Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008


BismillahirRahmanirRahim

With love you cannot bargain there, the choice is not yours. Love is a mirror, it reflects only your essence, if you have the courage to look in its face.

To the parched lips of those who are wiling to surrender Love will bring the wine that changes darkness into vision, cruelty into compassion and dust into precious incense.

Love means to reach for the sky and with every breath to tear a hundred veils. Love means to step away from the ego, to open the eyes of inner vision and not to take this world so seriously.

Like a thief, reason sneaked in and sat amongst the lovers eager to give them advice. They were unwilling to listen, so reason kissed their feet and went on its way.

When you plant a tree every leaf that grows will tell you, what you sow will bear fruit. So if you have any sense my friend, don’t plant anything but love, you show your worth by what you seek. Water flows to those who want ppurity. Wash your hands of all desires and come to the table of love.

If you can’t smell the fragrance don’t come into the garden of Love. If you are unwilling to undress don’t enter inot the stream of Truth. Stay where you are, don’t come our way.

From the health of the lovers, blood flows like a vast river. Our body is wth windmill, and love, the water. Without water the mill cannot turn.

Can the essence and the scent be separate? Whisper to me intimately, like a lover for tenderness is rare in this world. It is difficult to convey the magic of love to those who are made of dust.

When you see the face of anger look behind it and you will see the face of pride. Bring anger and pride under your feet, turn them into a ladder and climb higher. There is no peace until you come their master. Let go of anger. It may taste sweet but it kills. Don’t become its victim, you need humility to climb to freedom.

There is a thread from the heart to the lips where the secret of life is woven. Words tear the thread but in silence the secrets speak.

Do you want me to tell you a secret? The flowers attract the most beautiful lover with their sweet smile and scent.

To find a pearl dive deep into the ocean, don’t look in the fountains. To find a peral you must emerge from the water of life always thirsty.

Do not be flattered by reason, reason is only the child of the mind. But true friendship is born out of love and is the water of life.

My dear heart, never think you are better than others. Listen to their sorrows with compassion. If you want peace, don’t harbour bad thoughts, do not gossip and don’t teach what you do not know.

Those who think the heart is only in the chest take two or three steps and they are content. The rosary, the prayer rug, and repentance are paths that they mistake for the destination.

Seek the wisdom that will untie your knot. Seek the path that demands your whole being. Leave that which is not, but appears to be, seek that which is, but is not apparent.

You are searching the world for treasures but the real treasure is yourself. If you are tempted by bread, you will find only bread. What you seek for you become.

Your earthly lover can be very charming and coquettish but never very faithful. The true lover is the one who on your final day opens a thousands doors.

First, lay down your head, then one by one let go of all distractions. Embrace the light and let it guide you beyond the winds of desire. There you will find a spring and nourished by its sweet waters like a tree you will bear fruits forever.

Why are you so afraid of silences, silence is the root of everything. If you spiral into its void a hundred voices will thunder messages you long to hear.

You have woken up late, lost and preplexed but don’t rush to your books looking for knowledge. Pick up a flute instead and let your heart play.

Do not look back my friend, no knows how the world ever began. Do not fear the future, nothing lasts forever. If you dwell on the past or the future you will miss the moment.

All text from Rumi: Hidden Music translated by Maryam Mafi & Azima Malita Kolin.

[source: Serap Davaz’s Notes on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/notes.php?id=803405003%5D

BismillahirRahmanirRahim

Khutba delivered by Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Hakkani el-Kibrisi

Friday 27 Rajab, 1426 / September 2, 2005
Osmanli Naks-i’bendi Hakkani Dergah, Siddiki Center, New York.

(Sheykh began the Khutba in Arabic and then continued in English)

Medet Ya Syyidi Ya Sultanul Awliya, Medet.

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is addressing us through His prophets what
He wants from us and what is it that we have to do in this world. It
is a great blessing to mankind for their Lord to send a message
saying, “This is what I want from you.” If He didn’t send any
messengers and if He didn’t send any books to us, then the
intelligence that He has given us was going to make us responsible
in the Judgment Day. We were going to be appearing (on earth) and
saying, “Oh, what happened? Who put us here?” And that way we would
have been forced to think and find our Lord. But Allah (subhana wa
ta’ala) made it easier for us with His mercy. He sent prophets,
books, messengers (rasuls) and (holy) people who came after.

No group of people in the Judgment Day is going to be able to
say, “I didn’t know. I didn’t know any better and so I didn’t do
this and I didn’t do that.” Allah is saying to us, “We have sent a
reminder to every nation.” Somebody to remind them, somebody to tell
them and somebody to give them the good news also. The messengers
didn’t just come to remind us and to put fear in us. They also came
to give us the good news, to teach us and to show us how much our
Lord cares for us and loves us.

If a man is not showing any love back to that Lord who is giving
everything, that one is Kafir. Kafir (unbeliever) is that one.
Twenty-four hours a day the Creator is sending His mercy, His
rahmat. Everything around us and everything in and out of us is
because of His mercy. If you are not returning that love even with
mere words by sitting somewhere saying, “O my Lord, You love me and
I love you,” then for that one it is better to be under the earth
than to be above it.

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) knowing how weak we are, knowing that we
are going to leave everything and run away from His orders and run
after our ego, He made some special days and some special nights for
us to catch up with the things that we have left behind. In one Ayat
He is saying to us, “O you who pass your limits in every wrong
thing, going under the heavy burden of sins, don’t lose hope from
Him, because He is the Most Forgiving One. You will find Him
forgiving for you whatever you have done, as soon as you turn to Him.”
This Ayat is a sign showing to us that in the holy days and holy
nights that are coming, if we turn sincerely to our Lord and if we
prepare ourselves for those days sincerely then we will be finding
comfort and peace coming to our hearts. We will understand then that
we have been forgiven. If a man is not forgiven then with the burden
of the sins that he is carrying he cannot live in this world (in
peace).

Allah creates reasons to forgive us. In one hadith Holy Prophet
(alayhi salatu wa salam) is saying to us, “When the days are
approaching for the night of Berat (night of calculations,
accounting night) spend that night in worshipping to your Lord and
spend the day in fasting. Then you will find Allah (subhana wa
ta’ala) forgiving you and forgiving your sins.

We are all full with these (sinful) ways. Especially, being the
people of the 20th and 21st century, we are not caring anything for
our Hereafter life. We are so busy caring for this life, and this
life is occupying us twenty-four hours and this world is taking us
as hostages. We are working, working, working day and night non-stop
but before you know the world comes to an end and the life comes to
an end. As soon as the life comes to and end then the work is
finished. All the mountains of work that you have is going to stay
there. You cannot do anything about it. I am finding so many people
like this in these days, from the believers, from the people who
gave Shahadat. (I am saying,) “Just come for Juma once a week. Once
a week respond back to your Lord saying, `Oh, You love me and I love
You. That’s why I am obeying Your orders.'” Once a week!

You are running for the world to earn things from the world but you
are not going to. If you are not making Allah happy with you then
the world is not going to give you the best of it. It’s going to
give you only the headaches of it and the burdens of it because the
world has also been ordered by the Creator Allah (subhana wa ta’ala)
that, “Those who run after you, run away from them. Cheat them and
fool them saying to them, `I am yours. Come, come.’ And they will be
busy with you running after you all the time. But never give any
treasure to them. Keep them wandering, keep them in pain, keep them
in suffering and keep them running after you. Any minute, any second
they turn away from you and they turn their faces towards Me then
put all the treasures under their feet.” This is the order that
Allah has given to this world. Except man, all other creatures are
obeying the order. Except man. Man has been created in Ahsani
Taqweem, as the most perfect one, but man is the one that is
disobeying the order. All other creatures and anything that you are
seeing, alive or dead (to you it’s dead but in the Divine Presence
everything has a life, everything in existence has a life in their
own world) are obeying that order.

So Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has ordered to this world and this is
what this world is doing. Anyone who leaves Allah and runs after the
world just gets tired. Tired, tired, tired and in the end they
retire and after that they become retired to the other side. What is
the benefit of this world then? What did you gain? You must think.
If everything was given to us, if the whole world was given to us by
tonight, what are we going to do if we don’t have Allah? What are we
going to do if we don’t have Islam? What are we going to do if we
don’t worship? What are we going to do then? Sit and eat non-stop
and sleep non-stop? Your life has no meaning then.

So Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has given this world to us to keep us
busy someway somehow because when a man is alone and he turns only
to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) and he thinks non-stop trying to
understand, trying to know and trying to come closer to Allah
(subhana wa ta’ala), then he may lose his mind. It’s because the
capacity that has been given to the intelligence is only limited but
Allah has no limitation. So if a man is trying to find his Lord with
the limited capacity of the intelligence then he is going to lose
that. He is going to blow that box away. So Allah (subhana wa
ta’ala) has also given us this worldly work so that when we are
tired of thinking so much then we can keep our head busy with these
worldly things and while we are doing those things He will give us
answers from different angles and different ways that are coming to
us. He is the one who is putting the question in us and He is the
one who is going to give the answer. When the question is coming, if
you are asking and waiting properly, then you may get the answer.

But it is also another thing about this century that people have no
patience. No patience at all. They want to do everything that comes
to their mind right away. Nineteen-years-old man is only going to
understand nineteen-years-old intelligence. He cannot understand
what is going to be for him when he is eighty-years-old. Every age
is giving different maturity to a man. That’s why Allah (subhana
wa ta’ala) is showing to us again that He made His prophets, almost
every one of them, when they reached to forty years of age. That’s
when He sent them prophethood. He could’ve prepared them at twenty
years of age to give them prophethood. It’s showing to us that we
need to have the maturity age to be able to carry.

And when a man is preparing himself in early ages for that then he
is going to find the answers. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) will not
leave us without any answers. He has created us and He is promising
to us that when we are obeying Him then He is under our service. We
are saying we are serving Allah. What are we doing? Praying? Prayer
is for you. Musa (alayhi salam), the Kalimullah, one of the Ulul
Azam prophets to whom a Book is given, Allah is addressing him
saying, “Ya Musa, what have you done for me?”

The Prophet is saying, “O Ya Rabb, I am praying.”

“That’s for you.”

“I am fasting.”

“That is also for you.”

“I am making pilgrimage.”

“That is also for you.”

“I am giving in Your way what You have given to me, sharing.”

“That is also for you.”

He says, “Ya Rabbi! I don’t know what to do for you.”

So Allah is addressing saying to him, “Love those that I love and
leave those that I don’t love.”

If we just obey this then we will find ways because if we love those
that Allah loves then their blessing is going to reach to us before
anything else because they are sitting in the Divine Presence.
Whatever they ask Allah will not say `no’ to them. They ask and
Allah says, “I’ll give. Whatever you want I’ll give.” But we must
try to reach to those and reaching to those is not running and
giving something, taking something or whatever you have. No. It’s
the proper manners. Proper respect. That’s what they are looking at
because where every knowledge, every intelligence and every `ilm is
finishing, that’s where proper manner is beginning. And then, who
has proper manners has intelligence.

All intelligence is to teach people to have proper manners. We are
seeing it from Sheytan that he lost and he has been kicked away from
the Divine Presence only because he lost the proper manners. He was
worshipping. No one can worship the way that he was worshipping. He
was doing everything but he lost the proper manners. When the Lord
of the Heavens said to him, “Make sejdah to this one.” He looked (at
Adam alayhi salam) and he said (to Allah), “No, it is wrong what you
say.” That’s how he lost the proper manners. He didn’t curse. Today
so many people are cursing to Allah and His Prophet (saw). He didn’t
curse. He didn’t say ugly words that man is using today. But he
said, “You made a mistake. That one is supposed to be prostrating to
me, not me to him. That’s a mistake.” He lost the manners and all
these worship and everything that he did, Allah counted them for
zero and He said to him, “Get lost from the Divine Presence, and
wherever I am sending you is a punishment to you. Stay there until
the Last Day. And after that I will put you into accounting.”

So when a man loses proper respect then he will also be kicked away
from the Divine Presence. The Divine Presence (for murids) is the
dergah, the dergah of Allah. It is not such that (after losing the
Divine Presence for improper manners) a man is going to leave this
area, going somewhere else, living there and worshipping. No. Then
anywhere you turn your way to worship, (you will find that) you have
been kicked away. You have been cursed away. You can turn, you can
go up and down but you are not going to benefit anything then.

So all knowledge is teaching us to have proper respect. And all
these things that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is ordering us to do, He
is saying to us (about them), “You are doing those and through them
you are learning proper respect. Through that proper respect I am
bringing you closer to Me.” And as He said to Musa (alayhi salam), “All these
that you are doing is for you.” If a man is
praying, fasting, giving zakat and going to hajj, it is all for him.
As soon as you enter into the grave, they cover the grave, the Imam
gives the last words to you, he takes off and then you are alone in
the grave. As soon as everybody leaves from there then the fire
starts coming from four sides. If you were praying then one wall
comes to one side covering that part. If you were fasting then
another wall comes, it becomes a fireproof wall and the fire cannot
penetrate through. If you were giving zakat, it was for who? For
yourself. If you were giving zakat and sadaqa then another wall
comes covering the fire not to enter to your grave. If you did the
last principle of Islam, if you went to Hajj then another wall comes
and it covers it. So you will be surrounded by those four walls and
the fire will not touch you then. You will be in safety. If you
didn’t do the last one, if you didn’t get the chance to do it then
another good deed that you did covers that and you will be safe
there.

But only being safe there is not enough again. Now two windows are
going to open on two sides, one on the right side and one on the
left side of where you are laying down. From the right side you will
see the paradises and from the left side you will see the fire, the
hell. The angels show to you saying, “Look, this was the place that
you were supposed to enter, in the hell, but the mercy of your Lord
came and it put you in the paradise. Then your grave becomes one
piece of paradise. There is no worrying for you then.

So Allah is saying to us, “You will become beloved to Me when you
are keeping the orders that I give to you.” The orders are the five
principles of Islam. If you do that sincerely, without making any
show to anybody, then you will become beloved to Allah. Whatever you
are, if you do that sincerely then you will become beloved to Allah
(subhana wa ta’ala). Do you think when you become beloved to Allah
(subhana wa ta’ala), Allah is going to send that fire to you? What
kind of love is this? When we have just a little bit of love for
someone in our hearts, or let’s put it this way, you hate someone so
much but that person has one good thing that you always liked, and
if the chance is given to you then you won’t put that one to burn in
the fire saying, “Ah, this one has this good behavior. Let me
forgive.” So if you are doing these five principles then you will
become beloved to Allah.

When you become beloved to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) then you don’t
sit alone again. You don’t sit doing nothing again. You try harder
this time to run to do the voluntary worships that are not orders,
that are not obligations but it is common sense and your heart is
not leaving you alone now saying, “Do this, you will benefit from
it.” So then you start coming closer to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala)
and all spiritual worlds then slowly starts opening. Otherwise,
today spirituality is only a word that people are using. So many are
saying, “I am very spiritual. I have reached to this station.”

(You ask,) “What are you doing? How did you reach there?”

“Umm, I am thinking. I love this one.”

“Do you love the one that Allah loves? And do you leave the one that Allah
leaves?”

That’s one of the most important things. If you do that then all the
other ones come along and you run to do them.

Alhamdulillah Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has permitted us to come
forward and to make intention to worship Him. We cannot say that we
are worshipping Allah. We are just practicing here. People these
days are practicing – except the friends of Allah, the Awliya Allah.
They are worshipping. Even those are not seeing their worship as
worth something. Why? Because Holy Prophet (saw) is saying, “O my
Lord, Do not ask from me the worship that You deserve to have
because I cannot do it. It is impossible for me to worship You the
way that You deserve to be worshipped.” If you put two rakats of
prayer of the Holy Prophet (saw) on one side of the scale and on the
other side of the scale if you put the prayers of all the angels,
all prophets, all the Awliya, Saliheen, righteous people and
believers during all their lifetimes, that two rakat is more beloved
to Allah. The two rakat that the Prophet (saw) is doing is more
beloved to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) because Allah loves that one
and He has created everything else because of that one. So the
little that he is doing is more beloved to Allah. But that Prophet
(saw) is saying, “O my Lord, do not ask me to worship the way you
deserve to be worshipped because I cannot handle it.”

He also said, “O my Lord, don’t leave me in the hands of my ego even
for the blink of an eye. Don’t leave me to my ego for even that much
because I am fearful that I will lose.” With that, the understanding
is being given to us that the Holy Prophet (saw) has never done
anything from his ego and Allah did not leave him to his own ego for
a split second. And because of that every second he is going through
different stations, reaching to higher stations and he is seeing how
great Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is. Everytime he is reaching from
one station to another he is understanding the mercy that Allah is
sending to mankind and how great our Lord is and because of that he
is saying, “I cannot worship the way you deserve to be worshipped.
It is impossible.”

But even the small things that we are doing here, the small deeds
that we are doing here, inshallah will be counted and the big sins
that we are making, inshallah will be erased off before we reach to
the other side because we are living the Last Days of this world. We
are living the Last Days. And in these Last Days the majority of
people and almost every government is teaching people the wrong
things. It’s forcing people to do the wrong things. The parents of
children are trying to teach the children wrong things. Because of
that the little that you are doing becomes very valuable. You must
keep it. You must not let Sheytan fool you. Everyday now are holy days and holy
nights but there are special nights. We passed the Miraj and another holy night
is waiting for us.

InshaAllah Leylat-ul Berat, coming Saturday night (the night from Saturday to
Sunday)

We are intending again to be here and inshaAllah this time we are intending as
Holy Prophet (saw) is saying, “Try to sacrifice that night only for Allah. Try
to worship more that night.” Now you know. You have almost two weeks to prepare
yourselves for that night. Try to prepare. If you do then you will win. If you
don’t then one day you may say, “Why didn’t I do?” Because every holy night and
day is coming with their own blessings. Even if you reached all the other nights
of Berat before, this time it’s coming with something new. So inshaAllah this is
what we must prepare for. That way we will always take the heavenly orders high
and we will run after our Akhirat. Then the world will start running after us
inshallah ar-Rahman.

(Sheykh finished the Khutba in Arabic and then made the following
dua)

Ya Rabbi, forgive us for the wrong things that we are doing. Keep us
in the Sirat-ul Mustaqim. Keep us with those You love, keep us with
those whom You said to us to love and give us understanding to know
the ones You don’t love and we will turn our faces away from
them.

(Sheykh then said how to know the ones that Allah doesn’t love)

The easiest way to know that is the love of the Prophet (saw). Love
of the prophets. Love those who love the Prophet (saw). It is very
easy to understand then. You don’t have to go into details, “This
one is beloved and this one is not beloved.” Those who have a drop of love in
their hearts for the Holy Prophet (alayhi salatu wa salam) or for any other
prophets, it is a sign to us that we must try to have some communication with
those. Those who don’t love Allah and His Prophet (saw), leave them. They are
not any good for you and not any good for me.

(Sheykh then lead the Jamat in prayer)

El-Fatiha.

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