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General Zikir

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Saturday, Jumadal Akhir 15, 1428 / June 30, 2007

General Zikir June 2007

Sohbet by Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi

Manhattan Dergah, New York City
Muharram 1426 – February 2005

Selamun aleykum. Meded Ya Sayiddi, Ya Sultan Evliya, Mevlana Sheykh
Nazim al-Hakkani. Meded.

When you put honey in the middle, the bees are going to come. But
the mosquitoes, flies and all kinds of other harmful creatures will
also come to the honey. Everyone has to take their share from it.
The bees are not going to fight with the mosquitoes, because they
will take what is for them, elhamdulillah. The mosquitoes are going
to take what is for them, and the flies.

There is Haqq and Batil, the Truth and false. Either we are on the
side of Truth or we are on the side of false. The people who are on
the side of Truth have to be on the same road. They have to
understand each other. They have to respect their ways. The people
who are representing false, they are all together anyway. They are
eating each other but they are all together in front of us.

This is the worst time that happened to Muslims about which Holy
Prophet (saw) is saying, “The second Jahiliyya is going to be worst
than the first one.” And this is what we are facing today. The
second Jahiliyya time. He said that it is because people in the
second Jahiliyya time will know certain knowledge and they are not
going to accept anything from anyone.

In the first Jahiliyya time people were ignorant. When someone from
the Sahabi spoke to them, they were sitting and listening and
comparing it with what they know. And so many were accepting. That
was a Jahiliyya time, the first Jahiliyya, where Holy Prophet (saw)
came only one person and then hundreds and thousands of people
started following. Those people were against the Holy Prophet (saw)
because they did not have any knowledge of what he brought. They
were holding on to their traditions only. They were ignorant people.
They did not know any better. When the other ones went and
approached them properly and they showed them what Holy Prophet
(saw) brought to them, they accepted. They did not argue about it.
They did not feel threatened. The only ones who felt threatened were
those people who were the knowledgeable people for that time. Like
Abu Jahil and all the other ones. They were the people who knew how
to read and write. They were the people who knew the activities of
the world. They were the people who knew what was happening in the
business world. They could not accept what Holy Prophet (saw)
brought to them because it would not be good for their political and
economical matters. What Prophet (saw) brought to them required them
to change what they were doing. Not so for the ignorant. They did
not fight. They sat and they listened. And sometimes later they
accepted it.

Holy Prophet (saw) is saying that the Ahir Zaman, the End of Times,
the second Jahiliyya time is going to be worse than the first
because people are going to study the religion, they will know how
to read and write but they are not going to accept anything, they
are not going to accept anybody. They are just going to accept what
is only for them, what is their understanding from what they read
and write. So in this time people read and write. Millions read and
write. So many people are reading and writing but they are ignorant.
Holy Prophet (saw) is saying, “They are going to be ignorant with
what they read and write. They are going to become ignorant with the
knowledge that they know.”

As everyone of you know, by the law of the government today you have
to send your children to school. They have to learn how to read and
write. But learning how to read and write is not giving them any
knowledge or wisdom. However they are programming them, that is the
only thing they know. Today’s people became more ignorant than the
people fourteen hundred years ago. They became ignorant with the
knowledge of reading and writing. Not being able to read and write
is not the sole problem. The secret is to know, that you need to
read and write to understand. Everyone who reads and writes does not
understand. They say, “Take the Quran and read.” If you take the
Quran and read and understand only according to your own
understanding most likely you will become a terrorist. That is what
most of them are doing. You cannot even understand the newspaper.
Take a part from the newspaper and read. Then I am going to ask
you “Give me the summary” and you are not going to be able to put it
together. To be able to write and read is to learn. To know what? To
know your self. Not to know other things but first you have to study
you, your self, you have to know yourself, who you are, what you are
and what is your position in this world. What is your secret, what
is your duty, what is your mission, why have you been created, why
are you occupying this space, why are you leaving this space and
where are you going? That is the most important matter.

The schools are only teaching people lying and cheating these days.
They know that the theory of evolution, Darwinism is finished. It is
bankrupt. But they are still teaching. Everything is on that. The
foundations of schools are on that theory. All those children that
are studying and coming out of the schools, now their foundation is
evolution which is completely against creation. So they are going to
become ignorant. So ignorant that they are not going to know that
they are ignorant. Taking one man’s word, ordinary man. Who is this
man? Who is this Darwin? Why are you accepting him? (I am saying to
the Chrisitan world) You are accepting Darwin and putting his books
in the schools and universities. You say you are accepting Jesus but
you are not using his book in the schools. What kind of nonsense is
this? (Shaykh smiling). You are saying, “Jesus is the Lord. We are
the creatures, he is the creator.” But you are not teaching in the
schools to these people about that and you are teaching about
Darwinism, about Sheytan. The same thing is with the Muslims and the
same thing is with the Jews. In the Muslims countries they say,
“We are Muslims. We are accepting Allah and His Prophet.” But no
school is teaching anything about Holy Prophet (alayhi salatu wa salam).
With the Jews it is the same thing. They are not teaching about
Moses or the Tewrat. So everywhere in the world they are
concentrating to teach people Darwinism. Evolution.

So Prophet (saw) is saying, “The second Jahiliyya is going to be
worse than the first one.” That is what we see. Not by individual
ignorance but by general ignorance. You are sending your children to
school and this is what they are going to teach them. When they are
growing up if you want to plant something in them by saying to
them, “Allah created you”, they are going to say to you,
“You are crazy. This is what they teach us in the school.” If you say to
them, “They are wrong”, they say, “Then why are you sending us to
school?” So you are stuck between those two things and you cannot
even touch your children in this time. Did Holy Prophet (saw) say
that? Yes, he said this too. He said, “A time is going to come when
you are not even going to be able to reach to your own children,
your own families. Nobody is going to listen to you. There is not
going to be one house left in the world where the confusion will not
enter.” This is the time. Of course, we are pretty happy that we reached
to these days. And we reached to the end of this time too because every activity
in the world that is shown to us (when you know the life of Holy Prophet alayhi
salatu wa salam and when you know the teachings and the
hadith that he pointed with, that when this comes this is going to
happen and when this comes this is going to happen) we are watching
that everything is moving towards the direction that Holy Prophet
(alayhi salatu wa salam) has pointed to us.

Holy Prophet (saw) is saying, “The nation of Bani Israil is going to
deviate into seventy-one different divisions. One is going to be on
the Siratul Mustakim, in the straight path and seventy is going to
be wrong.” He says, “The Christians, people who say they are
following Jesus is going to divide into seventy-two different
divisions. One will be on straight path and seventy-one will be
wrong.” He says, “My nation is going to divide into seventy-three
different divisions. Only one will be in Siratul Mustakim and
seventy-two of them will be in the wrong ways. And if they stay in
that wrong road they will be punished before they enter Paradise.”
He says, “Those ones who stay on Siratul Mustakim will live clean
lives and they will go out from this world clean.” And when they
asked him, “Who are those Ya Rasulullah?” He says, “Those are the
ones who hold on very tightly to my traditions, to my sunnat.” He
says, “Although my sunnat is going to be forgotten in that time by
my nation, by the ummat of Muhammad (salatu wa sallam). People are
not going to follow my sunnats. If they keep one of them they will
be rewarded the equal of a hundred martyrs in the Judgment Day.”

So these are the days. And as you said, you went to one place and
you were surprised. I want you to go around and see what is it that
they are giving. What is it they have and what is it that they are
concentrating on. Are they concentrating on other than what other
groups are doing? So many people today, Friday, are making certain
activities. Different celebrations. They are coming together, eating
together, enjoying together, doing so many activities. They have so
many social gatherings under the name of religions gatherings. But
when you look at the lifestyle they are living, there is no
familiarity with the lifestyle of the Prophet (saw) and his Sahaba-e
Ikram. But you will find familiarity with what the Christians are
celebrating or the Jews are celebrating. As a matter of fact, so
many are celebrating with liquor, but they are Muslims.

There was a time, when I was working with the United Nations, the
Palestinians one night made a Palestinian Night, celebrating and
trying to express and show their rights to other nations, and they
were making a big cocktail party. Of course I had to be there. And I
went and I looked. I saw all these Palestinians under the name of
religion and the Arab-Israeli conflict were celebrating, they were
trying to say their rights to others saying, “This is our problem,
this is what had happened to us.” But they had liquor in their
hands, they were drinking and the time of the prayer was passing. So
I said to the top official whom I know, “I have to go now.”

He said, “But we did not begin yet.”

I said, “Well, I know. Before you began you failed. So I have no
business here.”

“What do you mean?”

“I thought you were Muslims.”

“Of course we are Muslims.”

“But you are celebrating with liquor that Allah and His Prophet
forbade you.”

“But all these people are Christians and we have to show them
that we have familiarity with them.”

“Good, you are becoming one of them. They are not becoming one of
you. So you lost. The beginning is lost. So I have no business

I left elhamdulillah. What I am trying to say is, when you are
trying to get your rights you cannot get them from the way that
Allah has forbidden you. Allah banned those things for you. You
cannot say, “I do these things to be better looking to those ones in
order to ask my rights”. Your rights are going to be given to you by
your Lord. By this one’s hand or that one’s hand but He is going to
approve. If you are trying to please them you are never going to get
your rights. The story that I told you happened maybe in 1979 and
now we see that they did not get their rights and they are not going
to get their rights and the worst is coming.

Everyone is saying, “What is our fault? What have we done?” What we
have done is we have deviated into seventy-three different ways and
we have left the one way, we left the Holy Prophet’s way. All other
ways are claiming, “We are following Allah’s orders” and this and
that. Everyone is claiming that. If the claim is right then you have
to follow what Holy Prophet (saw) is teaching. Because Allah is
saying to you, “Follow that one.” He is giving order. He
says, “Follow! Say to them: If they love Me they must follow
you.” It is an ayat-e kerim. Allah is saying, “IF they love me”,
they are claiming that they love Allah. He says, “If they love Me,
they must follow you. Because you are the one whom I love and you are the
one whom I showed the way and they must follow you for Me to love them.”

Anyone who is dismissing the Holy Prophet (alayhi salatu wa salam)
one way or the other, it is impossible for them to reach Allah. You
can only claim. But Allah is not a little creature like you. You
have not understood the Creator. If you did, then definitely you are
going to look for a Wesil (means of approach) between Him and you,
someone who is going to represent you. Otherwise, the ego is always
representing itself and the ego is always seeing itself above
anybody. That is wrong because no matter who we are and what we are,
we are creatures. Allah is the Creator and we are creatures. That is
what we have to know.

Time is up for Maghrib.

Wa min Allahu taufiq

Bihurmatil habib

Bihurmatil Fatiha.