QUESTION: We heard a Hadith that one day many from among the Muslims will follow Dajjal and only believers will run from him. What is the difference between the faith of muslim and the faith of a believer?
We speak from the perspective of Sheykh Effendi’s sohbet in this jama’at. What Sheykh Effendi is meaning by that is someone who is just calling himself a Muslim and doing things that a Muslim should be doing, fasting, praying, doing all of that, he identify, thinking that his faith is Muslim but faith has not reached to his heart yet. And a believer is the one who is believing in everything that a Muslim believes in but he is running to protect his faith and he is running to make sure that nothing is going to weaken his faith, and understanding that a real Muslim is a very rare one because a Muslim means a person who has submitted his will to the will of Allah. The believer knows that he hasn’t made that hundred percent submission yet and he’s finding ways to be able to submit. Which is why you will find believers, especially running to Tarikat, to be able to use that will and to surrender it to Allah.
So, as Sheykh Effendi and Sheykh Mevlana has said, these are the times in the ahir zaman, it is not by label anymore. Black is white and white is black. You cannot go by the outside, the label. Person is calling himself a Muslim, calling himself a Jew, is calling himself a Christians, calling himself this and that, it is what is in the heart that matters. Because many, what they are outside is not what they are inside. And even in these days, so many believers cannot do that, show outside what they believe inside. If they want to do that, they have to run away from all of society, like the ashabul Kaf, to wait until the time that the faith is going to be practice down in the city, that they are happy. If it’s a hundred years, it’s a hundred years, Allah will let them pass. But they will run away from that. So it is difficult also to show that and because Islam is not something that is just from the inside, it has to be outside too. Is not only your practice, is not only your lifestyle, but the lifestyle of the world. It has to be that. You cannot separate Islam from economics or the military or politics, or education or science or technology. You cannot separate it. In 1300 years there was no separation. And with Islam, all of those things that the world had not known before, with Islam it became more developed, it became more sophisticated. Islam had gone through the modern era and beyond, hundreds of years ago when the rest of the world was still in the very dark ages, believing in superstition and everything.
Insya’Allah, may Allah accept our faith and our association with those ones who have faith. It is the association that is going to help, with the association comes the syafa’at. May Allah accept it, insya’aAllah. May Allah forgive us. Our faith is dirty and it’s weak. But with the association, with the ahle nur and the ahle zikr, may it be accepted, as the dust is accepted under the sandals of the Holy Prophet (AS), to be places on the Arsh of Allah.
WaminAllahu Taufiq, Al-Fatiha. Amin.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergah, New York
17 Shaban 1441
April 10, 2020