Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

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


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

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.”




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.”


“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.