Sohbet 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.

The role of Sheytan to believers is similar to our two feet. With two
feet we can walk. If we have one foot then we cannot walk. We cannot
make any progress. We cannot reach anywhere. There is Haqq and Batil.
There’s truth and false. The false is there and we are fighting
against it. So the truth is appearing. We are understanding the value
of truth because the wrong is there, the false is there. People
usually say, “Well, I am good.” How do you know you are good? You have
to know the evil to be able to understand the good. There is evil. So
we are understanding the good. If there was no nighttime how were you
going to understand the value of the day and the beauty of the day?
You will never be able to understand that then if there was no dark
and no night. So Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has created Sheytan for
that reason. His ordering is coming to us and the whispering of
Sheytan is also coming to us. When we are fighting against the
whispering that is coming and what is coming from the ego for our own
desires, then we will be able to make progress and reach to higher
stations. Otherwise, we will be sitting in one station and that’s it.
There will be no progress if you are taking Sheytan away and if you
are taking the ego away.

The ego is a means for us to make progress and to go to higher
stations. If there is no ego then who are you going to fight against?
Sheytan is saying, “Sleep.” If you are closing your eyes and sleeping
then you are following Sheytan. Why not fighting back saying, “This is
not a bedroom. Why am I sleeping here?” Sheytan is saying, “Sleep. You
are very tired. Sleep.” Very tired? Shake a little bit to see if it’s
going to go away. It’s not the time to sleep. So if we do anything
that comes to us anytime then how are we fighting against that? How
are we winning? That’s why Holy Prophet (sws) is saying, “Everything
that man desires, he grabs and he eats, it is enough sin for him.”
It’s enough wasting. Anything he desires he grabs and he puts it in
his mouth right away is enough sin for him. That’s enough for him
because what happens when anything that is coming he is putting it in
there? It brings lots of problems. Your system works so hard that you
become heedless. Now you have to sleep. You cannot be awakening no
matter where you are then. The only time you wake up then is where
there is food again (saying,) “Ah, I woke up. There’s food. Let me
eat.” We have to fight. We have to fight with our ego and the best way
of fighting the ego, the time when you grab the ego under your control
is when you are fasting. Other times, eh. Fasting is not only one
month Ramazan and then finishing. Fasting yourself from unnecessary
eating and drinking, stopping yourself from that.

Now Sheytan says to you, “Don’t get up early in the morning.” You say,
“I am used to it.” Which ego is ever used to it? You got your ego so
trained? Subhanallah. But if I say, “How many times in one year you
didn’t get up for fajr prayer on time?” I can count. We can download
your files from the computer. Hmm.