We Must Focus On Our Duty


Your duty, our duty, our service, focus on that. I’m seeing, left and right, those who have feelings, too much feelings, feelings like they’ve never seen before, they are lost on the way. When Hz Abu Bakr as-Siddiq he saw the Prophet (AS), who knows what he went through when he heard, because he wasn’t there, who knows what he went through when he was traveling? Was he ever separated? Yet, when he saw the Prophet (AS), what did he say? ‘You are as beautiful when you pass as you are when you are alive.’ And he closed the Prophet’s eyes, he kissed the Prophet’s forehead. So it’s about the Prophet (AS), it’s not about him. And the next thing that he did was to assume leadership, controlling Hz Umar, controlling the situation. He let the others to cry, he let the others to feel, he did not let himself to. We didn’t see. In his own way, that’s something else. That’s one of the reasons why the Sheykh has to have nothing to feel for him, because there is no show there. I bet if there were riwayats of him crying so much, tearing his clothes, doing this and that, writing poetry, they would change their feelings about him.

He wasn’t there for the show, because he was controlling it. They were also claiming that he was very cold and he was going after the chair. Did he care? What did he care about? His Beloved. What his Beloved is going to say, what his Beloved wants him to do. So against all odds, he gave some of the most heaviest orders that did not make any sense. But he said ‘no, my Beloved says this has to be done. We have to protect Medina. The animals they are coming. Who said they were our friends? Once upon a time, they are coming to finish us all. My Beloved says we have to send them away. The army has to go.’ And when Hz Umar was objecting, he said ‘what happened to you, ya Umar? You became like a woman?’ Oh, understand those words now. How strong the heart has to be. This is the heart that says ‘I love you so much, I give you away. Just as I give my Allah away, I give you away.’ He gave all his possessions, and when they asked him, ‘what did you leave for your son, what did you leave for your family, what did you leave for your wife?’ he says ‘I left for them Allah and His Prophet,’ meaning ‘even I don’t own him, own Prophet. I don’t own Allah. I left Them for them.’ That is the meaning of fakir. You don’t claim ownership, no matter what is in your hands you say ‘it is not mine.’ So many claiming Allah, wanting Allah, saying ‘Allah is in me.’ But our Pir is saying ‘I don’t even have Allah and His Prophet. I gave it away.’ How deep is that, hm?

Nine years after Sheykh Effendi had passed. This is the ninth Mevlid, Urs, he passed, this is his birthday. Next year, 2022, ten years. 2023 will be his eleventh year. Eleventh. 2023. Prepare. Know what’s going to come up next year, expect what’s going to happen in 2023, don’t look for these kinds of things. Look how much progress you are going to make. Look to how much progress you want to make. To be ready for that. Maybe by that time, we are ready for Hajj. I am making the intention. Maybe we go there, we die there. Who cares, it’s so much easier. Maybe tomorrow we die. So much easier. But what did you do for the sake of Allah today? That question has to be answered sincerely. If that question is answered, then it’s okay. That question is not answered, you’re just saying ‘I just want to leave because this is too hard for me, I just want to leave because I love my Allah, I just want to go,’ that is not the way of Siddiq ul-Akbar. Do you think, his Beloved passed, he doesn’t want to die? He died a thousand times.

So insyaAllah, like this or like that, we are not going to be here, but we are going to be here. Sheykh Effendi is not here, but he is here. Do something, you who are here, do whatever. It doesn’t matter, I give you permission. Sit around, talk about him. It doesn’t matter. Show something, it doesn’t matter. What matters is the heart a little bit, you do some zikr a little bit, listen to some sohbets from him, read something, see something, it’s okay. Rabi ul-Thani, second spring. This is fall time, no? How do you say fall time in Turkish? Second spring. Who knows what is there, but wherever we turn, we cannot see his face, turn again, cannot see his face, turn again, until you see his face, because it must be wherever you turn there is his face. Wherever you go, wherever you roam, see, for him. Make it clear. InsyaAllah. Al Fatiha. Selam Aleykum.


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

Osmanli Dergah, New York
30 Rabiul Awwal 1443
4 November 2021

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