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 who is the First, the Last, the Manifest, the Hidden, the One who has Might and Power over all things. All praises are due to Allah who sent Hazreti Nuh, Hazreti Ibrahim, Hazreti Musa, Hazreti Isa, and all the other Prophets and Messengers to bring the children of Adam to guidance. All praises are due to Allah who sent His most Beloved, Habibullah (asws) as the Mercy to the Universes. And may all peace and blessings be upon the Seal of the Prophethood, the Sultan of the Messenger, the Crown of Creations, the helper of the helpless, the Intercessor of the Day of Judgment, the Mercy to the Universes, Sayyidina Muhammad (asws), and upon his noble family and blessed companions, especially upon the Khulafa-e-Rashideen, Hz. Abu Bakr el-Siddik, Hz. Umar el-Faruk, Hz. Osman el-Ghani, and Hz. Ali el-Murtaza, and all those who follow them until the Last Day.
Ya Ayyuhal Mu’minoon. O Believers! Welcome to you on this Holy Day of Jummah. Welcome to you on the Fifteenth Day of the month of Jumadiul Awwal. Welcome to you as we are only one and a half months away from the door of the month of Allah, the month of Rajab. Welcome to you on a day that is holy in the Heavens and in the Earth.
O Believers! Allah (swt) is saying in the Holy Quran, in Surah Noor: “BismillahirRahmanirRahim. He who obeys Allah and His Messenger, and fears Allah, and keeps his duty; such indeed are the victorious.” And He is saying in another Ayat: “BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Obey Allah, obey the Messenger, and obey your Rightly Guided Leaders.” And Allah (swt) is also saying in the Holy Quran:”Indeed, Allah and His Angels send Salawat upon the Prophet; O you who believe! Send Salawat and Salutations upon him as well.”
Allah (swt) is giving us sign in these ayats, He is sending a message to mankind, that we must show proper respect. He is describing those ones who keep their duty, who keep their respect, as the victorious ones. And Allah (swt) has a protocol, showing us how we must show respect to Allah. In order to respect Allah, we must respect the Messenger of Allah (asws). Because even Allah (swt) is showing honor and respect to that Prophet, sending Salawats upon him. O Believers! In these end of times, people are thinking that they can reach directly to Allah, that their respect is only to Allah. People are thinking that they can respect Allah without respecting the Prophet (asws). O Believers! Know and understand that this type of thinking is only from sheytan. Because Allah (swt) said to sheytan, in order for you to obey Me, you must make sajdah to Adam (as). And sheytan refused, saying, ‘I only show my respect to You.’
So the ones who are not respecting Holy Prophet (asws), understand that they are the inheritors of sheytan. And even those who are claiming to love, claiming to show respect to Holy Prophet (asws) in these days, they are defining respect according to their own understanding. They are showing respect according to their own thinking. They think that respect is just to make a big show in the name of the Prophet, to organize conferences, to cry during speeches, to dance during nasheeds in his honor. But how do we learn what is true respect to the Holy Prophet (asws)?
It is simple. It is through the lifestyle of the ones who had the most respect for him, the Sahaba-e-Kiram, the companions of the Prophet. Through the lifestyle of those ones who were described by a diplomat visiting the Prophet (asws), who said about the Sahabis: “O people! By Allah, I have been to the kings and to Caesar, Khosrau and An-Najashi, yet I have never seen any of them respected by his companions as much as Muhammad (asws) is respected by his Sahaba. By Allah, if he spat, the spittle would fall into one of their hands, who would rub it on his face and skin; if he ordered them, they would carry out his order immediately; if he performed ablution, they would struggle to take the remaining water; and when they spoke, they would lower their voices and would not look at his face constantly out of respect.”
What is respect? It is to live and die for the order of the one you are respecting. Respect is to live your life for the sake of your Master, at his command. Respect is to die for the sake of your Master. Just like the Siddiq el-Akbar, Hz. Abu Bakr Siddiq, the Master of all the Friends of Allah, who was once sitting and he just looking at the face of Rasulallah (asws). And he said to him,’Ya Rasulallah! Do you know that if you asked me, if you give me an order, I would kill myself in this very instant.’ And the Holy Prophet (asws) smiled and said, ‘Yes, ya Abu Bakr, I know that and I am happy and proud of you because of that.’ But today’s people would look at that Hadiths, at that incident, and the majority would not understand it. The majority will say Hz Abu Bakr Siddiq is crazy. Astarghfirullah. The majority would say that that is too extreme. you must die only for Allah, and not for the Prophet.
That kind of respect, it does not pay attention to what other people think. That real respect, it does not pay attention to the whisperings of sheytan and the temptations of the ego. It only looks at the Master and what he wants. And with that type of respect, a person is going to have true faith. That respect is what Holy Prophet (asws) is describing in his Hadith Sherif saying: ‘None of you truly believes until I am more beloved to him than his father, his child and all his people.’
And our Sheykh (may Allah raise his station), Sahib el-Sayf is making it simple for us, saying: What is faith? The reality is that you can enter to the faith just by saying Ashadu an la ilaha il-Allah wa Ashadu anna Muhammadan Abduhu wa Rasuluhu. Shahadat is giving value to you. Why it’s giving value to you? Because you are accepting the Most Valuable one in Divine Presence. That Allah (swt) mentioning his name alongside His name. Ashadu an la ilaha il-Allah wa Ashadu anna Muhammadan Abduhu wa Rasuluhu. So if you are keeping what Allah (swt) kept valuable, high, that is your faith. That is faith. What Allah put high, you must put high. You must accept it! You must put it above your head! You must bow down in front of that one. Yes. That time you have a faith. Your faith is valuable. Because you are putting high what Allah (swt) put high. And what is Kufr?What is unbelief? What Allah is putting down, if you are putting it up, that is Kufr.
That faith,the faith is what Allah is keeping high, you must keep it high too. That is faith. And when a person shows this kind of respect, when a person has this kind of faith, the help of Allah reaches to them. Amazing things happen for them. Just like one time, after a battle, Holy Prophet (asws) was resting his head on the leg of Hz. Ali (kw). And Holy Prophet (asws) kept his head there for so long that the time for Asr passed and the time for Maghrib entered. And out of respect and edep for Holy Prophet (asws), Hz. Ali did not move, he did not say anything. Nowadays people will say, oh, he committed a sin,hasha astarghfirullah, that he missed his Asr prayer.
But these 21st century people have completely lost their manners, lost their faith, lost their their edep, because they lost the understanding of what it is to have respect. And so once the sun had set, Holy Prophet (asws) raised his head and smiled and he made dua, saying, “Allah, Indeed Ali was obeying You and Your Prophet. Make the sun come back so that he may perform his Asr Salaah in its correct time.”And another Sahabi who was witness said, “I saw with my own eyes that the sun re-appeared, with the peaks of mountains and ground becoming bright with its rays.”
This hadith has a huge lesson. Obedience to Allah is to obey His Representative. It is to serve the one representing Allah. Hz. Ali (kw), he missed his Asr namaz, he missed his farz, to make service, to make hizmet to the Holy Prophet (asws). Why? Because the respect, the duty, the farz to the Living representative, it is the highest.
This chain of respect, this protocol, it has another link after Holy Prophet (asws). That respect reaches to his inheritors. That respect reaches to the Friends of Allah. That respect reaches to the Rightly Guided Leaders. Because Holy Prophet (asws) is saying in a Hadith recorded in Bukhari and Muslim: “Whoever obeyed me he would have obeyed Allah, and whoever disobeyed me he would have disobeyed Allah. And whoever obeyed the Rightly Guided Leader he would have obeyed me, and whoever disobeyed the Rightly Guided Leader he would have disobeyed me.”
We are calling ourselves murids, we have our Sheykh, a Rightly Guided Leader in front of us. We have an inheritor of the Holy Prophet (asws) in front of us. We have one of the greatest Friends of Allah in front of us. What kind of respect are we showing to him? What kind of respect are we showing to him? What kind of respect are we showing to his words, to his orders? That is showing your respect. That is showing your love. And that is the test of your fait. And tht is the value of your faith. Are we valuing Namaz? Are we valuing the Holiness of the Namaz and coming to Namaz and coming to prayer on time? Are we respecting the Holy Day of Jumma? to be ready, to be eager, to be there to collect the blessings what is for you? Are we giving value to the sohbet, the association that our Tarikat is based on that without the sohbet, without the association, you don’t have Tarikat. Are we giving value to the Zikr, to the remembrance of Allah? or are we getting spoiled that one day, maybe the salat, the namaz, the sohbet and the zikr will be taken away from us?
As murids, we are getting very spoiled. But we still remember, as our Sheykh SahibulSaif (qs) is saying, when he had come back from his visit to China, “I swear ” he said, “when I look at all the edep, and the faith, and the strength of those ones who have nothing of this dunya, I would exchange any day, them for my murids.” These are his words. We are his legacy. How are we holding that up? If we lose the respect of our Sheykh’s order, we lose the respect of our Sheykh, and we will lose the respect of our Prophet (asws). Because the Holy Prophet (asws) is saying:”The Sheykh in his Jamaat is like a Prophet amongst his nation.”
Do not lose the respect. Do not lose the edep. Wake up and keep your duty. Because only the ones who are keeping their duty are going to be successful and victorious in this life and in the next. Otherwise, you may do so many things, but you are only sabotaging yourself. What is supposed to be given to you, it will not be. Because the respect, it is lacking. As our Sheykh is saying: There is nothing we can offer to our Lord Allah (swt). Nothing. But He looks at our intentions. He looks at who are we showing respect to. Are we showing the proper respect to the most beloved one in the Divine Presence whom Allah loves? If we are showing proper respect to that one then Allah (swt) will make it easier for us. If we are showing respect to the Saliheen, to the righteous people who are in the way of the Prophet (asws) then Allah’s (swt) mercy is reaching to us. Showing respect to them is not just to go saying, “I like this man” or when you see them to kiss their hand. No. That is only a sign. That is only a sign of respect. To be showing respect we must take what they are giving to us, apply them to our lives and correct our lives. That is proper respect. If you are running to love and saying you love but you are not applying anything that they are giving into your life, that is not respect. Otherwise, when you see the Sheykh you are running to kiss the hand and later when you go outside you run after your ego twenty-four hours a day, that’s not respect.
So we must inshaAllah arRahman make correct intention and for Allah (swt) to make it easier for us. O Murids of Sahibul Saif. Do not forget! This is for me and for you. Our Sheykh is an Ottoman. And we are making intention to be from those grandchildren of the Ottomans who will bring the Empire back.
How did that Ottoman Empire, that Devlet-i-Aliyye begin? With the respect that Hz. Osman Gazi (ks) showed to his Sheykh, Sheykh EdepAli (ks), and to the Holy Kuran. And that’s when Hz. Osman Gazi visited Sheykh EdepAli’s Dergah, he was put in a room with the Holy Kuran in the room. And out of respect for that Holy Kuran, Hz. Osman Gazi did not sleep – he stood in respect for the Words of Allah the whole night. And that night he had a dream. And he told that dream to his Sheykh, saying: “O my Sheykh, I saw you in my dream. A moon appeared in your chest. It rose, rose and then descended into my chest. From my navel there sprang a tree. It grew up and turned green. It branched out and became more and more spread out. The shadow of its branches covered the whole world. What does my dream mean? ”
And Sheykh Edep Ali became silent for a moment and said:”I have good news Osman! Allah gave you power and to your sons. All the world will be under the protection of your sons and my daughter will be your wife.” And that protection was reaching to the whole world. Because of that respect. In his last will to his son and to all the Ottoman Sultans, Hz. Osman Gazi said: “Follow my way and protect Dini-Muhammadi and the believers and also your followers. Respect the right of Allah and His servants. Do not hesitate to advise your successors in this way.”
And for over 800 years, these orders were followed, and with that respect, the Ottomans were the highest. As our Grandsheykh is saying: “Allah Almighty granted to the Ottoman Sultans such honor and power, because through so many sultans, they never reached respect as they reached.” And just a few days ago, we passed the 81st year since that Khilafat was veiled from this world. And since that day when the Last Ottoman Halife stopped sitting physically on the throne, this world has been in chaos. And there has been no respect.
O Believers! O Murids! O Grandchildren of the Ottomans! The time is here, the time is soon, the time is very soon, for the Halife to sit on that throne again. Keep your duty. Keep your respect. Insha’Allah, that time, we will be counted as the ones who are going to be with him. We must keep our respect and our sincerity. That time, no matter what our numbers, no matter our size, the help of Allah, the help of the Prophet (asws), the help of the Friends of Allah will be with us. As Allah (swt) is saying in Holy Quran: “How often, by Allah’s will, has a small force vanquished a huge one? Allah is with those who steadfastly persevere.”
We are asking our Lord, Allah (swt), to let us to be part of that small force that will help to be part of the return of the Ottomans, under the flag and obedience of our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani. Amin.
Jummah Khutbah by Hoja Lokman Efendi Hz, Khalifah of Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs) * OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
March 6, 2015