Sohbet of Servanthood


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, the Lord of all the worlds. All praises are due to Allah Who says in the Holy Kuran, in Suratul Waqiah: BismillahirRahmanirRahim “We created you. Will you then admit the Truth? Have you seen the (seed) which you emit? Did you create it, or are We the Creator? We have decreed death among you, and We are not to be outrun. In that We will change your likenesses and produce you in that which you do not know. And verily you know the first creation- why, then, do you not reflect? Have you seen the seed which you sow? Is it you that make it grow, or are We the Cause? If We willed, We could make it into dry powder, and you would remain in wonder, saying, “indeed, we are now in doubt. Truly we have been deprived.” Have you observed the water that you drink? Is it you who bring it down from the raincloud, or are We the One Who brings it down? If We willed, We verily could make it bitter- why then, do you not give thanks? Have you observed the fire which you ignite? Is it you who produced its tree, or are We the Grower? We, even We, made it a reminder and a comfort for the dwellers in the wilderness. Therefore, (ya Muhammad), praise the Name of your Lord, the Supreme. Then, I swear by the places of the Stars- and truly, that is a Tremendous Oath, if you only knew. That this is indeed a Noble Kuran. In a Book kept hidden. Which none touch except the Pure. A Revelation from the Lord of the Worlds.” Sadaqallahul Azim (56:57-80)

May peace and blessings be upon the Pride of Creation, Sayyidina Muhammad (AS). In the Holy Month of his Mevlid, we must praise him, and let us praise him with the words of a Holy Ottoman Sultan, Sultan Ahmed I, the murid of Aziz Mahmud Hudayi (KS), who said: “Ya Rasulallah, your forehead is the moon, your face is the sun. Whoever saw your face was honored. Allah has bestowed on you the title of Rahmatalil Alameen. All Four Books came as poems in praise of your purity. Ya Rabbi, let me be from those who are always in praise of that Prophet, and let the gates of my heart be thrown open through his sugar-sweet description. From the time the Ummet has been under the shade of that Padishah of the Deen, mercy reached us and we have been saved from trouble. This Ahmed has lost his mind and has spent his life in the dream of reuniting with you, the Rose-Perfumed One.”

May peace and blessings be upon him, and upon his noble family, and upon his 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 our Grandsheykhs, the Mashayikh of Hakk. 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. And may Allah hasten the return of their rights to them.

Ya Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! O Believers! Allah (SWT) is saying in Suratul Mulk: BismillahirRahmanirRahim “Blessed is He in whose hand is the Kingdom, and He is All-Powerful over all things. He who created death and life to test which of you is best in deed. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Forgiving.” Sadaqallahul Azim (67:1-2). This life and our death is a test. And as with every test, there will be those who pass the test, and those who fail the test. Our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani (KS) is saying, “You have been created to live for Allah and to die for Allah. And everything is finishing except one thing. When the last call is calling to you saying, ‘Did he pass the test? Did he get his card?’ There are two ways going out from this world. The graveyard is there. The box is out there. Are you looking, are you watching, thinking, ‘Yes, I am going to be there one day’? If you take that seriously then you have to shake up to say, `What am I doing? Definitely I didn’t pass the test. Definitely my lifestyle is not what the Holy Prophet (AS) is showing’. Then you will shake yourself up to put yourself back to the line. Then you will forget about the problems of this world.” And Sahibulsaif speaks the Truth.

Are we living at least with the awareness to know that we are under the test, and that we must prepare for that test? Or are we just living like robots, or like animals- eating, drinking, reproducing, and dying? We must all at least live with the intention to live for Allah and to die for Allah everyday. The first Hadith that Imam Nawawi put in his Arbaeen is that BismillahirRahmanirRahim “On the Authority of the Amir al-Mu’mineen, Hz. Abu Hafs Umar ibn al-Khattab, who said: I heard Rasulallah (AS) say: “Actions are according to intentions, and everyone will get what he intended. Whoever makes hijrah with intention for Allah and His Messenger, his hijrah will be for the sake of Allah and His Messenger. And whoever made hijrah for worldly gain or to marry a woman, then his hijrah will be for the sake of whatever he migrated for.” (Bukhari and Muslim). And the Prophet of Allah he speaks the Truth.

This is something here for all of us, especially for the Murids of this order. We have all made the hijrah. We have made the hijrah to be here, to be with our Sheykh. What was the intention, and what is the intention now? Because intentions change. Watch your actions, because the actions will inform the intentions. Watch your intention, and watch your actions everyday. What is this Hijrah here for? For dunya, you will get that. For Allah, you will get that. Your intention and your actions must be according to your guides. It cannot be according to your own understanding, or just your ego. This Hadith is one of the foundations of our religion. This Hadith is showing one of the biggest realities, that our actions, in the end, are going to be judged according to the intention behind them. Even if you did the best action, if your intention was wrong, or your intention has changed, you will not be safe. And even if you did broken actions, if your intention was right, or if your intention changed from wrong to right, you will be in safety insyaAllah.

Sahib el-Sayf is saying: “Are we busy with dunya? Or we are busy with Mawla? If you are busy with dunya, you are a loser. If you are busy with Mawla, you are a winner. Are you busy with (fixing) your ego? Are you busy with (fixing) your ego? Or you are busy with something else, with somebody else? If you are busy with (fixing) your ego, you are the winner again. If you are busy with who says what, what he says, what he did, you are a loser again. If you are busy with your ego, even if you are not making progress today, at least you are looking at yourself. You are saying, what I did today? What I did today? All is wrong again. Of course, if you find one right thing, you let me know, I am going to follow you that time. Because everything I am looking at also, it is wrong, but at least we have make our intention right. Because your deeds is according to your intention. If your intention is good, then slowly your deeds is going to become good too. If your intention is not good, no good means, it is not for the sake of Allah. If it is for the sake of your ego, it is no good…we have to ask ourselves- are we the winner today? Did we win today? 24 hours passed. Did we check what we did today? Why did we live? Where did we go? What did we say? Who did we say it to? Which action we did for Allah’s sake? Did you walk in the street, did you take a stone and move it to the corner because you think it may damage somebody? That is also a good action. That is something that you do. So that’s what we have to look…if you live for Allah’s sake today, at least if your intention was to live for Allah’s sake, and you sit down and you calculate your deeds, you see you didn’t do too much. But at least, at least your intention was right. You are a winner. Your today must be better than yesterday then. As Holy Prophet (AS) is saying, and if you did the good action today, and you sit down and you calculate yourself you understand that you did wrong, and you accepted it. Your tomorrow is going to become better. You are going to force yourself for tomorrow that time. You are going to wake up from that ghaflat station.”

Our Sheykh speaks the Truth. And his words are teaching us how to live our life awake and aware, with the intention to live for Allah, for His Prophet, and for His Friends. If we live without that intention, then we are lost- our actions and our intentions will not be accepted. But if we live with a proper intention, with our hearts awake, trying, struggling, even if we fall short, Allah will forgive us. Seyh Efendi is saying that even if you didn’t do much, if your intention was right, then you are the winner. Living with a clean intention is a favor from our Lord. The enemy of man, the enemy of our father Adam (AS), who made a promise, a promise to Allah, swearing to Allah to lead all of us to hellfire, that cursed one, sheytan, he is always trying to take that favor away from us. He is working with the ego inside of us to take away our good intentions, to distract us, to mislead us, to confuse us, and to make us to be busy with something else. Seyh Efendi is saying: “what is this Naksibendi Tarikat is saying to us? Tarikatuna sohbet wal khayri fil jamiat. Shah Bahauddin Naksibend (KS) is saying 12,000 times, these words. 12,000 associations he is making through this way. And what else he is saying to us, when we are in this way? Don’t go bothering anyone. And don’t be bothered by anyone. That is the foundation of our Tarikat. Yes. People today as we said, as you know, they like to bother others. Because they didn’t find themselves yet. And they are busy with nonsense, malayani. If you are busy with malayani, it is a sign showing to you, Holy Prophet (AS) is saying that Allah doesn’t love you. And when you are busy with somebody else other than you, you are going to make fitna and confusion. You are going to backbite. All other things is going to come with it. Everything is going to come.”

Now, these are heavy words- Malayani, to be busy with things that don’t concern you, Malayani is a sign that Allah doesn’t love us. So, what knowledge concerns us? Fixing ourselves, knowing ourselves, knowing our nafs, knowing its tricks and traps. Knowing and learning from a guide, understanding from a guide, obeying and understanding from a guide, because you cannot know yourself by yourself. Once we know that, slowly we will know Allah. Anything that takes us away from working on our ego, anything that takes us away from working on our ego, that makes us busy with other people, that makes us busy with dunya, that makes us to forget that we are dirty and we need to clean ourselves, that is malayani. And if our life sinks into that, then we can know that Allah does not love us. Sultan el-Evliya is explaining this in very plain language, saying: “We are so useless ones (yaramaz)! like naughty children, doing so many useless things and Allah didn’t create us for doing useless things but for doing something useful. He wants us to do something beneficial, not nonsense things. You see it with children: when they are naughty, bad mannered, rebellious or even nasty, they are disliked, when they are naughty, bad mannered, rebellious or even nasty, they are disliked and not beloved. No one likes naughty or bad mannered children and also Allah doesn’t like such servants. May Allah not make us to be from them, but to be from the good ones, this is a big honor!”

So when we are busy with Malayani, it is a sign we do not have the love of Allah. But what is a sign that Allah does love a person? Imam al-Ghazali is giving us the Hadith of the Holy Prophet (AS), who said: “When Allah wishes to favor a servant, He reveals his bad characteristics to him.” When Allah wishes to favor a servant, Allah will open his bad characteristics to him (and Imam Ghazali explains this Hadith saying): “And for this knowledge there are Ways- the highest Way is for him to be in the hands of a Shaykh, and follow his orders…this is the highest method and the noblest. But sadly, those who follow this Way are very few and far between in this time.” (Ihya Ulumuddin). And he was writing hundreds of years ago.

So if Allah is showing us our ego, our bad character, it is a sign of His Love, His Favor. And Hujjatul Islam is saying that the most noble way to learn this is through a Shaykh. So for those who are running to Tarikats, running to Sheykhs to fix their ego because they understand their bad characteristics, it is in reality, a sign of Allah’s love for him. Don’t get mistaken, thinking that you are running to Allah. Allah SWT is the one who is running to you. The best way to learn and to fix our bad character is to learn it from a Sheykh. Alhamdulillah to Allah for guiding us to the Noblest of the Noblest Ways, the Osmanli Naksibendi Way. And our Master, Sahibulsaif and Sultanul Evliya, they are teaching us about how to discipline that ego that comes to teach us bad manners and bad characteristics, saying: ”You are running to fulfill the desires of your ego. The desire of the ego is not just eating and drinking and running after the pleasure. The desire of the ego says, I have to be the winner, doesn’t matter right or wrong. That’s what ego is claiming, that is what ego is running to say. Isn’t it what that one is saying, “I have to be right.” That’s why ego declares lordship to Allah (SWT). Allah is saying, who are you and who am I? ‘You are you, and I am me.’ The ego is saying. That’s what ego said. So, if you don’t know the tricks and traps, you are going to fall in it. And exactly what’s happening to us. We are falling in it…Ego wants to be the winner. Everyone’s ego all have the same characteristics, wants to be the winner. Wants to be on top. But it cannot be. Allah (SWT) has one protocol on the face of earth too. Which everyone is looking is the hereafter, everyone is going to be king in their own kingdom. In this world it is something else. This world Allah (SWT) make some people to follow someone. And those ones they are following someone else. Always following protocol. From the beginning of Adam (AS) until Muhammad (AS) until now until Judgment day. So if the man is not following, he is following his ego. He is going to worship to his ego.”

The ego cannot accept servanthood, never. The ego is worse than sheytan. Sheytan accepts that he is a servant, a disobedient servant, but the ego will never accept servanthood. In the Divine Presence, the ego did not accept to be a servant, but declared its own lordship. And in trying to be the only winner, the ego brings a man to become a loser in the Divine Presence. Man is a servant. Working on that ego, learning that ego, and becoming free from its slavery in order to become the servant of Allah, it is a sign of Allah’s Love on a person. And Alhamdulillah that we have been blessed to be in Sahib el-Sayf’s Way, which he himself called the Association of Servanthood. Seyh Efendi is saying, 21 years ago, when so many people were attacking him and his Jamaat, Seyh Efendi is saying: “When Allah Jalla Jalalu created Adam (AS), he asked him, “what is your name, who you are?” What was the name of Adam (AS)? He says “ya Rabbi I am nameless and I am nobody.” That is the perfect station of the man to be in. I am nobody. Trying to be nobody. You and I. We are nobody. If Allah is here Hazir and Nazir, we are nothing. This kind of teachings I have learned from my Grandsheykh for all my life. He’s concentrating on ego, on his ego, and our ego. He never praised himself, and he never let others to praise him higher. Always saying, “we are servants.” We are nobody. To be a servant, serving who? Being obedient to who? To Allah. Going all the way low, putting your head down, saying “ya Rabbi I am so low in your presence.” Ego is the one that is going to take us to Jahannam.

If we don’t hold the reins of our ego, our ego is going to make us into wild animals. Worse than the animals. Because that is the characteristic of the ego. If we want to reach to high stations, to spiritual stations, we have to step on our ego. When Beyazid Bestami said, “ya Rabbi how can I come to You, how can I reach to You?” he heard a voice in his heart saying to him, “it is very easy ya Beyazid- take out your ego. Remove yourself from the ego, step on it, your ego has the power to bring you high.” When you step on it. Not to take your ego and to put it under your shoulder and carry the ego. … (The Evliyaullah are teaching us) how we are going to hold the reins of our ego and which side we are going to turn our ego to. Not to kill our ego. You cannot kill your ego. Your ego is going to die when you are going to die. You are going to have a constant fight with your ego, every day. Every day fighting with your ego, then you are looking for high stations. So fight with your ego…When you are concentrating on your ego, that time it doesn’t matter who is attacking you- the whole world may attack you, it doesn’t matter. You will be satisfied, you will be happy with your station because you know you are Abdullah. That is the title that we are looking for we are not looking for any other title, for Allah to say that’s My Abdullah and in the Judgment Day to say, “come to My Presence, My Abdullah, My servant.” Not to say, “come to the Presence O creature.” No. “My Abdullah, My servant!”

This is what we are looking for. This is what I am looking for, and this is what I am trying to teach my ego. And anything you think you are going to learn from me this is what you’re going to learn from me, nothing else. If you think I’m going to praise your ego, well think again because I’m not going to praise your ego. Because I’m not your enemy. I’m your friend. If I would be your enemy, then I would be praising your ego, saying oh how great you are. It’s very easy to say foolish words. It is not too many left in this world to say to you this way… if you are coming to me for me to praise your ego, you are going to find something else. Don’t come to this association that time. If you want to be a servant to Allah, come, the door is open to you. This association is open to everybody. Anybody who comes they are welcome to come. Anybody who doesn’t want to come they are welcome not to come. I am not going to sit down and cry because you are not coming. No. I will not do that… Inshallah I am asking Allah (SWT) from now, until I give this life of breath back to Him, to keep me in Sirat al-Mustakim and to keep me in the association of the Grandsheykh where they learn and they teach, where they learn the tricks of the ego and teach them, and where they try to be the obedient servants to Allah. This is what you’re going to hear from me until you die and until I die…I want to be one of the grandsons of Adam (AS) when he said, when Allah asked him, what is your name and who you are, he said “ya Rabbi I have no name and I am nobody.” This is what I am concentrating on.”

These words are enough for anyone with intelligence, with faith, and with modesty. Our Sheykh blessed us with this Way, and he blessed us for this Way to continue. Our lives continue, but don’t forget- this is the Association of Servanthood. Every day, live to serve, not yourself, not your ego. Every day, live to serve, to become a servant to Allah, to His Prophet, to Believers. Every day, make intention to become more servant. With that intention, even with our dirtiness, even with our mistakes, even with our failures, they will look at us and say, this one is trying. And inshallah, we are hoping for Mercy.

We are ending with the dua of our Grandsheykh, saying: “Aman Ya Rabbi, Aman Ya Rabbi. Don’t expel us from Your servanthood. Tawba Ya Rabbi, tawba Astaghfirullah. Let us say BismillahirRahmanirRahim and every door opens for us, ease comes to our bodies, our illnesses go away. Our troubles, sorrows and hardness may be taken away. May we sing like birds, saying “O Lord, we love You, we love Your Prophet”. May we love You Ya Rabbi, may we love You Ya Rabbana. O Ashiks! Say this! Awaken the people. May we be awakened. Ya Rabbi, send us the Sultan who will awaken us. May You send us the Holy Ones who will teach us Your beautiful ways. We are left on our own and our lives are spent in slavery. Forgive us Ya Allah. Forgive us Ya Allah. Forgive us Ya Allah, for the honour of Your Beloved. Bi Hurmati Sirri Suratil Fatiha. Don’t leave us to our dirty ego ya Rabbi. Tawba Ya Rabbi, tawba Astaghfirullah.” Amin, amin, amin.


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

Osmanli Dergah, New York
23 Rabiul Awwal 1443
29 October 2021

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