Prophet (AS) is saying ‘cry. Cry a lot. If you cannot cry, make yourself to cry. Make yourself to cry.’ The believer is going to think ‘okay, I’m not crying for this. What do I cry for? I cry for this. When I lose this, I cry. My heart is wrenching. When I watch this, it touches on my emotions. When I think about this, it’ll affect me.’
Today’s mankind, their hearts have become so tough that they don’t cry for nothing. In the old days, we don’t cry for stupid things and movies and books, they cry for Allah. When they think about Allah, they think about the Prophet (AS), and they think about fighting oppression and cruelty, they cry. In their strength they cry, in their anger they cry. When they feel the spirit of the Sahabi e-Kiram and those who stand up against to kufr, they cry. Do you understand? It’s not a crying of weakness. They are crying because that is one way that the Ashk is coming out from. So you make yourself to cry. But why?
One thing that Sheykh Effendi had said so many times, Prophet (AS) is saying ‘don’t laugh too much, because it hardens the heart.’ Don’t laugh too much, because it makes your heart to become really hard. You understand? Today, everything is about entertainment, right? It’s not even about something interesting, something curious, something knowledgeable, it’s all about the cheapest thing possible, to laugh. Correct or no? It is accessible. And everybody wants that, to laugh more and more and more. So their hearts have become very hard, so even when they see something that it supposed to touch you, it doesn’t. Because the heart has become like that, it only responds to laughter. People either laugh or they become angry. Then where are the tears of regret? For yourself you cannot do it, for others you cannot do it. Why not? Because something is wrong. Make yourself, fix yourself for that. If you say ‘well, I don’t cry ever, for anything,’ then you have to worry. Make yourself to cry. If anything, go to sejda and say ‘ya Rabbi, I can’t even cry. All Your Prophets cried, all Your Beloved ones cried, and I can’t even cry. Shame on me. Shame on me. Shame.’ That shame will produce something. Do you understand? It’s not even the regret of the wrong things that you have done, the regret that you cannot even have regret, the shame. And that, a believer must have shame, because that shame, that modesty is part of your faith. It comes with faith.
So we need to come together. Eh, X, you are talking about the whole world coming together, coming together for what? If you come together to fight against injustice, it’s good. If your coming together just to clap hands, for what? How stupid is that? If you’re coming together to say that something is wrong, all this, you cannot even blame god, Allah, because we made it ourselves, brought it down on ourselves. We’re not coming together for that. Again you lost the point. We all lost the point. Okay, unbelievers. What are the believers coming together for? Are they coming together, or are they saying ‘be apart’?
Okay, you can close the Masjids, you can close the Jamis, you can close the Holy Places, but Allah has given us the technology. Why are we not bringing that technology to say ‘now, for this, instead of having this Jummah, everyone is going to listen to this.’ Okay, you cannot pray Jummah, right? Everyone praying at home, correct? Why can’t someone just deliver a waaz? Or give a Khutbah? Or just some words in place of the Jummah? Everyone pray at home, so you can do it at home too. Someone can just say it, you just turn it on, and everybody to watch. At least to gain something. Praying at home doesn’t mean now you cannot pray, you cannot all pray together, you cannot make duas and we are not together. If the Kafirs can go out on balconies and clap, why can’t the Muslims go out and give Salawats? Yes, or say estaghfirullah? We don’t even need that, we have the technology. But the ego makes the people who are running after dunya and their nafs to become very stupid. They don’t get the simplest things in front of them.
I’m just seeing, I’m looking around, I’m checking, I have to check. I don’t like to do it, but I have to check to see what is going on, I have to see, check their pulse. Different people, different organizations, different scholars, different Sheykhs, different Imams. And I’m thinking, oh, this one is saying ‘everyone take this dua and read.’ And I’m seeing, what is this dua that they are asking for? So many of them miss the point too. Because the dua is not asking for Allah’s forgiveness. ‘Oh, no, no, no, we put estaghfirullah 100 times before.’ That’s not the same, that’s just by the way. You want to take the words of Allah, but you are not asking. If you ask for forgiveness, then you must know why you need to be forgiven. This is the key too. Having the hot tears and all of that is knowing that you’ve done something wrong.
Like what the Khutbah is saying, if you don’t know, if you don’t believe you’ve done something wrong- for a hundred years, how many Muslims believe that they’ve fallen backwards? How many Muslims believe we have committed a grave crime against to Allah and His Prophet? How many? Very few, a handful, if we can find that. Especially in the last five, ten years, actually in the last eight years, you see how crazy the world has gone? That has become the new normal, right? The craziness of the world, that we are saying it wasn’t this crazy in the time of Sheykh Effendi. And it’s as if, now, just one Evliya is saying ‘stop.’ One Evliya, putting his foot and saying ‘stop.’ We need to take to see what is there for us. Stop. And these things, these punishments, they don’t come without a warning, without any signs. Didn’t I say, last year, I was so upset, for Ramazan, for the Holy Months, that Murids they are not being intelligent enough, they’re not being passionate enough? And I said, I’m going to close this whole Dergah, you’re going to stay in your homes, you’re not even going to come to have iftar, you’re not going to come to pray Tarawih, didn’t I say that? And I said that in a special way that I’ve never said before. I’m not saying it, Sheykh Effendi is making me to say it. I’m not causing this to happen. Sheykh Effendi is making this to happen.
Now, we must take what is for us. Don’t look so much over here or over there. What is for us. Because we take everything for granted too. We’re supposed to come here to have at least an understanding of the life of a believer, let’s not use the word Dervish. Let’s use the word believer. To say whatever that is occupying us, it has to be with the remembrance of Allah, it has to be occupying us, so that even when we’re out in the marketplace, we are remembering Allah. Even if we are running we are remembering Allah. Even if we are standing we are remembering Allah. Even if we’re lying down, we’re remember Allah. Allah is saying this, no? We are not coming here to jump up and down, to do everything.
Now, we say we are coming here to remember Allah, and then we are being caught up by all these things? We need to come back. So Muslims need to get together, but they lost the boat. They are not coming together, they didn’t come together for eight years, a hundred years, you think they are going to come together? It used to be they used to come together. It used to be the whole Islamic Empire shut down at least once a week. Once a week, everything shuts down for Zikr, Thursday night. Shut down. No dunya. You’re going to worship, this is Holy. Not like today’s state-mandated, but similar. You don’t have to, because people believed. Lockdown, Thursday nights, no? In your Jamis, in your Dergahs, in your Masjids, in your homes. People accept it, because they see the results of it, because it is what the Prophet is saying. Jummah, shut down. No activity, no dunya. Shut down. And shut down for what, clap hands? Making bread? Shut down remembering Allah. At least every week. Holy nights, Holy days, ohh. People were running, then, to that. Because it pulls ourselves, it combines everything together, it brings us together. So we lost that. People don’t even remember.
So even now, which it is better than maybe ten, twenty years, people are more doing Maulid, they are doing more of the Ahli Sunnat practices, but practices that they are doing that the belief is missing. In practice, they say ‘we are Ahli Sunnat,’ but they don’t believe, they don’t hold highly and strongly, for example, intercession of the Prophet (AS), intercession of the Evliyaullah. They don’t. When you see, openly, people who take this as a normal, as a part of their tradition, as the backbone of Islam, is Turkey. Everywhere else in Muslim countries, it’s like a dirty secret. ‘Oh, you’re the weird ones. Oh, it’s not really that good, eh, they’re kind of…’ you understand?
Name any Muslim country that you go, you can go to a grave of a Holy One and you open your hands and people are not going to look to you strange. Or if your picture’s there on social media, people are going to say ‘they are making a shirk’ It is so common, this is something that the whole world has not discovered too. But people now, with that, with that level of connection to the wasila, the Mercy reaches. Now even if people are not practicing properly, they don’t know too much, they commit so many wrong things, but because of their wasila, their connection to that Friend of Allah, they open their hands and they ask, knowing that it is coming from Allah. Faith reaches to them, safety reaches to them.
How many times we’ve seen in Turkey, we’ve seen, even people who are coming dressed differently and this and that, and they have respect. At the very least they say ‘so many people have said this Holy one he answers prayers. What if I just ask? Today is Wednesday, today is Wednesday, today is Wednesday. What if I just ask? If I don’t ask- if I ask, what is the worst that can happen? He doesn’t answer. If I don’t ask and he is giving, what is the worst that can happen? I get more hunched, right? More sin. More stubbornness that is piling down on top of me.’ And this is happening to the majority of the Muslims, because more stubbornness, more arrogance coming to them because they are not going to the Friends of Allah. They say ‘no.’ Like what I said before, they say ‘why? I can cut a ticket and go to Ka’aba. I’m very special, I can even have a hook up and enter into the tomb of the Prophet. I am very special, you know.’ You understand?
So more arrogance with that, more stubbornness, more you are putting a, let’s say, a shield, to stop yourselves from feeling the Rahmat of Allah. Like I said also, this world has seen so many pandemics, so many plagues. There were so many times in Muslim history, in the time of early history also, tens of thousands of people would die, would be on the streets, do you understand? 70,000 in one day, they would just die. Muslims, believers. But their faith was never shaken. And they know that this is definitely a punishment from Allah, we have to ask Allah. Yes, they take precautions, eh, whatever they are doing today is from Islam anyway, we did that 1400 years ago. Social distancing, washing your hands. Like I said, it took them what, 1400 years to learn how to wash your hands? Maybe it’s going to take you another 1000 years to learn how to wash your feet.
We know all of that also. But we know that cure and the disease it is coming from Allah. The disease is Allah’s servant as well. It obeys only Allah’s orders. And we look for that. We look for the cure through the Owner of this. But Muslims have lost their faith. Of course we have, so long, for a hundred years we are going to unbelievers to solve our problems. We are going begging to unbelievers. But Allah openly is saying in that Ayat, ‘if they only come to you, to ask you to pray for Allah to forgive them, Allah will forgive them.’
May Allah forgive us. May we wake up, insyaAllah, and not let this to slide. Whole world is happy, except for man. Whole world is happy except for man. This is not even destruction that is coming that Allah is going to punish man and the whole world also. This is still good times.
Astaghfirullahal azim atubu ilaih. Wa minallahu Taufiq, Fatiha. Amin. Selam Aleykum wa Rahmatullah.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergah, New York
24 Shaban 1441
April 17, 2020