This is tarikat. This is not a madrasah. This is a dergah. This is not a school. A dergah, what is the meaning of dergah? A dergah, it means the Ka’abah. It means Haram e-Sharif. It means the space where you are getting ready to enter into a divine unity. It means a threshold. You know when you are going from room to room and then there’s a piece of wood there, let’s say, that is a threshold. To enter into divine presence, this is what a dergah is, to prepare the dervishes to meet to Allah SWT. It is not madrasah.
And in a dergah, it is not ilm that is important. Ilm without understanding your nafs, ilm without understanding your dunya and your sheytan and your hawa, ilm will make you to become just like sheytan. Because sheytan will find in his ilm to go against to the order of Allah that doesn’t fit to this ilm. That it seems as if the orders of Allah it is against to the ilm and against to the shariat. That is only for dergah, not for madrasah. According to Shariat, what Khizir (AS) did would make him to be a non-musim, that he deserves to be killed, to be punished. He stole someone else’s property, he destroyed someone else’s property, he killed a boy, an innocent boy, he killed and he helped people that did not help him at all. It’s all against to the shariat. This is Quran speaking. I’m not. And who was he trying to teach? The Master of the Books. The one who is representing shariat, out of 124,000 Prophets, leave the Holy Prophet (AS) aside, Khizir (AS) when he say Musa (AS), Musa (AS) is saying it is order from my Lord to accompany you, to learn from you, Khizr (AS) looked at him and said, ‘you cannot do it. You will fail.’ Khizir (AS), some say the Prophet, is still not clear, but he’s talking to Kalimullah, the one who spoke with Allah SWT. So there are certain times, certain people, certain situations where if you want to fly, you have to pull in your wheels and the engine has to push through, just like taking off an aeroplane. If you are taking off and your wheels are still there, you will never take off and you will never fly although your engine is pushing and pushing and pushing so hard.
This is like Ka’bah, like Haram e-Sharif. In the Haram e-Sharif, don’t the men and women pray next to each other? Yes or no? And the men, some of them they are even showing their arms, correct or no? Can you say this is against shariat? You cannot. Because now, within that area there is a shariat inside that shariat. Now, that is allowed. Does that mean the person who is there, when he looks he doesn’t get any desire, when she looks she doesn’t get any desire? Yes, we cannot stop that, correct? People have their eyes. People have their heart. Tessettur, is not just a woman covering herself or a man covering himself modestly. Tessettur is also you covering yourself when you look. Because you can cover yourself outside, and you’re looking, this woman is covering herself outside too, but if your nafs and your hawa you are not covering it with the Tessettur, you will start seeing things too that you want to see, you will start imagining things too that you want to imagine. If you have the inside Tessettur, even if someone is walking in front of you, like what the Quran is saying, ‘lower your gaze.’ Look down. You don’t see. And you don’t need anything in front of you, you don’t need that woman to be covered up, you don’t need to be a pardah, you don’t need to be anything in front of you, because you have put that in front of you. Certain places, certain times.
And, one thing that maybe visitors who come here they don’t know that I have to say, we have trained our Murids, our Sheykh has trained us, this is the level of Tessettur that we are trying to keep. Most of us we are married here. The men when they come together, they don’t even mention their wife. They don’t even say, ‘my wife,’ they say, ‘my family.’ Same thing with the wives. And it’s forbidden for us to talk about our wives or our husbands with each other. Now whether you do it or you don’t do it, I cannot force you, but that is the law here, majority I can say we don’t do it. You know what’s more than that? We are so close, some of us we are with each other for ten years, twenty years, the brothers they don’t even know their own brothers wife’s names, because they never look at them in the face and they don’t know. That if they walk and they meet in the hallway, that is not the best thing, I’m going to build something else so that the women can also have their privacy, they know not to look. Now if the men can do this, I don’t see what the problem with the women is.
InsyaAllah, if we are understanding this, then we don’t need order that is coming from Allah, our own modesty and our own manners will tell us what to do. And in the presence of Allah (SWT), ilm is not allowed, it is forbidden. Because Allah is Ya Alim, and if you try to bring ilm to the One who gives the ilm, who creates the ilm, you are challenging Him. So dergah is preparing you to meet Allah (SWT), and the dergah it is preparing you to become a servant. Because only in the presence of Allah (SWT), what is admitted is manners. Manners. It is edep, it is not ilm.
What do we say? What do we say to that one, he was an unbeliever and he met Ghaus-ul Azam, let’s cut the story short, he met Sheykh Abdul Qadir Geylani (qs) and he fell in love with him. After a while he passed, he died. And when he died, the angels they came and asked him, ‘who is your Lord?’ He was so in love with Abdul Qadir Geylani he said, ‘Abdul Qadir Geylani.’ ‘Who is your Prophet?’ ‘Abdul Qadir Geylani.’ ‘Which millet do you belong to?’ ‘Abdul Qadir Geylani.’ Everything. ‘Which book?’ ‘Abdul Qadir Geylani.’ Those angels don’t know what to do, everything question, it’s wrong. And according to Shariat, according to the understanding of these eyes from the outside, it is wrong. And the angels were going to bring him to a wrong area, and Ghaus-ul Azam apppeared and he says, ‘don’t touch my murid. He is mine.’ Now, how are you going to understand love? How are you going to understand ashq? Because with ashq, you break every law. And with ashq, if you don’t break the law, you enter into hypocrisy and unbelief.
So, insyaAllah, this is also coming to a Hadiths of the Prophet (AS). He’s saying, ‘make zikr until somebody who sees you from the outside thinks that you are crazy.’ And in another Hadiths-e-Sherif he’s saying, ‘in the Ahir Zaman, if you are not crazy, you don’t have faith.’ May Allah accept us, insyaAllah. May Allah forgive us. May Allah give us more understanding, may Allah make us to reach to people who want this understanding. Allah forgive me and bless you, al Fatiha.
Shaykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifa of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergah, New York
10 Rabi al-Ahir 1441H
December 7, 2019