May 2008

Scenes from a “fashion show” of the Istanbul Historical Turkish Music Association.


Sohbet by Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi

Saturday 3 Shawwal, 1426 / November 5, 2005
Osmanli Naks-i’bendi Hakkani Dergah, Siddiki Center, New York.

Medet Ya Syyidi Ya al-Hakkani, Medet.

Through sohbet the nominees of paradise will learn something. People
who are nominees learn something. They take that and apply it to
their lives. If the same sohbet is given every night then the murid
must take lesson every night from that sohbet. So every night the
murid must come to the association with an empty bucket, not
thinking that he is knowing something. Whatever he learned tonight
must be put in his bucket there to bring his cup empty again to fill
up a fresh one. If you are coming here with a cup half-filled with
water then you can only get half a cup. If you come here with a full
glass then you get nothing. Whatever you come with is what you take
back. You didn’t get anything. You have to bring that cup empty.

That cup is your heart. You have to come empty saying, “Tonight I am
going to fill this up again.” Maybe that night secrets will be given
that fits to your heart only. If you missed it then goodbye. You
missed the train. Or, that may come again one year later, or seven
years later. You have to wait again for a long time because you have
lost your chance.

Tariqat is to make a person to keep his face towards the Qibla, to
prepare him to his destiny where he is going and to be ready always.
And the only way to be ready for that is to have the love of Allah
and the love of the Prophet (sws) in your heart more than anything
else. If you don’t have the love of Allah and His Prophet (sws) in
your heart more than anything else then you are not ready for
Akhirat life yet. That means you still have attachments to this
world. Something is holding you to this world. So you don’t want to
go where your place is. That’s dangerous.

So anybody who is in tariqat must make progress every single day and
must fill up his grave with the necessary things that he needs
because he is going to spend time in that grave or in the journey
beyond the grave. All orders of Islam or all orders that all
prophets came to give people and to make them to live according to
those orders was only to clean them for the journey to where they
came from, to clean them and to make them to enter into paradise.
Nothing else. From all the prayers, all fastings, all zakats, all
hajj, all zikirs, all good deeds and all voluntary worships is to
prepare man to turn his face back to the Qibla and to be ready for
the angel of death when he is coming to go clean, to clean himself
in this world and to go out clean from this world.

That’s the whole meaning of this life. All other things that we are
keeping, the works, the worldly wealth, children, this, that and
everything is an obstacle on our way. Allah is saying to us openly
in the Holy Qur’an, “All your wealth, your children and everything
that you own is only confusion for you.” Isn’t it? It is only a
confusion. All the wealth that you have, worldly wealth and the
children that you have are only confusion for you. If it keeps you
away from Allah then it’s a big confusion. If you use that properly
in the way of Allah then it is a big blessing, moving you towards
Allah better.

We must keep Allah and His Prophet (sws) priority. Otherwise, man is
losing. There is no other way.

Wa min Allahu taufiq.


Owner of the Sword – Sahib us-Sayf


Sohbet given by Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Hakkani el-Kibrisi
on the occasion of the Hair of the Beard of Prophet, aleyhi as-salatu ve selam,
coming to the Osmanli Naksibendi Hakkani Dergah

Saturday 26 Ramazan, 1426 / October 29, 2005
Osmanli Naks-i’bendi Hakkani Dergah, Siddiki Center, New York.

Medet Ya Syyidi Ya Sultanul Awliya, Medet.

The first thing that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) created was the light
of the Holy Prophet (salatu wa salam). He created all other things
from his light, his noor. He created another human from every drop
of sweat that he had. Whatever we do and however we praise the Holy
Prophet (alayhi salatu wa salam) is not enough and it is always
accepted very highly in the Divine Presence. A man may pray twenty-
four hours but if he is not showing proper respect to Holy Prophet
(alayhi salatu wa salam), then anything that he did may not be
accepted. It may come to zero. But if a person is doing things with
the love of the Prophet (alayhi salatu wa salam), then it is accepted instantly
in the Divine Presence.

Holy Prophet (sws) is saying to us, “When you come to visit me in my
gravesite and when you give salawat to me, I will hear you, I will
see you and I will know you. If you are far away, at a far distance,
and you give salawat to me, then there is an angel sitting in the
grave with me that has as many mouths as the humans have. Anyone who
gives salawat, that angel gives me answer from that mouth.” It says
to the Holy Prophet (sws), “Ya Rasulullah, now, from this children
of Adam, from this generation, from the children of this, this and
this (counting the lineage), has sent salawat to you.” And the Holy
Prophet (sws) does not leave it without any answer and he orders one
salawat or maybe more (as many as you have recited) to be given to
you, to be put in your treasury box. When those salawats where the
Holy Prophet (sws) is greeting you back reach to a certain amount,
then you will get the prayer of the Holy Prophet (alayhi salatu wa
salam). If you have the prayer of the Holy Prophet (alayhi salatu wa
salam), then neither in Dunya nor in Akhirat will you have any
troubles after that. You will be trouble-free and your heart will
always be connected with them.

What about just one salawat given from the mouth with which man
commits sins twenty-four hours not knowing anything? What about if
something is left from the Holy Prophet (alayhi salatu wa salam) and
showing proper respect to that? Of course, there are angels sitting
and watching our behavior and watching our hearts. Some people’s
behavior is okay, but inside their hearts they say, “Why are they
making such a big deal?” It is just for us to know because Sheytan
may come. Throw him away. Throw the Sheytan away. Whatever respect
we do, if we stand up twenty-four hours in the presence of the
belongings of the Holy Prophet (alayhi salatu wa salam), we are not
doing wrong. But the 21st century man is so weak that he cannot
stand up for fifteen minutes.

In this little box here, there is some dust that was taken from the
Holy Prophet’s (sws) gravesite. In the old days they were cleaning
and they were collecting that dust. I am getting the smell from
here. The smell is coming from that dust. Alhamdulillahi Rabbil
Alameen. That dust was being collected and kept, and the kings, the
Sultans had those things. It reached to his hands (Sheykh indicating
the murid who brought the holy relics to the dergah) through his
grandfathers from one of the Mughal sultans. Isn’t it? It passed
through them and it was given to his great-grandfather. It was in
their hand, their property and they gave it to one of his
grandfathers. He was a holy man.

And it has been passing, circling around the world, coming to
America. It went to India. From India it came to America. It’s the
belonging of the Prophet (sws) and the dust from the Prophet’s
(alayhi salatu wa salam) tomb site. In the old days, when people
were going and cleaning, they were taking all that dust very
carefully. And the Sultans were going where they keep the Prophet’s
(sws) belongings in the Topkapi Palace. They were going every
morning where the Prophet’s (sws) belongings were and dusting that
room. They were taking all that dust, putting it in a very special
bowl and keeping it there. When the Sultans passed away, they put
them laying next to that dust and that’s where they were praying the
Janaza prayer for them.

Those are the people who ruled the world. In the Divine Presence
they are high and in the world they are high. And they showed proper
respect to the belongings of the Prophet (alayhi salatu wa salam).
What we have in our hands is coming directly from inside the
Prophet’s (sws) tomb, from the rawza. Before it was open. People
were having access. So alhamdulillah, Allah (subhana wa ta’ala)
blessed us with this. These things have been passing through who
knows how many holy people and how many holy places. It ended up
coming here to this mountaintop that is nowhere. If you arrange it
and if you have millions of dollars you cannot do it.

There was a prince who came from Dubai to Istanbul and they were
planning to make over five billion dollars of investment in
Istanbul. I think he asked to have one of the hairs of the Prophet
(alayhi salatu wa salam) to be sent to Dubai in order to have some
celebration in the month of Ramazan. The whole Turkey turned upside
down because of that. It’s not because they show so much respect
too. They moved one of the hairs from the Topkapi Palace and they
brought it to the airport. The minister was there and the minister
said to them that he wanted to check something. So all those evilish
ones said that the minister brought the Prophet’s (sws) beard to his
feet. Even the Sultans didn’t do that but these evils ones are doing
that. So they made a big mess in Turkey just because of that hair.
Now they are saying that they were trying to steal it and to bring
it to Dubai.

Anyway, whatever it is and whatever they were doing is a different
story. What we are trying to say is that we didn’t make any planning
with the government, nor did we say that we have five billion
dollars which we are going to invest here and there. No. It circled
around and came here alhamdulillah. Very high level governments were
turning upside down because of that hair and Allah brought it here
to us alhamdulillah. How much thankful we have to be for that?

So as much respect we are showing and we will show to the belongings
of the Holy Prophet (alayhi salatu wa salam), to the Prophet (sws)
and to the other Awliya Allah, that is what we are winning.
Otherwise, the prayers and everything that we are doing is very
crooked and it may not be counted. But if we have sincerity, a
sincere heart and if we do things sincerely then inshaAllah ar-
Rahman with the love of the Holy Prophet (alayhi salatu wa salam) it
will be counted. And as I said, now we are going to concentrate on
making more zikir all the time, everyone, more Kalima-e Tawhid and
more Salawat to the Prophet (alayhi salatu wa salam). And inshaAllah
in every forty days we will present specially to the Prophet (alayhi
salatu wa salam) with a mawlid. That night we will make a mawlid to
present all the collections that we are making inshaAllah. As for
this (hair of the Prophet sws) coming here, it is a big blessing
Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Alameen.

Wa min Allahu taufiq

Bihurmatil Habib

Bihurmatil Fatiha.

Risale-i Nur Sohbet – Seyh Abdul Kerim Kibrisi


Sohbet by Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Hakkani el-Kibrisi

Friday 17 Ramazan, 1426 / October 21, 2005
39th Street Dergah, Manhattan, New York.
Medet Ya Syyidi Ya Sultanul Awliya, Medet.

Tariqatuna sohbet wa khayru fil Jamiat. The meaning of all
(heavenly) Books is to teach man to say, “La ilaha illallah.” All
Books and all prophets came to teach man to say, “La ilaha ilallah.
Falam an-lahu la ilaha illallah.” There is no god and nothing to
worship except Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). When man is concentrating,
understanding and living according to that then his Dunya becomes
paradise, his world becomes paradise, his paradise is paradise and
his grave is paradise. Fear goes away. Fear leaves that one and
Sheytan runs away. The evils run away and the evil people run away
because he is with Rahman. He is with Allah. Those who leave Allah,
Sheytan comes near them, all sheytanic creatures come near them, all
human sheytans come near him until they make that one to become one
of the sheytans.

That is in the hand of man. Allah gave that to our hand saying, “It
is protection to you. Say: La ilaha illallah continuously.” Your
heart must remember your Lord. If you want satisfaction to your
heart, if you want peace in your heart then you must say, `Allah.’

This Mankind, the 21st century people of today are all sick. From
the newborns to the ones that are ready to go to the grave, all are
sick. All have problems and they don’t even know what the biggest
problem is. They think it’s the world but it’s not because everyone
has the world. (Sheykh pointing to the heart) The biggest problem is
emptiness here. The life is very sour. Anything they touch, anywhere
they look and any place they go, after a while it becomes a pain to
them. Everything that man is doing becomes very painful. Not
satisfied with anything. Men, women, children, adults and elderly.
All. Some people are exception. They are exception from billions.

What is the cure for that? They are not running to look for the cure. They are
running thinking, “I am going to make more Dunya, more world and I am going to
find peace.” If finding peace is with Dunya, with the world then it will be
easy. If you have a pair of clothes to wear, a shelter on your head and you can
fill your stomach then you should be peaceful. Why then are you worrying? You
don’t know if Azrail is waiting behind the door. You are entering here but you
don’t know if you are going out alive. Who can guarantee that saying, “I am
guaranteed to go out tonight”? Who can dare to say that? They are listening. He
(Allah subhana wa ta’ala) may say, “That one is challenging Me? Take him away.”
Dunya is finished and Akhirat is finished (for that person).

So when man understands the value of this world, if he thinks that this world is
valuable and runs after it for some time then after a while he must understand,
“This world has no value. But the life has a value. What Allah has given, what
Allah has granted to me is very valuable. Let me hold on tightly to that.” When
you are holding onto that life then you would be looking and saying, “Well, this
life is going is going to go away from my hand too after a while. What am I
going to do?” Then you will be able to concentrate on what is waiting for you on
the other side. Otherwise, the majority is running away and they don’t even want
to think about death anymore. They don’t want to be around those who are going
to remind them about death. They run away. They find it easier, they think that
it’s easier saying, “Let me run away from this one and my life is going to
become better and easy because this one is reminding me all the time that I am
going to die. So let me go far away.” They go far away and if they had one
problem then their problems become double. Now that they are not close to
someone who is close to Allah, that little peace in the heart is taken away.

You may give them the whole world but they are not going to be satisfied by it.
If you don’t believe me then go and look at Rockefeller. They have the
Rockefeller Center. The half of Manhattan belonged to him. But he was not in
peace. He was running after more. What are you running after? You have
everything. Anything you need comes to you. What are you running for? Everything
you have is more than enough for you and your children to spend all their lives.
He had to run because there was nothing that could replace that emptiness. It’s
a big emptiness and if man falls into that emptiness then he disappears. He
loses his mind.

So the only way out of that and the only answer is Islam. There is no other
answer. You can go to any place. You can go to any rabbi or
anything. They have no answer to that. It is impossible. The answer is with
those ones who are not walking around with books, (Sheykh pointing at the
heart) whose books are there and who are able and capable to read people there
(in the heart). They have the answer. They say to you, “You have this sickness
and the cure is this. This is what you have to do.” You don’t like it. Who cares
whether you like it or not? You got sick. You are going to get the recipe to get
cured. Otherwise, you are going to die.

Dying in the spirit is not like dying in the world. (Sheykh smiles). If your
spirit is dead then you have lost. You have perished. You are going to be swept
away never coming back to existence again. Even Sheytan doesn’t want that.
Sheytan is saying (to Allah subhana
wa ta’ala), “I would rather stay in the hell-fire forever. Don’t send me to
non-existence. Once You gave me a body and once You made me appear, don’t put me
to disappearing stations.”

Of course, the ignorant men are saying, “So what?” They are ignorant and
complete empty-heads. They are not knowing anything. When they start knowing
something then they start worrying. For instance, you
have one ring and you lose it. It doesn’t have too much value but you go around
looking for it. No? If you think that you left it in the toilet, do you leave it
there? You go to look in the toilet. “I left it there. Let me get it.” What’s
the value? Nothing. You get another one. But it’s yours. So it’s valuable.

Life is also very valuable. How are we spending that life, in which
way are we spending and in what cause are we spending that life, that’s
important. If we are spending it in the way of Allah then we
must do the work of Allah. If we are doing the work of Allah and we are spending
it in the way of Allah then do you think the pain, sorrow and all these worldly
disasters are going to come into your
heart? No, even if you go through so many incidents in your life, ups and downs,
with physical punishments, with materialistic punishments. When Allah removes
material things to test your faith, your faith becomes stronger every time it’s
coming and you say, “Shukr Ya Rabbi. Alhamdulillah. You reminded me something Ya
Rabbi. Thank you. You reminded me that I am a weak servant.” Then faith grows.
When your faith grows, grows and grows then everything starts opening.
Everything is with faith.

We must concentrate on that faith. Ash-hadu an-la ilaha illallah wa ash-hadu
anna muhammadan abduhu wa rasuluhu. If we concentrate on that then our world
becomes paradise and paradise cannot wait for us to go there.

Wa min Allahu taufiq

Bihurmatil Habib

Bihurmatil Fatiha.

Sohbet (April 5, 2008) — Sheykh Abdul Kerim