Weekly Letter

A Conversation with Youth

I believe what the Honourable Sage Bediüzzaman prescribed as a remedy is really important:  
He describes an ‘ease in solidarity.’  
‘Organising working hours’, ‘organising tasks’ and ‘the ease in solidarity.’  
I believe this is like an expansion of time where a lot can be done in a short period.  
Working hours need to be arranged really carefully so that what we are going to do in across a day is all planned out.  
In other words, how long am I going to stay at home?  
How long am I going to spend with my parents?  
How long am I going to sleep?  
How long will I be awake?  
How much am I going to read?  
How long?  
Our friends who are in pursuit of high aspirations should refrain from being preoccupied with current events.  
We need to keep distant from things that don’t concern us directly.  
This should be our red line; we should always plan our time accordingly.  
I believe ‘Organising tasks’ means assigning people the tasks they are inclined towards mentally and spiritually.  
Otherwise, if people have to perform tasks that they don’t know/want/love, it will cost a lot of time.  
Here, I have witnessed very precious people spending ten years, fifteen years to do their PhD’s.  
This is a life-time.  
What could be done in ten months is asked to be done in four years; people are being kept busy for four years.  
I wonder if this could be shortened, if the fundamentals could be taught well and the rest is solved like mathematics problems, allowing the students to solve the rest themselves.  
I seems to me that three-year middle school education and, for instance, four-year religious-oriented high school education which add up to seven years of education could be given in two or three years.  
Such is the university education; depending on the courses thought at the university, it could be finished in two or three years.  
In that way, a person would be beneficial to society at a time when one is most dynamic and at the peak of one’s youth.  
I’d also like to emphasise is a third discipline besides these two disciplines.  
As mentioned by the Sage Bediüzzaman, ‘people helping one another with ease’ is quite important to me.  
In morphology, the word ‘mutual assistance’ which refers to two or more people assisting each other to solve a problem using their collective minds is quite important.  
For instance, if one of our friends is doing his PhD, assisting him.  
There are such friends among us; they have extensive knowledge about books and other written sources.  
They need to help those friends.  
One of you may write very well, the moment they grab a pen, they can write very eloquently and powerfully.  
You would think they write like Ferdowsi, the Persian poet and writer of epics. They have such competence.  
These friends should help other friends with their writing skills.  
By doing this, more can be done with the limited amount of time one has; just as drops of water can cut through marble.  
This is from a Turkish proverb:  
‘It is not the pressure of the water that cuts through marble, rather is consistency and continuation.  
This is for those friends who have given themselves to reading and learning.  
Some of you work with your parents and family business.  
Others are involved in politics and wish to serve there.  
But our friends, who have great goals, as expressed by the Honourable Sage, ‘The absence or the forgetting of an ideal (in life) causes people to concentrate upon themselves and their own self-interest.’  
A lofty ideal.  
He calls it an ideal, a goal, Ziya Gökalp calls it a noble ideal.  
To have lofty and elevated ideals and goals…  
This must be one’s ultimate purpose in life, ultimate goal.  
It should be a grand purpose of life.  
If a person is to become devoted to such high goals, they will not lose to the desires for worthless things.  
Yes it should be one’s Layla; and you should be its Majnun.  
To be so enamoured by Layla, so far as to not recognise her upon seeing her.  
One should be so intoxicated in one’s love, that they do not see her.  
Our friends who have declared themselves to a higher cause ought to count anything otherwise as unworthy and should not show favour before it.  
Those unworthy things will cause disorientation.  
That is why he says:  
‘If there is no such purpose of life, or if it is forgotten or appears to be forgotten.’  
If they assume a behaviour that implies it is forgotten.  
This comes from the root word mentioned, ‘to show one’s self to have forgotten.’  
It was used in old medicine:  
‘To show one’s self to be sick.’  
Showing one’s self as sick when they are not, this is what it means.  
Indeed, to appear as though they have forgotten when they have not really.  
‘The mind turns into the ego.’  
Minds turn to egotism. They become egoists, narcissists, all obliviously.  
Hence, one must be in communication with God and devoted to higher achievements.  
‘What can I do to earn His pleasure and consent?  
What can I do to make the Noble Spirit of the Master of Humankind happy?  
If only he were to honour me and set his marquee in my heart, to come and brighten my nights.  
If only every night was like that.’  
When the human becomes smitten, now an insane lover one cannot see or hear anything else.  
Path of the Honourable Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman, Ali, and hundreds more.  
May God be pleased with all of them!  
Path of Mus’ab ibn Umayr.  
I read about his arms being severed in Uhud, but a respected scholar once mentioned the following in a sermon:  
He had also received a blow to his neck and collapsed; he concealed his face on the soil, thinking, ‘No one shall see.’  
‘If angels say to me:  
You still had your neck, why did you allow them to attack the Messenger?’ and so on.  
‘O my Lord! I am ashamed to appear before you.’  
To be devoted to the Messenger in this manner.  
These are steps taken towards him.  
You will take one step and receive ten steps in return.  
A Divine hadith stated by the Divine Essence:  
‘When My servant comes closer to Me, I take a step closer to him.  
Indeed if he takes one step towards Me, I will come strolling to him.’  
Since these words may imply attributing a body, time and space to God, we consider inconvenient to translate the statements literally, therefore we say, ‘He acts in kind.’  
Whatever it is that you expect from people, people expects the same.  
If you are in expectation of something, you must also know that something is being expected of you.  
The effect of words are important; just a few moments ago I was talking about Firdawsi. You can express yourself like Ferdowsi, like Rumi, or like the Honourable Sage Bediüzzaman, with expressive opulence. The topics that Bediüzzaman mentions are more important than anything else. This is a topic that is not stressed enough, and must be.  
One may be very eloquent, very imaginative, and explain things like Jules Verne, yet there is no guarantee this will be regarded as being interesting.  
However, for your audience to consider what you say seriously and concentrate upon it is based upon your demeanour and stance.  
After considering your disposition and stance, people will value what you have to say.  
Without rushing…  
For instance: Your friends have spent more than fifteen years in some countries until the disinformation campaigns began.  
Our migrations to different parts of the world began after 1991, to every corner of the world.  
Foremost, it began in our ancestral homeland, Central Asia.  
They went to Azerbaijan, even before the occupation of the Russians. Our friends were there during the occupation.  
Our respected friend Sadettin was there too; I’m assuming you would recognise him, he was there.  
They called me and asked, ‘What can we do?’  
I said, ‘Stay there’, only through this will you show your attitude; you will show that you went for them; not for yourself, or your country, your land.’  
This really influenced Haydar Aliyev.  
During these invasions, I remember fainting on the pulpit.  
They valued that a lot.  
That is, you need to see them as important, as valuable; this mindset is important.  
They evaluated your friends, ‘I wonder is this right?’ they said.  
For ten years, fifteen years they observed the rhythm of your heartbeat, your pulse, your continence. ‘By God!  
These people are always in rhythm.’  
Their hearts are in harmony.  
How can a person remain beating on the same frequency for this long?’ they said.  
A certain belief developed, believing in ‘the manner’, ‘representation’, its ‘disposition’.  
As I mention, there is such an aspect of revealing the Divine message and good representation seen in the Pride of Humanity.  
God revealed the Qur’an gradually, in part over time; this is why I mentioned revealing.  
Our Noble Prophet conveyed the message to his people, explained it.  
Essentially there is an aspect of representation here as well.  
When we look at the biography of the Noble Prophet, we see that the aspect that most influenced the Companions was good representation, embodiment of that message.  
What adds value to His words and makes them heavenly is His blessed state.  
He would not sleep before his feet swelled from standing in worship until break of the dawn.  
And of course our mother Aisha was fond of this as well as our mother Hafsa and others.  
Our mother Khadija was also fond of this state of His.  
Embodying the message added value to his delivery of it, to his words, to his speech, to his eloquence and rhetoric.  
Hence, the Qur’an says:  
‘O you who believe.  
Why do you say what you do not do?  
Most odious it is in the sight of God that you say what you do not (and will not) do’ (As-Saf, 61:2-3) ‘Why do you say what you do not do?’  
This does not mean ‘Since you are not doing these things, you might as well not say them’ it actually means ‘Since you are saying these, then perform them first as examples’.  
While the words come out from your mouth, others listening to you should remember and picture in their mind your stance and behaviour that are in concert with what you are saying.  
These two things will only be convincing when they support each other.  
For this reason, we should allow some time of cogency when we want to convince others.  
Really, if possible, they should be able to listen to our mind, our neurons and always hear the same sounds in the same harmony.  
Those people have faith in us, they believe in what we say.  
For this reason, the integrity of our attitude is pivotal.  
One’s stance is so very important in essence.  
A person’s stance, their complete perspective and how they present themselves is very important; however, what is more important is their ability to maintain this stance.  
‘Indeed I am none but this’.  
Your words, your gaze, your demeanour, mimics, eye movements should all be directed towards one aim.  
I assume that this will be convincing.  
When you open your mouth to speak, your audience will regard your words consistent, reflecting your disposition, and they do not resist.  
It seems to me that if we were all able to protect this stance, most people, if not accepting Islam as a religion, would at least say ‘I can live in harmony with these people’.  
Beyond all of this, there is this hidden truth:  
If you trod this path genuinely, then He will assist you.  
Along with the earlier observations, if you take one step towards  Almighty God, then He will consider taking a step towards you; if you consider walking to Him; He will consider running to you; if you begin to run to Him and become like a bird and soar, He will consider you in that way.  
If there are other creatures that are quicker, birds that are quicker, planes that may be quicker then He may response in that manner.  
We call these ‘response’.  
‘He is neither a body nor a substance, nor is He a spatial entity, nor of quintessence.  
He does not eat, nor drink, nor is contained in time: He is high above all such features.  
He is absolutely free from change and alteration, in fact even from having shape or form.  
Alteration, and transformation, and from colours and having a shape as well—these are His Attributes in the negative.  
He is neither in the heavens nor on the earth; neither on the right nor on the left; neither before nor after;  
He is absolutely free from any direction’ says Ibrahim Haqqi of Erzurum in his Tevhidname.  
Yes, for that reason, one mustn’t hurry.  
‘Acting in a self-assured and silent manner is from God; hurry is from Satan.’  
The Noble Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, states this.  
This is self-assuredly knowing each step one may take without stumbling and falling, for these are very important.  
‘One who rushes to an ill-timed target will be a loser’; ill-timed…  
The time for everything must be planned for, like the breaking of the fast.  
If you break your fast a little earlier than the prescribed time, you would have fasted the whole day for no reason; if you were to wait for too long after the allocated time, you would be engaged in something that is disliked.  
Because the Owner of the Divine Law, says, ‘until the sunset’.  
Just like that, the expiration date must be allocated very well and protected accordingly.  
When the allotted time arrives, we must do and say what we were going to.  
Slowly, step by step…  
Think about the Pride of Humanity…  
He is mentioned once again in a blessed tradition:  
‘God is remembered when a true believer is seen.’  
There were people of this state even within the Companions, Successors and the Successors of Successors.  
Upon their entrance into a gathering, their manner and disposition virtually exuberated His glory; the people would always think of God.  
That was the Pride of Humanity.  
Being fair; when spite, envy and intolerance is not present.  
Abdullah ibn Ubay ibn Salul, Ka’bul-Ashraf; they could not admit nor accept it; although God’s Messenger was present among them for a long time, they continued with their obstinacy.  
However, Abdullah ibn Salam was fair-minded; when he saw the luminous and holy face of the Messenger of God, he said ‘I swear to God there can be no lie from this face. There is no deity but God.  
Muhammad is the Messenger of God.’  
Those who were fair-minded all repeated the same words.  
Now it seems to me one day, God willing, those who look at your face, the times they will invite you to their house for tea, and the times you invite them to yours, they will be very close and get along with you.  
While we share the beauties of our culture with them, in return we will receive the beauties of their culture.  
This is said to be a form of ‘trade’ as said in business; you give something and in correspondence receive something from them.  
I believe, as long as this sort of trade continues, this will ultimately lead to a very strong bond and warmth; and they will come to acceptance of what you speak.  
You see, this is an achievement.  
If we continue to walk on the path we are on, using the methods of the Pride of Humanity and not swerving from being sincere and genuine, essentially, those humans will not ignore us.  
Our road is a brilliant, smooth highway, but because of misrepresentation by many, it is viewed as a muddy trail.  
I will mention something aside from the main topic here:  
If you were to look at Islam as it is displayed in Turkey right now from the viewpoint of a church, or a synagogue, you would say, ‘May God keep it away from us!’  
I feel like that is what you would say; because there is a disgusting stance here.  
It should be as though they are staring at a utopia, they should admire what they see.  
This is the attitude that our friends elicit. A missionary came here recently, yet he is in admiration of Islam.  
I can’t recall in exact words what he said, but it was to this meaning, ‘I see your friends just like the disciples of the Honourable Messiah.’  
They prefer to let others live, than to live for themselves.  
They spread all around the world, like the seeds of trees.  
They rot beneath the soil, as they do not live for themselves, but it is certain that they will reach a horizon.  
These are my additions.  
Yes, those who spend their nights for Him, who always speak of Him, will certainly express the different chapters of the Qur’an to others over time.  
May God be pleased with you, you have worked hard.  
Things like this gift of flowers are excess, you being here is much more valuable.  
May God be pleased with you.  
It is not possible to estimate the favours that God will bestow upon these pure hearts.  
God willing, the world will, one day, open its doors to these hearts like castle doors; they will ‘Welcome’ themselves, God willing.  
We need to adopt that utopian attitude, present these beautiful elements.  
God willing, as friend said pouring out his heart, you have scattered all four sides of the world like seeds.  
Essentially, ‘What could anyone find, having lost Him?’  
You seek such a thing that all the worlds do not even equal to one drop in comparison to it.  
May God bless you with continuing welfare.  
A phrase of Fuzuli appeared on the electronic board:  
‘If the Beloved wants my life, then I will happily dedicate it to Him.  
What’s the big deal about a life, to prevent me from sacrificing it for the Beloved?’  
Well, he finished it well.  
Did it end well?  
Please forgive me.  
I am worried that I have given you a headache.  
I hope God will grant me health if it is what is better; at another time we will meet face to face, to hear better news from you.