Monday, January 21st, 2008


Sohbet by Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi

Wednesday 18 Rajab, 1426 / August 24, 2005
Osmanli Naks-i’bendi Hakkani Dergah, Siddiki Center, New York.

Medet Ya Seyidi Ya Sultanul Awliya, Medet.

I believe everyone here has given beyat to Sheykh Mevlana.
What is the meaning of beyat? Who knows what beyat is? I will tell you what
beyat is. When the Holy Prophet (alayhi salatu wa salam) and all those believers
with him were going to Hajj, they stopped before entering Mecca. Prophet (saw)
sent Osman (radiyallahu anh)
to Mecca to talk with the Mushriks, with the unbelievers, to make some kind of a
treaty for them to know that they are not coming to make war. They are just
coming to make Hajj and they are going back. To make some kind of an agreement
so that this way they won’t attack them when they enter Mecca.

When Osman (ra) came to Mecca then words started spreading
everywhere that the unbelievers have killed Osman (ra).
That is the time the Ayat came where Allah is ordering those believers to give
beyat. Beyat means taking an oath,
swearing to Allah. (They swore) that they will not separate
from the Prophet (alayhi salatu wa salam) no matter what
happens. They will not leave him and if it’s necessary
then they will all die.

Prophet (saw) put his hand and everyone put their hands on the
Prophet’s hand and Allah is saying, “Allah’s Hand is on all of you.”
Meaning, “Allah’s protection is on all of you as long as you are
with that Prophet.” And they gave their beyat to the Prophet
(saw). They swore that they are never going to betray the
Prophet (saw) and they swore that whatever is going to happen
they are going to continue with that beyat until they die.

What do you think? Do you think that if some of them later decided
to change their beyat in their lifetimes, they would have found safety then? No,
they wouldn’t because when Osman (ra) came back
he said, “Ya Rasulullah, they are not letting us enter Mecca this year. But we
have made a treaty that next year we will come and we will be allowed to enter.”
So Prophet (saw) thought and he said,
“We are accepting that treaty.” Then he said, “So now slaughter your animals as
if you went to Hajj. It’s accepted. Shave your heads and come out from Ihram
because our Hajj is accepted.”

When Prophet (saw) entered to his tent some didn’t like the idea
and they wanted to go to Mecca. Prophet (saw) came out shaving his head, coming
out from Ihram and slaughtering his animal. When they saw that they all did the
same thing. Now they saw that there is no way to turn. (They said,) “If the
Prophet (saw) did that, it’s finished. We have to do it too.” Then Holy Prophet
(saw) said, “Don’t make any mistake to think that you are swearing by Allah and
you are going to change your beyat later and you are going to find safety.”

Anyone who did so from that time until today has not found safety.
There is no safety to them. There is no safety in Dunya and there is
no safety in Akhirat to them. Beyat is swearing on Allah that you
are in the way of Allah and His Prophet (saw) and continuing. If we
are in the way of Allah and His Prophet (saw) then we have to take
Allah’s orders very seriously. Then we will become beloved to Allah
(subhana wa ta’ala) and His Prophet (saw).



Sohbet by Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi

Monday 16 Rajab, 1426 / August 22, 2005
Osmanli Naks-i’bendi Hakkani Dergah, Siddiki Center, New York.

Medet Ya Syyidi Ya Sultanul Awliya, Medet.

This is association. You don’t have to listen, you don’t have to take the words
seriously and you don’t have to take it and apply it to yourselves. It’s like a
marketplace. When you go to a market, whatever you like you buy and you come
home. The rest you leave there. You don’t take it. Whatever you like. Whatever
suits you, that’s what you take.

This is association. Through association people who are nominee to become better
servants to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) learn. They learn only if they take the
association seriously and what’s coming through the sohbets seriously. If they
don’t then they don’t learn. So it’s like a marketplace. You go, you watch and
you look around. If you don’t buy then you come home and you die from hunger. If
you don’t take from the association then something is waiting on the other side.
Don’t make any mistake, none of you here, no individual who is going to listen
to this sohbet should make the mistake to think that you are the one that
everything circles around. No. We are just weak servants. Nothing else. To know
that is Marifat. To know that you are a weak servant who is not good for
anything, if the Lord of the Heavens does not permit you then you cannot move
your finger, that is Marifat.

In these days I am watching, here and everywhere, when people start worshipping
a little bit and when they start doing certain things a little bit, they think
that they have reached to Sidrat-ul Muntaha and they want do whatever they want
to. So they run after their ego again on the other side. No permission. No
permission to you and no permission to me. Especially for those who are around
me, there is no permission at all. As long as my eyes are open, there is no
permission. You may run far away, that’s okay. You can get up right now,
everyone of you, and run.

You are not coming here for me. Your being here is not for me. It’s for Allah.
And Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is ordering to you, to me and to everyone to be a
Jamat and to worship in Jamat. If you are not taking that seriously then you are
not taking Allah seriously. Do you think that I am going to care for somebody
who is not taking Allah seriously and His Prophet (saw) seriously? Think again.

Through obligation prayers the believers will become beloved to Allah. Through
the obligation prayers. If you keep what Allah has ordered then you start
becoming beloved to Allah. And through voluntary worship you start becoming
closer to Allah. If you are getting closer to Allah then don’t think that you
are going to drop the obligation prayers. Obligations! Not only prayers but
other obligatory worships, as soon as you drop them then you are good for
nothing. And slowly it becomes a shaky situation that you may not save your
faith before the Angel of Death will reach to you. Either you take Allah and His
Prophet (saw) seriously or there is a big question mark, “Are we going to save
our faith in the last breath or not?”

Who are we? The Sahaba-e Kiram who gave so many things in the way of Allah and
His Prophet (saw), some of them made one wrong mistake and they lost everything.
Do you think that you are going to reach to the level of the Sahabi, any one of
you? Any one of us? What do you think? Do you think that because the other guy
next door is not praying and you are praying, you reached somewhere? Reaching
somewhere is taking Allah’s orders seriously. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is
ordering to us, “Take Me seriously.” Hmm.

If we don’t, then we will cry a lot in Dunya and Akhirat. You lose everything in
Dunya. Those who are beloved to Allah and His Prophet (saw) don’t love you then.
You can do whatever you want but they don’t love you then. That love only comes
when you are obedient to Allah and His Prophet (saw). If you are not then you
are separating yourself from them.

Week after week, year after year I am saying, Sheykh Mawlana is saying and we
are going to say. The holy days and the holy nights are approaching. In these
nights take it seriously. Take it seriously! It’s only five nights a year, not
ten. There are three hundred and sixty five days in a year and there are only
five nights that are very holy. You cannot keep up with that? What kind of faith
you have then? Where is your faith? Are you going to give me excuses? Give me
one million excuses but it’s not good for anything. No excuses can pass for that
for a believer. If a believer says, “I have an excuse. In three hundred and
sixty five days I cannot save five days for Allah and His Prophet (saw),” then I
have doubt with your faith. We are not playing here. We are not here for picnic.
We are not here to have only good times and tea parties. We are here to worship.
And those who does not want to worship, they have no place with me. They have a
very short time.

So in a night like this you get sohbet like this. You wanted it, and that’s why
you’re getting it. Take it. If you take it then you win. If you don’t take it
then it’s for me. It’s for me then. But on the other side, you get nothing of
what is coming also.