December 2008


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The January 2009 issue of Scientific American focuses on “The Evolution of Evolution: How Darwin’s Theory Survives, Thrives and Reshapes the World.”

They must be at the peak and end of their game.

Alhamdulillah, everything is clear after a little thinking and examination of the picture of Darwin, the dajjal.

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A website worth checking out for its pictures, if not for its articles or inaccuracies:

www.nabataea.net/hejaz.html

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Sohbet given by Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi

Friday 13 Rabi-ul Akhir, 1427/May 12, 2006
Osmanli Naks-i’bendi Hakkani Dergah, Siddiki Center, New York

Medet Ya Seyyidi Ya Sultanul Awliya, Medet.

This is Shariat. The laws and the ruling that is given in the hand of
the king is that if seventy five percent of his nation uprises against
him, by divine order, law is given to his hand to cut the necks off
the seventy-five percent. If he does so, in the Judgment Day that king
is not going to be responsible. When he is ruling justly and his
nation wants to go out to the wrong road, they are following their ego
and Sheytan, the king watches. He asks his wazirs, “What is the
percentage of the people uprising against the truth?” They say, “More
than seventy-five.” He says, “Our time is finished. Allah is removing
us from this power because the percentage is more than what is given
to us (to suppress). We are not fighting back. We have to wait until
Allah removes us from this power.” And then every individual in that
kingdom will be severely punished–them, their children, maybe their
grandchildren or maybe their great-grandchildren.

This is what’s happening to the world today. This is exactly what had
happened today to this world. (Sheykh Efendi pointing to the wall of
the mesjid). There are two Sultans’ pictures over there. Who are they?

(A murid replies: Sultan Abdul Aziz Khan and Sultan Abdul Hamid Khan.)

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Sultan Abdul Aziz and Sultan Abdul Hamid. In the time of Sultan Abdul
Aziz Khan people started uprising. They started running to build the
kingdom of Sheytan. They started supporting the kingdom of Sheytan and
eventually they didn’t like the laws and rulings that the king was
putting on them. So they started uprising against him here and there
slowly. Sultan knew. They took him away from power and they hanged
him. Allah removed him. He asked to be removed, to go out from this
world. Holy Prophet (sws) is saying, “Any justly ruling person who is
taken away from power and sentenced with death penalty becomes the
highest martyr in the Judgment Day.” He reached to martyrdom. All
those who did that to him are suffering from that time until now.
Their children and grandchildren are suffering. The history is showing
who went to him and whatever happened to all those people after that.
Years passed and they watched where they went, which countries they
went to, how they suffered, how they died and what passed to their
children. Some of their children became priests in different
countries. Then they suffered that way too because even Christianity
didn’t accept them.

This nation (ummah), these people right now are paying the price for
that. We didn’t come to Sultan Abdul Hamid yet. When it came to Sultan
Abdul Hamid Khan he checked saying, “How many people, what’s the
percentage that is uprising?” So Sultan Abdul Hamid looked and he
checked. He checked those nations that were under his ruling and he
saw that they were uprising. Against what? They said, “We want to be
free.” Free means what? Without the laws of Allah. He saw that these
are the nations, this is how much percentage there are in each nation
uprising and Sultan Abdul Hamid sat and waited. He said to his people,
“Don’t do anything.” The Generals said to him, “Oh Sultan, we have a
big power. We have a big army. We can crush them down.” He said, “No.
All these soldiers who are with me, if one dies in this way then I
will be very sorry in the Judgment Day. They should not. But they may
become martyrs with me.” And they didn’t (take military action). He
didn’t use the army. He let them uprise. They took him, they sent him
to exile and he died as a martyr too.

They are paying. People are paying the price, nations are paying the
price and still they are not waking up. Now from Afghanistan to Iraq,
from Indonesia to Malaysia, from the Philippines to Qudus, from Africa
to Morocco, from Bosnia to Chechenistan, everywhere it’s burning.
People are paying the price. People are paying the price of uprising
against the Sultan. Nothing else. Allah’s mercy is always opening and
He is sending other people to call people to the right way. They are
not waking up! Don’t wake. Other ones are coming. Never is it going to
become easier. Allah is not going to give in. We are going to give in.

El-Fatiha.

A slideshow of Shaykh Abdul Kerim Efendi’s pictures mostly from his 1429/2008 Cyprus visit.

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Sohbet given by Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi

Sunday 9 Rabi-ul Akhir, 1427/May 8, 2006
Osmanli Naks-i’bendi Hakkani Dergah, Siddiki Center, New York

Medet Ya Seyyidi Ya Sultanul Awliya, Medet.

Let me tell you a story. There was a righteous man. He was worshipping
a lot and trying to do everything correctly. Sheytan was coming to
fool him but he wasn’t getting fooled by Sheytan. One day Sheytan came
to visit him. It’s another blessing to us that because of Holy Prophet
(sws) Sheytan cannot appear to us in a man’s form. There are man
sheytans, yes, but real sheytans cannot enter into a form to come to
us. Before the time of the Holy Prophet (sws) it was like that. He
will appear to a man in a saint’s form coming to be a guest. So he
appeared in that form coming to be his guest, knocking on the door and
the man opened to door saying, “Yes?” He said, “I am the Lord’s guest,
Allah’s guest.” He said, “Oh, please come in.” According to the laws
of Islam for three days you don’t ask the guest anything. He can stay,
he can eat, he can drink, you have to serve him and you cannot ask him
who he is, why he is here etc, until after the third day when you see
that he has no planning to leave, then you say, “Well, let’s talk.”

So Sheytan came as a guest, the man took him inside and he saw that he
is not sleeping, he is not eating and he is not doing anything. This
guest is always praying and worshipping. He liked it because he is a
righteous man and he said to him after the third day, “Selam aleykum,
welcome to you, I am very happy that you are here. What are you doing?
How did you earn this secret that without eating and drinking you can
worship only. I would like to do it too because I am spending time in
sleep and I am spending time in eating. If I don’t spend time in
sleeping and eating then I will worship good during those times too.
So teach me.” He said to him, “Well, once upon a time I committed a
big sin. With that big sin I repented to Allah and I was so sorry
because I did that big sin that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has forgiven
me and He has given me this ability, and I don’t need to sleep, eat or
drink anymore. So I am worshipping constantly.”

He said, “Tell me. Maybe I can do that too.”

He said, “Well, looking at you I don’t think that you can do it.”

He said, “Tell me. Maybe I can do it.”

He said, “Yeah, well, there are three and you have to do one of them
at least. Then maybe when you repent it’s going to be accepted.”

He said, “Tell them to me. Maybe I can do one of them.”

He said, “You have to kill somebody.”

“Oh no, that is impossible. I cannot do that. Somebody who is innocent?”

He said, “Yes.”

He said, “I cannot do that.”

He said to him, “I have one lighter than that. You have to commit
adultery.”

He said, “No, no. That I cannot do. I didn’t do that all this time. I
cannot do it now.”

He said, “Then you have to drink.”

“Drinking?”

“Yes.”

“Liquor?”

He said, “Yes. Drink, get drunk and later when you wake up ask for
forgiveness. Maybe Allah takes this eating, drinking and sleeping away
from you.”

He started thinking about that one, that light one, he thought that
it’s light. But Sheytan is not sitting. He said, “Now I finished my
job here. I have to continue going somewhere. I will come back to you
sometime later.” He said, “Okay, I am going to think about that.” So
Sheytan knows now. He looked at him and he said (to himself), “He is
definitely preparing to get drunk.”

Now there was a big king at that time and that king made an
announcement that he had a most beloved daughter who is ready to die
and nobody can find a cure for her. If anyone can find a cure then he
is going to give a big reward. Sheytan appeared coming to the king
saying, “Oh my majesty, I know someone who can cure your daughter.”

He said, “Who is he?”

He said, “It is a person living outside the village and he is a very
righteous one. He is always worshipping. So he has a strong breath.
But you have to keep your daughter in his house. He wouldn’t come
here. So you have to keep your daughter in his house and she has to
stay there a couple of days because he has to read and blow to her for
her to get cured.” The king is ready to lose his daughter anyway. So
he said, “Quickly, take her there to that man.” So they took her to
the man. Sheytan came and said to him, “Look, I have a work for you.
You are going to reach to higher stations.” He was already drinking
now. He found him drunk and said, “Look, this is the king’s daughter.
I am leaving her here. Cure her. She is sick. I am going to come back
to take her back to the king.”

So he put her there. She was half-sleeping, half-sick, she couldn’t
control her garments and everything was opening when she was moving
around. Now he was drunk. The faith was out of the heart now. He was
looking at the girl thinking, “Well, I already drank. This Sheytan
told me that if I do the adultery too then who knows maybe Allah will
accept my prayers. Maybe He isn’t taking it only with this liquor.
Nobody’s around here.” Sheytan was whispering to him and he thought,
“I should do it. She is sick. She wouldn’t know. She is not going to
say anything.” He did it. As soon as he finished Sheytan came saying,
“Oh! What did you do?”

He said, “I did the second one.”

He said, “To the king’s daughter? He is going to hang the both of us.
We are finished.”

He said, “What can we do?”

“We have only one way of safety for the both of us.”

“What?”

“We are going to kill her and we are going to bury her together.”

Now he was scared. Fear entered. They killed her, buried her and
Sheytan ran to the king saying, “A terrible thing happened.”

“What happened?”

“Your daughter disappeared. She is not there. And I think he killed her.”

Sultan sent his guards and everything to look. Sheytan pointed out the
area where they dug and they found her dead. He got death penalty
right away. They were bringing him to hang him and Sheytan appeared.
He said to him, “Hmm. Do you know that I am Sheytan?”

He said, “I figured that out.”

He said, “But you have one chance for safety.”

He said, “What is it?”

He said, “You know it is impossible for you to escape from this rope.
The king gave order. You are finished.”

He said, “Yes I know. I am scared.”

He said, “Well, give me your faith, I will save you from hanging and
sometime later you may earn it again.”

He said, “But…”

“You have no choice. Give me, otherwise, I am leaving.”

So the fear of death entered. He said with his mouth, “Take my faith.”
Sheytan took the faith and said, “Good bye, hang him.” He lost.

Hmm. This is a lesson for every one of us too. If we are not prepared
for death then Sheytan may fool us. InshaAllah he doesn’t, because
Prophet (sws) is saying to us, “Remember death very often. Never forget.”

Wa min Allahu taufiq,

Bihurmatil Habib,

Bihurmatil Fatiha.

BismillahirRahmanirRahim

Sohbet by Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Hakkani el-Kibrisi

Thursday 21 Rabi-ul Awwal, 1427 / April 20, 2006
Osmanli Naks-i’bendi Hakkani Dergah, Siddiki Center, New York

La hawla wa la quwwata illa billahil aliyyil azim.

Medet Ya Sultanul Awliya, Medet.

We are asking support from our Sheykh who is the Sultanul Awliya. If
support is coming then we will speak. If support comes then we can
speak. Not speaking nonsense that comes out from the ego but
(speaking) what is necessary for those people who are attending. And
when we are taking those words and applying to our lives, then we see
the differences and we will win in Dunya and Akhirat. If we are not
taking, then even if Holy Prophet (sws) or any other prophets appear
in front of you, speak to you and you are not taking, you are not
going to do anything. You are not going to reach anywhere. That’s what
happened during the times of those prophets. 124,000 prophets came but
there are only a handful of people who followed them while they were
giving the message. Those who followed the teachings of the prophets,
took it and applied to their lives saw the changes, they became more
attached to that prophet and they ran after him more, more and more.
Every single day they were thirsty for new knowledge. They were never
leaving the sight of the Prophet (alayhi salatu wa salam) or other
prophets, but especially of the Holy Prophet (alayhi salatu wa salam).

That was their faith and faith is making man to run towards Paradise.

Auzu billahi minash sheytanir rajim

BismillahirRahmanirRahim

Wa laqad karramna bani adam. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is saying, “We
have honored the children of Adam.” The honor is given to the children
of Adam. Honor is not given to a donkey or the animals or other
creatures. What is the honor that Allah has given? “We have honored
the children of Adam. We are sending them to this earth for
representing their Lord Allah (subahana wa ta’ala). Khalifatullah.” If
you are carrying, if you are running after what prophets brought, you
take and you apply to your life and you live according to that then
you are running after that word where Allah is saying that He has
honored you. If you are leaving the teachings of the prophets, saints
and all those who came to help the work of the Prophet (alayhi salatu
wa salam), if we are leaving and putting that aside then we are going
to act and live according to our ego, not according to the teachings
of our Lord.

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) sent Holy Prophet (alayhi salatu wa salam).
He was an illiterate man. He didn’t have a father. He became orphaned.
He had a father but he passed away from this life and he became
orphaned. In a very early age, everyone who was supporting him through
family lineage was gone. He was alone in this life. Allah was his
teacher, teaching him. He was his guide showing him what to do, how to
do and how to show to others what Allah wants from them. They came and
they said to him, “We love Allah, we follow His orders.” And the ayat
came saying, “Say Ya Muhammad, if they love Allah they must love and
obey you for Allah to love them.” Loving the Prophet (sws) is obeying
the Prophet (sws), obeying his orders. That is the sign of loving him.
If you are saying, “I love him” and you are not obeying anything, then
what kind of love is that? That’s ego. Selfish love. Only for yourself
and nothing else. You don’t want anything else but you. (You say) “I
love this one.” Why is that? “Because my ego likes it.” Hmm. Do you
love him because Allah loves him? Or (you say), “I hate this one.”
Why? For your ego? “Yes.” Then you are living for your ego. Love for
Allah’s sake and hate for Allah’s sake. Then you will be running after
those who have knowledge. You will be like a thirsty man sucking that
knowledge all the time. It’s never ending.

If you are running for knowledge, learning more, more and more
everytime and you have a guide from whom you are taking then when he
is not around you are going to live according to the knowledge that
you know. So then Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is saying to us, “If you
are living according to the knowledge that you know then Allah
(subhana wa ta’ala) will teach you the knowledge that you don’t know.”
Then He will become your teacher. But don’t make any mistake now
because that happens to me all the time. After I say some words they
go around and say, “Oh I am taking from Allah.” No! As long as the
guide is there, as long as the teacher is there you must run after
that teacher. If you are not running after a teacher and you are
saying, “I am learning”, then your teacher can only be Sheytan. Nobody
else. Sheytan did the same thing saying, “I am taking from You”. He
was saying to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala), “I am making prostration to
You.” It was not only the matter of prostration that he would just go
and make two raka’at in front of Adam (as) and finish. No. When Allah
said to him, “Make Sejdah to Adam”, he knew (what Allah subhana wa
ta’ala meant) that, “From now on, don’t ask from the Divine Presence.
Whatever you need and whatever you want, whatever you want to learn
ask from Adam. He will teach you. Not Me. You are not going to get it
from the Divine Presence.” He didn’t like that. His ego didn’t like it
saying, “How can it be? I was taking it directly from there.” He
wasn’t even taking directly from Allah of course but that’s what he
was thinking. He was dizzy and he became disobedient directly to Allah
(subhana wa ta’ala). That disobedience made him to become the cursed
one and kicked away from the Divine Presence until Judgment Day. And
he will be severely punished after Judgment Day.

We are now getting closer to the Judgment Day. Don’t think that we are
in the beginning of the world and every one of you are preparing a new
world to yourselves, getting dizzy with this world, with this foolish
lifestyle, from eight years old to eighty years old. Wake up to
yourselves! Wake up to understand that Azrail is waiting. When you go
to sleep don’t forget that you may not get up early in the morning.
When you get up early in the morning don’t forget that you may not
make it through the day, if you are wise. If you are living for your
ego then you have no business here. You have no business listening to
these words. These words are not going to do any good to you if you
are living for your ego. If you are living for Allah then there are
lots in it to take and to live according to the way that Allah wants
from you. Every sohbet, every association is coming with their own
secrets that if a man sits only once in that association, if it’s a
holy association and he sits one time, that should be enough for that
man until Judgment Day, if he is sincere with himself.

We are very fortunate ones that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has put the
most beloved one to Him during this time in the Divine Presence, our
Sheykh, the Sultanul Awliya, and He made us to follow that one. And if
we need, every single day we can hear his sohbets. You can take one
page, read, understand and take it to the road to safety. But I am
still watching that every single day so many are becoming more
arrogant, more dizzy with this world and more heedless. Heedlessness
is not accepted in Islam. You have to be in awakening station. If you
are not in awakening station then Sheytan is going to fool you.
Sheytan is never becoming heedless, never sleeping, watching
twenty-four hours, “How am I going to fool that one.” If there is no
protection reaching to us then instantly he will put us into that hook
right away. Protection is reaching to us from Sultanul Awliya and now
it’s making you dizzy to think that it’s you. “It’s me. Ah, I am so
good. It’s me.” Hmm. Think again.

And if man is not carrying the honor that Allah gave to him in this
world and he gets up for Judgment Day without that honor then he is
finished. You can live as you like in this world. Permission is given
to mankind saying, “Live. The doors are open.” When Prophet (sws) was
seeing what Allah was preparing for them, what He was giving to them
through the Prophet (sws) being there and their being disobedient to
the Prophet (sws), he was crying for them from the inside. So many
times (he was crying on the) outside also, going out of his way to
give them the message again and they were being so cruel and so tyrant
to him and he was crying for them. Then Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) sent
another ayat saying, “Ya Muhammad, we have not sent you to be
oppressor on them or to use force on them and to bring them to the
Way. Your duty is just to say to them. Say, and then leave them to My
hand.”

Prophets have vision. They have wisdom. He didn’t want that word to
happen. So he was going out of his way trying to pull them out from
the fire that they were in. But they were being arrogant and stubborn
to the Prophet (sws). And Allah is saying, “Leave them. Just say the
words to them. Don’t go out of your way explaining them so much. Give
them what messages I send you. I have given them intelligence to
understand. When they hear you they have to understand you. I have
given them a tester here, in the heart, and if they have any sincerity
then that heart is going to balance it. The heart is the tester. It’s
going to test what is right and what is wrong, what is truth and what
is false. If they are not using that then you cannot do anything to
them too. Say to them and leave them.”

That message was to the Prophet (alayhi salatu wa salam) and all those
coming after him until Judgment Day, if they are given the permission
to speak. If they are given the permission to speak and they are
speaking to you then their duty is to say. If you take it then take
it. If you don’t take it then leave it there. But you are not going to
reach anywhere then. If we are not taking what is coming to us from
our Sheykh then we are not going to reach anywhere. You can take the
Quran and read twenty-four hours if you want. You are not going to
reach anywhere with that because you need a living guide. If you are
taking the Quran by yourself, you are reading by yourself and you are
not looking, then that means you didn’t understand the ayats of the
Quran where Allah is saying to you, “Go and find a guide.” You are
looking at that Quran with blind eyes. So you are not understanding
anything.

Quran is not just for you to recite nice words and that’s it. It’s for
us to read, understand and to live according to that. When Holy
Prophet (sws) passed from this life they came and they asked Hazrat
Aisha (radiyallahu anha) saying, “What was the Prophet’s life like?”
She said to them, “Don’t you read the Quran?” They said, “Yes.” She
said, “His life, his manner was the manner of the Quran. He was a
living Quran.” Not words, but he was a living Quran. His actions, his
works and everything that he was doing was a living Quran. Hmm. Who
asked her? The Sahaba-e Kiram. The Sahaba and those who came to Islam
right after. So many of them have experienced the Holy Prophet (sws).
It is to teach us that we must not leave a guide aside. Leaving the
guide aside, meaning, you may listen, you may hear but don’t listen
and hear like a donkey. Hear, listen, understand, take it, put it into
your life and change, change from the wrong way to the right way.

Animals can listen too. They hear. Those dogs out there hear, listen
and they obey too. So many times you don’t have to speak to them. I
don’t have to speak to them. When that one (Karabash, the German
shepherd dog at the dergah) is running down, coming, getting a little
bit tired and sitting over there, where is it looking? Somebody check
him to see where he is looking when he is walking away from his area.
He is not looking to this side (dergah side). He is looking up there,
at the window (of Sheykh Efendi’s room), to see if I am watching him.
I don’t say anything. As soon as I go like that to him (Sheykh Efendi
made a clicking sound with his fingers), he hears, he looks and he
runs back right away. We are not dogs. We are humans. We are saying
through the tongue all the time. Where is it going? Entering from here
and coming out from there? Or not entering at all? Something is wrong.
Something is wrong somewhere. If we are hearing our Sheykh saying and
we are continuing back to the same things that we picked up somewhere,
somehow from that lifestyle, if we continue living according to that
lifestyle and our life is not changing everyday for a better one, that
means we are not listening to our Sheykh. We are hearing what he is
saying but we are not listening. We are not caring. And it’s not
making too much difference then.

(Sheykh Efendi pointing to a voice recorder) That device over there is
listening. It’s recording. It’s not missing a single word. It listens
better than anybody here, anybody in the world. But that device is
never going to get up and walk. It’s never going to think what it’s
doing. It’s a robot. “We have honored the Mankind”, Allah (subhana wa
ta’ala) is saying. “We have honored the Children of Adam.” That is the
honor that is given to man that he can sit, think, understand, change
from wrong to right and turn around asking forgiveness saying,
“Astaghfirullah Ya Rabbi”, and going to those who are helping him to
say, “Thank you, thank you for helping me.” That’s being human. That’s
what Allah is saying to us anyway. He is saying, “If you are not being
thankful to those who are helping you then I am not accepting your
thankfulness. You have to be thankful to those who are helping you on
the Way. Then I will be accepting your thankfulness.” In everything
Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) putting a condition to us in every way for
us to understand that we are not completely independent in this life
by ourselves. You may think that Allah is watching you, Allah is
knowing you and Allah is knowing everything that you are doing, but if
you are not keeping yourself with Allah twenty-four hours a day then
where is that knowledge? Anytime when Sheytan is coming your ego is
going to interfere in it and you are going to forget about your Lord.
Then you may be doing everything that He is ordering to you, but one
minute that you forget about your Lord Sheytan may put his hooks on
your neck like that. So all those works that you are doing is becoming
nothing. It’s very fragile. Take good care. Don’t say to me, “I am
driving for forty years. So I am just going to take my hands away from
the steering wheel, put my head to sleep and the car is going to go on
the same road and it’s going to continue. Being in awakening station
means until the angel of death comes, you have to be holding that
steering wheel all the time. If you let it go then instantly you crash
and you finish yourself. We have to hold and we have to be in
awakening station.

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has not created us and sent us to this world
to sleep, to eat or to have sex. No. He has created us only to know
Him and to worship him. Then He is giving us a present on top of all
other things. If He tells us, “I am putting that burden on you and you
are going to worship twenty-four hours”, what are we going to do? Are
you going to say, “I cannot handle it?” As soon as He gives the order,
it means we can handle it. Allah is saying to us, “It doesn’t fit to
My Majesty to burden My servants with something that they cannot
carry.” The first priority must be to carry what He has given to us in
this world. If we carry that properly, then we see so many other
blessings are coming from every side. Then He is saying to us, “If you
are properly carrying the honor that I have given to you then I am
asking you to come to My Presence.” Coming to His Presence five times
a day. For a Sufi it’s not five times a day. It’s seven times a day
(including Ishraq and Duha prayer which are very important sunnats).
(You are thinking,) “Where are you taking this from Sheykh Efendi?
Aren’t the new Imams now saying that the prayers is only three times a
day? You are making it seven now?” Of course, new Imams now, new
Sheykhs in this world are saying, “Allah is ordering only three times
in the Quran.” Some are saying, “Only two times.” Some are saying,
“Doing it one time is okay.” Hmm. Then we say, “Are you Sufi? Then
seven times.” Leave seven times. If you do one time properly in these
days then you are flying directly.

So firstly we must carry what has been ordered to us. Then all other
favors are running and coming. Then Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is
saying to us, “If you are carrying that honor and if you are keeping
My orders (carrying the honor is to keep My orders on you) then when
you are sleeping I will count it as worshipping, when you are spending
time with your family I will count it as worshipping, when you are
enjoying yourself I will count it as worshipping. You will be with Me
twenty-four hours then. So these chances are given to us right now. We
have a life that is granted to us and we have a healthy body. You must
do it now. Not when you become crippled. If you become crippled you
are not going to be able to do it anyway. And then you are going to
find so many excuses but you are just going to fool yourself again.
There are a couple of people right now, at this minute that I am
talking, they are calling me from different areas saying, “Please
Sheykh, pray that they are going to die. They entered to Sakharat but
they are not dying.” And everyone around them is so fed up with them
that they want them to die. But they cannot die. So they are looking
at our faces hoping something. Yes, you cannot do anything to them and
they cannot do anything to themselves.

But that chance is given to us now. Right now we are healthy. We are
okay. We are strong. Our mind is together in our head. Hmm. Now is the
time that we have to take care. If you are taking care now then if
Allah decides to give us something like that then we will be
comfortable. He will give us the comfort again like Ayyub (as). When
he was healthy and wealthy he was in the service of his Lord. When
Allah took his wealth away he was still in the service of his Lord.
Then when Allah was slowly taking his health away he still found other
ways to be in the service of his Lord Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). He
wasn’t able to get up to worship, he wasn’t able to go to do good
deeds to other people but he was sitting and he was remembering his
Lord. So that was enough for him again. When the worm reached to his
heart and it started biting his heart, tears started coming down.
Divine sound came to him saying, “What happened Ya Ayyub. Are you
complaining about Us that We are doing that to you?” He said, “No Ya
Rabbi. It is
known to you that I cannot do anything anymore. I cannot get up to
worship, I cannot make wudu, I cannot go to give your message to the
people, but I was with You. I was remembering You with my heart. Now
the worm came there and it’s going to eat my heart. I am not going to
be able to remember you too then. That’s why I am sad. Hmm. Allah is
saying, “You passed the test Ya Ayyub. Now get your health back.”
Instantly he became healthy again.

We are going through different tests. Don’t get into the delusion and
illusion that something is wrong with you. Nothing is wrong with you.
It’s only ego. Your ego is only fooling you. Nothing else. Sheytan is
fooling you. If a man knows what his name is, what his address is, if
he knows that he is hungry and if he knows that he is thirsty then
that’s it. He is okay. Don’t get fooled by Sheytan to say that you are
not okay. Then they say, “You are not okay? Okay. We will take you, we
will lock you inside and we will pump you with injections. Then even
if you want to be okay you cannot be okay.” And right now, at this
minute again, another person is in that place calling me twenty-four
hours now. Today I have another fifty messages. Now that one is
understanding again there saying, “Sheykh, something just struck me.
If I die here they are not even going to bury me. They are going to
burn me. Please pray to Allah that I don’t die here.” Huh. So tell me,
is he crazy? No, he is very well all right. A very well good one. But
it is this system. Do you think because you fooled the system you are
going to fool Allah? Think again.

So Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has honored us. He has honored us with
His service. If we run for His service, our honor goes higher and
higher everyday. If we run away from His service, our honor goes down
everyday. And we may not be able to save our faith then when the angel
of death will come to us.

Wa min Allahu taufiq

Bihurmatil Habib

Bihurmatil Fatiha.

BismillahirRahmanirRahim

The novelist Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94), “is often noted for the powers of invention [not “creativity” so often used today] and depth of psychological insight found in his work . . . A Child’s Garden of Verses was written at various stages between 1881 and 1884, in between work on Treasure Island and bouts of incapacitating illness.” Penguin Classics.

One of his poems is titled Foreign Children.

foreign-children

Little Indian, Sioux or Crow,

Little frosty Eskimo,

Little Turk or Japanee,

O ! don’t you wish that you were me ?


You have seen the scarlet trees

And the lions over seas ;

You have eaten ostrich eggs,

And turned the turtles off their legs.


Such a life is very fine,

But it’s not so nice as mine :

You must often, as you trod,

Have wearied not to be abroad.


You have curious things to eat,

I am fed on proper meat ;

You must dwell beyond the foam,

But I am safe and live at home.


Little Indian, Sioux or Crow,

Little frosty Eskimo,

Little Turk or Japanee,

O ! don’t you wish that you were me ?

Not really. I used to love Treasure Island. But I am skeptical of these kinds of writings.

Yet, in another poem titled Travel, he writes:

I should like to rise and go

Where the golden apples grow ;—

Where below another sky

Parrot islands anchored lie,

And, watched by cockatoos and goats,

Lonely Crusoes building boats ;—

Where in sunshine reaching out

Eastern cities, miles about,

Are with mosque and minaret

Among sandy gardens set,

And the rich goods from near and far

Hang for sale in the bazaar ;—

Some research into his life reveals the following.

Robert Louis Stevenson and the Colonial Imagination
By Ann C. Colley
Published by Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2004.
“In particular, she investigates Stevenson’s complex relationship to the missionary culture that surrounded him during the last six years of his life (1888-1894), revealing hitherto unscouted routes by which to understand Stevenson’s experiences while he was cruising among the South Sea islands, and later while he was a resident colonial in Samoa . . . Stevenson’s recollections of his childhood are engaged not only to suggest an unacknowledged source (the juvenile missionary magazines) for A Child’s Garden of Verses, but also to illuminate the generous reach of his imagination that exceeds the formulae of the missionary culture and the boundaries of the colonial construct.”


What about Missionaries?

Robert Louis Stevenson: The Critical Heritage
By Paul Maixner
Published by Routledge, 1996
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Finally,

Children’s Literature and National Identity
By Margaret Meek, Margaret Meek Spencer
Published by Trentham Books, 2001
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That’s how British children were taught;  growing older in WWI they fought.

BismillahirRahmanirRahim

Sohbet by Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Hakkani el-Kibrisi

Friday 29 Rabi-ul Awwal, 1427 / April 28, 2006
39th Street Dergah, Manhattan, New York

Medet Ya Seyyidi Ya Sultanul Awliya, Medet.

What did Sultan Mehmet do? What did he do before he conquered
Istanbul? He moved the ships over the mountains. He dragged the ships
over the mountains and he brought them to the sea. That’s why the
Greeks at that time, the Byzantines, were shocked next morning when
they saw the ships, because they never expected that the ships will be
on that side. And if the ships couldn’t enter from that side through
the Bosphorus then it was impossible at that time to conquer Istanbul.
It’s because they put a very big link chain from one side to another
side of the Bosphorus and when they were coming there, they had to
enter through the range point of what we call the Greek Fire. They
were throwing it in the air, it was flying and falling on the ships,
like the kind of today’s cannons, and the ships would start burning.
So it was impossible for ships to come near even to that big chain
link and it was impossible to cut it also.

When they said that to Fatih he said to them, “So if we cannot go from
the sea then what about the mountain? We have a mountain. Move the
ships over the mountains and bring them to the other side.” Everyone
was shocked. He said, “Yes, I am giving order. Tonight everything has
to move to the other side.” And (they moved) seventy-three pieces of
ships, like today’s ships, very huge ones. They cut big logs from the
mountains, they put it on the ground, they brought oil, they put it on
the logs, tied the ships to the soldiers and all these things, they
pulled it on top of the mountain, they dropped it on the other side of
the sea and slowly they entered into the sea overnight. And everyone
was sleeping. In the morning when they (Greeks) saw all the ships on
this side they were all shocks. That was the winning part of the
battle because once you see that they have entered then it is
impossible to stop them. They bombarded the castles from this side and
from every side they were entering and they took over the city.

That happened because the Greeks at that time, the Byzantines, were
becoming weak with their religion. They were holding their religion
very tightly before. When the Turks came in front of Istanbul, the
scholars and all priests came in front of the king of the Byzantines
and they warned him. They said to him, “Make preparations because they
came.” He said, “Who?” They said, “The Turks.” He said, “Are you
joking with me? Twenty-three times they (Muslims) came to conquer
Istanbul. It was impossible to conquer. And these handful of Turks are
going to take it?” The scholars then said to him, “These ones are
different. They are different than the Arabs. They are honoring what
their Prophet said and the Prophet said that this city is going to be
conquered. This one who came, he came with preparations. For seven
generations they are preparing for this and this one came to stay. He
is not going back.” The king got so upset that he put everyone in
jail. All the priests were in jail. Now he doesn’t have the support of
the wise men too. So he was alone with his anger.

Then the Sultan entered and he brought everyone out of jail and he
said to them, “Why were you in jail?” They said to him, “This is what
happened. We said to him that you were coming and he was upset. We
said to him that you will conquer if he doesn’t prepare.” So the
Sultan said to them, “Now I am asking you something. Is anyone going
to conquer this city from my hand? You are the scholars. You knew what
was coming. You said to him that I was going to conquer. So is there
anyone conquering it from me?” They said to him, “Give us three days
to circle around where you are, where your army is and in three days
time we will tell you. So they went out and in one day, within
twenty-four hours time they came back. They said, “It is enough for us
what we have seen. As long as you are a just ruler like this and your
soldiers are like that, it is impossible. No one can take over.”

For seven hundred years no one did, because they were ruling correctly
and the army was just. Seven hundred years later they weren’t allowed
to rule correctly. People wanted to bring democracy and the army
weakened. Istanbul is gone now. It’s in the hand of seculars. It’s not
in the hand of Turks. It’s in the hand of unbelievers. So a second
time Istanbul is going to be conquered, Holy Prophet (sws) is saying,
a second time. In that second conquering we are the ones who are going
to conquer it. Don’t forget this. You are going to remember one day in
front of Istanbul. So this is a message.

(Sheykh Efendi recited some verses from the poetry of Sulayman Celebi
Hazratleri and someone translated it for the listeners.)

“You are at the hand, you are at the tongue, you are at the heart, you
are on top of the head

You are the same age that Fatih conquered Istanbul

My young men, when you take the sign from your grandfathers

You are going to move and the whole nation is going to move behind you

I have brought salam from Ulubatli Hasan.”

Ulubatli Hasan was a soldier. When they first came in front of
Istanbul and Fatih put the first battalion who was going to go, they
didn’t choose Ulubatli Hasan. He was one of the soldiers who wanted to
be the first one to be going, fighting and becoming a martyr. But they
didn’t choose him from the first ones who were going to attack. He was
from the second ones. That night everyone was preparing because next
morning everyone has to go to war. This is not a war like now. They
were going with their lives, running in front of the arrows and
everything. So there is a ninety percent possibility that you are
going to die the next day. So all night long the soldiers were sitting
and reciting the Quran.

The Sultan changed his clothes and he was going from tent to tent to
see how the army was doing, what was their hope and how were they
feeling about the first hitting to the city. He entered into the tent
of Hasan and he was reciting the Quran. As soon as he finished, the
Sultan said, “MashaAllah, you are reciting very good Quran. You must
be very beloved to Allah.” He said, “No, I am not. I know that I am
not because He didn’t choose me from the first ones to go to war.” The
Sultan said, “Well, the Generals must know something and you must
submit.” He said, “Yes, I submit but I am very sad that I am not from
the first ones.” And he (Sultan) said to him, “Who are you?” He said,
“I am a person from this village called Ulubat.” It is not too far
from Istanbul. And he said, “My name is Hasan.” He said, “Who are
you?” The Sultan said, “My name is Mehmet and I am from Edirne.”
Sultan is not saying that he is the Sultan. He said, “I wish to see
you after the war.” Hasan looked at him and he said, “How are you
talking like this? I didn’t come here to live after the war. I came
here to become martyred in the war.” So the Sultan realized it. He
said (to himself), “With these soldiers I am going to conquer this city.”

When the second time they were hitting, he (Hasan) was from them and
he was carrying the flag. The flagmen were going first. They have to
go bringing the Prophet’s (sws) flag to the highest point and put it
high. Once it is up, new electricity generates in the whole army, they
attack and nothing can stop them then. So the one that is carrying the
flag must go first. So all those were running. If a person is carrying
the flag, they have a battalion of army around them too. So when one
is dying, the flag should not fall on the floor. The other one has to
grab it.

Look, (Sheykh Efendi recites another verse in Turkish). Understand
what the meaning is? The poet is saying that just because of one
crescent so many suns are disappearing, they are dying. Ulubatli Hasan
carried it and he went up to the castle and he was holding it. When he
was holding it, hundreds or arrows were coming towards his body. He
was holding but he was falling. He was dying but he was holding the
flag. Then other soldiers were coming and holding and they calculated
that more than fifty people died on top of each other just to hold the
flag up like that. After it stood up, the whole army entered from
every side and the city was conquered.

It was impossible to conquer Istanbul then because it was the biggest
city and it had the most powerful army, with everything they had and
everything they built it was impossible to penetrate through. And they
did it. That’s why when you check the encyclopedia about the conquest
of Istanbul, what does it say? Check 1453 in the encyclopedia in
English and see what it says there. What does it say?

(A murid replied: “The end of Roman rule.”)

It says the end of Roman rule but it’s not saying anything else there
after that. Sultan Mehmet finished the Middle Ages and he opened the
New Age. The beginning of the New Age is 1453. The end of Roman rule,
the Greco-Roman, the Byzantine rule is finished. So everything
changed. The whole world changed turning from the Middle Ages to a new
era.

So that’s Ulubatli Hasan. The poet is saying, “I am bringing you salam
from Ulubatli Hasan”, meaning, get ready to become martyred. (Sheykh
Efendi smiles). That’s what it means.

(Sheykh Efendi then continues translating the poem for the listeners.)

“You also can get rid of the mother’s love, father’s love and all
those you love.” (Meaning, you also can sacrifice these also for the
sake of Allah.)

“So let’s read your legend through the hearts.”
(Show your legend to us. That’s what it means there.)

“It looks like you are not even realizing the value that you are
carrying.

This history is of Fatih and Selim and Sulayman.

This mihrab is of Cinaneddin and this minaret is of Sinan.”
(Meaning, those people of old who built these are speaking to you.)

“Let’s go and wake up your sleeping legend.”

Hmm. The sleeping legend. Wake up your sleeping legend or they will
wake you up and send you to the other side. Be careful. Everyone
should wake up. This is not a circus. This is reality. (Sheykh Efendi
smiles and everyone smiles with him). Anyone who is with me should
prepare themselves for that. This much is enough for you and for me.

El-Fatiha.

BismillahirRahmanirRahim

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For the second time in a year, I came across the same pages in a book: 1453 – The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West, by Roger Crowley. It is no surprise that many accounts are biased and at times contradictory. Yet, an interesting point to note, is the significant role traditional methods and sufis had in increasing the morale of the military and fighting for victory:

The attack [final assault] was fixed for the day after next – Tuesday, May 29. In order to work the soldiers to a pitch of religious zeal and to quash any negative thoughts, it was announced that the following day, Monday, May 28, was to be given over to atonement. The men were to fast during the daylight hours, to carry out their ritual ablutions, to say their prayers five times, and to ask God’s aid in capturing the city. The customary candle illuminations were to continue for the next two nights. The mystery and awe that the illuminations, combined with prayers and music, worked on both the men and their enemies were powerful psychological tools, employed to full effect outside the walls of Constantinople.

In the meantime the work in the Ottoman camp went on with renewed enthusiasm. Vast quantities of earth and brushwood were collected ready to fill up the ditch, scaling ladders were made, stockpiles of arrows were collected, wheeled protective screens drawn up. As night fell the city was again ringed by a brilliant circle of fire; the rythmic chanting of the names of God rose steadily from the camp to the steady beating of drums, the clash of cymbals, and the skirls of the zorna . . .

Mehmet [Fatih Sultan] had worked hard on the morale of his men, turning their responses over several days through cycles of fervor and reflection that mullahs and dervishes played a key role in creating the right mentality. Thousand of wandering holy men had come to  the siege from the towns and villages of upland of Anatolia, bringing with them a fervent religious expectation. In their dusty robes they moved about the camp, their eyes alight with excitement. They recited relevant verses from the Koran and Hadith and told tales of martyrdom and prophecy. The men were reminded that they were following in the footsteps of the companions of the Prophet [Muhammad s.a.w.] killed at the first Arab siege of Constantinople. Their names were passed from mouth to mouth: Hazret Hafiz, Ebu Seybet ul-Ensari, Hamd ul-Ensari, and above all Ayyub, whom the Turks called Eyup [r.a.]. The holy men reminded their listeners, in hushed tones, that to them fell the honor of fulfilling the word of the Prophet himself:

The Prophet said to his disciples: “Have you heard of a city with land on one side and sea on the other two sides?” They replied: “Yes, O Messenger of God.” He spoke: “The last hour [of Judgement] will not dawn before it is taken by 70,000 sons of Isaac. When they reach it, they will not do battle with arms and catapults but with the words ‘There is no God but Allah, and Allah is great.’ Then the first sea wall will collapse, and the second time the second sea wall, and the third time the wall on the land side will collapse, and rejoicing they will enter in.”

It was a heady mixture, but there were those in the camp, including Sheik Akshemsettin [q.s.] himself, who were extremely realistic about the authentic motivation of some of the troops. “You well know,” he had written to Mehmet earlier in the siege, . . . “the number of those who are ready to sacrifice their lives for the love of God is extremely small. On the other hand, if they glimpse the possibility of winning booty they will run towards certain death.” . . .

As evening fell, the Ottomans went to break their fast in a shared meal and to prepare themselves for the night. The prebattle meal was a further opportunity to build group solidarity and a sense of sacrifice among the soldiers gathered around the communal cooking pots. Fires and candles were lit, if anything larger than on the previous two nights. Again the cries swept through, accompanied by pipes and horns, reinforcing the twin message of prosperous life and joyful death . . . A mood of fervent joy passed through the camp as the excited prayers of the soldiers slowly rose to a crescendo like the breaking of a mighty wave. The lights and the rythmical cries froze the blood of the waiting Christians.  A massive bombardment opened up in the dark, so heavy “that to us it seemed to be a very inferno.” And at midnight silence and darkness fell on the Ottoman camp. The men went in good order to their posts” with all their weapons and a great mountain of arrows.” Pumped up by the adrenaline of the coming battle, dreaming of martyrdom and gold, they waited in total silence for the final signal to attack.

There was nothing left to be done. Both sides understood the climactic significance of the coming day. Both had made their spiritual preparations. According to Barbaro, who of course gave the final say in the outcome to the Christian god, “and when each side had prayed to his god for victory, they to theirs and we to ours, our Father in Heaven decided with his Mother who should be concluded next day.” According to Sad-ud-din, the Ottoman troops, “from dusk till dawn, intent on battle . . . united the greatest of meritorious works . . . passing the night in prayer.”

The rest is history that ended one era and started another.

(As a note, the hadith mentioned above shows on the internet as
Sahih Muslim, Book 41, Number 6979:

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Apostle (may peace he upon him) saying: You have heard about a city the one side of which is in the land and the other is in the sea (Constantinople). They said: Allall’s Messenger, yes. Thererupon he said: The Last Hour would not cmoe unlesss seventy thousand persons from Bani lsra’il would attack it. When they would land there, they will neither fight with weapons nor would shower arrows but would only say: “There is no god but Allah and Allah is the Greatest,” that one side of it would fall. Thaur (one of the narrators) said: I think that he said: The part by the side of the ocean. Then they would say for the second time: “There is no god but Allah and Allah is the Greatest” that the second side would also fall, and they would say: “There is no god but Allah and Allah is the Greatest,” that the gates would be opened for them and they would enter therein and, they would be collecting spoils of war and distributing them amongst themselves that a noise would be heard and It would be said: Verily, Dajjal [Antichrist] has come. And thus they would leave everything there and would turn to him.)

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