Sunday, June 28th, 2009


As with many discoveries that we make, my introduction to Kefir came from overseas. A friend told me about the benefits he gets from drinking half a cup of this beverage every day. He even produces his own at home.

What they say about Kefir:

Kefir is pronounced (kef e-er). It is a refreshing cultured-milk beverage that is loaded with nutritional benefits. It is made by culturing fresh milk with kefir grains. Kefir grains are not to be mistaken for cereal grains; they are a soft, gelatinous white biological mass of proteins, lipids (fats), and a soluble-polysaccharide kefiran complex. They are famous for there vast mixture of specific friendly (LAB) Lactic-acid Bacteria and yeasts.

This is the most potent source of probiotics (friendly bacteria) you can find. In most probiotic pills found in stores you will find about 15 different strains of friendly bacteria, for example (Lactobacillus bugaricus and Streptoccocus  hermophilus) are just 2 of the more well known strains.


Kefir History

Kefir is the cousin of yogurt and its roots can trace back more than 2000 years. Originating in the Caucasus Mountains of Europe [Europe?] where people live well past 100 years, the word kefir is thought to have been derived from the Turkish word “keif” for “good feeling,” probably due to the sense of well-being experienced after drinking it.



Nutritional and Health Aspects

Kefir is considered a nutritious drink suitable for inclusion in special diets and in the therapy of gastrointestinal disorders. Kefir is very similar to cultured buttermilk, yogurt and any other fermented milk. The gross composition and caloric value are very similar to that of milk, except that about one-quarter of the 5 percent lactose will have been converted to lactic acid. This will be of benefit to lactose-intolerant persons. Furthermore, the bacteria contained in the kefir will provide lactase, the enzyme in short supply in lactose-intolerant individuals. In addition, kefir contains 0.01 to 0.1 percent ethanol and 1 percent titratable acidity.


Nowadays, you can find it in the milk/yogurt isle of most supermarkets.


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

Thursday 14 Zul-Hijja, 1427/Jan 04, 2007
Osmanli Naks-i’bendi Hakkani Dergah, Siddiki Center, New York.

Auzu billahi min-ash sheytanir rajim
La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah-il alyyil azim

Holy Prophet (sws) is saying, “Renew your faith.” Ash-hadu an la ilaha
illallah wa ash-hadu anna muhammadan abduhu wa rasuluhu (sallallahu
ta’ala wa alihi wa ashabihi wa sallim).

Medet Ya Seyyidi Sultanul Awliya, Medet.

The whole secret, the whole marifat for a man who is counting himself
from obedient servants is to be able to give this Shahadat, live
according to the Shahadat and go out from the world with this
Shahadat. That one is a winner. First you have to know the value, how
valuable this Shahadat is. You have to understand the value. When you
know the value and you understand the value then you treat it
valuably. If you don’t know the value and you are mistreating
something that Allah is keeping very valuable then you have no value.
You lost everything. You lost dunya and akhirat. You have no value in
dunya because you are not living according to that faith which you
have with that Shahadat. Anywhere you are finding your benefit you run
towards that side then. Your value becomes according to your benefits.
And it will be easy then to drop the Shahadat or to drop the lifestyle
that the Shahadat, that Allah and His Prophet (sws) is ordering. It’s
because your aim becomes dunya, this world. Your word may be something
else but your aim, your action and your life becomes dunya. So then
you may drop it easily. And if you drop what Allah (subhana wa ta’ala)
is keeping valuable then you lost all values. You have no value then.

It’s not what you eat and what you drink that makes you valuable, or
how big your body is or what kind of clothes you wear. It’s not
something of value (just) to say, “I am a believer.” No. There are
people who claim that they are believers and Allah gives description
about the believers. If the description that Allah gives about the
believers doesn’t fit to you then you are only claiming that you are a
believer. So you have to check first your intention then your actions
to see how you are living and check your actions according to your
intentions, why you are living, what is the purpose of life to you.
You go to work. Why do you go to work? You go to sleep. Why do you go
to sleep? You eat and you drink. You go for prayers. Why do you go for
prayers? You have to know that answer. If you don’t know the answer
then your actions are not of too much value. Then your actions are not
showing value to the Shahadat. And if you are not showing value to the
Shahadat then you have no value. Your value only comes with your
faith. Our value only comes with our faith.

Holy Prophet (sws) is saying, “There is no difference in the Presence
of Allah between Arab and Ajam (between Arab and non-Arab).” As today
millions are entering from different nations to Islam. Holy Prophet
(sws) is saying, “There is no difference between the Arabs and
non-Arabs.” But there is a difference. “Except for those who has more
taqwa.” The ones who have taqwa are different. They are in higher
stations and they are closer to their Lord. That’s what we have to run
after. Now the sun set and one (more) day the angels wrapped up one
page for a whole day, twenty-four hours, they closed it, sealed it and
it’s gone. You cannot change anything from last night’s maghrib until
now. Whatever you have done, whatever you did and whatever your
intentions were, the angels now after the prayer finished it and they
closed that page. They put it in a special place where no one can
touch that page until Judgment Day. Whatever you put there is not
changing. Now you have to look, “How did I live today? What I did?
Where I ran? What did I earn? Did I earn dunya, this world? Or did I
earn Akhirat? Or I didn’t earn any one of them?” Shame to you if you
didn’t. If you have earned the dunya and if Allah is giving you some
chances down in the road, maybe you will wake up one day and you will
spend that dunya, that world in the way of Allah and maybe you will
replace some things in the life that Allah has given. But if you
haven’t earned dunya or akhirat, none of them, then shame to you. You
lived as Ahsani taqweem, the most perfect creature on earth, and did
nothing? Hmm.

“I earned dunya.”

Eh, do you have guarantee-paper in your hand that you are reaching to
tomorrow night? Do we have it? Do you have it? You don’t. I don’t have
it. Some says, “Oh, this one is sick and I am crying.” Eh, why are you
crying for that one? Cry for yourself. So many times they open the
grave (I have witnessed it) for the grandfather who is in the deathbed
ready to die and news came the next day saying, “We have to bury the
grandson.” Some accident happened and the grandson died. The man lived
another year. So it’s not how much you are sick and how much you are
healthy. No. Your body may be healthy but if your spirit is sick then
no life. It’s gone. You finished the life. Your body may be sick but
your spirit is strong in the way of Allah, you are okay. You may carry
still more with that spirit in this dunya.

So that’s what we have look at. If Allah gave you both the spirit and
the physical form strong and you are running to waste it in some other
places then you will cry a lot later because chances are given one
time, not two. In this world chances are only given once, not two
times. But every breath that you are taking is a chance given to you
for another life. You are not realizing and not taking care of it
properly. Every breath of life is giving another life. But once it’s
ordered for the air not to go in, you will die. And that life that is
given to you is only one time. You are not coming back to this world
again. Whatever you collected in this world, you go out with it. If
collected this world with it, eh, not much you can take with you
because governments put new laws saying, “You cannot take anything
with you. It’s a government property. It belongs to the nation. You
cannot take your gold with you, you cannot take your silver with you,
you cannot take your dollars with you, you cannot take your clothes
with you, you cannot take your shoes with you, you cannot take your
turban with you, nothing. You go empty to the grave. If you run after
emptiness then that’s what you will find in the grave. Emptiness. If
you run after something of value then that’s what you will find.

And what is of value? To say the Shahadat: ash-hadu an la ilaha
illallah wa ash-hadu anna muhammadan abduhu wa rasuluhu, and to live
according to that Shahadat. If you say the Shahadat and you live
according to the Shahadat then you have no worry. If you are saying
the Shahadat and you are not living according to that Shahadat, when
the angel of death comes, you may not remember to say that Shahadat.
Most of the time that’s how it is because you are still thinking that
the doctor is going to help you. That doctor is in need of help. Or
(you are thinking that) the president is going to help you. He is in
need of help. Or (you are thinking that) the king is going to help
you. He is in need of help. Or (you are thinking,) “The Sheykh is
going to help me.” He is in need of help. Hmm. Then everyone is in
need of help. So you fall down and the spirit leaves the body. No
matter how good you are or physically how beautiful you are, it starts
rotting, it starts smelling and it starts becoming very ugly because
the spirit left that body. And (they say,) “Take this and throw it to
the dumpster. The world is a big dumpster. Don’t leave it here open.
It will give smell everywhere. Put it under the ground. Close it.” Or
some are more advanced and they say, “Let’s start burning it from
now.” Hmm. They burn the whole body and throw the ashes to the sea.
Or, “Tie one stone to his feet and throw him into the sea.”

We are living in the Ahir Zaman, very difficult days on the face of
the earth. The difficulties of the world is nothing. What is waiting
for man, difficulties of Akhirat is more trouble because Allah
(subhana wa ta’ala) is favoring the mankind of this century with
everything. All those who are complaining for life, they have
everything. Everything. They are living like kings, better than the
kings. Even those who are on welfare live like kings. Still they are
complaining. That’s why Ahir Zaman people are in the most trouble that
ever came to people. At least those people before may only had one
pair of clothes. It’s ripping off here, hole here and hole there and
they were putting patches. How many clothes you have with patches? Of
course, they do. It’s a fashion. It’s not only patches. They rip it
off to show their private parts. They lost the mind too. They are
claiming that they are 21st century ones and the most intelligent ones
and they lost their intelligence too. Their clothes are so tight that
it’s not letting the blood to circle around too. They lost the mind.
Or, they are ripping off, cutting off everywhere and they are putting
patches. It’s not because of the need, no. Because that’s the
direction that Sheytan is ordering saying, “That’s modern, that’s
fashion.” Fashion headquarters is in the hand of Sheytan. Sheytan is
giving idea saying, “Fashion.” Must be. “Make your hair fall like this
or shave it like that. Put this kind of marks on your head.” Hmm?
“Wear pants like this or skirts like this or nothing. Wear a couple of
ropes around your body.”

Directions are coming from Sheytan. Be careful. Even if you are not
doing to yourself but if you are seeing those things and if you are
looking at it saying, “How beautiful is that”, so many Muslims are
doing that. They are afraid either from their families or their
community to do such things like that but their heart is with that.
You lost everything then. You must be careful, we must be careful. You
must not see anything of beauty in something that Sheytan is
directing, showing to you or anything that is other than Islam to say,
“This is beautiful.” No, it’s not. There’s some hidden agenda in
there. You must look with the proper eyes.

What is beauty is what Allah and His Prophet (sws) ordered. That is
beautiful. That is Haqq. What Allah and His Prophet (sws) forbid, that
is ugly and that is haram. If you are looking at that thing saying,
“Oh, it is beautiful”, your heart is with Sheytan then. Your bodies
may be, as I said earlier, because your community is not accepting you
in other ways, even if a woman is covering or a man is wearing
Islamicly, but your heart is in some other place. It’s not good. It’s
gone. That means you are not living according to that Shahadat. That
means you are not showing value to that Shahadat. If you are showing
proper value to that Shahadat then every wrong thing is going to open
up in front of you then. You are not going to have desires for the
wrong things and you are not going to have hopes for the wrong things.
You are always going to run to hold on tightly to what you believe.

And even if you don’t run after that in your lifetime and Sheytan gets
you dizzy, when you go to the death-rope and the rope is around your
neck, that is the time you say, “Well, I didn’t live according to it
but at least let me hold on to the Shahadat and to go out with the
Shahadat.” At least in the last chance you may be the winner then. But
that chance is not given to us all the time and to everyone because
the angel of death comes unexpectedly so many times and so many times
when it hit you just go out from this world and whatever the last
words are that comes in your heart and out from your mouth, the Ahir
words, angels they keep it, mark it saying, “Well, he lived like this
and the last words are these. Hold on to this.”

We must hold on tightly to the Shahadat now. We must put the Shahadat
into our lives. We must look at that Shahadat and we must live
according to that Shahadat. Shahadat is to believe in Allah, that
there is no other creator except Him and to believe in all prophet and
His Holy Prophet (sws) and believe in His last message and to try to
live according to what Holy Prophet (sws) has ordered to us. If we do
that we are the winners in dunya and akhirat. If we don’t do that then
we will be the losers.

That chance is given to us right now. There are billions and billions
of people sitting in their graves. They are wishing that this life,
this breath of life will be given to them one more time just to come
to this life and their life to be taken away. Just one breath of life
to be given to them to say what? To say ash-hadu an la ilaha illallah
wa ash-hadu anna muhammadan abduhu wa rasuluhu and to go away from
this life with that Shahadat.

Wa min Allahu taufiq

Bihurmatil Habib

Bihurmatil Fatiha.