December 2008


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.

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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.)

BismillahirRahmanirRahim

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.

El-Fatiha.

BismillahirRahmanirRahim

Thanks to Nureddin and Yursil. Click for more pictures.

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BismillahirRahmanirRahim

Teachings of Mevlana Sheikh Abdullah Ed-Dagistani En-Naqshbandi.

This book is read on a regular basis in the Dergah. It is probably the best book of Sheikh Mevlana Hazretleri’s sohbets.

One of the reasons Sheikh Abdul Kerim Efendi likes it is because it sticks to the way Sheikh Mevlana speaks, which carries meaning and secrets.

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MERCY OCEANS BOOK TWO

Feel free to distribute.

BismillahirRahmanirRahim

Sohbet by Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Hakkani el-Kibrisi

Saturday 8 Rabi-ul Akhir, 1427 / May 7, 2006
Osmanli Naks-i’bendi Hakkani Dergah, Siddiki Center, New York

Auzu billahi minash sheytanir rajim
BismillahirRahmanirRahim
La hawla wa la quwwata illa billahil aliyyil azim
Hasbinallah wa ni’mal wakeel

Medet Ya Seyyidi Sultanul Awliya, medet.

We are asking support from our Sheykh to make us to say a couple of
words that will benefit us inshaAllah ar-Rahman. If someone takes them
and lives according to it then they will win. If not then we do the
part that is given to us and blessings are coming with it inshaAllah
ar-Rahman. We must renew our faith saying, “Ash-hadu an la ilaha
ilallallah wa ash-hadu anna muhammadan abduhu wa rasuluhu, sallallahu
ta’ala alayhi wa alihi wa ashabihi wa sallim.”

124,000 prophets have been sent to this world to show people, to teach
them to turn their way from Dunya to Mawla, from the world to Akhirat.
When they passed, they left their inheritors in this world and they
called to those nations until another prophet came to those nations.
Holy Prophet (alayhis salatu was salam) is the Seal of Prophets. No more
prophet is coming until Judgment Day. He also left behind those people
who are reminding themselves and the mankind to turn from Dunya to
Mawla. The majority of people are always in need of reminder. They
have forgotten. They are forgetting that they have not been created
for this world. They turned around and fell in love with it and Allah
send somebody to them to remind them. If people take that seriously
and hold on tightly then they find safety in Dunya and Akhirat. If
they are saying, “Well, I know but we are living in Dunya and we have
to work.” Of course. We are living in Dunya and we have to work. And
at the same time we are living in Dunya to earn our Akhirat, not to
work only, but to earn our Akhirat, earn the hereafter life while we
are living in Dunya. You cannot earn that in the grave or in the
Judgment Day. At least we have to make some work right now through
which maybe we will leave some pages open that when we enter to the
grave we will still earn higher stations in Akhirat inshaAllah ar-Rahman.

It is so valuable but we are treating it in a very lousy way. We are
not treating it properly, this value that Allah (subhanahu wata’ala)
has given to us. The value is the Shahadat and with Shahadat the
Akhirat is coming, the eternal life is coming with that Shahadat. But
while we are living in this world we are treating it very badly. It is
so valuable but we are not taking any care of it. The little devices
that we have here and there, the little things, the computers, the
cameras, the cars, we show more care to those than the Shahadat. You
cannot call that one so intelligent who is treating such a valuable
thing very carelessly because that has a very big enemy also. Because
it’s very valuable, the enemy is running after it to catch it and take
it away from us. The enemy is coming to us in so many different forms
to steal that Shahadat away from us. They became a big company
together. Nafs, Hawa, Sheytan and Dunya. These four are tying us,
chaining us. Nafs is one chain holding from the right hand like that.
Hawa, the desires, are holding from the left hand, Sheytan is holding
from the right foot, tying with that chain and Dunya is holding from
the left. We are in chains. We cannot move. And everyone is saying, “I
am free. I do as I like.” Mashallah. If you do as you like then don’t
die. Why are you dying? Every single day you are running top-speed to
die. One day is gone again and we came one more day closer to our
death. Don’t speak foolish words saying, “I am free.” What free? If
you are free then you should not die. Man is running to find the cure
to that. He is not finding and he is not going to. When he is going to
through science, when Allah is going to open to them from that ocean a
little bit, then they are going to beg to die. That’s what they are
trying now.

We are living the last days on this earth. It’s not only man’s life
that is finishing but the whole world and all worlds that Allah
(subhanahu wata’ala) has created are coming to an end. The Judgment
Day, Qiyamat, is coming very close. We are the nation that reached to
the end of that era. We are not in the beginning, in Adam alayhi
salam’s nation to say, “We still have time. Oh, generations are going
to come after us until Judgment Day.” We don’t have too much left. So
we should be more careful because we are the last nation on earth and
we are very close to the Judgment Day, to Qiyamat. We are keeping
ourselves busy everyday with so many other things. The unbelievers
keep themselves busy with other foolishness, the believers keep
themselves busy with other things and the man who is in the way of
Allah keeps himself busy thinking, “This is coming, that is coming, I
am preparing for Mahdi and I have to have a nice life afterwards.”
Qiymat is coming! Prepare yourself! When the angel of death is
reaching to you it’s your Qiyamat.

There are two Qiyamats. One is when the angel of death reaches to man
and the second one is for all things, anything that you can think of,
you can imagine that is existing in this world, the end is coming to
that too. And we are very close. These young people, maybe they are in
early ages of their Qiyamat, but the whole mankind today is very close
to the big Qiyamat. So we must prepare ourselves. We don’t really need
too many people to tell us that that’s the direction the world is
going top-speed. If you have a little bit of sense and you put it
together then you see it. We are seeing it. Everyday we are watching
the news, we are watching the activities in the world, we are watching
the activities that are happening around us and activities with our
families and with our friends. Everyday we are seeing how fast
everything is changing and in top-speed it’s going to its destiny.

We cannot escape from it saying, “It was my destiny.” Yes, there is a
big destiny. Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) drew the plan and everything is
moving according to that. But we have to take care in that walk
ourselves. We are responsible from what we are preparing for
ourselves. We are responsible if we say that we are intelligent
people, that we have intelligence. If we don’t have intelligence then
we are not responsible. But even the animals know their reason of
creation and even the animals are putting curses on today’s people
saying, “Man has been created in Ahsani Taqweem and the Lord of the
Heavens has created us for their service. We are remembering our Lord
and they are not remembering their Lord.” In the old days, at least
the general main groups were remembering. Now, only a handful of
groups are remembering. It turned around completely. The 20th
century’s uncivilization. The 20th and the 21st century’s barbarism.
The history books must write saying that they were the people who had
been educated with the worldly knowledge so much but they were the
worst ignorant ones ever living on earth. The second Jahiliyya Time.
We should escape from that. We should not let our names to be written
in that book.

The reality is not changing whether they are putting it in the history
books or not. The reality is there. The angels are holding the history
book and they are putting, “The 21st century: Ignorant man. The worst
ones that ever lived on the face of the earth.” The curse is raining.
We must escape from that. We must try to escape with every opportunity
that Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) is opening for us. Then they will not
put our names in that list. And if we are holding tightly in fighting
against these four Sharr Corporation, Nafs, Hawa, Sheytan and Dunya,
if we are looking and understanding that these are our enemies then we
must be careful with these ones. Then the help will reach to us and
inshaAllah ar-Rahman we will be able to keep our Shahadat strongly. We
will live and we will pass with that Shahadat. That is Marifat. If a
man is looking for Marifat, Karamat then that is Marifat. That is
Karamat. All the secrets of all Books and all the prophets came to
teach man to take that faith that Allah has granted to them, to live
according to that faith and to go out from this world with that faith.
MashaAllah to those who did and inshaAllah we are asking from our Lord
Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) for the sake of those who are most beloved
ones in His Divine Presence, we are asking their Shafa’at to reach to
us, and for their sake Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) to make us to live
and to go out from this world with this Shahadat inshaAllah ar-Rahman.

Wa min Allahu taufiq

Bihurmatil Habib

Bihurmatil Fatiha.

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