The Real Meaning of Dervish

As-Sayyid Sultanul Awliya Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad ‘Adil ar-Rabbani Hazretleri ق sohbat, 30 June 2015, Lefke Dergah, Cyprus

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa raḥmatullāhi wa barakātuh. A‘ūdhu billāhi minash-shayṭāni r-rajīm. Bismillāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥīm. Aṣ-ṣalātu wa s-salāmu ‘alá Rasūlinā Muḥammadin Sayyidi l-awwalīna wa l-ākhirīn. Madad yā RasūlAllāh, madad yā Sādāti Aṣḥābi Rasūlillāh, madad yā Mashāyikhinā, dastūr yā Shaykh Abdullāh al-Fā’iz ad-Dāghistāni, Shaykh Muḥammad Nāẓim al-Ḥaqqānī. Madad. Ṭarīqatunā aṣ-ṣuḥbah wa l-khayru fi l-jam‘iyyah.

“Being a dervish, ooh being a dervish” they say. It isn’t easy to be a dervish. A Sultan wished something to happen. He made a vow. He said, “If this happens, I will give one hundred coins, and distribute among the poor.” Then, by Allah’s will his wish came true. He gave his servant one hundred coins, he filled his moneybag. “Take these and distribute it among the dervishes.” The servant came back in the evening and said “I could not distribute it”. “How come? There are 400 dervishes in this country.” “Dervishes, I mean real dervishes do not take the money. If they do, then they are not dervish. That’s why I brought you this money back.” The Sultan looked around and said, “This man picks on dervishes, but he is right. I love dervishes, but he is right.”

Indeed, a real dervish does not care about worldly possessions, he only wants Allah to be pleased with him. He only wants Allah’s love, and the Prophet’s love. The others are imitation, fake. There are so many fake ones in this time. This story can apply to any time, this story is from a thousand years ago. Even then, there were sincere people, who only wanted Allah’s pleasure or there were people, who tried to look like dervishes because they are actually too lazy. There are good and bad ones at any given time. The same applies for the one you follow. Someone who fakes the religion for his ego’s desires and is looking to satisfy his ego cannot get any benefit. Nobody can get any benefit from him either. In the end it is a frustration.

Being a dervish is to ask for Allah’s pleasure. A dervish is someone, who follows Allah’s way, someone, who finds Allah’s love inside himself. Tariqa tries to take these people to the right path so that they do not obey their ego. It makes no difference if a dervish has worldly possessions or he does not have. So even small or big amount – if you are spending it in the way of Allah and if you are choosing to be a dervish only to please Allah and not to spend a lazy life or for money – that is being a real dervish!

If you say, “If it was like this, like that” then you are not even a dervish. You failed from the beginning, you do not have contentment. Contentment is the biggest treasure. A real dervish has it. May Allah not let us obey our egos. May Allah save us from fake people, and save us from being fake also.

To be dervish, what meaning dervish? To be, who are going, following Allah order and they are leaving dunya. Only they are looking for Allah, what He like and what His order. Just they are living for Allah. This is the meaning of dervish. One alim he said, “dervish he is outside dirty, but inside very clean, very pure.” They are not looking for outside looking.

Once upon a time there was sultan and he want something and he said, “If this happened I will give 100 coin to send for these poor people.” And with Allah will it happened and he was promise, put this money in one bag and give his servant to distribute this money for dervish, for masakin (poor people). And this man, servant, he went in the evening coming back, back to sultan and said, “Sorry Sultan I couldn’t find, I couldn’t give any this money for dervish or for these people”. “How?” he said, “There’s no? There is in this city more than 400 dervish”. He said, “I give for dervish, they are not accepting. They don’t want money. And other who want money they are not dervish. So I bring them (the money) back. I couldn’t [give]”. The sultan he said to his companion, “I love, I like too much these dervishes but this man he is against them but he is right”.

So dervish they are not looking for dunya (worldly) treasures. No, because they have real treasure – love of Allah and love of Prophet ﷺ and they are knowing reality of life – it is not eternal life, it is only for temporary. So for this they left dunya and only they are going around with dirty clothes or not well shape of looking for themselves. They are not interesting to looking for fashion or for other thing, only for Allah.

But also there is people they are pretending to be dervish and they are… Allah make them people to know them. Allah keep us away from not good people. Allah send us all also to be ourselves like these dervish, to not be interesting for dunya. Dunya only for make our Akhirah (Hereafter), to build our Akhirah and to win love of Allah and His Mercy. You can be rich and dervish also, you can be like this. No objecting for this. But don’t… Be real dervish only for Allah, not looking like dervish and wanting everything.

Wa min Allahi t-tawfiq,

Al-Fatiha 🤲🏻

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