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

Thursday, 1st Rabiul Awwal, 1427 / March 30, 2006
Osmanli Naks-i’bendi Hakkani Dergah, Siddiki Center, New York
Auzu billahi minash sheytanir rajim


Tariqatuna sohbet wa khayru fil jamiat. Our tariqat can only continue,
can survive through sohbet, association. Religion can only stand up
through associations, through sohbets. Din-i Nasihat. Holy Prophet
(alayhi salatu wa salam) is saying, “Religion is advice.”

Auzu billahi minash sheytanir rajim


Medet Ya Seyyidi Ya Sultanul Awliya, Medet

We are asking support from our Sheykh, Sultanul Awliya Sheykh Mevlana
Muhammad Nazim al-Hakkani. If support comes then we can speak
something that benefits us and others. If support is not coming then
we cannot speak anything. We are nothing. Everyone must know this. I
am hearing so much backbiting and gossiping here and there. They say
that I have deviated from the way of my Sheykh. InshaAllah I will not
until I die. Without his support I cannot move my finger and I cannot
open my mouth. Anything I know and anything that I have learned up
till now, if it’s benefiting me and others, the credit is not to me,
it’s to my Sheykh, Sheykh Mevlana Muhammad Nazim al-Hakkani. Everyone
must know it like that. I am saying that I know nothing and
everything I learned is from him. Any bad thing I am doing is from
my ego and any good thing that I am doing, the credit goes to him.
Everyone must know it, must understand, must acknowledge to
themselves and the whole world must know it like that inshaAllah

My aim is not to make anyone happy with words. My aim is inshaAllah to
make ourselves to be in the Sirat-ul Mustaqim and to try to follow the
footsteps of the Holy Prophet (alayhi salatu wa salam). Anyone who
wants to fight against their ego may be happy with what I say. Anyone
who wants to support their ego, it is impossible. If it is me then it
is also impossible to accept the words that I am saying because the
words that I am saying are not good for the ego. It’s good for the
spirit. It’s good for those people who are really trying to find the
way to connect themselves to the road from this Dunya to Akhirat. If
anyone is understanding to say, “One day I am going to come out from
this world. What is it that’s waiting for me?”, then it will be good
for those and it will work on them. Otherwise, it’s not going to work.

So Holy Prophet (sws) is saying, “Din-i Nasihat.” The Din is advice.
The religion is advice. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is advising His
servants through the ones that He sent, the prophets. He has the power
(He still has the power right now, and all power and all authority is
in His hand) to put guidance in everyone’s heart and for everyone to
find the right way. But as mankind has a protocol, Allah (subhana wa
ta’ala) also has a protocol. He is preparing His servants through the
hands of the prophets and the prophets have passed. The last Prophet
Muhammad (salatu wa salam) has passed fourteen hundred years ago. No
more prophet is coming to this world. Isa (as) is coming back but he
is not coming as a prophet. He is coming as a follower of the laws,
Shariat and the teachings of the Holy Prophet (sws). That’s how he is
coming back to this world.

Before he passed away from this life the Prophet (alayhi salatu wa
salam) is saying to us what he has left to us. He is saying to the
Sahaba-e Kiram what he left to them. He is saying it to the Sahaba-e
Kiram and through the Sahaba-e Kiram (he is saying to us) what he has
left to us. He is saying, “I am leaving you the Book of Allah and the
Sunnat of Rasulullah (the teaching, the lifestyle and everything that
the Prophet did). I am leaving it to you.” Sahaba are the ones who
knew the Sunnat. They watched and they witnessed how Prophet (sws) was
living. In another hadith he is saying to us, “I am leaving you two
things. The Book of Allah and the Ahlil Bayt, my grandchildren.
Anywhere they are and anytime they are in, if you hold on to them then
you will find safety.” So from that time until now and until the
Judgment Day there will always be people among us from the Ahlil Bayt.

Who are the Ahlil Bayt? There are different types of Ahlil Bayt. Some
people who are Ahlil Bayt are reaching through the bloodline to the
Holy Prophet (sws). But Holy Prophet (sws) is saying that there are
also those people who have taqwa and those people who are keeping on
the Sirat-ul Mustaqim, on the way of Allah and His Prophet (sws).
(Holy Prophet sws is saying) “The ones who are trying to give guidance
to my whole nation and they are keeping on the Sirat-ul Mustaqim are
also from my Ahlil Bayt. They are from my family. I am accepting those
who have taqwa.” So anyone who is coming to us to teach us something
of what Allah is ordering and what His Prophet (sws) is ordering, we
must listen and we must obey. We must listen and we must obey the
truth. Even if the truth is coming from an unbeliever, we must accept
it. We must take it and we must apply it to our lives. We must not
say, “It’s the truth but it’s coming from an unbeliever” or “It’s from
Sheytan and I am not going to accept it.” Our duty is to accept the
truth. But it is not our duty to look at the one who is bringing it
and to search about that one. We have to look, “What is that one
doing? The right thing or the wrong thing?” If it’s the right thing
then take it. His lifestyle is not your business. It’s the business of
Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). It’s not our business. Our business is what
we are doing in our lives. How we are correcting ourselves.

If you follow the footsteps of the Holy Prophet (alayhi salatu wa
salam) in that way then we are going to slowly find (even if you
didn’t follow someone up till now) and we are going to say to
ourselves, “There is something there. There is some disconnection
there.” And we are going to run to find a Sheykh, someone who is
following the footsteps of the Holy Prophet (sws), to watch him
physically, submit our will to that one and to learn from that one.
Otherwise, it is very easy for the ego to say, “I know. I am not doing
anything wrong.” You may not be doing anything wrong but are you doing
everything right? Are we doing everything that Allah has ordered? Huh,
for those who are saying, “I am doing everything that Allah is
ordering”, are you stopping from what Allah is forbidding you? Do you
know which ones are those? Do you know how to stop yourself, your own
ego from that?

You may be the best of doctors but you cannot make operations on
yourself. If you say, “I can” then you are fooling yourself. Sheytan
already fooled you. If you say, “I don’t need a guide” then your guide
is Sheytan. He already fooled you there. You are saying, “I read
books” or “somebody taught me.” If you read books then you are still
following somebody. You are following some other people’s teachings.
If you are saying, “I am taking only Quran” then we say to you, “Now
you are in a very dangerous situation because the Quran came to the
Holy Prophet (sws) and he taught to the Sahaba-e Kiram through his
hadith, through his sunnat and through his lifestyle. The Sahaba
didn’t say, “We are taking the Quran. It’s enough for us.” They
didn’t. So many people today are saying and we are watching how they
are deviating from the main road.

Sheytan’s aim is to fool people. Whatever station they are in, he is
going to try to fool them from that station. If we don’t have a guide
to hold on tightly then he is going to fool us someday, someway,
somehow. He is more clever than us. He is more knowledgeable. He has
the knowledge. He has complete knowledge. He knows the four books,
Zabur, Taurat, Injil and Quran. He knows all other pages that came to
the other prophets. He lived in Paradise. He knows Paradise. He
watched the creating of Adam (as). Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) created
Adam (as) and he watched it, he has seen it, he witnessed it. All this
knowledge made him to become ignorant and arrogant because he didn’t
accept and he didn’t follow some guide. For instance, he didn’t look
at least to say, “Let me follow Jibreel (as) or other angels.” He was
teaching to other angels who were sometimes coming and asking him,
“What is this and what is that” and he was giving guidance to normal
angels. But he couldn’t teach Jibreel (as) or Israfil (as) or the
other ones. If he would’ve taken them as a guide knowing that those
are the ones who are going back and forth to the Divine Presence, he
may not have fallen into the situation that he did. If he would have
accepted the order that was coming from Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) and
made prostration to Adam (as) then he would not have fallen.

So that shows to us that he had knowledge but he didn’t have the
wisdom and through the knowledge that he had he tried to compare what
he has and what he knows and that knowledge made him to become
disobedient to our Lord Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). He became
disobedient to his Lord. He became disobedient to the Lord of the
heavens and the earth directly. So all that knowledge became zero now.
If you are disobedient to your Lord then what do you need the
knowledge for? All that knowledge becomes zero. All knowledge is to
teach man someway, somehow, someday to understand his Lord. The ones
who are running to learn that in the early ages, mashallah to them,
very good. Some are going to learn maybe in their lifetime and during
what is coming ahead. But that is the main knowledge that man must
learn. Man must learn about his Lord, his reason of creation, why he
has been created. You may know all the knowledge in the world, you may
build rockets and go to the moon or beyond the moon maybe, but what is
it going to give to you or to anyone? What is it giving to anyone?
They have been trying for almost a century to go to the moon. What did
it give to anyone other than more confusion and more troubles? It’s
nothing else. Man is trying to reach up there to control something
else. The aim changed.

So knowledge must make us change. Knowledge. Knowledge must make us to
become more humble. Knowledge must make us to say to ourselves,
(nobody has to say to you but to yourself you have to say,) “I don’t
know anything. Everyday that I am learning I am realizing that I know
nothing. Now that I am looking at all these oceans of knowledge, I am
realizing that I know nothing.”

So knowledge without wisdom becomes very dangerous to man and then we
will be following the footsteps of Sheytan. We should not disconnect
ourselves from those that Allah sent to this world to show guidance to
us in this world about how to reach to Akhirat and how to make that
journey. Not by illusion or delusion, not by thinking, sitting by
yourself and saying, “Yeah I did. I reached somewhere.” Millions are
saying that. But as soon as the angel of death is coming to them they
are shivering. Or before the angel of death is coming to them they are
shivering non-stop as soon as they are remembering death. If you know
the road then you must be falling in love with your Lord. And the one
who is falling in love with Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) cannot wait to
meet the one that he loves. Nothing in this world really can make him
to be connected to this world then.

But because we are living in this world, we have to work, we have to
earn, we have to prepare things, yes we do. But at the same time every
night when Maghrib azan is calling, we have to look at what we did
today. How did we live today? Did we live for Allah or did we live for
our own ego? If you lived for your own ego then your must say to your
own self before anybody is saying to you, “How foolish you are. All
day long you only lived for yourself? You didn’t live for your Lord?”
What did you do for your Lord? For the sake of that? Nothing. If you
find nothing then you must be sad. You must become sad. You must say
to yourself, “You don’t feel ashamed of yourself?” You must say that
to yourself. “You are living on the earth of your Lord, breathing the
air, eating the food, drinking the water, He is preparing everything
for you and you didn’t make one Sejdah, one prostration to your Lord?
What kind of a servant you are?” You must say that to yourself. Who
are you waiting for? What are you saving your forehead for? For who?
For Paradise? There is no sejdah in Paradise. Sejdah is in this world
for man to understand saying, “Oh my Lord, You are the Highest One.
Not just by word but I am putting my head all the way down to the
lowest place declaring that You are the Highest One. You are the Lord
of the heavens and the earth.”

All prophets came to teach people this. No prophet came to teach
people to be arrogant and stubborn. All prophets came to teach people
to be humble. All prophets came to teach people, “Turn your face from
the door of hell to Paradise.” Everyone who followed those prophets
are now comfortable in their graves. Anyone who left the way of the
paradises are not too happy where they are. That day is going to reach
to us, maybe tonight, maybe tomorrow, maybe next year, maybe ten years
from now. It doesn’t matter. We know one fact, that it is going to
reach to us one day, to every one of us, from a simple man, from a
porter to president, to a king, to ministers, to anybody, to the
rulers of this world, to the richest people of this world. They must
know. They know that they cannot run away from that. They know, “Angel
of death is going to reach to me one day.” If we sit down, if we
think, if we calculate and if we try to understand then we may say to
ourselves, “Yes, we need to prepare ourselves.” We cannot just live
like animals, eating, drinking, having sex, multiplying and that’s it.
No. Eating and drinking is just to give us enough energy, enough power
to be able to work and to be able to do things.

This is not Paradise. This world is not Paradise. No matter how
beautiful you made it or you are going to make it, it’s still not
Paradise. You love baklava? The sweet, the most beautiful thing that
you love, you eat one. Eh, then somebody says, “Eat one more.” You eat
another one. It’s the most beloved thing to you that you are eating.
Then somebody else says, “Have one more.” You say, “No.” They say,
“One more.” Then you have another one. Three. When it comes to four
you say, “No.” You try to force yourself. If it’s `X’ then four, five.
Eh, five, what happens? Seven? Ten? Can you eat the whole tray? No. If
you eat the whole tray then the most beautiful thing that you love is
going to harm you. It’s going to make you suffer. So that’s enough
sign to show you that this is not Paradise. But in Paradise, if you
love baklava, it’s going to come right in front of you, one. From the
taste that will be on it you will say, “Let me have another one.”
Another one is going to come. The taste on the second one will be at
least 700 times better than the one before. Another one. If you are
sitting over there eating baklava non-stop, the taste is never going
to disappear. It’s going to become more and more better and you are
never going to suffer from it. That is Paradise. This is not Paradise.
And angels are going to come to you to say to you, “Oh servant of
Allah, Allah has prepared something else for you here.” Then you are
going to leave that because you cannot live by yourself then. Angels
are going to come to say to you, “Look, Allah prepared something else
for you there.” You run to that enjoyment and you are stuck there.
Because every time you are doing that you are going to get enjoyment
more better. Then non-stop angels will say to you, “Oh servant of
Allah. Leave this. Look what Allah has prepared for you here.”
Non-stop. That is Paradise. This is not Paradise.

But those people who believe, those people who connected their hearts
to their Lord, with their Prophet (sws) and with their masters find
peace inside. Everything around them may start collapsing but there is
peace inside. If people build everything around them but they didn’t
build their hearts, everything around them is so good but it’s
collapsing inside every single day. Every day it’s falling down. So
Sheytan has hundreds of thousands of tricks on a man in every level.
We must not fall. And through association we may learn and we may earn
some bullets to work against Sheytan. Every day Sheytan is sending the
arrows to us, to our hearts. In associations like this at least we may
learn how to hide ourselves. That is the lowest station. At least you
will learn to gain ammunition to be able to fight back. You must
attend to the associations that are holy (not so many associations
that are happening today where some groups of people are gathering,
eating, drinking and talking only worldly nonsense and later saying,
“Allahu Akbar, No.). We must work on our ego non-stop to say, “My ego
likes this. I must try to stop from this.” Move the ego to this side.
“My ego is getting used to this.” Move it from that end to there. We
must do constant work. If we do that then we will win for our own
selves. If we leave it then we will lose it.

Tariqat and religion can only continue through association. Those who
want to continue, who want to make their religion better and want to
make progress in the way that they believe, they must attend to
associations. They must learn and they must take what they learn and
they must apply it to their lives. They must live according to that.
We must live according to that. We cannot just say the words and later
live according to what our ego wants again. That is not accepted. Holy
Prophet (sws) and all prophets came to teach people how to turn their
faces toward their Lord while they are living in this world. If anyone
is following that way then they will win for themselves. If anyone
leaves that way then they will lose for themselves.

All blessings is to Holy Prophet (alayhi salatu wa salam). We have
entered the birth month of the Holy Prophet (alayhi salatu wa salam).
All praise is to our Lord Allah (subhana wa ta’ala), to His Prophet
(sws) and to all those who are guiding us on the right way, especially
to our Sheykh, Sheykh Mevlana Muhammad Nazim al-Hakkani.

Wa min Allahu taufiq

Bihurmatil Habib

Bihurmatil Fatiha.