A group of Turks and Europeans listened one evening to a sohbat given by Mawlana in his house in Lefke. Maulana emphasized the importance of having a sheikh. He gave the example of Allame Teftezani, who on his deathbed realized that his knowledge was not enough to save him from Satan and accepted Sheikh Gulsheni as his sheikh.
Nov05 2005 Arabic 11min
Anger based in ego may be roused when one least expects it. Training through Khalwat (seclusion) is the cure.(This is from H. Nabil's collection.)
Taming The Wild
May27 2005 English 32min
The fruit of wild trees is not edible. For a tree to bear good fruit, it must be grafted. There is wildness in common people. Changing it makes them well placed for divine service. The imprisoned soul yearns for the heavens. Creation serves Man, but who does he serve? His material being. When his coffin is nailed shut and placed in a hole, his final position will be realized: a skeleton, then dust. O Man, change your wildness into good manners. It brings familiarity. Darkness leaves the face. The Lord is happy. His servant gains here, and hereafter.
S.Khidr and S.Musa (as)
Mar23 2005 Arabic 14min
An Iranian professor was asking Mawlana about the wisdom of the fish in the story of "S.Khidr and S.Musa (as)".
Darknesses & Light
Mar21 2005 Arabic 22min
This sohbat was recorded at the dining table in Sheikh's house in Lefke. It is an answer to a question raised by one Iranian guest. (It is from H.Nabil's collection.)
Real Sheikhs and Fake Ones
Jan01 2005 Turkish 33min
Mawlana describes a real sheikh who, like the Prophet (sas), trains his companions by means of sohba. He compares a fake sheikh to a ride at Disneyland. And he has a conversation with some crows who have not forgotten their Creator.
The One Who Claims
Jan01 2005 Turkish 13min
Mawlana delivered this short, humorous sohbat in 2005 after Fajr prayer in his derga in Lefke, Cyprus. In it he advises us to be humble and not make claims for ourselves. The man without claims is at peace. Even to claim servanthood is risky. Then he tells several stories having to do with those who think highly of themselves.
Nov30 2004 Turkish 23min
Begin with the Name of Allah first. Mawlana warns the Muslims to remember their heritage, remember their Lord, remember His Great Name. Without this there is no success. The last 80 years of Turkish history testify to this truth.
You Are in Need of a Sheikh
Nov30 2004 Turkish 15min
Mawlana says: listen to this sohbat over and over. It is a whip for your nafs. You need a teacher to be an example for you of the ‘perfect man’.
The Last Friday of Sha'ban
Oct08 2004 Turkish 23min
On the last Friday before the beginning of Ramadan, Mawlana warns people of the consequences of not fasting. He diagnoses the modern disease of depression as a lack of spiritual nourishment.
Apr11 2004 Turkish 16min
We come into this impermanent existence as if ‘a closed box’ and our story begins. The program unfolds slowly, purposefully towards completion. Mawlana explains that the wisdom of our creation is inside that ‘box’. Each one’s purpose is different. There is countless creation. Allah created it. He is aware of everything He created. Allah knows.
Maqams in Uzbekistan
Apr10 2004 Turkish 6min
Mawlana speaks about his recent trip to visit the maqams of the Naqshbandi sheikhs in Uzbekistan and in particular about the strange manifestation at the maqam of Sh. Mahmud al-Faghnawi Hz.
Mar27 2003 English 11min
In a heated sohbat Mawlana praises the Americans for their actions against Saddam Hussein in Iraq and lambasts the press and the European and Muslim nations that are wrongly criticizing them and, by doing so, defending a tyrant. He asks - has there ever been an invading nation that gave food and aid to the ones it invaded? The answer is - Never before.
Our Real History
Mar23 2003 English 33min
There can be no knowledge which is not based on a firm Quranic foundation, on knowledge of our real history, the history of the Prophets and their people since the time of Adam (as). The history taught today is a lie meant to profit the liars and to cheat the people.
Sometimes War Is Needed
Mar17 2003 English 29min
Mawlana, speaking about war in Iraq, explains why sometimes war is needed. He says that those demonstrating against war are only trying to preserve themselves and their way of life. They do not care what is best for the world. But Allah is with those who fight for the benefit of Mankind.
Ilā ḥīn (2:36)
Mar06 2003 English 42min
Allah says everything was created - ilā ḥīn (2:36) - for a period; it has a beginning and an end. The people of today, all of them Nimrods, tyrants, think they are in charge and that they and their lifestyle should never change or end. For this they fight, oppress, and kill. They do not listen and they do not think.
Nov30 2002 Turkish 20min
A servant cannot serve this world, his whims, desires and his self and, at the same time be a servant to Allah. Mawlana explains that the illnesses of the ego must be destroyed. The Naqshbandi Way imparts teaching, bit by bit, through sohbat, the address given by the Sheikh.
Nov30 2002 Turkish 5min
In this short but exquisite sohbat Mawlana gently provides a metaphor for understanding how it is that Allah is with us and how we can be with Him.