February 2009


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From Emirate to Empire

Belgrade was the gateway to Hungary and Central Europe; Rhodes was the stepping stone to the establishment of Ottoman supremacy in the Mediterranean Sea. Belgrade fell to Suleiman (the Lawgiver) on August 29, 1521, and on Christmas Day of the following year he made his triumphal entry into the citadel of Rhodes, which the Knights of St. John were forced to abandon after a long and terrible siege. Suleiman had succeeded where even Mohammed the Conqueror had failed.

. . . The Ottomans became locked in an unyielding struggle with the Hapsburgs that had all the overtones of a contest for world supremacy. After 1525, following Francis I’s defeat at the hands of the Hapsburg at Pavia, the French sought Ottoman support as a counterweight to Hapsburg power. The French-Ottoman alliance became a significant factor in the recognition and spread of Protestantism. Support for France and the Protestants, as well as for other anti-Hapsburg elements, such as the Muslims and Jews ejected from Spain, was the cornerstone of Ottoman policy in Europe at this time.

This anti-Hapsburg posture of the Ottomans is also discernible in the Mediterranean, where the holy ward was also waged. The Ottoman ghazi spirit, harnessed to the state policy of alliance with France, found a significant outlet against the Hapsburgs in North Africa and the eastern Mediterranean. The Ottoman admiral Khair ed-Din Barbarossa established control over Algeria and contended with Charles V over Tunis. . .

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. . . In addition to defending the Islamic world against its Christian enemies, the Ottomans also had to contend with the Persian Safavids, who were always ready to attack the Ottoman rear.

The European hope of a second front against the Ottomans was rekindled by Charles V, who sought to move the Safavids into action against the Ottomans. Suleiman could not afford to neglect the serious challenge and threat posed by the Safavids. The emergence of any power on their eastern flank, regardless of sectarian considerations, made the Ottomans uneasy. Suleiman mounted two full-scale campaigns against the Safavids, once in 1533 and the other in 1548. Both were preceded by peace or truce arrangements patched together in Europe that enabled the sultan to shift his forces eastward. In the first campaign Suleiman brought Tabriz and Baghdad under his control, along with the important trade routes that passed through those cities. . .

With the eastern border stabilized, Suleiman returned to the struggle in the west. The Mediterranean and North Africa became areas of almost constant warfare. In 1565 the Ottomans embarked upon a costly and eventually futile effort to conquer the island of Malta. The next year Suleiman decided to campaign in Hungary.

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

Thursday 24 Jumad al-Ahir, 1427 / July 20, 2006
Osmanli Naks-i’bendi Hakkani Dergah, Siddiki Center, New York

Auzu billahi min-ash sheytanir rajim
BismillahirRahmanirRahim
Medet Ya Seyyidi Sultanul Awliya, Medet.

We are asking support from our Sheykh to send us what is necessary for
us in these difficult times and difficult days that we have entered.
More difficulty is waiting for the believers. For the unbelievers
disaster is waiting.

Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajiun.

We must know that we came from Allah and we are returning back to
Allah. We must keep this alive in ourselves. If we fall into
heedlessness and we forget that the angel of death, Azrail is going to
reach to us, then any day that we are forgetting we are getting into
trouble. We must keep it alive in ourselves. We must prepare
ourselves. We are believers. We have to live like believers, not only
talk like believers or to sound like believers. We must live like
believers. We must take whatever Allah and His Prophet (sws) ordered
us and put it in our lives. We must not sit and wait to think that we
are going to have the control of this world and the luxury of the
world in our hand. No. We must not even ask for that. The more that is
coming the heavier burden is coming with it these days to everyone who
is holding.

Once, after the Holy Prophet (sws) passed away from this life and Abu
Bakr Siddik (radiallahu anh) was the Khalifah, some groups of Muslims,
believers, uprised and said, “We don’t need to pay Zakat. We have to
stop paying Zakat.” The Khalifah declared war on them. Abu Bakr Siddik
(ra) gave order and they went to a war. So many hafez of Quran were
dying in that war. That’s why they later came to say, “We must collect
the pages of the Quran and put it together.” Up till then they didn’t
want to do it because that wasn’t the sunnat of the Prophet (sws). It
was to pass from man to man. But all the hafez were dying in that war.
Think and understand! They went to war not against people who were
running to destroy Islam. They were people who uprised against the
Khalifah saying, “We are not going to give Zakat. We are doing
everything else but we are not giving Zakat.” And Khalifah declared
war on them knowing that so many hafez of Quran were dying and the
Quran was disappearing even. He was saying to them the hadith of
Rasulullah (sws) that, “The one who is not giving Zakat has no prayer.
The one who has no prayer has no Islam.” Today in the east, west,
north and south the Muslim people are in trouble and the biggest
problem is that. They stopped giving Zakat.

Let’s put that aside now. When Umar (radiallahu anh) was the Khalifah,
he heard that some things were not going right in Damascus, in Sham.
The rulers in that area were doing some things that were not fitting
to the sunnat of Rasulullah (sws) and he wanted to see it firsthand
with his eyes. He took the person who was helping him (not to say
`slave’ but the person who was helping the Khalifah), and together
they went to Damascus. As the Khalifah was traveling, sometimes he was
traveling on the camel and sometimes he was coming down putting the
person who was helping him on the camel and pulling it. He was crying,
saying, “Ya Khalifah, you must be on the camel.” He said, “No. We must
be just.” Traveling (thus) he came to Damascus. He looked around. He
went around and saw. And he was seeing certain things that were not
making him happy because he had seen the Holy Prophet (sws), how he
was living and what he was doing. They were changing certain things
because of worldly matters and he was very sad.

He knew that Abu Darda (ra) was also living in that city. He asked his
servant, “Go see where he lives. We must go to visit him too.” He
found him and they came. It was dark. Abu Darda (ra) didn’t know. They
opened the door and entered inside. It was one room. Abu Darda (ra)
said, “Who’s there?” Khalifa’s helper said, “The Amir-ul Mu’mineen is
here.” He said, “O Ya Umar, are you the one who came?” He was very
happy. He got up and hugged him. Umar (ra) looked at his place. In all
the other places everyone was living in luxury. The only thing he saw
in his place was a prayer rug and nothing else. He said, “Ya Abu
Darda, you are a great Sahabi. I told you not to leave Madina. There
would’ve been something for you there. Look how you are living here.”
He said, “Ya Umar, don’t you know the hadith of the Prophet (sws)?
Have you forgotten? These people have forgotten here and they are
running for the luxury of this world. Have you forgotten what Holy
Prophet (sws) said?” Umar (ra) said, “Remind me.” He said, “Didn’t
Holy Prophet (sws) say, `You only need from this world as much as a
traveler needs.’ We are travelers in this world and this much is only
what we need. We must concentrate on it. The day that the believers
break that they are going to lose everything.”

This is what happened to us. We lost that faith. Never mind about
losing it. We don’t want anyone reminding us too. And this world is
fooling young, old, women, men, female, male and so many millions.
They are running, running after dunya. Day and night everyone is
sitting and calculating, “How much business am I going to make, from
where am I going to make money, how am I going to make it, what am I
going to make and how am I going to make it.” We are travelers in this
world. We may own the whole world but we are going to have lots of
questioning. We must try to live simple lives. We moved out from the
city life. We moved to a completely simple place, a village. Nobody’s
going to come to check our house to say, “You have this luxury and you
have that luxury.” Alhamdulillah, we have everything. Allah gave us
everything. We must concentrate on holding on tightly to our faith and
what came to us from Holy Prophet (alayhi salatu wa salam). Worse is
waiting for us. So many of this mankind, from officials to religious
people to everyone, so many people are betraying so many things only
for this dunya. If Azrail comes and takes your life now, your life or
my life, we will just be going empty-handed. We cannot bring anything.
We must concentrate on that matter. We must look at our faith and we
must look at our submission, how much we are submitting to the one
that we believe in.

We must take lessons from history. Abu Jahil, Abu Lahab and Abu Sufyan
were the people who had the most luxurious lifestyle. They had the
world in their hand. Except Abu Sufyan, the other ones lost. Abu
Sufyan came around after Prophet (sws) came back to Makkah, and he
accepted Islam. He became a Sahabi. The hearts of the other ones were
sealed. They couldn’t turn away. There is a reason why Allah sealed
their hearts. When they were running to do harm to the Holy Prophet
(sws) they were running with hatred. They were running with arrogance
and they were running with whatever they had to spend it to destroy
that Prophet (sws). Abu Sufyan was easy on those things. He was not
pushing it so much. Once Abu Lahab was loving the Prophet (sws). He
lost the love. When he lost the love he fell into darkness. This is
what’s happening to the majority of the Muslims today. They are losing
that love. They are losing the love of the ones that Allah loves. Once
you lose that love you are falling into darkness. Whatever you are
doing is not helping you then. It may help a little bit in Akhirat but
in Dunya it’s not going to help anything. We must run to build that
love to the ones that Allah loves.

They have not disappeared. They have just pulled themselves out from
that mess because they are obedient to the Holy Prophet (sws). They
are not interfering into anything. If one of them comes out then the
light comes out. They will finish the problems one, two, three. They
are not doing it. They are pulling back. Everyone pulled back and now
the whole mankind is in bigger trouble. The biggest trouble is waiting
for mankind because today in Cyprus they banned Sheykh Mevlana from
giving khutba anymore in public places. He pulled himself out. He
didn’t fight for it. He pulled himself out. There was one person
always standing in public, speaking what Holy Prophet (sws) left,
warning people and saying to them what to do. They didn’t want that
anymore. Allah sealed their hearts and they banned Sheykh Mevlana. He
is not going to khutba. Whatever he is making is not official anymore.
He is speaking only to those who are accepting. He is not speaking to
those arrogants anymore. Big problem is waiting for mankind. They cut,
they shut down and they closed the door of Rahmat. Rahmat is not going
to reach to them. Rahmat is only going to reach to those people who
have Sheykh Mevlana in their hearts and who are keeping Sheykh Mevlana
as a priority. If not then Rahmat is not reaching to the other ones
too. No more general Rahmat is coming to them. They are going to cry
and scream a lot.

The sad thing is that there are also other people involved, Muslims
are involved who going here and there, running to make that order to
happen. They think that nobody knows. They think that Sheykh Mevlana
doesn’t know too. He knows and those in whose hearts he is sending
also knows. They are going to cry a lot. InshaAllah we will not be
among those. I remember these things, not now, but when we were
children. They were doing the same thing. They were running here and
there to stop Sheykh Mevlana. Everytime Sheykh Mevlana was coming to
Cyprus, giving khutba in Famagusta especially, they were being very
arrogant and trying to stop Sheykh Mevlana sometimes later or some
days later. There were brave people then. One of them was my father
(rahmatullah aleyh). He was working with the British Police and he
knew the news of what was happening. Anytime they were gathering
together to come to arrest Sheykh Mevlana, he was taking him instantly
from one city to another city. One day he did the same thing. He heard
that that’s what they were going to do. So he put him into the car and
he brought him all the way to Papos, to the other end of the island.
Things were quiet there then. He came back to the town. Those
unbelievers were getting together in one coffee-shop and my father was
sitting there all the time watching their activities. One of them
arrogantly said to my father (rahmatullah aleyh), “What did you do
again Fuat Efendi? You stole Nazim Efendi again from being arrested?”
He didn’t say anything. He was sitting on the chair. He got up, he
turned and he threw that chair right above his head. The chair became
a hundred pieces. He said to him, “Say the same words again and the
second chair is going to destroy you. As long as we are living in this
world, none of you are going to be able to touch that Sheykh.”
Alhamdulillah, they passed from this world. So many people are around
but no one is talking anymore. Sheykh Mevlana is not going to say to
them, “Go and talk and scream.” Those people were brave. They were
speaking. They had no fear. They put their lives in front of Sheykh
Mevlana. They were ready to die for him. Allah supported them and
supported Sheykh Mevlana.

This is the way it was supposed to happen. It’s happening. We must
know that worse happened to the Sahaba-e Kiram. Those evil ones were
killing them just because they were believers. They had no safety in
their houses at nighttime or daytime, nor their children or anything.
But they didn’t give up. You must hold on together. It is not the time
to hate each other. It is the time to love each other for those who
believe in the same way. You may have differences. You must put the
differences aside. Everyone is created by Allah (subhana wa ta’ala)
and everyone has rights. We must watch out correctly. We must try to
do what is for us and try to live with those people who are really
believing and sacrificing. Not to fall into our ego, run here and
there and think that we are going to change something. It is only our
ego. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is saying to us, “Without His
permission and without His knowledge, a dry leaf will not fall down
from its tree.” Whatever is happening is happening with His permission
and His knowledge. The duty for believers is that they must hold on
tightly, they must look at what each other’s benefits are and must try
to protect (each other). Holy Prophet (sws) is saying to us, “When
one’s lands and rights are under attack, all believers must support
that one.”

We lost this a long time ago too. We must come back to our senses, at
least to those people with whom we are believing in the same way, in
the same tariqat and with the same Sheykh. We must hold on together.
If we do that we will be the winner. If we don’t do that then we will
be the loser. Allah does not need us. We need Allah. Allah (subhana wa
ta’ala) is going to complete His religion. He does not need us. We
need Him. We are asking and begging for Him to make us from those who
are going to complete this religion. But the duty is very heavy. We
must know, we must try to live according to that, we must try to hold
on according to that and to know that whatever happens to us, the
Shahadat is the only thing that is going to save us. If we say the
Shahadat, if we believe in the Shahadat and if we hold on tightly then
safety is with that Shahadat.

Wa min Allahu taufiq

Bihurmatil Habib

Bihurmatil Fatiha.

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Juma Khutba given by Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Hakkani el-Kibrisi

Friday 18 Jumad al-Ahir, 1427 / July 14, 2006
Osmanli Naks-i’bendi Hakkani Dergah, Siddiki Center, New York.

Medet Ya Seyyidi Ya Sultanul Awliya, Medet.

Inna ad-dina indallahu Islam. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is saying to
us, “There is only one (religion) accepted in the Divine Presence.
Islam. Don’t come to My Presence with other things.” I am watching
that everyone today everywhere is either giving `V’ sign, peace sign
or signs like this or that. Islam is peace. It’s peace, but not by
word, not by the tongue and not like those guys putting bombs here and
there and later taking pictures making peace sign. What kind of peace
is that? Islam is submission. If you want peace then you have to
submit yourself. You have to submit your will to the will of Allah.
Then you will get peace. There is no peace otherwise, because you have
a plan but Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has a plan for you too. Allah
(subhana wa ta’ala) wants the best for His servants and He is planning
the best for His servants. But the servants are running stubbornly and
arrogantly saying, “I have to do what I want.” What’s coming to you is
from your ego, not from Rahman. If it’s from Rahman then you are going
to find peace. If it’s coming from the ego then you are not going to
find peace. It’s not possible.

Shariat and Tariqat. Shariat is the law, shariat is the scholarship,
shariat is the knowledge. Tariqat is the lifestyle, taking what is
ordered in shariat and putting it in your life. When you are entering
into tariqat you cannot say, “I like this and I don’t like that. I
want this and I don’t want this.” What comes to you is from Allah. You
have to accept. If you are not accepting then you are not finding
peace. You are running to fix it but the more you are running to fix
it the more you are destroying it because you are running away from
Allah more. Our Grandsheykh is saying, “Run away from sheytans.”
Sheytans are loose now, working top-speed twenty-four hours. Not like
you working five hours, two hours, three hours or eight hours. They
work twenty-four hours and their duty is to run to put wrong things in
your heart. Nothing else. And to take you away from that peace, take
you away from Allah. That is their duty. Anyone opening one door to
them, thousands can enter through that door. You must shut the door.
We don’t know how to shut the door. So we run to tariqats, we run to
our sheykhs to say, “As you like my Sheykh. As you like. Not as I like
but as you like.” When you say, “As you like”, you cannot say, “Well,
I like this part.” If you are submitting yourself to your Sheykh, if
you are submitting your will to the hand of your Sheykh then he has a
plan for you. He is working on that plan. And the Sheykh’s plan
doesn’t work on the worldly level (only). It works in Dunya and
Akhirat. He looks at what is good for you firstly in Akhirat. Number
one (priority) is what is good for you in Akhirat. That’s what he
tries to provide you first and later fix all other problems. He is not
going to give you the luxury of Dunya or give to you whatever you like
in Dunya. No. He looks at what is for you in Akhirat so that you are
going to have peace in Akhirat. Your whole life may be miserable in
Dunya. It’s okay. If your Sheykh is saying to you that it’s okay then
it is okay! Don’t go against that. It is okay because if you are
trying to fix it then you are going to destroy it. There is no way
because you don’t know how to fix it. You don’t know how to fix it but
he knows.

When you go to a hospital the doctors put you under the watch. They
either say, “Give him pills” or “give him injections.” You can scream
as much as you want saying, “This injection is hurting me, this pills
are bothering me.” You are going to get them to get cured. You got
sick someway somehow. You need to get cured. If you don’t get cured
then you are going to die. We all got sick. All. And especially those
who are away from Allah and His Prophet (sws) for most of the time of
their lives, they got really sick. They need to be cured shortly
because the time is clicking. You don’t want to remember, no one wants
to remember but the time is clicking for Akhirat, tak, tak, tak, tak.
You cannot bring it back. Every minute that is ticking, you cannot
bring it back. It’s kicking you forward going towards Akhirat. If you
are still imagining, admiring and loving this Dunya then what are you
doing in tariqat? What are you going to get from tariqat? If there’s
love of Dunya then what are you getting from tariqat? The love of the
world, huh? Tariqat doesn’t give you that. Tariqat gives you what is
necessary to live in this world and not go to extremes left and right.
Tariqat teaches you how to look after yourself, how to cure yourself
and be strong to run to give cure to others.

So this is the one recipe. There is no other. Anybody who is looking
for peace must run to Islam and must leave all kinds of wrong
lifestyle. They must leave it aside. (They say), “I got used to it.”
Yes, you got used to the wrong thing and now you can get used to the
right thing. Leave the wrong things aside.” (They say), “My ego is so
squeezed that I am not breathing.” Of course. That means your spirit
is enjoying now. When the ego is under hardship the spirit is reaching
to high stations. But when the ego is enjoying then the spirit is not
having the enjoyment. You are squeezing the spirit and you are
finishing. And the ego is suffering at the same time too. When you are
making your ego to suffer then your spirit is reaching to high
stations. But when you are giving freedom to your ego, not your spirit
and not your ego is going to have peace. It’s going to trick you and
it’s going to fool you (to think that you are having peace) just for
that minute with whatever you are doing.

So you must take (from) tariqat to apply to your life. You must take
what is coming from your Sheykh and apply to your life. You may read
all books, you may swallow all knowledge and all scholarship of Islam
but it’s not going to help you. There are thousands of teachers in the
universities, Yahudis and Christians. They are not Muslims. They are
teaching Islam in the universities. Yes, they have the academic
knowledge. They read the books and they teach to others. But it’s not
helping them because they are not applying it to their lives. And if
one wants to apply it to their life then they must find someone and
they must hold on tightly to someone. And in this time it’s the
Nakshibendi Order. All other Orders are only teaching you how to live
in this Dunya. They are not teaching you how to go beyond that. If
anybody is saying other than that then bring him here. Don’t bring him
to Sheykh Mevlana yet. Bring him to me.

So, if we are looking for peace then this is what we have to do, if
you are really sincere. If you are not sincere with it then don’t
spend your time in tariqat. Run for Dunya, get whatever enjoyment you
are going to get and say, “I am praying and I am doing everything”,
and then go to the Judgment Place with that. You don’t need tariqat
then. Tariqat is submission. If you have submission then you have
tariqat. If you don’t have submission then you don’t have tariqat. You
can claim as much you want that you have tariqat. You don’t have
tariqat. Your tariqat is according to your ego then. You are making
your tariqat according to your ego.

That’s why in today’s world everywhere there are tariqats. People are
dancing, eating and sleeping, saying, “Tariqat, we are in tariqat.”
Tariqat teaches you how to work against your ego, nothing else. Either
you are working for Allah or you are working for your ego. If you are
working for Allah then leave the desires of the ego aside because
Allah gave you whatever is necessary for you and for the enjoyment of
this life within the borderlines of Islam saying, “Do this and do
that. It is okay.” But if you don’t know the limit then you are going
to pass out of that limit and then you are to think, “Yes, we are
still number one”, but you are not. You are already out. You have
already fallen out of tariqat.

Wa min Allahu taufiq

Bihurmatil Habib

Bihurmatil Fatiha.

bismillahBismillahirRahmanirRahim

Photos from Sheykh Abdul Kerim (Aydogan Fuat) Efendi’s visit to Jamal’s place in Virginia are up on Flickr:

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General Zikr Virginia 2/14/2009

Thanks to Suleyman for the pictures.

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Sultan Selim Khan (Jennet Mekan) is mentioned and recorded to have seen the Holy Prophet (saw) on many occasions. In one instance, he was called on a mission to rescue the holy cities from the encroaching naval power of Europe at the time, the Portuguese. In another instance, he was lead through the desert on his campaign against Egypt. In addition to physical power often noted by the West, the Ottomans possessed immense spiritual power and acted upon instructions, not whims.

FROM EMIRATE TO EMPIRE

Preparatory to the campaign against Shah Ismail, Selim [the Grim] hunted down suspected Shi’ite supporters in eastern Anatolia, and it is said that some 40,000 were killed. After a long march from Istanbul, made more arduous by the scorched-earth policy of the Safavids in their own territory, Selim forced Ismail to give battle at Chaldiran, northeast of Lake Van, on April 23, 1514. Ottoman artillery carried the day. The Safavids fled, and Selim entered Tabriz on September 5. Selim wished to follow up his victory in the next campaigning season by wintering in Tabriz, but the janissaries, tired and weary, forced him to abandon those plans.

Selim I also had to deal with the Mamluks. In the course of swift campaigns in 1516 and 1517, during which Ottoman artillery and firepower overcame Mamluk horsemanship, he had made himself master of the Mamluk domains, including Syria, Egypt, and the Hejaz.

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Selim’s drive to the Red Sea may have been his response to the oceanic revolution ushered in by Vasco da Gama’s circumnavigation of Africa and by extension of Portuguese naval strength in the Indian Ocean. Ottoman expansion into North Africa between 1515 and 1519 can be seen in the same light. The Mamluks, hampered by a lack of timber and possessed of a cultural tradition that extolled horsemanship and knightly virtues to the detriment of firearms and naval skills, had not been equal to the task of defending Islamic interests against the Portuguese. By taking over the Mamluk domains, the Ottomans had inherited the role of defender of the holiest places in Islam, the cities of Mecca and Medina, which were the cradle of Islam.  The Ottoman Sultan was now the supreme Islamic ruler and as such had to shoulder responsibility for resisting invaders. By 1517 Selim was already too late to check Portuguese expansion in the Indian Ocean, but until the mid-sixteenth century he carried the battle to the Portuguese by constructing fleets at Suez using Cilician timber and artisans who had gained experience in the dockyards of Istanbul, and employing commanders battle-tested in the Mediterranean. Although Ottoman attempts to expel the christian intruders were unsuccessful, the Portuguese never fully dominated the Indian Ocean trade, and spices continued to appear in markets of the eastern Mediterranean.

During the eight years of Selim I’s reign Christendom knew a period of comparative peace, free of any large-scale imperial campaigns in Europe. His death in 1520 and the accession of his son Suleiman marked the end of that respite. Under the leadership of the dynamic young sultan, Ottoman military power once again swung westward and the traditional ghaza policy was resumed.

At this time the predominant power in Christian Europe was Charles V of the house of Hapsburg. Contesting for the prize of universal monarchy was Francis I, of the house of Valois. With this dominant theme of Hapsburg-Valois rivalry influencing his policies, Suleiman set about to gain two objectives that had eluded his predecessors. The first of these objectives was Belgrade; the second the island of Rhodes.

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THE CONTROL AND RULING IS IN ALLAH’S HAND
DON’T INTERFERE IN THE WORK OF ALLAH

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

Friday 16 Rajab, 1427 / August 10, 2006
Manhattan Dergah, New York City.

Auzu billahi min-ash sheytanir rajim
BismillahirRahmanirRahim
La hawla wa la quwwata illa billahil aliyyil azim
Medet Ya Seyyidi Sultanul Awliya Medet.

They once asked in the Divine Presence to the Holy Prophet (alayhi
salatu wa salam), one grand-size saint asked, “Ya Rasulullah, what is
the action that makes the believer to fall, one action that makes the
believer to lose everything?” Holy Prophet (sws) addressed saying,
“When a man interferes into something that does not concern him, he
will lose his honor in the Divine Presence.” When something does not
concern you, you have no power in it, you have no authority in that
and your words or your actions are not going to give any benefit,
don’t interfere. The biggest problem in today’s world, from seven
years old to seventy, from males to females, from a garbage-man to the
presidents, everyone is interfering into everything. Don’t interfere.
Say, “I don’t care. My business is with Allah.” Say, “I don’t care.”

(If someone says,) “Do you know what happened here?”

(Say,) “I don’t care.”

“Do you know what happened there?”

“I don’t care. It’s not my business. Allah knows. My business is with
Allah.”

Say it. Then you will find peace. Otherwise, anywhere that you are
sticking your nose in, the heaviness of that comes on your shoulders
too because you interfered. You cannot carry what is given to you. Are
you going to carry what is coming with the other actions? That’s what
happened today to the believers and unbelievers. Everyone is
interfering into everything. But the believers must know who is in
control. Who is controlling this world? Russia or America or China?
Muslims or Christians or Jews? Who is controlling? Who has the
authority of the world in His Hand as well as other creatures? Who?
Isn’t it Allah? Yes. Hmm.

When we are watching (we are seeing that) every single day the
situation is getting worse and worse. It’s not getting better. If
there is something that is a question mark to us then we must sit and
think to see what Holy Prophet (sws) said about this time. What did he
say? How are we going to act and what are we going to do? What is our
duty in that? Holy Prophet (sws) is addressing to us saying to us (the
whole Muslim world and the non-Muslim world knows this hadith), “After
me Khulafa-e Rashideen will come, the rightly guided Khalifahs will
come. They will rule correctly. After the Khulafa-e Rashideen, kings,
Maliks will come. After them Sultans will come who will rule correctly
and justly. After the Sultans Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) in His Divine
Wisdom will be hiding the Khalifah for one century and He will be
giving the ruling of the world to the unbelievers. They will rule
everywhere. They are the tyrants.” He said, “Everywhere every
government officials will become tyrants. If you are reaching to that
time then don’t interfere. Pull yourself away from them. Turn yourself
and ask Allah saying, “Ya Rabbi! There is nothing we can do in this
situation. We are asking and saying that we are not liking and we are
not approving what they are doing.” Say this. This will bring safety
to you. Anyone who will be like that will find safety. Anyone who runs
to change it, eh we have been seeing it for the last hundred years.
Anyone who sticks their nose thinking that they are going to change
and they are going to make it better, they are making it worse. One
problem becomes two, two multiplies to four, four becomes eight, eight
becomes sixteen.

“We don’t like this President. Let’s change it.”

They are changing that President. The new one is coming and it’s
making you to cry for the old one saying, “Oh, the old one was good.
This one is worse.”

“Let’s change this one.”

Eh, change. Another worse one is waiting. Hmm. So, Allah (subhana wa
ta’ala) is giving to us, giving to Mankind, saying to us, “When you
leave the Sirat-ul Mustaqim, when you leave the right road that I put
for you, when you leave away, when you go astray from that road, then
I will elect and select the worst ones among you, the worst tyrants
among you and I will make them to become your leaders. They will rule
you and they will bring you into deeper hell then. Then wake up and
turn yourselves to your Lord Allah (subhana wa ta’ala).” If you are
not waking up then worse situation is waiting. Every time worse
situation is waiting for us.

Take lesson from history. Namrud [Nimrod] declared that he was the lord of the
earth. Didn’t he? He declared. All holy books are saying this. Not one
but all holy books are saying, from Tawrat to Bible to Qur’an it’s
saying that Namrud declared war to Allah. He declared war to Allah
through Ibrahim (alayhi salam). When Ibrahim (as) went to him and said
to him, “What do you have? And you are declaring war to my Lord?” He
said, “Where is your Lord? Tell Him to come. I am declaring war on
Him.” Ibrahim (as) came back and he said to him, “You are in trouble
because the Lord accepted your challenge and He said (for you to)
prepare your army and He is sending His army too.” He asked, “Where?”
Ibrahim (as) said, “Prepare your army anywhere and He is going to send
His army to you.” Before you know Namrud made all his soldiers wear
(today’s bulletproof vests. The bulletproof vests of that time were
different) all these metal protections around them. They were all
waiting and he was thinking, “Let me build my castle (high) up
surrounding it with glass to see what’s happening. I don’t even want a
mosquito to enter into this room.” Hmm. He started shivering. He got
very scared because of the unknown challenge. He challenged but he is
not knowing what is coming. And Ibrahim (as) was saying, “Prepare your
army. You are in trouble now. Allah is sending the army and I don’t
even know what kind of army He is sending to you.” Allah sent to him
the mosquito army, the army of mosquitoes. The sky was open. When
looking at it (you would have seen that) there was sunshine
everywhere. Then all of a sudden there were black clouds moving.
Nobody knew what was happening but those black clouds were mosquitoes,
the mosquito army, coming. Ibrahim (as) was saying, “Is this is the
army that you are depending on?” All those mosquitoes finished that
army instantly. They entered through every hole, eating them up and
their skeletons were all falling down.

Namrud was sitting in his palace watching and he was terrorized,
shaking and now he was hearing some (buzzing) sound coming. The holy
books are saying that he made the holes of the doors, the keyholes
(like a maze) through the underground that there were different ways
(with twists and turns) to enter through the holes. And one broken
legged mosquito was crying and saying, “Oh my Lord, I cannot go to war
with the other ones. My leg is broken.” Allah said, “Don’t worry. I
have saved you for something very important, for the lord of the
earth. You are going to finish that one.” That little mosquito entered
through that keyhole and Namrud was going crazy looking and thinking,
“I am looking outside (and seeing that) all these mosquitoes finished
everything. Now I am seeing that one is entering.” He was trying to
catch that one and that one was playing around with him. Finally, as
soon as he got tired it entered through his nose and started eating
his brain.

This is not a joke that Allah is joking and making a story for us to
understand. He is telling us and He is showing us who is in control,
who is controlling and who is ruling. No man today can declare the
same power that Namrud declared. He was ruling the world. He had all
the power in his hand. Allah did not count him for anything. He didn’t
even send him from one of his kind. He sent to him a broken legged
mosquito to finish him. He is mentioning this to us in every holy
book, not only in the Quran. If the Christians open their book they
will find it there. If the Yahudis, (Bani Israil not Yahudis), if the
Children of Israil open their book they will find it there too. If the
Muslims open their book they will find it there.

The Muslims became heedless and headless because their faith is shaky
now. They are not believing what they are reading there. They are only
believing what they are seeing, saying, “Ohh, they are coming! They
are sending planes and fire on top of our heads!” Yeah. Fire. Allah
sent to (other) nations fire too, (right) on top of their heads. But
the ones He wanted to save, He saved those ones. Nothing has touched
them. To the nation of Lut (as), the nation of Hud (as) and again in
the time of Ibrahim (as) when they went out of their way, they left
the Sirat-ul Mustaqim and they have pulled the curse on themselves.
This is because there are two tajallis that are continuously coming
down to the world. The mercy of Allah and the curse of Allah are both
raining down. People are running saying, “Fire is raining on me. Let
me find a shelter.” Nobody is running to say, “The curse is raining.
Let’s find a shelter. Where is that shelter?” That shelter is only on
the Sirat-ul Mustaqim, on that road. The curse is raining on all other
places now. Don’t stay in those areas. And I am watching that people
are running to make demonstrations. The curse is raining. Run to
demonstrations and you will be under more curse, calling to it more
saying, “Come to me more.” Hmm. Why are you not running to the mesjids
of Allah saying, “Ya Rabbi! We are weak servants. You are sending
these evil ones to destroy us. We are asking for help.” As Husayn
(radiyallahu anh) was saying, “I am asking You Ya Rabbi! If it is good
for us to be helped then help us. But if there is something in it that
we don’t know then give us the patience to be patient and to come to
Your Divine Presence clean.”

Why are these Muslims sleeping heedlessly? They are not taking the
lessons from history? That is the grandson of the Holy Prophet (alayhi
salatu wa salam), the Seyyid of the paradises. He sacrificed. Allah
sacrificed that one and he submitted himself to his Lord. The Muslims
didn’t run to make demonstrations (then). They didn’t run anywhere.
They ran to help for the beloveds of Allah to be slaughtered. Now
Muslims are running, running to the Christians saying, “Help us”, to
the Jews saying, “Help us.” This is what the Muslims are doing. Islam
is far away from those. Islam is high. To anyone who is going with
that lowest station (we say), “Either stay in this world with the
honor of Islam or go away from this world. It is better.” Millions
have died and millions are going to die. What is that running? Saving
what? If the one life that you have, you are not keeping it correctly
the way that Allah and His Prophet (sws) wants, then what is there to
live for? They lost everything today and they are running to lose
more. Don’t run after that. Look what Allah is saying to us, what
Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) and His Prophet (sws) is saying to us. Don’t
think that this is happening only now. From the Children of Adam (as)
separation happened and it’s continuing non-stop. From time to time it
happens under the ground and from time to time it’s coming above. But
mankind has never altogether run like this to build and support the
kingdom of Sheytan. Muslims, non-Muslims and everyone is running to
put one brick to support the kingdom of Sheytan.

He is the cursed one. He is the first one who interfered in the work
of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). He is the one who interfered. When Allah
said to him, “Make sejdah to Adam”, he interfered in the work of Allah
saying, “There is a mistake here.” Hmm. He is the first one. What
happened to him? He lost his honor, he lost his title, he lost his
high station and he became the cursed one from that time until the
Judgment Day and beyond Judgment Day. It’s because he interfered in
the work of Allah. Don’t interfere. Allah knows what He is doing. The
Awliya Allah are not interfering. They are pulling themselves back.
They are not looking and they are not seeing. They don’t want to see.
Those who prepared the fire are going to be burned in it. Don’t run.
Don’t run for saving others. No. Run to save your own self. Run to
say, “Ya Rabbi! I am your weak servant. I did commit a lot of sins. I
am asking for forgiveness. Forgive me.” This is what we have to do.
There is no other thing that you can do now. Once they have touched
this button, now this fire is circling everywhere. It’s taking
everyone in it. Those who are looking for safety must turn back to
their Lord, must run back to Allah and His Prophet (sws). If anyone is
looking for safety then they must run, they must look and they must
try to understand what Holy Prophet (sws) said. They must take those
words, kiss them and put them on top of their heads. Then safety will
reach to them. If they are not doing that then don’t have sympathy in
your heart towards them. Allah will count you among them.

Either we are with Allah or we are not. Allah is in charge. He is in
charge. And those people who made these evil things in this world are
going to pay a price. Don’t interfere. Pull yourself away. When the
Azan is calling run to your Sajjada (prayer-rug). Pray two rakats
extra saying, “Ya Rabbi! I am asking forgiveness for those beloved
ones that I have. Turn their hearts away ya Rabbi.” That’s the only
thing you can do. Nothing else. If there were something else to be
done then Holy Prophet (sws) would have told us. He told us not to
interfere when that time comes. No one is going to be able to change
that reality until one person appears. He said, “One person from my
lineage will come.” Mehdi (alayhi salam) is the one who will change
everything. Until he comes don’t interfere. Just try to keep your
faith strong and stay in Sirat-ul Mustaqim. Don’t think that the power
is in their hands. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is just making them to
punish each other.

Holy Prophet (sws) is addressing saying, “In Ahir Zaman every nation
is going to become enemies to each other, they are going to start
fighting with each other and they are going to turn Islam into
nationalism. Muslims are going to separate into different
nationalities and they are going to start fighting with each other.”
Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is declaring in His holy book the Qur’an,
“Only the believers are brothers.” He is not separating us through our
nationalities. If you are believers then you are brothers. Islam is
bringing them together. If they are finding separation with their
nationalities then they lost their faith. Look everywhere now. Muslim
nations are fighting with Muslim nations, not with the non-Muslim
nations. Muslims are fighting with Muslim nations because of
nationalities and because of land. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) forbade
us (to take) our lives among each other, to steal our lands and to do
wrong things to each other. They are doing it. Keep yourself away from
that.

But the Holy Prophet (sws) is addressing, saying, “The worst is going
to come to those nations. When they leave the way of Allah (subhana wa
ta’ala) He will make those nations to be separated inside themselves
and the same nation will be fighting with each other.” Is that what’s
happening today? The Turks are eating each other, the Pakistanis are
eating each other, the Afghanis are eating each other, the Arabs are
eating each other, the Iranians are eating each other, the Chechens
are eating each other and everyone is eating each other. They don’t’
need enemies from outside anymore. They separated into two different
sides and they are eating each other. What is your duty and what is my
duty in it? Pull yourselves away from that. From both sides, pull
yourselves away. Don’t interfere. This is the order that Holy Prophet
(sws) is giving to us, saying, “Don’t interfere Any cruelties that
they did, they are going to pay for it with their lives.” And this is
what’s happening today. If you know that you are a good one then save
yourself. Turn yourself to Allah and His Prophet (sws) and hold on
tightly to the guides that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has blessed us
with in this time. You must hold tightly to their advices. Their
advices are for us, not for themselves. They have already reached to
safety. Open Surat-ul Yasin. Every morning we are reading it. Read
(what it says). “Follow those who do not ask from you any fee. They
have reached to the station of safety. Follow them.” They are in this
world for us. Those who are looking for safety, they can see them from
a far distance. Anywhere you are sitting and you are saying, “Ya
Rabbi! I am looking for that safety”, they will open ways to you.
Don’t worry. If there will be fire everywhere in this world, they can
reach to you. Ask and they will come. Ask sincerely. You will find
safety. Otherwise, there is no safety in the east, west, north or
south. The whole globe is in big trouble.

They are running saying, “We are going to stop terrorism.” Hmm. Where
is it stopping? Every single day we are seeing worse happening. Worse
and worse. Before you used to carry bags (in the airports) and so many
things inside the bags. Now they say, “You cannot carry knives.” Okay,
they took the knives. Later they said, “You cannot carry nail
clippers.” Okay, they took that. Now they say, “You cannot carry water
or any kind of liquid.” Good. Next they are going to say, “Take out
your clothes. We have to watch you. Only with your underwear you can
go.” (Sheykh effendi smiles). Safety. Huh! Is this what mankind is
running to do? Is this the safety that they are running to get?
Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Alameen.

Pull yourselves away and keep your honor. The honor comes with Islam.
Anyone who drops Islam lost their honor. They lost their honor in the
Divine Presence. People may give votes to them, today they may make
them the presidents, but the next day they will bring them to hang
them. This world has seen that all the time and it’s always seeing. We
must escape from this world. From Dunya to Mawla. That is the
direction that the believer must turn to. The believer must know, “I
am reaching to Maghrib time but I don’t know if I am going to reach to
Fajr time.” That’s how a believer must prepare himself. And (he should
be) saying, “Ya Rabbi! If it is good for me to die then take my life
clean. If it is good for me to stay then keep me in this life.”
Everything is under the protection of Him. We cannot protect anything.
We cannot protect even our own selves. He is the Protector. We must
turn back to Him and we must insure ourselves with that. If we don’t
insure ourselves with that then you can insure yourself with the whole
world’s insurance companies but they cannot reach to you. Impossible.
They cannot reach to them. Impossible. If we insure ourselves with
Allah and His Prophet (sws), if we insure ourselves with Allah, His
Prophet (sws) and His beloved ones, then we have found safety in this
world and in the hereafter. If we don’t, if you don’t, then live as
you like. If these words are not suiting you then leave them here. I
will take them to myself.

Live as you like. You are entering to your own grave by yourself and
they are closing that grave with you in it by yourself. Whatever you
are sending there that’s what you are going to find. If you are
sending your egoistic actions and desires into that grave then that’s
what you are going to find. Or, as Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is
saying, “You are fighting against your ego. When you make that ego the
Mutma’in ego that is pleased with Allah (subhana wa ta’ala is pleased)
and He is pleased with that ego, enter to My Paradise.” If you are
looking for that then this sohbet, this association is for you. If you
are looking for this world, the benefits of this world, then you have
nothing to gain here. Don’t spend your time (here). Please go out
quickly and run after this world because you don’t have too much time
also. Those who are running after this world don’t have too much time.
Those who are running for Mawla have great days waiting for them. It’s
not only what is coming with Mehdi (alayhi salam) but what he is
bringing after too. Anyone who has tyranny in their hearts someway
somehow (to any one of us, to any one of them or to someone at all)
should prepare themselves for that punishment. Turn yourself saying,
“Ya Rabbi! I am asking help and support from You against this tyranny
that is inside of me. Clean me from that.” Then you will be counted in
the book as `The people of Mehdi (alayhi salam)’ and you will be among
those that the Holy Prophet (alayhi salatu wa salam) praised and he is
giving salams saying to his Sahaba, “I cannot wait to meet my brothers
in the Judgment Day.” They said, “Ya Rasulullah, aren’t we your
brothers?” He said, “No, you are my companions. My brothers are those
who are going to come in the Ahir Zaman. Everywhere everything is
going to be for their ego but they are going to leave that way and
they are going to run, they are going to hold on tightly to my
traditions. Those are my brothers.” And he said to them, “I am giving
them salams in front of you.” Holy Prophet (sws) is sending salam to
us, whoever is coming until the end of times.

Salam aleykum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuhu Ya Rasulullah. We are
sending salams back to him, endless salams.

Wa min Allahu taufiq

Bihurmatil Habib

Bihurmatil Fatiha.

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