Question: How do you make people trust who the real ones are?
Don’t make anything. Part of your thing is you’re so concerned about the people in the middle, don’t be. Allah is still their Lord. You have to see what is your responsibility, you don’t have too much responsibility, leave it off. How do we make them, are we in that, are we in that society, are we there? No. We’re just watching, we’re just looking.
Don’t be too much concerned like that. You fix yourself and then they may send you, then that time, that’s the time when they say, ‘do this and do this,’ and you cannot even imagine, you cannot even have imagined, that if you had talked about it for years you would understand it and be able to do it that way. Because Allah is still watching over everything, and there are people still sincere, and Allah will send the good ones to them who are sincere, who are really looking. This is not the time that we’re going to go out and try to preach, we don’t do that. We sit quiet because the Prophet says, ‘Ahir Zaman, sit quiet. There’s a lot of confusion, you’re going to go there, you’re going to start being like them, then you’re going to be another voice of that confusion. Sit quiet. If they are doing a hundred percent, do twenty, thirty, doesn’t matter.’ This is trying? We’re not even trying. But what do we get? People coming from another part of the world, we’re going to the other end of the world. And without even trying, it’s just attraction, you understand? There is that attraction. Never underestimate that. There is that prophetic, there is that saintly attraction, whether it’s our Sheykh or any one of us. If that much you are attracted to your Sheykh, that much those good people are going to be attracted to you. Eh, a little bit here and there, that’s kind of weird, doesn’t matter, comes with the territory.
Then you’re not going to ask, I’m not sitting and thinking, ‘how am I going to reach…’ it’s going to come, ‘I have to fix myself first. I have to watch, I have to learn how to watch. I have to learn how to step aside, I have to learn how to open my observation.’ Then that time it is not that they don’t show you, they’re always showing you, when you do that it’s the ability to actually see, look properly. It’s there all along but you’re just not looking properly. Then when you move yourself out, you say, ‘oh, this is here, this is here,’ it’s always been there. Understand? So even remembering, you’re talking about zikr, remembering is not taking something and to put it, remembering is something that is already inside and you take away the things that are covering it. You take away, it needs to be taken away, take away, take away. Take away all that that is unnecessary. And that time, it’s there all along, understand? And good ones will attract to the good ones, that’s all. And alhamdulillah, it’s not big, it’s not our responsibility, now it’s not our responsibility, you don’t have to carry that big responsibility, you’re going to say, ‘how am I going to do?’ It’s easier that way too. Alhamdulillah. Wa minallahu taufiq, al-Fatiha.
Shaykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergah, New York
20 Jamada al-Ahir 1441
February 13, 2020