Happiness is in Servanthood

BismillahirRahmanirRahim

Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah, alhamdulillahi rabbil alamin wasalatu wa salamu ala rasulina muhammadin wa ala alihi wa sahbihi ajmain nahmadulllahu ta’ala wa nastaghfiruhu wa nashadu an-lailaha ilallahu wahdahu la sharika lah wa nashadu anna sayyidina muhammadin abduhu wa habibuhu wa rasuluhu salallahu alayhi wa ala alihi wa azwajihi wa ashabihi wa atbaihi khulafail rashidin, mahdin min ba’di wuzerail immeti alal tahkik khususan minhum alal amidi khulafai rasulillahi ala tahqeeq umara il mu’mineen hazreti abu bakr wa umar wa uthman wa ali wa ala baqiyati wa sahabai wa tabieen ridwanallahu ta’ala alayhim ajmain.

Ya ayyuhal mu’minun al hadirun ittaqullaha ta’ala wa ati’uh inna allaha ma allathina-ttaqaw wallathina hum muhsinun. Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Alameen. Wa Salatu wa Salamu ala Ashrafil Ambiya’i wa Imam al-Mursaleen Sayyidina wa Sayidinna Mawlana Muhammadin wa ala alihi wa sahbihi ajmain.

All praises are due to Allah, Lord of the Universes. All praises are due to Allah Who says in the Holy Kuran, in Suratul Teen: BismillahirRahmanirRahim “By the Fig and the Olive, and the Mount of Sinai, and this City of Security. Truly, We created man in Ahsani Taqwim (the best of forms). Then we reduced him to Asfala Safileen (the lowest of the low). Except those who believe and do good works- they will have a reward uninterrupted. So what yet causes you to deny the Judgment? Isn’t Allah the most Just of Judges?” Sadaqallahul Azim (95:1-8).

May all peace and blessings be upon the Sultan of the Prophets, Hz. Fakhr-i-Alem Sayyidina Muhammad Mustafa (AS), who says in his Hadith Sherif: “Whoever says “O Allah, Lord of Muhammad, send blessings upon Muhammad and upon the Family of Muhammad and reward Muhammad with a reward he deserves” ten times in the morning and in the evening, he will put the angels who write its reward to difficulty (from how much they need to write) for one thousand days.” (Fazail-e-Durud).

May peace and blessings be upon him and upon his noble family and blessed companions, especially upon the Four Khulafa-e-Rashideen, Hz. Abu Bakr el-Siddiq, Hz. Umar el-Faruq, Hz. Osman el-Ghani, and Hz. Ali el-Murtaza, and all those who follow them until the Last Day. May peace and blessings be upon the Khwajagan of this Naksibendi Way, the Inheritors of the Holy Prophet. May peace and blessings be upon the Ottoman Sultans, the Protectors of Islam. May Allah love those who love them. May Allah disgrace those who hate them.

Ya Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! O Believers! Allah (SWT) is saying in the Holy Kuran, “We did not create jinn and mankind, except that they serve Me.” (51:56). Ya’budoon. Coming from the word ‘Abd. Meaning servanthood, meaning being an Abdullah. Our Creator, our Khaaliq, Allah (SWT) is telling us that our only reason for creation is being His Servant. Peace and satisfaction in this life can only come from fulfilling that purpose of creation.

We are living in a time where everyone is looking for happiness, but there is no happiness to be found. On social media, everywhere, on all websites and all apps, it is just full of people who are smiling, laughing, dancing, acting like monkeys, as if they are the happiest people on the face of the earth. But even the science of the west is showing that these apps, these technologies, they are making people to become more depressed and more suicidal. Why is that? Because it is all fake. Because it is all a game from sheytan, and it is a game from this Ahir Zaman. Sheytan’s goal is to make man to become sad, to become depressed, and to finally become hopeless. And when a man reaches that station of hopelessness, he loses his connection to everything, to Allah, and he becomes a toy in the hand of sheytan. And he wants to destroy everything, especially himself.

The Servants of Allah, to look for personal happiness is not their main goal. To look for the happiness of Allah is their main objective. So although their lives may be difficult, they are always looking to the One who created happiness, to see if He is happy with them. So even in the most difficult situations. when they know that Allah is happy with them and the Prophet is happy with them, when the Saints they are happy with them, they are always alive in their Hope in Allah, and they are always filled with happiness. Our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani (KS), may Allah raise his station, he was a man who had a difficult life, as the lives of all Saints and Prophets were, the most Beloved ones to Allah, yet Allah places such difficulties in their lives. Every difficulty that a person can think of, from family, to health, to prison, he faced every difficulty- but he never lost his hope in Allah and in Allah he was always happy. He was not looking for happiness in creation, he was not looking for happiness in the system, family, or friends. He was looking for happiness in his Lord.

Sheykh Effendi is telling us about the greatness of what happens to man when he reaches to the Servanthood of Allah (SWT), saying: “You are not a slave. You are a servant. Allah (SWT) created us to be servant. If you are keeping servanthood, you will be winning and Holy ones they are saying, “The servants, they are better than the Sultans in Divine Presence.” In the presence of our Lord Allah (SWT), you are better then any great king. That’s how Allah treats you. If you submit yourself and you become a servant. And only way to become a servant, (is to become the kind of) servant that Allah wants, not the servant that you think you are. The Servant that Allah (SWT) has sent to teach us, it is the Holy Prophet (AS)- we have to follow his footsteps. If we are doing it, then we become a servant that Allah wants. And if you become the servant that Allah wants, you become beloved one to Allah (SWT). You become beloved one to Allah (SWT). Beloved one to His beloved servants, you will become beloved to the Holy Prophet (AS). You will love him and he will love you. Yes. And Allah (SWT) will say to His angels, ‘This one I love, you must love too.’ And all angels they love you. All the good ones they love you. Then prepare yourself if you are living in dunya that time, you are going to have attack from so many people that time. You can be the best one, doesn’t matter, they are going to slander and they are going to cheat and they are going to lie on you. But don’t change. Keep in the Straight Path, keep in the Siratul-mustaqim. Because that is a test. All sheytans and those that they are supporting sheytan, the workers of sheytan, soon as something doesn’t fit to them, they are going to turn against to you that time. You are not supposed to be giving up that time. Because if you do, you’ll lose everything.” And the words of Sahibulsaif they speak the Truth.

This is the understanding of the Holy Kuran and the understanding of the Hadith and the understanding of the words of Saints. And if a person takes these words and understands them, then he will understand the nature of Servanthood and the response that comes to Servanthood in this world. Servanthood is to leave behind your image, your idol of yourself and to become the kind of Servant that Allah wants you to be. We learn that from the Greatest Servant of Allah, Sayyid-i-Ka’inat, the Holy Prophet (AS) and through his inheritors that we hold onto in our time. Once we reach to that kind of servanthood, then Allah loves us, Holy Prophet loves us, the Saints love us, the Angels love us. But who hates us that time? sheytan.

So difficulties coming on the way, they are in fact a sign that we are on the Straight Path, on the Sirat al-Mustaqim. They are tests to check if our heart is really true in our love to Allah and His Beloved Ones, or not. Sahib el-Sayf is saying: “Today’s 21st century Muslims, they are not enjoying. They are not being happy being Muslims. Everyone is sad, I’m looking. Very sad, mashaAllah. ‘Why you are sad?’ ‘Oh Sheykh, you don’t know I have this problem.’ Non-stop problems. Nobody is happy. Yes, Allah (SWT) is testing his servants through difficulties. Do you think that the nations before you, they have not been tested? What about the Companions of the Prophet, the Sahaba-e-Kiram. Do you think that they have not been tested? With their children? With their mothers? With their fathers? With their wealth? Yes, they were tested.” Here Seyh Efendi is talking to us about the ayat saying, BismillahirRahmanirRahim “(Allah is saying) Do the people think that they will be left to say, “We believe” and they will not be tested? But We have certainly tested those before them, and Allah will surely make clear those who are truthful, and He will surely make clear the liars.” Sadaqallahul Azim (29:2-3).

So now how do we pass the test? It is going to show if we are believers or if we are liars. The believers before us who passed through those tests with patience, who used those tests as a way for them to become even closer to the Holy Prophet (AS), to give them more energy to run in the Way of Allah. Those ones who were tested, they were the most happiest servants that Allah has, despite having the most difficult lives. They have peace, they have a purpose, they understand where that test is coming from. But if those tests take us toward hopelessness, then it is coming from sheytan, if it makes us run away from Rahmatalil Alameen and his inheritors, then this world turns into a hell for us. Which is why those ones, the Sahabi e-Kiram, the Saliheen and the Evliya, they are role models for us. We must hold on to them to see how they passed through those tests. What did they do? We most follow to be able to get the same results.

Seyh Efendi is saying: “The Sahaba-e-Kiram, they left every wealth, every luxury, to reach to the Holy Prophet (AS). To stay with him. To associate with him. To be near to him. To be living with him. To be learning from him. To be submitting themselves to his orders. And that, that made them very happy. Their lives, maybe materialistically, became very difficult. More hardships. Definitely. They were Princes once upon a time. They left. Salman al-Farisi, he was a Prince. So many others, they left. They went near to the Holy Prophet (AS). To be a servant. They didn’t care for the dunya so much. They didn’t worry for the dunya so much. So are we the same today? So that’s why people are saying, ‘I am not happy, I am sad.’ The worse sadness is coming on the way. Because you are keeping everything above the Holy Prophet (AS). Everything else. You are not keeping the Prophet above everything else. If you will be keeping the Holy Prophet (AS) up, as where Allah put him, you’ll be the most happy one. Nothing will bother you that time. Whatever activities happening around you in this world, it is not going to bother you. Because you are connected to the Most Beloved One in the Divine Presence. You are connected to that one. And you think you are going to be connected to that one, and that one is not going to do nothing? He’s there, he’s the connector. He’s taking people from here to their Lord. So he will connect you with your Lord, Allah (SWT). And that’s the happiness. There will be no other happiness. Don’t look for it, because there is none. It’s only fake. It’s only temporary. The reality, real happiness comes with the love of the Holy Prophet (AS). And submitting yourselves. Much as you are submitting to your work, you are not submitting that much to Allah’s work. How you are expecting to be happy?”

If we want to understand what the difference between real happiness and fake happiness is, we have to sit in Sohbet and listen and learn about the life of the Holy Prophet, and his Sahabis, and about the Holy Ones. Seyh Efendi is mentioning Hz. Salman al-Farisi- yes, he was a Prince. But what is all the kingdom of Persia worth when the Muhajirs and Ansar they were arguing, and saying that Hz. Salman should be counted from their group, and Holy Prophet (AS) came and said: “Salman is neither Muhajir nor Ansar. He is one of us. He is one of the Ehlul Bayt.” (Bukhari).

What was that happiness that the Sahaba felt? It was in being around the Holy Prophet (AS), who is the Beloved of Allah. Do you think that those who were around him, that they did not also become beloved to Allah? Their entire lives became to make the Prophet (AS) happy, and to make believers happy. And because of that, Allah (SWT) was Happy with them- and Allah (SWT) used to listen to their talks, Allah used to listen to their conversations, and would participate in their talks. “Once when the Prophet (AS) was sitting among his Sahaba, he said, “Three things of this world were made precious to me: Perfume, Women and Namaz -the comfort of my eyes.” Then Hz. Abu Bakr el-Siddiq (RA) said, “You have spoken the truth, ya Rasulallah! I was made to love three things from this world – looking at your face, spending my wealth on you, and that my daughter is your wife, ya Rasulallah!” Then Hz. Umar al-Faruq (RA) said, “You have spoken the Truth, ya Abu Bakr! And I was made to love three things from this world- Enforcing what is right, forbidding what is evil, and wearing old clothes.” Then Hz. Osman el-Ghani (RA) said, “You have spoken the Truth, ya Umar! But I was made to love three things from this world- feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and reciting the Kuran.” Then Hz. Ali el-Murtaza (KW) said, “You have spoken the truth, ya Osman! But I was made to love three things from this world- serving a guest, fasting on a very hot day, and striking the enemies of Allah with my sword.”

Then at this time Jibreel (AS) appeared and said to the Holy Prophet (AS), “Allah (SWT) sent me when He heard your talking and has ordered you to ask me what I would have loved if I had been from the people of this world.” So Holy Prophet (AS) asked Hz. Jibreel, and Hz. Jibreel said, “If I had been like you, I would have loved three things from this world- guiding people who went astray, loving those who worship in poverty, and helping the poor family men. But as for Allah (SWT), He loves three qualities in His Servants: Struggling in His Way, crying when they make Tawba, and being patient in times of hardship and hunger.” (Ibn Hajar). And the Holy Prophet speaks the Truth.

This conversation of the Beloved of Allah, with the ones that he loved and they loved him, that was heard by his Beloved. We must make endless Shukr to Allah (SWT) that we are in his Ummat. We must make endless Shukr to Allah that the Most Merciful Prophet, we belong to him. And that Mercy reaches to us. We must, especially as the days of Rabiul Awwal are getting closer, try to sit in Sohbet from one of the Inheritors of that Habibullah to understand him more. Seyh Efendi is saying: “You only know his name. You heard his name. How many of his name you know? You only know one name, Muhammad (AS), but he has so many. How many more names Allah (SWT) has blessed that one with? You don’t even know the name. You don’t even know the individual, himself. Was Holy Prophet (AS) a body, individual, a human? He was a human. He was a human in shape? Yes, Allah sent that one to this world to guide. And He sent him to be rahmat and Mercy. To who? Not only to us. Rahmat il alameen. To everything that He has created. All alams, he’s a Rahmet to them. And, yes, what we do? How much we are concentrating on our Prophet (AS)? How many salawats? How much you love the Prophet, how much salawat you give to that Prophet everyday? How many times, meaning how many times a day you remember the Prophet?”

That Holy Prophet (AS), He is the one who passed Sidratul Muntaha, the Sahib al-Qaba Qawsayn. The one who never forgot us, even when he was in Sidratul Muntaha, Even when he was in Qaba Qawsayn. Anyone who claims to know that Holy Prophet (AS) by themselves is an ignorant person. The only way to start being connected to that Holy Prophet (AS) is to love those ones who has his looks on them.

Seyh Efendi is saying: “The most important thing is to concentrate on the heart to try to get rid of whatever is occupying that heart. If it’s the world then get rid of it. If it’s other things then get rid of it. The heart is firstly for Allah. Then His Prophet (AS) and then those whom Allah and Prophet (AS) they love. Then slowly you may have other spaces. It opens up because all of them that you are putting into the heart is looking to Allah. Nothing else. If you are putting the Prophet (AS) into the heart, the Prophet (AS) is looking at Allah. If you are putting your Sheykh, he is looking at Allah. All those are looking at Allah (SWT). So in reality it’s Allah who is in the heart. That’s why it is said about them, “If you see them, then you remember Allah.” They remind you of Allah because they are with Allah. The love comes from them to you, to us, and it enters into our hearts. You have to know what you do with that love. If you know what to do with that love then slowly you may get used to it and you may feel familiarity because the Waliullah, the servants of Allah, the good servants of Allah come down to the level of very simple people to make familiarity with them to be able to come closer and to be able to send to them. But we have to know. You have to know to put the barricades, not to pass beyond your limitations, because after a while, sometime later, Sheytan comes whispering into your heart and then you may say, “He doesn’t know too much. He’s just like me.” Because they see their Sheykh and the Friends of Allah coming down to that level, sheytan will come whispering into their heart sometime later, and may say “He doesn’t know too much. He’s just like me.” Sheykh Effendi is continuing, saying “If you say that then the love that you had is out. You are saying but it’s not there. If that goes then everything else slowly disappears.”

O Believers! We have to guard our hearts. Don’t forget that your Sheykh, our Sheykh, is higher than us. Yes, he may sit with us, speak with us, eat with us. But he is not like us. If you lose the manners, then you lose everything- you lose the love. Then that time, sheytan will quickly take over you. If you separate and be by yourself, you will lose your connection to those that love Allah, you will lose your connection with those that are looking at Allah.

Seyh Efendi is saying: “Kuran-i-Kerim did not come to you. It has been sent to the Holy Prophet (AS) to teach you which parts and how you are going to use it. You must follow his footsteps and the footsteps of his Sahaba-e-Kiram, and footsteps of those ones who came after the Sahabis, the Tabieen and all those people step by step coming up to this century. There is always people living on this face of earth that they are connected to the Holy Prophet (AS). It is to you to look for them. And ask for them (and show love to them)… If your love is not reaching to that one through the Holy Prophet (AS), that is a fake love. It’s not a real love. It’s only temporary love. That love is not going to lead you to Allah (SWT). That love is only going to lead you to slavery. Either the male, or the female is going to be slave. Nothing else.” May Allah (SWT) save us from slavery to our ego. May Allah (SWT) free us to become His Servant, and the servants to the ones that He loves. The Days of Rabiul Awwal get closer, may our love to that Holy Prophet (AS) increase, may our love to his beloved ones increase.

As Sheykh Mevlana Muhammad Nazim Adil el-Hakkani (KS) is saying: “O Glorious Prophet! The Prophet of the Prophets! The most beautiful one, who represents the Jamal of Allah Almighty, is our glorious Prophet, Muhammad Mustafa (AS). Whatever is written, done for his name, it is accepted. Whatever is not written, is not said for his name, is not accepted. O our Lord, O our Lord, O my Beautiful Allah. O our Lord, for the honour of Your Beloved Prophet (AS) may You grant us health and strength to be able to perform ibadet as Your servants. May we not be scattered here and there. We want to walk on the path of Your Beloved, of Your beautiful service O our Lord. Our dunya becomes happy with him and our Ahiret becomes joyful with him forever.

O Glorious Prophet! May you grant us Shafaat and Mercy. We are weak nations. May you send us pure servants who are from your inheritors to guide us, that they show us the right path. May Allah keep us away from those who forget Allah and the Prophet. May Allah Almighty grant us to be pure servants, we ask this for the honour of His Beloved. O Glorious Prophet! Save us from the heavy burdens put on us! Send us the Master who will take away the clouds of heavy zulmat that have descended upon your nations- send us al-Mahdi! That he may conquer the West and the East, raise the flags of Islam.

Ya Allah, Ya Allah, O my Beautiful Allah! The one who represents your Beauty is Your Beloved (AS). O Lord, not only one world but a million worlds be sacrificed for that Beloved (AS). He is sufficient for all of them- Your Beloved Muhammad Mustafa (AS). O Glorious Prophet, send us al-Mahdi who will show us the way! May he, who will show us Your beautiful ways, he to whom Your Beloved has pointed- al-Mahdi, may he come!

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Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),

Osmanli Dergah, New York
17 Safar 1443
24 September 2021

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