Question: You were mentioning in the Khutbah about making good intentions. Can the intention be something that sheytan is aware of?
Sheytan is always aware of the intention. Of course. Sheytan is not running after insincere people. He is running after sincere people. Sheytan is not running after unbeliever, he is running after believers. Unbelievers are already behind him. He has to aim after the believers, to bring them down. Sheytan will always be. How does sheytan know? Sheytan has people on the inside. Who is on the inside? Your ego. There are signs that you do that will reveal your ego, there are signs that you do, things that you do that will reveal your spirit. Do you understand? Especially in the Dergah, that’s why, be careful, yes, people are coming, this and that, we always see, someone is saying something, but he’s doing something, and we see, oh, look, there’s no blessing in what he’s doing. Something is wrong. Yes or no? It is not about how good you are at something, but how good your intention is, especially at the Dergah. If the intention is good, no matter how difficult it is, you will be able to pull if off. If your intentions are not good, no matter how much knowledge you have, how much resources you have, you cannot pull it off. Something is always, there’s no blessing.
So sheytan will know. That’s why the Khutbah is also saying ‘check your intention.’ Don’t assume, just because you make one intention, the intention is not going to change. The intention will change. It can change. Sheytan’s aim is to change our intention. Maybe once upon a time, like I said, people who make Hijrah here, they say ‘we are doing it for Allah’s sake.’ And then later, they change. What? People change. Yesterday they say, ‘oh, may we live here, may we die in this way,’ eh, the next day, they leave. People change. How they change? It’s not the spirit that is changing. It is the ego that is making those intentions to change. So now, you have to check and you have to protect, and you have to fight. You have to fight. If you are in this way and you are not fighting your ego, you don’t find that interesting anymore, it’s only a matter of time, that you’re just going to walk away. And I’ve said this over and over again, because you are just going to say nothing is happening, it’s the same thing. But if you are looking at the ego everyday, fighting it, trying to be good, trying to understand that, then it is endless. Everyday is different, every sohbet is different. Every time you are discovering something new about yourself, about your Lord, about our Sheykh, about our Prophet, you are discovering something, and that’s very interesting to us. It’s not the same.
So we have to check. Check our intentions, check our actions, again and again and again. You want to drive, you cannot drive until you get a license. You can, but they will give you a ticket. Right? They say ‘you have to prove first, you have the intention to drive.’ Then they have to give you the permission to drive. You drive, you drive and you crash. You drive and you crash into someone else. What do they do? They take away your license from you. Why is that? You cannot say ‘but I make good intention. You even give me the proof of my good intention, which is the license. I have the skills.’ They say ‘no, you squandered it, you finished it, you did something to show that you are not a good driver.’
So we are saying we are Muslims, what did we do today to prove that we are good Muslims? We are saying that we are Murids, what is today that we have done to prove that we are not good Murids? This is the checking, and those who don’t check, they will lose interest, they will not make progress. They will be stuck, and sheytan will start whispering. Once you start listening, you open the door, sheytan goes inside, sits in your heart. That’s it. That time, you can be starting at your Sheykh giving sohbet, but sheytan is also whispering in your heart, you have another kind of sohbet. Be careful, it happened over and over and over again.
So we have to guard ourselves against it, because sheytan will never stop. So we have to check. Check our actions to see whether it fits into the intention again. Then once in a while, to ask ‘why am I here again? I’m doing all these things. Why am I here?’ So many times, you don’t have to do that. We are saying it, right? Check your intentions. Why are you here? What is the reason in being here? Because you say ‘okay, I want to be here for the sake of Allah, okay, I am praying, zikr, and everything, ah, I have to get a job, get a job, okay, zikr, praying, get a job, zikr, praying, get a job, I’m working, I’m working, I’m working, zikr, I’m working , sohbet a little bit, I’m working, okay, I want to get married, get married, get a job, get a house…’ so your zikr becomes more of that and less of this. Yes, it goes up, it goes down a little bit, but check yourself. If you don’t check yourself, you say ‘wait, wait a minute, why am I so much busy like this? Pull myself back, I must be busy like this a little bit.’ Then you are checking, always. But when you don’t check, and you assume, because ‘sometime ago my intention is for the sake of Allah,’ then you are already continuing with that. You are not even here for zikr, or for sohbet. You are here ‘okay, because I want to get a job, get a better job, get more money, and then I’m going to get married, and then have children…’ then you are going to be very, very busy with that, and your heart will be pulled to that.
So check your connection to your Sheykh, number one. Then check your connection to each other. The trick also is so easy, people say ‘I’m connected to the Sheykh,’ but they don’t connect to anyone, thinking ‘it’s only me and my Sheykh,’ then that time, he can only find one thing that he will not like, what the Sheykh said to him, and the Sheykh will say many, many things to you that you will not like, one day you are just going to ‘humph, he said something to me.’ Oh, but you didn’t make any connection to anyone, so it’s easy to break that connection with the Sheykh, do you understand? So Prophet (AS), he did not come to individual Sahabis. He came to all the Sahabis and the Sahabis, he taught them and he trained them how to be brothers to each other. Doesn’t mean they don’t have differences, but how to be brothers, and how to be like a family. Muhajirs and the Ansars. They are still a bit different, because of course, Muhajirs are Muhajirs, and Ansars are Ansars, it will still continue. The idea is not to iron everyone out and they become identical and robot to each other. That’s not the point. The point is that, as Allah says, ‘We created you into different tribes so that you can learn from each other.’ In these differences, there are wisdoms and there are secrets that you are supposed to take, and it makes you become even more complete.
Allah SWT, Prophet (AS) is saying ‘marriage is half of your religion.’ He didn’t say friendship, man and man friendship, or work, or this. Marriage. Man to woman, woman to a man. The opposite. Completely different, that you will learn, it will complete you in your deen. Don’t say it will complete you in your spirit. We are not like ‘oh, I’m half a spirit, I have to find another half of my spirit, wandering around, and then we become one spirit.’ What the heck is that? Allah created you as a spirit, complete already. But here, we are talking about religion, deen. There is something else. Adam (as) was complete.
So check, that’s why sohbet is important for you to, at least once a week, listen and try to do that. If you are not doing it everyday, if you are not around people to talk, to think, at least once a week, twice a week, half hour, you are listening to what our Sheykh is sending us, to make us to think a little bit. Now, your progress now is according to how you are going to use that when the test comes. Like, say, this is a lecture. This is a lecture, later, there is going to be a test. If you don’t attend the lecture to take notes and to understand, the examination, the test coming, you cannot pass, even if you study by yourself, you cannot pass. You will not be able to do good. Now, you attend the lecture, you sit for the test, but you didn’t take notes. You didn’t try to understand, and when the test comes, you are not trying to remember what it is. You will fail too. Yes, you can attend the sohbets, but when the test comes, you don’t want to use any of that. You will fail too. So what do people do? Instead of waiting for the end of the year test, then they are just going to test themselves, to practice. Once you practice, and you practice with small, small things, then the big thing that comes is going to be so easy.
But if you don’t practice, you say ‘ah, this is nothing to do, this has nothing to do,’ if you are not practicing, to fight against your small dajjals inside of you, how are you going to fight against that one? Impossible. Astaghfirullah. Understand? So don’t be idiot. Selam Aleykum. This much is enough. Wa minallahu taufiq, Al Fatiha.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergah, New York
23 Rabiul Awwal 1443
29 October 2021