straight. And when the truth came to them, and the truth came to them not because they study or they watched television or they speak to some scholar, their faith changed, their intelligence was so high that they say, ‘we don’t need anything else, this is a Holy Man, he’s saying words that are coming from Divine, he’s showing something extraordinary. He’s only bringing us to goodness, we follow him.’ And when the Arabs couldn’t carry that, those ones came, the Mongols, they punished the whole nation. One generation later, they became the defenders of Islam, until today, and where their land was it is the heartland of Tasawwuf. We cannot be proud, it’s a very big sickness. Of course these days people are saying, ‘but what about you?’ Then it is like the child, when the parent says, ‘don’t play with fire, don’t play with knives,’ the child says, ‘what about you? I always see you playing with fire.’ Because people have no understanding what Sheykhs are also, the teachers.
So, insyaAllah, in these days, in these times, we are very honored, we are coming to the top of the mountain because of the blessings that are coming down because of our Sheykh, because of our Grandsheykh, that is coming very strong in this part of the world that has never seen this kind of spirituality since the day that this world has been created. We must be honored and we must be happy to be included in their plan. And, like they say in this country, if you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands, because I see so many of you sad like this. I say, ‘are you happy?’ ‘no, I’m very happy!’ then why are you like this? Even the song is saying, if you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands to show, because Allah is saying, ‘if you are grateful to Me, show your gratitude.’ Correct or no? You must show. Anyway, you like it, take it, you don’t like it, leave it, I will take it. Selam Aleykum.
Shaykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifa of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergah, New York
9 Rabi al-Ahir 1441H
December 6, 2019