Question: How can one have heybet without losing humility, and how can we not mistake weakness for humility?
You must have a guide to show you that. These kinds of things we cannot talk theory, you will misunderstand. Because we have to first understand what is heybat and what is arrogance, we have to understand what is humility and we have to understand what is weakness. And these are very delicate matters also. To give you one example, a man can look to be the most proud one, but he is the most humble one in front of his Lord. There are so many Prophets that are like that, there are so many Saints that are like that. You can appear to be a humble one to the whole world, but you are the most stubborn and proud one inside, so many hypocrites they are like that. There was a man who was doing the Sa’i, running from Safa to Marwa, during the Prophet (AS) time. And he was walking very, very proudly, puffing his chest up and walking big like this, and the Prophet (AS) laughed and said, ‘Allah hates that kind of walk,’ he says, ‘except when it is done for the sake of Allah,’ because that man was doing that to show the mushriks that were looking the heybat of Islam.
So these are very delicate matters. You have to have a guide, the guide has to give you the prescription, he has to say, ‘do it this time, don’t do it at this time, you have to do it for three days straight,’ you know, just like medicine. But, just like medicine, you cannot Google ‘medicine’ or ‘medical knowledge’ and give your own prescription to yourself, you will kill yourself, Tarikat is even more dangerous than that. When you have a guide you will be able to understand it properly, especially a guide like ours, because especially in these days it is very easy to play humble. Don’t you know it is the easiest and the cheapest trick in the box, to be humble? Because who doesn’t like a humble looking person? Even a tyrant would like a humble looking person. But it is very difficult now, in these days, to stand up strong against this tide of dajjalic influences, not to be weak but to stand up, to have that heybat of Islam, knowing that so many people are going to say, ‘oh, this is wrong behavior, you are not being Sufi, you are not being this, you are not being that.’ We can show you Sufi, and then you say, ‘this is not Sufi.’ That time you’re going to be cursing at Hz Jalaluddin Rumi, you’ll be cursing at Hz Abdul Kerim, you’ll be cursing at every Saint now, because every Saint they have the side that is very jamal and very forgiving, and they have the side that is very unforgiving. It is depending on the sickness of that person, of the group, of the Ummat, and what is needed. This takes some time for a person to understand, and it doesn’t mean that it is for you also. A Sheykh can have heybat, but it doesn’t mean that all his murids now they are going to imitate him. It’s not like that too. Tarikat is not easy, you have to have high intelligence and very big patience to understand. InsyaAllah, may Allah grant us more intelligence and patience. Selam Aleykum wa rahmatullah.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergah, New York
1 Ramazan 1441
April 24, 2020