Question: What is the difference between doubt and questioning ones self?
When people doubt something, they go and they speak to their best friend, mashallah. Okay, but best friend is such a thing now in America? I thought it became extinct in the eighteen hundreds or something. Why do you think Friends is so popular in America, you know that thing Friends on TV? Because they have no friends. They have no friends. Really? You have a friend you have been meeting five times a day? By force we are pushing you to be with each other five times a day.
Go to someone who can give you help, but it’s meaning that if you don’t go to someone, you don’t want help. It’s meaning you don’t want to, if you want you’re going to go. But you don’t want, your ego tricked you and you say, ‘no, no, no, just let me be sinking here in my own doubt and confusion, don’t look for help.’
I don’t see anyone who is hungry they remain hungry, they go and eat. I don’t see anyone who is in doubt of their hunger, ‘am I really hungry or am I not hungry?’ you eat, even if you’re not hungry you eat. I don’t see anyone who’s in doubt whether they have to use the toilet. It’s very clear. You have to do something to get some help. This is what they remove from religion, when you remove holy people from religion it’s only a matter of time, in less than one generation it’s going to be finished. You understand? In one generation it’s going to be finished, no holy people. Everyone is going to think they are holy or there’s no such thing as holiness, everyone is direct to Allah, you’re only fooling yourself because you didn’t even get rid of your arrogance, how do you think you’re going to go direct to Allah? So you remove the holy people, then that’s it, it’s finished.
So you have something, some doubt, go to those ones who can help you, according to your station, these days they say, ‘okay, friends cannot help me, let me pay some money and give to some person who spent so many years studying mankind.’ Sheykh Effendi is saying, ‘those ones they need doctors, those psychiatrists they need psychiatrists also.’ They do. But what about those ones who, their whole lives, they have been studying themselves and mankind and creation and Allah and everything else, what, you’re going to put them aside? They don’t know anything? Those are the real ones, because what you’re talking about is the disease of the spirit. When you have the disease of the foot you don’t go to the heart doctor, when you have a disease of the heart you don’t go to the foot doctor, it’s only common sense. You have disease of the spirit, you go to someone who is able to help, someone who is concentrating on the heart, someone who is concentrating on removing the diseases of the heart and how to keep that heart to be strong, understand? But if you are going to stay home all day long and have conversations with yourself, then you’re done, you’re finished. Because your ego will interfere. Whose voice is that? It’s only your voice. What is your voice? There’s no such thing as your voice anyway. Everyone looking for authenticity. What, what you think is the authentic, real, original you? You don’t even know you. You are created, you have a Creator, the Creator is holding the keys to your originality, not you, not other people.
Look to the one that the Creator has given the key to. This one will unlock your originality. Hundred and twenty four thousand Prophets they came for that, and they have left their inheritors for that. Who is looking for them? None. They look to books, nowadays they don’t even read books, they read iPhone’s, they read Newsbytes, now nobody has any, they even say, ‘this article is only one minute, only a three minute read.’ That is your span. So something is wrong there. Get it out. As you like, you want to keep it, it will turn into a cancer and before you know it you’re on life support. You understand? But mankind is in ghaflat, you always give excuses, so many excuses, filled with excuses, twenty-first century filled with excuses, first world countries filled with excuses. Because you have so many choices. When you don’t have a choice there’s no excuse. Do you understand me? Selam aleykum.
Shaykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergah, New York
18 Rajab 1441
March 13, 2020