Don’t Imitate Them

Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim

Sultan Sheikh Mehmet Adil Al-Haqqani (QS), sohbat of the 13th of May, 2015.

As-salamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. Audhu billahi min ash-shaytani r-rajim. Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim. As-salatu wa s-salamu ala Rasulina Muhammadin Sayyidi l-awwalina wa l-akhirin. Madad ya Mashaykhina, dastur, Sheikh Abdullah Faiz Daghestani, Sheikh Muhammad Nazim al-Haqqani. Tariqatuna as-sohbah, wa l-khayru fi jam’iyyah.

“Man tashabbaha bi qawmin fa huwa minhum” says our Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam). If you imitate a nation or group of people and want to resemble them, you will become one of them. That’s why our Prophet says to be a little different from non-Muslims. Let your Muslim-hood be seen. It was clear before where people belonged from their clothes and attitudes. People nowadays show it too but some people want more to imitate others. That is not good. Your identity should be seen. Resemble the beloved servants of Allah. The religion of Islam is the most perfect religion.

Imitating is not only by clothing. They are making up laws not existing in Islam. And our people like them. We don’t like that. They are bringing up an idea and we want to imitate that idea. This also is not nice. Allah has made the religion of Islam the highest and greatest. This religion is the highest from all aspects. There is no better than this. Because Allah Azza wa Jalla made it perfect. You can’t see any incompleteness in it. How is it that Islam doesn’t resemble others? There is tolerance in Islam; everyone can live as they wish.

You can’t make a non-Muslim to be Muslim. If he wants, he can become Muslim. If he doesn’t, he can keep his religion. He can live among Muslims. They say they swear at Muslims. Of course, if they did other than that they would have become Muslim themselves. Their lack of love towards Muslims is quite a normal thing. Muslims should accept them as they are because if they loved Muslims, if they loved our Prophet, if they loved us, they would have become Muslim. Therefore, these people are against Muslims all over the world. But when honored with Islam, whatever the man has done, it will be as if he didn’t do it. Because Islam starts from that moment keeping his account and recording his book. Before that, he has already committed the biggest of sins by making shirk, not recognizing and not wanting Allah.

Therefore, there is no issue of him loving or not loving us. There are much bigger issues. But if you say a non-Muslim is doing this and that to us, that’s normal for him. We are not like him. No Muslim could live for hundreds of years in their countries. Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants couldn’t get along with each other. They didn’t tolerate it. They didn’t leave any Muslims there and exiled and sent them away. In our Islamic state during the time of Khalifat, in the Ottoman Empire, thousands of nations were living. They had hundreds of religions according to their minds. No one could interfere them. They didn’t interfere unless they were Muslims. And Muslims had certain principles for not making fitna. This is it. “Don’t imitate anyone.” it says.

Muslims don’t go out into the streets to march and scream. Sheikh Effendi used to be very angry at this. Muslims can’t go out into the streets and shout and scream, if something happens. You should go to the mosques and pray. As we say, there are many things. Whatever people, who have lost their way do, sometimes our Muslims are imitating them. Then, as we said, like in hadith of our Prophet, you become one of them. If you say you are Muslim and shout, you’re not counted as Muslim, you’re  counted as one of them. A Muslim follows with adab the way ordered by Allah and shown by our Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam). He doesn’t imitate. A Muslim is a dignified person with adab, not a loose one. You shouldn’t resemble them – not only by clothing, but actually by sense of logic and behaviour.

“Don’t resemble non-Muslims and those who have lost their ways” it says. Beware don’t imitate them and don’t like what is theirs. And there’s no need to act against them. We don’t accept, don’t like and don’t want it. Most people feel disgusted when they come across and see screaming and yelling somewhere. Whoever it may be, people don’t like it. Therefore, it’s wrong to scream and shout. It is said in Qur’an as well “Don’t raise your voices”. “Don’t raise your voice above our Prophet’s.” When you scream… Our people sometimes shout out takbir too much. This is not nice either. Act with adab. It’s not good to do it everywhere because you will put yourself under the bad tongue of people and cause others to hate or curse you. What we preach is the way of adab, this is the way of tariqa.

Allah Azza wa Jall He said in Qur’an … no. Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) in hadith he said, Man tashabbaha bi qawmin fa huwa minhum. Who look like some nations, or some people, who try to be like them, imitate them, he is from them. Of course this before it was for outside looking. Many people in the old time, every nation, every people from their custom you know from where they are, which religion, which country. So, it was not good to imitate [those] who are not from Muslim people. There must be a difference between you and others. But these days it is more important for not imitate them or not like them – to [not] look like them, inside, innerly.

How they have bad ideas for whole human beings They thought they are doing good but their ideas [are] not good. So, we mustn’t listen to them or to imitate them, to make some idea like them. Especially, people [that] they are angry. These people they are making many trick about Islam. They are making, they are swearing for Islam, for our precious, holy, holy thing for Islam. They are saying bad word about this and we, our people they are attacking them. They are doing [the] same thing. They are imitating them and they are coming in trick for what they done these people. In Islam it is [a] religion for, the best religion of Allah. “[The] last religion [is] Islam” He said ‘the complete religion.’

So these people, when they are saying bad thing about Islam, bad thing about Muslim, bad thing about every holy thing for us, it is normal. It is normal, we mustn’t be angry. Why? Because if they are accepting and they are loving our holy things they must be Muslim. So, when they are not accepting, they can do what they do. So we are not [to] imitate them, and be make the same thing for them. Even [if] there is many crazy people, they are swearing for some Prophet also. We accept all Prophet[s]. So when these people they are doing every[thing] they can do, every bad thing, they can do what they like because we are not responsible for them. Only we are responsible [for those] who are in Islam. But other people they are, they are making the biggest sin to be, [to] put partner with Allah or not accept Allah or they are doing, worshipping idols. They are doing anything outside of Islam they are, this is the most important and the biggest sin.

There is hadith: It is no sin behind ‘kufr’ (…) unbelief. Unbeliever, it is the biggest sin. It is the biggest sin because when these people, if they doing the worst thing before Islam and [then] they accept Islam, only Allah asking for them after Islam. Before Islam all this [is] forgiven for them. So for this these, our people, they are imitate them and they are try to do same what they do. We know they are not, they don’t have any ‘musamiha’ (tolerance). No tolerance. We know this, and we see everywhere in the world they are doing the worst not taking nations from earth. They not leaving any Muslims in Europe after 100 years. Not leaving any, only this last century the Muslim come to Europe also. But before, No!

But also, it is not, not bad for us, because it is normal. We cannot say “how they can do this, how can they do that?” It is normal because they are outside of belief. So we are only must imitate – not imitate them. Only following Islam. Islam, because it is accepting in our country [for there] to be people with another religion. They are, they have right, they have to be in safety in our country to work and worship what they like. Only we saying, we invite them to Islam. If they accept, OK accept. If not accept it is, they are free. It is not, now it is this. Since Prophet (saws) – same. It was like this. In Iran there was worshipping Majusi, they worshipping fire. And there was Jewish, there was Christian there was many thing. In Ottoman time, same.

Even, once when Fatih Sultan Mehmet who conquered Istanbul, he was going through Europe and opening. There was a Serbian king and he was between Ottoman and between Hungary. Hungary it was Catholic and the Orthodox – Serbian. And he sent some messenger to ask how maybe, because Orthodox and Catholic, it was like enemy, more than Muslim! And he try to ask maybe if he [can] help this Hungarian against Turk. They will be, there is peace between them. He sent for this king. He said to him ‘If we help you, how you will be treating us?’ He said, “We will try to finish all this Orthodox and then crush all your yes, everything for [the] church and..” And he asked for Sultan Mehmet. He said, “We are, the religion, Islam. We invite people to Islam. If they accept, accept. If not accept, they are free. We will leave their Church and what they worshipping. We can be in the mosque.”

It was like this, but we are, what we say from beginning. It is normal for non-believers. We cannot imitate them. They must imitate us. We have the adab of Prophet (saws) and teaching of Allah Azza wa Jalla and tariqat they are teaching this. These days there are many people they forget this. They try to imitate what they done, the worst thing. Allah make us safe from these people.

Wa min Allah it-Tawfiq Al-Fatiha

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