Raising Children In Islam

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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 houses.

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. Huh! 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 television, this is only for their ego, they have to know that running to the way of Allah, if you run to make 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 Inshallah ar Rahman.

- Sahibul Saif Shaykh AbdulKerim Efendi Hazretleri (ks)

How Do You Know The Quran?

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How do you know the Prophet (sws)? Who taught you the Prophet (sws)? You think knowing only the name of the Prophet (sws) you know the Prophet (sws)? 

How do you know the Quran? Taking the Quran and reading a couple of ayat on the surface, you think you know the Quran? 

The Quran contains everything in it. The past, the present, the future and eternity is in the Quran. This is like somebody looking at the top of the ocean and saying, `I just discovered the ocean because I have a couple of ships going on top of the ocean.’ He is giving description of the ocean saying, `It’s just a couple of ships and some fishes in there.’ Dive in there under the ocean and look what’s happening. And in order for you to dive you have to be an expert, you have to be given permission. Quran is containing all those oceans in it. Everything. This world is nothing. It’s only a dot.

-Sahibul Saif Sheykh Abdul Kerim Efendi Hz

"My Companions Are Like The Stars"

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In the old days, the ships, the travellers, when they were aiming to their destinations, they used to look to the stars and take them as guides to the right way. They used to check those stars to see their progress. And they knew that as long as those stars are in front of them, they are heading in the right direction.

It is the same in the Way of Allah. There are men that are like those stars that we need to follow, and as long as we are keeping them ahead of us, we will be in the Straight Path. As Holy Prophet (asws) is saying, ‘My Companions are like the stars; whichever of them you follow, you will be rightly guided.’

- Hoja Lokman Effendi Hz

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ILLUSIONS AND DELUSIONS

Don’t get into illusions and delusions to yourselves to think, “I am the chosen one.” No. Your chosen oneness is according to how much you are running to keep your promise to your Lord. If you are running to keep the promise to Allah (swt) then Allah (swt) puts you up. What Allah puts up, no one can put down. What Allah is not putting up, no one can put it up. Worldly you may have some things but you will be down. And the only way of going up is Taqwa. Who has more Taqwa is that one who runs more to fulfill his promise to his Lord.
- SahibulSaif Sheykh Abd Kerim Effendi Hz

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ILLUSIONS AND DELUSIONS

Don’t get into illusions and delusions to yourselves to think, “I am the chosen one.” No. Your chosen oneness is according to how much you are running to keep your promise to your Lord. If you are running to keep the promise to Allah (swt) then Allah (swt) puts you up. What Allah puts up, no one can put down. What Allah is not putting up, no one can put it up. Worldly you may have some things but you will be down. And the only way of going up is Taqwa. Who has more Taqwa is that one who runs more to fulfill his promise to his Lord.

- SahibulSaif Sheykh Abd Kerim Effendi Hz

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Who is Sheykh Effendi (Sheykh Abdul Kerim Hz)?

Sultan ul Evliya Sheykh Mawlana Nazim Adil Al Haqqani Hz, and Halife Lokman Hoja Efendi Hz. Speak about Sheykh Abdul Kerim Effendi Hz.

Hold On Tightly To The Orders Of Allah And His Prophet (asws)

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It’s the 21st Century. Almost 1500 years ago Allah subhana wa ta’ala sent the Last Prophet (sws), the Seal of Prophets (sws) and He blessed us to be one from his Nation. All prophets wanted to be from the Nation of Muhammad (sws). But in response to them Allah is saying, `I am pleased with you in this station, what I gave to you.’ To the Nation of Muhammad (sws), just to believe, just to give that Shahadat, Allah made it easy for us to give that Shahadat, it is a big blessing. But how we are living? Are we living according to the orders of our Prophet (sws) or according to our ego? From the first day, this is what Adam (alayhi salam) was teaching his children, to believe in Allah subhana wa ta’ala. But from that time one group of them accepted their father, one group didn’t. They became unbelievers. And from that time until now it’s continuing and until the Last Day it’s going to continue. 

Just in one small period of time, in the time of Mahdi (alayhi salam) and Isa (alayhi salam) [it will not be so]. Then it’s going to change again. We are very near to those days. And people are going to change positions and places. If you are not holding tightly to the order of Allah and His Prophet (sws) then it is a big question mark. It is a dangerous time waiting for every one of us. What’s keeping away just not accepting two orders of Allah? Believe in Allah and Akhirat. What is it that’s keeping you away? The love of this Dunya, the love of your ego and whispering from Sheytan. Nothing else.

-Sahibul Saif Sheykh Abdul Kerim El Kibrisi Hz.

Seek The Company Of Those Beloved To Allah

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Holy Prophet (asws) is saying, “The example of a good companion and a bad companion is like that of the seller of musk, and blacksmith. So as for the seller of musk then either he will give you some, or you buy some from him, or at least you enjoy a pleasant smell from him. As for the one who is the blacksmith, either he will burn your clothes, or you will get a bad smell from him.”

So if we are friends with those who are beloved to Allah and His Prophet, then even if we are just sitting with them, we get the good smell, we get the benefit of their association. But if we are sitting with the sinful ones, with those who are against Allah and His Prophet, then we are going to get burned. Because you take the character of the one who you become friends with. And we are trying to be friends with those who have inherited the characteristics of Rasulallah (asws), in the hope that we may also put those good manners into our own lives.

- Hoja Lokman Effendi Hz

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CLOSE YOUR EYES AND LOOK INWARDS

Look to the enemy inside. Don’t look at the enemy outside that is destroying you. Maybe it is not the enemy outside that is destroying you, that is hurting you, that is blowing you up. Maybe it is the enemy that is inside that makes it look as if it is outside, but it is actually from the inside that is blowing things up, that is destroying it. Look at how your ego is trying to trick you. Because we have people doing things very good, but because of something small, it gets to be big. You know the rats and the mouse inside the ship? It makes small holes. If you are not taking care of that, the mice they are going to breed and pretty soon, they’ll make hundreds of holes everywhere and it’s going to sink the huge ship.

So, look to the enemy inside. A man becomes blind if he only starts to use these eyes to see outside, but he is not reflecting. To look inside, we need to close this eyes. Close this eyes, and look inwards.

- Hoja Lokman Effendi Hz

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“La Ilaha Ila Anta Subhanaka Inn Kuntu Minnaz Zalimin,” never forget that prayer, “I’ve done zulm to myself.” Those who are not given authority to be tough, don’t. Because mankind falls into zalim, zulm, when they do that. Because if you are not doing it for the sake of Allah (swt) and His Prophet (asws), like what we said before, the anger is without any mercy. If the anger is without any mercy, it becames zulm, it becomes zalim, it becomes cruelty, it becomes oppression. Even with the anger it has to have mercy because that is the characteristic of Allah swt.”

Hoja Lokman Effendi (Hazretleri)

The Story Of The Sahabi- Hazrat Julaybib (ra)

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There was a Sahabi, named Hz Julaybib, who is mentioned as having so many physical deformities, so much that he was kicked out from all the tribes and banned from interacting with the society in the time of Jahiliyya. But when he became Muslim, he became part of the Ummat-i-Muhammed, and was given honor by the Holy Prophet. And Hz. Julaybib went with Rasulallah (asws) to one battle. After the battle, Rasulallah (asws) asked his companions, “Have you lost anyone?”

They replied giving the names of their relatives and close friends. Holy Prophet (asws) then asked again, “Have you lost anyone? “And so they named some more people they had lost in the battle. Holy Prophet (asws) asked again, “Have you lost anyone?” Some people said, “we have not lost anyone close to us.”

Holy Prophet (asws) then said, “But I have lost Julaybib. Search for him in the battlefield.” And they found Hz Julaybib, and his body was next to seven enemies that he had struck down before becoming Shaheed. Holy Prophet (asws) approached the martyred body of his companion Julaybib and said, “He killed seven and then was killed? He is of me and I am of him. He is of me and I am of him. He is of me and I am of him.” The Holy Prophet (asws) then took Hz Julaybib in his arms, dug his grave, and with his own hands buried Hz. Julaybib.

O Believers! Your wealth is not your honor. Your health is not your honor. Your education is not your honor. Your lineage is not your honor. Your honor in the sight of men is not your honor. The true honor lies only in the love and pleasure of Allah (swt), of His Holy Prophet (asws), and the Awliya-e-Kiram. Because it is only the connection to Allah (swt) that gives honor to mankind.

As our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf, Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani is saying, “if you think that you don’t have a value, you have a value. But your value only comes through obedience to your Lord. And through asking from Allah (swt). And asking has to teach you how to run and how to learn and how to progress. You cannot be in the same heedless and headless station, in the same circle going around day and night 24 hour a day. You must wake up. You must remove that glaze that is glazing your eyes that’s making you to see yourself that you have reached to the top. Look down under your feet. Never look up. You’ll be alright then.”

- Hoja Lokman Effendi Hz

Make A Special Prayer In These Days

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In these difficult days there’s another prayer we must be making: “Ya Rabbi! Don’t let us without a grave.” Another special prayer you must make in these days, for somebody to find us when we die and to bury us. For in these days unusual ways of death are happening everywhere. Building burns, oh… What happened? They come to you. You say, “What is that?”

"Eh… from DNA we find this is your family. Here are the ashes, take it. Go home, you want to drink it or do whatever you want with it.”

It’s not a joke. It is real. Car accidents, car crashing into each other, planes crashing, planes falling down to the ocean, fishes say, “Oh we have some fresh meat.” Before you know, who knows until Judgment Day you may be spending your life inside another fish and that fish is eaten by another one and another one, who knows what kind of things you will be passing through.

So in these days we must pray another special prayer that “Ya Rabbi, when it is good for us take our lives and make us rest in our graves.” Otherwise it’s pretty dangerous. Be careful.

- Sheykh Abdul Kerim Effendi Hz

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LOVE OF DUNYA (WORLD) AND LOVE OF AKHIRET CANNOT CO EXIST

Holy Prophet (asws) is saying in his Hadith Sherif, ‘He who loves his dunya hurts his Akhiret, and he who loves his Akhiret hurts his dunya.’ Therefore you should give preference to the one that lasts over the one that is to perish. Yes, loving dunya and akhirat is against the teachings of every Prophet, of every Messenger. Because Hz Isa bin Maryam (as) is saying, ‘As fire and water cannot coexist within the same bowl; in the same way love of the akhiret and love of this world cannot coexist in the heart of a believer.’


- Hoja Lokman Effendi Hz

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LOVE OF DUNYA (WORLD) AND LOVE OF AKHIRET CANNOT CO EXIST

Holy Prophet (asws) is saying in his Hadith Sherif, ‘He who loves his dunya hurts his Akhiret, and he who loves his Akhiret hurts his dunya.’ Therefore you should give preference to the one that lasts over the one that is to perish. Yes, loving dunya and akhirat is against the teachings of every Prophet, of every Messenger. Because Hz Isa bin Maryam (as) is saying, ‘As fire and water cannot coexist within the same bowl; in the same way love of the akhiret and love of this world cannot coexist in the heart of a believer.’

- Hoja Lokman Effendi Hz

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BE AT THE DOOR OF SHUKUR

"Right now when we are sitting here there are people laying down in their beds in the hospitals like wood. They cannot even turn around, air has to be pumped inside of them and they are going through pain just to take that air in and to give that air out. And that life is continuing to so many of them for years.

How much should we be thankful?
So don’t be at the door of complaining. Be at the door of shukr. If we are standing at the door of shukr then our Lord looks at us.
He may put us through different tests in the world. We are weak servants. We may cry, yes. We may find areas alone and we may cry with our Lord saying, “Oh my Lord, I am a weak servant. You are giving this pain to me. I cannot carry it but I am still thanking You. You have the power to change it.” Then you may see that it may change instantly”
-Sahibul Seyf Sheykh Abdul Kerim Effendi (Qs)

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BE AT THE DOOR OF SHUKUR

"Right now when we are sitting here there are people laying down in their beds in the hospitals like wood. They cannot even turn around, air has to be pumped inside of them and they are going through pain just to take that air in and to give that air out. And that life is continuing to so many of them for years.

How much should we be thankful?

So don’t be at the door of complaining. Be at the door of shukr. If we are standing at the door of shukr then our Lord looks at us.

He may put us through different tests in the world. We are weak servants. We may cry, yes. We may find areas alone and we may cry with our Lord saying, “Oh my Lord, I am a weak servant. You are giving this pain to me. I cannot carry it but I am still thanking You. You have the power to change it.” Then you may see that it may change instantly”

-Sahibul Seyf Sheykh Abdul Kerim Effendi (Qs)

The Coming Of Isa (as) And Mehdi (as)

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Today because of the Ahir of Ahir Zaman, the Awliya are pulling themselves away from public areas. They are hiding themselves. Even if they come out together, they cannot make the whole desert to become green. They can only make small areas of waters and rivers around them green but not the whole desert. For the whole desert to become green we need rain coming down from Paradise. And for this world to become correct again, for all the seven billion, close to seven billion people to turn themselves back to the right road again, you need someone who is coming with the Heavenly power, Heavenly justice, Heavenly rules and Heavenly laws. Those ones are Isa alayhi salam and Mehdi alayhi salam.

No one can bring any other peace to this world except those. So many millions and billions are going to become disobedient to them too. But those ones are not coming asking people for votes. Don’t forget. They are not coming to ask votes from us. They are coming to set rules and laws to us saying, “This is what your Lord wants. Turn this way.” Their swords are very sharp. It’s cutting from both sides. 

Those ones who are coming from Heavenly stations are coming to set the rules and laws back to this world. They are not coming with any new laws and rules. They are coming to bring back the traditions and the Sunnats of the prophets and Holy Prophet (asws). To bring things back alive for people to follow and find the right way. Otherwise, there is no right way. Maybe according to individuals, but not according to the Heavenly stations. 

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Speak Good Or Remain Silent

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Holy Prophet (asws) is warning us saying, “A person may utter a word he thinks harmless, which results in his falling the depth of seventy years into Hellfire.” And there are so many sins of the tongue that we need to guard ourselves against : backbiting, lying, slandering, gossiping, breaking people’s hearts. So what advice is Holy Prophet (asws) giving to us so that we can avoid these wrong talks and guard our tongues?


He (asws) is saying, “ One can greatly beautify himself with two habits: good manners and lengthy silence.”

So the best thing is to guard our tongues with silence. As Holy Prophet (asws) is saying, “He who believes in Allah and the Last Day must either speak good or remain silent.” And one of the Sahaba-e-Kiram is teaching us, saying, “Leave alone that which has nothing to do with you, and do not speak about what does not concern you, and guard your tongue as you would guard silver!”

- Hoja Lokman Effendi Hz

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