Advice To University Students,
Sheikh Sultan Mehmed Adil al-Haqqani
Sohbat of the 23rd of May, 2014.
Lefke - Cyprus
As-salamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. May the blessings of Sheikh Effendi be upon you inshaAllah. He used to care for the young people. If you ask what kind of person Sheikh Effendi was, he was a Perfect Man, the one longed for. He was one of the longed for, rare personalities, the inheritor of the Prophet Muhammad, with both worldly and spiritual knowledge. All of his sohbats always had qualities unique from one another. He always tried to explain the meaning of our life. He used to say that we didn't exist 100 years ago, and no one will remain after 100 years. Therefore, life is not important, afterlife is important. Be rich as much as you want, be smart as much as you want, be pretty as much as you want, all of these are temporary. He paid attention to eternal life.
It was in the 40's when he studied. He got accepted by the university in Istanbul. He was studying, and in his senior year he left when he came to understand the Truth. That year... in those years, someone completing not just university but even a primary school earned enough to afford the best goods by getting employed in superior places. He left everything. He left it for Allah. He left it in order to teach people the truth of life. That's why we give Sheikh Effendi's advice here again. Life is temporary. Sheikh Effendi says he lived for 92 years and remembers his childhood as if it was yesterday. Suddenly it's gone in a blink of an eye.
We will give one piece of his advice here - praying is a very important worship. Make at least 2 rakats of prayer a day. All of you are young, you're in the beginning of your lives. If you do this you will be comfortable throughout your lives; your work will be successful, there will be no idleness and you'll be protected from bad things. Let this be a gift from Sheikh Effendi to you here. Let's not make it long so that our friends can speak. We thank you, stay well.
Q- What did Sheikh Nazim al-Qubrusi say as his last word on his deathbed?
SME: He didn't want to go to the hospital. But when the ambulance came, it was obliged to take him. He stayed for 20 days there. During those 20 days, he was half awake and half unconscious. With an oxygen tube in his mouth, he wasn't able to speak. However, all the time he was making shahada. He was making dua - until the last moment, he kept doing this. Doctors over there saw it too. Until his last breath he was like this. This thing was put in his mouth.
I'm attending a conference for the first time, I'm not used to it. When Sheikh Effendi attended, mashaAllah, everyone would be overwhelmed. He used to say that saints are humorous. Hadhrat Mawlana also had a sense of humor and he liked making jokes. Once, either from Cambridge or from Oxford, there were 3-5 professors with him. When Sheikh Effendi gave a conference, he didn't like taking questions. He spoke and everyone looked with open mouths. Then they started... One professor was sitting next to him. He (Sheikh Effendi) asked if anyone had a question. As soon as the questions started, the professor listened then Sheikh Effendi told him to answer the questions. He made everyone laugh with jokes most of the time. But He had serious times also, but he made lots of jokes as well in order to relax people and situations. Thank you.
Audhu biLlahi min as-shaytani r- rajim. Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim. Wa s-salatu wa s-salamu ala Rasulina Muhammadin Sayyidi l-awwalina wa l-akhirin. Allahumma ja'al jami'na hadha jam'an marhuma wa tafarruqana min ba'dihi tafarruqan ma'suma. Wa la taj'al fina shaqiyyan wa la mahrum. Allahumma yassir umarana wa farrij qulubana ... istighfarana ... Ya Qadima l-ihsani ahsin ilaina bi ihsani l-qadim. Ya Mufattiha l-abwab iftah lana khayra l-bab. Iftah lana abwaba rahmatik, Iftah lana abwaba karamik Ya Razzaq , arzuqna bil-karamik wa-hshurna fi ibadika s-salihin min alladhina la khawfun alayhim wa la hum yahzanun.
May our meeting be good inshaAllah. May it result in all possible goodness for joy here and hereafter. May the minds of students be clear. May debtors find relief, may sick be cured, may suffering ones find solutions. The victims in Soma (miners), are assumed to be shahids, may they find extensive mercy. May Allah give patience to their families. May Allah increase the maqam of our Sheikh. May his spiritual strength be present. For happiness here and hereafter, for the pleasure of Allah, Lillahi Ta'ala al-Fatiha.