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The audio for this sohbet from Sheykh Abdul Kerim can be heard at:
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Shawal 1, 1427 (October 23, 2006), Sidney Center, NY

Amin. Amin. Alhamdulillah. Alhamdulillah. Wa Shukur Allah. Wa
Astaghfirullah.

We are thanking – sit comfortably. Don’t sit too tight. Move out [a]
little bit. Sit comfortably. Put your feet. Listen. Sit comfortable,
listen comfortable. When you’re sitting tight, then everything will be
tight.

We are the people of Ahir Zaman, the End of the Time. And we are the
ones that who came, not in the beginning but in the end. From Adam
(aleyhis selam) time up till Holy Prophet (aleyhis salatu wasselam).
[One] Hundred twenty four thousand prophets came. Only for one
purpose: To guide people from this World to Allah (subhanahu
wata’ala). For people not to get stuck and to get fooled by this
World. Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) have created the man. He loved them
and he created. And saying, “La sharika lah: I have no partner. And
what I give order to you, you must keep. What the order I put on you,
it is good for you. It is for your benefit, not for Me.” He’s saying,
“If you all sit together [for] twenty-four hours. Leave everything
and twenty-four hours a day, if you sit and you praise Me, it’s not
enough. I have created so many creatures that they’re sitting and
they’re praising Me.” Non-stop. That is their job, only. And no one
knows the beginning, when Allah created those. It is not possible for
a man to know that knowledge.

Two knowledge[s]. One is the knowledge that is staying in Divine
Presence, and Allah has that knowledge only. He’s not sharing that
with anyone. The second knowledge, that He share[d] with His prophets
and with the Evliya Allah. The third one, He’s sending to normal
ordinary people. And He’s sending us the prophets and His friends to
show us the way. Because we get stuck in this World. We get fooled by
this World. We get fooled by our ego. We get fooled by Sheytan. So
He’s constantly reminding us from the time of Adam (aleyhis selam)
until Holy Prophet (aleyhis salatu wasselam) through the prophets.
Holy Prophet (aleyhis salatu wasselam), he’s the seals of prophets. No
more prophets coming. Fourteen hundred year ago, over fourteen hundred
years ago, he came to this world and he passed. And until Judgment
Day, no more prophet coming. And Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) saying to
whole mankind, “What I sent it to you through that Prophet, what I
sent it to you through that book, it is enough for all of you to hold
on tightly, to that book, to that Prophet, to find the way. Otherwise,
if you are following the roads that is leading you to Sheytan, to
Jehennem.

Those people who’s not believing in Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) they
run to have activities in this World, they run to do so many things.
And they turn this World into a Hell. Everyone now – before it was
twelve hours a day. Now, twenty hours a day running to work. Twenty,
seven days, three hundred sixty five days a year, still not enough. If
you are working twenty four hours a day and three hundred sixty five
days a year, still not going to be enough. It is impossible for a man
to do that. It is impossible. But Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) is giving
us an order saying to us, “Hold on tightly [to] what I have sent to
you, I will make your life easy. Your knowledge is only limited to
that.” But He says, “I have my knowledge that I am sending it to you.”
Don’t think that you get up and you go to work and you are earning and
you are making something. Allah is giving you the power to be able to
do that. If He pulls it away, finish. You cannot do nothing now.

Don’t worry so much what is around you and who you’re taking care. It
is our obligation to run after those people that they are under our
authority to try to make it better for them. But we must not forget
our duty to Allah (subhanahu wata’ala). When you are forgetting that
duty, that time the Sheytan and this Dunya non-stop is forcing you to
go to different directions. So when the man is going to different
direction, he’s becoming disobedient to his Lord. Man, when he becomes
disobedient to Allah (subhanahu wata’ala), everything around him
becomes disobedient to him. When the man becomes obedient to Allah,
everything around Allah makes that one to be obedient to him. This is
the knowledge that [is] coming to us through prophets. And anyone who
follow[s] that, they win Dunya and Ahiret. Anyone who left, that Dunya
life that they had even if they collected, they were not able to spend
it properly. Millions of people today and [the] majority of people
today on the face of earth, they don’t have the poverty that it was
happening [a] hundred years ago. [A] hundred years ago, people they
didn’t have a piece of bread to eat. They didn’t have proper clothes
to wear. They were staying on the Sirati Mustaqim, on the Right Road.

Today’s people living like kings. Yes, the one in welfare is living
like a king. Because the kings, when we go back seven hundred, eight
hundred years ago, [a] thousand years ago, two thousand year[s] ago,
the kings, they didn’t have this luxury. Touch here, have the light.
Touch here, have air-condition[ing]. Touch there have heat. Now, no
longer touching too. Everything works automatically for you. Allah
[is] giving this knowledge to a man saying to you, “Look, look you
[are] working with this, I’m making this life easy for you. Earning is
easy. The food is enough in this world that is coming out not to feed
only these people on earth, maybe three times more. But still people
[are] hungry. Still people [are] thirsty. Still people, they are in
debts twenty-four hours a day. Only one reason: Because we broke our
relationship with our Lord. We destroy[ed] that relationship. As of
individual, as of jamiat, the group of people, as of nations. Our
leaders, the nation leaders, [are] running only top speed also for the
World. They [are] not running to make it better for this mankind. To
prepare something for them for better, for the service of Allah
(subhanahu wata’ala). So when we are seeing that our own children, or
our friends, and our loved ones, they become disobedient to us, it is
not too happiness to us. We get very sad. And it is the nature of man,
must be sad. Do you think that Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) is not sad
because you are disobedient to Him? Because we are disobedient to Him.
We must think on it. We must force our self to think on it.

So Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) has created everything on this earth,
on this world. He has created and He’s continuously creating
everything in Paradise. And He’s saying to us, “I have created
everything on earth for your service.” For man’s service. Everything
on this earth is serving us. Because Allah gave [an] order to them. So
they are serving us. From the animals, to all material, they [are]
serving the man. And He’s saying to us, “Only one thing I want from
you. I have created you for My service. Everything else around you is
going to be under your service, you [are] going to be under My
service. And My service – for you to be under My service – I made it
very easy for you. You [are] just going to remember Me. Nothing else.
Remembering Me, I will be remembering you. When you are forgetting
about Me, I will be forgetting you. For you forgetting Me, it is not
[the] same [as] for Me forgetting you. Once I will forget you – Oh,
our Lord, in these Holy Days we are asking, don’t forget us. Amin. And
don’t make us to forget You. Amin. First we must make [the] move to
say, “Ya Rabbi, we are Your servants. We are weak ones. We are doing
so many wrong things. Accept this weakness, that You are the One who
gave this weakness to us also. Accept from us.” That’s the only thing
He wants from us. Nothing else. We go out of our way, to say, “I love
you. I love you my baby. I love you my child. I love you my husband. I
love you my wife. I love you my mother. I love you my father. I love
you my grandmother.” I love. Love, love, love. When it comes to Allah,
we [are] not remembering. He’s the one Who gives us everything. When
it comes to [the] Holy Prophet, we [are] not remembering. He says, “I
have created you for that one’s sake. So you must keep that one above
everything. When you keep, in your hearts, first My love and the love
of your Prophet, everything around you, I will make it to love you.
All those that who’s going to love Me, they [are] going to love you.
And they [are] going to obey you.”

He’s giving us a very easy formula to follow. But we are going out of
our way and making trouble to our own self. And that trouble is
hurting us. He doesn’t want to hurt us. And He’s saying to us, “You
[are] doing so many mistakes. It’s OK. I am Ghaffar. Ask Me. Just ask
Me, I will forgive you. It is easy for Me to forgive you. All you have
to do, you have to ask Me.” Don’t be like Sheytan. Sheytan became
disobedient to Allah (subhanahu wata’ala), and he turned around and he
became arrogant and stubborn. Until today, he’s not asking
forgiveness. If he asks right now [for] forgiveness, He will forgive
him. At this time, he’s not asking, being more arrogant, more
stubborn. And that is bringing him to the fire. When the man is
following that same characteristics, that road is leading him to the
fire too. But we cannot bare this fire. It’s not possible. If you
want, put your hand there (on the wood stove). I am guaranteeing you,
leave everybody else. If you keep your hand there, you worrying so
much, only fifty minutes. [As] soon as the fifty minutes finish, fifty
thousand dollars cash to your hand. And I’m giving you that promise
right here from this Hutbe place, to see, which man is capable to do
that. But we [are] thinking, that now we are able to run here and
there, that we [are] going to be able to run that time?

Whatever we are preparing to our self, that’s what we [are] going to
find. As in this Dunya. Whatever we prepare for our self, that’s what
we [are] going to find. That’s what we are finding. We need food [a]
little bit later. We have to prepare. We have to find, we have to
cook, we have to put, and we have to eat. That’s what we prepare. If
you prepare only cereal. Mashallah. Now, easy lifestyle saying,
“Cereal.” Put some milk, some who knows what kind of nonsense in
there. Eat. fill yourself up. Breh, the animals like it more better.
They like to eat grain and corn. They will be very happy when you give
to them. So, we don’t even know how to treat our self anymore. Those
who hae everything, they cannot know how to eat, they cannot know how
to sleep. They have the houses, that not fitting only two person[s].
It will fit five thousand people inside. Two person[s] fighting in
that house. Non-stop, saying, “Don’t come to this room. I don’t want
to see you.” They [are] running in that house, [in the] opposite
direction. What’s between them? Sheytan only. Nothing else. Remove
Sheytan, put Allah, [and] look how the love is going to come.
Non-stop. And that love is never going to end. [It is] always, going
to increase. Never going to decrease. The love of Dunya is
decreasing. And we have no choice, but we have to leave this World. We
have to – we are running top speed. Something is pushing behind us.
Every single day that is coming, and [it] is passing. [As] soon as we
came out from the mother’s stomach out, something is pushing us,
saying, “Walk this way. That way. Because the end of this road is the
cemetery. Hmm, you go through different stages, but the cemetery is
waiting. We must prepare something to that place. And you must
believe. Because if you are not believing, you are not living [a] nice
comfortable life in this Dunya. Not [a] nice comfortable life [in the]
Hereafter. Nothing can save us that time.

So, Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) loved us and He has created us. And He
made so many special dates in this world for us. And saying to us,
“You are weak servants, you [are] running after this Dunya. You are
getting fooled by this Dunya. Just show proper respect to these days,
I will forgive you again. Look how easy He’s making it for us. Eh,
because today fall – today Eid – it fall on Monday, off, millions of
Muslims they [are] not going to Eid prayer too. They say, “I have to
work.” Mashallah. Breh, what you did working three hundred and sixty
four days? Huh? Don’t work one day! Keep that proper respect for that
day, look what happens to you that time. Just one day. Easily Allah
opens another door. They [are] running. Because the boss – big boss –
big boss of Dunya, Sheytan [is] saying, “Tsk, come to my service. Must
be. Leave that day too. It didn’t fall to Sunday. Don’t you see? Hmm,
it fell [on] Monday. Come here. Ha-ha. Haa. Allah is testing us
through that way too. It would be very easy falling on those days and
everyone packing the masjids. But because we are living [in] the Last
Days, and Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) [is] testing us. Testing us
through that way saying, “Let’s see what My servants they [are] going
to do. Are they going to make one more step forward?” He’s saying to
His angels. And if one makes one more step forward, He gets so happy
saying, “That, My servant just made one more step forward.” He gets so
happy with that one. He gets happy saying to His angels, saying, “You
see, when I tell you when I was going to created this man, and you
told me, `Ya Rabbi, are You going to send, place somebody on this
earth that they [are] going to put bloodshed? And they [are] not going
to obey You. We are obeying and loving and respecting You non-stop.
That is our duty.’ And Allah said to them, “You only know the
knowledge that I teach you. You don’t know beyond that. I’m going to
have people among them that no matter how this Dunya is going to hold
them tightly, they [are] going to find time for Me at least – at least
– one day a year they [are] going to find.” And Allah is very happy
with them. You should be happy. Those who’s leaving all that for this
day, at least, because saying, “This is a Holy Celebration.”

“You must come,” says the King. Giving [an] order saying, “All the
subjects under My authority [are] not working today. Every one must be
coming to [the] palace, to my palace. And I am giving them free meals.
They have to celebrate. And I’m going to give them presents.” What
will happen if one of the person in that Kingdom saying, “No I’m not
going to the invitation to that King.”? Hmm, King saying to his
deputy, saying, “Collect them properly, their names. The one[s] [that]
didn’t come, come to me after the Celebration.” They come after the
Celebration saying, “Oh our King, this, this, this people didn’t came
to Your invitation.” “Now go and bring them by force.” When they came
by force, “You became disobedient to Me? Put them in punishment.” This
is what we [are] doing. This is what Allah is saying to us: “Come for
Celebrations.” And we say, “No! I am busy.” Busy with what? “Sheytan
[is] holding me.” We must leave that. That is our enemy. That is the
biggest enemy that we have. We must know who’s the enemy. The animals
they [are] not our enemy. That is our enemy. We have to watch out.
Because that one [is] kicked away from Divine Presence. He’s very
jealous. Jealous from a mankind.

So Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) created these days for us. If we hold it
tightly He’s saying, “I have created you the most perfect creatures.
And in this Dunya you have two Celebrations. Those people who’s
fasting the Ramazan and end of the Ramazan: “You have two reward[s].
One after Ramazan, this time, Eid celebrations you [are] making.
Second one when you are entering to the Paradises. Those people who
keep those orders, I have more special gifts to them in that
Paradises. We are celebrating more because we are Alhamdulillah
on top of this mountain. Only three years ago, there was not a single
Muslim living in this general area. We worked very hard. Every one of
you did something. We worked. Alhamdulillah we are receiving the
blessings and the rahmet of that work. Anyone who did just a drop of
thing, moving one thing from here to there, they are in that work.
They [are] getting the reward. They [are] getting the blessing.
Another big blessing is – not to forget – so many doesn’t know.

One time [the] Holy Prophet (aleyhis salatu wasselam) came back from
[a] big war. He was pretty old now, physically pretty tired. And he
came to the masjid. All his clothes [in] dust. He came from war. He
make two-rekat prayer. And he sit thinking. His beloved daughter
Hazreti Fatima enter[ed] saying, “Oh my father, all your life you
never rest. When will you be resting?” He looked at her saying, “My
daughter, you see the sun?” She said, “Yes.” He says, “As this sun is
entering to every house in this world, until the Islam, the nur of
Islam, the light of Islam is not entering to every house in this
world, there will be no rest for us.” And she says, “How that will be,
oh my father?” He says, “It’s very soon [that] I’m going out from this
world, but I will leave my representatives in this world, my deputies
in this world, that they will carry that job. When their time is up
they will go resting, angels taking them, they [are] going out from
this world. Resting place. They will leave other deputies in this
world until the light of Islam is going to enter to every house in
this world. Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Alemin. Allah (subhanahu wata’ala)
had blessed us, every one of us. None of us here, none of you here,
those who came from Muslim countries came here to spread Islam. No.
[You] came for Dunya. But some way some how, Allah (subhanahu
wata’ala)’s mercy and love reached to us. And direct[ed] us to this
way. And every one of us, whatever we are doing, just a drop of water
we are doing here and there, we will be the deputies of that Prophet
(aleyhis salatu wasselam). We will be a reason, for the light of Islam
to entering to other houses. At least the word is entering to other
houses.

We have to be careful, as Muslims. We have no fear, from the
governments, from the police, from others. We have fear from Allah
(subhanahu wata’ala). But we have to be careful with our activities,
with our doings, and with our actions in these communities. That they
[are] all believing in different faiths. When they look at us, they
must say, “Yes, these are good people. Yes, these people, although
that we don’t know what they [are] doing, what they [are] wearing, how –
but they [are] good people.” This is what you have to do. You have to
go out of your way to speak with them properly, not to say, “You are
wrong.” This is not our job. Our job is to show them that Islam is
right. Properly. In the way that Holy Prophet (aleyhis salatu
wasselam) had taught us. Not to go to fight and argue. But to show
them with our action[s], show them with our lifestyle, show them with
our care. Show everything. To show to them, “Yes, you are hearing only
in the media: terror, merror. But this is not the Islam. This is
coming from different sources. Islam is concentrating [on a] family
lifestyle. And the family lifestyle is the one thing that the mankind
lost today. That’s why mankind is not having comfort in their house[s].”

We must concentrate. We must look at our children properly. We must
not be a dictator to them. We must, not only by word to say we love
them, we have to show love to them. We have to go out of our way to,
not to give them everything they want. They have to know how to
respect their parents. But the parents, they have to know how to give
them [a] proper education. If we don’t know that, we have to reach to
higher stations. Those who know what to do, to reach to them. And
this way, we will be raising better generations, better children, and
in the Judgment Day we will not be responsible. Until eighteen years
of age, the parents, they are responsible to teach their children the
proper ways. Ha, that is European ways. We say eighteen. Man becomes
responsible in Islam when he’s sixteen years of age. But in these
days, because they [are] sitting twenty-four hours in front of [the]
television and they are learning so many wrong things, they [are]
still responsible. When they know, watching this only for their ego,
they have to know that running to the way of Allah. If you run, to go
making Allah happy, Allah is going to make you happy. If you don’t
make Allah happy, no one can make you happy in this world. No one can
be [a] guarantor for you in this world. If one day you are happy,
[the] next day you [are] going to be in trouble. Our duty is to hold
on tightly to Islam, to the Holy Prophet’s teachings Inshallahul Rahman.

Allahu Akbar, Alahu Akbar. La’ilaha Illallahu, Allahu Akbar. Allahu
Akbar, Walillahil Hamd.

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