Monday, February 27, 2006

Story of The Titanic


Sohbet given by Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Hakkani el-Kibrisi

Tuesday 22 Muharram, 1427
February 21, 2006
Osmanli Naks-i'bendi Hakkani Dergah, Siddiki Center, New York.

Medet Ya Sayyidi Ya Sultanul Awliya, Medet.

When Sheykh Mevlana came to this country, we were circling around everywhere with him. I was standing next to him all the time. Anywhere we went, I have never heard Sheykh Mevlana saying one curse word orcursing those people someway somehow. He is always putting blessings and he is always asking Allah on their behalf. For instance, one timewe were passing through a bridge. In Michigan there is the Michigan Lake and there is a long bridge. We were passing through that. We were passing through, I was driving and Sheykh Mevlana was sitting next to me. And there were other people behind in the car. He opened his hands and he started praying. He prayed and prayed, he finished and he started talking about the history of the bridge. (Later we checked and confirmed the history of that bridge). He said to us that this bridge was build at such and such a time and this many people worked for thisbridge. And he said that the building of the bridge started in the1900's. And he said, "When the people were building the bridge, a hundred people fell down from this bridge, they drowned and they died in that sea." He said, "Allah made all those people to work and today we are passing through that bridge and I am praying on their behalf so that they may be safe and they may reach to Paradise." The next morning he came and said, "The prayers are accepted. All those people who worked on that bridge are in safety." Hmm. This is a saint, anAwliya Allah speaking.

Also, one morning there at that time, we were living in the hotel and where we brought Sheykh Mevlana for a week was like a retreat, escaping from everyone's hands, making him to rest there and the island that we were in, no car can enter to that island. It's only the carriage and the horse. It's only UPS entering, nobody else. UPS is coming with a ship, entering the island, dropping things and then the carriages are carrying things in the whole island. So, one morning I was coming to Sheykh Mevlana's door because we had a very special place in the hotel. As soon as they saw Sheykh Mevlana and we said to them that we want to pray in the morning time, they opened a special place for us free of charge saying, "You can pray here, everyone together." Why did people have to do that? It's money that we were supposed to pay. They didn't take it. We didn't pay. They loved Sheykh Mevlana, because he went in there, he smiled at them, he greeted them and he joked with them and everyone was saying, "Who is this man?" To some of them I said, "Jesus." They said, "Well, he doesn't look so much like him but he acts like him. I am accepting him as Jesus." So many people said like that, "We accept him as Jesus. We accept him as the savior." I said, "You are saved already." So, one morning I came to the door, waiting and waiting for SheykhMevlana. I know that he gets up early to go to prayer. I know that everyone is up there waiting. We have to walk a little bit too and I was not hearing any sound from the inside so I said to myself, "Let me just knock on the door." I knocked on the door for the first time. Never did I knock on the door of Sheykh Mevlana. So many times that I spent time with him, early in the morning waiting in front of the door, he is always opening the door exactly on time or before and coming out. No one ever bothered him. He always got up, preparing, making wudu, praying inside, later coming outside and going to the prayers. In a short time I saw Sheykh Mevlana opening the door. He was wearing his white pajamas and white tekkes, his eyes completely red and he said, "What happened, my son?" I said, "Sheykh Mevlana, it's Fajr, it's morning." He said, "Morning? Quickly I am coming!" He quickly went inside and in two minutes time he prepared and said, "We quickly go to the prayer now and I will tell you what happened on the way back." We went to the prayer and we finished. On the way back I was bringing him back and he said to me, "Last night after you left me to the room at night, your Hajje Anna was sitting, I sat to make a little tesbih and Grandsheykh came to me. He said to me, `Open the television.'"Grandsheykh appeared to him spiritually and said, "Open the television." He said, "I opened the television and he said to me, `Now watch this program and pray for these people.'" He said, "The program on it was about the ship called Titanic." They made a documentary about that ship at that time. It was a whole two hours program about what had happened. They went all the way down, they were also taking pictures with cameras and they were taking pictures of the skeletons of the people still left in certain areas. Sheykh Mevlana said to me,"The mercy of Grandsheykh reached to them, my son. That's why he said to me, `Sit until morning, watch and pray for them." He said to me, "For eighty years, those people that were cruel, they did this cruelty, they rose their heads and pointed against Allah because they called it Titanic." Titanic is coming from a Greek word meaning one jaw is sweeping the air, one jaw is sweeping the ground so that there is no boundary in front of it. They said, "We don't accept that anything is going to stop this ship." Then he said, "That one who built this ship, when the ship was going to take off, he broke the champagne (because it's their tradition), he broke the champagne on the ship, he rose his hand up to the sky like this and he said, `EvenYou cannot stop this ship now.'" He said, "They received the anger ofAllah (subhana wa ta'ala) because of that." For that split second the light of Allah was down there and instantly they received the anger ofAllah. That's why he said, "With that word, all the other ones sank and so many people died in there." He said that so many were against the Captain because the Captain knew what they were doing. Grandsheykh is saying that the Captain said,"No, we cannot break it. We have to go straight and hit this mountain.The way this ship is built, it will go, it will break through or it will stop. But if we go sideways then we are in danger." He said,"Those squareheads didn't accept the Captain and at the last minute they turned the rudder of the ship to the other side. Right underneath on the bottom part the ice became like a sharp object and it cut the whole side of the ship at the bottom and then the water started rising. When the water started coming in, they were still arrogant up there.They were playing, dancing, gambling and when the word reached to them they said, `Shut down the first floor with the people in it. Let them drown because those are the third class people there that we have.'They closed all the doors and they let all those people suffer in there." He said, "Allah's anger was with them. The water was rising and rising and it sank everything in it. Most of the arrogant ones there at that time died or they died with different incidents. After their lifetime and up till now, for eighty-five years the anger ofAllah was with them." He said to me, "Grandsheykh is saying that everynight up till tonight they were going through the same punishment. Same thing was happening to them every night for eighty-five years. Grandsheykh's blessings reached to them, he made me to stay up all night long to pray for them and that lifted it away from them."

Hmm. Believe it or not. Of course we believe it. We believe the word of a saint. And we accept. Of course we accept. Paradise is for everybody. The door is open for everybody. Mankind today turned the world into hell. They made the whole world into hell and we ask, "What is the sense of it? What is the difference between us and the animals?" At least the animals kill each other if they are hungry. If the lion is sitting and if he is not hungry and if you pass by in front of him, he is not going to attack you. He is just going to watch if you are coming to bother him. He is not going to attack you. If he is hungry then he may get some meat from your body.

Wa min Allahu taufiq.


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