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OUR JOURNEY IS BETWEEN THE TWO DOORS OF THIS WORLD

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

Friday 28 Shawwal, 1428 / November 9, 2007
Osmanli Naks-i’bendi Hakkani Dergahi, Siddiki Center, New York.

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

Alhamdulillah, astaghfirullah, shukr Allah. We are living the last
days of this world. Man may try and run as much as he wants to build
the world but the end came to this world and to everything that Allah
subhana wa ta’ala has created. He has put time, limit, for everything
He has created. Everything that is in creation must come to an end. He
has created us, the Mankind, not for this world but for Akhirat, and
He has sent us here as He is saying, “I have created you in Ahsani
Taqweem and I have sent you to Asfala Safileen, the lowest place.”

For what reason has man been created? This is what man has to look at
first in the world. This is what he has to learn first. “What is the
reason for my being in this world?” They didn’t teach you in school,
or your parents, or in the workplace, it doesn’t matter. One day that
question must come to you, to say to you, why are you in this world,
what is your reason of existence and why are you occupying this space?
Nothing in this world is there without any reason, as you can see it
from the mosquito to the galaxies. Everything has a reason. What is
your reason that you have control of this world and everything in it?
It’s not enough, now (they are) trying to go up and trying to go down.
Ya hu, fix what is at the bottom first and later you will go up or
down. But man is greedy. Man has this greediness that he is thinking
he is never going to go out from this world. But there are two doors.
You enter from one door and going out from the other door, and every
one of us here, (if you don’t know), we have made halfway of the road
or we are close to the doorside to go out to the other side.

The bottom point is, from the day that you know this world… they are
teaching you in schools that for this many years, this many centuries
and this many millenniums this world is existing. It doesn’t matter.
We know one thing, that your life and my life in this world is not
passing seventy years. So what is it that you have to do in this
world? You are running after the world to build the world. But it’s
not for you. You are going to leave it for somebody who is coming
behind. So what’s the idea behind this? What are you earning from
this? If it is not for the sake of Allah then nothing. If it is not
for the sake of Allah then punishment, because Allah subhana wa ta’ala
has given us intelligence and He has sent prophets to us to warn us
and to say to us, “Your reason of creation is to know Me and to
worship Me.” And if man is not knowing his Lord and he is not running
to worship his Lord then who is he knowing? Knowing his ego. If
anybody is touching, he is saying, “Don’t touch me. I am this one and
I am that one.”

You are no one. If Allah subhana wa ta’ala is not permitting then you
cannot move your finger. You will become less than the mosquito. Yes,
that mosquito action, you cannot do. You need thousands of machines to
fly in the air. So man must look and understand.

And the Holy Prophet (sws) is saying, “My nation is going to divide in
seventy-three different divisions. One of them is standing on Sirat-ul
Mustaqim. The other ones are falling short, going out of the road.”
And he is saying to us, “Watch that one (group). They are the ones who
are running holding very tightly to my Sunnat and the Sunnats, the
traditions that my Sahabis left to them. They will still be living in
this world but they will not be going out of the way. Sheytan cannot
fool them.”

Check yourself. Don’t wait for anybody to say, “You are this one and
you are that one.” Check yourself sincerely, “Both my actions and my
intentions, does it fit to what Holy Prophet (sws) is ordering? Does
it fit to me? Today I am in this situation. Tomorrow the wealth of
this world may be given to my hand. Would I do the same thing or am I
just going to go out of the road?” Test yourselves. You know the
answer by yourselves. No need for anybody to say anything to you.

Eh, I am finding some people getting a couple of dollars in their
hands and they are dancing. Allah, Allah. Eh, if Allah gives the
authority of this world early in the morning including all wealth in
it, all gold, think whatever, it is yours, you should not be happy.
The believer, believer is that one who has a strong faith inside,
should not be happy for that worldly nonsense because his aim is not
Dunya. His aim is Akhirat, Allah subhana wa ta’ala. Huh, if Allah is
taking that away from you by the evening time you should not be sad
because Allah is the Provider. He has provided you when you were a
little child and He is providing you now that you are a disobedient
creature. He is still providing while you are in this world. So you
should not be happy and you should not be sad because that is taken
away from you. If you are finding that your heart is moving with the
worldly matters then understand that you put something else in that
heart other than Allah. It’s because maybe you have no choice now,
those people who are running after Islam now, maybe they have not
choice, that’s why they are doing that maybe. But when the world is
coming to them then look. The test time is at that time.

So you have a cup. The cup is your heart. One cup. It has to be filled
either with water or milk or vinegar. You cannot fill the same cup
with water and milk together. It cannot be filled up with milk and
with water. It has to be filled with milk only or it has to be water
only. If you are mixing up milk and vinegar then…ohh. Today’s people
did it worse. They mixed it up with sewer, sewerage things in it. Get
rid of it! Don’t think, “Oh, who is he saying that to?” To you and to
me! Clean your heart from the dirtiness, from the wrong ideas and put
Allah in it. Not by word. Say, “Ya Rabbi, I am your servant. I am
trying to be Your servant Ya Rabbi. Open Your door to me.” Get rid of
it! Clean it first and then look how fast it will come to you. And
look at the value of this world then. You have to look with those
eyes. That is the time you will understand what I am saying. It’s
sewer, worse than the sewerage.

This Dunya, yes. If you don’t believe me then look at the food that
you are eating, how beautiful it is. How delicately you go preparing
them. Some people are so proud that if one fly comes and fall inside
they are throwing the whole bucket into the garbage saying, “Fly
touched it.” Don’t worry. As soon as it touches your stomach you are
going to make it worse than that. Don’t worry. Hmm. Understanding your
value? Understanding what you are? If you didn’t get rid of that sewer
there, then don’t run to clean it outside so much. You have to clean
it inside first. Once you clean the inside, outside is very easy, one,
two, three to wash it up.

So Islam came to make us to be clean, to be clean from every wrong
idea and to enter into Paradise. Paradise is for the people who are
clean. It’s not for the people who are dirty. No. Paradise belongs to
clean people. And anybody who claims, “I am clean”, must be following
the orders of the Holy Prophet (sws). That kind of cleanness Allah is
asking from us. Not to say, “I am washing everyday, I am taking shower
everyday, new clothes everyday, I am putting nice perfumes.” But the
smell that is coming from your ego, if Allah opens it to the world and
the people smell it, they will fall down and die. So that is
important. You must get rid of that smell. You must get rid the inside
dirtiness. That’s why Islam came, to get rid of the characteristics of
the ego. And if you are not getting rid of the characteristics of the
ego then your actions may be this today but tomorrow if anybody says
to you, “Come this way. Look, I have better things to offer to you”,
you are going to run to that side. Check yourself. If you have the
love of Dunya in your heart then that’s what’s going to happen. If
somebody comes and offers you this Dunya then you will run after it.
Then you have a price.

So we are in this world and we know one thing. We entered through one
door and we are going to go out from the other door. That’s the
journey we are making. The intelligent man never runs to carry that
much burden on his neck while he is traveling. Today they say `Light
travelers’. Turks are always going with ten baggages everywhere.
Moving from here to there they are carrying ten baggages. Before you
know they are going to rent the whole plane. They don’t need it. Eh,
it’s just a show. But Americans learned a little bit. They go around
with one baggage, pulling it. They are not even carrying it. They are
learning a little bit. Light travelers, easy travelers, yes. You are a
traveler in this world. You are entering through one door and you are
going out through the other and as soon as you go out through the
other door they are not accepting even your clothes, saying, “This is
too heavy. We are not accepting these clothes on the other side. Get
rid of it.” The way that you were born from your mother, that’s what
you are going to go back with to the Divine Presence. You are not
bringing anything from this world.

So this world is a big trick and trap for the whole world. It is okay
for unbelievers to fall for this world. It may be okay for the
Christians and the Jews but it’s not okay for the Muslims because Holy
Prophet (sws) came not to teach us to run after this world but he came
to teach us to run after Mawla, to our Lord and to the hereafter life.
And he is saying to us, “As much as you need this world, work that
much. As much as you are going to live in it, work that much for this
world. As much as you need Akhirat and as much as you are going to
live in Akhirat, work that much for Akhirat.” So think.

“Eh, I am not believing in Akhirat.”

Who cares? Your believing or not is not changing it. You are going.
One thing you are believing, that you are going to enter into the
grave. Beyond that there is another life. You are not believing
because you are drunk with this world. You have just got drunk with
the world. That’s why you are not thinking to believe. You are not
using your intelligence that Allah has given to you. That’s why you
are not believing. If you think, if you use that intelligence then
definitely you will believe. And if you are believing, you are saying
that you are believing and you are still running to collect the
garbage, then you have no intelligence. The one who is not intelligent
is not entering to Paradise again.

“He lost his mind.”

Eh, then he is in the…’Mental Institution’? Crazy. They are saying
`Crazy’. Yes, He is not entering into Paradise. He will be standing
between hells and paradises and both sides will be taking that one as
an example, “He lost his mind.” Don’t lose your mind. Don’t run to
lose your mind. Dunya will make people to lose their minds. Towards
Mawla, the older you get the wiser you get. You don’t lose your mind
then.

So get rid of the wrong things in your heart and put Allah subhana wa
ta’ala in it. It will be very easy for you and for me to say, “Yes, we
are from that one division that the Holy Prophet (sws) is saying.” No,
it’s not only, “I have a beard, a turban and a jubbah” and the women
saying, “I am wearing a hijab.” Eh, what? The Christian nuns are also
wearing hijabs, covering themselves. So, Muslims? Eh, the Orthodox
priests are also wearing beards, head-covers and everything. Check
this here (Sheykh Efendi pointing to the heart). Is it following the
Holy Prophet (sws) or not. That’s what is important, inshaAllah
ar-Rahman.

Allah subhana wa ta’ala in one ayat is making it easy for us, how we
are going to know that, saying, “Obey Allah, obey your Prophet (sws)
and obey your leaders.” Obey your leaders is not when they say to you
something that fits to your ego you say, `Yes’ and when something
doesn’t fit to your ego you say, `No, I do as I like.’ That is the
time you are going to obey because what you like, what your ego likes,
that is what’s not good for you and one day that is going put you in
big trouble. You are going to enter into a hole from where no one is
going to be able to pull you out then. You are going to stay in that
hole until Judgment Day, in Dunya and Akhirat. While you are in Dunya
if Allah puts you in prison in this Dunya then you are going to run
around but you are going to be in that hole. No one is going to touch
you. No one will have permission to touch you then.

So we must wake up to our own selves. The days are approaching faster
and more openly. We are watching that the whole world is falling into
that dumpster. You must try to move out and stay out. Allah subhana wa
ta’ala has blessed us. He made us to understand some things from what
is good and what is bad for us, what is for our benefit and what is
not. We must run to fulfill that order. Not to stay on that road, on
that side but not doing anything again.

Wa min Allahu tawfiq

Bihurmatil Habib

Bihurmatil Fatiha.

bismillahBismillahirRahmanirRahim

GET RID OF THE HEAVY LOADS YOU ARE CARRYING

Juma Khutba by Sheykh Abdul Kerim al-Hakkani al-Kibrisi

Friday, 13 Zul-Qadah, 1428 / November 23, 2007
Osmanli Naksibendi Hakkani Dergahi, Siddiki Center, New York.

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

Alhamdulillah, shukr Allah, astaghfirullah. Astaghfirullah al-azim wa
atubu ilaih. We are asking forgiveness from our Lord. He has created
us in Ahsani Taqweem, sent us to this world and is asking one thing
from us, “Be My servant.” That’s the only thing He is asking. Don’t
let Sheytan fool you to say, “I have this, I have that, I am so much
big”. No. “Be My servant and I am providing everything for you.”

When you go to work if somebody tells you, “How do you like it? You
are going to be standing in front of the door everyday. As I am coming
in, you are just going to salute me and I am going to give you food,
your Riziq, everything you need and on top of it I am going to give
you whatever you want.” Which one is going to say, `No’. That’s what
you are doing. That’s what man is doing. Running to serve other than
Allah.

“I have work. I don’t have time. I am very busy.”

If you are going to say that when Azrail is coming then say it now. If
you are not able to say that when Azrail is coming then don’t say it
now. Look to become a servant because Allah subhana wa ta’ala is
telling us about Jahannam, what is it, how Jahannam is working and
what kind of fuel Jahannam is taking to work. He says, “Only humans
and jinns are there. That’s the fuel. But We are not putting you in
Jahannam. You are insisting to enter there, forcing yourself to
enter.” And Allah is saying, “We are opening doors to you on every
side to escape. But as long as you are running for this Dunya there is
no way out.” There are two roads. One is going to Mawla and the other
one is going to Dunya. If you are standing on the road to Dunya then
the end of the road is bringing you to the fire. You cannot escape. We
cannot escape. Those people who are insisting to be the servant of
Dunya are the servant of Ego and the slave of Sheytan. Nothing else.

So Allah subhana wa ta’ala is making it easy for us in every way as He
is saying, “Say the Shahadat. Keep your Shahadat strongly, keep your
prayers, keep one month of Ramazan, give Zakat and go to Hajj.” All
these principles of Islam are to make us strong in our faith. Faith is
through the tongue first. Through the tongue and through the inside.
You say, “I believe.” Eh, how are you supporting that belief? Then
Allah is saying to us, “I am putting the other principles surrounding
it so that you will keep your Shahadat strongly. If you don’t keep the
other ones then Sheytan is going to fool you. You are going to say the
Shahadat on the one side and you are going to run to the other side.
Sheytan has so many ways. He aimed, he promised and he declared war to
Allah saying, “I am going to run after them and I am going to fool
them.” And if you get fooled by Sheytan going out from this world then
you will be punished two times, not one time. Allah is supporting you
and you are falling into the hand of Sheytan?

“Ah, I don’t have power.”

You have power. Allah has given enough power to His servants. He is
Just. He says, “I will not give you a burden that you cannot carry. It
is very easy. If I let Sheytan run after you, I also show you the ways
out. Only one thing you have to do. Say, `Oh my Lord, I am trying to
escape.’ And escape to Me.”

Sheytan is coming to you with these worldly nonsense always, saying,
“What about this and what about that? What’s going to happen tomorrow?
Do you know what’s going to happen tomorrow? How are you going to do
this and how are you going to do that?” If you turn back and you look
at what happened yesterday and the day before, you will be alright.
Look. Did you live yesterday?

“Yes.”

“The day before?”

“Yes.”

If you think, “I lived because of myself”, then you are already in
Shirk. Allah is saying to us, “I have created your Riziq before I have
created you. Everything is going to come to you. If you are becoming a
beloved servant to Me then I am going to make everything run to you.
Everything is going to be around you.”

So, inshaAllah we just entered into another holy month, the month of
Hajj that people, those people who are committing sins left and right
all the time, Allah is making it easy for us saying, “Come to Hajj.
Perform your Hajj. During that time don’t say anything wrong, don’t do
anything wrong, don’t interfere into anything, keep yourself with Me,
watch My favors to you and if you finish your Hajj correctly then you
will come out from Hajj as you were born from your mother clean.”
Everything, all the things that you did is taken away.

But again mankind today found something else. That ayat is there,
hadith is there. It’s not changing. Go and look what’s happening
there. They are kicking each other, biting each other and cursing to
each other like it is normal. Normal like we are walking in the
streets of New York or other cities.

“Push each other. It’s okay.”

It’s not okay. Allah subhana wa ta’ala is testing you, He is testing
us. We have to watch. You have to watch where you are looking, you
have to watch where you are stepping, you have to watch what you are
thinking, you have to get rid of the loads you have that you are
carrying with you. What are the loads? All the arrogance, all the
wrong thinking about other people, all the things that people did to
you, you have to forgive, you have to get rid of it. Then you will be
light. Yeah.

People today are walking around under very heavy loads. Why don’t you
throw that away?

“I am very heavy.”

“Yeah, you are heavy. Why are you carrying?”

Today’s people are like those ones who carry bags of potatoes in their
hands, on their necks carrying those potatoes and if you don’t put it
aside then sometime later those potatoes turn bad and start smelling.
They are still carrying it. That’s what today’s people are doing.

“How are we doing that?”

By having envy and jealousy in your heart for others. Having wrong
thinking inside your heart for others.

“This one did this to me. Ahh! Wait to see what I am going to do if I
get him one day.”

No. Get rid of it. You are just like that donkey who is carrying the
bag of potatoes. But the donkey has been created for that. You have
not been created for that. And the heart belongs to Allah. You cannot
keep two things in the heart. You cannot keep envy, jealousy,
arrogance and stubbornness in the heart and at the same time to say,
“Allah is in my heart too.” You cannot. You cannot keep other loves in
the heart to say, “Allah is in my heart.” You cannot. You cannot keep
the love of Dunya in your heart to say, “Allah is in my heart.” You
cannot. You are a liar then. Allah is saying to us, “You are a liar.
The heart belongs to Me. Keep Me in there and I will make you an
individual that anything you say to happen, it happens. Look. If it’s
happening then you are keeping Allah correctly. If it is not happening
then something is wrong. Get rid of it.

This is not for one person but Allah subhana wa ta’ala is saying this
for the whole mankind. He is enough. He is enough for everyone. He is
saying to us, “This is what you have to do. Get rid of it. Put out the
wrong things. Keep Me in your heart.” If you keep Allah subhana wa
ta’ala in the heart then your nights turn into days. Darkness goes
away. Everything goes away and light enters into your heart. Then you
like yourself, other people like you and everything around you likes
you. The people who don’t like you will like you. The people who don’t
love you will run to be around you. Yes, they have to because they are
fed something through you. Something is coming to them. They may still
carry some arrogance and stubbornness. It’s okay. They have to be there.

So Allah subhana wa ta’ala sent His Prophet (sws). This is what he is
teaching us and this is what he is ordering us. We may keep our
obligations on the road, praying, keeping the fasting, going to Hajj,
giving Zakat, giving Shahadat, but if you are keeping the other ones
in it too then it’s eating them. As fire eats the wood, that’s how it
is. You do good deeds on one side and on the other side it burns and
goes away. These words are for you and for me.

Wa min Allahu tawfiq

Bihurmatil Habib

Bihurmatil Fatiha.

bismillahBismillahirRahmanirRahim

ALLAH IS ASKING ASK US TO KEEP OUR PROMISE

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

Friday, 6 Zul-Qadah, 1428 / November 16, 2007
Osmanli Naksibendi Hakkani Dergahi, Siddiki Center, New York.

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

Alhamdulillah, shukr Allah, astaghfirullah, astaghfirullah wa atubu
ilaih. Allah subhana wa ta’ala is saying in Surat-ul Bakara that He
does not burden His servant with something that the servant cannot do.
And the servant is saying, “Oh our Lord, don’t burden us with things
that we cannot do and don’t burden us with the things that You have
burdened other nations.” So this nation, the nation of Muhammad (sws),
has it more easy than all the other nations too. But Allah subhana wa
ta’ala has never burdened His servants with something that the servant
cannot do and He will not question them for that which He didn’t
burden them with. Some people are running to take some burden on their
neck thinking that they are going to carry it for a long time and they
are dropping it.

So what is the burden? What is it that Allah wants from us? What is it
that today’s people, especially 21st century people, male and female,
so educated people are saying, `I cannot do’? What you cannot do?

`I cannot do what Allah is ordering. It’s very difficult’.

Of course. When you are running after your ego twenty-four hours, how
are you going to do? Not all but not even one you can do because you
are becoming a slave to sheytan and dunya. How are you going to keep
your promise? What is that? Yeah, one promise. One promise that we
gave to Allah subhana wa ta’ala, this is what Allah is saying to us to
keep. He is not burdening and He is not saying anything. He is (only)
saying to us, “On the day of creation, day of promises you have
promised Me one thing. You said to Me, `You are our Lord and we only
worship You.’ That’s what I am asking. Keep your promise.” And that
one who is not keeping his promise should not expect anything from
Allah. But Allah is still giving. Allah is making it so easy by
sending prophets, sending messengers, sending Saliheen, righteous
people, sending books, sending reminders and if nothing is working
then everyday He is sending something to mankind to remind them
individually showing something on their road, on their way. If they
still insist on going to the wrong sides then sometimes little
incidents happen to them to wake them up.

No… nothing is waking up today’s heedless, headless, arrogant and
stubborn people. The world has never seen such a thing like that
before, never and ever. It’s going to enter into the history books,
“The worst arrogant creatures that lived on the face of the earth.
Eating and drinking their Lord’s favors, twenty-four hours they are in
need of their Lord and twenty-four hours they are rebellious to their
Lord.” This is what’s entering. And the angels are putting curses on
those. All other creatures that are being servants to Allah subhana wa
ta’ala are putting curses saying, “You are the Ahsani Taqweem, the
most perfect ones that have been created, knowing all this you are
running after your ego in the very short time that Allah has given to
you in this dunya? Changing the eternal life for this couple of days
of life? Curses to you.” Animals are putting curses, the water is
putting curse. Everything that is serving the man is saying, “Haram
olsun. It is forbidden for you to eat from me. Allah subhana wa ta’ala
has ordered me to serve you with my favors but it is forbidden to your
from me. On the Judgment Day I will ask my rights.”

Yes, if Allah didn’t send books, if Allah didn’t send prophets, if
Allah subhana wa ta’ala didn’t send anything to man and if He only
sent one ayat saying to us, “I have created you and on the day of
promises you have promised Me that you are going to keep your promise,
your servanthood to Me.” And that should be enough for the mankind.
Nothing else. Nothing else. It should be enough because Allah subhana
wa ta’ala has given intelligence. When it comes to you, to your egos,
`Ah, I don’t like this. This is not good for me. This man is trying to
fool me or that one is running after me.’ You know all this. You know
what is good for you and what is bad for you. You know what is
favoring to you and what is not favoring to you. And you are not
knowing that Allah subhana wa ta’ala is not happy? You know how to
complain when your children are not obedient to you. You know. You get
very sad, hmm? So many they pass out of their limits. They even go
punishing them saying, “I cannot take this.” They commit suicide. You
know how to do that. You know.

Eh, in Turkish they say, `Etma bulma dunyasin.’ Don’t do and you will
not find. Whatever you plant that’s what you are going to find. If you
will be a good servant to Allah subhana wa ta’ala then even if they
are not good ones to you, you will still be happy because you are a
servant. You will say, “Eh, You chose to give this one to me. It is
Your servant. It is not mine. It just happened that I put that one
into this world but it is a disobedient one. Don’t make me to be
disobedient”, and you run after your Lord. Nothing bothers you then.
But if a man is disobedient to his Lord then everything around him is
going to be disobedient to him. If the man is obedient to his Lord
then everything around is going to be obedient to him. Even those who
are disobedient to Him, they have to work for that one’s order. No
other way.

So Allah subhana wa ta’ala is favoring us and saying to us, “I have
created you for My service. For nothing else. I have created all this
that is surrounding you, that you are looking around and seeing, for
your service. But I have created you for My service. And if you are
not under My service, if you are not keeping My service then
everything is going to complaint from you.” Yes. And if a man is
living on the face of the earth, eating and drinking the favors of
Allah subhana wa ta’ala and in twenty-four hours he is not having one
Sejdah then that one is a cursed one. Even just one Sejdah. Allah is
ordering five times, not one time, five. Allah has ordered fifty
times, not five, fifty. With His generosity and with the generosity of
the Rasulullah (salatu wa sallim)… he was going back to Miraj saying,
“Ya Rabbi, I think this will be too much for my nation Ya Rabbi. Put
it down a little bit.” And down and down and it came to five times
prayer.

And all those of today’s intelligent squareheads who are saying, “I
cannot do. I don’t have time”, that five times prayer, if you put it
all together you will not occupy one hour of your life in twenty-four
hours, not one hour. And you are living twenty-four hours on the face
of the earth, you are eating and drinking the favors of Allah subhana
wa ta’al and you are not saving one hour for your Lord? You must be
the cursed one. Yeah. What are you doing? Preparing the world? For
what are you preparing it? Hmm? Whatever you prepare you are going to
leave and go.

And Allah is saying to us, “Nothing is beloved to Me more than what
obligations I gave to you. My servant becomes beloved to Me when he is
keeping My orders.” Allah, Allah. He is giving orders that you have no
choice and you have to keep, and He is saying, “I will love you if you
keep My orders.” Yes. “If you don’t keep my orders then you will not
become beloved to Me. But I will still serve you. I will still give to
you.” All those that are surrounding you, we are looking at it, they
are eating more than others too, drinking more than others, using the
favors of this world more than others but not giving one Sejdah to
Allah subhana wa ta’ala. Shame on them. There must be shame.

And oh children of Adam, you must wake up to turn back before it’s too
late because Allah subhana wa ta’ala has patience. He is patient with
us, saying to us, “I am giving you life in this world and I am keeping
My promise. When I gave you life in this world, as long as you live in
this world, I am going to send to you. No matter how disobedient you
are to Me, I am still going to send to you. But as soon as the angel
of death is coming to you, then your book is finished. Don’t ask any
help or mercy on the other side because you are preparing it to your
own self. I am giving you the breath of life twenty-four hours a day.
You must remember Me, you must live for Me.”

If somebody just does you a favor, a little favor, every time you see
that person, “Oh, thank you. Thank you, Sir. Thank you. Thank you this
and thank you that.” You know how to say `thank you’ thousands of
times for just a little bit of worldly thing that he gives to you.
Some go out of their way to bow down to that one thinking, “I may get
some more.” Just make one Sejdah to your Lord and look how things
start changing. Sejdah, real Sejdah. Not when you are going to Sejdah
your head is on Sejdah but your heart is in some other place. No.
Sejdah to Allah subhana wa ta’ala. Say, “I am Your servant Ya Rabbi, a
weak one, but I am trying to be Your servant. I am trying to keep Your
orders. Help me Ya Rabbi.” When we go out from this world this is what
the angels are going to ask, “Did he pass? Did he come to this world
with the card saying, `Pass’ or `Fail’? What is it saying on your ID
card, `Servant of the Lord’ or `Servant of his ego and slave to
Sheytan’? The one who is servant to his ego is a slave to sheytan.
Servant to his ego is a slave to dunya, running after dunya non-stop.

What are you going to do with dunya? Dunya came to the end too. It’s
completely in the end. You are not realizing? You are not realizing
that you are living in this dunya for this many years and it didn’t
pass a day that any of us, I am not knowing almost any person in this
century that went to bed with hunger. Huh? If he really went to bed
with hunger then he is completely an empty-head. The governments are
offering everything too, saying, “Come to me, apply with a couple of
papers and we give you housing, we give you food, food-stamps and this
and that.” MashaAllah. If you are finding yourself to be falling into
that situation then go and run for that too. If Allah is giving you
hands, legs and intelligence and you are not using it then go for that
and look, Allah is serving you again.

But be a servant, a good one. When you are being a good one to your
own self then slowly you are going to start thinking, “I should be a
good one, a real good one to my Lord. I should be running to help
others. I should be doing something that is going to be benefiting and
that is going to make my Lord happy.” If we think that way everyday
then our way is going to open up and we are going to have a bright
future waiting in front of us. The older we get the brighter future is
waiting. What is that? Akhirat. If you are not thinking that way then
the older you get the more darkness you will be finding in front of
you because now you are cut off from the hands and from the legs. Once
upon a time you thought that you were running around and doing things.
Later when you are knocked out on the floor then Allah is still
serving you through other people’s hand but your hope is lost,
everything is finishing and the darkness is waiting in front of you.

Don’t enter into that darkness. Allah subhana wa ta’la is asking us to
enter into the road that has Nur, not the fire. “Follow the road of
Nur. I sent you that Prophet (sws) and that Prophet (sws) left Nur
everywhere. Follow the road that has difficulties. Don’t follow the
roads where there are going to be so much hyenas, wolves and all kinds
of creatures waiting to rip you off. Eh, whichever road we are going
to put ourselves that’s what we are going to find. Intelligent man is
that one who runs to keep his word, his promise to his Lord first. If
you say, `I have intelligence’ then you must run, you must put
everything aside as second and first you must keep your Lord’s orders.
You have to run to make Allah happy. Leave making everybody else
happy. Run to make Allah happy first. When you make Allah happy,
everyone who is happy with Allah will be happy with you. Everyone who
is not happy with Allah, they will be slaves to you. They will be
under your authority then. Allah puts them under your authority.

This much is enough for those people who want to change and who want
to correct themselves. We don’t have too much time left in this world,
not living by age but even if you are going to live for another
two-hundred years, if you think life is going to be given to you for
another two hundred years, I don’t think this world is going to
survive for another two hundred years. We are the nations that reached
to the last periods of this world. We must prepare ourselves. Heavy
tests and heavy questioning is waiting for us ahead.

Wa min Allahu tawfiq

Bihurmatil Habib

Bihurmatil Fatiha.

bismillahBismillahirRahmanirRahim

THE HONOR GRANTED TO THE CHILDREN OF ADAM

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

Friday, 25 Zul-Hijjah, 1427 / January 4, 2008
Osmanli Naksibendi Hakkani Dergahi, Siddiki Center, New York.

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

Alhamdulillah, astaghfirullah, shukr Ya Rabbi. Allah subhana wa ta’ala
is saying, “Wa laqad karramna bani adam. We are giving honor to the
children of Adam. We have given them high honor. We have made them the
most perfect creatures in creation.” The children of Adam. These words
are for the children of Adam, not for the people who are claiming that
they are coming from monkeys. If you are saying, “Yes, I am from the
children of Adam”, then you must be an honorable one. Allah is giving
(that honor). You cannot get that from the supermarkets, you cannot
get it in the universities, you cannot get it with the clothes you are
wearing, you cannot get it with the worldly titles that you have. It’s
given, given by Allah subhana wa ta’ala to His servants.

What is for us? To keep it. He has given that honor. It is for you to
keep that honor. How are we keeping that honor? Going around saying,
“I am. I am the most honorable one”? No. He has turned around sending
124,000 prophets to us, warning us, showing us the ways, saying to us,
sending us books, saying, “If you keep the orders of these books then
you keep your honor up. Remember Me. Be with Me. Then your honor is
up. If you are forgetting Me then your honor is down.” We must check
ourselves how much we are remembering our Lord. Daily, count it, how
much (you are) remembering. Not to take the tasbih sitting over there,
shaking it, sleeping, not realizing what you are doing. Becoming more
heedless, on the one side saying, `Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah’ but not
being with Allah! Not remembering Allah! Hmm.

So this Sheytan must be coming to fool us that way too. Shake
yourselves up. Wake up. Yes, we must wake up. If we don’t wake up then
what happens? Nar is waiting for people. Ahle Nur and Ahle Nar. People
of Paradise and people of Hell. Allah is not putting you to hell. He
is not putting us to hell. No. He has given us honor and said to us,
“Keep that honor. With that honor you are entering to My Paradise.” He
is saying, “That Nafs, that ego, that Nafs that is pleased with his
Lord and his Lord is pleased with him, enter to My Paradise.” This is
what we have to look. 124,000 prophets came to teach us how to take
this Nur out from the fire, how to take the sprit out from the fire.
Allah subhana wa ta’ala is giving that secret and (He is) saying,
“Until you separate the Nur from the Nar, you are not even going out
from this world.” Don’t look to say, “Oh, we are strong. Our hands are
working, holding, running.” Look how many people are lying in the bed
not dying for years. Why is it happening? What’s happening? Why is it
not dying? If it’s necessary for Allah subhana wa ta’ala to take the
Nur that He has given to that servant, He will keep that servant in
that situation for one thousand years. He will create time inside time
and place inside place. It will look to you from the outside that it’s
just happening instantly but it’s not happening like that.

So the freedom. Yes, we are free. We are given free choice. Free
choice is not to say, “I do as I like.” Free choice is to say, “I do
what my Lord wants me to do. And He has given me this will power that
He has not given to any other creature. He has given it to Me and I
must use this will power on my ego to direct my ego from the wrong
side to the right side, to be that ego that Allah is saying about it,
“He is pleased with his Lord and his Lord is pleased with him. Enter
to My Paradise.” Six thousand six hundred and sixty-six ayats of the
Quran is teaching this to a man, how to move from Dunya to Akhirat and
how to leave the slavery of this Dunya to become a servant to the Lord.

Yes, one day the Holy Prophet (sws) was bringing the Sahaba-e Kiram,
teaching them, teaching them to teach us. Just one instant look at
that Prophet (sws) was enough for them. Nothing else. But it took
twenty-three years time of work and the Prophet (sws) worked with them
for twenty-three years. And in twenty-three years time every incident
that happened, the Prophet (sws) showed the answers through teaching
the Sahaba-e Kiram, teaching us. We are the last nation on this earth.
No more is coming. And we are the last group of people on this earth,
not only the last nation but the last group that came.
Holy Prophet (sws) is saying, “This world is one and a half day after
me. There’s only one and a half day left to this world after I came.”
Calculate. Look. We are reaching to fifteen hundred years almost.

Holy Prophet (sws) bringing the Sahaba-e Kiram to a dumpster site. In
the old days they were opening big holes and throwing every garbage in
there. And when that fills up they were covering it and opening
another one. Not like today’s people. They waste the whole world too.
Wasting. If the whole world was using the same things that America is
using then you cannot live in this world for another ten years. In ten
years time it will be finished. The wasting that the Americans are
doing… the most spoiled nation on the face of the earth! Yes. The most
spoiled one.

Holy Prophet (sws) was bringing them to the dumpster and saying to
them, “Look here. Look. This is Dunya.” And what was that? Garbage.
Dumpster. Saying, “You see that there are some bones there, some
clothes there, some material there, some equipment and some leftovers
there?” Some people were not even being buried. They were taking them
and throwing them in that dumpster. “See those bones? They are the
leftovers of some people, or they are the leftovers of some animals.
You see those pieces of clothes? They are the clothes that they were
wearing nicely on top of them thinking that they were having honor
with it. You see those leftover materials there? They are the
furniture that they were using. All came to garbage.”

Eh, what gives value to a man? What gives us value? The spirit. If the
spirit is not in that body, you fall down. They don’t leave you there
for twenty-four hours. It doesn’t matter. They quickly pick you up and
they bury you under the ground. They don’t keep you up. No value. No
value to this body. The value comes with that spirit. The spirit gives
value to the body. The more you use that spirit in the correct way
your body becomes valuable too because now you have forbidden this
body from wrong actions, wrong ways and wrong doings.

So 124,000 prophets came to teach what to people? Leave Dunya and turn
to Mawla. Turn your face from this Dunya to your Lord. Don’t run for
the titles of this Dunya. Run for the titles of Akhirat. And the only
title for Akhirat is one, not two. One. Servant. Servanthood. Run to
get that. As soon as the man goes out from this world, the first
question (is), “Is it the servant of his Lord or is it the slave of
Sheytan, ego or Dunya?” `Servant of his Lord’. Pass. `Slave of his
Ego’. Stop here now. Now is a big process beginning. Uff, uff, uff.
Who knows how many years, how many thousands of years (it will take).
Still now from the children of Adam who have been buried there
thousands of years ago, still process is going on for so many of them.
It’s not finished yet.

This will come to us too. This end is waiting for us. We didn’t finish
this life yet. Run to finish this life correctly. 124,000 prophets
came to teach man how to live. Injil-e Sharif, Tawrat, Zabur and all
other books that were sent to other prophets and the Quran-e Karim
with six thousand six hundred and sixty-six ayats, came to teach man
how to live. And the whole key is to know yourself and to know your
Lord. To know your ego, to know where your ego is going to fool you,
where it’s going to pull you to the wrong direction.

Not to say, “I am in safety now, I reached to safety.” No. You didn’t
reach to safety. You have not reached to safety. We have not reached
to safety yet. Look at the last breath, the word of Akhir, the last
breath that is coming out, how it’s coming out, how we are brining
that word out. This is what we have to be busy with. Otherwise, you
can go to Hajj ten times and come back or you can go and sit inside
the Kaba, it’s not going to change anything. It’s just going to make
the man become more Firaun saying, “I did this much of this and I did
that. And I am so important.” Yes, that’s what everyone is running to
say, “I am so important. I am very important.”

Yes, you are important. Allah subhana wa ta’ala created only you in
that form. No other creature. But your importance comes as much as you
obey Allah and His Prophet (sws). That much importance we have. And
Allah is saying, “If you are not asking from your Lord, what do you
think is your value? What’s your value?”

“I am doing this today.”

Tomorrow you must do it again. Next day again and the next day again
until the grave. Holy Prophet (sws) is saying, “For believers, today
has to be better than yesterday. Tomorrow has to be better than
today.” If you are falling into the heedless station then you cannot
be better tomorrow. You are not better today than yesterday. You are
heedless. You are in Ghaflat, sleeping. Not sleeping and resting the
body. No. You need to sleep to rest the body to get up and have energy
to worship. You need to eat to give energy to the body to be able to
stand up in the Divine Presence. Not like the unbelievers running to
eat to fill up the toilets for enjoyment. No. Believers don’t live
like that. Believers know exactly what they are doing, why they are
doing and what is the intention. They must check in the beginning, “I
did this and the end, the result, where I reached is here. Did I win
or lose? I did. I won. Thank you Ya Rabbi. Give me power to do it
better tomorrow.” If you see that you lost then don’t even sleep that
night because you have another day to catch. You lost that day. You
didn’t enter the book that says, “Servant of the Lord.”

Leave all these shows to say, “I am this one and I am that one.” Look
at everyday that is passing, every page that is coming to the Judgment
Place. Everyday there are twenty-four drawers. In twenty-four hours
what you are doing, what you did and who did you live for? Twenty-four
hours. Every action that you did, what was the intention behind it?
This is what’s important. This is what the prophets came to teach us
and this is what Islam is ordering to us. The 500 good deeds that Holy
Prophet (sws) is ordering us to keep, this is what it’s teaching us.
And the 800 forbidden deeds that are keeping us away from becoming
better servants of our Lord and supporting our ego.

He has created us, He sent us to this world and He is continuously
sending us whatever our need is. Only thing that we have to do is to
turn back to say, “Oh Ya Rabbi, You created me and You gave me all
this. You love me and I love You back.” That’s all. That’s what man
has to do. And if you cannot do that too, thuu… you are a cursed one.
Not to say that you have honor. You have no honor. Your honor belongs
only to the toilet, to sit on the toilet bowl and to say, “I am the
most honorable.”

Allah subhana wa ta’ala has given the honor to the children of Adam
and He is ordering us to keep that honor and He is teaching us how we
are going to keep that honor. Not to go around to say, “I am wearing
this clothe. Look I am wearing this kind of turban. Look I am wearing
this.” No. No! The unbelievers are running with one foolishness and
the believers are running with another foolishness. Yes. Leave this.
This is not giving anything. Just taking away, taking away from your
values. Become a valuable one. If you are looking for safety in Dunya
and Akhirat then this is what we must be busy with. Otherwise, you can
bring not one thousand books but one hundred thousand books, it’s not
going to help you.

The Hajj session finished. Millions went to Hajj and came back. So
many came back empty-handed and so many as soon as they moved from
there Sheytan put his rope around their necks right away saying, “Come
back to me. You cannot run.” Run to escape from that slavery. Run to
the servanthood of Allah subhana wa ta’ala.

InshaAllah ar-Rahman we are entering… in some more days we are
entering the holy month of Muharram. The New Year of the Muslims, not
the New Year of the pagans that people were worshipping (other than
Allah). The New Year of the Muslims. Muharram is coming. We are
entering in it. Prepare yourselves for that. As everyone is running to
copy saying, “What is your New Years Resolution? What are you going to
do? What is the intention you made that you are going to change this
year?”

“Yes, I am going to become more donkey.”

That’s what they do. They are running at midnight in the streets. Eh,
if you are running at midnight in the streets then you are becoming
the nominee to become another donkey for that whole year. No honor.
The honor is not in the streets, to drink and to lay down in the
corners of the streets and not even knowing where your house is.
That’s not an honor. New Year is coming, yes. Make to your own self
saying, “Ya Rabbi, I am making intention to become a better servant to
You this year. I am a weak servant. Help me.” Say `Help me’ sincerely
and look how fast help is going to reach to you. It’s not far. Very near.

Once the Sahaba-e Kiram were making du’a very loudly. The Holy Prophet
(sws) came to them saying, “You are not asking someone who is far from
you. He is very near to you. He is nearer to you than your jugular vein.”

Wa min Allahu tawfiq

Bihurmatil Habib

Bihurmatil Fatiha.

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