Sohbet given by Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Hakkani el-Kibrisi

Muharram 1426 – February 2005, Manhattan Dergah, New York City.

Auzu billahi minash shaytanir rajim
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
La hawla wa la quwwata illa billahil aliyyil azim.

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

Ahir Zaman. The End of the Times. Holy Prophet (alayhi salatu wa
salam) is saying, “Islam began strange and it is going to end
strange.” We are in the end. Ahir of the Ahir. Yes, everywhere there
are so many mosques but no Jamat. No people. You’re keeping the
mosques but no Jamat inside. That means they are not in need of the
mosque. No need for that. Because the mosque can only be built if
the Jamat runs it. But the Muslims lost direction because everyone
reads the Quran today. That’s the problem. Everyone reads the Quran
today. Well, if you read the Quran then you understand what Allah
says. Allah (swt) says, “The Mesjid of Allah is built and maintained
by believers.” It is not built by rich people or business people or
business groups. “The Mesjid of Allah is built and maintained by
believers.” If we are believers and we are building a mesjid then we
can maintain that mesjid. That means we are in need of that mesjid.
That means we have to go there. We cannot build the mesjid and leave
it empty. Why then are you building it? For what reason? To make a
show to the outside (that you have built a mesjid)? The purpose of
the mesjid is for the believers to be there to learn what Allah
wants from them. What Holy Prophet (saw) has taught them. Today
everyone has a mesjid in their house. Women and men. But they don’t
have a room for the mesjid. They’re mesjid is the computer. Tack,
tack, tack tack… [Sheykh imitating mouse clicking sound]. Talking to
each other, trying in their own minds saying,

“We are spreading Islam”.

“What do you know about Islam that you are spreading it?”

“I think.”

“Who told you to “think”? Are you living according to what Holy
Prophet (saw) brought to you? Are you living according to Allah and
His Prophet’s Shariat that you are trying to spread it? What are you
spreading? Only poison, nothing else.”

Today the majority of the Muslims know how to read and write. The
majority have books in their hands. The Muslims are the richest ones
on this planet today. The Muslim world is sitting on the richest
resources. But never mind reaching to non-Muslims, they cannot even
reach to themselves. (When you look at the Muslims today you find
that) they are living the life of Christian-Muslims. They are living
Christian lifestyle. Western lifestyle. Islam has its own identity
in every way. From waistcoat to anything (that you can think of).
It’s in Islam. Holy Prophet (saw) brought it to you. You cannot
speak (from your own desires).

“But I don’t know”.

“Go and learn. Find a place to learn.”

You must live the Sunnat of Rasulullah (saw) and the Sahabe-e Ikram.
Otherwise you shouldn’t call yourself a good Muslim. No. The good
Muslims are those who are taking the Sahabis and the Tabi’in as
their role models. They eliminated so many things in order not to
look like the Christians and the Jews because that is what Holy
Prophet (saw) is saying to us. He is saying to us, “Oh my nation!
Don’t look like Christians and Jews because whoever you look like,
slowly you start living like them.” Eh, you speak to someone (about
it) and they say,

“This is the West brother.”

Then what about the East? This is the West. What about the East?
What about Turkey? What kind of lifestyle are they living there? Is
it the Islamic lifestyle? Or Egypt. Islamic lifestyle? Or Pakistan
or Bangalistan. Which country? Saudi Arabia? The worst example. Hmm.

So where is Islam? We buried it. Don’t think that tomorrow in the
Judgment Day you are going to escape by saying, “Well, we didn’t
have role models, we didn’t have leaders, and we didn’t have the
Khalifa. So we lived as we liked.” What did you do about it? How did
you live? Holy Prophet (alayhi salatu wa salam) is saying to
us, “When you see something wrong you change it with your hand. If
you cannot change it, then change it with your tongue. If you cannot
change it with that too then say, “Ya Rabbi! My hand is not
reaching, my tongue is not reaching; but I am not approving what they
are doing. So I am trying to save myself. I am trying to live as you
like and I am trying to live as Prophet (saw) likes because my hand
and my tongue is not reaching.” And the Holy Prophet (saw) is saying
to us, “If you are doing that then that is the weakest faith.” And
today which one of us is not doing that? Everyone of us. Not every
Muslim, but everyone who tries to copy the Sahaba-e Ikram, the
Tabi’in and the other ones, this is the weakest faith that we have.
We say, “We cannot reach to that by tongue or by hand. So we
say, “We are not approving what they are doing.” That is the weakest
faith. But I am finding so many Muslims here and there, the Muslims’
leaders, (who are) saying, “It’s okay brother. Christians are not
that bad. Our buddies Jews are not that bad. Most of our families
have Christian backgrounds. So we have to have familiarity with
them. Close ties with them.” Hmm. That is why we need a center. We
need a bridge to understand how close are you going to get and how
far are you going to get. What is the distance that you can get
within. And once you pass beyond your limits then you lose
everything. That means you came too close. But you cannot get too
far also. So you have to find the balance. If you don’t find the
balance then you are not reaching anywhere.

All these Muslims today are educated through computers and through
everywhere, and they are even teaching in American universities too.
So what are you doing? Are you becoming a role model to someone to
accept Islam? Hmm. So what is all this richness for? What are you
doing with all this richness? That means Muslims became egoistic
ones. They have turned to themselves now. Everything is “Mine”. But
Islam says, “Yours”. “I am in Your service. As You like, not as I
like. Not as I think, but the way You have ordered to me. If You
leave it to my ego, my ego likes it. Whatever is the worst that is
what my ego likes.” The characteristics of the ego are the same. If
you are not seeing your ego worst than Abu Jahil’s ego or worst than
Sheytan’s ego then you still have pride in your heart. You are still
proud with yourself someway somehow. We have no right to look down
upon them. We have rights to take lessons from them to say, “These
ones were disobedient and their disobedience made them to reach
these ugly stations”. This is what we have to take for our own

The whole key of this life is not to be born and to live and to die.
The whole key, the whole secret is to be born to this life clean and
to go out of this life clean. To live with your honor and with your
dignity of Islam. The honor comes with Islam. And if you want to
increase your honor you have to be with those who have honor. You
have to keep them high and then your honor goes up too. Otherwise,
you can claim that you have honor but at the end of the road, when
they fill up your book and you check your papers you go, “Ohh, my
name is not in the book that says, `They had honor and they lived
with the honor’.” Hmm. If you have this worry, if this is really
worrying you, do you think you will have some other bad places to
look around now? Or are you going to be busy with yourself
saying, “Is my name in that book which has the names the ones who
have honor?” Maghrib entered and the day finished. One day, Fuu… As
soon as the Maghrib ezan calls, the angels close their pages.
Whenever your pages are closed they put the seal on it; and they take
it to the (appointed) place. No one can change it then. Whatever you
did in those twenty-four hours is there. Sit and think! Don’t tell
me you know so much, you know so much Quran and this and that.
Think. When the angels close the books tonight in the Maghrib time,
did they put your name into the side that says, “He was a servant
today to his Lord?” “Or he wasn’t?” “He lived with the honor or he
didn’t?” Which side? When you sit, don’t excuse yourself. Let the
whole world excuse you but don’t excuse yourself. That’s one thing
Sheytan is playing on today’s people. Everyone has billions of
excuses. Whichever way you turn there are excuses. Don’t excuse
yourselves. Let others excuse you. But still when they are excusing
you, don’t excuse yourself. Say, “I had this, this and this chance to
live like that but I didn’t live like it. I didn’t do this and I
didn’t do that. The Maghrib closed, the pages closed. What have I
done today.” If you think about today and you are sincere with your
Islam then you make intention, “Now I am entering to a new day. I am
going to live with honor and I am going to try to have my name
written in the book tomorrow night, when the angels are closing that
book again it will say, `This one was servant today.'”

Don’t look for when is the Judgment Day. Why are you going so far?
Why are you looking when the Judgment Day is? You think Holy Prophet
(saw) didn’t know when the Judgment Day is? When Jibreel (alayhi
salam) came and said, “What is Islam, Ya Muhammad?” Holy Prophet
(saw) said that Islam is this, this, this and this. He (Jibreel as)
asked, “What is Iman, what is Ihsan and tell me about the Judgment
Day.” He (sws) said, “Not much is known.” It is said that Jibreel
(as) came to teach us our religion. Then another day Holy Prophet
(alayhi salatu wa salam) was giving Khutba. Another person came and
said, “Ya Rasulullah, when is the Judgment Day.” He (sws) said, “O
Bedouin, what have you done for the Judgment Day? The Judgment Day
is a very long and hard day. What have you done for the Judgment
Day? Never mind about when the Judgment Day is. Look at what you
have done for the Judgment Day. What did you do?” He says, “Ya
Rasulullah, I am a weak person. I keep the orders what you are
saying. I pray five times a day. I know I am weak. I try to give
zakat. I did this and I did that. But the most of it, the more
important of it is that I love you.” He (sws) says, “That should be
enough for you.” He said, “I keep all those obligations that you are
telling me but I know that it’s nothing. But I love you.” He(sws)
says to him, “That’s enough for you.”

So many people are coming and going asking when the Judgment Day is,
when Mehdi (as) is coming. Those who believe in Mehdi (as). Now
millions of Muslims don’t believe in him. Mashallah! (Sheykh
smiling). Are you understanding the reality of that? And don’t think
that they are going to call you on the telephones from the other
side of the road to tell you, “Mehdi just came.” If you are not
hearing from here when he calls (Sheykh pointing at the heart), you
may lose the caravan, because at the same time Dajjal is coming too.
It is whatever you are busy with and whatever your heart is busy
with. If you are busy twenty-four hours thinking to please your Lord
then don’t worry you will be in safety. But if you are busy pleasing
others and trying and running to be a slave to this world then there
is a big question mark there. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is saying to
us, “What are you? You are nothing. If it is not for your faith your
value is nothing in My presence.” You know it and I know it. If it
is not for our faith what is our value? What is the difference
between me and the persons in the streets who are unbelievers? What
is the difference? There is no difference.

Twenty-four hours everyday, everywhere in the world people are being
born and people are dying. And those who die it is Judgment Day for
them. Finished. They closed their books. If they left certain things
open then the book will still be filled for them with good deeds
until Judgment Day. If they left certain things open for bad things
then those bad things are going into the book. But their Judgment
Day is here. That is Judgment Day to them. You don’t know when it is
for you and when it is for me. Maybe five minutes later. (You
sometimes think) it’s taking so long that it’s unreachable to you.
Angel of Death is waiting. Anytime your breath of life finishes he
knocks you down right away. It doesn’t matter where you are, whether
on the street, in the workplace, in the bed, in a good place or in a
bad place. Be careful! Don’t die in a bad place. Die in the good
areas. That is another reward. If you die in a bad place then that
is another punishment. What were you doing there? Do you think you
are going to have excuses for that? If you are working with the
haram (forbidden things) and then you die that way, it is very

So the Last Days. The signs of the Last Days. Holy Prophet (saw) is
saying, “You come out of your house early in the morning as a
believer, you come back to your house at nighttime as an unbeliever.
Oh my nation, renew your faith. Renew your faith!” It is not how
many mosques you have or how beautiful places you have. It is how
you live. It is not how much Quran you know. It is how you live
according to the Quran that you know. It is not how much hadith you
know. It is how much hadith you live according to in your life. That
is the most important matter. When you are running and learning
more, more, more and more you are getting more burden on your neck
and Allah is saying to us, “They are like the donkeys carrying loads
of books on their backs but those books are not giving any benefit
to them.” He is saying it in the Quran. There are so many people who
know so much, they read so much but they are like donkeys. You put
loads of books on their backs and they carry it. So He (subhana wa
ta’ala) is saying, “They are like donkeys.”

One day I was in Turkey and I was in a private house talking, making
some Sohbet. Some people came who were the mureeds of Sheykh Mewlana
for a long time. So these ladies came and they sat with us in the
room and one of them said to me (she was sitting very showily), “You
know you are breaking the Sharia right?” I say, “How is that?” She
goes to me, “Well, you are sitting here with the women and there’s
supposed to be a wall in between.” Hmm. I say, “Yeah, if I am
breaking the Shariat then there’s a reason.” I say to her, “What
about you, you are not breaking the Shariat?” I asked, “How did you
come here.” She says, “With my friends, with my girlfriends.” I
said, “Where in the Shariat does it say that you can walk around
with your girlfriends in Istanbul at 8 o’clock at night? Show me
that Shariat.” I said, “Now sit and don’t talk too much.” She
goes, “I am the mureed of Sheykh Nazim for twenty years and I am one
of his followers and deputies in the city.” “Mashallah” I said.

So I am talking and every time I am rephrasing an Ayat from the Quran
in Turkish because I am addressing Turkish people, she reads it from
the Quran. She speaks very good Arabic. She is catching the Arabic
Ayats and saying, “This is what it says”. I said, “Mashallah very
good, mashallah very good, mashallah very good (with every Ayat that
she read).” Then finally we came to this Ayat where Allah is
saying, “There are so many people that have so much knowledge but
they are like donkeys carrying loads of books”. She jumped. She
said, “No, not donkeys.” I said, “What then?” She said, “They are
very bad ones.” I said, “Do you know the Ayat? If you do then recite
the Ayat. Say to these people if it is saying donkey or not.” She
says, “Yeah, but we shouldn’t use that word here.” I
say, “Mashallah. So you are changing the Ayat of Allah because you
are one of the donkeys.” She goes, “No!!! What??? Are you talking to
me?” I said, “Yeah, to you because you know that book. You are a
Hafez but you are a donkey. You are nothing else but a donkey.” She
says, “Nobody has ever spoke to me like this before.” I
said, “Definitely. I am talking to you like that and I will be
responsible in the Judgment Day because you are a donkey. Sit and
learn. You want to learn? Sit and learn. Don’t interfere too

Allah is saying that to me too, and to you and to everyone. He is
saying, “If you live according to the knowledge that you know, if
you know a knowledge and you live by it then Allah (subhana wa
ta’ala) will be your teacher. He will teach you the knowledge that
you don’t know.” But there is a condition attached to it do you see?
He (subhana wa ta’ala) said, “IF you live by the knowledge you know,
then Allah teaches you the knowledge that you don’t know.” So we are
watching the lifestyle of the Sahaba-e Ikram. We didn’t live during
that time but we can understand how they were living. We can
understand that just to keep high the name of the Prophet (saw),
they were ready to go into the fire. They (the unbelievers of Mecca)
burned them alive. They punished them, they destroyed their houses,
they destroyed everything that they had, but the Sahaba never
betrayed the Prophet (saw). So now we know, we understand that
although they could not escape from that city and everyone (in the
city) was against them, they did not betray him. The Sahaba-e Ikram
did not betray the Holy Prophet (alayhi salatu wa salam).

What about us? This is what we have to look at. We should not try to
find so many excuses but instead ask ourselves, “Are we living
according to the laws of Islam or the laws of the country that we
are living in?” Of course we have to obey the laws of the country.
But the laws of the country (the country that we are living in here)
are not forbidding us to live the Islamic lifestyle. They are just
making it a little bit difficult for us so that we don’t live it.
But it is not the law here that is forbidding us. It is not like in
Turkey where they come and put you in jail, nor like other
countries. So we have nothing with which to escape in the Judgment
Day. Don’t think that you can escape by saying, “I had work. I had
to work so I couldn’t do (the Islamic lifestyle).” So what? What are
you working for? Why are you working? Allah created you to work or
to worship? What does the Book say? What does the Quran say? Does
the Quran say to us, “I have created you to work?” I never
saw that.

I have been reading the Quran all my life. I never saw an Ayat
saying in it that work is a part of the obligations. I have never
seen it. But in over seven hundred places I have found that the
Quran is saying, “Pray, pray, pray, pray, pray, pray, pray, pray and
worship, fast and pray, patiently pray, give Zakat and pray.”
Everything Allah is saying is connected to prayer, prayer, prayer
and He is saying to us, “Pray on the times.” Not when you want it
too. Pray when the time comes. So now we have to check. We have to
check how sincere we are with our own selves first and then with our
Lord Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). And then we have to ask
ourselves, “Who do we live for? Is it for ourselves? Is it for our
ego or for our Lord?” Our Lord has created us and then He has
ordered us by saying, “This is the lifestyle you are going to live.
Not what you want but what I want.” He (swt) says, “But I left your
leash very long in this world. You can circle around. But don’t
forget your leash is in My hand. When I pull then you come. When I
say to you, “Die and come” then no man can say, “No, I am not
coming.” (Sheykh laughing). That is the leash that Allah is putting.
He is saying, “Die and come”. Angels come knocking saying, “Out!” No
man can say, “I am not going out.”

So we are afraid from everything. We are afraid to become homeless,
we are afraid not to have luxury in our lives, we are afraid that
people are going to call us this and that, but we are not really
afraid of our Lord. What is He saying to us? He says, “I have
created you only for my service. I did not create you for anything
else. When you prove your service to Me then I have prepared
something for you that you are going to be enjoying in the
hereafter. This world is not a Paradise. Don’t try to make it
Paradise.” He is saying to us, “There is very little benefit in this
world for you. So don’t run after this world. You come to this world
clean.” So the Marifat… Marifat is not to fly in the air. Marifat is
not to walk on the sea. Marifat is not to jump from here in order to
find yourself in Mecca. Marifat is that you come to this world clean
and now it is in your hands if you will go out clean or not. That is
Marifat. If you would be able to go out from this world clean and
the angels would wrap your soul in heavenly silk then that is

So many people were there in the time of Musa (alayhi salam) who
reached Sidratul Muntaha through their worship. But they made one or
two mistakes and whoosh… they rolled back down all the way to the
lowest stations. Take Sheytan, him for example. He was worshipping.
His home was this world. He was worshipping in this world and he was
worshipping so much that he started rising and he reached and
entered into Paradise. He worshipped in the Paradise for so many
years. But one disobedience – and not two – one, and it made him the
cursed one. His name was Azazeel and Allah said to him, “Get lost
from the Divine Presence. You are the evil one, cursed one, sheytan
jinn. Stay until Judgment Day where I am sending you. After Judgment
Day there will be severe punishment to you. I am going to give you
time until that Day.” Then he (sheytan) says, “I am going to fool
all the children of Adam. If they turn to me I am going to fool
them.” Allah said, “If they follow you and they die with that
arrogance, then they are also going to the fire with you.”

This is it. This is the whole key. Don’t look at the ones who are
(praising your ego and) saying, “You are that, you are this, you are
so important, oh mashallah you are president, prime minister.”

“Did you come to this world clean?”


“Do you think you will be able to make it out of this world clean?”

Now there’s something to think about. So many people who go to
school are very high intelligence students. They know before the
test that they are going to make it. But still they don’t talk. They
know highly because they study a lot. They say (to themselves), “If
the teacher asks me this question I know the answer, if he asks me
this question I know the answer, if he asks me this question I know
the answer. So there is 90% chance that I am going to pass.” There
are people like that. Even if you are like that, sit and think
again. This is not a school class. We enter into this world clean
and our Lord is saying to us, “You must come out clean because where
you came from is Paradise and paradise is for clean people. When you
go to the world you are dirtying yourself. Clean yourself before you
come out from it and only then will you come back to Paradise.
Otherwise, if you didn’t clean yourself in the world, then the fire
is waiting for you because the fire is the only thing that will
clean you.”

Maybe you don’t know but I used to do welding job; (I was a) welder
and I used to do swords. I was finding (in the job) big pieces of
metals that were very rusty. There was a coal fire burning and when
I was putting it inside the fire, the whole thing was turning red
and I was taking it out, putting in on a metal (platform) and
hitting it with a hammer… tak, tak, tak, tak, two three times and
later when it cooled down I would find that there is no more rust.
It cleaned the rust right away. If you want to clean that rust by
hand it would be impossible. But putting it in the fire, taking it
out, putting it on earth, tak, tak, tak three times and it is shiny
(Sheykh smiles). So Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is saying to us that
if you come out dirty from this life then the fire is going to clean
you. Bodily dirtiness is not like that rust. The body may be dirty
on the outside. Maybe you worked too much and you didn’t get the
chance to clean yourself up and the Angel of Death came to you. That
is okay. Dirtiness is here (Sheykh pointing at the heart). Pride is
the biggest dirtiness that man can have. And praising his own ego,
ooh… Then you do need to stay some time in the fire because that is
a big dirtiness (that you have) inside and it needs to be cleaned.
If you think of life like this and if you think (like this)
everyday, and when Maghrib time approaches we start judging our own
selves making our own accounting, then slowly we will reach
somewhere. Daily we will put our lives in front of us saying, “I did
this, this, this and this today. I got up in the morning I went to
this way I came across this person and the person looked very ugly
to me but I still did not think bad about this person and I prayed
for that one. If that person upset me I did not respond. This
happened that happened…” and you calculate your own self and you can
find for yourself what kind of life you have lived today.

Tomorrow is another day that is waiting for us but we have entered
into that day today. Maghrib is our calendar. The Muslim calendar
doesn’t finish at midnight. It is from Maghrib to Maghrib. It ends
at Maghrib time and it begins at Maghrib time. So our day finishes
at Maghrib. Whatever we have done for yesterday is gone. We have
entered into a new day now. Whatever bad and good (we did) we
calculate it and we can see that this is good and this is bad. We
may work a little extra tomorrow for the Judgment Day. We may put a
little extra there so that it may clean what wrongs we have done
today. If we calculate, if we watch, if we don’t live a heedless
lifestyle then we are going to win. If you are living heedlessly… it
is not that you are drunk. Your eyes are open. So many people whose
eyes are open today but they are sleeping, they are half-sleeping.
You may be sleeping but your heart should be open. Your heart never
sleeps. So Allah and His Prophet (saw) is saying to us, “Don’t be
heedless ones because heedlessness is coming from Sheytan. Know what
you are doing because you are responsible.” Allah is saying to
us, “Don’t let that Sheytan come and fool you by saying to
you, “Don’t worry. Your Lord is Generous. He is going to forgive
everything that you do.” Of course. But what if He says, “I am not
forgiving.” What are you going to do? Did you make a deal with

Some people are coming to me saying, “Well, I am living too much
Islam now. I am going to slow down a little bit. I need to think if
I am going to stay a Muslim or not.” Mashallah. Go to any hell. The
hell is open. If you don’t want to be a Muslim, the hell is ready.
Tear up the paper and go ahead. At least when you say the Shahadat
you have a paper in your hand ensuring that one day you are going to
enter Paradise. No matter what punishment you may come out of, you
are going to enter Paradise because you are saying the Shahadat.
Anybody who says “la ilaha illallah” is going to enter Paradise. But
you are saying, “I am fed up with this.” What did you do that you
are fed up? What did you do for Allah that you are fed up? Huh?
Everything you are doing is for your own self. Nothing else. Do you
think that Allah has put obligations on us yet? We are not running
daily yet to see what is waiting in front of us and which side are
we going to turn. We are still babies. We are not going through
tests. When we are going to do more (towards faith) then Allah is
going to put us through tests. You go to school and they give you
tests. They give you problems according to the grade that you are
placed in, and you have to solve it. You cannot copy it from any
book, nor can you copy it from anywhere else. We are still babies.
They are not putting us through any tests yet. We still have to grow
and then we will go through daily tests. Then when you are getting
up early in the morning everyday you will ask yourself, “Oh, I am
living today. Am I living for Allah or am I living for my ego? What
is waiting for me today? How am I preparing myself for today?”

Before it was in the Western countries and now it is in Eastern
countries, Sheytan with his kingdom is keeping people busy twenty-
four hours on television, on computers and on this and that. People
are running and helping each other but they are not helping
themselves. When the angel of death comes to you what are you going
to say? “I was helping that one”? Don’t you see that everywhere,
especially when you are traveling, they are giving you warnings
first? Every one of you took the plane at least once in your life.
Everytime I am on the plane I am watching those hostesses
saying, “If any accident happens then this is going to come out,
that is going to come out, this is how you have to put the life vest
on you, da da da da da.” Eh, first you have to put it on yourself
and then later your child. Allahu Akbar! “I love my child. Let me
put it on him first.” They will say, “No, first you must put it on
yourself and you must feel that you are in security, and only then
will you be able to reach to others.” How are you going to reach to
others if you are not secured? Impossible.

In life there are so many incidents that are waiting for us twenty-
four hours a day especially in today’s world. In the old days,
people did not have so many incidents like this to happen any time,
any minute or any second. In today’s world there are so many
incidents waiting for us. It doesn’t have to be that an earthquake
is going to occur in the city now, New York City. But when we come
to think of it (it is very possible that) one plane may come and
knock into this building and we will all be burned inside. If it can
happen to the World Trade Center then it can happen here too. Or
(let’s say) you are walking in the street thinking, “I lost
direction”. You come off from the sidewalk and someone runs you
over. So many incidents are happening. The life we are living in is
so delicate today. It came to be so fragile. But we still live a
heedless lifestyle, looking around, especially in this city. The
city that never sleeps. Of course it never sleeps. Sheytan never
sleeps. Humans must sleep. The heart must not sleep. But humans must
rest to be able to walk the next day and to be able to know from
which side Sheytan is going to attack. Sheytan never sleeps. Sheytan
is in the awakening station all the time and he is never heedless
(and he is) saying, “As much as I can take with me to the fire.”
This is his job. Since that day (in paradise when he became
disobedient) until Judgment Day he never sleeps. We must wake up. We
must wake up in the daytime. I am watching everybody and I am

“What are you doing.”

“I am working.”

“Did you earn the world?”

“Not yet.”

“When are you going to? When you are ninety years old? When you are
ninety years old, then you are going to own the building? It’s too
late then even if you own the building?”

Don’t let these days pass you by and fly away. You can claim and you
can say whatever you want. If you say these things to a Turk they
will say, “He is a backward man. He doesn’t know anything.” They
would say, “The life is waiting for us. We have to live up our
lives.” (Sheykh smiles). The angel of death is waiting for you.
Everywhere you turn he is waiting for you. Maybe you are next. Are
you prepared to go? If you are prepared to go then you have nothing
to worry. But if you didn’t prepare then you have to worry. If they
say to you, “Come, we are going to put you on a plane right now to
your country to be with your family members. You may come back in a
month.” Everyone is going to say, “Well, let me prepare some things
to take with me.” But you cannot. When the angel of death comes, he
does not give us the chance to prepare ourselves. We have to prepare
ourselves now with the life that is granted to us. Otherwise, you
may go everywhere. People make so many speeches and they cheer with
each other. But are you preparing yourself. This is what you have to
look at. It is the most important thing. We know that we came to
this life clean. We know we came to this life in a human form. We
came out from our mothers’ wombs in human forms. This body takes the
human form in the womb in four months time. Little fingers, little
eyes, little nose but it is the same human body. We came out (from
the womb) and we are going to go out (from this world). We are going
to go out either as humans or as donkeys. That is the most important
matter that we have to watch.

Allah is our Creator, the Creator of all, even if you accept or not.
If we are living according to the kind of program that He has put
for us, and if we are taking a role model, a guide in this life,
then we are never going to get lost. The Guide is Holy Prophet
(alayhi salatu wa salam). Allah is giving order to us saying that
the Guide is the Holy Prophet (saw) and we must follow his
footsteps. We must try to follow his footsteps and of those who are
following the footsteps of the Prophet (alayhi salatu wa salam). At
least we must make our intention to follow. When we make the
intention, slowly according to our intention Allah (subhana wa
ta’ala) will move us. If our intention is good and strong He will
move us to the right way and we will find ourselves on the main
road. We cannot do anything (by ourselves). Allah is the one who is
going to do it and He is asking us, “What is your intention? Do you
want to live the way I want you to live, or do you want to live the
way your ego wants to live?” If we are running to please our ego
(then know that) our ego is never going to be pleased with us. No
matter what we give to our ego, it will always ask for something
else. It is never going to finish.

But if we run to please our Lord, our Lord becomes pleased with us
in very simples ways. Very simple ways. For these days especially,
since you are running in the streets, working here and there so
much, at least when you come home wash yourself before you go to
bed, and for five minutes, (even if you do nothing, wash your hand,
your face and your feet, you don’t have to know anything) just go to
Sejdeh and turn (to Allah) and say, “Ya Rabbi! I am sitting here
five minutes for you. I have worked all day long and I am tired. But
I am spending these five minutes with you. I don’t want them to call
me a backward person. I don’t go to a mosque, I don’t keep a beard,
I don’t wear this and that, but I love You because You say You love
me.” That action pleases Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). Even if you are
doing nothing only that will please Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). So
check yourself. Those who are trying to live Islam correctly and
praying five times a day [if you cannot be like them you don’t have
to] No. Check yourself. Say to yourself, “Before I go to sleep, do I
sit for five minutes with my Lord to ask, to say and to talk?” You
are not hearing Him but He is hearing you. You are not seeing Him
but He is seeing you. That is everything in Islam.

All the others see their lord in front of them but their lord is not
seeing them. They Christians put Jesus in front of them, hanging on
the cross, (making him look like a) helpless man, and they
say, “This is our lord.” Hmm. Mashallah. So is he seeing you? No.
But we are seeing him. Empty-heads. The ones who are worshipping
Buddha may use Buddha’s 25 meters long statue. (They have those in
Indonesia, in that part of the world, (Sheykh smilingly looking
at `X’) his country, around that area). There is one in China that I
saw. Allahu Akbar! I was shocked looking at it and I said, “What are
you doing up there? Come down. Let’s talk.” The Chinese people
around were looking at me and saying (to each other), “What is he
doing?” One asked me, “What are you doing?” I said, “I am telling
your lord to come down. We got to speak.” (He goes), “Hee hee hee
hee.” Even they were laughing. They didn’t get upset. They thought
it is really a joke. It is a huge thing that they made up there and
everyone is bowing down before it. I said to the man,

“You are seeing your lord?

“Yes, this is it.”

“Mashallah. It’s big. It looks pretty strong. Is he seeing

(Sheykh imitated how the guy mumbled to say) “It is made out of
wood. Very special wood.”

He is telling me that it’s made out of wood. I said,

“Is he seeing you, hearing you?”

He says, “No!”

I said, “Look at what I am doing.” I said to him, “Follow me. He
(Allah) is seeing me. He is hearing me and what I need. This one is
not giving you what you need.”

Anyway, let us put that aside. We know that in Islam it (Shahadat)
is everything. Allah (subahana wa ta’ala) made it easy for us, for
our tongue to say, “Ash-hadu an la ilaha ilallah wa ash-hadu anna
Muhammadan abduhu wa rasuluhu” and our heart to accept. It is a
grant from Him to us. We have to treat it properly. It is very
valuable. That is why Sheytan is running in topspeed in order to
take it away from us. Know that all these prayers, all these worship
and all these things that we are doing are just to save this
Shahadat. It is nothing else. Shahadat is the faith. It is standing
right in the center. Imagine if we had this room filled with gold.
Could we have left the doors open or leave the gold lying on the
street? Within five minutes all the gold is going to disappear from
the street. Even though it is so heavy mankind is going to find
something. When you are looking at this side they are going to take
it from that side, when you are looking at that side they are going
to take it from this side. In five minutes it is going to go. So we
need to put the gold in the room and put night-locks and nice walls
around. In these days even that is not enough. You have to put
harder things. And in these days it is not safe to put it in the
public places. You have to hide it in such a way that they cannot
know where it is. I can tell you that this city is a center of gold.
But do you know where all the gold is in this city? Can anybody know
where the gold is? All the gold is circling here in this city. Do
you know exactly where it is? You may think that it is in 46th
Street. But no. 46th Street is just a show. In big blocks it (the
gold) is circling around and it is down there in the district’s
stock-market area, in the Wall Street area. You are walking on top
of it and underneath that road they are doing that. They are
changing (the values of exchange) every single minute but you don’t
know. If you don’t know exactly where it is then you cannot find

They have to hide it from the mankind which is so clever that it may
find a way to go down and come up. Mankind is so clever that they
are going up and they are going down. The submarines go all the way
down and the rockets go all the way up. The Shahadat that you are
carrying is more valuable than, not this room full of gold, but the
whole world full of gold. If the whole world is full of gold then
still that Shahadat is more valuable than that. You are in need of
putting that Shahadat in safety, and to protect it. And Allah is
saying to us, “First, you must give Shahadat.” Then you are
rich. You are no longer poor. No Muslim is ever poor. He is rich with
Shahadat. Allahu Akbar! You need to protect that.

So that is the first thing. Shahadat. Then five times prayer. You
are putting that valuable stuff (faith) around and Sheytan is
watching for you to become heedless so that he can come and take it.
If you are praying five times a day then you put one wall around.
But Sheytan is never stopping. He is shooting nonstop from the same
angle in order to penetrate that wall. Then another wall is fasting.
Another wall is Zekat, another wall is Hajj, another wall is the
Sunnat of the Prophet (saw) and another wall is the Nawafil Ibadat
(voluntary worship). By putting so many walls now Sheytan is out.
All the way out. If he is able to penetrate through one then you
send your soldiers there to fix that area and it kicks Sheytan out
again. He is never finding the time and place to enter inside and to
steal that faith. If you protect the faith like that then Mashallah
to you. If we protect our faith and go out from this world like that
then Mashallah to us. We are the winners. But if you go out from
this world without the Shahadat then you lived for nothing and you
went to become nothing. Keep that Shahadat high (what Allah subhana
wa ta’ala has granted to us) and keep it valuable.

So many people came to this world that were the rulers of this world
once. They were doing whatever they wanted. If they said, “Hang this
one” that one would be hanged and if they said, “Release this one”
this one would be released. They built cities, they built towns and
they built nations. They were disobedient to their Lord. Their names
stayed in the history books. But as long as their names are staying
(on earth) curse will reach to them. On the other hand, none of the
prophets that came to this world were wealthy. They were rich but
they were not wealthy. They did not have worldly wealth with them.
Worldly they had nothing. They also went out from this world and
they are now sitting in their Paradises. Their names are being
mentioned and all believers praise them. Their stations are going
higher and higher. All those people who are following the footsteps
of the prophets, it doesn’t matter who you are and what you are, the
whole key is, “Are you following the way of Allah or the way of
Sheytan.” In the world you may have so many high titles, you may
finish so many universities but you may become a monkey like Darwin,
because he was claiming to be a monkey and millions are also
claiming to be monkeys like him. They all have university diplomas.
And all universities’ teachings are based on Evolution. Isn’t it? In
the East and the West. Did you not go to universities? Do you go to
school? What is the theory that they are teaching people? Creation
or Evolution, which one? Go to the Muslim countries. Go to Turkey.
Especially in Turkey, if you say that then there’s article 312 and
they would say, “We will put you in jail. Don’t talk too much.”
(Sheykh laughs with everyone). “Leave Darwin alone.” If you say
something about Darwin (in Turkey) they say, “Put this one in jail.”
Here you can say it but there you cannot. So now in the whole world
as the little children are growing up we are teaching them here
saying, “Allah has created you. You are a creature.” They go to
school and the school teaches them saying, “You came from monkeys,
Evolution.” They are not saying monkey because the man may get upset
saying, “I am not a monkey.” (They say) “You came from monkeys. That
is what Evolution means.” Hmm. This is what they are teaching in
every school. Worldwide. From kindergarten now to the universities,
even though the theory is bankrupt. The theory of Darwin is bankrupt
but they are still teaching it saying, “We have not found anything
to replace it with yet and we cannot teach people Creation and about
the Creator. If we teach them then, they are going to be good
citizens. We are not going to have terrorism here and there. So we
are not going to be able to rule as we like. They are going to
question us. So we must make them like this.” This is what the
bigheads are thinking. From this country to everywhere. This is
what they are planning.

So many are saying, “Equal rights. We have the same rights.”
Especially mashallah to women today who are saying, “We have all the
rights.” I just learned today that in Bangalistan there are 130
million people and they did not find one man to make their Prime
Minister. They found a woman to be their Prime Minister. They got
jealous from the Turks and the Pakistanis (and tried to be more
liberal than them). So Holy Prophet (saw) is saying to us, “When
your women become your leaders it is the end of you. You are
finished when your women become your leaders.” So many imams today
and so many sheykhs are afraid to use this word. They say, “Our
sisters’ hearts are going to be broken. We cannot say this because
we have equal rights.” Why is this? I am a man and you are a woman.
How are we the same? Are we the same? Yeah of course we are made out
from the same material. Yeah. (Sheykh mildly laughs).

So the teachings in the schools. If they are teaching people wrong
things in the early times (of their lives) then they grow up wrong
and they struggle between faith and evolution. We don’t find that
settled place to sit and say, “There is a Creator and I am a
creature. I am not believing in that donkey-monkey Darwin.”

Go to a school and ask, “What do you think?”

So many people will say, “I don’t know.”

“You don’t know if you are a human or a donkey?”

(They will hurriedly say) “Well I am a human”

“But they are teaching you in the school evolution, that you are a

“Ummm, ehhh…”

We must come back to our own selves to Islam. Allah our Lord is
teaching us who we are and who He is. Who the Lord is. Don’t take
Allah so lightly as the Christians did, taking Allah and putting Him
in a man form saying, “This is your Lord.” Hasha Astaghfirullah. He
has created you. He has endless creation. Not one Adam but the
children of Adam. We are the children of Adam. He came not even
seven thousand years ago. Do you know how many Adam Allah created?
How are you going to know? You have not even figured out this Adam
yet. How are you going to figure out the other ones? Does Allah have
a beginning that we are putting a beginning to this Adam and
continuing? That is the teachings today that you have everywhere
because man’s mind is shrinking, shrinking, shrinking, shrinking and
he is not using the capacity of the intelligence. If a man is using
his intelligence whether he is a rabbi, a priest or anybody, if he
is using it property and correctly then he may reach to the station
of Jibreel (alayhi salam). Jibreel (as) is representing
intelligence. So they may reach that station through intelligence.
What about beyond that? Who is Muhammad (alayhi salatu wa salam)?
Hmm… People today, especially the Wahhabis say, “He is just a
messenger.” “What kind of a messenger? Like Federal Express
messenger? Or the messengers that are coming to your house everyday
giving you mail?” Ask them and they are going to say, “Similar.
Something like that.” Hasha Astaghfirullah.

When Holy Prophet (alayhi salatu wa salam) came to Sidratul Muntaha
[where the mind’s knowledge finishes he saw that] Jibreel (as) is
representing the intelligence and knowledge.

Jibreel (as) said, “Ya Muhammad, you can go beyond this but I cannot.”

“Ya Jibreel, you are leaving me alone in this journey.”

“Ya Muhammad. The intelligence and the order that is coming to me
from my Lord is telling me that I cannot pass beyond this. If I pass
beyond this I go against intelligence and the light (the Nur) that
is coming from Allah (subhana wa ta’ala), my creation cannot bear to
carry that Nur (that light) and I will disappear, I will go to non-
existence and I will never be created again. So intelligence is
ordering me to stay here. Beyond this is for you.”

For whom? For Holy Prophet (saw) and his nation. He asked for his
nation. He never asked something for himself. (So Jibreel as
said) “Beyond this is for the nation of Muhammad (saw). You can go.”
Between this and the other point (where Holy Prophet met Allah),
some Awliya say that five times five hundred thousand years passed
while Prophet (saw) was moving in top speed. What happened? Where
are all those knowledge? Where is that ilm-e ladin, that secret

Today you say something and they say, “Quran is light.” Do you know
the light from yesterday? Quran is light and Quran is open. But you
have to have eyes to see the Quran. If you close your eyes you
cannot even see the Sun. When a person is closing his eyes tell the

“It is daytime.”

“No it is night. It is dark.”

“The sun is there.”

“I am not seeing it. I am not accepting that light.”

If you are blind then you are not seeing the secret of the Quran.

“Kalu Bela”, the Day of Creation. “Alastu Birabbikum.” Allah spoke
to us. To us, to you, to me and to everyone who is in creation now,
those who have passed and who are going to come.

He said, “Alastu Birabbikum.”

“Kalu.” We said, “You are.”

“Who is your Lord?”

We said, “You are.”

That word which he spoke to us is continuously coming. Twenty-four
hours a day He is speaking to us. (Sheykh smiles) Are you connected
to that word? First you have to connect to that word and you have to
find yourself saying, “Oh I was right here in this place. When the
first initial speech from Allah came and all these billions of
creation were present, I was in the first line or the second or the
third line.” You couldn’t have been in the first line because the
prophets were there. “I was in this line behind this man. On the
right of this one, on the left of that one.” Hmm… First you have to
remember that. When you remember that then everything starts to
slowly come back to you. The program there is not like here where
you can delete it or someone can put a virus and destroy it. It is
there. You can only destroy it by yourself. Nobody else can destroy
it. If you drink liquor you can destroy it. (Sheykh inhales and
exhales deeply imitating a smoker.) If you smoke cigarettes you can
destroy it. If you take drugs you can destroy it. Otherwise, that is
going to be okay. He programmed it properly. Its Owner programmed it
and He did it perfectly.

He is doing everything perfectly. Man is always doing something
crooked but the Creator is always doing it perfect. And He made man
in Ahsani Taqweem, the most perfect creature. That’s why Sheytan got
upset with us. Sheytan didn’t get upset with the donkey. Sheytan is
not the enemy of the animals. He is the enemy of man. Why is he the
enemy of man? He is not made out of the same material that we are
made of. He is a different material. He is made of smokeless fire.
Allah has used almost the same material for the animals as He has
used for us. But Sheytan is not upset with them. He is upset with
us. He is angry with man because when Allah created Maqam-e Mahmud
(the most praised station) Sheytan knew that He was going to give it
to man. But he was after it and he fell in love with it. When he
looked around he did not see anything else but himself. That is why
so many people are looking and seeing only their ego. They are not
seeing anything else. (Sheytan said to himself) “I am the most
perfect one among the creatures. So He must have created that for
me.” So he started to worship nonstop. He was not worshipping to
please Allah but he was worshipping to reach to that station. That
is what made him to become disobedient because he saw that station
and he aimed at it saying, “This (station) is the condition of my
worship.” He said, “(If for that station then) I will do it.” And he
started doing it. Forty thousand years he worshipped in different
levels of the paradises. When Allah created man, he looked at the
man and he looked at the station and then he said, (he was the one
who had knowledge. He looked at the man, he looked at the station
and right away knowledge came to him saying,) “This man fits to that
station.” For that he got upset thinking to himself, “I have been
worshipping for that station this many, many, many years and this
one who has just been created is going to get it? No way. If it is
necessary I will become disobedient to That One.” Hasha
Astaghfirullah. (Sheykh smiling). He became disobedient of the worst
kind. Sheytan is disobedient of the worst kind. He became
disobedient directly to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala).

Hmm. We should put ourselves in that category to see how many times
a day we are disobedient to our Lord. Then you will not find any
space to fight with Sheytan too. We turn to our own selves and when
Sheytan starts attacking us then we turn to our Lord saying (to
Sheytan), “Go away! I am busy with my Lord. I am trying to please
Him, not you.” Then you will reach somewhere. Otherwise, he is so
clever that he can knock us down. Don’t declare war against Sheytan,
because he will knock you and me down so easily. But if we run to
our Owner saying, “Oh our Lord, You have created me and that one. My
aim and my intention is to please You. Whatever you want I am going
to do.” Look what happens then. It is very easy. Very small things
are pleasing to Allah. To Allah it is not small or big. It depends
on the individual. The individual may build fifty mosques in this
(New York) City but it is not pleasing Allah. But an individual may
be walking in the street, taking one stone and putting it aside, and
that act may be pleasing to Allah. You don’t know where and how you
are going to please Allah. Your intention should always be, “I am
doing this. Is this action pleasing Allah or my ego?” When you are
fighting against that (pleasure of the ego) then you are reaching
somewhere. Otherwise, you are worshipping your ego.

You have two places you are worshipping now. When you are
worshipping to two places what are you doing? Shirk. So many Muslims
today are making Shirk. Hidden Shirk, Holy Prophet (saw) is
saying, “That will be a hidden Shirk when you are going to aim to
worship Allah but you are going to do what your ego wants. So then
you are worshipping your ego.” Our Grandsheykh is saying, “When you
are worshipping to two gods, kill one of them. Destroy one of them
and turn yourself to one.” Whichever you want. First start
worshipping one. Then you can understand if it is the wrong one, and
if so then you can turn to the right one. But don’t say to
yourself, “I know I don’t need anything. I don’t need any teacher
and I don’t need any guide. I can clean myself.” You cannot. You
cannot find even this building by yourself. If we didn’t tell you
where we were then you couldn’t even find this address, this room.
There are so many rooms and so many apartments (in this building).
You cannot find it by yourself. And this is just the world. This is
Dunya. The Paradise? If you know the Paradise then you start
shivering again because you don’t want to get lost in the paradise
too. You want to go to your place where you have been designated.
You cannot be running around wildly. Everything Allah has created is
in order.

So Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has created us as humans and He said to
us, “You come into this world clean and your duty is to come out
from this world clean. You come into this world in a human shape and
you have to try to come out of this world in a human shape.” Holy
Prophet (saw) is saying to us, “The way you live is how you are
going to die. The way you die is how you will be raised up.” If we
live according to the laws of Allah and His Prophet (saw) then we
will live a good life and we will live as humans. If we don’t live
according to our Lord and according to His prophets then we are not
living a human lifestyle. Someway somehow we are still carrying that
big animal characteristic and whatever animal characteristic is in
the body (that we live by) when the angel of death comes to you and
if you did not clean yourself from that animal characteristic, then
when you die inside your grave you will be turned into that shape.
You will get up in the Judgment Place in that shape. You will look
at the other ones and you will say, “I was a human. Now I am not.”
They will say to you, “Yes. The title of human was given to you but
you did not use it. It’s too bad. Now go to the area where the four-
footed are standing.” They (the animals) then are not going to accept
those ones also saying, “We have been created animals. We were very
pleased with it.” They will look at us saying, “If my Lord had
created me a human I would be very much more happy. But I am still
happy because He has created me as a dog. But you are not carrying
your stations as humans. If I were given that station I would have
carried it.”

So too much talk and too much conferences. Today there are people
everywhere who are trying to save the world. The world is in the
hands of Allah. You cannot do anything. Save yourselves. So many
leaders of the Muslims are running left and right, they are trying
to look nice and good to their Christian brothers and Jewish
brothers saying, “Look we are moderate Muslims. Accept us among
you.” Hmm. Think again. Don’t try to please them. Allah is saying to
us in the Holy Quran, “If you don’t become one of them, they will
never become one of you. They will never be pleased with you if you
don’t become one of them.” So there is only one place that we have
to run to please, (that is) our Lord. When you run to please Allah
(subhana wa ta’ala), anybody and anything who is pleased with Allah
(subhana wa ta’ala) will be pleased with you. Anything that is not
pleased with Allah will not be pleased with you. You don’t need
them. You need Allah and His Prophet (saw). We are living the Last
Days. The signs that Holy Prophet (saw) is showing us and the orders
that came from our Lord is telling us that the world is living the
Last Days. Not only (are we living) our last days but the world is
living the Last Days. We must try to collect good deeds and to
become better humans before the last trumpet is blown.

Wa min Allahu tawfiq

Bihurmatil Habib

Bihurmatil Fatiha.

We can sit and talk until tomorrow, until next week or until next
month. As long as they send we can be here. But the little that we
spoke should be enough for us (if we are sincere enough) to clear
our way and to find our way. Otherwise, if we are talking too much
we are spending our time and we are not doing anything.


Call Ezan.