The Purpose of Following Shaykh

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Shaykh Mehmet Adil Al-Haqqani, Sohbet of the 14th of April.

As-Salāmu ‘alaykum wa raḥmatu Llāhi wa barakātuh.
A‘ūdhu biLlāhi mina sh-shayṭāni r- rajīm. Bismi Llāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥīm. Aṣ-ṣalātu wa s-Salāmu ‘alá Rasūlinā Muḥammadin Sayyidi l-awwalīn wa l-ākhirīn. Madad yā Rasūla Llāh, madad yā Sādāti Aṣḥābi Rasūli Llāh, madad yā Mashāyikhinā, dastūr yā Shaykh ‘Abdu Llāh al-Fā’iz ad-Dāghistānī, Shaykh Muḥammad Nāẓim al-Ḥaqqānī. Madad.
Ṭarīqatunā ṣ-ṣuḥbah wa l-khayru fi l-jam‘iyyah.
Our ṭarīqah is for educating the ego. Allāh جل جلاله created the ego for it to be educated. The ego has no adab or education. In rare cases, people control their egos on their own. However, when they follow a Shaykh, they educate their ego. There are billions of people, not millions, most of them follow their egos. They cannot control their egos. The ego controls them.
Our dergah and mashāyikh, this duty is given to them by Allāh جل جلاله. It has come from our Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم. All kinds of people come to the dergah. Some of them are educated in one day. Their ego can be educated. This happens too. Some of them are in dergah for a year, some for 10 years, some are in dergah for 50 years and neither they are educated, nor controlling their ego. They think they are something. They say, “I’ve served in the dergah for this much time.” That person didn’t get anything. He leaves just as he came. He was even better before he came. When he came, he was better. He became worse. This happens too by Allāh’s  جل جلاله wisdom because he didn’t submit himself. His intention was not for ākhirah. The intention was ego, to serve the ego. And he wants people to serve his ego.
When they say, “I am Shaykh,” they want to serve not Allāh جل جلاله but their ego. Not just one, there are many such people. And there are such people in order to be an example and lesson for others. A holy man came to a Shaykh once. He asked, “How many murīds do I have? What are their ages?” “Let me show you. Most of my murīds are dead. This one was three months old,” he said by one grave. The man asked “How come? Three months old murīd?” “This one was six months, this one was a year old. The eldest murīd was 12 years old.” The man asked, “How come they became murīd in infancy? That’s impossible.” All of them were 60, 70, 80 years old but only then were they able to control their egos. Then they become three months old murīds. You can make your own count assuming you are in service for 50 or 100 years.
No one needs your service. Allāh جل جلاله sent you on this way. You should make shukr. Billions of people are running on bad ways. No one says, “I am on this way for 50 years, I regret it.” You should be in dergah to make an account. These dergahs are to teach manners and adab to some people. In some places it’s not working. But there are many people who sometimes learn adab in one day. The important thing is sincerity. The purity of your intention and your sincerity become means for you to get benefit. Otherwise, if you come scheming from the first day, thinking about making more money and ways of getting benefit, you can remain for 100 years, you will leave worse than before.
May Allāh جل جلاله protect us. Be careful about this. Beware of your ego. The ego is bad. We talk about ego all the time but people are putting their egos on the highest place. May Allāh  جل جلاله protect us.
Our ṭarīqah, all ṭarīqah for training our ego; to make it good behave because ego, as we said, never tell you good thing. You must tell ego good thing. By yourself it is difficult. You must be follow some guidance, some shaykh, murshid; to obey his order and you will, in shā’a Llāh, control your ego.
There is not million [but] billion of people now in this world, very few of them they are looking for training their ego, to not follow their ego. All people they are running after ego. Everywhere, everything where you turn your face, just for your ego. Giving how to satisfy your ego, how to be enjoy yourself, how to be happy with yourself. This is what they are people following. But dergah, zāwiyah – purpose for this to teach people to control themself and their ego. And when you come to dergah you must be know this you from first day. You must say, “I’m coming here.” Some people they are saying, “We are here since ten years” or some of them “twenty years, some of them thirty years we are here. We are serving for dergah and we are, we must take our benefit from this.” And they are want benefit. They are not looking for benefit of spiritual. No. They looking for material. This is what some, very few people like this. But also this is we warning people [not] to be like this people.
.You are here in dergah or you are coming, going. This is the biggest favour from Allāh جل جلالهBillion of people they are following their ego and they thought they are happy. But you must be happy, you must know your purpose of to be in dergah – to following Shaykh. You are, of course you are chosen by Allāh جل جلاله because you cannot put anybody here. You must be happy. Don’t think thought about material thing or I spend so many years… You spent many years say “al-ḥamdu liLlāh.” You are with Shaykh and you are making your worshipping, every good thing Allāh جل جلاله order you are doing. What else you want? Shaykh don’t want you to work for him, to help him to make for zāwiyah. If anybody like to help they can help but not calling people [to] leave everything and come here. No. This people they are coming here by themself and many of them they left after Mawlānā also. They said, “When Mawlānā close his eyes, nothing finish. We are going from here.” And this is they are unlucky. They are, we cannot say anything for them.
They are free here, also dergah free. Everybody can come, everybody can go. We not holding with chain or tying them. No. Our only giving them good advice and, in shā’a Llāh, good guidance, following way of awliyā’u Llāh until Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم. As Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم saying, all Prophets say, “Lā as’alukum ‘alayhi ajran in huwa illā dhikrá lil-‘ālamīn” (6:90). We not asking you any wages. We not ask any money, anything. They Prophets, they was saying also this for their… “only we are remembering [reminding] you you are here not for your ego.” O who are claiming they are becoming Shaykh, you are not Shaykh. You are become shayṭān because making people also to confuse. No. You are following your ego. You are following your material desire and looking for more and more. Be regret and ask for forgiveness from Allāh جل جلاله or Allāh جل جلاله will punish you.
We are not saying anything because everything Allāh جل جلاله knowing, Allāh جل جلاله seeing. Not like to be saying, “We are doing this for you.” Allāh جل جلاله not in need for you, not for whole universe. Allāh جل جلاله not in need for him. You are in need for Allāh جل جلاله. He is, He جل جلاله can say, “I جل جلاله give you this, I جل جلاله give you that, I جل جلاله give you everything.” Tawba astaghfiru Llāh.
Wa min Allāhi t-tawfīq, al-Fātiḥah.
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