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.