April 2007


Saturday, Rabiul Akhir 5, 1428 (April 22, 2007)

Northern Virginia

 

Rabiul Sani 5, 1428

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Sohbet by Shaykh Abdul Kerim al-Hakkani al-Kibrisi

(Continued…)

HIDDEN PLEASURE HIDDEN ANGER

Holy Prophet (alayhi salatu wa salam) is saying to us in one hadith … (If we
take the hadith that I am going to say now and apply it to our lives, then it is
another safety for us). It says, “Allah subhana wa ta’ala has hidden His liking
and His pleasure in the good deeds that you are doing.” Meaning, He is hiding
the good deed that will earn His pleasure among the good deeds that you are
doing. Is Allah going to be pleased because you pray five times a day or is He
going to be pleased because as you are walking in the street you see a stone and
you move it aside so that no one is going to fall on it? You don’t know. You
don’t know which action you are going to do that is going to please Allah and
Allah is going to be happy with you.

That is why Holy Prophet (saw) is saying that Allah is hiding it. So whatever
comes in front of you, if it is a good action then a believer is going to run to
do it. “Maybe in this action Allah is going to be pleased with me.” Never is
there going to be an end to it because it is hidden and you are not going to
know. So until the Angel of Death comes you are going to run, moving and doing
things for the sake of Allah. And the more things you do for the sake of Allah,
the more pleasure you are going to get in your heart. More satisfaction is going
to come and your faith is going to grow stronger. Laziness is going to run away
from you; weakness is going to run away from you; foolishness is going to run
away from you. The bottom point is: shaytan is going to pull himself and his
army away from you because now you are getting closer to Rahman (The Merciful).
Every deed that you are doing is bringing you closer to Allah; and as you are
coming closer to Allah, shaytan is running away from you. So Holy Prophet (saw)
is saying, “Allah has hidden his favor in your deeds.” That one is hiding and
you do not know which one it is. So you have to run after it.

He is also saying (alayhi salatu wa salam), “He is hiding His anger inside the
sins that you are committing.” The anger is also hiding inside the wrong things
that you are committing. You do not know which sin you are going to commit and
you are going to get the anger of Allah. Now this is a very important point. You
may say to yourself, “I committed all these wrong sins and I did not get the
anger of Allah.” Just then maybe you are going to turn your head to look at
something forbidden to you and you may get the anger. So now you have to control
yourself. You have to turn back to your self. You have to try not to do anything
then because getting the anger of Allah is not like getting the anger of your
friend or your buddy. If you get your Lord angry with you then you finish
yourself. So that is also hidden. An intelligent man cannot say, “Oh let me do
this and I am going to say Astaghfirullah later.” You may not have the chance to
say Astaghfirullah. You may not be given the chance.

HIDDEN FRIENDS

And he (saw) is saying, “He has hidden His waliullah, His friends, among the
people.” They may appear to you like one of you but they are not. They may not
speak. They do not have to speak. They do not have to be a Shaykh or Imam. No.
They do not have to be a Muezzin. When they are sitting you may think that they
may not even have tongues. But they might be the friends of Allah. So you have
to be careful there more than anything else. If you get that one’s anger, then
you finish yourself. If you get that one’s pleasure, you raise yourself. Because
everything works according to what is between his two jaws (tongue). What comes
out is accepted.

A man has no value until he reaches to that station and his faith is growing. If
you have no faith in the heart you have no value. Allah is saying that. He is
saying, “What are you? Your value is only as much faith you have in Me. As much
as you believe in Me, that much value you have. If you are not believing in Me
and if you are not accepting what I am sending to you, then you have no value.”
But the worldly people may put you on top of the list. Heh.. if the whole world
puts you on top of the list and Allah puts you on the bottom of the list, what
are you going to do?

Who is the most valuable one in the Divine Presence? – the Habibullah Muhammad
(alayhi salatu wa salam), the most valuable one. But when he came, only a
handful of people followed him; and the majority, the foolish ones, were
insulting him. Until today, the foolish ones try to insult that one. But his
name is on the top of the list; and Allah has put a condition there. “You want
to become beloved to Me, you must love this one. If you do not love this one you
cannot come near Me and I am not accepting anything that you are doing.” So your
value comes according to that Prophet (saw)- to believers and to Muslims. The
unbelievers and the non-muslims still have a (long) way to go in that road, and
then that road may bring them to the Siratul Mustakim – the main road; and in
that main road, they have to understand who is the most valuable in the divine
presence. We are not talking about those yet. They still have a way to go. We
are talking about those who are accepting and who are saying (that they accept).
Not who are not accepting. No. You are only going to find what you accept and
what you do not accept.

So if we just take this hadith that we have heard and we apply it to our lives
everyday; and when you wake up, if you try to live according to this hadith then
tell me, are you going to find yourself entering wrong areas? You are going to
be in the awakening station. Waking up then you would have to observe properly
and look at everything around you properly. You are not going to just say, “To
hell with you” and walk. That is what so many are doing.

“Well I did not like it.”
“You don’t like it? Too bad, get out of here.”
“Okay. Good day to you.”

Ohh! Look what happens to that man later. You are looking down on somebody.
Especially in this country they are looking down on everybody. (Allah says), “I
am writing it in your book. Don’t worry. You are looking down? Look what happens
to your life until you die.”

So there are so many beloved ones to Allah and to His Prophet (saw). If you look
down on those, you are in trouble. Never mind about those unbelievers. (I am
talking about) those who pray five times a day. (Shaykh pointing at `X’) He can
tell you the story of what happened in 96th Street mosque. Insisting; the man is
insisting to be cursed. Running, coming and touching fire to be burned. It is
fire and he is running to touch the fire. So Allah has hidden. Those Muslims
know that but they are not accepting Waliullah. They say, “We are all Wali.”
Hm.. Of course. You are going to sink in the dirtiness of the world and all the
garbage that you are going to do and later because you make two rakat of prayer
you are going to claim, “I am Wali”. Mashallah. Heh.. Not fives times a day but
if you pray fifty times a day, what is your prayer worth?

IF NOT FOR HIM

It is not the prayers. Don’t you understand? Allah is saying, “If the worship of
all the angels, all believers and all prophets from the beginning to the end of
times were collected together and were put on one side of the scale, and two
rakat of prayer of the Holy Prophet (alayhi salatu wa salam) addressing to the
Lord of the Heavens Allah subhana wa ta’ala were put on the other side of the
scale, those two rakat are more beloved to Allah than the prayers of all
prophets, all saints and all angels nonstop.” Those two rakat are more beloved
to Allah than everything combined together. It will become more heavier. Say it
is otherwise. It cannot be. Impossible. Because Allah is saying, “That one is My
favored. If that one stands in front of Me, even if you all come together, I am
not looking at any one of you. If I am looking, I am looking because of that
one. If that one is not there then I am not looking. You are worth nothing in my
presence without him.” Allahu Akbar! You are worth nothing if not for that
Prophet (saw).

Our value has no value. You may say to the world in the world, “Oh I am such a
valuable one.” That is what Firaun was saying. “I am so valuable.” That is what
Abu Jahil said. Holy Prophet (saw) was sitting alone in one corner of the Kaba
in Mekkah. When Abu Jahil came with all his foolish friends he said, “Look at
this one”. He said to Holy Prophet (alayhi salatu wa salam), “Are you a
prophet?” Prophet (saw) looked at him and said to him, “yes.” He (Abu Jahil)
says, “Look at him. He is a prophet and he does not have a single person around
him. What kind of a prophet are you? Look at me. Look at all my buddies around.
If there was a prophethood given it should be given to me.” Prophet (saw) was
hurt by it. He was sad. Allah addressed him that day with the angels, “Oh My
Prophet! Is that bothering you?” Right away He sent Jibreel (as) saying, “Take
that one to Miraj. Bring him up to Me. Let him to see.” It was not that he did
not believe; but looking at their ignorance and arrogance, his heart was crying
saying, “How are they addressing, how foolish the things they are doing.”

STEPPING ON THE EGO

But if you do not see your ego worse than Abu Jahil’s ego then you are in bigger
trouble than Abu Jahil. Yeah. Compare and say. If you cannot say, “If I was at
the time of the Holy Prophet (saw) and if Allah did not hold me, I would become
worse than Abu Jahil to the Prophet (saw)”, then you still have pride in your
heart. Because the characteristics of the ego are the same on everyone. If Allah
is not holding it, if Allah’s favor has not reached to you, this time or that
time, you are Abu Jahil. We are Abu Jahils.

So the only way to bring it (pride) down is to step on the ego. Stepping on the
ego is not to say, “I am stepping on my ego.” Huh! It has to be in action. If
you want to step on your ego then sit in the presence of someone and say, “I am
submitting myself and my will to you. As you like.” That is the step that slowly
brings you to the higher stations because now you are giving yourself up to some
other human like you. You are giving control to that one and you are promising
to do what that one says. That is the first step of stepping on the ego. If you
are not stepping on the ego in that first step, whatever you know is not more
than what shaytan knew. And the more shaytan knew, the more he made himself to
become disobedient directly to his Creator. It is because that one did not
accept any Shaykh or any guide. Allah said to him, “Submit yourself. Make Sajdah
to Adam.” Sajdah is not only to make prostration. (Allah said) “From now on you
are under the control of this one. Whatever you want to know you may ask that
one. Do not come to Me.” He did not like it. He says, “I have direct connection
with you.”

[Allah says] “I cut that line. Now you have connection with that one. You are
not coming to Me.”

So the ego did not like it. It did not accept it. Think and understand the
worship that he was doing up until that time. If the whole life was given to us,
sixty years or seventy years, nonstop twenty-four hours of worship, we cannot
cover even one split area that shaytan was worshipping. No, impossible. He
worshipped forty thousand years in each paradise, in each level of the
paradises. Understand how much he was worshipping; and he reached to the level
where he became teacher to the angels. When something was unknown to the angels,
they used to come to him to ask. How many angels up until now came and asked
you, “What should I do? Which level should I go? Which level should I come?” So
that is enough measurement for us to know where we are and where shaytan was.

SHAYTAN’S WRONG INTENTION

The bigger problem is another one that is hiding now under the carpet. Why did
shaytan fall into that problem knowing all that knowledge, all those secrets and
reaching to stations of teaching the angels? He was giving sohbet to angels from
time to time. He was sitting and giving sohbet to them. They were listening.
Because when he had seen Maqam-e Mahmud that Allah subhana wa ta’ala created,
the highest station, he aimed for that. (He said) “This must be mine. I must
reach to that.” So all the worship, all that running and all that killing
himself was not really for the sake of Allah. It was to reach there. So there
was wrong intention somewhere. That little wrong intention made him to become
disobedient. He became disobedient because as soon as Allah created Adam (as) he
looked at that one and he looked at that station and he understood, “This
station is for that one. For the children of Adam. It is not for me. I am
worshipping all these years and he is giving it to this one that he has just
created.” That is what made him go crazy.

This is what so many people are doing to the Shaykhs. They say, “I am serving
you so much, I love you so much, I give you everything and that one just came
and you love that one more than me?” Heh� Yeah. This is the characteristic that
shaytan is putting into every one of us. That is how he is playing with us. We
must wake up. We must understand which station we are in and how are we going to
come out of that wrong heedless station to the awakening station. If you
are in the awakening station, then it does not matter if you are sitting in the
first floor or if you are sitting on the top floor. (Then you say), “Allah has
accepted me as a servant. Alhamdulillah. Ya Rabbi. Shukr Ya Rabbi.” Then you
look at the other one and say, “Ah Mashallah!” Nicely, neatly and with more love
you look at that one saying, “This one must be in higher station. He must be
better since Allah put him there.” Then you will not have any envy, any jealousy
or any wrong thinking.

HAZRAT ABU BAKR AND UMAR (RA)

Do you think the Sahaba-e Ikram were fighting like this? When Prophet (salatu wa
salam) asked to give for the sake of Allah, Abu Bakr Siddik (ra) came. He said,
“What did you give Ya Abu Bakr and what did you leave for your family?”

He said, “Ya Rasulullah, I left my family Allah and His Prophet (saw). Nothing
else. I gave everything I have.”

So then Umar (ra) came. He (salatu wa salam) said to him, “What did you leave Ya
Umar?”

He said, “I left half for my family and I gave half for the sake of Allah.”

He (salatu wa salam) said to him in front of the other Sahabis, “Ya Umar, your
faith is half of Abu Bakr’s faith.”

He [Umar ra] did not get upset to say, “What are you saying?” Ha ha! Hasha
astaghfirullah. Isn’t it what is going to happen today? If he (a mureed) does
not say it openly, he is going to go out there (outside the dergah) to say it.
So then Umar (ra) looked at Abu Bakr (ra) and bowed down more in front of him.
He was always trying to compete with him, and after that he stopped. (He
realized that) It is impossible to reach Abu Bakr.

Friday, Rabiul Awwal 26, 1428 (April 13, 2007)

Manhattan Dergah, NYC

 

The Need for a Guide

Sohbet by Shaykh Abdul Kerim al-Hakkani al-Kibrisi

(Continued…)

Submitting your will is not by word. When you are submitting your will to a
doctor’s hand, if the doctor says to you, “Sit in the hospital.” Do you say? “No
I have business to take care of. Let me go out.” The doctor says to you, “You
are sick. If you hang out in the streets so much you are going to die.” Do you
insist saying, “No, let me out”?

The doctor is not going to tie you down to the bed. He will say, “You are free.
Run.” But next time when you will come to the hospital door they are going to
bring you with the stretcher in an ambulance saying “Emergency.” The doctor will
come and say, “Put him on that side. Don’t mix him up with the other ones
because that sickness might drop on the other ones too.” So then they will lock
you into a room.

THE ONE THING OF CONCENTRATION

This is not a game. People make Islam a game like the people made Christianity
and Judaism. Everyone says, “Ah Mashallah!” Mashallah. We saw for the last two
thousand years, and now we are seeing what Christianity did. Everyone thinks
they reached to Sidratul Muntaha. Mashallah! Lowest of the lowest. Going down
and down and down and down. They became lower than the animals. Say otherwise.
Go to the streets and look. Look at the billboards. Look at the commercials.
Look at the lifestyle, and look at the people – how so many think. Then say to
me that it is not lower than the animals. Only thing, from young to old, from
men to women, from rich to poor, most are thinking one thing, concentrating on
it. What is that? You are ashamed to say it. Let me say. Here (the sexual
drive), between the two legs. It is the main thing, the main lifestyle and the
pleasure that they do not even know how to do right. Hm.. That’s right. Heh!
From the poor man in the streets all the way to the White House.

Is this what religion is bringing? Is this what Allah has created the Man for?
Just for that? If you do that everyday (you don’t have the energy to do it
everyday anyway); but if you do it everyday, how long is it going to take you?
One hour a day? You are concentrating the whole of your life on that? Allahu
Akbar! And say to me that it is not so. Go look at the commercials, look at the
televisions, look at the movies, look everywhere. The majority who go to movies
go only to see a naked woman.

So are we still going to cheat our own selves? Or are we going to say, “Whatever
happened? Oh let me wake up! The angel of death is coming.” Eh, the man who is
very young and who still does not know anything, you may say to him, “Okay, run
a little bit until you get tired. So when you get tired come around.” But the
man who has understood a couple of things must wake up. He must wake up to
himself.

THE ONE HADITH

So as I said last week, the week before and the week before, let us say again.
If you take one hadith of Holy Prophet (alayhi salatu wa salam) and you make a
promise to yourself to say that “I am going to live according to that hadith.
Every morning when I wake up, I am going to read that hadith; and I am going to
live according to that hadith”, then you will find all the doors are shut for
wrong areas; and you will find all the doors open for goodness. And then you
will find so much time to yourself. So much empty time you will find.

Now you do not have empty time because Shaytan is occupying, holding you
hostage. So you have no time. You squeeze the time into something and say, “Let
me go there [to zikir] on Friday nights because this man is unusual. If I don’t
go for two weeks, on the third week he may wash me up in front of others. So let
me just go.” Some are coming because of that. But you are very lucky that I am
screaming at you. If I don’t then you are going to run topspeed anyway. But you
are going to feel something somewhere and say, “Let me hold myself a little bit
more tightly.”

So if a man does not submit his will to the will of Allah, then in his heart one
way or the other, someway or somehow, he has hidden shirk. Somewhere he has it;
but he does not know where it is. That is why Holy Prophet (saw) is saying, “In
Ahir Zaman (end times), that is the worst thing that I am fearful for my nation:
hidden shirk.” So if you are submitting your will to the will of Allah� Heh! Can
anybody say, “I am submitting my will to the will of Allah.”? Say through the
tongue and put a seal on the heart. Say, let me see it. Put a Naksh,
Nakshibendi, put a Naksh to the word that you have said. “I have just submitted
my will to the will of the Lord of the Heavens.” As soon as you say that,
instantly I am going to show you not one, but maybe hundreds of shirk right away
right there. So many are saying that all the time. Mashallah!

Shaytan is coming from all angles to fool people. Not from one side. He has
hundreds of thousands of tricks for you. Which side would you come out of to
escape? Do you think it is so easy? It is not. So you need a guide to show you
to come out from this door. (You say) “Well that other door is more wide and
more open.” (Your Shaykh says) “Come out from here because there are traps
beyond that door and you are going to fall. This door looks difficult but it is
easy out.” You did not know that. You cannot see that.

WHO IS YOUR LORD?

So if man is submitting his will to the will of Allah, then he must hear the
word that is continuing, “Alastu birabbikum” (Who is your Lord?). Allah is
addressing. He has addressed you on the day of creation. His addressing did not
stop. It is continuing. “Alastu birabbikum!” Who is your Lord? When you are
finding that you do not know where your Lord is, then you are in trouble. You
are disconnected already. If you do not even remember, if you have not rewound
your tape back to that day where your spirit was physically present with
everyone together and Allah had addressed it. If you do not know that day, then
how are you going to know what is coming down now? How are you going to know
what the Lord of the Heavens is addressing now? But those who came to clearance
know that this is what the Lord of the Heavens is saying now. It does not matter
in which part of the world they are, they are all hearing the same words. They
are speaking from the same source, taking and speaking. Otherwise, there are so
many theories.

“Let me look into that book.”

“That book is past. It is in the past. What is the present? What is being
prepared for tomorrow?”

How are you going to know all this if you do not have a guide? By yourself? By
yourself you cannot even find what is in the past. You do not know which area to
enter and to see. You can be a geek and an expert on computers but you cannot
find the truth there. You do not have the rights to enter to the general
computer up there [heavenly]. You can break the codes for every computer in the
world but you cannot break that code to enter. It has to be given to you. They
do not accept any thieves there. They have to say, “This is the code number. Put
it and get in.”

One hadith. You take one hadith of the Prophet (alayhi salatu wa salam) and you
put it to your life. Then slowly you will find that your life is changing. The
more your life is changing, the more you are going to understand, “Hm.. I cannot
do this alone. Oh! That means that is why Allah has ordered us to become Jemat”.
Jemat (community)- not once a week, five times a day. Not coming and following
the Imam going up and down like robots and then going back. Your general
purpose, your reason of creation is not to run away (after prayers) saying, “I
have to go.” Where are you going? What is waiting there? That is why the mosques
are empty everywhere. East and West. Where are you going to find a more peaceful
place than a mosque? It is empty. Because people do not know what peace is. They
cannot sit in the mosque anymore, meditating alone or listening to sohbet. They
have to be in the crowd to talk nonsense. If they sit in the mosque they have to
understand a little bit, “Oh I don’t know anything!” So that is why Shaytan says
to them, “Don’t sit there, go out.”

It does not matter if you are in America or in Turkey. It does not matter if you
are in Saudi Arabia or in China. The addressing is being given to us, “Alastu
birabbikum!” Who is your Lord? He did not say that if you are in China, it is
different; or if you are in America, it is different; or if you are in Saudi
Arabia, it is different. (You say), “Difficult situations.” Heh, make it easy
for yourselves. You are running to make your lives easy in worldly matters; but
you do not even know if you are going to live in this life after you have
finished your debts. But so many, they are worrying about their children and
their grandchildren, not to mention their own selves. Mashallah.

THE MAN AT THE KABA

I will never forget the man that I met once when I went to Hajj. I saw him
thinking in front of the Kaba. So I am hoping and praying and I said to myself,
“Mashallah, he is thinking so deeply and so nicely.” So I thought to speak to
him later on to see what he was thinking. I could not break through. I thought
since he was meditating so deeply, let me see what he was thinking. So he says
to me, “I am thinking that I made it up to this age alhamdulillah. But now I am
worrying and I am thinking.”

“What are you worrying about?”

“Well I could not fulfill my promise yet. I have 300,000 dollars for each of my
children; but I aimed to leave them half a million each before I die.”

How’s that? The man is sitting and looking at the Kaba and meditating that he
has only $300,000 saved aside for the three children he has. He did not reach up
to $500,000. What is the level of that faith? Mashallah. Put whatever you want
to put. Put whichever level you want to put. I am not going to interfere into
that. Haha!

Man’s faith today is according to the money he has under the pillow. The more he
has maybe that much heavier faith he has. If it is getting a little bit loose
and it is disappearing� Ahha! Look what happens then. He has $900,000 for his
children. He must have something like that for his wife too. He went to the Kaba
and he is worrying. He is sitting on a million dollars and he is still worrying
in front of the Kaba.

That is the faith today’s people have. They are not really depending on Allah.
No. It is the money they have (that they are depending on). The more money they
have the more freedom they have; and they say it is more security. The more
security they have, the more faith they have. With that faith you cannot pass
the Sirat (the bridge over hell). It is not possible, because it is not faith
that you will have a guaranteed lifestyle for tomorrow. The more man is
submitting his will to his Lord, the more he is getting rid of the worldly
attachments. Then he puts aside more saying, “This ring is bothering me. It is
too valuable and I don’t want to lose it.” So then he says to someone, “Here,
take it.” He is taking it from himself and putting it aside because he does not
want to connect with the world so much because he is experiencing and tasting
real faith.

Thursday, Rabiul Awwal 11, 1428 (March 29, 2007)

Osmanli Naksibendi Dergahi, Sidney Center, NY

 

Rabiul Awwal 11, 1428

This is part of a sohbet that was given by Sheikh Abdul Kerim al-Kibrisi at the
Manhattan Dergah around 11th Shawal, 1425 (November 24, 2004).

… [When Allah swt ordered Shaitan to make sajda to Adam as], that did not
mean only go to sajda and make prostration. He said to Shaitan “From now on, you
are under his authority. When you want to learn something, you must ask him.”
The Shaitan was getting knowledge from Allah. He was an obedient servant and
worshipping a lot. Shaitan and his family were living in this world before man
was created. They were living in the world and he was worshiping so much that
he also went against gravity that was holding them not to pass certain level of
the skies; and he started moving because he was worshiping so much. He started
moving toward Paradises; and he entered to Paradise. Then, all the knowledge
started to be given to him and everything that he was looking, watching, and
understanding, the knowledge was coming to him. So, even angels they were not
knowing something of what they saw in paradise. They were coming to him; they
say “What is this? Teach us!” He was a teacher and he was teaching them. He was
telling them what is what in the paradise until one day Shaitan is walking
around in the paradise and he sees a sign – calligraphy writing, because every
part in the paradise there are beautiful writings. Everywhere he sees one
calligraphy writing and that writing was saying “There is a creature that your
Lord has created that is going to become disobedient to his Lord”.

So Shaitan knowing the generosity of the Lord, and seeing how merciful Allah
was, he was surprised and saying, “What kind of creature that can be that is
going to be disobedient to the Lord, the Lord of the Heavens, the Lord that has
created him and He is going to give him everything?”. And he asked saying “Oh my
Lord! Grant me permission to curse to that one who is going to be disobedient to
You!” Then, Allah granted permission saying “Curse!”.

Shaitan did not leave any spaces in the Paradises that he did not go to sajda
and cursing to that one who is going to be disobedient to Allah. But Allah’s
mercy reached to him again and one day when he was cursing, inspiration came to
his heart saying to him “That one who is going to be disobedient might be you!”.
As soon as that came to his heart, he was saying “Something is wrong here! I am
on sajda and cursing to that one who is going to be disobedient. So, it cannot
be me.” But up till that time there was no Shaitan; there were no evil sources.
Everything was coming directly to him from his Lord. But the ego, the proudness,
did not let him turn around to say “Oh my Lord! Do not make me that one!” � “It
is impossible. I cannot be that one because I am a very high level and I am a
good servant” Just thinking like that was the first disobedience that he made.

So Allah created Adam (as) and blew a spirit into him. To every one of the other
creatures, Allah swt said ‘Be!’ and it happened. Allah swt molded Adam as from
clay and blew a spirit from Himself into Adam as, and because of that spirit,
Adam had so much knowledge that the other creatures did not have. And Allah says
to angels “Make prostration to this one!” So they make prostration except
Shaitan saying, “I am not because I am better than that one. You have created me
from smokeless fire. You have created him from only a clay, so I am better”. As
soon as he said “better”, it was the second disobedience that he made to his
Lord. Then, Allah says to angels abd to everyone “Make sajda to Adam (as)!”
Shaitan says “No, I will not!” So Allah kicked that one away from the Divine
Presence. “Go away until judgment day and after judgment day, you will be having
a severe punishment. And all those who are going to follow you, who are going to
accept your teachings, and who are going to do what you want, they will be with
you in that punishment. All those who make mistakes and turn back to Me, then
ask forgiveness from Me, they will find Me forgiving!” So from that time, until
today, until judgment day, there are only two groups of people. One group is
obedient, one group disobedient.

Nobody should misunderstand about disobedience! So many people sometimes they
say “What can I do? I was born like that.” Nobody was born disobedient. Everyone
was born innocent and obedient creatures; but later, ego and Shaitan make them
to become disobedient to their Lord. All that because they don’t want to listen
to anything, anybody. They just want to listen to what their ego says. Ego is
supported by shaitans and spirit is supported by intelligence; and intelligence
is always ordering to us, “Consult with somebody about the things that you don’t
know. If you want safety, you must consult. If you don’t want safety, consult
with your ego. You may reach to safety; you may not reach to safety.” So our
Lord is saying to us, especially when it comes to Ahiret (to Hereafter life),
“You must consult those that I sent to you to be the guides; and those ones are
the Prophets and the books that I have sent to you and those who are holding on
tightly to the Prophet’s (saw) way or life style. You must consult with them to
understand what it is that you have to do in this world, what is waiting for
you, how you are going to prepare for this journey.”

This is long journey. For instance; if a man is coming going from one place to
another place for two or three days, he is preparing himself. He has a little
luggage, couple of underwear, couple of this, couple of that. It is only for two
days, three days; but he is preparing what he is in need of. If he is going to
stay for a pretty long time, now he has couple of luggage. If he is staying six
or seven months, he has a house there, he has everything there, ready. So we are
preparing to go to a journey, long journey. We don’t know when they are going to
call us for that journey. We may run. We are running. Majority of people running
away from these kind of words. They don’t want to hear. They’re saying “I don’t
want to hear about death. I will know when I reach there.” It will be too late.
You must prepare now before it takes place …… Once you submit yourself, you
will say “Oh! This life is so easy and I live in peace” because now slowly
Divine Light starts coming to your heart and you start sensing and feeling what
is on the other side. Nobody has to come to say to you, but yourself also, you
will understand slowly that “Well, I am a believer. I am believing. I don’t
think that that One who created me is going to punish me because I am
believing.” So that gives you comfort right away.

Majority of people, today, 21st century, worldly – they are hurt. Nobody is
suffering the way that the people they were suffering a hundred years ago.
People, they had only a piece of bread. They didn’t have one pants to wear. They
had ten or twenty patches on their pants. They didn’t have proper shoes to wear;
but they were living nice, simple, comfortable and peaceful life. Today 20th
century, 21st century man is never having a peace, but having everything. The
whole world is around him, but no peace. That peace is taken from the heart. The
peace to a man can come only from believing and following the orders of his
Lord. You cannot buy peace in the supermarket and no one can sell it to you to
say “Come, come! I am going to sell you peace. Give me this much money.” The
peace comes to you from as much obedience as you show to your Lord. That much
peace will come to your heart.

Wa minallahi tawfik wa hurmatul fatiha!

Saturday, 20th Rabiul Awal, 1428 (April 7, 2007)

Osmanli Nakshibendi Dergahi, Sidney Center, NY

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