July 2006

The bigness of man and the Greatness of the Creator

As-salamu alaikum!

Audhu bi-llahi mina shaitani rajim
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
La haula wa la quwatta illa billahi-l ‘Aliyu-l ‘Azim

By the Name of Allah Almighty, most Merciful, most Beneficent and most

May Allah forgive me and bless you!… O people, ask forgiveness from
Allah Almighty and ask (Him) to look after you with His blessings!

We are humble people; physically we are so small. Sometimes (the) sun
(is) shining, there are rays coming and in it you are looking small
pieces lying in it that may be much more bigger than ourselves by
comparing (ourselves) with the universe. Physically we are so small;
through (the) universe you can’t be seen (and) even our (whole) solar
system (is) going to disappear. And our world, (the) planet that we
have been landed on it, it is going to be also disappearing. And
through (the) bigness of this planet our physical being (is) nothing,
but… The Lord of Heavens created ourselves and we were not in
existence; we are created ones and He is (the) Creator (and) every
created one (is) going to be nothing, as much as you can imagine a
bigness for this universe.

You may say: “(What about) billion times such a universe? What do you
think, o Sheikh?”

(But) I am saying: “Nothing.” “What do you think if we (may) have a
bigger universe than our universe trillion times? What do you think?”
I am saying: “Nothing.” You may say: “O Sheikh, if we are making that
universe bigger and bigger and bigger and saying quatrillion times on
it quatrillion times power – what do you think (about) that bigness?”
I am (still) saying: “Nothing.” Creatures, as much as your imagination
(is) going and (you are) thinking (they may be) bigger and bigger and
bigger, but (yet) we are on the level of creation and created; never,
you can’t make a comparison between creation’s bigness and (the)
Creator’s Greatness!

We may say ‘Allah the Great’, but we can’t say ‘Big Allah’. He is big
one? (No), He is Great One. Greatness that is absolute, (has) not an
end; absolute Greatness for our Lord Almighty Allah. But everything
that He created and run through your imagination, you may say bigger,
bigger, bigger, but – that is big, but Allah is the Great. Allah is
Great. (For) everything in creation you may say (for it) ‘little’,
‘small one’, ‘big one’, ‘bigger one’, ‘biggest one’, but by comparison
with the Greatness (of Allah Almighty) it is nothing. And we have been
granted from Allah Almighty not greatness, but to be big ones; (we may
say) big stars, big worlds, big galaxies, big universes, but you can’t
say ‘great galaxy’, no! You must understand this; new knowledge this

‘Big ones’ (you may say) for those that their existence (has) just
(been) granted from (the) Great Lord, the Lord of Creation. But,
Subhanallah – through our physical being our bigness is nothing,
(but,) Subhanallah, we have been granted something that your
imagination can’t reach to understand it, no, you can’t understand.
What is that? (It is) how Allah Almighty through His Greatness (is)
addressing to you, saying: “O my servants”, and that means (that) He
granted us something that it is not belonging to our physical being
and our material universe, (it is) never going to belong to that ones,
never granted from universes and galaxies and worlds and Heavenly
beings; (they are) never granted such a thing that the Lord of Heavens
granted to mankind and He is saying: “You (are) My successor on
earth!” And what is earth? What is (the) real earth and what is (the)
real addressing? To whom the Lord of Heavens was addressing that we
said: Through your material being (that) just disappeared, no more,
and His addressing no more can carry our physical being that

As Sayyidina Musa was asking: “O my Lord, let me to look You, to look
to You!” (And Allah Almighty was) saying: “Come!” He (Sayyidina Musa)
was asking to see, to look to his Creator and Allah Almighty was
saying: “You can’t see. With your material dressing and with your
physical sifat, characteristics (attributes), you can’t see!” You
can’t see, as long as you are dressed (as a) material being; it is so
small, that (even) if we may give it a bigness, to our physical being,
(so that it) may be (big like) such a universe, yet the addressing of
Allah Almighty should be (the same and He will say): “You can’t see
Me. As long as you are in your material being, you can’t see Me, but I
may take (you) (when) you may be isolated from your physical body. You
can’t, as long as you are through (a) physical form, you can’t see.”
And (He Almighty was) giving an example to know Moses and everyone: He
Almighty (was) sending one ray (on a huge mountain) – that you can’t
imagine (a) lessness for that appearance – (and) this huge mountain…
Uhhhh…. (it) just finished!

Therefore – insan, man – is such an extraordinary being among
creation; (the) biggest one among creation that is man. Man’s
creation, man’s structure (is) most important and (but) even though
they can’t be able to see, to look.

Now you, as long as you are with your physical being and as long as
you are interesting through your material being and (at the same time
you are) asking something from spirituality, from Heavenly positions,
you can’t reach. Either you must leave that or you should be mahrum,
deprived, you can’t be able to reach (the) second one that (physical
being is) never going to see Him, Almighty.

Therefore we are saying (that) we are so small ones. Doesn’t matter
(if) our physical being, (even) if it can be billion times (as big as)
such a universe, yet we are nothing. And on nothing can’t be seen any
appearance from Heavenly beings. Leave Allah Almighty, even (for)
Heavenly beings you can’t see. You can’t see; we may fall down, as a
thunder coming on a person, finished. But we have been granted such an
important real being that (is) never going to be affected through
Divinely Appearances – according to their levels. But if (you have)
not (reached to your Heavenly position), your physical form can’t
carry anything from spirituality. Therefore we have been ordered to
leave our material being.

Therefore – Sayyidina Abu Yazid, he came into (the) Divinely Presence
and (he was) asking: “O my Lord, let me enter in it!” And the Lord
(was) saying: “Leave your nafs, leave your ego and come!” That means:
Your ego that belongs to material world it is (the) biggest hindrance
for a person to reach to his Lord’s Divinely Presence. And first the
Seal of Prophets just left it; on the Night Journey he was not using
his physical being, no. (He) just changed; and (the) first step from
Haramu-l Mecca- sharafallah – (he was) rising on (the) Buraq, then (he
was) coming and (the) Buraq that belongs to and representing our
(spiritual or our) physical being, he left it and then (he was)
getting in (to the Divine Presence). He left his ride, (as it was said
that:) “You must leave it and then come!” (So) he left it (behind) and
(then he was) coming.

That is (the) honour of mankind. May be bigger and bigger and bigger
his physical being (like) billions (of) such a universe, but (that
bigness is) giving nothing to you or giving nothing, (no) any rights
to you to stand up even one foot over the earth! You can fall down.

Who is asking to move towards Heavens that they are not belonging to
material world, he must be able to stand up over the world even one
foot. That time he is ready for getting up. If (you) can’t do (that),
yet you are on (the) same level, (the) level of animals. Who is not
able to take up, to rise or to arise his feet from earth even one foot
distance, that means yet he is belonging to (the) material world and
he is wholly nafs; wholly his animal being just (is) appearing on
himself and he can’t get up. When (the) animal being just disappeared,
then you should be ready.

(The) Prophet – sallaLlahu alayhi wa sallam – was coming from Mecca
Mukarrama to Baitu-l Maqdis in Muwaqa Sharif. When (he was) reaching
there, he was reached to a position that he may arise (to Heavens) by
himself. Therefore (he was) leaving (the) Buraq Sharif, holy ride on
earth and then he (was) becoming to get up.

O people, we are not yet understanding about ourselves! Therefore –
(the) Prophet (was) saying that “Man arifa nafsa, faqad arifa
Rabbahu.” If you are not knowing about yourself, you can’t reach to
your Creator. First you must be able to understand about yourself.
That is a summary; I think from East and West (people are saying the
same or) in such a way, but some precious stones you can find in it
and they mean to say: “O people, try (not) to run after bigness on
earth. You are in need to reach a greatness through Heavens! As long
as you are running after bigness, your and (the) animals level (is
the) same (and) you can’t reach up!”

And (when the) Prophet was ready, instantly (he was) beginning to get
up, up. And his bigness (on earth) just finished and (then) it was
only an order from (the) holy Orders of Allah Almighty (that He was)
saying: “Be!” and (it was) becoming and Allah Almighty (was) just
putting on his (the Prophet’s) existence (the) existence of Heavenly
beings, dressing him from the Greatness of Heavens. Not from His (Own)
Greatness, but from the greatness of Heavens, till he reached
(further) up.

Therefore, now people are thinking that a religion, a belief, is
something that without practicing you may reach some degrees or
without trying yourself by some means of spirituality. They may think
that: “We reached to Allah”, (but it) can’t be! You may be (a) big
one, but you can’t be a great one.

May Allah forgive us and bless you, for the honor of the Seal of
Prophets, Sayyidina Muhammad – sallaLlahu alayhi wa sallam, and (may
He) give us a good understanding. Peoples’ understanding (is wrong),
particularly in our days; they are understanding (a) wrong
understanding for Islam and for religions, for spirituality, for
Heavenly matters or (for) Heavenly levels or Heavenly beings. And only
you can find your way through one Tariqat (through a Sufi-Order); and
now whole Tariqats just stopped down, only (the) Naqshibandi
(Tariqat), (the) most distinguished Naqshibandi Order, (is) on. On,
and you can reach with that (one) only to your real position. That
means: when you are… (when it is) going to be taken away from yourself
everything that belongs to our material being, (when it is) taken
away, then you should be dressed. You should be dressed (by a)
Heavenly Dressing for an understanding. Or (If not) your are
understanding only (about the) level of animals – eating, drinking and
making children, sexual works, nothing else. As now people just fall
in it…

Allahumma, ya Allah, o our Lord, save ourselves from the hands of
satanic powers and make us to destroy (the) building of Batil, false, to make it
down and its supporter and teacher shaitan also to fall down! And I hope that
time now is over; coming, what we are asking, now (is) approaching and people
should be taken away from themselves (those) that they are asking to be big ones
and instead (to be) big ones (on earth) they (people) should reach a greatness
in (the) Divinely Presence of the holy Creator.

Bi hurmati man arsalta alayhi Suratu-l Fatiha…

This is important!



Juma Khutba given by Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Hakkani el-Kibrisi

Friday 18 Jumad al-Ahir, 1427
July 14, 2006
Osmanli Naks-i’bendi Hakkani Dergah, Siddiki Center, New York.

Medet Ya Seyyidi Ya Sultanul Awliya, Medet.

Inna ad-dina indallahu Islam. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is saying to
us, “There is only one (religion) accepted in the Divine Presence.
Islam. Don’t come to My Presence with other things.” I am watching
that everyone today everywhere is either giving `V’ sign, peace sign
or signs like this or that. Islam is peace. It’s peace, but not by
word, not by the tongue and not like those guys putting bombs here and
there and later taking pictures making peace sign. What kind of peace
is that? Islam is submission. If you want peace then you have to
submit yourself. You have to submit your will to the will of Allah.
Then you will get peace. There is no peace otherwise, because you have
a plan but Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has a plan for you too. Allah
(subhana wa ta’ala) wants the best for His servants and He is planning
the best for His servants. But the servants are running stubbornly and
arrogantly saying, “I have to do what I want.” What’s coming to you is
from your ego, not from Rahman. If it’s from Rahman then you are going
to find peace. If it’s coming from the ego then you are not going to
find peace. It’s not possible.

Shariat and Tariqat. Shariat is the law, shariat is the scholarship,
shariat is the knowledge. Tariqat is the lifestyle, taking what is
ordered in shariat and putting it in your life. When you are entering
into tariqat you cannot say, “I like this and I don’t like that. I
want this and I don’t want this.” What comes to you is from Allah. You
have to accept. If you are not accepting then you are not finding
peace. You are running to fix it but the more you are running to fix
it the more you are destroying it because you are running away from
Allah more. Our Grandsheykh is saying, “Run away from sheytans.”
Sheytans are loose now, working top-speed twenty-four hours. Not like
you working five hours, two hours, three hours or eight hours. They
work twenty-four hours and their duty is to run to put wrong things in
your heart. Nothing else. And to take you away from that peace, take
you away from Allah. That is their duty. Anyone opening one door to
them, thousands can enter through that door. You must shut the door.
We don’t know how to shut the door. So we run to tariqats, we run to
our sheykhs to say, “As you like my Sheykh. As you like. Not as I like
but as you like.” When you say, “As you like”, you cannot say, “Well,
I like this part.” If you are submitting yourself to your Sheykh, if
you are submitting your will to the hand of your Sheykh then he has a
plan for you. He is working on that plan. And the Sheykh’s plan
doesn’t work on the worldly level (only). It works in Dunya and
Akhirat. He looks at what is good for you firstly in Akhirat. Number
one (priority) is what is good for you in Akhirat. That’s what he
tries to provide you first and later fix all other problems. He is not
going to give you the luxury of Dunya or give to you whatever you like
in Dunya. No. He looks at what is for you in Akhirat so that you are
going to have peace in Akhirat. Your whole life may be miserable in
Dunya. It’s okay. If your Sheykh is saying to you that it’s okay then
it is okay! Don’t go against that. It is okay because if you are
trying to fix it then you are going to destroy it. There is no way
because you don’t know how to fix it. You don’t know how to fix it but
he knows.

When you go to a hospital the doctors put you under the watch. They
either say, “Give him pills” or “give him injections.” You can scream
as much as you want saying, “This injection is hurting me, this pills
are bothering me.” You are going to get them to get cured. You got
sick someway somehow. You need to get cured. If you don’t get cured
then you are going to die. We all got sick. All. And especially those
who are away from Allah and His Prophet (sws) for most of the time of
their lives, they got really sick. They need to be cured shortly
because the time is clicking. You don’t want to remember, no one wants
to remember but the time is clicking for Akhirat, tak, tak, tak, tak.
You cannot bring it back. Every minute that is ticking, you cannot
bring it back. It’s kicking you forward going towards Akhirat. If you
are still imagining, admiring and loving this Dunya then what are you
doing in tariqat? What are you going to get from tariqat? If there’s
love of Dunya then what are you getting from tariqat? The love of the
world, huh? Tariqat doesn’t give you that. Tariqat gives you what is
necessary to live in this world and not go to extremes left and right.
Tariqat teaches you how to look after yourself, how to cure yourself
and be strong to run to give cure to others.

So this is the one recipe. There is no other. Anybody who is looking
for peace must run to Islam and must leave all kinds of wrong
lifestyle. They must leave it aside. (They say), “I got used to it.”
Yes, you got used to the wrong thing and now you can get used to the
right thing. Leave the wrong things aside.” (They say), “My ego is so
squeezed that I am not breathing.” Of course. That means your spirit
is enjoying now. When the ego is under hardship the spirit is reaching
to high stations. But when the ego is enjoying then the spirit is not
having the enjoyment. You are squeezing the spirit and you are
finishing. And the ego is suffering at the same time too. When you are
making your ego to suffer then your spirit is reaching to high
stations. But when you are giving freedom to your ego, not your spirit
and not your ego is going to have peace. It’s going to trick you and
it’s going to fool you (to think that you are having peace) just for
that minute with whatever you are doing.

So you must take (from) tariqat to apply to your life. You must take
what is coming from your Sheykh and apply to your life. You may read
all books, you may swallow all knowledge and all scholarship of Islam
but it’s not going to help you. There are thousands of teachers in the
universities, Yahudis and Christians. They are not Muslims. They are
teaching Islam in the universities. Yes, they have the academic
knowledge. They read the books and they teach to others. But it’s not
helping them because they are not applying it to their lives. And if
one wants to apply it to their life then they must find someone and
they must hold on tightly to someone. And in this time it’s the
Naksibendi Order. All other Orders are only teaching you how to live
in this Dunya. They are not teaching you how to go beyond that. If
anybody is saying other than that then bring him here. Don’t bring him
to Sheykh Mevlana yet. Bring him to me.

So, if we are looking for peace then this is what we have to do, if
you are really sincere. If you are not sincere with it then don’t
spend your time in tariqat. Run for Dunya, get whatever enjoyment you
are going to get and say, “I am praying and I am doing everything”,
and then go to the Judgment Place with that. You don’t need tariqat
then. Tariqat is submission. If you have submission then you have
tariqat. If you don’t have submission then you don’t have tariqat. You
can claim as much you want that you have tariqat. You don’t have
tariqat. Your tariqat is according to your ego then. You are making
your tariqat according to your ego.

That’s why in today’s world everywhere there are tariqats. People are
dancing, eating and sleeping, saying, “Tariqat, we are in tariqat.”
Tariqat teaches you how to work against your ego, nothing else. Either
you are working for Allah or you are working for your ego. If you are
working for Allah then leave the desires of the ego aside because
Allah gave you whatever is necessary for you and for the enjoyment of
this life within the borderlines of Islam saying, “Do this and do
that. It is okay.” But if you don’t know the limit then you are going
to pass out of that limit and then you are to think, “Yes, we are
still number one”, but you are not. You are already out. You have
already fallen out of tariqat.

Wa min Allahu taufiq

Bihurmatil Habib

Bihurmatil Fatiha.

Hilye Sherif