Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Hakkani el-Kibrisi

Friday 17 Ramazan, 1426 / October 21, 2005
39th Street Dergah, Manhattan, New York.

Medet Ya Sayyidi Ya al-Hakkani, Medet.

Nasruddin Hoja was once planting and planting but nothing was
growing. Every year he was becoming bankrupt. So on the third year
he said (to Allah subhanahu wata’ala), “OK, there’s nothing to
worry. This year You are my partner.” He is talking to Allah
saying, “This year You are my partner. If I lose then You are going
to lose too.” So he planted wheat that year and so much wheat was
growing and coming. He said, “Oh, I made a good partnership with
You, You see? I am a good worker. You are winning with me.” He had
all these piles of wheat. He separated them in two parts and he
said, “That side is mine and this side is Yours.” He separated
correctly and he was sitting between them looking at that side and
this side thinking, “Allah doesn’t need this. I should take this
too.” So he said, “Well, we made partnership but You don’t need
this. So I have to take this too.” As soon as he said, “I have to
take that” then thunders started going in the air, rain started
coming down and the side that belonged to Allah which he separated
was taken away by the wind and the river. It was gone. His side was
standing but the side of Allah was gone. Thunder and lightning was
still going on. So he looked and said, “It’s enough already. You
took everything. You are still putting that light and looking if
there’s anything left down there?” (Sheykh smiles). He said, “This
pile is mine.”

(Looking at someone in the audience Sheykh said,)

So you make partnership. Up till now you were alone. You didn’t make
partnership and you couldn’t buy not the whole Long Island but not
even one piece of it. Put Allah as your partner and in a very short
time you will buy the whole Long Island. But if He says, “I want my
part under the ground,” then He may shake this Long Island as He is
shaking Izmir everyday now. (Sheykh smiles). Everyday they are
calling me at one o’clock in the night, “Sheykh, we are shaking.”
They are announcing in the streets, “Come out from the houses!
There’s going to be a big earthquake!” Everyone is running out in
the streets at one o’clock in the night with their pajamas and
everything and they are sitting there until morning.

I said to them, “Do you know why that happened?” They said, “No.” I
said, “Every Ramazan you are supposed to be playing drums and waking
people up for Sahur. They stopped that. They banned that completely
last year. They said, `You are making a lot of noise bothering a lot
of people.'” So this year through the whole Ramazan it’s shaking.
Now everyone is in the streets and everyone is up for Sahur. (Sheykh
smiles). Next day they cannot work too. They cannot do anything.