DISCIPLES THAT CAUSE THEIR SHEIKHS TO FLY
Strange acts performed at the tombs of buried sheikhs, tying knots and prostrating themselves are miserable performances. There are sheikhs who bequeath their sheikhdom to their sons, sons-in-laws and brothers, trying to preserve the exclusivity of this institution within the confines of the family members. According to Islam, the thing to be trusted is left with the person who deserves to take custody of it and not with a blood relation. Sainthood granted sometimes to disciples is conferred in a more grandiose fashion to the sheikhs. So many incredible legends have been told about the miracles performed by sheikhs that those mentioned in the Quran performed by certain prophets remain in the shadow in comparison. There is a saying in Turkish: ‘The sheikh does not fly, but the disciple causes him to fly.’ As a matter of fact, there is no end to challenges among the contestants who try to extol their masters. There are sheikhs that resuscitate men and animals; there are those that can walk on the surface of water and those that are everywhere. The hearts of superman sheikhs have knowledge of everything; they have the capacity of remote controlling, a mere look by them suffices sometimes to elevate a man to the heights of religious inspiration; they have the power to send a man either to heaven or to hell or to cause the death of a person or to resuscitate the dead. It falls to the disciples to obey the sheikhs faithfully, without questioning them.
Many Islamic people have not been able to break the chain coiling around their intelligence; they remained a captive of such religious orders, preferring to abide subjugated rather than take the trouble to make use of their own reasoning power. Blind obedience, asceticism, lack of interest in developing one’s intelligence are the effects of the teachings of these religious orders. The influence exerted by the restraints that people have imposed themselves all throughout time have continued to this day, thwarting the Islamic people from letting themselves enjoy the innocent pleasures of life. Even smiling has been considered a lack of decorum among the educated class. The orders, that preached asceticism as salvation, have been the major obstacle for man’s development of his nature through the exercise of his reason advocated by the Quran. Unless the hadith books, the books on Islamic catechism and the sermons of religious orders are swept away, the individual shall remain alienated from the Quran’s Islam. Once these obstacles are removed, the Quran will regain with the sovereignty it enjoyed under the Prophet and during the period of the Four Caliphs; and the Islam, divested of the lodges of religious orders, of intercessors like the sheikhs, will triumph once more under the guidance of the Quran, with thanks to man’s eventual exercising of his reasoning faculty.
3 – Absolutely, the religion shall be devoted to God alone. Those who have taken protectors other than Him, say “We worship them that they may bring us nearer to God.” Surely, God will judge between them in that in which they differ. Surely, God does not guide any liar, unappreciative. 39 The Throngs, 3
3 – Follow what has been revealed to you from your Lord and do not follow any other protector apart from Him. Rarely do you take heed. 7 The Purgatory, 3