Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillahi rabbil alamin wasalatu wa salamu ala Rasulina Muhammadin wa ala alihi wa Sahbihi ajmain nahmadulllahu ta’ala wa nastaghfiruhu wa nashadu an-lailaha ilallahu wahdahu la sharika lah wa nashadu anna sayyidina muhammadin abduhu wa habibuhu wa Rasuluhu Salallahu Alayhi wa ala alihi wa azwajihi wa ashabihi wa atbaihi.
Khulafail rashidin mahdin min ba’di wuzerail immeti alal tahkik. khususan minhum alal amidi khulafai rasulillahi ala tahqeeq. umara il mu’mineen. Hazreti Abu Bakr wa Umar wa Uthman wa Ali. Wa ala baqiyati wa Sahabai wa tabieen, Ridwanallahu ta’ala alayhim ajmain. Ya ayyuhal mu’minun al hadirun, ittaqullaha ta’ala wa ati’uh. inna allaha ma allathina-ttaqaw wal-lathina hum muhsinun.
Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Alameen. Wa Salatu wa Salamu ala Ashraf al-Ambiya’i wa Imam al-Mursaleen, Sayyidina wa Mawlana Muhammadin wa ala alihi wa sahbihi ajmain.
All praises are due to Allah, Lord of the Universes. All praises are due to Allah, the First, the Last, the Manifest, the Hidden, the One who has Might and Power over all things. And may peace and blessings be upon the Beloved of Allah, the Mercy to the Universes, the Seal of the Prophethood, the Imam of the Messengers, the Crown of Creation, Sayyidina Muhammad (asws), and upon his noble family and blessed companions, especially upon the Four Khulafa-e-Rashideen, Hz. Abu Bakr elSiddik, Hz. Umar el-Faruk, Hz. Osman el-Ghani, and Hz. Ali elMurtaza.
O Believers. Welcome to you on this Holy Day of Jummah. Welcome to you on a day that is blessed in the sight of Allah and His Prophet. O Believers! Hazrat Ali (kw) is saying about the Holy Day of Jummah, ‘When Jummah comes, the sheytan, they go to the markets with their flags, and involve people in their needs and prevent them from the Friday prayer. The angels come early in the morning. They sit at the door of the mosque, and record that a person came at the first hour, and a person came at the second hour until the imam comes out for the Khutba. When a man sits in a place where he can listen to the Khutba and looks at the Imam, where he remains silent and does not interrupt, he will receive a double reward. If he stays away, sits in a place where he can listen and look, and he does not remain silent, he will have the burden of it. If anyone says to his companion sitting besides him to be silent (while the Imam is giving the Khutba), that one who is telling his companion to be silent, he is guilty of idle talk. And anyone who interrupts (during the sermon) will receive no reward on that Jummah.’
Hujjatul Islam Imam al-Ghazali is saying, ‘Aren’t the Muslims ashamed of themselves that the Jews and Christians go so early in the morning to their synagogues and the churches on Saturdays and Sundays. Those who are businessmen go so early to the bazaars in order to do their buying and selling. Why don’t the Muslims do the same on Fridays?’
Today is the last Jummah of the Holy Month of Rabiul-Awwal. We are saying Al-wada and leaving the Holy Month of the Birth of the Holy Prophet (asws). And as we leave this Holy Month, believers should take account of themselves. Believers should ask themselves whether they are making progress. Believers should ask themselves if they are getting better. Hazrat Umar el-Faruk (ra) is giving us advice, saying, Judge yourself before you are judged. Allah (swt) is saying in the Holy Quran, “Except for those who repent,who correct themselves, who hold fast to Allah, and they are sincere in their religion for Allah, for those will be with the believers. And Allah is going to give the believers a great reward.”
Are we being with those who are sincere in our religion? Are we being sincere to our Lord? Are we being sincere to our Prophet? Are we being sincere to our Sheykh?
Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (ra) is saying, ‘To persevere, to stubbornly continue in a good way, in an action until it becomes sincere is more difficult than (performing) the action itself, and sincerity of action lies in this: that you should not desire anyone to praise you except for Allah, and the intention is more important than the action. Verily, intention is action itself.’
So what is Hazrat Imam Jafar al-Sadiq saying?
He is saying that sincerity is to do things only for the sake of Allah. Sincerity is to do things without showing off. Sincerity is to dedicate and sacrifice everything for the Way of Allah, His Prophet, and their Friends. Sincerity is knowing when the job that you are doing and it needs to be corrected you correct it. Sincerity is knowing that you are making a mistake in the job that you are doing and when you are being corrected, you do not show your stubbornness or your anger. That is sincerity; to keep on, regardless of what happens, until you make that job to be perfect. And we must be like Hz. Ibrahim (as), who Allah (swt) is making his words to be eternal in the Holy Quran saying, ‘ BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Indeed my prayer, my sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah, the Lord of the worlds.’
Hazrat Dhul-Nun Misri, one of the great Friends of Allah, is describing Ikhlas, describing sincerity, saying, ‘Sincerity has three signs: when the praise and the blame of the common people, it become equal in your eyes; when you forget your good deeds as you are doing them; and when you forget about your reward for your good deeds in the hereafter.’
Murids, we should look at these words of this great Awliya who is describing sincerity. The believer, to him, a praise and blame, is the same. That as he was doing the good actions, he forgets about it, and he forgets the rewards in the hereafter. What are we looking for? are we looking for reward? Or are we making people to feel like they have a debt to us when we do something good for them? Or are we trying to be like businessmen with Allah (swt), trying to make dealings with Him? to say, ‘I do this much, now you give me this much.’
Sincerity is to do your job properly, is to complete your mission, without the expectation of reward. Sincerity is to do your job as a servant. And the servant’s job is to serve and in that service, he’s only looking to please his master. Maybe we are doing so many good things. Maybe every day we are making ourselves busy, making ourselves tired, running nonstop to do good deeds. But if the intention behind those good deeds they are wrong, we may come to Judgment Day and see that we got nothing from what we did. Just like Imam al-Ghazali is telling a story, saying, ‘when Adam (as) fell to the earth, the wild animals would come to greet him. He would make dua on behalf of the species for whatever would benefit that species. Once, a group of gazelles came to him and he made a dua on their behalf and he stroked their backs, and musk-sacks appeared on their backs. Another group of animals asked them for the reason for this, and they explained, ‘We visited Hazrat Adam and he made a dua on our behalf and stroked our backs.” So this second group went to him and he made dua for them and stroked their backs, but no musk came on their backs. They returned to the gazelles and said, “We did just as you did, but nothing good came to us.” And the gazelles said, “We visited Adam (as) for Allah’s sake, and you visited him for the sake of musk.”
Murids of Sahib el-Sayf, what are we doing? Are we doing things for Allah’s sake? Are we doing things for the Prophet’s sake? Are we doing things for your Sheykh’s sake? Or are we looking to reward, looking to musk?
Do not forget, we are servants, you and me. And the servant, he does not look for rewards. The servant looks only toward the pleasure of his master. Just like the servant of Ibrahim ibn Adham (qs). Hz. Ibrahim is saying, ‘I asked my servant, What is your name? He said, Whatever you name me. I asked him, What do you eat? He said,Whatever you feed me. I asked, What do you wear? He said, whatever clothes you give me. I asked him, What do you do? He said, Whatever you command me. I then asked him, What do you desire? He said, What business does a servant have with desire?’ Hazrat Ibrahim ibn Adham is narrating that he then said to himself, ‘O you heedless one!’ to himself he is saying, ‘All your life you have claimed to be a servant of Allah, and now learn what it means to be a servant!’ And he said that he wept so much that he fainted.
We must learn what it means to be a servant. To be sincere ones. As our Sheykh is saying, SahibulSaif Sheykh Abdul Kerim Kibrisi al-Rabbani, may Allah raise his station higher and higher, he said, ‘Check yourself. Don’t wait for anybody to say, “You are this one and you are that one.” Check yourself sincerely, “Both my actions and my intentions, does it fit to what Holy Prophet (asws) is ordering? Does it fit to me? Today I am in this situation. Tomorrow the wealth of this world may be given to my hand. Would I do the same thing or am I just going to go out of the road?” Test yourselves. You know the answer by yourselves. No need for anybody to say anything to you.
We are asking our Lord, Allah (swt), on this Last Jummah of Rabiul Awwal, to count us amongst those with sincerity. Amin.
Jumma Khutba by Hoja Lokman Efendi Hz, Khalifah of Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs) * OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
January 16, 2015