Auzubillah Minashaitan Nirajeem. BismillahirRahmanirRahim. What you sent to the grave is what you will find. Finish. For a person of some intelligence, not even wisdom, that is enough for you. What you sent to the grave is what you are going to find. Grave is not going to punish you. Punishment of the grave is a very heavy thing. But why the grave should be punishing you if you are watching it everyday. If you are watching, meaning you are watching what you are sending to it. Meaning you are watching your manners, your words, your actions, your intentions. Watching. If you are careful, ‘I said too much, I should pull back. I said wrong things, I should apologize. I did this, I do this, this…’ you are watching yourself. ‘Oh I’m going to send wrong things, I must say estaghfirullah.’ Then why should the grave be punishing you that time?
Sheykh Effendi said, how many times he said this, the day is filled with twenty-four hours. Twenty-four hours there are twenty-four drawers that either you are going to filled it up with jewels and precious materials or you are going to filled it up with punishments, scorpions and snakes and rats. Those jewels and those rats, where are they coming from? From the ground or from the skies? From you again. From you. Without anyone telling you anything, you decide to help someone, without anyone telling you anything, you decide to clean something, without anyone telling you anything, without no prompt, without no wash up, without no nothing, your heart is moving to do something. That is very valuable in the eyes of Allah. Because why is that valuable? You are doing exactly what Allah is saying, that Allah is saying, ‘you come closer to Me when you start doing things that I did not make it into a law for you to do. There’s no law. I’m not telling you to do it, but you are doing it. It pleases me. That’s the time you become closer to Me.’
So, the punishment is not coming from the ground or from wherever, it’s coming from you. You are the one who is filling up those drawers. Every hour there’s a drawer there. Every hour there’s a drawer. You are going to see what you filled up your time with. Is it good things or is it Malayani? Malayani means things that don’t concern you, nonsense things. Or is it dunya things. Or are you constantly fighting with someone or are you constantly fighting with yourself for no reason. You will find. But why are you going to wait until you are in the grave to open those drawers. You don’t have enough sense? Everyone has, in fact it is a requirement, you must be sane, you must be not crazy then all these things apply to you. In Islam, according to shariat, you can only carry the shariat if you are not a crazy person. If you are a crazy person, you don’t even have to pray five times a day. So we are not. How do you know if you are crazy or you are not crazy? If you know how to eat and you know how to go to the bathroom. It is enough. When you are not mixing up the two. There are some who mixed it up. They are crazy. There are some who mixed it up in the dergah of Sheykh Mevlana too. Because they think they are such high level people too that they are saying to Sheykh Mevlana, ‘oh every night I sit with Allah and I eat with Allah.’ Sheykh Mevlana says, ‘where was I when you were there?’ ‘Ah, I didn’t see you.’ Sheykh Mevlana says, ‘huh, must be. Your Sheykh is not present with you when you are claiming things like that? How it can be? Oh, just you and Allah. mashAllah,’ like majority of Muslims thinking. Sheykh Mevlana signaled to Sheykh Effendi and say, ‘watch him. Watch him.’ That night Sheykh Effendi saw with his own eyes, he was in the bathroom, he was eating all the dirtiness, ‘SubhanaAllah. Allahu Akhbar,’ he was eating. This is how sheytan tricks you.
So you don’t have intelligence enough to check your drawers? You have intelligence enough to check your bank account, you have enough intelligence to check to see whether you pay your taxes or not, whether you have enough, whether someone hack into your account or not, you have enough intelligence to do all of that, why we are not having enough intelligence to check what did we do today? Because Muslims become arrogant and stubborn. ‘I pray five times a day, it’s okay. I pray. I say, selamAleykum. I do this. I’m a good one.’ Who is telling you you are a good one? Who is telling you you are good? Who is telling you you are good because you pray five times a day, which majority don’t even pray. If they don’t pray five times a day, imagine Ramazan, imagine zakat, imagine the Hajj.
The Hajj? Let me tell you about the Hajj. Once upon a time, there was one big Saint living in a town, in the city. He went to the Hajj. While he was in the Hajj, he fell asleep. He finished everything, everyone has finished everything. They came down, they cut their hair, they cut one animal and they came out from ihram. And that Saint, one night, he fell asleep and in his dream he saw the two angels who are recording the names of those who have went on that Hajj that year, this was hundreds of years ago this happened, meaning that was the time when there was no internet, there’s no computers, there’s no online influences, there’s no magazines, there’s no televisions, there’s nothing like that. Muslims in muslim countries, there is a Khalifah, there is a Sultan, everyone was living according to the law, laws of Allah and His Prophet. Clean. That if you were to see them you think you are crazy, how can they live like this? Men living like this? Women living like this? You are going to call those women crazy.
So that Saint fell asleep and he saw, don’t worry there are people who are able to see that. If you think what you see with this eyes is all that there is, you have no faith. Because the rukun, the principles of faith is to believe in the unseen. And that Saint saw these two angels talking to each other and one angel says, ‘how many came to the Hajj today?’ let’s say, pick a number, that time, seventy thousand. Today of course millions they come. Seventy thousand, let’s say. ‘How many Hajj they accepted?’ ‘None.’ That Saint was shocked. He himself his Hajj was not accepted. He was shocked. ‘Except for one person, but he didn’t make the Hajj, but his hajj is accepted.’ The Saint was more confused. And the other angel said, ‘okay, what is his name?’ so and so. ‘Where does he live?’ This place. They recorded it. Immediately he woke up, ‘tauba estaghfirullah,’ he went to sejdah. Those times, people have faith. They don’t sit and say, ‘huh, did I dream? Is that real? Is it this? Is this that?’ Anything that brings them closer to their Lord, to go into sejdah. Prophet (AS) used to see dark clouds coming, dark clouds just coming and he used to pray and begged Allah not to punish his nation the way Allah has punished the nation of Ad and Tsamud with the storm. These days, things happened into this world, muslims are the first one to say, ‘no, no, no, no, no. It’s nothing to do with Allah. Natural.’ They’ve all become pagans. Natural? There’s no Creator?
So that Saint woke up, immediately he took off. He had to leave. He went to find this man. He’s asking for the name of this man. They said, ‘oh okay, he leaves over there.’ over there, over there, over there, he goes, and right outside of the town, right outside of the city, in a poor area, he was sitting there and he was a cobbler. He mend shoes. The Saint saw him and he said, this is the man? And he said to the man, ‘selamAleykum,’ ‘Aleykumselam.’ This cobbler looked at him and say, ‘Ya, so and so..’ he recognised him, ‘why is it that you are coming here?’ The Saint was surprised. ‘You know me?’ ‘I know you. Everybody knows you. You are such a holy one.’ The saint said, ‘please, tell me what did you do that is special? What special duas? What Salawat? What riyadah? What suluk? What..’ you know like today’s people they enter to tarikat they want special secret prayer, secret dua, like it is a mantra or something, secret dua that you say this and ah, immediately you go short cut. He says, ‘no, I didn’t do anything. I didn’t do anything special. Hardly. because I’m working, I’m making up my prayers.’ ‘What about the Hajj?’ ‘Oh, the Hajj. Well, as it is sunnat, every year I just renew my intentions. I just make the intention to make the hajj.’ It is sunnat, by the way. Are they teaching you this? No. They teach you to go and back from the Hajj and the umrah like a donkey. ‘I make my intention. Forty years I’ve been making it. Only that this year, finally I’ve saved money to go to the Hajj. Forty years I was saving that. I was going to go but my wife,’ according to one riwayat, he’s saying, ‘my wife is pregnant and she smell delicious food coming from the neighbor. And my wife said please go and buy something.’ He said, ‘if I buy I won’t have enough to go.’ She said, ‘please, I’m in need. Go and buy.’
He goes to that neighbor, he knocks on the door, he sees this old woman with so many children and they are cooking something and they are eating. He said, ‘please I need to buy this.’ She said, ‘oh you cannot buy this.’ He said, ‘please I need to buy, my wife she needs it. She’s pregnant.’ ‘ You cannot buy this.’ ‘Why I cannot buy it?’ She said, ‘It is haram for you but it is halal for us.’ He said, ‘what do you mean?’ ‘We haven’t eaten for days, me and my children. One day, few days ago, we saw a dead donkey, we took the meat and we are still eating from it.’ As you know a donkey is haram, forbidden for us to eat. ‘so it is halal to me because we are starving, but it is haram to you.’ The man took all his money that he’s been saving for forty years, give it to the neighbor. And he says, ‘may Allah protect you,’ and he left. So he didn’t make the Hajj. When that Saint heard it, he kissed his hand and he walked.
Good intentions, good actions, watching yourself, being careful. How many times do we hear Sheykh Effendi saying, ‘one hour of thinking, of meditation, is better than seventy years of worship.’ The thinking is to sit down and open your drawers and to see, ‘what did I do? What did I do? Who did I do it to? What did I say? Why did I say? How did I say? Is this pleasing to my Lord or not? It is, alhamdulillah, shukr. It is not, astaghfirullah, I must do better.’ Because the believers today must be better than yesterday and his tomorrow has to be better than today. Has to be better. How do you know you’re going to be better? If you are checking every day and you say, ‘oh, this one is broken, tomorrow I must fix.’ Tomorrow you fix that, maybe some other part is broken, you say, ‘oh, tomorrow I must fix this,’ you go, you continue, until you reach the grave.
This is not a law, this is not shariat. This is Tarikat. You understand? And only through Tarikat all the other stations you will reach. Allah does not have to put a law. Like, I have to put a law, it’s a shameful thing if a hundred adults I have to put a law to say, ‘please turn off the lights. Please pick up your mess.’ Brings us honor or no? ‘Please clean up after this, please do this, please do that.’ Subhanallah. We need a law to tell us to turn off the lights? You don’t have enough sense, you don’t have enough heart? Because Tarikat is not forcing also, but people that you are still on the level of donkeys, you still need the stick and you still need the carrot to move, otherwise no. Ah, people driving as they like. Here only. Doing this, doing that, knocking into each other, sometimes covering it, sometimes denying it, sometimes saying, ‘I’m doing it.’ Can such a thing exist outside? Outside, outside of the Dergah, can such a thing exist? You’re just driving as you like, you’re hitting something, sometimes you hide, sometimes you don’t, sometimes…can such a thing exist? No. Because why? Why? There is a law, and that law comes with a stick.
There is no law here, really. We’re saying please, we’re trying to be human, we don’t need laws like that. So we’re still in the animal level. If you are afraid of your Lord you don’t need the fear of the punishment of the grave. You don’t need that. You don’t need that, ‘oh, this is going to happen to me, this is going to happen,’ you don’t need that. ‘You know I did this wrong, I’m going to fix this, I should do this more. I’m not being happy enough, I’m not being thankful enough, why am I always complaining. This whole day passed, how many hours I think about myself, what I want, and how many hours I think about my Lord?’ Finished, it’s done. How many minutes we think about our Lord? To just sit and to be with Allah. You sit, you’re being with Allah, oh, your heart is circling everywhere else. Estaghfirullah.
So think what you’re sending. You do something wrong, run to do something right. Run to fill up your grave now with light. Something hits you, you want to complain, you say, ‘I must understand why it’s happening to me first.’ The believer, the thorn enters into his hand he must know whether it is a what? A blessing or if it is a curse. So at least you’re thinking. You are aware, you are awake to what Allah is thinking, to what the Prophet is thinking, to what your Sheykh is thinking, not only awake and aware to what you’re thinking, what you want. No. You have to be careful, the manners it is everything. Wa Minallahu taufiq, al-Fatiha.
Shaykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergah, New York
27 Jamada al-Ahir 1441
February 20, 2020