Question: I came across your videos and I want to be guided to the right path. Can you please help me get to the right path? I have not been on the right path for a while and now I want to get back to my Lord the Most Merciful, Allah. If you can, please help me.
Alhamdulillah. First thing you can do, take a fresh wudu and go down to prostration, go down to sejdah and thank Allah. And say ‘ya Rabbi, I am running away from You, but You never run away from me. You are always calling me back, and I’m trying to run to You. My nafs, my sheytan, and everything else is pulling me away, and I am very weak. Send me someone, a strong one that can help me.’
If you find that one, try to hold on to him tightly. Step by step, he might tell you ‘do this, this is good for your iman. Don’t do this, this will weaken your faith. Do this, you’re going to get closer to Allah and His Prophet. Don’t do this, this will destroy all the good things that you are doing. This is what it means, and to be guided with that.’
Hold on, build your trust on that one, because at the end of the day that one, the Sheykh is the one that you must trust the way that you trust a doctor who holds a knife and cuts you open. Sometimes it may feel like that one is holding a knife and cutting you open, but to know that he is a doctor. He is not doing it for fun, he is not a butcher. Find that one that is not going to praise you, find that one who is not going to take and demand things from you, find that one who is always going to give, find that one who is not afraid to be very honest and blunt with you, he’s going to knock you wall to wall if it’s necessary, find that one who is not going to ask you for anything, not even for your love, that he has been trained enough, insyaAllah, like our Sheykh, to say ‘I am going somewhere where it is very amazing, although you are coming in through the door, thinking just to get some, let’s say, painkiller to stop your pain, I will give you not only painkiller, I will take away all that disease from you, and I’m going to take you and I’m going to fly away to somewhere very amazing.’
So hold on to someone like that, then it’ll be good. Then your life is not only beautiful, because you’re starting to understand yourself, and you are not repeating the same sicknesses, but it becomes wonderful because when you start walking in the footsteps of the Saints, you start seeing and smelling and understanding some things that they are going through. And when you are doing that, your whole faith now will start opening and opening and opening, and you start believing more and more in that, and you will starting disbelieving more and more in this world and what it can do to you.
May Allah guide you to such a Sheykh, may Allah keep you protected, insyaAllah, dunya and Ahiret. Al Fatiha. Amin. Selam Aleykum.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergah, New York
6 Shawwal 1441
May 28, 2020