farmer found a considerably big stone that reflected the
colours of the rainbow by the side of the river passing
through his land.
He could not understand exactly the nature of the stone, but he
took it home to his children thinking that they would like it.
Then one day a traveller came. The farmer invited him to his
house without hesitation. The traveller told this poor, but
generous farmer who who had invited him with great enthusiasm
‘’I know a river and on the banks of this river the most
precious diamonds of the world are found! If you go there, then
you will become rich in a short time and stop working in such a
This idea was like a seed growing in the fertile soil of
helplessness and it turned into a desire which was hard to
overcome. So, the farmer sold all that he had and set off to
search for the diamond. For years he searched for the river
that was going to give precious stones instead of the tiny bits
and pieces which were of no value.
However, he was unsuccessful, so he returned home discouraged,
depressed and very pessimistic, but he at least knew what
the diamond was. All of a sudden he caught the glimpse of
the stone that he had given to his children many years ago. It
was waiting for him in that corner in which it had been left
So, my dear friends this is how the most precious diamond of
the world was found.
This story is one of those striking examples which shows the
level where the son of man (the human being) is standing
although he has more different superior attributes and
All history long the individual has forgotten his main duty and
dealt with the unimportant, secondary factors. However, Allah’s
Rasul has foreseen that the individual can be saved from this
turmoil in a special way and he has made the following statement
to warn the humans about their situation.
‘’The humans are asleep and they wake up when they die’’.
Of course, he does not refer to the physical sleep and death.
Here, the death is used as an equivalent for being able to
perceive something. In this statement there is a warning and it
has been reflected in a metaphorical form.
Moreover, if this state is not lived, experienced, then there
would be incredible pain and suffering in the life beyond.
This state is the outcome of a culture based on being
vulnerable, being hurt, annoyed and the feeling of having been
What is necessary and what is being wanted is a definite
Is it possible to have such a deep rooted transformation in the
human psychology ?
This would be possible only if an individual’s personality,
his values, his look at life changes, then it is possible for
him to catch this line/this level.
So, in the end one goes under such a deep rooted change that is
impossible to describe.
What is important is not to insist on a single colour, but pass
over to a state of being multi coloured.
The problems caused by the sleepy state can be classified
roughly in two main categories.
The humanly feelings such as
being helpful become intense. (Regarding the subject of help
please, remember the words of the Rasul of Allah stating that
the good and nice deeds of the good people are considered as
a defect by the esteemed people who have attained the
certainty, the truth about Allah.
The individuals have to deal with problems which are constantly
increasing, so the personality which is sensitive and emotional
goes to the extremes without knowing. The individual grasps
firmly the humanly concepts such as ‘’Honour’’, ‘’Dignity’’,
‘’Honesty’’, ‘’Shame’’, ‘’Boastfullness’’, ‘’Pride’’,
‘’Modesty’’ which almost chain him. When the individual gets
wrapped by these characteristics, then his connection with the
realities is cut off.He attempts to test, to experiment
different subjects, but he is not persistent. Some points such
as the traditions, the customs/experiences, moral standards,
the norms of the society are overly emphasized. In the
simplest positive situation one immediately has a very pleasant
mood (like the mood of spring ).
tool (which is the prayers) start to come before the objective
(which is to be oneself). The individual accepts the rules
regarding the systems as a godly order and applies them with
this in mind. The feeling of worship turns into a pleasure.
As the background, the formation is not sufficient the
individual directs himself to the wrong person at the wrong time
and the wrong place. At that level of conciousness where one
knows that the existence is one, he stops doing the practices
which are indeed a pillar without any reason and without any
objective in mind. In other words, the system is not taken into
consideration. In all the actions there is definitely the
relative concept of ‘’I, me, myself’’. In addition to these
one can never establish a balance between the ordinary, daily
life among people and the life of Haqq.
Every individual or each generation will
have to change and develop or they should at least try to
change these reasons which indeed were not their choice. So
long as these reasons are not taken into consideration, the
individual will have to lead a pluralistic life. He will
not be able to wake up from the sleeping state and naturally he
won’t be able to die!
You would appreciate it is not easy to attain, to reach that
state of being awake (the state of awareness) which is named as
having the manners (the life style) of Allah due to
inexperience and due to the high number of mistakes that one
Istanbul, May 28rd 2003