Do You Have Mercy In Your Hearts?

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So, when a man has no mercy in his heart then he cannot look with that mercy to any other people because he has no mercy. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) looks down upon us and to everyone with that mercy and that mercy is here, everywhere, because we are still breathing the air and we have the chance to ask for forgiveness. That is His mercy. And Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is giving it to us.

So we must wake up. As I said earlier, if we see that there is a fire going on in this building, we should not sit outside and be comfortable. We should run in here and with whatever it takes we should try to save people from here. If there are no people then there are animals. We should move them out. If there are no animals then there are carpets, there are things that are valuable. We should try to move them out before the whole place burns down.

-Sheykh Abdul Kerim El Kibrisi Hz.

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We sacrifice the free will that Allah has given to you and you say, ‘Sameena wa ata’ana, we hear and we obey,’ from You, not from us, not what we think is good or bad, right or wrong, using our own free will. No, we give the free will back to you. Our will is now Your will Ya Rabbi. Submission. And submission, you can never get it, if you don’t have love. If you don’t have submission, you don’t have love. Because the lover submits. He never stands up to show himself. He says, ‘it’s You. It’s not me.’
- Lokman Hoja Effendi (q)Osmanli Dergah ShareefNew York

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We sacrifice the free will that Allah has given to you and you say, ‘Sameena wa ata’ana, we hear and we obey,’ from You, not from us, not what we think is good or bad, right or wrong, using our own free will. No, we give the free will back to you. Our will is now Your will Ya Rabbi. Submission. And submission, you can never get it, if you don’t have love. If you don’t have submission, you don’t have love. Because the lover submits. He never stands up to show himself. He says, ‘it’s You. It’s not me.’

- Lokman Hoja Effendi (q)
Osmanli Dergah Shareef
New York

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Those who are true Lovers of God give away both of the worlds for the sake of their Beloved. Even then, they feel that they have done nothing worthy.

-Hazrat Gharib Nawaz Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti (QS) 

The Importance Of Fasting In The Month Of Rajab

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We find in a hadiths that Hazreti Tsauban is saying that he passed through a graveyard with the Holy Prophet (asws), and the Prophet began to cry. Hazreti Tsauban said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, my mother and my father and myself be your ransom, why are you crying? Has a revelation come down to you?’

He replied, ‘Ya Tsauban, those who lie here, the dead who occupy this cemetery are suffering the torment of the grave. It is because of this. It is because of their condition that I cry.’ He then continued, ‘if they had spent any of the days of the month of Rajab fasting, and had worship Allah at night, they would have been spared this punishment.’

This is the time to free ourselves from the punishment of the grave, by standing in the night and asking Allah swt to show His mercy to us, to forgive our sins. This is the time to gain the pleasure of Allah, by putting down our egos and fasting as much as we are able to. And Allah swt is granting, unimaginable rewards for those who fast in the month of rajab.

Holy Prophet (asws) is saying in a hadith e-Sharif, ‘in a garden in Paradise, there is a river, call Rajab, whiter than milk, and sweeter than honey. If someone has fasted for one day during the month of Rajab, Allah will let him quench his thirst by drinking from that river.’

May we drink from that river as a jama’at with our Sheykh. InsyaAllah ar-Rahman.

~Hz Lokman Hoja Efendi

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What Is A Murshid (Sheykh)?

You have to have a guide in front of you. If you don’t have a guide in front of you then you are going to lose the right direction. The guide is that one who sees. That’s what Sheykh means. Sheykh is the one who sees ahead. It’s not an ordinary person’s seeing, no. If Sheykh has the ordinary vision too then it’s no good. That is a jubbah sheykh, zikir sheykh but it’s not a Murshid. Murshid is that one who knows when the road comes to fork, which way to turn. He sees the light going ahead and the Holy Prophet (sws) is holding that torch. Anyone who is following, they may go then, InshaAllah ar-Rahman.
-Sheykh Abdul Kerim Effendi Hz.

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What Is A Murshid (Sheykh)?

You have to have a guide in front of you. If you don’t have a guide in front of you then you are going to lose the right direction. The guide is that one who sees. That’s what Sheykh means. Sheykh is the one who sees ahead. It’s not an ordinary person’s seeing, no. If Sheykh has the ordinary vision too then it’s no good. That is a jubbah sheykh, zikir sheykh but it’s not a Murshid. Murshid is that one who knows when the road comes to fork, which way to turn. He sees the light going ahead and the Holy Prophet (sws) is holding that torch. Anyone who is following, they may go then, InshaAllah ar-Rahman.

-Sheykh Abdul Kerim Effendi Hz.

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'Hazrat Jalaluddin Rumi(Rahmatullah alayh) is not just writing poetry! He is not just talking about love.He is teaching us. He is teaching us how to live. Don’t just talk about love, understand.’

~ Hoja Lokman Efendi Hz.

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'Hazrat Jalaluddin Rumi(Rahmatullah alayh) is not just writing poetry! He is not just talking about love.
He is teaching us. He is teaching us how to live. 
Don’t just talk about love, understand.’

~ Hoja Lokman Efendi Hz.

Warning For Those With Pride And Arrogance

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 Allah swt is describing men, who forget themselves, in Surah al-Yasin saying, ‘BismillahirRahmanirRahim, doesn’t man see that it is We who created him from just a drop of sperm. Yet look, he stands forward as an open rebel, an open enemy.’

The founder of this rebelliousness to Allah swt, first one to become proud and arrogant in the presence of Allah swt, the first one to try to compete with Allah swt, is the enemy of the Bani Adam; Sheytan. To the man who becomes proud, he is following the example of sheytan. And following sheytan is making a partner to Allah swt. It is worshipping to sheytan. Because Allah swt is saying to mankind in the Quran, ‘did I not taken Oath from you O children of Adam, that you should not worship sheytan? He is your open enemy.’

So the man who is arrogant, in reality, he is worshipping to Sheytan. These warning of Allah swt should be making that one with faith in his heart to be shaking. And we must be asking ourselves, how can we make sure that we die without having pride and arrogance in our hearts at the time that Azrail visits us.

- Hoja Lokman Effendi Hz

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     JUMMUAH MUBAREKHz Musa (as) once asked Allah swt, ‘O my Lord, who is the most deserving of Your anger and Your displeasure?’ And Allah Rabbul Izzat answer, ‘it is he whose heart is full with pride and his tongue is filthy, his eyes have no shame, his hands, they are stingy and he has bad edep, and his character is bad.’
-Hz. Hoja Lokman Effendi

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     JUMMUAH MUBAREK
Hz Musa (as) once asked Allah swt, ‘O my Lord, who is the most deserving of Your anger and Your displeasure?’ And Allah Rabbul Izzat answer, ‘it is he whose heart is full with pride and his tongue is filthy, his eyes have no shame, his hands, they are stingy and he has bad edep, and his character is bad.’

-Hz. Hoja Lokman Effendi

How Is Your Lifestyle?

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How do we know that our lifestyle is corrupt?
Look at your lifestyle. Look what you are doing daily. What are you thinking when you are waking up. Look whom are you thinking about the whole day. 

If you are thinking about Allah and His Prophet(sallahu alayhi wassallam) and the AwliyaAllah then good! Then that time your actions will also be according to that, you will be running to please Allah and His Prophet(sallahu alayhi wassallam), you will continously thinking what my Seyh says and what am i doing, does His actions match with mine. You will be in constant remembrance, questioning yourself.

Then that time, your lifestyle is very close to those ones who are close to Allah.

But if you waking up and thinking about dunya, and sleeping with duniya in your heart, and continously running to please this dunya, then your lifestyle, eh will be filled with the worries and demands of this dunya.

You know a person who is in love, will always be thinking about that one, always wanting to be with that one. That is the obsession, that obsession should be for Allah and His Prophet(alayhis salam).

~ Hz Lokman Hoja Efendi

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Extend your charity with humbleness towards the poor for to give charity happily is a sign of acceptance.

~ Abu Bakr Siddiq (ra)

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Do You Want Islam Only For Yourself?

How are you going to bring that message to others? If that is so good and you like it then have you brought that message to others? Anyone who lives in the foreign countries, don’t make any mistake. Questions will be asked to every one of you. When you come to the Judgment place it will be questioned to you, “You love Islam and you lived according to Islam. Who did you bring with you in the Divine Presence? For whom did you become a reason for that person to enter into Islam? Did you bring anyone here?” If not then even if you earn the whole Paradise what is it good for? Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is saying that you are a selfish one. You want Islam only for yourself.
-Sheykh Abdul Kerim Effendi Hz.

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Do You Want Islam Only For Yourself?

How are you going to bring that message to others? If that is so good and you like it then have you brought that message to others? Anyone who lives in the foreign countries, don’t make any mistake. Questions will be asked to every one of you. When you come to the Judgment place it will be questioned to you, “You love Islam and you lived according to Islam. Who did you bring with you in the Divine Presence? For whom did you become a reason for that person to enter into Islam? Did you bring anyone here?” If not then even if you earn the whole Paradise what is it good for? Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is saying that you are a selfish one. You want Islam only for yourself.

-Sheykh Abdul Kerim Effendi Hz.

Q: Will Allah (swt) Forgive Me For My Sins?

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You do something wrong, run to do something good. You cannot take those words that you have said now. You cannot  take it back. Even by saying “Im so sorry, I wish I could take it back.” It doesnt make everything to be nice. Then run to do something good to cover that. Allah’s mercy covers everything. But, as believers, we should not be saying to ourselves, “I do something wrong, so what, Allah is merciful He’s going to forgive me”. Because that is exactly what Allah swt is warning us against, that sheytan is going to tell us. Allah is saying in the Holy Quran, Sheytan will tell you when you do something wrong, ”Allah’s mercy is great” and not to worry about it.

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Be worried. That worry must boost you, must motivate you to do something. Then that time even if it is one step that you’re taking, Allah is taking 10 steps. You are trying to balance now the situation. We are weak ofcoarse. We are Ajis. We are Najis. how can we not be Najis. don’t we have Najasat inside of us? Yes. Doesn’t matter who you are. King or a street sweeper. Concentrate on that Inshallah ar- Rahman. Think about that.Things will start working out for you and that time you will understand if Allah has forgiven you or not.

Selam Aleykum.

-Hz Hoja Lokman Effendi

Tariqat Teaches Us Taqwa

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Tarikat will teach us step by step, how to have taqwa, insyaAllah ar-Rahman. We believe our Sheykh, they are Awliya Allah, they are creatures, definitely. Never we are going to worship them, or to say that they are Creator, they are Allah. Never!

We may bend down to kiss their hand, sahabi e-kiram bend down to kiss the Prophet’s hand. We may bend down to kiss their feet. Sahabi e-kiram kiss the Prophet’s feet. You know what, they love each other so much, they bend down and kiss each other’s hands and feet. Yes they did. So, they are saying, ‘Ah, making sejdah.’ Of course, if you are making sejdah with the intention of worshipping, that that one is Allah, of course it is haram to you. That time, it is haram to you even to make sejdah to the Ka’abah. Isn’t it?

Don’t we all make sejdah? But do we ever say we make sejdah to Ka’abah? Outsider, they see and they say, ‘yeah they are making sejdah to Ka’abah . They are making prostration to a stone.’ That’s why so many enemies of Islam are saying that we are worshipping to a stone. And those idiots are saying, ‘and you know what, we put something inside Ka’abah, so they are actually worshipping our Lord, our God.’

No, we are not making sejdah to the Ka’abah. Ka’abah is a Qiblat. It is a direction, to who? To Allah. Didn’t the Angels make sejdah to Adam (a.s), in front of Allah? The only person who said that that is shirk is sheytan. More I can give you. You know Yusuf (a.s), all his brothers make sejdah to him. His father and his mother make sejdah to him. Say now, that this is shirk.

Ehh, people their minds are square, so we cannot think more than outside of the box. That time, they are going to say that everything is a shirk. They are sunk in bid’at and shirk. They are saying that everything is a shirk because that’s all they can see. But Tarikat is for intelligent people anyway. Those ones who are still looking for proves of this or that, they don’t understand that they have a spirit. They are only stuck with the physical, that’s why they need physical evidence. Because they only see the physical.

Once you start concentrating on your spirit, then your spirit will understand and you don’t need physical. If you still think that, ‘I need prove.’ Then that’s the time maybe spirituality is not your way and you are going to get punish heavily.
If you are not letting your spirit to be lose to find a spiritual guide, one thousand years outside of the grave, complete darkness. Find your way then that time, from that darkness of Judgement Day to Judgement Place.

~Hz Lokman Hoja Effendi

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Let sorrowful longing dwell in your heart.
Never give up, never lose hope. The Beloved says, “The broken ones are My darlings.” Crush your heart- be broken.

-Hz. Abu Said Abul-Khayr (QS)

What Are The Expectations Of Your Deeds?

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Watch. Understand. Why are you doing things? And what is the expectation that you have when you do things? The expectations that you have when you do things, it is worldly?You’re not doing for the sake of Allah- you’re doing it for the sake of your ego. The expectation is not even supposed to be- for those ones reaching to High Stations – the Akhiret too.

For the sake of Allah. For His Love. The Fear and the Love, both. Otherwise everything it is in His Hand.

Just like there was a time, Hz. Rabia saying, there was a group of people arguing, saying we are doing all this worshipping and obedience just to enter to the paradise, to enter to the highest places of the paradises. And one group saying we are doing this from the fear of the hell. Fear of the grave. And she was the one that they said “let’s go there to speak, to see that holy one, what is she going to say, which one of us is right.” And that one knowing, and taking one axe and taking one jar of water, and going out quickly. And when they were coming, saying, “O our Holy Mother, where are you going? We have a problem. We came to consult.”

She said to them, “No. I have something very important to do right now. I cannot speak to you right now.” And they say, “your important is our important. We should help you. Let us carry the axe and the jar of water. We’ll do the job first and later we ask you.”

She said, “No, you cannot do it. What I am doing is with this water, I am running to turn off the fire of Jehennem. And with this axe I am going to bring down the Paradise, the beautiful palaces of the Paradise. To see that time, why you’re going to worship and who you’re going to worship to.”

That was enough for those ones. Is this enough for 21st century people? Think on it. Think for yourself first. Don’t look to the other ones. Say to yourself, I am saying to myself, and you say to yourself, “where am I in this? Am I sincere or not?”

You will know the answer by yourself. Nobody has to tell you anything. Nobody has to praise you or bring you down. Look at yourself, on which side you are.

Sohbet by Sahibul Saif Sheykh Abdul Kerim al-Kibrisi al-Rabbani

Posted 2/14/12

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