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.
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.
The Dark Loneliness
Mar20 2001 English 28min
In a sohbat that was given more than 12 years ago in Lefke, Mawlana diagnoses and prescribes the cure for a common modern illness. It is "The Dark Loneliness" that imprisons man and suffocates him despite the plenty of all his modern material life.
Khidr & The Secrets Of Amin
Jan01 2000 Turkish 29min
Haji Anne talks about the rewards of reading the Quran and in particular of Surat al Fatihah and more specifically of the Amin said at the end of al Fatihah. She tells two stories of S. Khidr (as).
nafs and shaytan
Nov30 1999 English 18min
One Hundred Sheikhs
Nov30 1999 English 10min
In his beautiful joking manner, Mawlana teaches the brothers in the dergah in Lefke an important principle of Tariqah.