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THE FAST OF SHAWWAL

InshaAllah ar-Rahman, Shawwal has entered and the Holy Prophet (asws) is saying to us, “If you are keeping six days during the month of Shawwal then you will be counted as if you have fasted the whole year. You will be rewarded in the Judgment Day as if you have fasted the whole year.” InshaAllah ar-Rahman, we are making intention according to the traditions of our Sheykh and the Holy Prophet (asws). We don’t know the Holy Prophet (asws) that much. We know what our Sheykh is doing and our Sheykh usually keeps this [Eid] day breaking the fast and tomorrow he starts fasting again for six days non-stop. My advice to myself is this: so many times people say, “Well, it’s voluntary. So I will fast one day and I won’t fast the next day. The next day I will fast and for one week I won’t fast.” I am watching that so many times people are not making up those six days.If we do, if we make up these six days then it is a big reward for us inshaAllah ar-Rahman, that the things that we have missed during the Ramazan time, it will be covered up and we will be rewarded for that, inshaAllah ar-Rahman. We will be rewarded just because we are trying to follow the sunnat of Rasulullah (asws).- SahibulSaif Sheykh Abdul Kerim Effendi Hz

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THE FAST OF SHAWWAL

InshaAllah ar-Rahman, Shawwal has entered and the Holy Prophet (asws) is saying to us, “If you are keeping six days during the month of Shawwal then you will be counted as if you have fasted the whole year. You will be rewarded in the Judgment Day as if you have fasted the whole year.” 

InshaAllah ar-Rahman, we are making intention according to the traditions of our Sheykh and the Holy Prophet (asws). We don’t know the Holy Prophet (asws) that much. We know what our Sheykh is doing and our Sheykh usually keeps this [Eid] day breaking the fast and tomorrow he starts fasting again for six days non-stop. My advice to myself is this: so many times people say, “Well, it’s voluntary. So I will fast one day and I won’t fast the next day. The next day I will fast and for one week I won’t fast.” I am watching that so many times people are not making up those six days.

If we do, if we make up these six days then it is a big reward for us inshaAllah ar-Rahman, that the things that we have missed during the Ramazan time, it will be covered up and we will be rewarded for that, inshaAllah ar-Rahman. We will be rewarded just because we are trying to follow the sunnat of Rasulullah (asws).

- SahibulSaif Sheykh Abdul Kerim Effendi Hz

Celebrating The Eid

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Holy Prophet (asws) is saying to us, “When you are seeing the crescent of Ramazan, start fasting. When you see Shawwal entering, stop fasting. If the skies are closed and cloudy then make it up to thirty days and then stop fasting.”

Alhamdulillah, we are following that sunnat. The skies are closed. We made it up to thirty days, we are breaking the fast and we are celebrating the Eid.

Alhamdulillah wa shukr Allah. Those people who kept the whole month of Ramazan, they kept their Tarawih prayers, they gave their Sadaqas, they gave their Zakats, yes, they should celebrate Eid. They should give everything to celebrate. They have two Eids to celebrate. One in this dunya and one in the hereafter. Those who are keeping the orders of Allah swt. And the orders that are coming from Allah swt are coming with conditions attached, that is, the orders of the Holy Prophet (asws). If we are keeping the orders of the Holy Prophet (asws) then we are keeping the orders of our Lord Allah swt.

Eid is the day to celebrate, Eid is the day to forgive, Eid is the day to put the differences aside, to turn back to the original road, Eid is the day that the person is separating himself, saving himself from that fire, from the threat and treatment of the fire. And Allah swt is granting us, saying to us, “Run to that.” And those who are finding, yes, those who are finding space to put it and they are running for that, they are keeping their Lord priority. Allah keeps them priority.

No one is claiming in this time, in this century that the things that we are doing are worthy to address, to give to the Divine Presence. We know that we are very weak and we are doing very weak service. At least man must try. He must try and he must be sincere with himself. He must know that he is a weak creature and he must know that his Lord is the most strong and the only One. So the Eid is for an individual, for a believer to understand what is faith and what is Kufr and to celebrate on it. Eid is for believers to separate themselves from unbelievers and to start celebrating.

- SahibulSaif Sheykh Abd Kerim Effendi Hz

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EID MUBAREK FROM THE OSMANLI NAKSBENDI DERGAHI

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MAKE EACH OTHER HAPPY ON EID

The Holy day, the Eid is a day to celebrate inshaAllah ar-Rahman. When you are celebrating, don’t forget the Ummat. Don’t forget that Allah subhana wa ta’ala is not too happy with us. Don’t forget that the Holy Prophet (sws) is also not too much happy with us. Don’t forget that the Awliya Allah are not too happy with us. Who is happy with us? Sheytan.
So run to make it better on this day. Don’t make Sheytan happy. Make each other happy and reach to your family members. You have problems with them, it doesn’t matter. Today is the day to pick up the phone to say, “Selam aleykum mother, Selam aleykum father. I am just calling you to celebrate with you the Eid.” Whatever they say, it’s okay. You do your part. When you do your part you will be rewarded for that. They will be rewarded for that. Allah subhana wa ta’ala will put mercy into their hearts inshaAllah ar-Rahman. It is for you and for me.

This is the advice coming to us from the Holy Prophet (sws). If we keep it, it is good for us. If we drop it then it is not giving too much benefit to us.
- SahibulSaif Sheykh Abd Kerim Effendi Hz
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MAKE EACH OTHER HAPPY ON EID

The Holy day, the Eid is a day to celebrate inshaAllah ar-Rahman. When you are celebrating, don’t forget the Ummat. Don’t forget that Allah subhana wa ta’ala is not too happy with us. Don’t forget that the Holy Prophet (sws) is also not too much happy with us. Don’t forget that the Awliya Allah are not too happy with us. Who is happy with us? Sheytan.

So run to make it better on this day. Don’t make Sheytan happy. Make each other happy and reach to your family members. You have problems with them, it doesn’t matter. Today is the day to pick up the phone to say, “Selam aleykum mother, Selam aleykum father. I am just calling you to celebrate with you the Eid.” Whatever they say, it’s okay. You do your part. When you do your part you will be rewarded for that. They will be rewarded for that. Allah subhana wa ta’ala will put mercy into their hearts inshaAllah ar-Rahman. It is for you and for me.

This is the advice coming to us from the Holy Prophet (sws). If we keep it, it is good for us. If we drop it then it is not giving too much benefit to us.

- SahibulSaif Sheykh Abd Kerim Effendi Hz

EID MUBARAK! 2014

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LAYLATUL QADR MUBARAK!

May we reap the endless benefits of this holy night with prayers and reflection.May Allah swt’s mercy rain down on us in this blessed and holy night, and may all our sins be forgiven inshallah.

PREPARE YOURSELF FOR MAHDI (AS)

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[SHEYKH ABDUL KERIM EFENDI HZ. GIVES VERY IMPORTANT WARNINGS ABOUT COMING DAYS AND HOW TO BE READY FOR MAHDI AND ISA (AS) ]

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Selam Aleykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu

All Praise to our Lord Allah swt and to his Prophet (ASWS). If you are standing like this until Judgement Day and praising Allah and his Prophet (ASWS), it is not enough. And alhamdulillah, Allah is granting us this permission to rememberr him. Millions, they are living 24 hrs a day but they are not remembering even one time to their Lord. So it’s another two rakahs Shukur we must make to our Lord, that He make us to understand a little better and to be able to follow.

Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Aalimeen.

Definitely we are living the last days. As Holy Prophet asws is saying in one hadith, Hz Anas (RA) is saying, Holy Prophet said (asws), “One of the sign of the last days, the Judgement Day, the days are going to be very short. The year is going to feel like a month. Month is gonig to feel like a week. A week is going to feel like one day., 24 hrs, and 24 hours is going to feel like less than a hour. Are we in those days? You know. You get up early in the morning. Before you turn left and right, sun is setting.

We just start Ramazan yesterday, Ramazan is almost finishing. Blessing to those whose showing the proper respect to this month. Not blessing to those. They are bad servants who are not showing the proper respect to this month. And, it is obligation to the children of Adam (as) to fast. No nation can say we are not suppose to be fasting. To every nation from Adam (as) until judgement day, Allah has ordered for them to fast. To Jews, to Christians, to Muslims. Cutting off here, cutting off there, cutting off here, cutting off there, sheytan is giving direction, and they came out some kind of religion that just fits to their ego. And the duty of the religion, it is to control the ego, to be able to control your ego, to turn the Nafs-e-Ammara to Nafs-e-Mutmain, thats the ego that Allah likes. So, this month should be mroe easier for people to control their ego, because sheytan, they are in chains, but today’s people, majority they became worse then sheytan. That’s why there is still so much wrong activity we are seeing in the world. The end of this is not too good. The end of this is disaster. And the beleivers must seperate themselves. Believers must keep themselves busy with Allah and his orders. That is safety to us.

Anyone who wants to reach to Mahdi (AS), they must keep their daily prayers. If they are muslim, there is no safety to them unless they will be praying. If there will be no prayers, they are bad servants. Sheytan is a servant also, but he’s a bad servant. From Christians to other beliefs, if they want to reach to that times, they must give charity. They must learn slowly how to become obedient servants. That is order coming from Allah and His Prophet (asws) , to us.

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We Are Reaching To The Last Days

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We are reaching to those last days that the Holy Prophet (asws) promised us and we have very heavy, loaded, painful and difficult days waiting in front of us. We did not finish it yet, we are just entering into that era, the time of Dajjal, when the confusion is everywhere. Nobody is listening to anybody anymore. Everyone is very happy with their mind, with what they know only, but with what they know they cannot even move from here to short places. Kids know, adults know, men know, males know, females know, everyone is knowing. If you say something saying, “This is from the Prophet (asws)”, they say, “It doesn’t fit for this time.” 

(Sheykh Effendi laughs) It doesn’t fit?

- SahibulSaif Sheykh Abdul Kerim Effendi Hz

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TAFAKKUR

Whatever ibadat that you are doing, nothing is going to be higher than Tafakkur. All of your ibadat, going up and down, and recitation, if it’s not making you to understand yourself more, and understanding Allah more, it’s still very low level. You may not be doing a lot of ibadat, but you are sitting down and you are questioning yourself heavily, ‘why am I doing that? How foolish of me! How idiot of me! Why am I not thinking? Why am I doing this?’ you are questioning yourself and you are judging yourself, that time, that tafakkur, one hour is better than seventy years of worship.
- Hoja Lokman Effendi Hz

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TAFAKKUR

Whatever ibadat that you are doing, nothing is going to be higher than Tafakkur. All of your ibadat, going up and down, and recitation, if it’s not making you to understand yourself more, and understanding Allah more, it’s still very low level. You may not be doing a lot of ibadat, but you are sitting down and you are questioning yourself heavily, ‘why am I doing that? How foolish of me! How idiot of me! Why am I not thinking? Why am I doing this?’ you are questioning yourself and you are judging yourself, that time, that tafakkur, one hour is better than seventy years of worship.

- Hoja Lokman Effendi Hz

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RAMADAN- A PRECIOUS GIFT

O believers, Ramazan is a precious gift, that has been granted to us from the Lord of Heavens. In this month, the Mercy of Allah S.W.T. is raining down to the earth. For the believers who are running to receive it. Holy Prophet A.S.W.S is saying, “The gates of the Gardens of Paradise and the Gates of Heaven will surely be flung open in the first night of the month of Ramazan and they will not be close again until the very last night. Each time, without fail, that a male or a female servant performs the ritual prayer during any night of this month, Allah will credit him or her with 1700 good deeds for every prostration, for every sajda. For that servant, He will build in the Garden of Paradise a house, made from a single red ruby, that has 70 doors. Each of those door will have two leaves of gold, beautifully adorn with knobs fashion from red ruby. If someone keep the fast of the first day of Ramazan, Allah will forgive him of every sin until the last day of ramazan and his fasting, will be an expiation until that same point in time.”

-Hoja Lokman Effendi Hz.

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THE REASON FOR WAR & INJUSTICE IN THE MUSLIM WORLD

History shows us that since the ruling of Islam, which was held with the Khalifatur-Rasool, departed from this world, this world has been mired in war and injustice. After the Khalifa departed, this world saw two terrible world wars. And since that time, the world has not known peace. From East to West, from North to South, the world has been mired in wars and conflicts, in tyranny and oppression, especially in those places that were part of the Aalam-e-Islam.This has come about because those inheritors of the Prophet, those who understand the Justice of Allah (swt), have been driven out and are not given control. And just as when Light goes out, darkness takes its place, in place of the inheritors of the Prophets, people begin to rule themselves without any connection to Allah. And when left in such a state, people begin to become cruel. They begin to divide, they begin to fight, they begin to attack other people’s rights.This has come about because we have rejected those who hold spiritual power, those who would pray for this world. We have said, we do not need prayer, we are enough. We have fallen into the state of Firaun, who said, “I am the greatest Lord,” and thus rejected Allah (swt). Yes, we have rejected the Will and Justice of Allah (swt) by rejecting those who represent His will. And in doing so, we have lost our honor as the Children of Adam.
-Sheykh Hoja Lokman Effendi Hz.

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THE REASON FOR WAR & INJUSTICE IN THE MUSLIM WORLD

History shows us that since the ruling of Islam, which was held with the Khalifatur-Rasool, departed from this world, this world has been mired in war and injustice. After the Khalifa departed, this world saw two terrible world wars. And since that time, the world has not known peace. From East to West, from North to South, the world has been mired in wars and conflicts, in tyranny and oppression, especially in those places that were part of the Aalam-e-Islam.

This has come about because those inheritors of the Prophet, those who understand the Justice of Allah (swt), have been driven out and are not given control. And just as when Light goes out, darkness takes its place, in place of the inheritors of the Prophets, people begin to rule themselves without any connection to Allah. And when left in such a state, people begin to become cruel. They begin to divide, they begin to fight, they begin to attack other people’s rights.

This has come about because we have rejected those who hold spiritual power, those who would pray for this world. We have said, we do not need prayer, we are enough. We have fallen into the state of Firaun, who said, “I am the greatest Lord,” and thus rejected Allah (swt). Yes, we have rejected the Will and Justice of Allah (swt) by rejecting those who represent His will. And in doing so, we have lost our honor as the Children of Adam.

-Sheykh Hoja Lokman Effendi Hz.

Democracy, Hypocrisy

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The West is suffering from terrorism. The East is suffering from terrorism. From where are these terrorists coming?

From the sky or are they growing from the earth?

It’s the same people. It’s because the training stopped, the reality of Islam stopped, the real teachings of Islam stopped, the love of Allah stopped and the fear of Allah stopped. The people have fear from the governments, from the police but they have no fear of Allah. They run around to steal, to do wrong things, they are looking around to do things and they are looking out for the police. But they are not worrying that Allah is watching them.

That’s what happened. The faith is gone.

Faith! Faith in Allah is gone. Yes, people still read the Quran but faith is gone because Holy Prophet (sws) is saying, “In Ahir Zaman, there is going to come people who are going torecite the Quran so beautifully that when they recite the Quran they are going to move your hearts. There will be thunders in your hearts from the way that the Quran will be recited but the Quran is not going to enter below their throats. It’s not going to enter to their hearts. They are going to recite the Quran to earn money. They are going to become Imams to earn money.”

This is what’s happening. They are selling Islam and they are selling the way of Allah, the teachings of Allah for money. This is what happened and it’s because Islam is leadership. If the leader is taken away then everyone is rising saying, “We have democracy. We have to live according to democracy rules, hypocrisy rules. We are going to choose our own Presidents, our own Prime Ministers, our own leaders, our own this and our own that.”

Guest: Some people say that democracy is demon gone crazy.

(Sheykh Efendi smiles and the audience laughs.)

Democracy is hypocrisy. Whatever fits to them that’s what they are going to speak. It’s not that they have any basic beliefs and they are running after that. Whatever the crowd of people want and whatever votes they are going to get from them, this is what they are going to speak to them.

That’s what’s happening today. They are running after votes. If it’s necessary to buy the votes with money, they pay money. If it’s necessary to buy the votes through their (the crowd’s) leader then they buy the leader. If it’s necessary to fool the community then this is what they do. If it’s necessary to promise things to them even though they are never going to deliver those things, they promise.

This is the democracy today.

El-Fatiha.

- Sheykh Abdul Kerim Effendi Hz.

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LAYLATUL QADR- HOLIEST NIGHT IN THE ODD DAYS OF LAST 10 DAYS OF RAMADAN

Awliya Allah they are saying Laylatul Qadr, it is, in the month of Ramazan. Heavily, it could be in the last third of the month. The last ten days. Heavily it is the odd number days and heavily, maybe it is the 27th. But, of course now, we are not discouraging people from worshipping on the 27th. If you want to worship on the 27th, it is better to worship than not worshipping at all.
Some square heads they are saying, ‘no this is wrong, this is bida’at. He never said that. Going to the 27th masjid and reading and making khatame and all this, this is bida’at.’

It is better than nothing. What are you going to do, sit home and watch Bollywood movies whole night long?
It is better at least. We are saying, it’s not the best, but now we are coming to the Ahir Zaman, you have to have a wisdom, you have to say, because mankind is so weak, what little they do, we cannot stop them. We say to them, we encourage them, ‘do it.’ Later they are going to get stronger, they are going to do more. Just like the first Jahilliyah.
So treat every night like it is Laylatul Qadr. At least, to make two raka’at and say, ‘Ya Rabbi, I’m a weak one.’ And Allah loves His servants who says that he is weak. ‘This is what I can do if Laylatul Qadr is tonight.’ Sit for five minutes and say, ‘ya Rabbi, I’m sitting here, I’m just thinking of You. I’m not asking You anything. I’m just thinking of You. I want to be with You. You are always being with me. You are always with me but I’m far away from You. I’m just here to be with You.’
- Hoja Lokman Effendi Hz

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LAYLATUL QADR- HOLIEST NIGHT IN THE ODD DAYS OF LAST 10 DAYS OF RAMADAN

Awliya Allah they are saying Laylatul Qadr, it is, in the month of Ramazan. Heavily, it could be in the last third of the month. The last ten days. Heavily it is the odd number days and heavily, maybe it is the 27th. But, of course now, we are not discouraging people from worshipping on the 27th. If you want to worship on the 27th, it is better to worship than not worshipping at all.

Some square heads they are saying, ‘no this is wrong, this is bida’at. He never said that. Going to the 27th masjid and reading and making khatame and all this, this is bida’at.’

It is better than nothing. What are you going to do, sit home and watch Bollywood movies whole night long?

It is better at least. We are saying, it’s not the best, but now we are coming to the Ahir Zaman, you have to have a wisdom, you have to say, because mankind is so weak, what little they do, we cannot stop them. We say to them, we encourage them, ‘do it.’ Later they are going to get stronger, they are going to do more. Just like the first Jahilliyah.

So treat every night like it is Laylatul Qadr. At least, to make two raka’at and say, ‘Ya Rabbi, I’m a weak one.’ And Allah loves His servants who says that he is weak. ‘This is what I can do if Laylatul Qadr is tonight.’ Sit for five minutes and say, ‘ya Rabbi, I’m sitting here, I’m just thinking of You. I’m not asking You anything. I’m just thinking of You. I want to be with You. You are always being with me. You are always with me but I’m far away from You. I’m just here to be with You.’

- Hoja Lokman Effendi Hz

I Have Committed Unforgivable Sins During Some Holy Nights Of Ramadan. What Should I do?

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FAST WITH THAT WHICH IS DISPLEASING TO YOUR LORD

Holy Prophet(asws) is saying, ‘fasting, it is a suit of armour, so we should wear this suit of armour and go into the maidan, to go in to the field and fight against against to our ego and our ego should not only be the fasting of the body.The fasting of food and drink but we should be fasting with that which is displeasing to our Lord, so that we may leave it for the rest of the year as well.As Ghaus ul-Azam Seyh Abdul Qadir Gilani(qs) is saying, ‘when any one of you fasts, let his ears, his eyes, his hands, his legs, his limbs, his organs and his heart, let them all fast, when you fast give up lying, giving false witness, backbiting, defaming people and stealing their properties.O Believers, we should make intention, to discipline our ego during this Holy month of Ramazan, to get it under control and to be better ones for the rest of the year.The only way to control the ego, the only way to battle against the ego is to have a Shaykh, without a guide, the ego will win against you no matter what you do.As Hazrat-e-Bayazid Bastami(qs) is saying, ‘One who does not have a Seyh, His Seyh is Sheytan.’
-Hoja Lokman Effendi Hz.

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FAST WITH THAT WHICH IS DISPLEASING TO YOUR LORD

Holy Prophet(asws) is saying, ‘fasting, it is a suit of armour, so we should wear this suit of armour and go into the maidan, to go in to the field and fight against against to our ego and our ego should not only be the fasting of the body.
The fasting of food and drink but we should be fasting with that which is displeasing to our Lord, so that we may leave it for the rest of the year as well.

As Ghaus ul-Azam Seyh Abdul Qadir Gilani(qs) is saying, ‘when any one of you fasts, let his ears, his eyes, his hands, his legs, his limbs, his organs and his heart, let them all fast, when you fast give up lying, giving false witness, backbiting, defaming people and stealing their properties.

O Believers, we should make intention, to discipline our ego during this Holy month of Ramazan, to get it under control and to be better ones for the rest of the year.
The only way to control the ego, the only way to battle against the ego is to have a Shaykh, without a guide, the ego will win against you no matter what you do.
As Hazrat-e-Bayazid Bastami(qs) is saying, ‘One who does not have a Seyh, His Seyh is Sheytan.’

-Hoja Lokman Effendi Hz.

Ramadan-The Month To Give Zakat

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Rasulullah (asws) said that, “The one who is not giving Zakat has no prayer. The one who has no prayer has no Islam.” Today in the east, west, north and south the Muslim people are in trouble and the biggest problem is that; they stopped giving Zakat.

The month of Ramazan is the month in which to give Zakat. This is the month that must reach to the hands of the poor people. Maybe they have nothing. Maybe they will be happy buying something that will make their lives easier. Allah gives to everybody but Allah gives to everybody through the hands of others. And maybe Allah swt will make you to hold the Riziq of another fifty people. If you are holding on to it tightly and not giving, then maybe those people’s hearts will not be too happy with Allah although they are praying. And in the Judgment Day you will be responsible.

So if you give maybe you make one of them happy and they will pray for you. And the best people whose prayers are accepted are the poor who are not complaining and who are fasting. They are hungry. That is the time that their prayer is accepted.

So who’s going to give Zakat?

Now everyone may say, “Well I’m not rich. That’s for rich people.” The millionaire is going to say, “Well I’m not rich, there’s a billionaire.” The billionaire is going to say, “I’m not rich.” So everyone is pointing somebody out saying there’s someone richer than me. It doesn’t fit to me.

What kind of Muslim are you? Excuses, excuses, never-ending, never finishing. Don’t excuse yourself. Let somebody else excuse himself. If you are excusing yourself, then that is the biggest trouble, the biggest problem and you become the biggest enemy to your own self. Zakat, It has to fit to you, to you, to you, to me, to everyone. It is obligation.

The Muslim world, the believers they have lost. They have lost because of this. One of the biggest problems why Muslims have lost today everywhere in Muslim nations and in Muslim countries is because they are not giving Zakat anymore. Go and search them and you will find how many of them are giving Zakat. That’s why no Berakat, no Rahmat, no mercy coming to those nations. Because we are stepping on the word of Allah swt that way.

- SahibulSaif Sheykh Abdul Kerim Effendi Hz

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