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Sufi Story

Hakan Menguc sufi

The story of pilgrimage of Bayezid-i Bestami

“Bayezid-i Bestami has a famous story. While tutoring his students one day, the squire of the village came over to him and asked with a sarcastic tone in his voice, ‘Aren’t you going on a pilgrimage this year?’ No one answered him, so the squire kept talking, ‘I’m going on pilgrimage for the fifth time,’ he said, wanting to brag and show his superiority. ‘Shall I bring something for you from there?’ he asked in a mocking tone. ‘Why are you going on a pilgrimage?’ asked Bayezid-i Bestami. ‘It is the same thing, even if you have done it seven more times.’

The squire became very angry. “Mister,” he said, raising his voice.

“Do you know what you’re talking about? This is blasphemy.”

Bayezid-i Bestami responded to the squire in a very calm manner. “Ever since that building was established, Allah hasn’t been inside it even once. Allah has never come out of this poor person’s heart.” “Very nice. What a beautiful story,” Azra said, sighing deeply. Her previous exasperation had cooled down.

“Hacı Bektaş Veli summarized this story in a wonderful quatrain. It goes like this.”

The redness is on the fire, not on the plate.
The dervish is in the head, not in the crown. Whatever you look for, look at yourself
Not in Jerusalem, not in Mecca, not in pilgrimage.

(from Hakan Mengüç // No Encounter is By Chance)

5 sufi principles

5 Sufi Principles

1. No encounter is by chance in this world that is full of great adventures. Everyone we meet teaches us something.

2. If you start with a pure intent to understand and learn, if you put down your arrogance, you will surely be ready when you encounter wise people who will teach you what you need to know.

3. Each journey has its own challenges. However, the difficulties and obstacles waiting ahead are not designed to weaken you. Their purpose is to educate and mature you.

4. Every living creature, every human being comes to this world with a purpose. Everyone discovers their own purpose as they live through each day. Therefore, when one learns to read and follow the signs, it will lead them to their goal. Reading life begins with knowing the first word of the Qur’an: Read!*

5. Never forget this…completion is not extinction. On the contrary, even death is not an end but a new beginning. The end of something in life is always conducive to the beginning of something better. As long as you go with the flow and stay calm.*

* The first word revealed from Allah upon the Prophet PBUH was Iqra› /Read

  • From Hakan Menguc’s book “No encounter by chance”

No encounter is by chance.

No encounter is by chance

Fate does not give up on people. We are the decision-makers, the ones who shape our own fate. As one looks back, they may notice experiences where they do things they thought they would never do, put up with things they said they would never tolerate, or even fall in love with someone they thought they would never love. We might have been in situations where we thought we could not leave, but instead were able to walk away from; we might have days we felt like dying but still lived through that day and into the next. With every challenge overcome, we come closer to understanding our inner self.

The encounters you run into are the weavers of your fate. Some people may come into your life unexpectedly while others drift away. One minute you wonder “What is this about?”, and the next minute you find yourself in a perfect story.

You are a passenger in your own story. Everywhere you go and everyone you love is a part of you. In other words, with every aspect in life, you can discover another piece of yourself. You may come to realise that this road is full of challenges.; however, all these obstacles in life actually serves you. In this universe, not a single leaf moves without a reason, even the wind has something to whisper. As long as your heart is willing to stay awake and receptive, you will never cease to grow. Don’t ever think “I am perfect” at any moment because that prevents you from improving. Living is about learning and adapting. To say “I am perfect” would also mean that “There’s nothing for me to live for”.

Hakan Menguc

Hakan Menguc’s philosophy

Hakan Menguc’s philosophy of life

sufi qoutes hakan menguc

While explaining his philosophy of life built on hopefulness and sharing hope, he says: “Hopefulness is not a pure optimism. It is not to ignore the tragedy that humanity faces. Hope means seeing every possibility and doing your best for good rather than sitting at your house and cursing evil.” 

Hakan Mengüç argues that it is enough for even one person to believe in the continuity of hope on earth. “Moreover, this person can be you,” he says. “Then, you will continue to expand to become another “you” and another “you” and turn into “we”. 

That is why Hakan Mengüç has adopted the idea of “Burn a candle instead of swearing in the darkness…” And as his teachers suggest, the young writer, who aspires to make efforts to enlighten others with the candle he lights, wishes to encourage others to light new candles on this path. 

As Rumi said: “When a candle ignites another candle, it does not lose anything from its own light. On the contrary, it leads to the enlightenment of the darkness. ”

Hakan Menguc is one of the pioneers of the Sufi philosophy in the 21st century

Serhat akpınar, Founding President of Girne American University

What is Sufism?

What is Sufism?

Let’s explore what Sufism is…Sufism is the philosophy of being a good human being. As you may know, the most recognized Sufi is the famous poet Rumi whose poems are used by many writers and have inspired many spiritual teachings.

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Sufism might best be explained by his saying “You can be anything in life, but the important thing is, to be a good human” He reminds us that being a good human being is more important than your positions and titles. Being a human means accepting and loving all people equally, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or language, The Sufis say: “The Creator does not care for the outer form, instead cares for the love within your love.”

Sufism is about love and the heart. Not our physical heart, but our spiritual heart. There are so many ways to reach the Creator such as prayers, rituals, nature, meditations and so on and so forth. Sufism offers us the most profound way: a direct connection to the Creator through love.

The core of Sufism is oneness. We are all part of this great, mysterious and outpouring of love that we call creation. The famous Sufi says “You are not a drop in the ocean; you are the entire ocean in a drop.”

Everything in creation is an expression of incredible love. Sometimes, we can see this visibly through the nature. Sometimes it’s in poverty and in suffering, where it’s less visible. The Sufis say; “The wound is the place where the light enters you.” Thank you so much for listening.

Last but not least, the Sufis say “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”