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

Thursday 12 Rajab, 1426
August 18, 2005
Osmanli Naks-i’bendi Hakkani Dergah, Siddiki Center, New York.

Medet Ya Sayyidi Ya Sultanul Awliya. Medet.

Tariqatuna sohbet wa khayru fi Jamiat. Alhamdulillah wa shukr Allah.
The biggest problem that people are in, and for which they are
receiving punishment on themselves, or they are not being happy with
their lives, is not because they are not worshipping or they are not
doing so many of the orders of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). That is a
big reason, but in these days people are attacking those who are
beloved to Allah. The person who is worshipping and doing so many
things may not find safety, but maybe intercession will come from
someone who is beloved to Allah for a person who is not worshipping,
praying or doing so many things, and he will reach to safety.

Allah is saying to us, “Don’t think that your prayers and your deeds
are enough to save you.” But Shafa’at, intercession is enough for
safety, the intercession of the Holy Prophet (sws) and the
intercession of those who are given permission. And Allah (subhana
wa ta’ala) is ordering us saying, “Be with the Saliheen. O people!
Be with those righteous ones.” Anyone who is with the Saliheen finds
safety. They find safety in Dunya and they find safety in the
hereafter. Anyone who is against them has not found safety in this
world at all, and in the hereafter, eh, if you don’t believe (me now
about their final end), then when everyone of you will go to the
hereafter life you will see if they found safety.

Holy Prophet (sws) is saying that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) says, “I
will declare war on those who touch the ones that I love.” The
Waliullah. The Friends of Allah. He says, “I will declare war on
that person.” If a man sits down and thinks just a little bit, “What
is the meaning of Allah’s declaring war on me?” Uff! Your declaring
war to Allah is not the same as Allah’s declaring war on you. A
little kid may say to a wrestler, “I am declaring war to you.” The
wrestler is not going to take him or his words in counting. A weak
man may say, “I am declaring war,” or a weak nation may say, “I am
declaring war,” to a great powerful nation. That great powerful
nation will say, “I am not taking you in counting. You can say as
much you want, I am not moving my finger. You can declare war.” But
if that great nation says, “I am declaring war on you,” what’s going
to happen to that little one?

This is not even a close example of what we are saying. Allah
(subhana wa ta’ala) is saying, “Anyone who touches those whom I
love, I declare war on them.” By His declaring war, their lives are
crumbling twenty-four hours a day but they are still not
understanding. So it’s not too intelligent to touch the ones that
Allah loves. If you don’t know who those are, (Sheykh Efendi
pointing to a picture of Mevlana Sheykh Nazim on the wall), there’s one
standing over there. He is always smiling; but anyone who touches
that one, Allah is declaring war on those people. (If they touch)
anyone who is holding on tightly to that one, war is still coming to
those because he is representing that holy one. When you are given
some permission (to represent) you are under the protection.

So when people run into so much difficulties in their lives they
should sit and think to say, “What’s happening to me? Isn’t it the
same Allah who created me as the other one? Why is He doing like
this to me and He is doing like that to the other one?” In reality
without His permission nothing can happen. If a person is in a
suffering situation or his life is sour then there must be something
cut off from him from the Lord of the Heavens. If a man sits down
and thinks just for five minutes he will understand this reality.
But Sheytan is not letting him. Eh, who says to you to serve
Sheytan? Allah says, “You must serve Me. I have created you to serve
Me, not Sheytan.”

So the way to safety to a man is to hold onto the prophets. The way
to safety to a man is just to say the Shahadat, what Prophet (sws)
brought. There are so many Sahabis who just said that they accepted
the Prophet (sws). Then they died and they reached to the highest
stations. There was a war (in the time of the Holy Prophet sws) and
one Bedouin came there saying, “What’s happening here?” They
said, “We are preparing. Our enemies are coming to attack us.” He
said, “Why are they coming to attack you?” They said, “Look, we
don’t have too much time for you. The Prophet (sws) is there. Go
speak to the Prophet (sws).” So he came to the Prophet (sws) and
asked, “Why are they attacking?” Prophet (sws) said, “Because of
this.” He asked, “What is that you are giving to people?” Prophet
(sws) said, “I am calling them to their Lord.” He said, “This is the
reason they are coming to attack you, to kill you?” Prophet (sws)
said, “Yes.” So he said, “What will happen to me if I come alongside
you and I go to war with them?” The Prophet (sws) said, “You cannot
come alongside us to go to war. First you have to become a believer
to fight with us.” He said, “How will I become a believer?” Prophet
(sws) said, “This is what you say, `I believe in Allah and His
Prophet.'” And he said, “Then what happens? If I go to war and if I
die in that war, what happens?” Prophet (sws) said, “You will reach
to the station of the martyrs which is the highest station after
sainthood.” He said, “I accept what you say.” He accepted right
away. He pulled out his sword, he ran and before he could put down
the sword on anybody, a spear came, hit him and he fell down. He
didn’t even put down the sword one time on anybody.

After the war when they were collecting the dead bodies Holy Prophet
(sws) said, “This one just said the Shahadat and he made the
intention to fight for the sake of Allah and he went to the highest
station.” He didn’t make Sejdah yet. Some are saying, “Oh, I am
praying so good,” or “I am fasting, I am doing this and that.” All
these are for us. But that one pulled out the sword for the sake of
Allah. He said, “They are attacking you because you are saying this?
That’s not fair. I will be along your side.”

That’s how it was at that time and after that time centuries have
passed and that’s still how it is. Nothing has changed. Anyone who
attacks the Friends of Allah must prepare themselves to be under
that curse. Anyone who attacks innocent people may be under the
curse too but Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is saying, “Don’t touch
those that I love. They are My friends and I will declare war on
you. You cannot escape then.”

There was a dervish who went to a barber. He took off his turban and
said, “Shave my head.” So the barber started putting the soap and
shaving the head. When half was done and the other half still had
lots of soap on it, another person came into the barbershop. He
looked very strong, a tough and rough guy. He came next to the
chair, knocked on the bald head of the dervish saying, “Hey
squashhead, get up from here. He has to fix my hair first.” The
barber was a small guy. So he couldn’t fight or say anything. The
dervish was also a pretty heavy guy but he was humble. So he looked
at him and said, “As you like your majesty.” He got up and he sat on
the other chair, half of his head with soap on it and half of it
clean. The other one was wearing nice clothes. It looked like he is
a very wealthy one. He was saying, “Cut my hear like this, do this,
do that,” and the barber was doing it but he wasn’t liking what he
did to the dervish.

After he finished, he gave the barber the money with pride and he
was passing next to the door where the squashhead was sitting and
waiting. He came to him, knocking on his bald head again on the side
that was shaved, and said, “Squashhead, you are very smart that you
got up from that chair. If you would’ve said, `I wouldn’t,’ then I
would’ve broken this squashhead of yours.” He said, “Yes, your
majesty. I know you would have. I have no business (pending). I am a
dervish. I can wait. You must be very busy, rushing, going
somewhere. So I gave you the chair.”

That one didn’t understand so much. So he went out, sat on his
horse, started going top-speed and inside the shop the barber blew
up (at the dervish) saying, “What kind of an idiot are you! He
cursed at you first, you got up from your chair, you gave your right
to him, then he says this to you and you say, `Yes, your majesty’?
You look strong like him but what a scared person you are!” He
said, “Nah, I am not rushing. I am not going anywhere. I am a
dervish. I am waiting for my time to go out from this world. The man
must be rushing.” The barber said, “What do you mean?” He said, “I
don’t know. We will see.”

While they were talking the horse circled around, came in front of
the barbershop again. The man had fallen down from the horse. His
feet got locked in the stirrup and the horse dragged him around
the whole town; and the head that the barber fixed so nicely is now
smashed. He came in front of the barbershop and he got released. It
was Divine order. So that one fell right in front of the barbershop.
The barber ran out, everyone ran out and the dervish was sitting
nice and comfortable, not looking. The barber looked (and
exclaimed), “This is the man that was just here earlier!” The barber
understood, he looked at the dervish and said, “You are something
else. You put a curse on him.” He (the dervish) said, “Don’t get me
upset now. I didn’t say anything. I didn’t put any curse on him. But
didn’t you see? The Owner of this squashhead didn’t like what that
one did to this squashhead. He is the one who punished him, not me.
Don’t put the blame on me.”

Wa min Allahu taufiq

Bihurmatil Habib

Bihurmatil Fatiha.